The 2015 Flash Family Inspirational Award is bestowed upon Karen Beck, a Mercer Island resident and Group Fitness Instructor at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. As a Group Fitness Instructor Karen teaches, inspires and helps seniors continue to live active lives. Her senior classes attract a variety of ages and levels of fitness and her extensive fitness knowledge and sense of humor keep participants engaged. Karen’s students feel welcome by her consistent encouragement for them to connect with one another. Her classes are physically, emotionally and socially stimulating. Karen is their instructor and mentor as well as their friend. Karen host luncheons for students at her home, notices when participants miss classes and she follows up with notes and phone calls to make sure all is well. Karen is genuinely committed to her students’ functional and personal well-being.
Our gratitude goes out to Karen for all of the many MI seniors who have benefitted from her caring, energetic and supportive exercise classes and personal community. Thank you for all the years of goodness and teaching you have provided to so many seniors and the Mercer Island community.
Each spring Mercer Island Youth and Family Services awards the Flash Family Inspirational Award (FFIA) to honor a Mercer Island senior adult (55 and older) who exemplifies the spirit of good sportsmanship and/or community leadership, and who possesses an optimistic attitude and friendly demeanor while acting as a role model to others.
Phil Flash passed away on April 4 of this year at 96 years of age. He was one of many students touched by Karen’s kindness and care. Karen taught Phil for nine years and helped him celebrate his 90th birthday.