Rutherford County's "Century Club" officially takes root this Thursday with its initial thirteen members being inducted in a special ceremony. This was the brain-child of Murfreesbor's Becci Bookner, who explained that honorees must be at least 100-years of age.
The 13 centenarians will be honored at 1:00 o'clock this coming Thursday afternoon (7/26/2012) at Oaklands Historic House Museum. The honorees are: Ms. Mary Chrisman, Ms. Margaret Cook, Ms. Ina Dutton, Ms. Rita Greenfield, Ms. Annie L. King, Ms. Nell Jetton, Ms. Elise McKnight, Ms. Lyndall McMillian, Ms. Ida Overton, Ms. Mabel Robertson, Ms. Dora Rucker, Ms. Mary T. Soper, and Ms. Sylvia S. Taylor.
During the event, Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg and Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess will issue a joint proclamation that the last Thursday in the month of July will henceforth always be observed as Century Club of Rutherford County Day to honor the contributions that these citizens have made to the nation, state, and local community during their lifetime.
Bookner On Cutting Edge
Bookner not only birthed the Century Club, but 19-years ago she created one of the first services in the nation to aid mature Americans in living comfortably at home. Through the years, that grew into Family Staffing Services, which now has offices in Murfreesboro, Nashville, Shelbyville, as well as Dallas and Lewisville, Texas. Prior to that, she worked on the other end of the age spectrum, creating an after school program for the Murfreesboro City School system.