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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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Bard LLI Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)/Social Justice Team: The Journey So Far

Introduction

The Bard LLI focus on DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) and Social Justice began in the fall of 2020 with a class addressing racism called “Who, Us? What White People Can Do to Face Racial Injustice and Build a More Just America.”  The class arose, in part, from the personal experience of longtime LLI members and presenters Barbara Danish and Laura Brown.

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Meet New LLI President, Robert Beaury

Introduction

Perhaps you have already met Robert Beaury if you live in Germantown where he served as Town Supervisor, or in the Germantown courtroom where he was elected judge three times and served for nine plus years. Or maybe you have taken one of the several LLI classes (sometimes with provocative course titles) he has offered on various historical themes,

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Let’s Party!

Introduction

We have made it through the pandemic and our members are eager to get together. Membership Development and Social Gatherings have organized several fun events.

First up is a Twilight Zone collage workshop hosted by LLI member Mary McClellan and artist Bev Lipper at Starr Library in Rhinebeck on Monday,

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Meet Robin Berger, Session Manager

Introduction

If you have taken LLI classes in the last three years, you have probably met or seen Robin Berger on campus or online. I first met her in an off-campus hiking class she helped organize and was impressed with her clear communications about class information, weather, cancellations, and driving directions.

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Why Would Anyone Want to be a Session Manager

Introduction

In March 2020, as I was preparing for spring classes at Bard, I received the disappointing news that the semester was canceled. I had really been looking forward to being back on campus and meeting up with some of the nice people I had met during my first semester.

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Meet the Candidates for Council

Introduction

As you know, Council is the governing body of LLI, and its members are elected for two-year terms on alternate years. This year, LLI members will be choosing the president, first vice president, treasurer, and two members at large. Their terms of service will be from July 1, 2022 to June 30,

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LLI Isn’t Just for Learning

Introduction

After being weekenders for 18 years, my husband and I moved to the Hudson Valley full-time in May 2018 when we retired from our corporate jobs at JPMorgan. We had a couple of friends in the area, and one, Tom Grabeel, was a member of Bard LLI. He kept telling us that he thought we would like it,

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