President invites members to AGM and winter courses, Nov. 2013

November 3, 2013                               388 Augusta Crescent, Grand Bend, N0M1T0

Dear Members of Partners in Learning,

It has been a great start to another year of interesting presentations and stimulating discussion. The first two fall courses were well received and thanks are due to all who participated and the moderators, Bob Kennedy and Don Santor.  The current courses are also very popular, The Roaring Twenties, moderated by Lynn Wilbur and Socrates Café under the guidance of Nancy Winters.  The curriculum committee headed by Beckey Jackson has worked hard to come up with more interesting topics for the sessions beginning in the New Year. While some members are fortunate enough to winter in warmer climes, many of us choose to stay put knowing that PIL will provide us with companionship as well as mental exercise.

From Monday, January 6 to February 3 the courses will be:
Canadian Heroes and Villains, from 10 a.m. to noon, moderated by Suzanne Davidson
What’s so Funny?, from 2 to 4 p.m., moderated by Nancy Winters

Beginning on Monday, February 10 to March 17 the courses will be:
Ghosts, Goblins and Apparitions, from 10 a.m. to noon, moderated by Molly Russell
Humanity in Crises, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., moderated by Don Santor

I hope that you will consider enrolling in one of the courses and bring a friend along. There is no charge to sit in on a session, it is after all, the only way to know if PIL is for you.

As I come to the end of my term as your president it is my pleasure to remind you that the Annual General Meeting and election/appointment of a new executive takes place at Southcott Pines Clubhouse Social Room on Monday, Dec. 2 at 12 noon.  All current members plus one guest are invited. It is also the occasion of the Christmas potluck lunch. Who can resist the delicious offerings of our members, accompanied (I hope) with some carol singing led by the musically talented Roberta Walker?  In addition we will be making presentations to two very special peoplePlease put this date in your planner now!

We are still in need of a Treasurer/Registrar and someone to take on publicity, if either of these roles interests you, please let me know. If you want to nominate a person for any executive position it must be done in writing with the permission of the nominee and sent to me at the address above at least two weeks prior to Dec. 2. Positions are: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer/Registrar, Curriculum Chairman and Publicity Chairman.

Finally, thank you all for your support this year. PIL is a remarkable organization only because of the people who are involved and who give of their time and talents.


Dinah Taylor – President, 2012-13

Partners in Learning Begins with a Bang!

Lakeshore Advance, September 11, 2013

September 9th saw an enthusiastic group gathered for the annual Open House that announces the beginning of another year for Partners in Learning. Attendees learned about the Fall courses on offer and experi­enced an animated, and at times amusing, mini Socrates Café where the topic of dis­cussion was “Will Prince George ever be King of Canada?” White boards were avail­able for comments and suggestions and the Blackboard Project sponsored by the Art Centre was enjoyed by all.

“What is Partners in Learning?” you may ask We are a group of ‘mature’ people who would like to know more about all kinds of things. Our sessions of discovery are easy­going, round the table gatherings. We share our knowledge on a great variety of sub­jects about which most of us begin by knowing nothing. A little bit of computer browsing, book reading and questioning soon fixes that! Each member is asked to work up 20 minutes of facts and stories about their chosen subject, presenting it to the group and initiating a discussion that runs the gamut from argument to hilarity. We also plan field trips to local places of interest.

We all know how important physical exercise is for well being and a healthy life, brain exercise is just as important for sound mental health. We are not ‘intellectuals; just a group of people who have become friends through a journey of discovery and learning.

Fall topics are: ‘Megaliths and Monoliths; ‘The Entertainers; ‘The Roaring Twenties’ and ‘Socrates Cafe Five week sessions are held Mondays at Pine Dale beginning Sept. 16 from 10 to noon and 2-4 pm. If you can’t be at the Open House call 519 238-1114 or look at for information.

President’s invitation to a new season, Aug. 2013

Good Summer Day!

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus

How quickly the seasons come and go, autumn is just around the corner and, while we may not be flowers, Partners in Learning certainly offers us the opportunity of a ‘second spring’. Nurturing our brains promotes healthy growth and what better way to do that than through one, or more, of the exciting sessions Beckey Jackson and her curriculum committee have organized. Exercise of any sort is more fun in a group, mental exercise being no exception. And we do have fun at PIL!

Knowledge is accumulated in many ways. One of those is to attend the PIL Open House at Pine Dale Motor Inn on Sept. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Courses will be explained, a mini- Socrates Café enacted, and a variety of activities will await your participation. There will be refreshments of course, as well as the opportunity to ask questions and gather information before registering for the course of your choice. Please bring a friend or neighbour, this is the ideal time to ‘spread the word’. Without participants PIL would not exist.

Along that line, the management team is still seeking volunteers for two positions: Vice President (2014) and Publicity. We all enjoy attending and participating in the courses but it is important to realize that these can only be offered because, behind the scenes is an active management team. Neither of these positions is onerous and there is lots of support available from experienced members. If you enjoy PIL and want to see it continue I urge you to consider taking a role.

Peruse the enclosed brochure, call for more information and come out to the Open House on Sept.9, at Pine Dale Motor Inn from 2 to 4 p.m. I look forward to seeing you as PIL offer another year of mental stimulation and exercise.


Dinah Taylor, President

Partners in Learning thanks Grand Bend Rotary and Pine Dale Motor Inn for their support.

Open House, Sept. 9, 2013

This year the Open House will be held at Pinedale Motor Inn on Monday, September 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. Come along to learn about the Fall courses, meet participants and moderators, join in some activities and find out what we’re all about. Please invite any friends or neighbours who might be interested. Registrations can be taken at this time, regular sessions begin on Monday, September 16, 10 am – noon and 2 pm – 4 pm at Pine Dale Motor Inn.

We are grateful to Mary Jo of Pine Dale for supporting PIL by providing the Open House venue free of charge.

Event Flyer, share with your friends or tack on a bulletin board …
Open House Sep. 9

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

Fall 2013 Preview

This fall we will be offering 4, 5 week courses.  Details to follow, but here are the highlights:

  • Session 1, starting September 16th
    1. Megaliths & Monoliths, 10:00 AM to Noon, Bob Kennedy
    2. The Entertainers, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Don Santor
  • Session 2, starting October 28th
    1. The Roaring Twenties, 10:00 AM to Noon, Lynn Wilbur
    2. Socrates Cafe, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Nancy Winters

The fall courses are $15 each, and because it is the start of a new season, a membership of $20 for the year is also required.

“Our Town” Tour a Great Success

Our last Potpourri session on May 13th was hosted by the famous Jim Southcott.  About 25 folks enjoyed the walking tour on a wonderful spring day and learned about some of Grand Grand’s history.  Additional narration was provided by Paul Miller (co-author of Grand Bend, Images of Yesterday) and Bill Brenner (of the Brenner Hotel – now Colonial Hotel – family).

Here are some images composed by Lea James.  Thanks Lea.

Tour Images by Lea