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The Arc of McLennan County newsletter

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Fall 2014                     
A Message from the Executive Director:

My friend and predecessor, Camilla Bare Gidden, passed away several weeks ago. She was the Executive Director of The Arc of McLennan County during the 1990s through the turn of the century, 1990-2001. She was a tireless advocate for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and she loved her flock.  A lot of love, a little special care, was The Arc’s fitting slogan during her tenure. And it was Camilla who really put The Arc on the map in terms of community awareness, helping the organization to grow and mature and at last to have a place called home at 1825 Morrow Avenue.

During some choppy, transitional waters in 2002, Camilla agreed to come out of retirement to serve as Interim Executive Director to steer the ship to safety, which she did so ably. When I was employed in 2003, it was my good fortune to have Camilla mentor me and show me the ropes. I have always been grateful for the wisdom, insight, and practical knowledge she offered. It was the beginning of a special friendship, and over the years, I called to get her valuable point of view on numerous occasions.

We will miss Camilla! We will miss her bright eyes and big smile. But her memory and legacy live on in the many lives she touched and in the tangible ways she made our community a better place for all of its citizens.

 
-Tom Pearson
Summer Camp
Another summer has come and gone. The Arc Camp had a fun filled 8 weeks this year. Below is a small example of all the fun the kids had while attending camp. They participated in field trips, art camp, swimming and so much more. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again next summer.
 
The Opportunity Center

The Opportunity Center is still accepting applications. The new pottery room is coming along and will be opening soon. Boy scout troop 308 came and planted a new herb garden and helped to paint the pottery room. 
 
Thank You

We would like to thank Melinda Vorderkunz for her service to The Arc as our Program Director. We appreciate all she has done while working with our children and adults through our after school program, summer camp, Self Advocates and The Opportunity Center. She will be greatly missed.

Erin Flood will be taking over as our new Program Director for our after school program and summer camp.
 

Annual Meeting/Holiday Party

Mark your calendars for December 9th for The Arc's Annual Meeting/Holiday Party.  This year's meeting will be at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall at Austin Avenue Methodist Church. Please join us for the installation of new officers and directors.

DONORS:

Amistad Baptist Church
Amistad Radio Station

Boy Scout Troop 308
Susan Barnett- First United Methodist Church of Waco
Jeff and Melinda Bell
Blue Bell Creameries
Caterpillar Inc.
Elisa Crowdor
Naomi Fox
Gary Hargrave- Frito Lay
Kiwanis Club of Waco
Doreen Ravenscroft
Brian Wheeler


 
NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERSHIPS:

Individual/Family:

George and Elaine Elliott
Sandy Londos
Brenda May


Friend of The Arc:

Naomi and John Fox

 

MEMORIALS

In Memory of:
Camilla Bare Gidden
by:      
Tamara Armstrong     
Gail and Steve Cunningham
Dr. and Mrs. Richard Gibney
Angele Griffith
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Grobowsky
Major General and Mrs. Ben L. Harrison      
J. Richard Jackson, M.D.
Lisa and Larry Jaynes
Lapwing Family
Helen Browder Lewis
Sandy Londos
Derek and Cheryl Massey
Peggy Mattson
Gerald and Lesley McClendon
James Miller
Cathy and John Moore
Ida Lou Nicholas and family
Bill and Kathy Sherman
Suzanne and Kent Starr
Patricia M. Watson
Ovida Williams
Mary Jane Wood

In Memory of:
Gary L. Mattson
by:
Clifton Robinson
Gordon Robinson
Kitty Whatley
Jim and Alice Young
 



 
CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

NOVEMBER
18th- Self Advocate Meeting
at 6pm
25th- Board Meeting
at 5:30pm


DECEMBER
9th- Annual Meeting/Holiday Party
at 6:30 in the Fellowship Hall

 
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