Joyce McGehee completed volunteer training to become a CASA volunteer in the fall of 1993. She was in the second volunteer class trained in Bonham for the newly formed non-profit. After she completed training, she accepted a case and also started helping out around the office. When the agency got its first grant several months later, McGehee became a paid staff person. Now, more than nineteen years later, McGehee retired from the Fannin County Children’s Center.
On her last day of work, her friends, family and colleagues celebrated her years of service with an open house, complete with cake and presents, as well as lots of hugs, laughter and even a few tears. Well wishers included current and former CASA volunteers, board members, elected officials, CPS workers, other professionals and even a few former foster children that McGehee had served over the years.
McGehee burst into tears when she saw the fleece memory blanket that the agency gave to her. The special blanket was covered in photographic images of her time at the center. Several of the photos also included her late husband, Carl who was a CASA volunteer for many years. McGehee was also touched by the memory book which contained over 350 photos from her time spent working at the Children’s Center.
Board Member Mary Karl told the guests that the agency will soon be launching an “Adopt a Room” campaign in order to update the facility which was last renovated ten years ago. She said McGehee stepped up to the plate right away and said she will adopt her office in memory of her late husband Carl. Karl said that the board of directors has decided to follow her lead and adopt the Rainbow Room in McGehee’s honor.