PALM HARBOR NEWCOMERS CLUB
MEET THE PRESIDENT
Although I was born in St. Paul, MN I went to junior and senior high school in LaGrange, IL, a suburb of Chicago. I followed my high school sweetheart to the University of Kentucky, but like many first time romances, it didn't last. Fortunately or unfortunately, my parents transferred back to St. Paul and talked me into leaving UK to attend the University of MN. Those cold winters were too much! I dropped out of college, joined the Air Force (after seeing Goldie Hawn in the movie "Private Benjamin" five times), and met John, my husband of 33 years. Luckily, I was serving during the Reagan Era when they were trying to shrink the military by offering Honorable Discharges to volunteers. I opted out and soon became a military wife.
Our best three-year assignment was to a small military base northwest of Oxford, England. It was hard to leave such a picturesque area, but we decided it was time to begin a new chapter. John retired from the USAF after 21 years. I swore I'd never move back to frigid MN, but we decided we wanted to raise our two girls around their grandparents and cousins, and while building our house, we discovered I was expecting our son. Once the children had some age, I campaigned for public office and became a city council member for 12 years. It was wonderful, but a college degree was on my bucket list, so I returned to school. I completed two study abroad programs-teaching conversational English in Taipei, Taiwan and studying British Literature in London. After graduating with honors in 2010, with a degree in Secondary Education/Language Arts, I began teaching full time at a Somali Middle School in downtown St, Paul. It was another great experience.
As wonderful as life as in MN, we jumped at the opportunity to be relocated and thaw out in Clearwater, FL, through John's employer, Lockheed Martin. As you can read, I am a bit of an adventurer, But I love and need to connect with people. You and our club are important to me. I'll be giving 110%.