GILL Holds General Memberships Meeting, Plans Future Agenda


A general membership meeting of the Garrett Institute of Lifelong Learning (GILL), led by board member Barb McClosky, recently convened to review the success of the first semester offerings and plan the agenda for the upcoming sessions. A grassroots member-driven organization, GILL operates under the auspices of the Garrett College Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CEWD).


Coordinated and developed over the last year, GILL offered its first sessions beginning in May 2013 and 190 people attended classes on topics selected by members. In addition to multi-session courses GILL also launched a series of Lunch and Learn meetings for its member.

Prior to the start of a session, GILL members meet to discuss and vote on the themes they would like to explore. GILL members then volunteer to serve as coordinators who will develop the topics and select presenters or instructors for these subjects. Each coordinator works with a Board liaison who helps with communications and logistics in cooperation with Garrett College CEWD.

Sue Fowler, program director for CEWD, addressed the members at the recent meeting describing the role of Garrett College in the facilitation of GILL’s success. She explained that an important part of the Garrett College mission, in regard to the community, is outreach to people who are age 50 and older and want to continue to learn. “GC recognizes that the uniqueness of this group of learners requires a special kind of programming.” she said.

While GILL is still in its early development, Fowler explained that part of her role as liaison with the college is working with Garrett College Foundation Executive Director Cheri Krug to develop strategic plans that will benefit the long term health of GILL.

The members present for the meeting also confirmed plans for the Fall sessions that GILL will offer beginning October 21 and running through mid-November. The following topics and coordinators were selected.

History sessions will be coordinated by Dick Carroll and might include The History of the American Constitution and Twentieth Century American History. Sessions on hobbies will be coordinated by Artie Horowitz and offer classes on beginning bridge and other hobbies. In the category of finances, Barbara Frantz and Jerry Maynard will co-coordinate personal finance and investment sessions. Theater arts topics will be developed by coordinator Barb McClosky and may include acting, production, lighting, costuming, stage managing, video-editing and movie making. Science coordinator Sue Fowler will explore the topic of robotics and other science topics

In addition to the Fall semester, GILL offer a mini- session from mid- January to mid- February plus a Spring session to begin in May. GILL is seeking new members and those who have a talent, expertise, or interest that they would enjoy sharing with other like-minded people.

A general membership meeting and registration reception has been slated for September 23rd, 4 – 6 p.m. at Garrett College in the lobby outside the auditorium. Membership fees apply. More information on GILL is available by contacting Sue Fowler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 301-387-3087.