Sarasota is a town of opportunity. In 1991 I found my place teaching ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at SCTI, and as a cashier at Encore & More, a consignment shop which supports the Women’s Resource Center. There are so many wonderful places in need of volunteers here that everyone can find a place to help. My parents were volunteers all their lives, and now it is my time to give back.
Warren worked for GE for 39 years, which meant moves to five states. I worked as a teacher in suburban Philadelphia, three children came, and our moves began. I taught in Avon, CT, then went into retailing at a fabric store where I taught sewing, tailoring and quilting. I was not much of a salesperson, but enjoyed being part of the business owner’s family as well as the adult classes.
We had always wanted to travel, and our first RV allowed us to go to the Cape every summer and eventually to all 48 states. When we moved to Florida we sold the RV and decided to cruise and tour Alaska, Hawaii and Europe. By that time, our son and his family had moved to the Czech Republic, so we would tour in Europe and then spend time with his family. He ran a school called One World School of English.
I made my way to St. Andrew in 1990 after trying several other churches. I found St. Andrew very welcoming and just the right size to become involved. It is a church where everyone has some job. My first assignment was as a treasurer for the new SHARE program. I have been involved in a number of positions since, and served as Moderator of the Congregation. We have had several ministers. Pastors Don Henderson, Joe LaDu, and Phil Garrison have been very special for me. They have enlarged my commitment to God and my quest for mission and justice. This church is my family, and the support that I have received has kept me going through several surgeries, my husband’s death, and the commitment to have my daughter live with me.
This is my home, and I enjoy visits from my son and family from Oregon and my daughter and family from Boston. I have five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. It is a wonderful life!