Since retiring, I have worked with AARP at the local and state levels, with my church, and with senior citizen groups. Otherwise, I just hang around.
Ann grew up in Massachusetts and earned her BA in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts. She taught over 30 years in Middletown, RI, spent a year as a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in England, and taught for three years in New Hampshire. Her colleague and fellow teacher, Elizabeth (call her Lee) Moloney, will join her on the cruise.
Since her retirement twenty years ago, Ann has been a whirlwind of volunteering, and she's still going strong. She got involved with the Newport Chapter of AARP almost twenty years ago and was soon tapped to become active at the state level. She was the first AARP state President some ten years ago, and she now serves on the state legislative committee. Along the same lines, Ann is the Executive Director of the Retired Teachers' Association in Rhode Island, which addresses issues concerning retired teachers. Most recently, the issues have revolved around pension benefits COLA increases. Her job is to get the information out to her constituency to make sure they understand what's happening in the legislature.
Ann also chairs the Music Ministry at St Mary's Church in Newport, the same church where Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy were married. She and the music committee select the hymns for the next couple of months and organize holiday events. Ann also sings in the choir and is a talented pianist. She practices every week with a friend to play "four hand" piano. That's when there are two pianists playing together on the same chair.
Ann also chairs and has been on the Board of the Senior Center for Newport for the past 15 years. She is active in fund raising and makes sure the center serves the needs of Newport's seniors. Since many of the seniors have limited incomes, the Board makes sure they offer a daily good, hot lunch. Says Ann: "We reach out to the Elks, Lions, Rotary Club, and many others to make sure they understand the needs of our seniors. This community is a great help in supporting our efforts."