ALL’s 25th anniversary year is a great time to join
by Judy Kohlrus and Tom Bolinger, membership co-chairs, LLCC Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL)
The Academy of Lifelong Learning (ALL) is four months into its 25th anniversary year as an arm of Lincoln Land Community College’s Community Education department. It’s an organization of seniors, 50 and older, who want to stay involved in what’s going on around them. We have 385 members so far this year. Of that number, 44 are new to the organization this year.
In September, we held our third annual Chilli Fest at which we served 220 members and guests and raised $2,275 to help sponsor this year’s activities. Also, in October, we participated in the “2017 Senior Living Expo” in Chatham. We had a booth and extolled the benefits of belonging to ALL.
Our next big event will be the “Winter Celebration” on Jan. 26. Because it is our 25th year, we have decided that the theme of the celebratiion should be “25th Anniversary Cruise.” Food, activities and dress will complement the theme. It will be a good time for all. There is no charge, and it is open to the public as well as to members. Watch the Senior News Calendar for details and how to sign up.
“Tech Talk” is a new program this year. It is designed to promote awareness of the uses and benefits of technical devices. In the past, the program has covered the use of iPhones, computers and television, to name a few. In September, it dealt with electronics recycling; in October, it was electronic security; and in November, it will address technological advancements in weather forecasting. If you are interested in technology, which is creeping into everything we do, then this program will help you adapt.
Another popular program we offer is titled “Chautauqua.” It presents programs in a series of three (one each month for three months) on critical areas of interest relating to our local, state, national and international community. Past programs have covered topics such as writing (book writing, freelance writing, news writing and story telling) and the research and marketing problems associated with it, Shakespeare, and water and concerns about it, locally, nationally and internationally. This entire year the Chautaquas are all about “Trends in Sangamon County” dealing with housing, businesses, entertainment and what can be done to make it better. As you can see, if you want to learn about the world around you, ALL is a good place to start.
If you like to get out and go, the “W.O.W.” (Wander on Wednesday) program offers one- day bus trips to interesting sites in Illinois (and sometimes neighboring states). The “Around Town” program offers walking tours of businesses, community attractions and government agencies. The “Today’s Topic” program offers seminars on nutrition for seniors, sleep deprivation, history and various subjects such as engineering of the Erie Canal.
Activity programs are also available and include bike riding, golf, movie nights and eating out together opportunities.
All of this is available for an annual membership fee of $60. You can be involved in one or several of these activities and programs depending on your time and interests. There is also a PLUS membership for $120 if you are interested in taking LLCC Community Education classes which are also non-credit offerings. This membership allows you to take these classes at half price. Class tuition ranges from about $19 to $79. Your cost, with a PLUS membership, would be half of that amount. You could learn a foreign language or learn about things such as landscaping, genealogy, flower arranging, how to buy a used car, photography, finance, writing, etc.
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 the ALL office at LLCC at (217)786-2432.