Wendy Underwood always played by the rules…that is until she met Jim. As a teenager, Jim ran away from home to join a carnival. Always chasing his next dream, he came home a year later to get his father’s signature to join the Air Force. From there, Jim traveled the world and dipped his toe into many different professions. Wendy, on the other hand, was a “good girl” who worked for the same telephone company until her retirement. How was it that these two seemingly opposite individuals met?

View their July Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

John Goodman’s interest in the piano started at the age of three. Since then, he has gone from student to musician and composer to professor. He graduated with a major in playwriting from Northwestern University, and went on to receive his master’s degree from Yale School of Music and his doctorate from Boston University. How did he end up in Sarasota?

View their June Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

Judy Liersch began her work life at IBM, programming early computers like the RAMAC. Al Jennings graduated from West Point in 1954 and went on to a career in the U.S. Air Force. How did Judy, a Liberal Arts major, end up meeting this retired Air Force Colonel? In the remote mountains of New Mexico at Los Alamos National Laboratory — one of two laboratories in the U.S. where classified work designing nuclear weapons takes place. What was it like working at Los Alamos?

View their May Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

 

She began in the mailroom, while he started as a trainee, but before their retirement, Tom and Marie Belcher both held high-ranking positions for the Aetna insurance company. After decades in the industry and 15 years of friendship, Tom and Marie were married in 1990. What finally brought these two together?

View their April Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

What do medicine, Chicago, and Africa have in common? Paul and Macky Groen.

Paul Groen, M.D. is a graduate of Wheaton College near Chicago, where he was born. He went on to attend Baylor University College of Medicine and took his residency in Detroit. Macky (short for Maxine) graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and received her R.N. from Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago. She also went on to earn a Master’s degree at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

It wasn’t until 1964, however, that the two met — in Africa. That year, Dr. Groen arrived at Mkar Christian Hospital in northern Nigeria, and by chance, Macky was the director of the nursing school. By 1965, the two were married. Eventually, the couple moved back to the states with their two sons, where Dr. Groen not only went on to study orthopedic surgery, establish a private practice in Wheaton, and teach at Loyola Medical School, but he also founded Doctors on Call for Services (DOCS). DOCS arranges for specialists to travel, on their own dime, and teach African doctors in their fields of expertise.

How did these two end up in Africa in the first place?

View their March Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

From traveling around the world to winning a gold medal in the Arthur Murray dance competition, Kansas City, Missouri, natives Phil and Barry Starr have lived an exiting life together.

In addition to his passion for videography and recording our monthly Insights presentations, Phil held a long and successful career in the insurance business. He graduated from Princeton, earned his MBA at Wharton, and became a certified life underwriter. He joined the Army and retired with a captain’s rank. From there, he went on to R. B. Jones Insurance Brokers in Kansas City, and took the company public before retiring after 36 years.

Barry graduated from Smith College, and having studied in Paris for a year, she tutored in French. She also served in many community positions — as a library board member, an art gallery docent, a church volunteer, and a Junior League officer.

How did these two meet? And what brought them to Sarasota?

View their February Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

Terry and Maureen Aldrich have been married for 16 years. They met in 1999 when she walked into his antique shop, and it was love at first sight.

Throughout his years, Terry has held two very different careers. First, he spent 20 years as a psychotherapist on active duty in the Air Force and as a program director for civilian mental health clinics. Second, he spent another 20 years as a business owner focused on the import and export of Western European antiques and furniture in Sarasota, Atlanta, and Italy. Maureen on the other hand began as a ballerina with the New Orleans Opera. She also studied world dances, ranging from SW Native Americans, Haiti, Brazil, Ghana, Hawaii, and 17th century France. In her career she choreographed ballets, became an associate professor of dance therapy at the University of Illinois, a professor in the history of dance at Vanderbilt, and has published three books on the subject.

What made Terry decide to make the move from a career in psychotherapy to running an antique shop? And how did Maureen turn her passion for dance into a career?

View their January Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to resident Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

 

Bert Adams (4)Each year, Keep Sarasota County Beautiful asks the community to nominate individuals who, time and time again, demonstrate their commitment to our environment. These individuals are then recognized at the Keep Sarasota County Beautiful Annual Volunteer Awards Recognition Dinner.

