All the folks invited to a luncheon in Randolph Monday are members of a special group. They have all been featured in the popular WCAX News series Super Seniors. They brought family and friends to help celebrate. The weekly series was the idea of photographer Joe Carroll, and at first he had a hard time finding seniors willing to talk for this reason: "I don't consider myself a Super Senior, just a senior," said Barbara Wilkins of Barre.
Now Joe gets lots of calls each week from people wanting to nominate their own Super Senior.
"So they are wonderful storytellers and they have a history to tell, so I decided to focus on that, not thinking that it would take off the way it has," Joe said.
So many older Vermonters who still have so much to give.
"But it has shown the general public that there are so many folks out there that are active way past their 70s, 80s, 90s. And I had one that is close to 100 who was a town moderator," Joe said.
In fact, this gathering was the idea of one Super Senior, Dr. Hugh Hermann, who offered to pay for lunch for the entire bunch.
"I just shot from the hip. I guess I admired all our Super Seniors; their skills, their stories. And I just thought since I like people it would be fun to meet them," Hugh said.
But not all of the Super Seniors featured were at the luncheon.
"Yes, Mary Bell Singer and Jean Tatro passed away and I am going to mention them at a speech I am going to give. Both wonderful, giving ladies. They are all giving people. They are just folks that really know how to have a zest for life," Joe said.
It is a mutual admiration society.
Reporter Judy Simpson: What do you think about Joe Carroll?
Barbara Wilkins: He is adorable!
Former Governor Jim Douglas was on hand to salute the seniors; saying maintaining relationships is one of the keys to a long happy life.
"You have all maintained great relationships with one another and with other people in your communities and for that we are all deeply in your debt," Douglas said.
The group toasted with milk to celebrate long, productive lives.
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