Cal parachuted out of P&G and right into Walmart, where he became a Regional Manager overseeing a budget of $11 billion and the opening of 10-15 new stores a year. Then, after 20 years, he retired again, saying, “I had said I wanted to work till I was 70 or 75, but my wife’s parents were getting older and I had promised her we would eventually move back to Illinois.”
Cal says of going home to Illinois, “It’s a small town where we grew up. The biggest change was that Mister and Missus Smith were now John and Mary. And we had lots of family – both my sisters were there, and Christy came from a family of six.” Even so, Cal and Christy had plans to escape the winters: “I love Arizona but my wife loves Florida. What happened was we came to visit a cousin at Silveridge – Dave and Beckie Dunshee – and we fell in love with the place. We had a rental for a month but the place was so friendly and we started to get involved – I got into the computer club and lapidary, and silver, and my favorite of everything, water volleyball – and before we left, we bought a place.”
One thing everyone who stays at SIlveridge soon realizes in you can be as busy as you want to be. And clearly, Cal wants to keep busy. Besides that impressive list of activities above, as he heads into his sixth season at the park,
· he’ll be taking over from Ellen Jones as President of the Renters’ Group. (He says of the assignment, “It’s a good Board. It’s going to be a good year.” )
· he volunteers for the coffee group, and,
· is heading up the exploratory group working to evolve Silvercom, the park’s technology club.
As we get closer to the new season at Silveridge, we’ll be bringing you updates on all three of those groups.
But for now, we close with a couple of photos of Cal and Christy, keeping busy at Silveridge.