Meet Joan Bennett of Mountain Side Community
Joan Bennett, a native of Camden, graduated Camden High in 1953. Shortly thereafter she moved from Camden to Portland, lived at the YWCA, worked nights in a local restaurant and went to Northeastern University days. The following year she moved to Quincy, MA and worked nights as a car hop at a Howard Johnsons Drive-In and days at the Granite Trust Company.
In 1957 she was employed by Merchants Bank of Boston where she worked for the next thirty years. She was initially hired as a loan closing processor in the real estate department and later was promoted to assistant vice president and established a consumer loan department which enabled the bank to offer a line of new products. In 1982 she was promoted to vice president of the commercial real estate division and was administrator of the servicing of the bank’s commercial and construction loan portfolios. She completed courses from the American Institute of Banking in the consumer loan course and the real estate appraisal course 101.
She was a member of the greater Boston Builders Association, the Community Bank Club and the Young Executive Club. She was a member of the Boston Rotary Club and served for two years on the board of directors. During this time she was also involved with the Cardinal Cushing School in Hanover, MA as a big sister.
She retired in the early 1990’s and returned to Camden in 1994 to be near her mother. She became involved in St Thomas Episcopal Church where she had been baptized and confirmed, and in her early years sang in the choir. She re-entered the parish and began her own ministry of servicing St. Thomas. She has been a member of the Alter Guild for 15 plus years, served on the vestry, the care committee and is a receiving treasurer. She is always ready to work in the kitchen on suppers or wherever she is needed. She is called upon to do oblations and serve as an usher.
She joined the Camden Garden club in 1998 and is an active member in the club. She served for 8 years on the board of directors as the club’s tour treasurer. She loves music and serves as a volunteer for Bay Chamber concert series. She also served the local food pantry for several years.
Joan is a sports enthusiast and was always up for a good game of basketball or softball. More recently she enjoys watching golf and is a faithful red sox fan. She likes reading good novels, playing the piano and spends hours working on jigsaw puzzles.
She lives with her dog Zoe, her cat Shyla and 5 goldfish. She is content and happy to be living at Mountain Side Park and her plans are to remain here "until the end of her term".