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Celebrating Older Americans Month in May

Post Date:05/09/2018 12:26 PM

Headshot of Senior of the Year Kay HeinemanDid you know? May is Older Americans Month!  Every May, the Administration on Aging leads our nation's observance of this celebratory month. The 2018 theme, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This month the Culver City Senior Center will be full of activities as we celebrate our special month & remember no matter where you are in your life, there is no better time than now to try something new. We hope you will join in and Engage at Every Age!  Information about all of our programs can be found on our website.

As part of Older Americans Month we are honoring our Senior of The Year Kay Heineman. Congrats Kay!  Kay McDonald Heineman started her early life in Utica, New York. In 1946 her family moved to a small town called Culver City, California. Kay attended Culver City schools where she was active in GAC (girl’s athletic club) and orchestra. Upon graduating from Culver City High School she attended Valley State, receiving a BS and Teaching Credential in Science-Physical Education in 1965. Kay taught Biology and Adapted Physical Education for 5 years at Mulholland Junior High School before marrying Richard Scott Heineman in 1968. Kay spent 10 years as a stay at home Mom, raising her three children: Joanne, Dennis and Rick. Volunteering became a way of life for Kay as PTA President of Linwood Howe Elementary School, classroom aide, Little League and Babe Ruth snack bar chair and Culver School Advisory Committee parent for many years.

In 1984 Kay joined Delta Kappa Gamma International, an organization for women educators. She held many offices in the local Chapter and served for 20 years on the State Leadership team. She is also an active participant in the Ladera Heights / Westchester Community Bible study, serving 10 years as a Core leader.

Kay returned to work for an additional 25 years teaching Kindergarten at Palms Tiny Tot Preschool and Kindergarten. This was a family owned business. She and her sister, Pat Fountain, became owners in 1991 and retired in 2005. Kay joined the Culver City Senior Center and immediately became an active volunteer working in the Nutrition lunch program and serving on the Nutrition Advisory Committee. She and Pat also arranged and maintain the library in the Lunch Room. Kay served on the Culver City Senior Citizens Association Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013 and as President from 2010 to 2013. She also assists with many activities, including the Birthday Party, Patio Concerts, holiday parties and membership registration. Kay is always a willing and able volunteer, and we are so fortunate to benefit from her charm and expertise.

In 2014, Kay was appointed to the Culver City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission and was recently voted to the California Association of Park and Recreation Commissioners and Board Members.

Kay truly believes that a real leader is just an ordinary person of extraordinary determination. Kay Heineman is a shining example of an outstanding community volunteer and the City of Culver City and the Culver City Senior Citizens Association are pleased to recognize her as our 2018 “Senior of the Year” and our honoree at the Annual Older Americans Recognition Day Awards Program at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on May 17. Kay will also receive a commendation from the City at the City council Meeting on May 14 and will be our guest of honor at the Older Americans Month Party on May 25 at the Culver City Senior Center.

Thank you, Kay, for all your hard work and for sharing your time with Culver City!