HISTORY

Picture8Earth Day, celebrated each year on April 22, marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement that began in 1970. Earth Day is now a globally celebrated holiday, and serves as a day of education about environmental issues.

The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI), and inspired by the anti-Vietnam War protests of the late 1960s, Earth Day was originally aimed at creating a mass environmental movement. It began as a “national teach-in on the environment,” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of air and water pollution, Senator Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight. It is safe to say that he largely accomplished that goal.

In 1990, Earth Day went global, with 200 million people in over 140 nations participating, according to the Earth Day Network (EDN), a nonprofit organization that coordinates Earth Day activities. Today, EDN collaborates with more than 17,000 partners and organizations in 174 countries. EDN estimates that more than 1 billion people are involved in Earth Day activities, making it “the largest secular civic event in the world.”

HOW PLYMOUTH HARBOR IS CONTRIBUTING

With the establishment of the Conservation Committee several years ago, Plymouth Harbor does its part to contribute to the green movement. The committee promotes conservation of resources within Plymouth Harbor, including recycling, water, and electricity usage, and other appropriate conservation measures. The committee also researches and makes recommendations on ways in which Plymouth Harbor may become more environmentally responsible. The committee has begun tracking Plymouth Harbor’s recycling, water, and electricity usage over the last few years.

PLYMOUTH HARBOR’S 2016 EARTH DAY CELEBRATION  

Friday, April 22, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. — 3:00 p.m. in the Club Room.

The Conservation Committee invites all Plymouth Harbor residents to its annual Earth Day Celebration. At this year’s event, you can expect something different! We will provide refreshments, and most importantly interactive, informative, and fun activities! There will be giveaways, trivia, videos, and prizes. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more information.

 

By: Addie Hurst

Joy McIntyre_3-2016_2 (3)What a pleasure (a joy!) it is to welcome Joy McIntyre to the Plymouth Harbor family! If you are an opera buff, she probably needs no introduction … but we’ll get to that later.

Joy is an only child whose parents were both school teachers in Kinsley, Kansas. However, her father took a civil service test and, starting in a very simple job with the U.S. Postal Service, ended his career as the Deputy Assistant Postmaster General. So you can see that Joy inherited genes that would take her far.

As a sophomore in high school she was given the lead in an operetta; she was the soloist for her church choir at age 15. She went on to attend Oberlin where she spent her junior year in Salzburg, Austria. Following graduate studies at the New England Conservatory of Music, she won the Emma Eames scholarship and returned to Salzburg.

She spent the next nineteen years working for various opera companies in Germany and giving performances at all the famous opera houses in Europe. She was married to a German architectural engineer for 10 years. Joy then became a professor at Boston University (now emeritus) and Chair of the Voice Department. She also has taught at Utah State University, University of Miami Salzburg Program, and is currently on the faculty of the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. As if this were not enough, she also has been a Shakespeare scholar and created a one-woman show integrating scenes and songs by Shakespeare. Her accompanist for several of these performances was John Goodman.

She recently left her house in Silver Oak where she had lived for 12 years and has joined us at Plymouth Harbor…but she is hardly retired. She is currently President of the Sarasota Concert Association, is a past president of SILL and a current board member, is on the board of the Music Archive at the Selby Library where music related items are sorted, catalogued, and stored. Formerly, she was board member of the Artists Series Concerts, produced shows at the Historic Asolo, and ran competitions … and she still teaches at Tanglewood!

Getting to know Joy is in fact … a joy! She is very modest about all of these past accomplishments, but just ask a few questions and she has lots of stories! We hope she will be as happy to be in Plymouth Harbor as we are to welcome her.

 

April 10th-16th represents National Volunteer Week, a week when dedicated volunteers are recognized for their efforts. With so many of our own volunteers here at Plymouth Harbor, we wanted to find a way to celebrate these individuals. It is no secret that our residents and staff are kind, caring, generous, and giving. Whether they are donating their time within Plymouth Harbor or to the greater Sarasota community, they are committed to helping organizations succeed.

