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Plumas Bank celebrates Older Americans Month at Sierra Senior Services in Truckee

Story and photos by Amy Edgett
Sierra Sun

Plumas Bank continued its long-standing tradition of community service at the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments commons room Saturday with 100 in attendance. Truckee Branch Manager Shelly Wright wanted to contribute to SSS. In lieu of sponsoring a monthly pancake breakfast, she thought, let’s celebrate Mother’s Day and Older American’s Month Saturday, May 8, with a complimentary barbecue and entertainment.

Her husband Lee Wright, owner of When Pigs Fly BBQ catering service, pitched in to provide a full-on spread for community seniors, their families and caregivers with pulled pork barbecue, kielbasa and Ron Allen Catering’s homemade biscuits, Cole slaw, brownies and a white cake with blueberry filling. Safeway, Event Masters, Bonanza Produce offered items at cost.

Cabin Fever serenaded the audience, which packed the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments promptly at 3 p.m., with Jody Sweet on keyboards. On the dance floor were Carol DeLorsa, Sally Chavez Pritchard, Lucy Greene and Ignacio Cortez.

Ninety percent of the Truckee Plumas Bank branch staff took part, with Wright and Bridget Murray selecting winners for the rose and lily flower floral arrangements of spring yellows, pinks and white.

Plumas Bank sets out as a team to host three community events each year. Continuing through Nov. 30, 2010, Capturing Acts of Kindness in Our Communities recognizes hose who perform Acts of Kindness. President and Chief Executive Officer Doug Biddle, explains, and#8220;Plumas Bank realizes that the successes of our communities are built upon kindness. In celebration of Plumas Bank’s 30th Anniversary and our commitment to our communities, we want to recognize those who do for others and reward the acts of kindness that take place in our lives that help make our communities a better place.and#8221; Visit http://www.plumasbank.com for winners or suggestions.

When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing, however. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy’s meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as and#8220;Senior Citizens Month.and#8221;

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Thanks to President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 designation, what was once called Senior Citizens Month, is now called and#8220;Older Americans Month,and#8221; and has become a tradition.

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every president since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities.

Nationally 5 million American seniors face food scarcity issues daily. Sierra Senior Services feeds and supports seniors in the North Lake Tahoe and Truckee Community. Our vision is to ensure that all seniors in our community will have access to nutritious meals, social opportunities, and health and wellness programs. Nobody over the age of 60 is ever denied a meal due to inability to financially contribute to our program. Current funding for our program comes 30 percent from the government, 50 percent from the community and 20 percent from foundations. For information regarding specific programs, donations or how to volunteer please visit our website http://www.sierraseniors.org or call 550-7600.

and#8212; Submitted to the Sun by Sarah Deardorff, executive director, Sierra Senior Services