annual meeting

AIL Members and Friends Gather for AIL 16th Annual Meeting

Over 140 members gathered on Thursday, May 21, in Wheeler Hall on the Colby-Sawyer College campus to celebrate 17 years of lifelong learning and good fellowship. An art exhibit featuring works by members started off the festivities followed by Maureen Rosen's excellent video retrospective, “Through the Years.” AIL President Julie Machen honored Maureen with the Distinguished Service Award for her efforts recording AIL events as well as providing beautiful photos for all our catalog covers and the retrospective.

Program Highlights: In recognition of the college's continued support of AIL, Julie presented President Tom Galligan with a check for $15,000. Colby-Sawyer provides valuable guidance and administrative staff support and this year, in addition to providing space in Clement's Hall for a special lecture series, AIL courses were also held at Lethbridge Lodge and Colby Farm. Julie noted that Tom personally contributes to AIL as “a consummate teacher” who has participated in eleven courses to date! President Galligan thanked AIL for the generous donation and for providing scholarship support for a deserving Colby-Sawyer junior. He said he has witnessed AIL's tremendous growth in the number of members, courses, trips and lecture series offered. Additionally the new “Lunch and Learn” program is scheduled to debut in the fall. He lauded members for “always learning” and for being role models for the college and its students. The construction of the new Arts Center, though delayed, will include a much-needed “state of the art” dedicated classroom for AIL. While AIL's campaign to raise funds for the classroom continues, the college will make available more campus venues for AIL courses.

New Governance Committee: John Ferries announced the formation of a new standing committee entrusted with implementing smooth leadership succession planning and developing operating policies to keep up with the challenges facing AIL as it enters its 18th year.

Honors and Recognition: Curriculum Chair Les Norman honored this year's dedicated corps of study leaders and lecturers. Gene Lariviere, Art Rosen and Chuck Kennedy were singled out for the number and variety of courses given over the years. Hilary Cleveland was recognized as an AIL founder, outstanding educator and study leader who makes history come alive for our members.

Farewell: Longtime staff member Marianne Harrison will be retiring in June. Janet has served our members for the past 14 years with patience and grace. She will be sorely missed, but as the recipient of an honorary membership, we will see her as a fellow participant in future AIL courses.

Board Elections: Derek Hunt, Randy Hanson, John Roberts and Mary Doyle were elected to the board for three-year terms, and Pat Stewart was elected to a second three-year term. Incoming president Joanna Henderson presented a gift to Julie in appreciation for her outstanding leadership as president this past year.

The meeting concluded with a concert by the Kearsarge Chorale Chamber Singers under the direction of Simeon Morrow. Following the performance, members and guests celebrated another year of lifelong learning and good times with wine and hors d'oeuvres.

If you were unable to attend this year's annual meeting or you did not pick up a copy of the handout, click Handout

~ Betsy Boege