A Fit Retirement with Janet Pfeffer: Anne Moran

Janet is perhaps Talbot County’s most popular exercise instructor of a certain age. With a long-standing following at the Saint Michaels Family Y, Londonderry, and the Oxford Community Center for her classes, she has seen inspiring examples of transformation with her friends and students as they move from a rewarding professional career to a physically fit and purposeful retirement life.

We are happy to report that Janet accepted a Spy proposal to seek out some of these fit and purposeful retirees to share their unique stories over the next year.

Janet continues this series with her friend, Anne Moran. Anne retired to the Eastern Shore after a long career in New York City and Los Angeles as a fundraising executive. In her conversation with Janet, Anne talks about how she maintains her intellectual interests, a fitness routine, including tap-dancing, and her volunteer work, at the Bullitt House recently.

This video is approximately four minutes in length.

A Fit Retirement with Janet Pfeffer: Leone Tillman

Janet is perhaps Talbot County’s most popular exercise instructor of a certain age. With a long-standing following at the Saint Michaels Family Y, Londonderry, and the Oxford Community Center for her classes, she has seen inspiring examples of transformation with her friends and students as they move from a rewarding professional career to a physically fit and purposeful retirement life.

We are happy to report that Janet accepted a Spy proposal to seek out some of these fit and purposeful retirees to share their unique stories over the next year.

Janet continues this series with her friend, Leone Tillman. Leone retired from the State of Maryland’s Department of Corrections after twenty-eight years. As he pondered his retirement, he realized, like many Americans retiring early, that he needed a part time job to make it all work, and found his dream job working a few days a week at the Talbot County Free Library in Easton.

In his conversation with Janet, Leone talks about his career and his fulfilling and fit retirement at the Bullitt House recently.

This video is approximately four minutes in length.

 

A Fit Retirement with Janet Pfeffer: Jack Harrald

Janet is perhaps Talbot County’s most popular exercise instructor of a certain age. With a long-standing following at the Saint Michaels Family Y, Londonderry, and the Oxford Community Center for her classes, she has seen inspiring examples of transformation with her friends and students as they move from a rewarding professional career to a physically fit and purposeful retirement life.

We are happy to report that Janet accepted a Spy proposal to seek out some of these fit and purposeful retirees to share their unique stories over the next year.

Janet continues this series with her friend, Dr. John “Jack” Harrald. Jack, a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, may have set a record in the number of times he has “retired.” After his career with the Coast Guard, he then had another career as a full professor at George Washington University, serving as the director of their Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management. Leaving GW after thirty-three years, he then started a third career as a research professor of Virginia Tech, finally retiring from that position in 2014.

After Jack and his wife, Judy, started to live in Claiborne full-time, he entered yet another phase with his work the Talbot Interfaith Shelter as the president of the president board of directors.

But as Jack tells Janet during their recent chat at the Bullitt House last week, Jack’s vision of his final retirement changed dramatically when he was diagnosed of having Parkinson’s Disease.

This video is approximately seven minutes in length

 

 

A Fit Retirement with Janet Pfeffer: Paula Lowry

Editor’s note: From the moment the Spy profiled Janet Pfeffer with the YMCA of the Chesapeake, a few years ago, we hoped that our paths would cross again.

Janet is perhaps Talbot County’s most popular exercise instructor of a certain age. With a long-standing following at the Saint Michaels Family Y, Londonderry, and the Oxford Community Center for her classes, she has seen inspiring examples of transformation with her friends and students as they move from a rewarding professional career to a physically fit and purposeful retirement life.

We are happy to report that Janet accepted a Spy proposal to seek out some of these fit and purposeful retirees to share their unique stories over the next year.

Janet begins this series with her friend and colleague Paula Lowry. Paula, a native of Cambridge, and with a forty-two-year career as a community social worker in the fields of child welfare and substance abuse prevention, was the first to admit that full-time retirement was going to be a challenge. But as she describes her transition to Janet, it becomes increasingly clear however that the same passion she applied to her professional life could be used in her commitment to gardening and travel.

This video is approximately three minutes in length. For more information about the YMCA of the Chesapeake’s programs please go here.

 

 

 

 

 

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