published: Friday, April 27, 2012
-- Hometown: Clermont
-- OCCUPATION: Retired elementary school teacher
-- FAMILY: Larry, husband of 43 years; daughter, Christina, and her husband, Duane; daughter, Theresa, and her husband, Brad; my Mom, Helen, 88 years of age; and six grandchildren -- Tyler 21, Brent 17, Caleb 15, Alana 13, Adam 11 and Austin 8
What do you enjoy most about South Lake County?
I enjoy most the friendliness of the people here and the warm weather.
If you had to summarize your philosophy of life in one sentence, what would it be?
You need to make the best of every situation and not worry because whatever happens will soon pass. I said my favorite saying recently, "This too will soon pass," when I went on a rollercoaster ride with someone who couldn't find anyone to ride with them. I kept saying it over and over to myself until the ride stopped.
Name a person or incident you've come across recently that's touched you in some way. Why did this person or incident impress you so much?
This is a hard question because there are so many I have encountered in my life that have touched me in a very special way. I have decided to go with Donnie Galinski, who did such a wonderful job doing the drywall on the Quonset hut World War II museum for the Clermont Historical Village, donating not only his time but also the materials needed at a time when construction jobs were not plentiful. This was a labor of love because having a rounded ceiling had to be very hard to drywall. I am sure all our World War II veterans and their families as well as those caring about our history will appreciate his work on the Quonset hut for years to come, as well on the Kern House.
How does what you do contribute to the welfare of the area?
Since God plays such a part of my life, I try to help wherever help is needed, whether it involves donating to needy causes, helping at the Historic Village as secretary, singing in the choir at church, or being a part of the Hibiscus Garden Club, having served as president and secretary, so that kids can go to camp and the garden clubs and grounds can pay their bills so the building can be used for different functions needed by the community.
What's something you've always wanted to do but haven't yet?
I have always wanted to play the piano well.
What advice would you give to people who want to help out in the community?
Ask someone who looks happy where they volunteer. Doing things for others always gives you a happy outlook on life. Go where your interests are. Our Historic Village is always looking for volunteers who love history. Our four Clermont garden clubs are for those who love working with plants. Our Lake Louisa State Park is always looking for volunteers for our visitors. Our churches have places for people to volunteer. We also have a Clermont Women's Club looking for volunteers. The list goes on and on because this community is one that has many places where you can volunteer.