Each year, The Plymouth Harbor Foundation asks residents and employees to share their community involvement for use in the annual Impact Report. For 2015, we are proud to report that our residents and staff collectively volunteered over 10,100 hours to 73 area organizations, including, but certainly not limited to, American Cancer Society, Red Cross, Ringling Museum, Selby Public Library, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Suncoast Community Blood Bank, Selah Freedom, and many more.

WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

Picture4Jim Griffith, M.D.  is a prime example of the generosity of our residents within the Sarasota community. Dr. Griffith has been a volunteer physician with the Friendship Center’s Rubin Medical Center for Healthy Aging for 18 years, where he receives no payment for his services. The center serves patients who are uninsured or have limited income, and is largely staffed by
retired or volunteer physicians, dentists, pharmacists, and nurses.

Dr. Griffith began working with the center after he retired and moved to Florida. “I wanted to do something useful,” he says. In 2015 alone, he spent 240 hours at the center, where he is involved in treating patients and other related activities. He also organizes the center’s medical library, completes required continuing education for his Florida medical license, attends weekly meetings at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and gives medical presentations — one of which will be given as a Health Matters presentation on April 18, entitled “Sleep Disorders.”

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Jerry Kaplan spent over 385 hours volunteering with six different organizations in 2015 — including: Meals on Wheels, the Sarasota Education Foundation, Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, the Patterson Foundation, the Smith Care Center, and serving as a principal mentor for the Sarasota County school system.

“I get a lot of satisfaction out of the things I’m involved in,” Jerry says. “I hope to make a contribution and make a difference in the lives of others.”

Jerry became involved in volunteering early on after he retired as a means of staying busy. Today, he discusses news topics every Monday in the Smith Care Center, evaluates programs and grants for the Sarasota Education Foundation, improves children’s reading skills through the Patterson Foundation, and with the help of his wife, Nancy, he works with Meals on Wheels every Tuesday.

WITHIN PLYMOUTH HARBOR.

There are also so many ways that residents give generously of their time within Plymouth Harbor. Some work in different capacities in the Smith Care Center, while others work closely with the Plymouth Harbor Foundation to better our educational opportunities and philanthropic endeavors. And while they may not necessarily consider it volunteering, residents devote time to enhancing the lives of their neighbors. Ted Rehl spends countless hours preparing for his annual performances, while Don Wallace brightened the lives of others with his plays. Also among our internal volunteers are the many residents who serve on the Residents Association Board of Directors and 20 committees that ensure Plymouth Harbor operates at its greatest capacity.

Picture1Terry and Maureen Aldrich exemplify this volunteerism. Terry, president of the Residents Association until he passes the torch in early April, dedicated himself to the position. He’s seen his peers do the same.

“There are roughly 170 residents who volunteer their time to serve Plymouth Harbor — so we’re talking a huge number of people and hours,” he says. “It’s been a great privilege of mine to see.”

As a retired psychotherapist, Terry also lends an ear when needed, and along with Maureen and Mary Allyn, he invites new residents to have dinner with them each week. For the last 10 years, Maureen has also devoted her time to tutoring English to priests — including Father Sebastian from St. Martha’s,  who serves at Plymouth Harbor regularly.

Picture3A resident since 2003, Mary Allyn is the epitome of resident involvement, serving in many capacities. Not only is she a past president of the Residents Association, but Mary also served as chair of the Grounds Committee, chair of the Nominating Committee, colony director, member of the Long Range Planning Committee, and a member of the search committee to select Plymouth Harbor President/CEO Harry Hobson. Additionally, Mary is involved in Plymouth Harbor’s bird rookery, annually counting our native birds, and ensuring their proper habitat.

“I’ve done a lot of Plymouth Harbor service over the years,” she says. “And I enjoy it because it’s a lot like what I did professionally.”

It would take countless pages to portray the efforts of all our residents and staff, but one thing’s for sure — we’re lucky to call such generous individuals part of the Plymouth Harbor family.

