annual meeting

Annual Meeting Open to ALL AIL Members and Non-Members

Save the Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014

The 15th Annual Meeting, which is open to AIL members and non-members, will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014, in Wheeler Hall in the Ware Student Center at Colby-Sawyer College. This year's meeting will be preceded by an art exhibit, which starts at 3:00 p.m. in Wheeler Hall and will showcase original artwork by our own AIL members and study leaders. The exhibit will remain open during the wine and hors d'oeuvres reception that follows immediately after the business meeting. Come see the local talent that abounds within the AIL ranks.

As in past years, the business meeting will begin at 4:00 p.m. with a photo retrospective by Maureen Rosen. Once again Maureen has set to music photos taken throughout the year at various courses and events. This year's retrospective is titled “An Evergreen Year.”

While strolling through the art exhibit after the business meeting, you will be entertained by the group “Folk Fusion.” This musically talented trio will perform contemporary folk music, Celtic and traditional folk music. All three performers are from the Sutton area and include Susan Cancio-Bello, voice and keyboard; Laurie Reeder, voice and guitar; and Nicole Densmore, flute and percussion.

This year's Annual Meeting promises to be outstanding. Don't miss it!

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