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Fall 2020: Update
Fall 2020 Catalog
is now online!
Click to view, print or download.
Like all of our activities during this pandemic, our catalog is now virtual - we will not be mailing a printed version this semester.
hanks to our amazing Publications Committee, chaired by Millie Lawson and Ann Kaupp (formerly Jill Neuville): Don Campbell, Kevin Connors, Carolyn Gosling, Charlie Hallahan, Jerry Hoganson, Kathy LaPier, Jim Morris, Noreen Quill, Bill Reilly, Barbara Sakamoto, and Martha Walters. Thanks again to Carolyn Gosling for her years of service as our Managing Editor.
Our first Virtual Course Preview will be
Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 9:30 to 11:30 A.M. We will preview all 37 courses and there will be a short break.
Dial in by phone: 301-715-8592,
Webinar ID: 886 3704 9901
Please remember to invite your friends, family and neighbors to the Course Preview. It's a great way for them to learn more about us and hear about our courses firsthand from the instructors. Feel free to forward this email!
We're looking for volunteers to help us publicize the Course Preview via the NextDoor neighborhood social media app. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd be willing to help.
Online Registration begins on
Monday, August 31, 2020
at 10:00 A.M.
. Be sure to login and check that all of your account information is in order a few days PRIOR to registration. Your membership must be valid through the last day of a course to register for it. See the
Member Account Manager
box on page 8 of the
for more details. You can get help 24/7 with our
. Email us at email@example.com should you encounter any issues.
All Fall 2020 courses will be online via Zoom. All course registrations and membership renewals will be online via credit cards this semester. No paper registrations or checks will be accepted.
****** PLEASE VOLUNTEER *****
We are still actively seeking and training Virtual Class Aides who will host Zoom courses and ensure a successful class experience. If you are interested in being a Virtual Class Aide (VCA), please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply with information about the training opportunities.
Getting to Know Your Board of Directors
Mildred Patterson was recently elected Vice President of our
Board of Directors
. After thanking her for her service, we asked her to help us get to know her better. She gamely
answered our questions and provided photos.
1. How long have you been an Encore Learning Member?
I've been a member for 14 years.
2. What made you decide to join the Board?
Guilt. (And Dick Juhnke's persuasive eloquence) It was time to put some energy back into my Encore Learning membership. No more coasting. I was co-chair of the Publications Committee for four years some time ago and enjoyed working with the Board during that time on behalf of the whole organization. I hope I can be helpful again.
3. What is your favorite thing about Encore Learning, so far?
Getting to know other members.
4. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the Foreign Service in 1976. I served in Denmark, Belgium and Turkey (twice). Because my husband was also a Foreign Service Officer, we spent an unusual amount of time in Washington in order to avoid nepotism issues and to make our two careers work, which is why I had so few overseas assignments. I loved my whole career.
5. What else do you do in your spare time, when you are not volunteering for Encore Learning?
Like so many Encore Learning members, I seem to have a busier schedule in retirement than I did when actively working. I enjoy being a volunteer instructor for Arlington County's citizenship class program; I am taking a Spanish class online; and I often challenge the patience of my kind-hearted piano teacher. Then there are all those
New Yorker magazines I'm behind in reading!
6. What's your favorite food?
Now that it's summer, my favorite food is a great peach. Homemade peach ice cream is a close second.
7. Where in the world would you like to visit?
I'd love to see Morocco. I am always glad to go back to France, England and Italy. I hope someday to return to Turkey as well.
8. What is one thing you'd like our members to know about you?
I'm terrible at remembering names! If I am looking blankly at you, don't hesitate to remind me of your name!
Ongoing Virtual Activities
We will continue to host virtual Clubs and Special E
vents throughout the summer on Zoom.
Many of you are already familiar with Zoom but if you need help, our Zoom Resources page will help get you started and troubleshoot, if necessary.
We have two new updates to share to the
April 2020 update from all ten Clubs
. The Kayak Club is meeting once again. As they meet outdoors, and appropriately socially-distanced, the Board approved this as the only Encore Learning in-person activity at this time.
The Nonfiction Book Club held its first virtual meeting this month to discuss Tony Horwitz' Spying on the South. They will continue to meet virtually every other month until it is safe to meet again in person. Email email@example.com if you would like to join a club and we will connect you with the coordinator(s).