 

By: Sallie VanArsdal

Stanford Bill and Judy2 (3)The Stanfords are both Illinois natives. Judy was born and raised in Urbana where a longtime family business was located. Bill, born in Centralia, moved around the state during childhood due to his father’s profession. Both of them chose the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for college. Bill won an R.O.T.C. scholarship that gave him a Navy commission as well as his Economics degree, with honors, in 1965. Judy majored in Education and, equally important, met Bill.

Theirs was a campus romance that led to marriage in 1965. Judy’s father offered them a large wedding or two tickets to Paris. Paris won! After a family wedding, they boarded the plane for France. They came home to Bill’s return to the University of Illinois for an M.B.A. He started to work for Eli Lilly and Company in 1967, but left to fulfill a four year Navy R.O.T.C. commitment serving as supply officer on the U.S.S. Ashland, the first L.S.D. (Landing Ship Dock) built during World War II. Bill recalls, “Just keeping the 25-year-old ship running was challenging.” Judy, meantime, taught elementary school in Illinois.

Back at Lilly in 1971, Bill was sent to Dusseldorf, Germany, as financial manager for Elizabeth Arden, a Lilly subsidiary, and their business travels began: from Dusseldorf to Vienna to Sao Paulo, Brazil, overseeing Elizabeth Arden. Judy taught at the American International Schools (AIS) in all three cities, accompanied now by their two small sons who were AIS students. “It was a perfect arrangement,” she notes. “The boys learned a lot by making friends from other countries.”

Bill was brought to Lilly headquarters in Indianapolis in 1981. Various rapid promotions led to his appointment as Vice President and Controller. During these years, both Stanfords were involved in civic organizations. They continued this participation after 1996 when Bill retired and they moved to Sarasota’s Bird Key. Bill served as Commodore of the Bird Key Yacht Club, Treasurer of the Van Wezel Foundation Board, and Chairman of the Sarasota Memorial Health Care Foundation during four of his fifteen years on the Health Care Foundation Board.
Living on Bird Key, Judy and Bill became good friends of Babs and Ernie Rice and Francie and Gordon Jones, all Plymouth Harbor residents later. It would seem that the Rice/ Jones influence was positive, as the Stanfords, although still getting settled, appear happy and contented to be here.

 

 

Lee DeLieto, Sr., Trustee

“My involvement and appreciation of the composition and dedication of the Plymouth Harbor, Inc. Board of Trustees motivated me to accept an invitation to become a member of the Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board of Trustees.”

Lee DeLieto, Sr. joined the Commercial Group at Michael Saunders & Company more than 20 years ago and he and his partner, Lee Jr., have repeatedly received the “Top Commercial Real Estate Team” recognition. Lee is an active member of various professional organizations including member and Past President of The Commercial Investment Division (CID) of the Sarasota Association of Realtors, member of Sarasota Association of Realtors and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Lee’s community involvement includes Founder and Board Member of Insignia Bank, and current Board Member and Past Chair of Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County. Additionally, Lee is a Past President of the Downtown Sarasota Kiwanis Club, Past Board Chair of the Sarasota University Club, and Past President of the Sarasota Alumni Club of Phi Delta Theta. Lee received a Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the University of Rochester.

 

SuzFreundFrom Chicago to West Virginia, Ohio to El Salvador, Guatemala to Sarasota, Suzanne Freund has just about seen it all. Married to an El Salvador native, and the only child of an engineer during World War II, Suzanne is no stranger to embracing new places and new cultures.

During World War II, Suzanne’s father moved their family from Chicago to Charleston, West Virginia. After the war, they were transferred to Toledo, Ohio, and Suzanne spent her summers in Madison, Wisconsin, visiting her grandparents. Throughout her childhood, Suzanne always took piano lessons, as she had started playing at the young age of four.

So, while Suzanne’s location often changed, her love for music remained constant. At the age of 15, she was enrolled in Milwaukee-Downer Seminary, an all-girls day and boarding school, and the lessons continued. When she graduated, Suzanne went on to attend the University of Wisconsin, where she studied music. Little did she know, however, that she would develop a love for something else during that first year of school – Roberto Freund, a junior at Wisconsin, originally from San Salvador. The two met on a blind date, and the rest is history.

