Joining in 1996, Doug is a charter member of The Pointe at Ballwin Commons. He even has a ceremonial brick in the facility’s courtyard to prove it. Doug holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and throughout his counseling career he worked with kids and teens in psychiatric and educational settings. He has retired from formal social work, but continues to try to help provide youth with positive experiences and enjoys
keeping in contact with some of those he has met along the way. This dedication and background gives Doug an appreciation of The Pointe and the parks and recreation programs offered in Ballwin.
Even though Doug describes his dedication to fitness facility attendance over the years as inconsistent, he has always been health conscious. As a younger man, he enjoyed cycling and participated in several ultra-rides of over 100 miles. He was also active with American Youth Hostel trips, was selected to attend their leadership training program in Colorado, and led several multi-week hiking tours for them. Since retiring he has more time to travel, especially to other countries, has worked to become reasonably competent in Spanish, and still tries to make hiking excursions part of his travels.
Doug is currently a member under the SilverSneakers program and in addition to regular use of the fitness center, enjoys the Pickleball program at The Pointe. His original draw to The Pointe was its convenient location and good value. He describes the atmosphere at The Pointe as welcoming and notes how other members are friendly and encouraging. He explains how members are quick to say “hi” and if requested, help each other with the equipment. He especially mentions the Pickleball participants and how they are an active, welcoming, and fun group.
Doug offers some sound advice to others at The Pointe. He encourages everyone to try different activities and that there is plenty available at The Pointe to keep you from getting bored with your physical activity routine.