August is a wonderful month in many ways. For me, this year, it is the start of my second month as your new Executive Director here at San Clemente Villas. I have been fortunate to have a supportive team and will work hard to make your Community a place you are happy to live at.We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy the sunshine and warm summer days in Southern California that include the Dana Point Harbor, the San Clemente Pier and the constant view of the Pacific Ocean.
Later this month, I will be traveling to Trinidad, California to enjoy the redwoods, do a little fishing, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the northern coast while visiting my parents. Trinidad is a small fishing town just north of Eureka just in case you were wondering where it is. My parents are residents in Temecula, CA, but have vacationed and later spent their retirement summers “up north” for years. Salmon, halibut, red and black snapper and ling cod are the fish we catch and my parents clean it, can it, freeze it and smoke it! They are experts at preparing “fish dishes”. My dad is a diehard deep sea fisherman, and my mother has made an excellent “first mate” who can handle the boat and a fishing rod like one of the guys! Can’t say that I can keep up with her!
I would also like to say a word about our previous Executive Director, Karen Milroy. This is the second time I have followed in her footsteps as an Executive Director. She hired me back in 2007 to work with her at another community and I am following her again here at TheVillas. I feel she has mentored me in so many ways since that time, whether it be with a work-related issues or sharing one of her “world famous” recipes. She is just one of those people you hope will be in your life for the rest of your life. Aileen and Paul had a wonderful send-off party for her on June 30th and I know she will be missed, but hope her retirement years will be just as fulfilling for her as her career years have been. Hats off to Karen!
Have a terrific summer,