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January 18, 2014

Literacy council names Godwin as director

CLAREMORE —

The Rogers County Literacy Council (RCLC) has welcomed M. Edel Godwin as its new executive director.
“Edel brings a combination of intense professionalism with an optimistic energized point of view for the future of the Council,” said Mike Gardner, board president. “RCLC has a committed board and volunteer membership; Edel is a great complement to that. We are delighted she has accepted this leadership role. She is already busy refocusing our mission and growing RCLC as it provides volunteer tutoring to adults in need throughout Rogers County.”
Godwin will be responsible for expanding the mission of improved adult literacy throughout Rogers County, according to Gardner.
Godwin returned to Claremore last summer after spending two years in Ontario, Canada.  
“Claremore has flourished in that time, and I am delighted to be back in my adopted home,” she said. “The state and county both give every appearance of a thriving community. My role in that growth will be facilitating improved literacy skills, which in turn improves job skills, boosting continued economic growth. Rogers County has a lot to offer employers and those searching for employment.”
 Godwin first came to Claremore in 2007, via Ireland, Germany and upstate New York, as well as time in Lawton and Norman.
“I hope the people who have lived here all their lives appreciate as much as us blow-ins how wonderful the location, the schools, and the community are here,” Godwin said.  
Through her life experiences she has come to understand how literacy can impact every aspect of life.
“Living in Germany in the 90s, I struggled with the language initially. I will never forget doing things like buying conditioner instead of shampoo because I didn’t understand a label! We take so much for granted about living in our familiar world,” Godwin said. “Many people in the area are well-traveled and often tell me of their trips to Ireland and abroad. I bet each of them has a story about language or culture adjustments, even if just on vacation.”

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