From a young age, Walt Mattson had a profound interest in the newspaper and printing business. He delivered neighborhood newspapers, and even worked as a printer’s devil (one step below an apprentice) at his uncle’s weekly newspaper business in Pittsburgh during summer vacations. In the 1950s, he landed a job at a commercial printing plant in Portland, Maine, and went on to hold several high-ranking jobs in the newspaper business. Walt quickly climbed the corporate ladder, and in 1979, he was named the president of The New York Times Company.

How did he land this prestigious title, and what got him interested in the business in the first place?

View his September 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.

Upcoming 2015 Insights Presentations:

October 23                         Susan Mauntel:  “Taking Risks and Winning”

 

Ted Rehl fell in love with music…not once, but twice. His love for music blossomed around piano, Fran’s around cello, and they met at Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. With two music degrees, and a thirst for teaching, they began their careers. After retiring, Ted closed his piano and didn’t play again for 18 years. What brought him out of retirement?

View Ted and Fran’s August 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.

 

Upcoming Insights Presentations:

September 25             Walt Mattson:  “Community College & the Newspaper Business”

October 23                         Susan Mauntel:  “Taking Risks and Winning”

Do you ever feel like it takes years to get something accomplished in Washington? So did Senator Marlow Cook, who was featured in our July Insights Program. Throughout his time in the Senate, he co-sponsored several bills that passed Congress during Nixon’s presidency. Senator Cook has always been a “go-getter.” Even before serving in the Senate, he served as a county judge, was elected to the Kentucky State Legislature, and became the youngest county executive in Louisville, Kentucky, at the age of 36. After his Senate term, he spearheaded the effort of a major Kansas City law firm to create one of the top decision-making firms in D.C.

How did Senator Cook accomplish it all? View the full 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, OnBoard, Insights 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.

Upcoming Insights Presentations:

August 28                     Ted and Fran Rehl:  “Inspired by Music”

September 25             Walt Mattson:  “Community College & the Newspaper Business”

October 23                         Susan Mauntel:  “Taking Risks and Winning”

JayPrice-192x220SARASOTA, July 27, 2015Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, a not-for-profit continuing care community of distinction for older adults, welcomes the newest member of The Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board, Jay Price, as Member at Large Trustee. Jay is a First Vice President – Investments and Financial Advisor with the Juron Price Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC.

The Plymouth Harbor Foundation, an LLC of Plymouth Harbor, Inc., was established in 2012. Governed by a separate Board of Trustees, The Foundation was established 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 surrounding community. The Board consists of the CEO and CFO of Plymouth Harbor, Inc.; at least three members of the corporate Plymouth Harbor, Inc. Board of Trustees; three Plymouth Harbor residents who do not sit on the corporate Board; and three at-large members, one of which is now Jay. Members serve a term of three years, and may elect to serve two consecutive terms.

As a member of The Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board, Jay is responsible for helping to guide the Board’s decisions in relation to both Plymouth Harbor and the greater Sarasota community. Jay has a close connection to Plymouth Harbor, as his parents moved into an apartment in the Plymouth Harbor tower 23 years ago. His father, Donald Price, has since passed, however, his mother, Elsa Price, remains an active member of the community today.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Jay Price to The Foundation Board. He has history with Plymouth Harbor as both of his parents have been residents. He comes to us with a strong financial background as well as a wonderful philanthropic interest,” says William (Bill) Johnston, Chair of The Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board.

Jay was born in Southport, Connecticut, and was raised in Manchester, and Stowe, Vermont. After finishing high school in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, he moved to Wichita, Kansas, to serve six years in the 8th Air Force Strategic Air Command. After his Air Force service and his education at Wichita State University, he joined Boeing Military Co. Aerospace Group, and worked on national defense projects.

In 1984, Jay moved to Sarasota, Florida, and spent 12 years traveling and managing worldwide, special access international defense projects for Fairchild Weston and its successors, Loral Aerospace – Lockheed Martin. He then served as Director, Corporate Accounts for an international telecommunications firm.

His previous board service includes chair of the St. Thomas More Finance Committee. Additionally, he and his wife, Leslie Juron, co-chaired the Girls Incorporated of Sarasota County Capital Campaign and were both awarded the Girls, Inc. Visionary Award.

