E-News September 2021

Fall Classes

Dear Senior College members and friends,

September is here and for me it brings nostalgic memories of the past. As a youngster I remember watching the Hit Parade with my parents and listening to a song entitled “September Song” made popular by the wistful crooning of Nat King Cole. Then later as a teen the hit “See You in September” by The Tempos was ever so fun to cha cha to as we said goodbye at the end of another school year.

In my “September” years I am made painfully aware of the passing of the days and the end of the season of light and sunshine. Yet Fall beckons with promise of crisp days, colorful vistas, and the beginning of a new academic year. Try as I might, September really means back-to-school even in my seventh decade. And today that means the beginning of another session of Senior College!

While I really won’t see you in person in September I will be able to “zoom” you this fall! “As the autumn leaves begin to fall” we may continue to suffer from zoom fatigue but the truth is it does offer us the opportunity to see one another’s faces, listen to family updates, and share ideas and thoughts with one another while hoping for that day when we can share in person at the Hutchinson Center.

In just three short weeks the Fall Session will begin and once again we are fortunate to welcome a distinguished group of instructors offering a varied and interesting curriculum. There are new faces and familiar ones but each has something unique to share and we hope you will enrol in a class that will bring you knowledge and joy. Several new offerings have been posted since classes were first posted including a look at Women of Maine by Maine Women and a preview of a new course for Winterim. Go to: https://belfast-senior-college.coursestorm.com/ for the complete list.

Also don’t forget that as a member of Belfast Senior College you are welcome to enrol in courses at the other 16 Senior Colleges. For a list of all offerings visit the Maine Senior College webpage at https://www.maineseniorcollege.org/mscn-online-classes.

I hope you have had a restful, engaging summer. I was pleased to welcome friends and a host of family members to Belfast this summer and now it is time to set my sights on Fall undertakings and activities. I am looking forward to not only teaching a course but being a “student” in several others. Senior College gives definition and purpose to another season of waiting for this latest Covid threat to end.

Join me and others this September at Belfast Senior College online!

Nancy Perkins

Belfast Senior
College Annual

The Annual Meeting of Belfast Senior College will be held on September 30th at 12 noon via Zoom. All members are urged to participate in the annual election of Board Members and receive an update on the activities and finances of the organization. You must be a member to cast your vote for the new Board members so please take a moment to join as well as register for a fall class. As a member you will receive an invitation with a Zoom link to join the meeting. Please plan on being there on September 30.

Nominees for Board Membership:

  • Robert Adler – 1 year term
  • Margery Arnett – 3 year term
  • Mayo Bullock – 3 year term
  • Richard Koralek – 3 year term
  • Brian Richardson – 3 year term
  • Doug Chamberlin – 1 year term

In addition, Al Arthur, Ron Jarvella, and Nancy Perkins are nominated for an additional 3 year term.

You are invited to this Zoom meeting.
When: Sep 30, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Members In The News
Nancy Perkins

Senior College member Janet Williams, newsletter and Corona Chronicles editor, has written and published a book entitled Maxx and Mrs. Queen. This exquisitely illustrated and lovingly written tale will warm the hearts of children and adults who love and care for animals. Without giving too much away, it is the story of rescuing dogs and cats from life on the streets of London. The story winds its way from Buckingham Palace through the streets of London and St. James’s Park, bringing the homeless animals to safety, a Royal Fur Ball, and much more.

Please see the Maxx and Mrs. Queen website for more information about the book and how it came to be. Janet is donating all proceeds from the sale of this book to animal rescue.

Corona Chronicles

Please note that the Corona Chronicles will continue to print as long as you send us your stories, essays, reviews, photographs, works of art, recipes, and observations of your life during the pandemic. Let us hear from you soon!

Please send your creations to Janet Williams at williajanet@gmail.com or Nancy Perkins at nanella133@gmail.com .

Nominating Committee Report

In accordance with the by-laws of Belfast Senior College, Jim Owen, Chair of the Nominating Committee is pleased to present this report of the Nominating Committee. He urges you to review the slate of nominees and to affirm the slate at the Annual Meeting (again on Zoom) on September 30 at 12 noon.

After conferring with Senior College members, members of the Board, and actively looking for folks willing serve on the Senior College Board, the Nominating Committee met for the fourth and final time on June 14. Despite a fraught time of Covid, social distancing and isolation, Zoom and online living, we found able volunteers willing to serve. Here is our slate of applicants, old and new, who have volunteered to serve on the Board. All the new prospects have completed applications and have talked with one or more Committee members. We believe they will bring skills, talent and energy to the Board consistent with our past Boards. We have recommended them all to the Board and ask that the membership support these folks and give their approval at the annual meeting.

The following Senior College members who have completed terms have agreed to serve another term:

  • Al Arthur
  • Nancy Perkins
  • Ron Jarvella

The following Senior College members are willing to serve the College as Board members for the first time:

  • Robert Adler
  • Marjorie Arnett
  • Mayo Bullock
  • Doug Chamberlin
  • Richard Koralek
  • Brian Richardson

Here is a brief introduction to each of these volunteers.

Those willing to serve again:

Al Arthur: Al has years of technological experience helping Senior College faculty and Board Members with everything from registration of students, to dealing with technologies necessary for teaching. He has a serious grasp of technology and the patience of Job.

Ron Jarvella: Ron is a long term Senior College member, has taught a number of courses, and has served with the Special Event Committee. He is one of our connections with Penobscot Shores.

Nancy Perkins: Nancy is currently president of the Board, and has helped steer us through the challenges of Covid, through our shift to Zoom classes, and through a confusing time of dramatic budget changes. She loves both teaching and taking Senior College classes. Nobody can outwork her.

Those willing to join the Board for the first time:

Robert Adler: Robert has taken multiple Senior College classes. Since retiring from a corporate life, he has been on several local boards, most recently the Board of the Belfast Free Library. He now consults with non-profits about such things as marketing, fundraising, and governance issues. He has an advanced degree in education.

Marjorie Arnett: Marjorie is an artist, poet, a published playwright, and an experienced educator. She is a former Dean of the College of Fine Arts at Indiana University. She has taken Senior College classes and despite her working in places like Italy and Zagreb, Croatia she is committed to Belfast. Covid restrictions kept her from teaching a class last Fall.

Mayo Bullock: Mayo is a former Director of Educational Enhancement Programs at Case Western University. In that position she helped create a Saturday College that functioned much like a Senior College. She has been taking classes with our College for six years and has served on the Marketing Committee. She is also an active volunteer with several Searsport organizations, including being a Board member of the town library.

Doug Chamberlin: In the past Doug started his own company, has served on several community boards, and been a member of governmental committees. He has taken Senior College classes and taught three of them. Like Al, he is more comfortable with computers and technology than most of us.

Richard Koralek: Richard is a semi-retired electrical engineer with a PhD and experience as a college professor. He typically takes one or two classes from Senior College per semester. He recently completed a term as president of Belfast’s Rotary Club and helped guide them through Covid adjustments like ours, including embracing Zoom.

Brian Richardson: Brian is a retired engineer and has served as a trustee of the Winterport Water District. He has been an active Senior College member for over five years, has taken several classes, and was going to teach a Musicology class face-to-face this past Fall until Covid made that impossible.

I want to thank each of the Nominating Committee members for their efforts; Barney Lutsk, Mary Rackmales, Paul Sheridan, Rebecca Jessup, Martha Laitin, Nancy Perkins, and Brenda Smith. As a Committee we learned a lot about the challenges of recruiting volunteers to serve on the Board. We are grateful for the folks who have come forward and are willing to serve us all.

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