Zoom Hang Outs
We had another great Zoom Hang Out on July 16 -
Sandra Borden shared several good tips. We love to see members teaching and learning from each other!
Join us for our next Zoom Hang Out on
Thursday, August 6, 11:00 A.M. to noon. Drop in! Come by to practice your Zoom skills, or just to chat with Encore Learning friends.
Dial in by Phone: 1 301 715 8592
Meeting ID: 825 2084 1742
Second Zoom Hang Out - Registration/Member Account Manager
We'll hold another Zoom Hang Out on Friday, August 28, 11:00 A.M. to noon. This one will focus on using Member Account Manager - if you have questions about how to access your account, your class media, or how to join, renew or register, then join us on Zoom. There's no agenda, we'll just be taking your questions.
We hope to see you online!
Special Events Wrap-Up
On July 13, we had an amazing panel of experts teach us about
Gender, Language and Power in 2020 and Beyond
. Thanks to Juliana Martinez and Perry Zurn of American University, Bonnie Stabile of George Mason University, and moderator Diane Kresh of Arlington Public Library. The presentation is now available for viewing on our
On July 20, Dr. Liza Durant, Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives and Community Engagement at Mason's Volgenau School of Engineering, presented an overview of the Institute for Digital Innovation (IDIA) HQ being built on the Arlington campus. We were thrilled that Mason offered our members this special opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the project. For more information:
Mohamed Zakaria meets with Encore Learning and
the Arlington Community Foundation.
A Note from our Most Recent Youth Scholarship Recipient
Dear Encore Learning,
I would like t
o take this opportunity to thank you for your generous
support in helping me pursue my dream of attending college. I am very
honored to be one of the recipients of the Encore Learning Scholarship
and I am deeply appreciative of your support. The financial assistance you
have provided will be a great help to me in paying for my educational
expenses, and it will allow me to concentrate and give all my time for my
I am currently a freshman majoring in business with a concentration in accounting at George Mason University. My goal is to get my master's degree and work as an accountant and hopefully save money and open my own business one day.
Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift. My educational goals would not be possible without the generous support from scholarship sponsors like your organization. I thank you for your confidence and willingness to help me achieve my goals.
Mohamed Zakaria Mohamed
We've enjoyed seeing you online at our VCA trainings, hangouts, Clubs and Special Events. We are working hard, alongside our instructors and volunteers, to finalize all the details required to deliver 37 courses online for you this Fall. The gratitude we receive from all of you in our support of ongoing connections is really appreciated and keeps us moving forward. Our staff are all working remotely during this time, with no specific open hours, but checking email regularly. The fastest and best way to reach us is via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Voicemail messages are checked once daily.
Lora Pollari-Welbes, Executive Director
Please Volunteer - Important Roles *Still* Vacant
Publications Committee is looking for a new
Managing Editor. While Managing Editor sounds intimidating, the role is really less about editing and more about logistics and team coordination. You must be able to manage timelines, keep track of documents and work well on a computer. The Publications Committee is a well-oiled machine and you will have lots of support. In fact, they will soon be starting on the Spring 2021 catalog. Please send an email to email@example.com if you are interested and staff will connect you with Publications Committee Co-Chairs.
Special Events Committee is looking for a volunteer to help with publicity. The primary responsibility is contacting local media outlets via email or online form submission to notifying them of upcoming events. This role is about two hours a month, plus attending Committee events and meetings. If you would like to help plan or promote our ongoing events, please email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Ask friends to join to our
"Encore Learning Presents"
at Arlington Central Library). These lectures
and films are open to the public and a great way for prospective members to learn more about us. Details can always be found in our list of upcoming
Share on social media. When you simply like our Facebook page or share our Facebook posts and events to your social network, it's a huge help. Forward our emails to a friend - use the handy link at the bottom of each email message.
- 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
2020, the following
new members joined Encore Learning. Please be sure to give these folks a warm welcome.
Carol Ann Linder
*New Instructors, as well as new members
THANK YOU to Rhonda Goodman, Kris McLaughlin and all of you who kindly refer friends.
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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
or to our
Arlington Youth Scholarship
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