To learn more about The Plymouth Harbor Foundation, click here. To learn more about Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, 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 you ever seen a fashion show at Macy’s, read an advertisement for Vanity Fair lingerie in The New Yorker, or dried yourself on a Martex Towel? If so, you might know Plymouth Harbor resident Jane Smiley, who was featured in our June Insights Program. Jane has lived an exciting and active life – working in fashion advertising in New York City, serving as an advocate for women in the workplace, and promoting education and scholarships for youth. Jane shared with us how she broke the barrier for women in top executive positions during the 1950s, and how her journey eventually led her here to Plymouth Harbor.

You can view Jane’s full Insights presentation here:

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, OnBoard, Insights 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.

Upcoming Insights Presentations:

July 24                           Senator Marlow Cook:  “Politics are Politics”

August 28                     Ted and Fran Rehl:  “Inspired by Music”

September 25             Walt Mattson:  “Community College & the Newspaper Business”

October 23                         Susan Mauntel:  “Taking Risks and Winning”

CaptureSARASOTA, June 4, 2015Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay, a not-for-profit continuing care community of distinction for older adults, celebrated its first annual MacNeil Day on Friday, May 29, 2015. The inaugural event was sponsored by The Plymouth Harbor Foundation as means of celebrating the organization’s founder, The Reverend Dr. John Whitney MacNeil, born on May 29, 1911.

As it nears the milestone of its 50th Anniversary next year, Plymouth Harbor honored its founder and celebrated the past, present, and future of the thriving community. The commemorative event took place in Plymouth Harbor’s Pilgrim Hall, where nearly 150 residents and guests alike gathered to view a presentation hosted by Harry Hobson, President, CEO, Plymouth Harbor. The presentation first reflected on Dr. MacNeil’s vision for Plymouth Harbor, which was realized on January 15, 1966, when Plymouth Harbor first opened its doors to community residents, then transitioned into present and future community initiatives.

Also included in the presentation was a video containing heartfelt testimonials from historic community icons, including Tom Elliott, Plymouth Harbor’s first third-generation resident, and Judith MacNeil Merrill, the late Dr. MacNeil’s wife, now a resident of Plymouth Harbor. As Judith puts it, “John never lived here, but I live here now. It has come full circle.”

Following the presentation, guests were invited to continue the MacNeil Day celebration with a cocktail reception in Plymouth Harbor’s East Garden Atrium.

“Plymouth Harbor is a story of a man’s vision and leadership that ignited the passion of others to create a community for older adults where they could live, grow, and age with both grace and dignity. That vision continues today,” says Hobson.
The vision of Dr. MacNeil indeed continues today. Not only has Plymouth Harbor remained an icon for positive aging throughout the nation, it has created a wealth of growth within the local community. While residents and employees enjoy an active lifestyle on the Plymouth Harbor campus, they also contribute in myriad ways to the greater Sarasota community. In 2014 alone, Plymouth Harbor residents and staff completed 10,486 hours of volunteer service, as indicated in The Plymouth Harbor Foundation 2014 Impact Report. Of those 10,000 plus hours, they contributed to nearly 70 different organizations in need, including All Faiths Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Mote Marine, Children’s Welfare, and many more.

As Plymouth Harbor nears its 50th anniversary, the organization will continue to promote community involvement, enhance life both within and without Plymouth Harbor, and build upon Dr. MacNeil’s dream for a retirement community of distinction. To learn more about Plymouth Harbor, visit www.plymouthharbor.org.

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.

 

 

Beverly Vernon, or “Bev” as most residents know her, was featured in our May Insights Program, along with some help from her husband, Bill. Bev is a gourmet cook at heart, and a columnist second. However, the latter ended up generating a paycheck when she stumbled into the career simply by writing about something she loved. Bev shared with us her journey to the Chicago Tribune, developing recipes for big-name brands like Kraft, and exciting stories of cooking alongside world-renowned chef, Julia Child, and even the Oscar-winning actor, Tom Hanks!

You can view Bev’s full Insights presentation here:

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, Insights 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.

