ST. CHARLES — Before Bob Brown retired at age 55, he did a lot of research on how to develop a satisfying retirement plan.
Now 66, he said people are amazed by how busy he is.
The married father of three — his children are in their late 20s and early 30s — is president of the St. Charles Noon Rotary Club; participates in the Silver Foxes, a seniors group at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in St. Charles; has taken art courses at community colleges, and helps adults improve their English language skills through a program at Waubonsee Community College.
The adults he tutors come to the United States for the opportunities it gives them, he said. Here, he said, they aren't judged by what their father did or the size of their hometown; they can start a business.
"They just need a little bit of help," Brown said, noting August will mark his 11th year with the tutoring program.
In addition to volunteering, Brown has made time to travel – something he wanted to do more of when he retired, he said. His recent vacations include Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, last September and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., he said.
"Having traveled around the world, I found that we're all the same," Brown said. "Regardless of culture, country, language, most of the time religion, we're all the same."