Retirement community celebrates founding members of “Century Club”

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — During an exclusive “members only” gathering in the ice cream parlor at the Hammond Glen Retirement Community of Sandy Springs, Shirley Finck called the meeting to order. 

“First of all I have to say, when people started asking me about my age, I avoided the subject,” Shirley said.

But word has spread. Five ladies are the founders of the Hammond Glen Century Club.

“Wow! If I had to put it in one word, or two, simply amazing,” Community Wellness Director April Parker said.

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There’s a pretty important requirement -- a minimum age of 100 years.

“I was really thrilled to be with these wonderful women, who are past my age,” Estell Wexler said. 

Peggy Cobb, Mildred Wachter, Millie Kinbar, Wexler and Finck are the founding members.

Wexler is the baby of the bunch. The group has a total of 507 years of wisdom -- more than five centuries of smarts. 

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“I’m very flattered. Very flattered to be part of this,” Kinbar said.

The ladies were awarded medals, plaques, and there’s a big banner down the hall. It’s certainly fitting to celebrate such a milestone. They have seen it all during their time, and they plan to see much more.

“But I’ll tell you, these people are an inspiration to me,” Cobb said.

The Century Club will be growing very soon.  There are a couple of 99-year-olds at Hammond Glen who are about to join.

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