As I write this column, it has now been a month and a half since starting here at Bay Village. In my first column to you, I expressed how the residents seemed similar between Bay Village and the community that I left in Frederick, Maryland. Well, in the process of meeting so many of you, I have realized that there is a major difference that I am really impressed with. In the community that I left, the residents were all pretty much from the Frederick area or had family in the immediate area and that is why they chose to live there.
What I have found here at Bay Village is that residents come from all over the United States and beyond! I have met a wonderful group of residents from Hungary, some from Germany, and even Japan. Many of our Bay Village residents used to live in the northeast, such as New York City and the New England states. There is also a large group that used to reside in the Midwest of the United States. There are very few residents that have actually lived in Sarasota most of their lives. It is great to be part of a campus community with such a wide range of people residing here, from all over the world! I feel that brings about a certain uniqueness to our campus.
I have sincerely appreciated all the welcomes that I have received from everyone during the past several weeks. I am settling into my new job nicely. Sheila and our teacup poodles are enjoying their lives in Venice. I have had several messages from friends up north about being jealous of our move to Florida, and it is not even winter yet!