The Inside Scoop - for Members Only
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Welcome to our sixth edition of 
The Inside Scoop , our electronic 
newsletter  f or members only. 
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Get to Know Your Board of Directors

In each edition,  we f eature different members on our Board of Directors
This month, it's  Christine (Chris) Milliken, our Community Advisory Council Chair.

Chris has been a member of Encore Learning since 2010. She recently joined our Board of Directors as Chair of the Community Advisory Council. The Council helps Encore Learning stay connected with the diverse and ever-changing community of Arlington.  

Chris initially joined our Community Advisory Council in 2009 while serving as the Chair of the Board of the Arlington Community Foundation (ACF). In her fourteen years as a board member there, she played myriad roles - from fundraiser to grant reviewer to Scholarship Chair - all the while learning and contributing to our community.
Service to ACF was an outgrowth of her pre-retirement commitments to organizations that worked to strengthen American philanthropy. She volunteered at the National Board of Independent Sector and played a leading role in creating the American Legacy Foundation, now known as Truth Initiative, as part of the  1998 Master Settlement Agreement  between major U.S. tobacco companies and 46 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and five territories.
Chris has a long history and passion for higher education issues. She served as General Counsel of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities for fifteen years. In Virginia, she was appointed by Governor Warner and then again by Governor Kaine to serve and then chair the State Council of Higher Education.
A native New Yorker, Chris came to Washington to major in Sino-Soviet relations but a lack of language aptitude switched her career path to law. Having retired, she has indulged her passion for foreign policy with several excellent courses offered by Encore Learning. In addition to courses, she has enjoyed the special events regularly offered. Throwing a pitch in the Nationals bullpen as part of an Encore Learning tour was definitely a highlight!
On more a personal note, Chris enjoys travel, tennis and reading. Louise Penny is her favorite mystery author, although the lighter Agatha Raisin books have their place. A Gentleman in Moscow was the last standalone novel she read and she says it deserves its good reviews. The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency, is her current "serious" read.
Chris knows the extraordinary effort it takes to run a voluntary organization that caters to "curious minds." She says, "Encore Learning has created a community of learners that deepens and enriches the social fabric of our community. As a grateful beneficiary, I felt I needed to give back." She is looking forward to being of service this year.

More News and Photos

Check out the following stories on our  website:

Woodlawn, Pope-Leighey House Tours

Tour Guide Jessie McCarthy speaking on the tour of the Pope-Leighey House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo courtesy of Steve Spangler.

Staff Corner

What do I do when I want to....

Drop a class?
Cancel my special event reservation?
Join a club?
Change my email address in Member Account Manager?

The answer to all of these questions is: Email the office. You can reach us at We are constantly checking email during business hours and will typically respond no later than the following business day.

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. 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.

Help Spread the Word

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. Do you have time to help spread the word about our wonderful organization?

Refer a friend. When joining online, new members may enter a "Referred by" name. We look forward you 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 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
  • Check your email for updated course information from your class aides. Make sure to check your spam filter!
Welcome New Members

In October 2017, eight new members joined Encore Learning. Please be sure to give these folks a warm welcome. 

Angeline Barnes
Constance Cantin
Janet Garber
David Gayer
Jonelle Hilleary
Marion Mangus
Barbara Morrison
Pamela Ward

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

Patti Dubois
Christine Levesque
Marilynn Wilson

Please email the office with any corrections.

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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: .