Senior center problems began before parking incident

After reading the article about the Forest Grove Meals on Wheels problem with some volunteers (“Exodus underscores senior center tensions,” News-Times, Aug. 6 issue), I thought some other things should be brought forth. Actually the problem started long before that parking incident.

The basic cause of the problems with volunteers at the center was, the manager of Meal on Wheels was a nice lady, but lacked the skill or knowledge of how to manage such a center. When you have a steering group to help with the running of the center by giving advice about problems as well as ways of dealing with them, their ideas should be listened to and taken into consideration. The manager did not and would not listen to the steering group.

Volunteers were not managed or given direction. This caused some to leave. Working as a volunteer soupmaker and on the steering committee, after a few months I was told I could no longer wear shorts in the center. Since I have diabetes and cannot wear long pants because of neuropathy, I had to leave. I tried to explain that there were no rules about shorts while cooking in Oregon or the United States. I should be able to wear shorts.

As a retired Navy CPO who managed up to 380 people at a time and a previous owner of a mail-order company in which I managed many workers, I feel I am qualified to express my ideas of management. I did so at the steering committee but the manager did not listen.

I hope the new manager knows how to manage the business of the Meals on Wheels, but also knows how to manage volunteers and does so.

Dick French

Forest Grove

Appreciates help with historic celebration

The Clark Historic District held a “National Night Out” celebration in Forest Grove Friday, Aug. 8, with record attendance.

I would like to extend my thanks to all who helped set up and tear down the event. Thanks to everyone who brought food for the potluck.

Thank you to the Forest Grove Police Department, which came with ice cream and goody bags for all the kids. They also stayed to enjoy dinner.

Roger Nipp

Forest Grove

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