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Emile Girard has forwarded the following email to post as a response to Lynda’s letter above. We are happy to so so unedited:
Good Morning Rana,
This is a follow up to my 12/10/17 discussion with you regarding Lynda Parets 12/08/17 posting on your blog whereby she cites some so called facts to set the record straight regarding happenings with the Foundation Assisting Seniors (FAS).
I have always been reluctant to make a post on anyone’s blog as in most cases I have found that they can do more harm than good. However, I believe that I need to address Lynda’s so called “ Fact Number 2 “: her erroneous innuendo in regards to the scenario of my calling Favil West on or about Monday 11/20/2017 requesting a loan of a walker to be used after my wife’s, Tuesday, 11/21/2017 outpatient back surgery. Lynda accused me of jumping the gun by my purchasing a walker before she could get the walker to us, most likely a couple of days later if not sooner.
Her point being that I was trying to show up the Foundation. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that I had to call 911 around 11:00 p.m. Tuesday evening as my wife had fallen and was unable to stand with my trying to assist her without a walker. After being discharged at 3:00 a.m. from the St. Rose Emergency Room, Wednesday, 11/22/2017, I immediately drove to the 24 hour Walgreens Drug Store on Eastern Ave to purchase a walker. I did not want to risk having my wife fall while I was getting her from our car into the house. Linda did suggest that I return the walker for a refund but both I and my wife were not comfortable in doing so.
It is important to point out that it is seemingly unprofessional for a perceived FAS employee/ supposed FSR “in kind “ volunteer serving as a key FAS point of contact to violate a client’s confidentiality. I am still waiting to hear back from Linda to receive an apology from her or her superiors.
After serving honorably for approximately six years as President of the Community Service Group and several years as a FAS Trustee and ultimately as its Executive Vice President, I am appalled to be accused of trying to undermine the Foundation Assisting Seniors. FAS is a tremendous organization and I have and will continue to openly lobby both the SCA HOA Board of Directors and FAS Trustees to reestablish a partnership such as we so proudly had in the past. With all due respect, I will continue to be candid with the FAS President and FAS Trustees in asking that they be more gracious with the SCA HOA Board in trying to reestablish this most beneficial partnership. After witnessing all of the FAS/SCA disaffiliation and goings on for the past year, I am convinced that our SCA HOA Board will be open and willing to negotiate a mutually beneficial partnership