The Bristol Village community amazes me each and every day. When we first arrived two years ago, we were told that almost everyone that lived here had a remarkable journey story that we should hear.
I have had many exciting experiences with discovering how different and diverse these journey stories are. So, periodically, I will be sharing some of these experiences with you.
My first discovery was Jerry and Pam Flegal. I have previously posted on how one re-boots, upon retirement, to a new career or journey path. The Flegal’s are definitely passionate about their journey path, and wanted to share this passion with the Village and community. So, this is their story.
Pam and Jerry started their ballroom dancing career in 1996 as a way to reconnect in their marriage. Their first class was at a Community College. How quickly they discovered that dancing was for them, and they enrolled for private lessons while continuing their group lessons at the college.
After dancing for a while, Pam and Jerry soon discovered that there were many other benefits of dancing. They found research that ballroom dancing helps to delay dementia, heart disease, and loss of balance, just to name a few. As time went by, they discovered the main benefit for both of them has been the many friendships developed over the years. They began to “Show Case” at several events. This gave them the opportunity to be judged by professional dancers. They would critique their dancing and made suggestions on how to improve.
In September of 2013 Pam and Jerry moved to Bristol Village. The Executive Council permitted them to start the Bristol Village Social Ballroom Club in January of 2014. Since that time, they have had the privilege to instruct over 100 students from the Village and surrounding areas of Waverly. Their goal is simple: to get exercise, and have fun, while learning to move fluidly on the dance floor.
The Flegal’s moved to Bristol Village from Bellevue, Ohio, where Pam was a Middle School Librarian for 20 years and Jerry taught the 4th grade for 15 years. He previously was a locomotive engineer for NorfolkSouthern for 16 years.
In addition to teaching Ballroom Dancing, both Pam and Jerry can be found all over the Village attending meetings, a multitude of activities, working, enjoying friends, and maybe, once in a while, staying home with a good book.
So, what is your re-booted career or journey path since you’ve retired? We would love to spotlight others and share their stories with this community.
As Always, I am…the ‘mashed potato’ Boomer Explorer.