Family Staffing Solutions honored a dozen women who have or will soon be celebrating their 100th birthdays by inducting them into the Century Club.
People celebrate a woman's 100th birthday July 26, 2012, in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (TMP Photo/M. Hudgins)
“You have not only withstood a century or more of history, you have contributed and educated us,” Karen McWhorter, who oversees Family Staffing Solution’s Murfreesboro location, told the group of centenarians and their families.
“You are the generation we tell our children about,” she said. “You set the bar for generations to come, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess issued a special thank you to the women honored during the inaugural ceremony held at Oaklands Historic House Museum and commenced reading the highlights of each lady’s life.
Some were born in raised in Rutherford County, while others moved here later in life. Several still live at home and can shop for groceries, cook and grow gardens. All of them, Burgess said, are very special individuals.
During the ceremony, Murfreesboro Vice Mayor Ron Washington read a proclamation, stating the last Thursday in July each year will be designated centenarian day. There are currently 88 centenarians in Rutherford County, and their contributions and stories deserve to be told, he said.
The idea to recognize local centenarians came about as a way for these 100-plus-year-old residents to meet each other, Family Staffing Solutions President and CEO Becci Bookner said.
“In our work, we see and meet people who are 100 years old, but this is an idea of celebrating them and having people in the same age group to know each other,” she said.
Bookner added that each lady was especially excited to decide what to wear in preparation for the event.