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…

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