Clubs and Organizations
September 3, 2015
From the time that President Ronald Reagan proclaimed August 21st as National Senior Citizens Day in 1988, people pause on this day each year to reflect on the accomplishments of the Greatest Generation. At Houston's premier life care senior living community, The Buckingham, this observance recognizes the young at heart, while honoring the sacrifices seniors have made for their families and the community.
Reagan had good reason to pay homage to seniors. Members of the Greatest Generation grew up during the Great Depression and fought the battles of World War II and Korea. Their contributions helped land the first man on the moon and put telephones, televisions, computers and other conveniences in homes across the United States. Their generation witnessed America evolve from an agrarian society to an industrialized nation. In tribute to seniors everywhere, the community hosted The Buckingham's National Senior Citizens Day Celebration on Friday, August 21st.
"Each year we look forward to National Senior Citizens Day to show our appreciation for the legacy this generation continues to pass down to the rest of us," said Julie Fenske, executive director of The Buckingham. "Our staff feels privileged to honor seniors on this special day with a large celebration. The Buckingham residents enjoy a good party, and with so many fun-loving, active seniors, the afternoon was spent reveling in the festivities. Residents indulged in hors-d'oeuvres and cocktails, while several danced to the music provided by the Ziggy Band."
The Buckingham residents do more than sit back and enjoy their golden years. Today's seniors take an active role in the community and thrive on helping others. One resident, 84-year-old Lyn Flynt, is a civic-minded woman who has held many volunteer leadership positions over the years. As one of the community's first residents, Flynt helped create The Buckingham's original by-laws, chaired the landscaping committee for several terms and presided over the employee appreciation fund. Flynt also initiated a dine-out group which gives residents the opportunity to indulge in the cuisine of Houston-area restaurants.
Mrs. Flynt's generosity isn't limited to The Buckingham. An enthusiastic and energetic senior, she works tirelessly to improve the lives of others. An active church member, she also participates in a number of other philanthropic service organizations. One accomplishment she is particularly proud of is the campaign she organized to solicit donations for the displaced victims of the Bastrop wildfires in 2011. Through the hard work of Mrs. Flynt and others, The Buckingham residents donated 5,000 items to help families whose homes had burned during the fires.
Flynt isn't The Buckingham's only big-hearted senior. Many residents continue to lead productive and enriching lives by participating in numerous charitable and civic activities that benefit others. "Our residents work hard, and they play hard too," said Fenske. "It isn't unusual to find our residents chairing a committee one minute, then rushing out to play golf or over to our theater to hear the latest book review. As for Lyn Flynt, she is as likely to be out on the dance floor leading a conga line as she is working to help someone in need."
Image courtesy of The Buckingham
Image 1: The Buckingham Residents Entertained by members of the Ziggy Band during the
Senior Citizens Day Celebration