On Sunday (April 25th) a celebration was held at Conover City Park in honor of Rev. Robert "Bob" Silber, Executive Director of ECCCM (Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Inc.) Friends, volunteers, staff, and the board of directors came together to honor Rev. Silber on his upcoming retirement.
ECCCM’s Board of Directors President David Hartsoe spoke about the impact Rev. Silber has had on the organization. He expressed deep appreciation on behalf of the many thousands of people whose lives have been impacted during Rev. Silber’s service.
Newton Mayor Pro Tem John Stiver spoke of the community impact Reverend Silber has had on Newton, and presented him with a proclamation recognizing him for his achievements and contributions to the community. Mayor Lee Moritz of Conover thanked Rev. Silber for his service through ECCCM on behalf of Conover residents.
Kristal Manning, ECCCM’s current assistant director presented Bob with gifts of appreciation from the ministry, including a scrapbook consisting of the many cards that were sent in for Rev. Silber, as well as a Waterford engraved crystal cross. Additionally, the ECCCM Charlie Bunn Food Pantry van was present and filled by attendees with canned food donations in lieu of gifts.
After nearly 11 years of exemplary service, Rev. Silber said he is proud of his work, but felt it was time to retire. At the end of May, Silber will retire and Kristal Manning, ECCCM’s current assistant director, will take over on June first.