President’s Letter, June 2013

June, 2013

Dear Participants,

It has been a year full of exciting courses and now we have a few months to relax and re-energise. Sincere thanks go to Beckey Jackson and the curriculum committee for the wide range of subjects on offer from September 2012 to March 2013, followed by an exciting and well attended series of Pot Pouri sessions. Curriculum is at the heart of Partners in Learning, a wide variety of subjects is needed to attract participants and we are always open to suggestions from members. A huge thank you also goes to all who moderate the courses, we would be lost without your guidance. The executive met recently to finalize the programs for Fall and Winter 2013-14 details of which can be found below and on the website  Following is a calendar of events to take note of:

June 21, Annual Summer Solstice Gathering at Molly Russell’s cottage, Maple Grove 8pm. Please bring nibbles to share, your own drinks and a chair from which to admire the setting sun. Musical instruments are also welcome providing you can play them! Park in the field below the cottages. For information call 519 238-2237

Sept. 9, Open House and Registration at Pine Dale Motor Inn, 2-4 pm. This promises to be a fun filled event with interactive displays and a chance to socialise and ‘catch up’. There will also be fuller explanations of the courses. Please bring guests and  potential members.

Sept.16 to Oct.21 (no class Thanksgiving Monday) Fall session begins with two five week courses-

  • Monoliths and Megaliths, 10 am -12 pm moderated by Bob Kennedy
  • The Entertainers, 2-4 pm moderated by Don Santor

Oct.28 to Nov.25, Second set of five week courses-

  • The Roaring Twenties, 10 am -12 pm moderated by Lynn Wilbur
  • Socrates Café, 2-4 pm moderated by Nancy Winters and others

For the past few years Lea James has managed our website, designed brochures and ensured we received publicity in the press and elsewhere. Sadly for us, she has felt the need to resign her position as a member of the executive. Lea deserves all our thanks for the hundreds of hours given so generously to PIL. Mike Ash has taken over the responsibility of managing the website, where you can find information about current activities, past courses and a gallery of photos. The website is a valuable tool for members and anyone who expresses an interest in the group.

The executive is looking for someone to take charge of publicity. Being in the public eye helps build our membership and is needed for the continuance of the group. Let us know if you can help.

PIL would be nothing without its members so my sincere thanks go to all of you who make Mondays stimulating, challenging and fun.

Dinah Taylor, President – 2012-13