ALL-Technology Tips and More
by Judy Kohlrus and Tom Bolinger, Membership Co-Chairs, Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL)
JUDY: I am so excited that the Academy of Lifelong Learning has more than 75 new members who have joined since our year began in July. Isn’t that great?
TOM: Absolutely! Our members are spreading the word! Most of the new people have come in after they heard about ALL from a friend or attended one of our activities, especially the annual kickoff.
JUDY: Yes, that was a lot of fun as we learned about the programs that are planned for this year, and we were so pleased to have more than 200 people in attendance. Plus, I rode the adult “tricycle” and played bocce ball. Did you go through the challenge course?
TOM: I confess — I only watched for a while. I think I could have made it through the jumping jacks, the basketball traveling around obstacles and most of the others, but I’m not sure how well I would have balanced rubber balls on a tennis racquet while walking on a board.
JUDY: Well, several people did, and they won some nice prizes!
TOM: Our special events four times a year are fun learning events where you have time for conversation with those around you. We also just held our annual chilli supper and it was really fun, including our first-time trivia contest and a temple tour. ALL is certainly a friendly, social organization, plus the pleasure of learning is always part of the special events in some way too!
JUDY: I think one of the other reasons we are attracting people is the new program that just started this year, Tech Talk. So many of us use computers, notepads and cellphones, but there is always something we need to improve about our knowledge of technology.
TOM: Yes, I agree. I’ve been trying to get Tech Talk on my calendar every month. I’m looking forward to the smartphones session coming up and the Excel program too. Every time, I get a tip or two that helps me use the computer in a new or improved way.
JUDY: Me too! And there’s another relatively new program that I know we both love. We’re just starting the second year of our bowling season. We’re an independent league, we play every other week and there are no penalties when you have to miss. We have so much fun. Plus I like it because I get in a little physical exercise.
TOM: I feel exactly the same way. ALL bowling is great. You know, people might think we only offer academic or intellectual learning. My feelings are that we offer several benefits throughout our 14 programs. Physical activities of several types, learning activities in the form of panel discussions, lectures, movies, writing, games, travel — all, plus the social contact which we’ve just talked about.
JUDY: And, of course, you can attend any or all programs, matching your interests and your curiosity for learning new things with the topics we offer and the types of experience.
TOM: It’s true. When I think of the programs giving new health information, automobiles in 2020, the Middle East, drones, medical cannabis, local authors and our day trips, for example, we really offer a diverse set of topics.
JUDY: Well, our members include people who did not attend college, people with degrees, people who were and are homemakers, retirees, a few who are still employed, perhaps in a second career or a part-time job.
TOM: We do represent a wide variety of people, which matches our variety of programs.
JUDY: Well, again, I’m so pleased to have so many new people find ALL. And it’s early in our membership year, so I hope we gain many more. We’re not too far from having 400 members.
Please consider joining us. We welcome you to attend one of our programs as a guest to sample an ALL activity and bring along a friend too. Find out more by calling 217-786-2477.