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ILR CEO or Civic Engagement Opportunity Day
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Focus on Committees
OLLI Spring Courses
Spring Saturday Seminar Series
The Theatre
Government 101

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Most of the programs know that EIN is here to make the job of running an LLI easier. Board and Committee members change, however, and new members might not know that we have resources available on our web site to help them with many different issues. So do them a favor and tell new members about our web site – and our email - Stress that our services are there for their use. Save them the trouble that one new Board member recently went through in trying to get the EIN logo for their newsletter. Instead of going directly to EIN he went through regular Elderhostel channels. Elderhostel is a huge organization and valuable time was lost while staff tried to figure out how to help him. One quick email to EIN and he would have had what he needed. So put EIN on the agenda of your next Board meeting. Thank you.

The North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement in Asheville is sponsoring a day-long conference on July 28, 2006, about creative housing for older adults entitled Creating Intentional Communities for the Second Half of Life. The conference is for people interested in alternatives to gated and age-qualified communities or CCRC and who welcome more cooperative living arrangements that are also environmentally friendly. Cohousing, elderhousing, Eldershires, Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, and other innovative types of housing will be explained and explored. For more information please visit

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University in North Carolina was proud to help sponsor the 2006 North Carolina Festival of the Book: It’s About the Story, in April. This festival brings together writers who represent the changing face of North Carolina and the South. Following the theme “It’s About the Story,” festival programs asked authors to share the stories behind their writing. Featured speakers included Allan Gurganus, Ann Patchett, Anne Rivers Siddons, Barbara Kingsolver, Craig Marberry, Charles Randolph-Wright, Kaye Gibbons, Pat Conroy and Doug Marlette.

Joint projects with overseas programs are run by a group of U3A enthusiasts who want to encourage lifelong learners all around the world to use and communicate via the Internet. They make contacts, exchange information and set up joint projects with programs everywhere. Log on to and expand your horizons.

Potluck dinners are an excellent way for members to get to know one another. Just ask the membership of the MSU for Seniors program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. They hold four “all member” pot luck dinners throughout the year as a way for the membership to meet and greet.

This past winter, members of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh created a different reminiscence each week written to their grandchildren. Typically, essays described their early life, information about ancestors, family stories or anything else the writer wanted to pass on to future generations. In past classes, writers often bound their stories together as holiday presents. Stories were read and commented on each week.

Members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University in Virginia also concentrated on writing for grandchildren. Your Grandchild: Hero of the Story You Will Write, was the title of a course give this spring. Using family photos, members learned how to use them as the basis of a simple story about a birth, birthday, trip, holiday or other family occasion. In this four-session course, the main purpose was to capture the excitement of an occasion centered on a grandchild.

The Lifelong Learning Institute at Harper College in Palatine, IL has created a useful handout for members. On the first day of each course, each student receives a "Course Notes" sheet. This is to encourage students to take notes or write down a question for the instructor. On the back side, they have listed the courses for the semester and the registration phone number for students to call. This inexpensive handout serves as a learning tool for the student and a marketing tool for the Institute.

During the spring the Academy for Learning in Retirement at Empire State College in New York collected used eyeglasses, cases and frames which were donated to the Lions Club Eyeglasses Recycling Center. For more than 80 years the Lions Club has been collecting, cleaning, repairing, classifying and distributing used eyeglasses and frames to those in need in developing nations. The college partnered with ALR in this worthy effort.

This past spring members of the Senior College at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast were treated to two very special programs. The first was a slide-talk by a landscape gardener. The subject of gardens, garden history, social history, a little poetry and some humor about turn-of-the-20th century life in Southern Maine entertained members. The presenter has written a book entitled Sarah Orne Jewett’s Journey on the White Rose Road.

The second program was an appearance by a musician fresh from a Carnegie Hall concert. Lee Knight is a “Man of Two Mountains” – the Adirondacks and the Appalachians – who goes to original sources to find his music. A folksinger, raconteur, folklorist, teacher, master of several traditional instruments, and a whitewater rafting and canoe guide, Knight entertained the membership at a free performance.

The ILR at Old Dominion University in Virginia completed its first Five-Year Development Plan this past winter. The program has been existence for almost 13 years and during that time has grown from 12 to almost 700 members. Their steady growth caused the Executive Board to consider ILR’s future. They wanted to be able to accommodate an increasing membership while insuring that they serve their current members well with continuing high quality programming.

Thank you too, to ODILR for devoting a section of their spring newsletter to the EIN web site. The article suggested members explore the site and learn what other programs are doing in the way of classes and activities, and see how they solve problems. If something piqued their interest they were urged to tell one of the ILR Board members. Our web site is there to make your jobs easier.

Thanks to OMNILORE at California State University Dominquez Hills for this book suggestion which appeared in their March 2006 newsletter.

The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atlier, by Thad Carhart. This is definitely a book for music lovers (especially piano players). Carhart is an American writer who with his family, resides in Paris. Near his apartment he discovers a little piano shop that comes to play an important part in his life. This is an account of his finding a piano to purchase, and relearning how to play it. In the process, he tells the history of the piano, provides technical explanations on how a piano works, and discusses the fine art of piano tuning.

Thanks to the McGill ILR in Montreal for the following book suggestions taken from their February, 2006 newsletter.

Charles Darwin, by Janet Browne. A biography in two volumes now out in a paperback edition.
Mozart’s Women: His Family, His Friends, His Music, by Jane Glover. Hot off the press in paperback, this is an entirely fresh look at Mozart’s life and work.
Mozart’s Letters, Mozart’s Life (2006), selected letters translated by Robert Spaethling. Gives the lie to the popular misconception that Mozart’s letters are childish and scatological. An intimate and moving insight into the life of the great composer.


An overview of the military draft in the United States from the American Revolution through the 1980s (when compulsory draft registration was instated). Includes a short bibliography. From the Houghton Mifflin Company.

Tells the story of the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum that "immortalizes one man's love for his wife and the splendor of an era." Includes information on Shah Jahan, Mumtaz Mahal, the Mughal dynasty, and architectural antecedents (Humayun's tomb, Akbar's tomb at Sikandra, Itimad-ud-Dualah), and explores the mystery surrounding its design. From the PBS site Treasures of the World.

"The Erie Canal was the engineering marvel of the 19th Century." This is an account of its planning and development, including the initial idea from New York's then-Governor DeWitt Clinton, the canal's role in increasing commerce and westward migration, and its designation as a national heritage corridor. The site provides a link to a longer account of this history and to the music for the Erie Canal song. From the New York State Canal System.

A "digital library of text and information about people, places and businesses from the medieval and early modern period." Searchable, or browsable by type of history (administrative, ecclesiastical, local, London, and parliamentary), place, or source. The site includes items such as a 1550 map of London and House of Commons journals from the 16th and 17th centuries. From the University of London.

That’s all for this month.
Nancy Merz Nordstrom, M.Ed.
Elderhostel Institute Network

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