RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR WALLY WILCHER
Sunday, September 15th, 9:30-11am in the Fellowship Hall
Thank you, Wally!
Palma Ceia Presbyterian is saying “thank you” to Wally Wilcher. Wally has served as our Facilities Manager for 15 years. But he’s been a member of the church for nearly 50 years. Wally and Carolyn are pillars in the PCPC congregation, where they each have served as elders. Carolyn has sung faithfully in the choir, and Wally has been the go-to guy for our facilities management.
Originally from Georgia, Wally attended Georgia Tech and Clemson University, and served as an officer in the U.S. Army, stationed as an engineering officer in Stuttgart, Germany. Wally and Carolyn raised their two children, Lee and Cathryn, in the PCPC congregation. Wally worked as an engineer for TECO for his career, including a principle assignment as the manager of the Big Bend power station. After retiring from TECO, he worked for a period of time as church secretary at the Bayshore Presbyterian Church before coming to Palma Ceia Presbyterian as Facilities Manager.
Wally has been the facilities manager through the construction of the middle building, through the paying off of a mortgage, through a number of major facility projects, including a re-roofing of the sanctuary, and finishing now with the renovation of the Bride’s Room. Wally cites his most gratifying achievement as the installation of the Casavant organ, which was delivered from Canada in an 18-wheeler, and which was such an intriguing event that there was a demand for tours upon the organ’s installation! Now, as Wally ends this tenure, he’s renovating facilities he brought on as new! The number of meetings and events at the church has increased dramatically during Wally’s 15-year term. But he always managed that usage with competence and teamwork. Wally’s gregarious manner, his extraordinary work ethic, his devotion to the church, and his personal friendship have been a great means of grace at PCPC.
Now the time has come that Wally is ready to retire from his whole second career as PCPC’s facility manager. At their August stated meeting, the Session elected him Facilities Manager Emeritus. Pastor John said, “PCPC has been blessed by caretakers who have loved the Lord’s house as if it was their own home. Like his friend Melva Knight, Wally has been at the front of that line. It has been a great deal of work to care for this facility but Wally has done it as a labor of love.”
With the extra time on his hands as he exits his post as Facilities Manager, Wally says he’s looking forward to getting caught up with chores around the house. Wally and Carolyn will continue their active membership at PCPC, and he has agreed with the personnel committee in his emeritus capacity to continue to back up the new facilities manager.
The congregation is invited to a reception in appreciation for Wally’s work and honoring him in his retirement on Sunday, September 15th from 9:30am-11am in the Fellowship Hall. With the Psalmist, we can say, “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”- Psalm 84:10