My family and I relocated from New York City to Minneapolis a little over 35 years ago, knowing no one when we arrived. I left my family, friends and a position producing and hosting radio and TV programs for NBC and ABC for the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. We called it a Minnesota “advencha.”
My mother’s sage advice was to join women’s groups and I would meet people. I did, and I have made many wonderful friends. My husband is a surgeon and I learned to be rather independent because of his on-call schedule. As a stay-at-home mom, I became extraordinarily involved in my two daughters’ schools. They were never in the same school or school district, so from room-mom, to school volunteer coordinator, to art and music volunteer, Scholastic book sales coordinator, and whatever else the schools needed, I was available.
I also worked part-time at Pro Ex and did portrait photography, which I fell in love with. After Pro Ex closed, I took a job at my neighborhood Caribou, and recently retired after 20 years. As you can see, being with people is my calling.
My latest volunteer positions are with Mia’s “Art in Bloom” Program, and with their Friends Board, where our committee of two is working hard for the Friends to become more diverse and inclusive within the local community. I have been active with the Assistance League of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a non-sectarian organization, for the last 16 years. Besides having a thrift shop on 64th and Penn Ave. in Richfield, they have nine hands-on community service projects that reach out to women, children and schools in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Richfield.
Last, but not least, I run several movie groups on Zoom and in person. While I am not a professional film critic, nor do I have a formal education in film, I love movies and take pleasure in hearing how other people are affected by them! I am a good facilitator of groups and enjoy giving everyone a chance to express their own opinions about a film we are discussing.
I hope you will join me in the viewing and discussion of our first film on April 7. Details to follow. I look forward to meeting you and making new friends.