The Inside Scoop - for Members Only
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Welcome to  The Inside Scoop , our electronic  newsletter  f or members only. 
This is our one year anniversary! Please  enjoy this issue,  and  share 
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Annual Meeting 2018

One of the great things about Encore Learning is that we are governed by our members. Each year, a Nominating Committee is formed to provide a slate of candidates for our Board of Directors, and then the membership votes them into office during our Annual Meeting.

We'd like to thank our Nominating Committee for bringing us such a great slate of candidates:

Marilyn Marton, Chair
Mary Crosby
Joanne Jones
Ellen Marcus
Kathy Sheehan

Joanne Jones, Marilyn Marton and Mary Crosby 
have a quick chat before the meeting begins. 

Our Annual Meeting took place on May 24, 2018. We opened the meeting with coffee and conversation.

Karen Darner, Martha Trunk, Marjorie Hobart

Kathy LaPier

Then President Art Gosling called us to order.

Marilyn Marton announced the slate and we voted by show of hands.

There was a big round of applause after the new board was approved.

Treasurer John Morton updated us on our finances.

Then Art opened up the floor for questions and comments.

Sandra Borden asks a question.

Ron Wise coordinates the Breakfast Club and serves on the Membership Committee. He suggests carrying Encore Learning business cards to share with friends. Contact the office if you'd like a few for your wallet.

The best part of every gathering - chatting and connecting with friends.

Kathy Sheehan, Pat Chatten, Martha Trunk

Barbara Spangler and Joan Carter

Marjorie Varner and Carol Cochran

Instructor Tom Wukitsch

Special thanks to Joe Furgal who took all of these wonderful photos.

Joe capturing the action. Photo by David Harris.

Your Board of Directors

We asked our outgoing and incoming board members to get together for a photo. Here they are!

Left to right: Millie Lawson, John Sprott, Steve Shapiro, Dick Juhnke, Carol Cochran, Barbara Spangler, Kathy LaPier, John Morton, Jill Neuville, Paula Kaufman, Ed Rader, David Rhoad, Joan Carter, Steve Spangler, Gail Massot, Eileen Janas, Art Gosling.   Not pictured: Tom Adams, Lois Chadbourne, Kris McLaughlin, Chris Milliken, Marty Suydam. Photo by Joe Furgal.

We're fortunate to have so many dedicated members serving on our  Board of Directors. We thank our past and returning board members and welcome new members Tom Adams, Carol Cochran, and Kathy LaPier.

More News and Photos

Monday, June 18 "Meet the Speaker": Diane Kresh

Diane is a member of our Community Advisory Council and a great supporter of Encore Learning. Please join us for her "Meet the Speaker" talk  Feminist * Librarian * Creator: Diane Kresh on Living Courageously on Monday at Central Library at 3 P.M. 

Photo of Diane taken in her office overlooking the cherry blossoms at Central Library.

Mindfulness Club LOCATION CHANGE

As of Wednesday,  June 13  the Mindfulness Club will be meeting at the Lee Community and Senior Center at  5722 Lee Highway  (at the corner of Lee Highway and North Lexington Street).  Our meeting time remains  Noon to 1:30 . If you'd like to be added to the Club, please email the office.

2018 Smithsonian Garden Tours Under Way

Our first Smithsonian Garden tour was on June 5, 2018 at the National Museum of Air & Space.

Members with Smithsonian gardener Matt Millage. Photo by Bill Peters.

Our next tour is of the Pollinator Garden next to the National Museum of Natural History on July 3. Information for the following tour has not been posted yet but you can mark your calendars for August 7.

Staff Corner

Summer hours are in effect between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays with the office staffed on Wednesdays from  10am to 2pm. Please check the calendar on our website whenever you are in doubt. Your own scheduled activities are listed under Your Activities tab when you log in to the  Member Account Manager.

Our shared office space on the third floor of APS's Syphax Center is  becoming home though ongoing construction continues to keep us on our toes.  As always, use  or 703-228-2144 to contact us and schedule any face-to-face meeting in advance. 

-- Marjorie Varner, Executive Director

Connecting Friends with Encore Learning

We're often referred to as the "best kept secret in Arlington." New members join mostly because they hear about Encore Learning from a friend.  When joining online, new members may enter a "Referred by" name. We look forward to thanking you here in the newsletter - see below.

Bring friends to our  "Meet the Speaker" series at Arlington Central Library. These events are open to the public and a great way for prospective members to learn more about us.

Anyone can do it! When you simply like our Facebook page or share our Facebook posts and events to your social network, it's a huge help.

Like us on Facebook

  • Volunteers are always needed. If you'd like to get more involved, please email
  • Check the calendar on our website for our office hours. Summer hours begin Memorial Day and run through Labor Day.
  • Save the Date: Course Preview is Saturday September 8, 2018
  • Save the Date: Registration opens at 10 A.M sharp TUESDAY September 11, 2018.
Welcome New Members

In May 2018, the following  new members joined Encore Learning. Please be sure to give these folks a warm welcome. 

Beth Cleveland
Jim Covaleski
Thomas Crystal
Elizabeth Derbyshire
Josef Dvorak
Vera Dvorak
Paul Gade
Mary Mary McCabe
Alisa Soderquist

And a huge Thank You to the following instructors and members for referring friends and family:

David Bain
Josef Dvorak
Kenneth Marshall
Kris McLaughlin
Laurie McManus

Please email the office with any corrections.

Photos, Photos, Photos...

We all love looking at them and it seems we can never get enough here in the office. Please share your photos of Encore Learning activities with us. The higher the resolution of the photo, the better (1 MB or higher). Shots taken on your mobile phone are great! Just email them to us and if we use your photos, we will make sure to acknowledge you as the photographer. We can't use thumbnails, though, so please check your photo size settings prior to emailing.

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Donations are Always Welcome

Encore Learning is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Any donation is a charitable contribution deductible from income tax to the full extent permitted by law. Members, friends and organizations wishing to support Encore Learning may direct contributions to our  General Fund  or to our  Arlington Youth Scholarship .

We hope you enjoyed this edition of  The Inside Scoop . If you would like to submit an article or share some photos of members participating in Encore Learning activities, please email Beth Dowd: .
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