Letter: Support For Martha Webster

I have worked with and known Martha Webster for more than 16 years. I have seen what a powerful and innovative leader she can be in bringing people together to build successful programs. I worked with her at the University of Florida Extension Service here in Palm Beach County and always knew her to stand up for the best values and never give up on the organizations and families that she served.

Martha revitalized the countywide nutrition programs to be delivering regular nutrition education to all the Head Start, health department, senior meal sites and to most of the schools throughout the county. While running that program, she wrote and earned awards for the curriculum that she authored. Then she moved on to lead the 4-H youth program and wrote creative curriculum for many activities and youth camps. I saw her pull off miracles when it seemed that nothing could work. She ran horse shows, public speaking competitions, organized youth camps and directed the youth exhibits at the South Florida Fair year after year.

As a director, she always gave credit to her staff for their hard work, and even nominated several for university awards, which they received. Her work ethic and her commitment are beyond reproach. I want to share this quote from one of the parents of the 4-H youth. You can find it on LinkedIn should you doubt its authenticity. “Your positive leadership and kindness has touched so many lives over the years. Our family will always be grateful for you.”

Quite honestly, the Village of Royal Palm Beach could not elect a better person for mayor.

Cynthia Flores, West Palm Beach