Senior News, MAY/JUNE/JULY 2018 Issue
By Judy Kohlrus and Tom Bolinger, Membership Co-Chairs
Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL)
The Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) is more than three-quarters of the way through the 2017-2018 year. Our membership is at an active four hundred (400) members enjoying the many programs we offer. Our programs include informational sessions such as Chautauqua, Around Town, Tech Talks, and activities such as bowling and golf, and a highlight is our new 2018 Bicentennial Speakers Series, outlined later in this column.
On May 3, the Breakfast Round Table will feature Rhegan Stansbury, an officer with the Salvation Army. In addition to sharing her vision for the future, she will discuss the programs offered by the Salvation Army in Springfield and what is happening at their new location.
The Chautauqua program has started a three part series on “Music in our Lives” featuring the sounds of Elvis, Perry Como and many more through the years.
The ALL Bowling League has ended a very active and fun season and now the Swinging Senior Golfers are ready to go. Whether you’re a beginner, a little experienced or already a pretty good golfer, you are welcome to join this group as a member of ALL.
ALL has also partnered with our sponsor, Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC), to offer single session mentoring opportunities to LLCC students on a volunteer basis. While our members may not be active in their careers any longer, we can encourage or steer students in similar career paths as ours. Interested LLCC students work with the LLCC Community Education Office to be matched with an ALL member with similar educational and career paths. This is a new service activity that we are happy to offer.
As mentioned earlier, the Bicentennial Speakers Series offered by ALL continues, with programs held on the third Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum, our partner in these offerings. Admission is free for these events and the public is invited. We’ve had great audiences for the first three programs and promise a summer of more great topics and speakers.
On May 20, historical geographer Norman Moline will present the development of Illinois’ canals, roads, railroads and postal service during the past two centuries. Infrastructure helped to unify Illinois in certain respects and contributed to its character and identity. Moline, a Chicago native and a historical geographer, taught for 45 years at Augustana College in Rock Island. His research, writing and teaching interests also include natural resource management, Sweden, Illinois and the Great Lakes.
The speaker for June 17 is Jeanne Schultz Angel who will discuss antislavery sentiment in early Illinois. Understanding the wide range of motivations that might lie behind any given individual’s opposition to slavery – commitment to human rights, belief in racial equality, economic considerations and religious convictions – it is important to understanding the escalation that led to the Civil War. She will also share information about several significant slavery and antislavery sites in Illinois, including sundown towns. Angel previously served as the executive director of the Lombard Historical Society, where she managed the Sheldon Peck Homestead, listed on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. She is currently executive director of the Nineteenth Century Club and Charitable Association in Oak Park, Ill.
On July 15, Mike Matejka will review how Illinois boomed as an industrial powerhouse with entrepreneurialism. Familiar brand names, from Wrigley chewing gum to Swift and Armour meat products, covered the nation. Looking at two specific industries, railroading and coal mining, this presentation will cover not only the business expansion, but also the workplace tensions that followed. Matejka is the governmental affairs director for the Great Plains Laborers District Council. He is the vice-president of the Illinois Labor History Society and a past-president and board member of the McLean County Museum of History.
Summertime is the best time to join since ALL’s membership year begins July 1. Dues are $60 for one year. If you are age 50 or greater, give it a try. To get a feel for what we are all about, attend one of our programs as a guest to sample an ALL activity. Bring along a friend too. Find out more by calling the office of ALL at Lincoln Land Community College at 217-786-2477.