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AIL Members and Friends Gather for AIL 15th Annual Meeting

Members and friends of AIL gathered at the renovated and expanded Ware Student Center on the campus of Colby-Sawyer College on Thursday afternoon, May 15, to celebrate another exceptional year of lifelong learning. The program kicked off with Maureen Rosen's moving video presentation, “An Evergreen Year,” a photographic and musical retrospective of the past year. President Joanna Henderson then conducted a short business meeting.


• AIL receives prestigious Town and Gown Awards at Colby-Sawyer College's 2014 commencement.

• Estate of Julien Le Bourgeois, one of AIL's principal founders, gifts $10,000 towards a dedicated classroom in the future new Arts Center on campus.

• Record course registrations of 1096 achieved. Storefront, the new online registration program, well received and utilized by membership.

• AIL contributes $15,000 to the Colby-Sawyer Annual Fund in recognition of the college's generous support for the AIL program. Vice President for Advancement at Colby-Sawyer, Beth Cahill, gratefully accepts the donation on behalf of President Galligan.

• Beth Cahill lauds the ongoing, vibrant partnership between the two organizations.

• Bylaws amended to give AIL board flexibility throughout the year to respond in a timely fashion to new challenges and growth opportunities as they arise.

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Honors and Recognition

• Study leaders, including nine first-timers, and guest lecturers, the heart and soul of AIL, acknowledged for their dedicated service leading and participating in 42 courses in 2013-2014.

• Julie Machen, incoming board president, recognized Joanna Henderson, outgoing board president, for her multi-faceted contributions as board member, study group leader and past curriculum chair. Joanna, an avid reader, presented with a handsome pair of bookends to house the many volumes she now will have time to read.

• President Tom Galligan honored as a Distinguished Study Group Leader for his outstanding contribution to AIL and reaching the milestone of leading ten courses/lectures.

• Betsy Boege presented with the first AIL Distinguished Leader Award for her service to AIL filling multiple leadership positions during the past 10 years.

Board Elections

• Deborah Rucci, Sheldon Boege and Les Norman elected for first three-year terms. John Ferries and Michael Moss re-elected for second three-year terms.

Officers for 2014-2015

• Julie Machen, president; Van Crawford, vice-president; Tom Stark, treasurer; Dan Schneider, secretary.

The festive gathering concluded with wine and hors d'oeuvres accompanied by lively contemporary and traditional folk music performed by the Kearsarge-based trio, Folk Fusion. A first-time art exhibit showcasing original artworks by AIL members and study leaders was on display before and after the meeting and was enjoyed by all.

AIL's 14th Annual Meeting

Over 200 members and guests of AIL assembled in Wheeler Hall in the Ware Student Center at Colby-Sawyer College on Thursday afternoon, May 16, to celebrate another outstanding year of lifelong learning. Starting the event on a high note, Maureen Rosen presented a lively and imaginative video retrospective “Sing, Sing, Sing!” a collection of photos set to music commemorating the AIL program in 2012–2013.

Program Highlights

AIL President Morris Edwards announced another banner year with course registrations exceeding 1,000, a membership of almost 500, and 67 first-time members. AIL successfully launched a monthly free lecture series at Woodcrest Village as part of its ongoing commitment to reach out and embrace the community. In addition for the first time a course was held at the Richards Free Library in Newport. November's Thursday's Child dinner raised almost $1,200 for the AIL achievement award, a scholarship fund benefiting a deserving junior at the college.

In recognition of the strong partnership and support of Colby-Sawyer College, Morris presented a check for $15,000 to Beth Cahill, vice president of Advancement. The college provided support for AIL's excellent administrative staff, Kathy Carroll, Janet St. Laurent and Marianne Harrison, as well as office space and, when available, venues for AIL classes. This summer, for the first time, all AIL classes will be held on the Colby-Sawyer campus.

Honors, Recognition and Remembrance

Curriculum chair and incoming president Joanna Henderson honored AIL's dedicated corps of study leaders, the heart and soul of AIL, who gave of their time and talent in preparing and presenting 42 courses in 2012-13. Distinguished Study Group Leader recognition was given to Les Norman who reached the significant goal of leading ten AIL courses.

Joanna thanked outgoing president Morris Edwards for his outstanding guidance and leadership over the past two years, his promotion of community outreach and his continuing contributions as a study leader.

A special remembrance was offered for the late Julien LeBourgois, Jim Bowditch and Dick Little who all made major contributions to AIL since its inception in 1998.

Personnel Changes on the Board

Betsy Boege, Julie Machen and Brenda Watts were elected to the board for three-year terms and retiring member Ann Lang was thanked for her service.

The meeting concluded with a lovely medley of Broadway show tunes sung by members of the Kearsarge Chorale led by Director and Conductor David Almond. Following the performance, members and guests celebrated another year of lifelong learning and good fellowship with wine and hors d'oeuvres.

~Joyce Kellogg