Dora Butler is set to begin her role as the head of the Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread.

Photos by Bob Thomas
Dora Butler (left) discusses the change in command at Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread with departing director Donna Fern.

She’ll become the head of the organization Nov. 10, replacing longtime director Donna Fern. Butler, a resident of Radford, was introduced at a surprise gathering Monday night.

What began as a board of director’s meeting was quickly replaced by a large group of volunteers who came to wish Fern a good future at she and her family move to New England.

Fern has headed RFDB for five years, overseeing its growth to over 23,000 meals a year for needy and lonely citizens, either at the headquarters dining room each weekday, or via the associated Meals on Wheels delivery system.

The program has also grown financially through donations, grants, United Way and other support from such sources as the Va. Tech food services, canned food drives and local businesses.

As Fern tearfully told the gathering, “whoever is directing, whoever the board members are, the work of Daily Bread will continue and succeed due to the work of its large number of volunteers.”

Butler described herself as a “farm girl from New York State who likes to own chickens, can milk a cow by hand, and is hard working.”

Radford Fairlawn Daily Bread board member Bob MacLeod presents a gift from the board of directors to departing director Donna Fern during a surprise…

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