Many Garlands members find new purpose as they pursue post-retirement passions on a volunteer basis. Meet some of the Garlands members for whom “giving back” and “paying it forward” are a big part of their inspired and engaging Garlands lifestyle.
Meet Garlands Member Lynne Backer
“I love helping and doing!”
– Lynne Backer,
Love of country and a passion for history and education led Lynne to the Signal Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) where she served as librarian for six years, places wreaths on Veterans’ graves with “Wreaths Across America,” and attends the Chapter’s annual afternoon tea fundraiser, which, coincidentally, is held at The Garlands.
An active member of the Barrington United Methodist Church, Lynne visits home-bound parishioners, teaches Vacation Bible School, contributes to, and works at the annual church rummage sale, and drives a fellow church member to church every Sunday.
Giving back and having a purposeful and productive retirement life comes natural to Lynne who says, “I like to try new things and meet new people, plus it’s good to keep your mind and your body active.”
Most recently she did what comes most naturally to her and put her experience as an educator and administrator back to work as she began a three-year term as a board member of Noah’s Ark Christian Academy.
To top her volunteer career off, Lynne makes time to give blood regularly saying, “It’s easy and painless, and they love my universal blood type!”