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Luncheon guests discuss generations

Generations over the past century have each left their unique mark on American culture that reflects a changing society measured by age groups.

That was the topic of the Yukon Chamber of Commerce monthly membership luncheon on Thursday at the Yukon Public Schools Administrative Office.

Chamber member David Murphy, Keller Williams Realty, moderated a panel of Chamber members as they discussed American generations dating back to 1900. Representatives from three generations sat on a panel and discussed how their particular generation has handled the nuances of a changing world.

The panel consisted of “Traditionalist” Ernie Cornelius, ECI Insurance; “Baby Boomer” Becky Durham, Interbank; and “Generation X’er” Jarrid Wright, McDonalds.

The presentation also featured Avery Johnson-Moore, ECI Insurance, who supplemented the panel discussion remotely via live video.

The generations are broken down thusly:

  • Traditionalists (1900 to 1945) They were raised by parents who survived the Great Depression and can also be called “Savers.” To them, contribution to the collective good is important. They represent dedication and sacrifice, placed duty before pleasure, and had trust in government.
  • Baby Boomers (1946 to 1964) They are defined by the Viet Nam War, civil rights, the Cold War with Russia and space travel. Their creed was “trust no one over 30” and they believed “anything is possible.” They are extremely loyal to their children, optimistic, and embrace the notion of “spend now, worry later.” They also strive to “make a difference.”
  • Generation X (1965 to 1980)  

They are the first generation of “Latchkey Kids” — youngsters who return from school to an empty home because their parents are working or they are left at home with little parental supervision.  They employ corporate downsizing and are the first generation that will not do as well financially as their parents. They are highly educated, have high job expectations, are independent and seek a live / work balance. Generation X’ers are also suspicious of “Boomer” values.

  • Generation Y Millennials (1981-2000)

Theirs is a world of digital media, and they are the first generation of children with schedules. They are kept busy as kids and are supervised by “helicopter parents” who constantly hover over them, and many are children of divorce.  They are self-confident, believe in civic duty, have high morals, are highly tolerant, work on social ability, are members of a global community and are extremely tech savvy. They are spiritual, optimistic and are the most educated generation yet.

  • Generation (2000-2016)

They watch TV everywhere but not on a TV, utilizing mobile devices instead. They have an early introduction to technology and excel at multi-tasking or switching tasks. They fear not getting good grades or having enough money but hope to become millionaires and have a positive impact on society.

The luncheon was catered by McAlister’s Deli and the “Spotlight on Business” featured Tinker Federal Credit Union.

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