annual meeting

AIL Members and Friends Gather for 2016 Annual Meeting

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, Adventures in Learning celebrated its 18th year at its Annual Meeting held in Wheeler Hall in the Ware Student Center at Colby-Sawyer College. The program began with Maureen Rosen’s photo retrospective “Adventures Through a Lens” featuring members participating in courses and special events, including April’s Last Monday reception at Lethbridge Lodge honoring retiring Colby-Sawyer College President Tom Galligan. AIL President Joanna Henderson thanked Maureen for another superb visual recap and for providing photos for our catalog covers and newsletters.

Program Highlights: Vice President for Advancement Kathy Bonavist spoke about Colby-Sawyer’s dynamic incoming President Sue Stuebner, a graduate of the college “up the road” who will be assuming her duties in early July. Kathy also lauded the continued partnership with AIL and stressed the importance of “AIL learners as part of the college.” She shared her hope that members enjoy many years of lifelong learning and that Colby-Sawyer become the “college of your hearts.” Joanna presented Kathy with a $15,000 check in appreciation for Colby-Sawyer’s ongoing commitment and support to AIL.

Governance Committee: John Ferries explained the Governance Committee’s role: identifying and recruiting members for positions and leadership roles on the Board and AIL committees. The members voted unanimously to approve three-year terms for new Board members David Bashaw, Nancy Marashio, Harry Tether and Bert Yarborough, and second three-year terms for Betsy Boege, Julie Machen and Brenda Watts.

President’s Report: Joanna spoke of AIL’s successful 18th year led by our corps of study group leaders – the “life blood” of lifelong learning organizations. AIL is excited to have Lethbridge Lodge, “a dream come true,” as our dedicated classroom on campus starting this summer. Joanna also recognized the successful launch of the Lunch and Learn program offering members the opportunity to enjoy a meal and lecture on Mondays during the fall and spring semesters.

Honors and Recognition: Joanna remembered Jim Moore, one of AIL’s first study group leaders, who passed away this winter. She presented Distinguished Study Leader gold badges to members who have led ten AIL courses: John Ferries, Bill Tighe and Mike Moss (in absentia). Incoming President John Ferries thanked Joanna for her dedicated leadership of AIL this year. .

Farewells: Shaina Driscoll, Presidential Fellow and recipient of the 2013-14 Adventures in Learning Achievement Award, completed her excellent year of service mid-May. Sadly, AIL also will be losing AIL’s Program Coordinator Marianne Harrison, as she will be retiring in June. Joanna presented Marianne with a gift and thanked her for providing dedicated, insightful and thoughtful support to our entire membership and program over the past six years. She will be greatly missed.

The meeting concluded with musical entertainment by the New London Barn Playhouse Junior Intern Company: middle and high school students who “produce and perform” the Barn’s five-show Children’s Theater Series. Following the performance, members enjoyed liquid refreshment and hors d’oeuvres and the chance to socialize with friends, old and new, and celebrate another year of “lifelong learning.”

~ Deb Rucci