Two years later, in 1949, Roberto graduated from school and moved back home to take over his family’s rather prominent hardware and construction material company. In February of 1950, the two were married, and Suzanne relocated to San Salvador. The couple’s first purchase as newlyweds? A piano.

At the time of her move, Suzanne was only a junior in school. So, at the request of her parents, Suzanne promised to finish her degree – although it turned out to be more difficult than she originally thought. “It took forever,” Suzanne says, as she recalls having to take an English credit via correspondence. After that, she elected to spend two summers in Madison completing her coursework.

The move from the United States to San Salvador was a bit of a culture shock for Suzanne. She had no phone, little access to mail, and only two years of Spanish classes under her belt. “In those days, when you studied a language, you didn’t necessarily learn how to speak it,” she says. And while she could read and write in Spanish, she jokes that it took her quite some time to master the art of speaking. “I was told not to speak to our kids in Spanish because I couldn’t roll my R’s,” she laughs. Eventually she caught on, and like her three daughters who were raised in San Salvador, she’s now fluent in Spanish.

Business was booming in El Salvador. In addition to hardware and construction material, the company began manufacturing paint after the establishment of the Central American Common Market. Following that, during the Kennedy-era, Roberto attended a U.S. government-sponsored seminar in Miami regarding the development of savings and loan associations. These types of institutions were non-existent in El Salvador at the time, and Roberto took it upon himself to establish the country’s first savings and loan bank.

While Roberto focused on running the family business, Suzanne set to work volunteering within the community. Not only was she involved in the equivalent of the Parent Teacher Association in San Salvador, she was active in the American Society of El Salvador, serving on the Board and planning local events. She also helped establish the American Women’s Society – an organization that is still around today – serving as the second President. Additionally, she volunteered at the local maternity hospital.

In 1972, things in El Salvador took a turn for the worst. While business was lucrative, the family began to fear for their safety. Family friends and neighbors were kidnapped for ransom, and some never returned. Finally, in 1975, after the son of the most prominent family in the country was kidnapped and murdered, the Freunds decided it was time for Suzanne and their youngest daughter to leave San Salvador (their two eldest were in boarding school at the time). Suzanne moved to Madison, and Roberto remained in San Salvador until 1980, when he moved to Guatemala City to run the business remotely.

That same year, all savings and loan institutions in El Salvador were nationalized and that was the end of banking for the Freunds. However, the hardware and construction material and paint manufacturing business remained, and today it’s run by Roberto’s two nephews. In 1981, after years of long-distance marriage, Suzanne and Roberto reunited in Guatemala City. They lived there for one more year before they relocated to Siesta Key. They purchased a condo in the hopes of expanding it; all the while Suzanne was in search of yet another piano.

Eventually, she located a piano that was originally owned by Owen Burns (yes, as in Burns Court), and was for purchase from a woman by the name of Cerita Purmort – a woman who would eventually become her neighbor here at Plymouth Harbor. “It’s such a small world,” she says.

Their first contact with Plymouth Harbor was in the 1980s when Suzanne’s mother was a resident here. The couple moved into Plymouth Harbor in 2006, and Roberto passed away in 2011. Her mother played the piano for both the Chaplain and residents of Plymouth Harbor, and Suzanne continues this legacy by playing for the Chaplain’s Sunday service in the Smith Care Center.

In addition to her musical interests, Suzanne has always had a keen interest in architecture. Today, she serves as a volunteer for the Sarasota Architecture Foundation, and as a docent for the Dr. Walker Guest House designed by Paul Rudolph at the Ringling Museum of Art. On Saturdays, she also serves as a volunteer for the Center for Architecture Sarasota.

Prior to her architectural involvement, Suzanne spent 25 years working as a volunteer with the National Council of Jewish Women in conjunction with Prevent Blindness performing eye screenings in preschools for Amblyopia (lazy eye syndrome). She also served as a volunteer for the Symphony Showcase House for several years, and provided lunches for dancers of the Sarasota Ballet on performance days.

