CONGRATULATIONS, DR. HOULT!
May 12, 2022
The Energizer Bunny could likely learn a thing or two from Dr. Janet Cameron Hoult who, on Monday, May 9th, was presented a commendation by the City Council as 2022 Senior of the Year.
She has traveled, lived, and taught all over the world and, luckily for Culver City, where she has been active on many boards and committees, she has resided here since the 1970s. In fact, she told her late husband, Charley, that acceptance of his marriage proposal was contingent upon his moving here.
Culver City has a special place in her heart because "since I first moved here it has been my home base, my place to find support and peace in my church, Grace Lutheran, and by serving our City of Kindness on the Disability Advisory Committee, Landlord Tenant Mediation Board, and Culver Arts Foundation, and as the Artist Laureate for Poetry (now Emerita), which began while I was teaching poetry at the Culver City Senior Center."
Despite some physical challenges, her oft-repeated motto is to "keep on keeping on," something she does with grace and alacrity, and she is already working on her next poetry book. She has authored several books, the most recent one published earlier this year, and generously donates the proceeds to various foundations, charities and scholarships.
Dr. Hoult is a Professor Emerita at California State University, Los Angeles, and it may be that her background as an educator is instrumental in her being so focused on motivating local seniors to keep active and engaged. "I'm fortunate to be living in Palm Court, an exceptional senior residence community in Culver City, and look forward to continuing to write and encourage our older Americans," she stated, and followed up by sharing a poem she composed for Older Americans Month, which is in May:
As you grow older
You have to be bolder
When taking care of yourself
Keep using your mind
And you will find
You can better maintain your health
Community is key
And you can take it from me
Culver City is filled with a wealth
Of activities to enlighten
And very much brighten
Each of your days which is great
So without hesitation
Or undue contemplation
A truth I will definitely state
Is my love for this town
Which brings me a smile, not a frown
And always finds ways to stimulate.
Appropriately, the final WHEREAS in the commendation was a poem: "WHEREAS, the best way to thank and honor Dr. Hoult is with a poem, so we'll say: "Thank you Dr. Hoult for all you do, Culver City is so much better due to you!"
As Walt Disney said, and as Dr. Hoult so ably demonstrates, "Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever." The Observer congratulates her for her many achievements and wishes all seniors a very happy and healthy Older Americans Month.