Ann Brightwell

When did you first become involved with volunteering in the community?
I decided I wanted to be a volunteer and began doing my first volunteer work in June after retiring from teaching at Clarke Central.  Before retirement, teaching occupied too much time to allow for volunteerism although I did do some light volunteer work for the church.  I view retirement as a second career that involved having fun while doing something of value.

What inspired you to do volunteer work?
My dad, Hamilton Brightwell.  After his retirement, also from teaching, he helped set up the local council on aging in the small city we lived in Union, Missouri.  He was involved with volunteer opportunities through the church, an alderman, and also involved with the Lion’s Club and other civic organizations.

What do you do for fun when you aren’t out and about volunteering in the community?
I love to walk, eat local, and hang out with friends.

Our motto at ACCA is “Live Well.  Age Well.”  What is your secret to living well and aging well?
Walking is a must for me.  I also enjoy my yoga classes and being sure I find time to rest.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?
I view my home as a sanctuary and really value my quiet downtime.  I think it’s really important to avoid running on fumes.  I really work towards staying relaxed through my walking, yoga, and friendships.

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