Above all, however, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her three daughters, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

 

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Ann and Ray Neff had occasion to spend a good deal of time with Bobby Broderick before he passed away. Over time, Ray learned of Bobby’s career in the laundry business and heard stories of how he began that business as a job and how it blossomed into a fulfilling and successful career. Remembering this important part of Bobby’s life, and the role it played in his family life — taking his children to work with him on Saturdays and how they would play in the laundry bins and conveyors — it seemed most fitting to Ann and Ray that when our own Plymouth Harbor laundry room was being renovated, to do something to honor Bobby and his contributions to life at Plymouth Harbor.

The Neffs have made a gift to support the purchase of the large industrial-sized washer and dryer (roughly half the cost of the equipment) in memory of Bobby Broderick. A memorial plaque will be installed by the end of the February. Please join us in thanking Ann and Ray Neff for their thoughtful gift to remember our longtime friend, neighbor, and colleague Charles “Bobby” Broderick.

 

 

By: Lorna Hard

Picture4Margaret D’Albert, known as Peggy, was born and raised in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She  spent the first three years of high school at a prep school on the east coast of Florida and completed high school in Tucson, Arizona. After two years studying at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Peggy transferred to Scripps, one of the Claremont Consortium of Colleges in California.

Her first summer there, Peggy went on a tour of South America with two of her professors. They stopped in Buenos Aires following the death of Eva Peron, and Peggy experienced what life under a dictatorship is like. The following summer she went on a study tour to Mexico.

After graduation, Peggy moved to New York City, taking secretarial and public relations jobs, and attending classes at NYU. When one of her former professors retired, he organized a tour around the world, which Peggy joined. It began in Japan and ended in Spain. When she returned to New York, Peggy tutored with Literacy Partners, Inc., an English as a Second Language program. Subsequently, she completed her master’s degree in literature at NYU.

Peggy married Peter D’Albert, who was born in Switzerland and had American citizenship. Peter was based in New York and worked for a Swiss company. After their first son, Richard, was born, the couple moved to Long Island, living first in Manhasset and later in Locust Valley, where Peter had taken an administrative position with Hofstra University. The D’Albert’s had two more children: Kevin and Maria. Peggy now has eight grandchildren.

While Peter worked at Hofstra, Peggy completed a second master’s degree in education there. She also worked with the Junior League as Chairman of the Arts Committee, where she helped set up an arts loan library for the public schools, a calendar for Newsday, and a Saturday arts program for school children.

When the D’Albert’s divorced, Peggy moved back to New York City, where her children were living and working. She resumed her work with the English as a Second Language program, became President of Vacations for Senior Citizens (VASCA), and sang weekly with the Canterbury Choral Society.

Peggy is no stranger to Sarasota. Her first visit here was for the winter semester of first grade at the Out-of-Door Academy, which was then a boarding school. In her adult life, she spent many winters at her condo at The Landings. She became active with Sarasota’s Literacy Council, and for several years, she sang with United Congregational Church Choir in Sarasota and the Key Chorale.

In Sarasota, she particularly enjoys music, theatre, ballet, art galleries, lecture series at Sarasota Institute for Lifelong Learning, classes at Pierian Spring Academy, and brief kayak rides.

Peggy feels fortunate to be able to participate in the classes, exercises, lectures, and films in the community at Plymouth Harbor.

 

Picture3CADE SIBLEY

We are excited and honored to welcome Cade Sibley as our new Chair of The Foundation Board. Cade has served as a member of The Foundation Board since its inception in 2013. She and her husband Whit are residents of Longboat Key, having moved here in 2010 from Denver. In Denver, Cade was involved in advanced estate, business-transfer, and investment-planning strategies. She was a longtime member of several of the Lincoln Financial Group’s most prestigious honors societies, and served as Vice Chair of Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center Board for The Denver Foundation, and on the Denver Arthritis Foundation Board.

