2013 also marked a kind of “changing of the guard” for Cheer Fund, with longtime Food Committee Chairman Bob Navarra, 81, stepping aside due to health concerns.
“My body simply won’t let me do it anymore,” Navarra said. “My doctor says the same thing and my wife, too. You can bet I’m gonna miss it. Believe me; I don’t want to step aside, but you have to know when it’s time.”
Navarra has spent the last several months training Cheer Fund Veteran Sean Durbin as his replacement. Navarra expressed confidence he leaves Cheer Fund in more-than-capable hands.
For his part, Durbin spent 28 years helping deliver Cheer Fund boxes. He told the Daily News that stepping into an organizational role felt like a natural transition.
“Cheer Fund really brings out the best in Decatur County,” he said.
Durbin’s wife, Lori, is the Cheer Fund’s toy coordinator, having recently stepped into that role after eight or nine years on the toy committee. Lori Durbin took over for longtime Cheer Fund Toy Committee stalwarts Greta Solgere and Sheila Doerflinger.
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