With the recent death of Terry Fruth, Quadco Rehabilitation Center has begun a search for a new director of finance.

Quadco Executive Director Bruce Abell recognized Fruth’s 30 years of service to Quadco at the monthly board meeting June 25.

“Terry is missed by all of us. He was a dedicated employee who enjoyed his work and the relationships he had with everyone here at Quadco. His absence is deeply felt by everyone,” Abell said.

Abell told board members that the successful applicant will need to possess exceptional accounting skills and the ability to handle day-to-day administrative duties associated with managing a finance department.

The board also discussed planting a memorial tree on the Quadco grounds with a commemorative plaque to be placed at the tree. The commemorative plaque is being donated by Quadco Board President Tootie Bockelman, owner of Divine Inspirations, of Napoleon. The date of the tree planting ceremony will be announced at a later time.

In other action:

• Abell and board member Rod Rethmel, of Evansport, recently met with a representative from Congressman Bob Latta’s office, District Deputy Director Kathy Shaver. Shaver met with Rethmel and Abell to discuss the status of the “Raise the Wage” legislation currently being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives. The legislation, not yet scheduled for a vote in the house, would increase the minimum wage paid nationwide.

• Board members heard reports about Quadco’s art, gardening and community activities. The Art Club created decorative octopuses with donated yarn, wall hangings welcoming the arrival of summer and key holders for Father’s Day. The Garden Club has been busy with spring planting. The Community Club members visited numerous local venues, including the Williams County Courthouse (Bryan); putt-putt golf (Defiance); movie theaters in Bryan and Defiance; Snook’s Dream Cars (Bowling Green); Eric’s Ice Cream (Bryan and Defiance), the Butterfly House (Whitehouse), Endless Creations (Bryan) and an exotic zoo animal presentation at the Stryker library.

Transportation Manager Steven Slattman reported that Quadco vehicles traveled 29,704 miles in 22 days during the month of April with no accidents.

The next regular meeting of the non-profit board is Tuesday, July 23, in the Stryker facility conference room.

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