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UVF Honors Meyers at Retirement Luncheon

by Sarah Cushing - University Communications | Nov 03, 2016
President Don and Evie Meyer
On Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, the University of Valley Forge (UVF) celebrated the legacy of President Emeritus Don Meyer, Ph.D., and his wife Evie at a luncheon held in Flower Chapel. The Chapel was converted to a beautiful banquet hall, decorated with miniature pumpkins, flowers and some of Dr. Meyer's favorite quotes. 

Although the Meyers officially retired at the end of June, the luncheon was an opportunity for the UVF community, members of the Phoenixville community, members of the Assemblies of God eastern districts, and friends and supporters of the university to honor the Meyers. Interim President Byron Klaus, D.Min., began the luncheon by reminding guests of the importance of giving "honor where honor is due." The UVF Quintet, directed by Professor William DeSanto, D.M.A., Department of Music chair, then took the stage and performed "Sweeter as the Days Go By." 

Meyer's Retirement Luncheon
At the luncheon, several guests shared personal messages about how the Meyers influenced their lives and their mission through their friendship and leadership, and of the personal photographs and notes from Dr. Meyer which they received over the years. North Central University President Gordon Anderson, Ph.D., Continental Theological Seminary President Joseph Dimitrov, Ph.D., and General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God George O. Wood, Ph.D., sent celebratory video messages to the Meyers. In his message, Wood shared his appreciation for the Meyers' leadership at UVF and their contribution to Assemblies of God higher education. "Thank you for being an example of the Christian life, an example of a good marriage, and for your thoughtfulness that is reflected in so many ways."  

The luncheon continued with recognitions from people who worked closely with the Meyers over the years. Marilyn Abplanalp, Ed.D., president of the Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education, State Representative Warren Kampf and State Senator Andrew Dinniman spoke of their gratefulness for Don and Evie's warm manner, attention to detail and encouraging spirits. Kampf shared, "That buoying part of your spirit is such a marvelous gift to all of us. ... It helped me so much in my service to this community." Dinniman spoke of how Community Service Day began under Dr. Meyer's leadership as a way for the campus to serve the community and made a difference by "re-establishing the connection between this college and the community by teaching us the most fundamental part of leadership: that a community cannot exist, we as a people cannot exist, without hope ... " 

Rev. Carl Coletti, UVF Board of Trustees chair and New Jersey District of the Assemblies of God superintendent, and his wife Mary Ann, thanked the Meyers for their 52 years of friendship, as well as their legacy at the university. "Thank you for the season of service with the University of Valley Forge and I sincerely hope you have enjoyed it. ... We hope in all you've given to us, we've given something to both of you ... " he said. 

The members of UVF's President's Cabinet, Dan Mortensen, Ph.D., executive vice president and vice president of development, Kevin Beery, D.S.L., vice president of academic affairs, Jonathan Capeci, vice president of finance and Rev. Jennifer Gale, vice president of student life, presented the Meyers with a gift from the university. The gift was a collection of messages from friends and colleagues of the Meyers regarding their friendship or a cherished memory, as well as notes of encouragement for the next season of their lives. 

Dr. Meyer thanked all of the guests for attending the event and acknowledged those who spoke on their behalf. He reflected on how he and Evie could not have imagined twenty years ago, when they first set foot on campus, everything that would transpire over the nearly two decades they would serve at UVF, and the countless friendships and memories they would make. 

The luncheon concluded with a special performance from the UVF Concert Choir, directed by DeSanto, that sang one of the Meyers' favorite hymns, "Great is Thy Faithfulness."