Lifelong Learning Institute, James Madison University,
The following article was taken from the October, 2006 issue of
By all standards, our “LLI 10th Anniversary Celebration”
was a smashing success! It was a free event for adults 50 and over,
held at the JMU Festival Student Center on Wednesday afternoon, from
2 to 5 p.m. on August 16, 2006. Fortunately we had a beautiful day to
start with. An estimated 400 turned out for the event, 192 of whom were
A trail of purple, gold, and silver balloon bouquets led their way
into the building. Inside the lobby, they were greeted with a variety
of attractive arts and crafts exhibits, all creations made by members
who had attended LLI classes. Also on display were course syllabi for
upcoming fall courses, oftentimes accompanied by the appropriate instructor
who was available for questions.
A large banner and handsome floral arrangement signaled the hospitality
desk where visitors were given name tags and were able to sign up for
membership and fall courses. There were a total of 40 paid memberships,
with 28 of them being new members. Thirty members registered for fall
Entertainment commenced in the spacious conference room, where 250
chairs were set up initially and had to be added to throughout the afternoon.
Refreshments of decorated “birthday” cakes, punch and mints
were served by member hostesses at the back of the room. Adair McConnell
played old favorites at the piano with some sing-a-long participation
during which a power point production was cycled on the giant screen
up front. This consisted of our past ten-year history of LLI in photos
and words and was produced by Barbara McSweeney and Bev Moore, who gained
their technical expertise in an LLI class.
Bob Bloomquist very capably emceed the program and introduced the other
performers: the comedy team of Ted and Lee, and the “mature”
tap-dancers from Diane and company in Staunton, were both very well
received. We laughed at the clever satire and marveled at the stamina
and high kicks of the chorus line.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon and the 10th Anniversary Committee
and all those members who volunteer to help are to be commended for
their excellent planning, setup and coordination. Committee members
are Barbara McSweeney, Chair, Paul Graham, Mary Alice Robertson, Rosemarie
Palmer, Charles Lotts, Cathy Hunter, Boel Bennett, and Bev and Sam Moore.