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The Lancaster County Department of Social Services honored a volunteer on Thursday who has given more than 20 years of service as a member of the Lancaster County DSS Advisory Board.
Flossie Williams, a retired Lancaster County School District secretary, attended the event with her husband, Eugene. After Lancaster County DSS Director Janice Chapman presented Williams with a plaque commemorating her years of service, the other board members presented her with a variety of gifts.
“She is dedicated to life-long service to the community,” said Board Chairman David L. Jenkins of Williams. “We truly appreciate all she has done during her time here, and we will miss her.”
Board member Pam Stewart said she appreciated all of Williams’ offers of help since she became a member of the board.
“No matter what it is, she is always willing to help me and has always let me know that,” she said. “I really love her and I am going to miss her.”
“Along with wisdom and compassion, she brought to the board energy and enthusiasm,” said Betty Broome, who has served on the board for 30 years. “I really treasure what she brought to this board.”
Williams said her decision to leave the board was one that took some time, but she said she prayed about it and decided that this was best for her at this time.
“I just felt like it was time to close that chapter of my life and begin a new one,” she said. “I want to get out and do some of the things I enjoy doing, some of the things I have longed to do for some time, and I want to be able to do absolutely nothing, if that’s what I feel like doing.”
Williams said that she has had a wonderful time serving on the board, however.
“I think the thing I loved the most about it was the cooperation and fellowship with the other board members, and with the employees,” she said.
The Advisory Board meets quarterly, and its all-volunteer members are appointed by members of the state delegation in order to ensure representation for various parts of the county. Broome is from Van Wyck, Williams is from Heath Springs, and Stewart and Jenkins are from Lancaster.
“This board is such an asset to me,” Chapman said. “I don’t know what I would do without them. And Mrs. Williams is certainly going to be missed.”
The board works with Chapman to provide assistance with certain tasks. It is also responsible for filling certain posts in the community, in order to be able to facilitate whatever needs there are that may not be addressed otherwise, Jenkins said.
“It’s important for us to be knowledgeable about what’s happening in our local social services department so we can pass that along to the community,” he said. “But we also look at internal things, like the fact that, for the most part, we are out of room at this facility. So our responsibilities are greatly varied. It’s hard to part with Mrs. Williams, because she has contributed so much over the years.”