One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for July 24, 2015.
My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.
Yesterday was Carolyn Watson birthday. She is a friend and lady that is always doing for others and this past week was no exception. On Sunday she began a week-long journey of sharing her time, talents, and treasures with the youth of our church. She did that by going to a high school youth ministry conference called Fun in the Son at Hilton Head, SC. She was one of the adult chaperones from First Presbyterian Church in Lumberton, NC that accompanied the children.
(l-r) Adult chaperones from First Presbyterian Church – Joe Terranova, Heather Miller, Bebe Bollinger, and Carolyn Watson at Fun in the Son.
One of those children is my own 17-year-old son Mack shown on far left with some of the Lumberton youth attending Fun in the Son.
Carolyn is currently the chair of the Business Technology Department at Robeson Community College. She has been in that position since August 2007. In that role she has to be active in curriculum and program development. Carolyn also has to recruit and hire competent faculty and staff. I don’t know everyone on her staff but I know several including George Pate and Scott Lamm. She surrounds herself with highly competent people who care about students. That caring trait is in Carolyn DNA.
She has spent 30 years working at RCC in a number of different capacities. She started out as the Executive Director of the Robeson Community Foundation and did that job for 12 years. If you are around Carolyn you know she has all the skill sets to excel in the world of philanthropic leadership.
Carolyn is personable, she has a servant leadership heart, and she is professional in her interactions with everyone. RCC probably already knows this but the woman eats, sleeps, and breathes the mission of a community college. When you are around her you will not find a bigger cheerleader for the impact the RCC has on our community than Carolyn.
Carolyn is married to a great guy named Chip Watson. Chip and Carolyn have raised four fantastic daughters named English, Hannah Catherine, Sarah, and Stephens. Ask around Lumberton about classy families that care and serve others you are going to hear about the Watson family. Ask around about a family that likes to have a good time together you are going to get the same answer.
The list of friends that Carolyn has is long and impressive, Carolyn’s friends come from the professional workplace, church, neighbors, community, and thru her daughters. No matter what group they will all say the same thing. Carolyn Stephens cares about others and is someone who people want to spend time with.
One of those many friends of Carolyn is Fordham Britt who just like Carolyn believes in serving others.
The Friend-CAROLYN WATSON
The Friend of the Friend-FORDHAM BRITT
Fordham Britt ever since I have known her has been committed to being a mom to her three children Luke, Anne Christopher and Williams. In addition to being a mom she has served our community and has truly cared about those in need. She and her friend Carolyn Watson share that servant leadership heart.
Carolyn and Fordham shown below with their husbands.
Carolyn and Fordham are not just about service they do have fun together.
Fordham is currently the director of physician services for Southeastern Health. She came to Southeastern Health in 2011 as coordinator of physician services. She is responsible for 32 primary and specialty care clinics within the Southeastern Health Physician Services network which spans four counties: Bladen, Cumberland, Robeson and Scotland.
She earned bachelor’s degrees in both sociology and art studio from Salem College in Winston-Salem in 1982. She is also a life long learner and has completed training from Lumberton Area Leadership program, Leadership North Carolina and the Hoke County Area Leadership North Carolina program. She has nearly 25 years of practice management and operations experience in the outpatient medical office setting. In every instance I have ever interacted with Fordham she has always been genuinely interested in the experience patients and families receive.
I really got to know Fordham when she was working for the Lumberton’s Children Clinic and she put together an Advisory Board whose primary mission was to listen to ideas on how to improve. I know she will tell you it wasn’t her idea to seek that external feedback. For those of us that have been in Lumberton awhile it sounds like a forward thinking idea that Dr. Bob Young’s would be connected to. I don’t care whose idea it was Fordham made that advisory board feel empowered to give her clinic feedback. As a board member we saw evidence that the clinic was listening and ultimately the patients got a better experience.
If you question that people don’t care about others you haven’t spent time with Carolyn and Fordham.