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.

News and Photos

Read our latest  Instructor Profile of David Rehr, written by member Laura Paul.

Check out this tweet from Mark J. Rozell,  Dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University:  

Despite the weather, we had a great crowd at our Spring 2019 Course Preview. Photos by staff. See how many friends you recognize!

On January 31, our Ethnic Lunch Club met at Istanbul Grill. Photos by Carolyn Francis. If you'd like to join the club, send an email to the office.

Staff Corner

Our March weather may pull its usual tricks. Don't forget to check for potential closings in bad weather. We have all the  inclement weather contact information  in one handy place for you on our website. Also, you can now sign up as a guest to receive text message emergency alerts from Mason 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 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  Special Events.

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.

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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 January 2019, the following new members joined Encore Learning. Please be sure to give these folks a warm welcome.

Gus Ardura
Thomas Bordone
Patrick Carney
CJ Collins
Maryam Enayat
Jane Ferrigno
Ann Handley
Jean Kelly
Alison Kerester
Wayne Lalle
Charlotte Rogers
Paul Schoen
Buz Schultz
Bob Sinclair
Arthur Stern
Patricia Trubia
M. France Vareilles
Julianne Wojay

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

Tom Adams
Henry Brown
Katharine Carney
Ricki Gold
Vivian Karki
Wayne Moore

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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