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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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Bard LLI’s Rising Stars

Introduction

If you took an online class at Bard LLI or registered on ProClass over the past seven months, you may have wondered how Bard LLI pulled it all together to transition from in-person classes to Zoom classes in a matter of weeks, while also transitioning to ProClass. Bard LLI’s technology rollouts and online programs were the result of hours and hours of meetings,

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Working Together to Make it Happen

Introduction

Did you take a class this fall? Sign on to a team to help with moving online? Please reach over your shoulder and pat yourself on the back: you are indeed a lifetime learner!

Fall 2020 was a semester unlike any other in LLI’s history. Brand-new teams formed in a flash over the spring and summer.

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We Can Build It, But Will They Come?

Introduction

Carol’s very varied career—ranging from producing President Jimmy Carter’s birthday party, to promoting artists and photographers, to the ad industry, to writing for industry publications, the NY Times and our local newspapers—prepared her well to to be the outward face of LLI at its birth. Like the other founders,

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Presenters’ New Paradigm

Introduction

Seemingly ages ago, when we finished coffee, snacks, and warm conversations in room 305, we walked down the hallway toward classrooms. As we sat down with old friends or new members, presenters stood before us and shared their knowledge. Some presenters walked back and forth, our eyes focused on them and a projection screen.

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