Volunteer of the Year 2008
2008 Volunteer of the Year
North Capitol at Plymouth
Beatrice Flucas was born and educated in Washington, DC. She is married to John Flucas, Sr., and together they have five children.
She started her crafts at the age of five by making doll clothes and using brown paper bags for patterns. By the age of seven, she was able to use an old-fashioned foot-pedal Singer sewing machine. By the age of 12, she was making clothing from her own patterns.
Beatrice attended the Alice Burdick Vocational High School for girls, and, at the age of 18, she was hired by the District of Columbia Park Services to head up the summer youth program for sewing, arts, and crafts. Beatrice was also a troop leader for the Girl Scouts, and she volunteered to teach sewing and arts and crafts at the Benning Rd. Boys and Girls Club, as well as at H.D. Cook Elementary School.
Beatrice and her husband John opened a chain of grocery stores in D.C. from 1974 through 1995 under their Flu-Bea Enterprise Corporation. For the past ten years, she has been co-owner of Flucas and Flucas Realty with her husband and daughter.
Beatrice has been President of the Native Washingtonian Club, Inc. for the past eight years, which is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation. The club feeds seniors an annual Thanksgiving luncheon, gives toys to needy children in the District of Columbia, visits nursing homes on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, offers scholarships to graduating seniors through the Debutante Cotillion Scholarship Awards Dinner program, and also recognizes individuals that go unrecognized through the Laura Dixon Unsung Heroes Award program.
Beatrice lives in Baltimore, but she comes to North Capitol at Plymouth twice a week, once to teach sewing and once for arts & crafts. She brings, at her own expense, fabric, patterns, sewing machines, thread, and many other materials, plus lots of love and a “you can do it” attitude. Sometimes, Beatrice even brings lunch. Her projects have helped residents to beautify the common areas of North Capitol at Plymouth.
Beatrice writes, “Thinking again of those who have helped and blessed my life, the list is long. Topping the list is God. We are all born with a gift, and it is up to us what we do with it.” She uses her gifts well!
RHF is pleased to recognize Beatrice Flucas as 2008 Volunteer of the Year.