(Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)
A special appreciation reception was held for retiring Monette Mayor David Fletcher at the Community Center on Dec. 5. The event was hosted by the Monette Senior Citizens.
Site Director Jenene Long recognized Mayor Fletcher and expressed her appreciation for the support and encouragement he had given to the Service Center and its participants.
"Mayor Fletcher checks in with us every week to see if there is anything we need," Long said. "He is quick to find a way to meet the needs of the center and goes out of his way to make sure we all have the equipment and supplies we need. We have several pieces of exercise equipment, recreational supplies (even a pool table), comfortable couches to watch T.V.
"He made sure we have computers, printers and even e-mail to keep records and obtain information. Whenever we have special activities he is always here."
"I never have to worry about the Monette Center, with Mayor Fletcher here," Becky McDaniel, of St. Bernards said. "He is easy to work with and very accommodating. I use this center as an example when I go throughout Craighead County."
Mayor Fletcher expressed his appreciation for the staff and management of the center and for all those who are in attendance each day.
"I enjoy coming down here, as it is a welcoming place," Fletcher said. "They are a hard working group and manage the center well. You know it is a success by the turnout they have each day. When people feel comfortable they just want to come back."
Fletcher acknowledged incoming Mayor Chub Qualls, stating he would be easy for the center staff to work with and was someone who wanted to see to it they were were well taken care of too.
Cloth covered tables were laden with desserts, dips and snacks, served with punch for all to enjoy. Visitors and regular participants expressed their appreciation for the years of service Fletcher had for the community, the town and especially the center.