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Good News About Spring Courses

Introduction

The wide variety of course offerings this spring will once again remind us why we joined Bard LLI. And the Curriculum Committee has ensured that there are more courses, more large courses, and more course periods than there were in the fall. These changes should expand the opportunities that we have for taking courses as well as help alleviate the parking issues.

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Bard Symphonic Chorus: A Local Gem for Those Who Love to Sing

Introduction

The Bard Symphonic Chorus is back after a rocky off-and-on hiatus due to COVID’s halt on everything, especially activities that involve singing out and breathing deeply in close proximity to others. The chorus of about 50 to 60 singers, including several LLI members, has a long history at Bard.

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Gary Miller: Always Learning, Always Loving It

Serial Presenter and More

Most LLI members know Gary Miller as a very popular serial presenter. Since 2018 he has taught classes every year centered around photography and filmmaking. Many of us know him as a willing volunteer when his skills are needed. He was part of the online class team that developed the Zoom class technology that carried us through the worst of the pandemic.

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An Invitation to Run for Council

Introduction

Nominations are now being accepted for our 2023 election cycle for Council, the main governing body of LLI. Council comprises five elected officers and four elected members at large, as well as six standing committee chairpersons appointed by the President. Terms for all elected officers are two years. Elections are held every year,

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Carmela Gets it Done

Introduction

Bard LLI has good news and bad news. The good news is we have one of the hardest-working and most skillful and diplomatic volunteers we could have ever wished for. The bad news is we can’t clone her. She is Carmela Gersbeck, a three-year veteran of LLI, who co-managed the Online Team during the most dramatic technological change in our 21 years of existence.

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New Members Share Their Perspective

Introduction

Every influx of new members provides an opportunity to see the strengths and limitations of LLI through fresh eyes. And this year, as in previous years, 24 newcomers had some definite opinions to share on the new member survey, with the understanding that their insightful comments will be taken to heart as we strive to improve our functioning and offerings.

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When Your Passion Becomes a Class

Introduction

What makes an ex-IBMer teach a class on organs? One visit to Dale Ziegenfelder’s house would answer that question. Dale has a church-sized pipe organ installed in his home. (Newsflash: it’s a bit too big to fit in the living room.) LLI member Dorothy Baran, who frequently produces classes,

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Feedback About Fall Courses

Introduction

This year’s evaluation form yielded hundreds of opinions about the courses we took, the presenters, and our overall enjoyment of the experience. The most common ratings were 4 or 5. However, opinions about a few courses were widely split, with one garnering three 2s and five 5s. And one member rated a class 0,

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Anticipating WinterFest

Introduction

Once the holidays are over, LLI members can look forward to the diverse offerings of WinterFest 2023. On four consecutive Wednesdays starting January 4, LLI members will have the opportunity to attend two presentations. There is no need to worry about bad weather or parking since they will all be held on Zoom.

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Sawkill Trail at Montgomery Place

Introduction

Many of us are discovering new trails and parks we can visit across the seasons in the Hudson Valley. Bard College alone has many paths, both around cultivated gardens and landscapes as well as through woodlands and along waterways. Montgomery Place offers several of each. One of the gifts of this strange COVID era is how much more time many of us spend outdoors.

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