Cade assumed her new role as Chair in January of this year. Bill Johnston will continue as a Foundation Trustee as a resident of Plymouth Harbor, as he and his wife Betsy became residents in December of 2015. Harry Hobson continues as Vice-Chair of The Foundation Board, and Garry Jackson continues in his role of Secretary/Treasurer.

 

In December 2015, three members of the Plymouth Harbor, Inc. Board of Trustees reached the end of their term, and in January 2016, the Board gained three new members. Below please find biographies introducing these new members.

 

KATHRYN ANGELL CARR

I am looking forward to serving on the Plymouth Harbor Board because it is a facility I have admired since moving to Sarasota in 1983, and the more I learn about Plymouth Harbor, the more I treasure such a valuable resource in our community.”

Kathryn Angell Carr is a partner at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP where she is Board Certified in Real Estate Law. She has been involved in the representation of both purchasers and sellers in residential and commercial real estate, including several shopping centers, hotels, apartment complexes, restaurants, and office buildings. Kathryn also has experience in the leasing and financing of both residential and commercial projects, including securitized financing and bond financing. Kathryn has represented developers of residential projects in all stages of development, including acquisition, financing of the land, and platting of the property, and has advised clients as to the effects of the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act and the Florida Land Sales Act.

Kathryn received a BS degree in Political Science from Iowa State University and earned her law degree from the University of Florida. In addition to Plymouth Harbor, Kathryn previously served on several community Boards, including, but not limited to, The Argus Foundation and the Animal Rescue Coalition. She has three stepchildren and six grandchildren, ranging in age from three to 27. In her spare time, Kathryn enjoys cooking, having learned much from her husband who was a page boy in the Ringling Hotel in the 1940s while his father was the manager.

 

Grindal 4x5 300 dpi (4) CropALAN B. GRINDAL, M.D. 

As a Sarasota physician​, I have long admired Plymouth Harbor as a model for providing a successful aging lifestyle.”

Dr. Alan B. Grindal is a Board Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology. He received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and his Medical degree from the University of Illinois. Dr. Grindal obtained his Neurology training at the Medical College of Virginia, where he also served on the medical faculty.

For over 30 years Dr. Grindal was in private practice in Sarasota, and he is currently on the Clinical Faculty of Florida State University. He also works with the Memory Disorder Clinic at Sarasota Memorial Hospital and is a volunteer at the hospital’s Community Clinic. In addition, Dr. Grindal often teaches at the University of South Florida Lifelong Learning Academy and Pierian Springs Academy. He was selected by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America from 1997 to his retirement in 2004. Dr. Grindal and his wife will be                                                                                                     celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this summer with their three children and six                                                                                                    grandchildren.

 

McGee Low-ResAMBASSADOR JAMES D. MCGEE

I am pleased to serve on the Board of Trustees at Plymouth Harbor. As the premier vertically integrated care facility in Florida, Plymouth Harbor affords me the opportunity to continue my life of service with an institution that does so much for its residents and the community at large.”

Ambassador James D. McGee spent the majority of his 30-year Foreign Service career overseas working in support of U.S. Government policy. His professional skills include political-military affairs, crisis management, and international negotiation and management. He was nominated and confirmed as Ambassador to the Kingdom of Swaziland 2002-2004, Madagascar and the Comoros Islands 2004-2007, and Zimbabwe 2007-2009. He then returned to the National War College in Washington D.C., as the senior advisor to the Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. At his last assignment, Ambassador McGee opened the first political-military office to provide diplomatic advice and guidance to the Commander of U.S. naval forces Europe, Africa and the 6th Fleet. Ambassador McGee served in the U.S. Air Force for five and a half years during the Vietnam conflict and earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses and 16 Air Medals while flying on 471 combat missions.

In addition to his military honors, Ambassador McGee was presented the Palmer Award for Diplomatic Excellence in 2011, the Diplomacy for Freedom Award in 2008, and numerous Presidential Pay and Superior Honor Awards. He is a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy and serves on the Board of Directors for the Global Alliance for Zimbabwe and the Committee for the Community of Democracies. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Defense Language Institute, and speaks French and Vietnamese.