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L EISURE W ORLD N EWS Leisure World residents Mike and eresa Mead have been blessed to have the wind at their back and the sun upon their face as they bravely sailed the world. In 2014, the adventurous duo achieved their dream by sailing from Mexico across the Paci c Islands to New Zealand in a 40-foot sailboat. “It was a challenge and I’ve always liked having an adventure,” explains Mike. “Plus, with sailing, the wind is free, so it’s a great way to travel.” After watching sailboats in San Diego during a visit, the couple became inspired. “It became our dream,” says eresa. “So, we took lessons and made a plan!” Travel Lovers Unite Mike and eresa, both Arizona natives, worked for Tucson Electric Power. Mike began working in design construction in 1971 and eresa in energy marketing in 1975. But after several years as co-workers for the same company, they had never met. In 1979, they nally crossed paths and sparks ew. “He was, and still is, very handsome,” gushes eresa. “It was also always important for me to have someone who understood my work during the day, and he did.” From the start, Mike and eresa’s love for travel united them. “We are two peas in a pod,” adds Mike. “We complete each other’s sentences. We also both wanted to travel to Tahiti and Australia.” After dating for two years, the couple got married in 1981. ey now have three kids, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Prepping the Sails In 2001, Mike and eresa took a beginner’s sailing lesson in SanDiego. They then continued practicing chartering sailboats while on a trip in the Caribbean. Since they knew they would be doing a lot of sailing in retirement, they purchased a 40-foot sailboat in Mexico in 2007, where it remained docked when they weren’t out to sea. For a few years, they enjoyed sailing around the Sea of Cortez and taking trips to Catalina Island. But Mike wanted to start planning for their dream to sail the world. After he retired in 2009, he took sailing classes to learn about celestial and coastal navigation, hurricane seasons, weather conditions and monitoring devices. “ e more you know, the better o you are,” explains Mike. “We had to be smart enough to know not to get ourselves into trouble.” “It looks easy, but there’s so much you have to do,” adds eresa. “If you don’t pay attention, you can get o course very easily. We had an electronic map that Mike used to show me the nearest landmark, which made me feel secure.” Then, they started formulating a plan. They both wanted to see Tahiti and Fiji, so they set a course across the Southern Hemisphere. Finally, after eresa retired in 2013, they were free to embark on their dream! Sailing the Seas In March 2014, Mike and eresa set sail from Mexico. Along the way, the couple enjoyed the beauty of the ocean and marine life. ey spotted hundreds of dolphins, turtles, sharks and birds. ey even took a swim with humpback whales as part of a guided group. “We saw everything,” says Mike. “It’s like a circus out there. You’re out in the middle of nowhere and the dolphins just come and swim around your boat.” But the couple were just as happy when the sea creatures didn’t come out to play. “It’s very relaxing and peaceful,” says eresa. “ e perfect space to sit and read. We were just content to enjoy each other’s company.” Their course took Mike and Theresa to the French Polynesian islands, including Tahiti and Bora Bora. ey spent two weeks in a small marine reserve, then on to American Samoa and Western Samoa. ey enjoyed the island of Tonga and several weeks in Fiji. Don’t forget! The speed limit on all streets in Leisure World is 25 mph. The Official News Publication of Leisure World Arizona August 2020 www.lwca.com Arizona SnowDay Page B1 Help Struggling Charities Page A8 Monsoon Safety Page A6 Mike and Theresa Mead Adventurously Sail the World Theresa takes the helm in San Diego on a trip with Mike in June. Continues on page A6 The Meads in Australia in February. Rio Salado College is less than 20 miles from Leisure World, but it is unattainable if you are incarcerated. However, the Leisure World Foundation gave women in prison access to it by awarding $4,000 to Matthew 25 Prison Ministry to pursue their education. e funds helped 14 participants obtain certi cation or enroll in coursework toward a degree. Biblical Inspiration Matthew 25 Prison Ministry is a volunteer prison ministry providing support and hope primarily to female inmates through pen pals, educational scholarships and re-entry assistance upon release. In 2020, the ministry helped fund 265 scholarships to women in prison. e ecumenical nonpro t organization was inspired by the biblical verse Matthew 25:35-36: “....for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me...truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” “Being released from prison without a support system in place is a very isolating experience,” explains Matthew 25 Prison Ministry President Bill Du in Mesa, who was formerly incarcerated. “When women are released from prison, the authorities usually drop them o somewhere in the downtown area with little or no money, which can lead to repeating a criminal life.” Leisure World Foundation Helps Educate Incarcerated Women Foundation Flashes continues on page A4 FOUNDATION FLASHES