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Getting to Know Sally Alexander

Sally her "story" with ANC:

I grew up in New Richmond, WI, a small town just over the border from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul.  I graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul and majored in English and Secondary Education.  I married a handsome man from Green Bay, WI and have been a devout Packer fan ever since.  I have always felt that my blood is “green”.  


I moved with my husband and our two boys from Minneapolis, to Atlanta, back to Minneapolis and then to Columbus and Cincinnati, OH, all in support of his work.  After my husband retired, we split our time between Door County, WI and Fort Myers, FL.  We moved to Aiken in April of 2017 in order to simplify our lives and get down to one place.  I believe we are called “halfbacks” having made the “J” turn.  We live in The Village at Woodside and will NOT move again.  We love it here, having become familiar with Aiken through longtime friends.


I joined ANC in June, having seen the ad in the Aiken paper.  I was looking for a newcomers' club because of my wonderful experiences in Columbus and Cincinnati.  I made many friends through the clubs' activities and served as president in both cities.  I plan on being quite involved in ANC after I pull my house together and complete some projects that are on my bucket list.


I have rented a small booth in Aiken Antiques & Uniques for the purpose of purging myself of much-loved items that I no longer can use and my children don’t want.  Now the “bug” has bitten me as a vendor, and I find myself going to auctions and tag sales.  The ANC group that I am involved in at present is Antiques, Art and History.  I enjoy the monthly meetings, the excellent programs and the variety of activities offered.   ANC members have been so friendly and welcoming!  The recent New Member Tea in January was a lovely and very well planned and executed event. 


My other interests include writing (a journal and a cookbook), painting (acrylics at the moment), photography, furniture restoration, gardening, golf and hiking and generally being in the great “Outdoors”.  South Carolina is a beautiful and historical place.  Aiken is just the kind of town I love and the people are genuinely friendly.   I am very happy to be here!

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Kay shared these aspects of herself to help us learn a bit more about her:

I have been a member of Aiken Newcomers for 7 or so years. Time flies, so I can’t totally remember when I actually joined.  But this club has been a major outlet from working all the time.  Meeting new people with the Club has been wonderful!

I was born in Northern Michigan.  I did live most of my life in Northern Minnesota.  Upon retirement from my business, I moved to Florida and resumed a career in Human Resources/Payroll and Benefits with a major market research firm. However, after ten years working in Florida, I decided to plan a retirement once again.  I talked my husband, Steve, into looking for a property which we could adapt into a B&B/fine dining establishment.  Via Internet searches, he found the area of Aiken that offered a few interesting possibilities.  So, the rest is history.  We bought the property which is now the General Elliott Inn 12 years ago and have enjoyed working and living in the Inn.

I love to cook and entertain so the fit was perfect for this new business.  Travel is something I do enjoy, but having a lovely home is most important to me.  My husband enjoys the same things.

My bucket list was to take a trip to Italy which we did three years ago.  I have been blessed with a wonderful family, good health and a caring husband.  I guess I can’t ask for more!

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