Upcoming Insights Presentations:

June 26                     Jane Smiley:  “Style—It is My Life

July 24                       Senator Marlow Cook:  “Politics are Politics”

August 28                Ted and Fran Rehl:  “Inspired by Music”

September 25        Walt Mattson:  “Community College & the Newspaper Business”

October 23                   Susan Mauntel:  “Taking Risks and Winning”

macneillOn May 29, the Plymouth Harbor community and friends will celebrate The Reverend Dr. John Whitney MacNeil with a tribute presentation and cocktail reception.  The evening will begin at 4:00 p.m. in Pilgrim Hall with a program that will give a closer look at this special man and his vision.

Our founder, The Reverend Dr. John Whitney MacNeil, born on May 29, 1911, was a visionary, a leader, and deeply rooted in the values of the United Church of Christ.  It was said of him that he would never reach the peak of his ambitions.  However, he always had goals and he always achieved them.

Two of his very large, ambitious goals in Sarasota were to establish a college of quality and a retirement community of distinction.  We now have New College of Florida and Plymouth Harbor, thanks to Dr. MacNeil and his leadership.

His widow, Judith Merrill, is still a resident of Plymouth Harbor and was recently featured in one of our Zest for Life stories.

If you are not a resident or otherwise affiliated with Plymouth Harbor and would like to learn more, contact Becky Pazkowski at 941-361-7398.

 

Don and Peggy Wallace were featured in April’s Insights.  Don Wallace wrote the script for several soap operas during his career, including The Edge of Night and One Life to Live.  Peggy was his right hand person, inspiring and typing the script every day.  The Wallaces shared how they met and entered into a fruitful career.  For them, life certainly was a Soap Opera!

You can view the full presentation here:

Insights is a new monthly connection where residents share their stories and insights about their lives, careers, and hobbies with employees.  A feature of Plymouth Harbor’s developing Employee Wellness Program, Insights is offered the fourth Friday of each month at noon.  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.  It will also enable us to develop an archive for future employees to view.

Upcoming Insights Presentations:

May 22                     Beverly Vernon:  “Let’s Cook”

June 26                    Jane Smiley:  “Style—It is My Life”

July 24                      Senator Marlow Cook:  “Politics are Politics”

August 28               Ted and Fran Rehl:  “Inspired by Music”

September 25       Walt Mattson:  “Community College & the Newspaper Business”

October 23                 Susan Mauntel:  “Taking Risks and Winning”

From the moment Plymouth Harbor on Sarasota Bay opened its doors, our residents have made it clear that life-long education and enrichment is a high priority.  With input from an ad hoc committee , residents continue to identify and schedule mini-courses of interest to their neighbors.  The second of two courses identified this year, The Epic of Medicine, continues through the end of April.

Next up, beginning in June, will be Paris: The Luminous Years: 1870 to 1914, presented by Baila Miller of Miller Fine Arts, Monday afternoons at 4:00 pm.

Paris: The Luminous Years: 1870 to 1914

parisWho would have dreamed that the once traditional, conservative city of Paris would become the center of freedom in Europe?  This course examines the exhilarating, scandalous, and intimate relationships of young artists and authors who shaped this magical era that came to be known as La Belle Epoque.  Artists such as the French impressionists, Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris, writers such as Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway, booksellers Sylvia Beach, Adrienne Monnier and many others made up this legendary milieu.

June 8:          The French Impressionists: A Vision to the Future

June 15:         Art Nouveau and the Post Impressionists

June 22:        The American Personality and Modernism: Picasso, Stein, and Stieglitz

June 29:        The Lost Generation: Art, Literature, and Music

Instructor: Baila Miller has completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.  For over a decade she has continued her independent study of World History and the Arts.  Currently, she teaches at the Art Center, Sarasota; the Brandeis National Committee; Sarasota Library Systems; Pierian Spring Academy; Longboat Education Center; Sarasota Bay Club; Road Scholar; The Ringling Library; and FSU.

Cost: $20 for the series of four classes. Space is limited to 40; please get your reservation in early.  These educational offerings are supported in part through gifts to the Plymouth Harbor Foundation.