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Celebrating Years of Making Us Welcome

Introduction

Although Zoom has had many silver linings for LLI and its members, one thing that has been sadly missing for us is the chance to gather together before or between classes, fill up a cup of coffee and a plate with some fruit, cheese, or treats and sit down to chat with each other.

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LLI Grows Up

Introduction

Tom Esposito, who was LLI President from July 2016 to July 2020, also served as First Vice President the prior year and as Treasurer for the four years before that. In all, his nine-year tenure on Council stretched from mid-year 2011 until mid-year 2020 — almost half of LLI’s lifetime as an organization.

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Winter Sowing Social

Introduction

As Susan Hinkle and Deborah Barrow told us at the Winter Sowing Social Gathering on February 18th, February is a wonderful time to start growing your hearty fruits and vegetables. It just takes a bit of know-how, an abundance of enthusiasm, and a touch of humor.

Susan and Deborah,

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Meet the Nominees for LLI Council

Introduction

As you know, Council is the governing body of LLI, and key positions are elected by the membership for two-year terms. The upcoming term for newly elected Council members will be from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023. And this year, the election will take place from March 15 to 29.

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Behind the Scenes at WinterFest

Introduction

If you signed up for WinterFest sessions, you know that we had wonderful presentations—and a couple of bumps. But you don’t know the half of it. Our amazing session managers always appeared calm and collected even as they figured out how to let the presentations go forward. They had practiced,

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Volunteer? Who, Me?

We all know how volunteers are really recruited. Admit it.

You’re sitting in a Zoom meeting and someone asks, “Anyone want to volunteer for the holiday fruitcake baking committee?”

No one even twitches.

Later that night, you’re sitting at home, watching a PBS drama series.

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And You Thought You Were Done with Elections!

Introduction

January kicks off our 2021 election cycle for Council, the main governing body of LLI. Council consists of elected officers (five), elected members at large (four), and appointed standing committee chairpersons (six). This year we will nominate and elect members for:

  • 2nd Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Two Members at Large

Council meetings will give you the opportunity to contribute your ideas about how LLI can be run while working with some interesting,

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If You Want to Get Something Done, Ask a Busy Person

Introduction

One of LLI’s core values is transparency. Anyone may request an invitation to LLI Council meetings to see how the sausage—the process of producing dozens of classes and keeping LLI running—is made. For those of you who haven’t attended a Council meeting, we would like to let you hear from this year’s crop of new members.

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Bard LLI’s Rising Stars – Part 2

Introduction

Bard LLI managed to produce their Online Programs starting with SummerFest in June 2020. The team that produced these programs had never heard of Zoom prior to March or April, and the success of Bard LLI’s online programs was the result of hours and hours of meetings, rehearsals, and planning sessions.

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Sara Hardman, LLI’s First President

Introduction

Like three of the four founders of Bard LLI, Sara Hardman had recently moved to the area. She worried that there would be no cultural life. Little did she know! In her first week in her new home, she called the Red Hook Library hoping to find a book group.

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