This year, Plymouth Harbor is proud to announce that we nominated our very own volunteer superstar, Bert Adams (an employee in our Smith Care Center). To no one’s surprise, Bert’s nomination was well-received, and she was invited to attend the annual dinner where she received the prestigious Guy Hudson Award for promoting volunteer interest and participation!

KSCBAwards2015-4The 27th annual dinner was held on November 4, 2015, at Robarts Area, and was hosted by Tampa Bay Rays Emcee, Bobby Milliken, and the Oriole Bird. A group of Plymouth Harbor employees attended the event alongside Bert’s family to cheer her on and support efforts being made throughout the county that promote environmental stewardship and innovation through education and action.

Bert’s award is not only well-deserved, but extremely fitting as it “recognizes an extraordinary life-long volunteer who has contributed to litter prevention and public awareness efforts.” Since Bert started at Plymouth Harbor in 1991, she has been committed to involving employees and their family members in volunteer efforts throughout the county. She has consistently organized company volunteer cleanup projects, and her efforts go beyond beautification.

Bert is the reason Plymouth Harbor adopted All Faiths Food Bank as our corporate charitable project, and she continually participates and promotes other local charities, such as the Crop Walk, the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life, and many more.

Both Sarasota County and Plymouth Harbor are extremely lucky to have Bert Adams as member of our team — congratulations, Bert!

 

sgcSARASOTA, November 12, 2015Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, was awarded Sarasota Garden Club’s 2015 Civic Beautification Award for continually maintaining landscaping excellence.

Plymouth Harbor received the award at Sarasota Garden Club’s 50th Anniversary celebration of Civic Beautification, held on Wednesday, October 14. The Civic Beautification Award Program honors businesses, associations, and the City for keeping Sarasota beautiful through excellence in landscaping. Each year, the Sarasota Garden Club’s Civic Beautification Committee reviews various properties in the Sarasota area that previously won this award, searching for properties that continue to produce outstanding landscaping and curb appeal.

Including Plymouth Harbor, the Sarasota Garden Club presented 33 Civic Beautification Awards, ranging from commercial buildings and parks to churches and condominiums. One hundred and twenty six people attended the event this year, including honorees and garden club members.

Plymouth Harbor would like to thank Jim Myers, director of environmental services, Marcos Franca, landscaping, and George Salley, chair of Plymouth Harbor’s Resident Grounds Committee, for continually making it possible for us to qualify for this prestigious award.

To learn more about Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, please click here.

 

About Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, founded in 1966, operates as a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community (CCRC) for 300 residents and is centrally located on the Bay between Bird Key and St. Armands Circle with vistas of the Gulf, Bay, and the city of Sarasota. It offers customized independent living residences, home care, assisted living, and skilled nursing and rehabilitation therapy services in the Smith Care Center. The Plymouth Harbor Foundation was established in 2012 to further ensure the appropriate stewardship of contributed funds, develop fundraising strategies that support the most positive aging experience possible, and provide funding for innovative programs and services in the region. Please visit
www.plymouthharbor.org or www.facebook.com/plymouthharbor for more information.

 

 

“Have I got a story for you!” This phrase is not only Susan Mauntel’s signature slogan, but also accurately reflects her life and career. Susan was born and raised in Philadelphia, but later moved to Boulder, Colorado, to attend the University of Colorado. She was an art major, journalism minor, and destined for show business.

After school, Susan continued west to California—modeling in TV commercials and print advertisements, first in San Francisco, then Los Angeles. From there, Susan’s next adventure was broadcasting – she hosted daily live TV shows in San Diego and San Francisco, interviewing prominent figures like Maya Angelou and Gerald Ford. Then, she co-anchored the news in Los Angeles. Later, she made her way to Aspen, where she made her living with a paintbrush, rendering fine art on furniture, and co-founded a resident theater company.

How did Susan make it in Los Angeles? And what did she learn along the way?

View her October Insights presentation to find out:

Insights is a monthly connection where residents can share stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with Plymouth Harbor employees. A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing employee wellness program, OnBoardInsights is offered at noon on the fourth Friday of each month. Open to all employees, lunch is provided, supported by gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation employee assistance fund. Thanks to resident Phil Starr, each Insights presentation is videotaped for viewing by employees unable to attend the live event.

Susan Mauntel was our final Insights presentation for 2015. The Insights program will pick back up in January 2016, so stay tuned for more!