The Inside Scoop - for Members Only
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Welcome to  The Inside Scoop , our electronic  newsletter for  members only.
Please  enjoy this issue,  and  share your feedback  by email. We always look forward to hearing from you.

It's Time to Give Thanks...

... and we're thankful for you, our members. We're so glad you are a part of our Encore Learning family. We look forward to your participation in another exciting year of courses, special events and clubs. -- Art Gosling, President

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on

Want to Hear Better In Class?

Instructor and IT Committee Co-Chair Marty Suydam put together a short video on Smart Phone options that may help. Thank you, Marty!

News and Photos

Ethnic Lunch Club Packs the House at Little Viet Garden

September 18 - National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum Tour

The Museum, located in Alexandria, VA, recently opened a new, highly interactive exhibit commemorating the ten-millionth patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The exhibit highlights the evolution of the patent process from 1790 to the present day with several interactive exhibits.  Here are some of our members enjoying the tour:

Photo courtesy Ed Rader.

Staff Corner

Did you know that Encore Learning provides scholarships? Information can be found at

We staff the office Monday-Friday from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M, excluding posted holidays which can be found on our calendar. Please contact us ahead of time if you require a face to face meeting.  To reach us, call 703-228-2144 or  email.

-- 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  "Encore Learning Presents" 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.

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  • Volunteers are always needed. If you'd like to get more involved, please email us.
  • Check our calendar for Special Events, Club meetings, and office holiday closures.
Welcome New Members

In September and October 2018, the following 57  new members joined Encore Learning. Please be sure to give these folks a warm welcome.

Gerald Auten
Janet Auten
Enrique Bellini
Bill Berlin
Dianne Bodeen
Lillibeth Boruchow
Jennifer Brathovde
Jacqueline Bridges
Martha Brown
Stephen Brundage
John Butenas
Margarita Cabrera
Beverly Cox
Steven Cyrus
Michael Daren
Peggy De Wilde
Julia Eakes
Lynda Erinoff
Faith Foulke
Peter French
June Geoffray
Vivian Greblo
Helena Grefer
James Grefer
Douglas Gritzinger
Harryette Helsel
Craig Hiserman
Betsy Holland
Joan Howe
Laura Kirkconnell
Eva Kleederman
Richard Lawrence
Rosallie Learned
Michael Lerner
Beverly Logan
Michelle Lore
Jacqueline Lussier
Rebecca Maestri
Terry Myers
John Newman
Susanne ONeill
Elaine Papazian-Etienne
Benito Perri
Cameron Pippitt
Yasmine Rassam
Pamela Rogash
Mary Kay Schoen
Jean Schumann
Michael Shapiro
Dana Shaw
Debbie Siegel
Carol Silverberg
Carol Skelly
Carol Stephenson
Jo Ann Van Beusichem
Dick Wakefield
Jill Ziegler

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

Janet Auten
Jennifer Bellini
Virgil Bodeen
Wells Burgess
Janet Garber
Jean Hacken
Marjorie Hobart
Bob Howe
Byron Johnson
Paula Kaufman
Lynn Myers
June O'Connell
Diane Quinn
Trudy Saracco
Phil Schimmel
Steve Shapiro
Marjorie Stern
Steve Telkins
Michelle Trahan (twice!)

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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