Meet Your Neighbor: Eileen Fiedler loves to travel, fosters senior pets from local shelters

Eileen Fiedler (middle). (Submitted Photo)

Name: Eileen Fiedler

Where I live: Scottsdale, AZ

When & why I moved here: My husband died in ‘99 in California and I moved here in ‘01

What I like most about living here: I love the HEAT. Sometimes, I leave in the wintertime to go to Australia where it’s warmer.

Activities I enjoy: Keeping busy. I have lots to do. I tool around in my convertible going to and from California just for fun.

Clubs/organizations I’m involved in: I am a board member of the Palo Verde Republican Women (PVRW). I belong to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Paradise Valley where I schedule readers for the early services. When we can arrange it, I sing baritone in my Sweet Adelines Barbershop Quartet, “Wildflower.” Been together for almost 25 years, but we now live in different locations. However, we still sing, just not with each other.

It goes without saying that I thoroughly enjoy being a facilitator on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. for the ‘”Can We Talk” chat group. We talk about all kinds of things — mostly current events and interesting things going on in Scottsdale. Drop in anytime. We’re always welcoming new people. We have good laugh sessions when we close at 11:30 a.m. with our joke time. And, who ever can take the time, we go out for lunch and continue our “chatting.” Try us out,

My favorite charity or volunteer activity and why it deserves support from others? I foster senior aged cats and dogs from the shelters. Right now I have only six cats and one boxer. I can take more — and DO as I LOVE the seniors. The shelters are full with these critters who need homes. They sleep and eat when I do. Most of the time they are on my lap, (recliner) where all of us watch TV together. MY CHANNELS — not theirs.

My No. 1 suggestion to new residents looking for ways to get involved in their community: WOW. So many to choose from — check out your local Senior Centers see what they offer (the front desk is always the place to start). Join a church of your choice, volunteer at your local hospitals, schools, etc.

What one thing would you like to see changed in Scottsdale? Better transportation for those of us that don’t drive and make it inexpensive. Cabs are nice,

My family: My husband died almost 20 years ago. I have two adult children — no grandchildren — just grand dogs and cats. We are an immediate family of three — however, while that in itself isn’t unique, we do reside on three different continents … not just cities or states. My daughter lives in Australia, my son is in Spain and I’m here in AZ. Talk about travel opportunities.

What I do: I’m retired from my public relations/marketing department from Domino’s Pizza, Inc, Ann Arbor, Mich. home office. I volunteer at the Via Linda Senior Center and have for about 15 years. I love horseback riding, playing bridge, driving around in my convertible and travel/cruise at every opportunity. Lucky for me, my sister works for a travel agency in the Los Angeles area and every now and then calls and “makes me a deal, I can’t refuse.”

People who are an inspiration to me: Most everyone I meet. My significant other, my family and friends, my children. And certainly the chat group that I see weekly. Talk about an Inspiration!!!

My advice to today’s youth: Please don’t be afraid or ignore the elderly around you. We have a WEALTH of information and experience from which you can benefit. Ask us questions. Learn history from those who have lived it. Your parents and grandparents for instance. Don’t believe everything you read and hear. Do your own research to learn more about what is going on in the world around you. There really are more exciting things than just your cell phone.

Be kind to people you meet … and SMILE. Everyone loves people who SMILE. You have a beautiful soul. Let it shine through from your smile. Remember, the older the person is, the more they can teach you, You are beginning a life that is so different than what we have lived. Enjoy it through our eyes, so you can enjoy yours so much better.

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