NEW BOSTON — For the last 32 years, Christine Cave of Portsmouth, has served as administrative secretary at Scioto County Children’s Services (SCCS), and is now retiring. A retirement luncheon was held Wednesday at SCCS in honor of Cave’s years of dedication and service to the agency.
There were tears, laughter, and encouraging words spoken at SCCS, as employees and administrative staff, and board members gathered to express their appreciation to Cave, whose years of employment at SCCS spans over a period of 32 years.
Dr. Lorra Fuller, executive director of SCCS, said Cave has been a tremendous asset to SCCS.
“First of all, I have to say that I am very grateful. Christine has been a tremendous help to me since I came on as director five years ago,” Fuller said. “She has been a wonderful administrative secretary, and I hate to see her go, but I wish her well. She has been a phenomenal asset to the agency, and anybody that can last 32 years anywhere, hats off to them.”
It was an emotional time for Cave, tears flowed from her eyes as she communicated how much she has enjoyed working at SCCS.
“I am just so full of mixed emotions right now,” Cave said. “It has been a wonderful journey meeting so many people, and just being a part of this. So, it was a hard decision, but I am just grateful that God allowed me to get to this point. I will miss my daily routine of getting up, going to work, doing my work and seeing everyone. These people are like my family, and will really miss them.”
Cave addressed the group at the luncheon, reading the lyrics of a gospel song entitled, ‘I Won’t Complain,’ expounding upon the fact that there are challenges just in the nature of the tedious work of any Children’s Services agency, but she had nothing to complain about regarding her 32 years of employment at the agency.
When asked by The Daily Times about her plans for retirement, Cave said she will invest more time in her husband of 26 years, Carlton Cave, as well as her grandchildren.
“I am just going to enjoy my home life. I have a lot of home projects to work on, and I am looking forward to spending more time with my husband and grandchildren,” Cave said. “I am just going to rest, and enjoy it. God has been good.”
Al Oliver, chairman of the SCCS board, said dedicated employees such as Cave are not easy to find.
“We could not have asked for a better person to be involved with Children’s Services. For all of the years she has been right on time, and dedicated,” Oliver said. “It is very rarely that you can find people who are dedicated both day in, and day out. She is really going to be missed. She got along well with everybody, and that is the most important thing about working with people. The fact that you have to be able to make adjustments sometime, and deal with different personalities. I know that she has been looking forward to this day, and seeing that it is here now, I think so far she has dealt with it very well.”
Tom Walker, also a SCCS board member, commended Cave on her years of excellent service.
“We really appreciative her years of outstanding service to the agency, and all of her hard work and effort,” Walker said. “She has been a real team player, and I just appreciate all of her contributions.”
There is no vacancy as it relates to Cave’s position as administrative secretary, according to Fuller.
“We will actually not be filling Christine’s position. We have promoted someone from within, and will combine some jobs,” Fuller said.
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