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Dear Lifelong Learners,
I'm writing to let you know that I'll be stepping down as Chesapeake Forum's President on April 1, 2021. My life with my husband is about to take a dramatic turn as we plan our move from Easton to Williamsburg, Virginia, to be closer to family. Our nine years in Easton have been spectacular and we couldn't have asked for a more fulfilling and enriching experience. My tenure at Chesapeake Forum has been, without question, the highlight of my volunteer career.
I've had the extraordinary experience of serving two terms: first as President of the Academy for Lifelong Learning at the Chesapeake bay Maritime Museum, and then, as Chesapeake Forum's President.
Since becoming a community based organization in 2019, Chesapeake Forum has faced many challenges, first with the sudden passing of President John Ford, and then, just as we were flourishing with classes in session throughout Talbot County, the arrival of the pandemic.
I've never been so proud of our Board of Directors, our faculty, and our community of lifelong learners who rallied to the idea of distance learning. Thanks to your support, our virtual learning platform that includes live Zoom and recorded classes has resulted in growth in the number of faculty, growth in our core audience, and growth in registrations by people who do not live in Talbot County.
Our first Distinguished Visiting Professor lecture with David Blight of Yale University, Frederick Douglass in His Times and In Ours garnered the most registrations we've ever had. We are in the midst of planning our second Visiting Professor lecture with a different distinguished guest for January, 2022, and I anticipate it will be an event you won't want to miss.
Chesapeake Forum is planning a return to the actual classroom, while still intending to offer live Zoom and recorded classes. Once you feel comfortable being in a space with other lifelong learners, with precautions in place, we hope you will join us.
And now, it's time for me to leave Chesapeake Forum in the very capable hands of Vice President Lynn Randle and the Board of Directors.
Because of you, I can honestly say there is no lifelong learning organization on Maryland's Eastern Shore as successful as Chesapeake Forum. The future is bright. I wish all of you much good health and happiness.
President, Chesapeake Forum
Chesapeake Forum is an intellectual cooperative of lifelong learning, with courses planned, run, and led by dedicated volunteer faculty. Chesapeake Forum is open to everyone who wishes to learn, and welcomes anyone willing to listen and discuss a myriad of topics with an open mind and a respectful curiosity for the views of others.
With a continuously changing curriculum, Chesapeake Forum offers sessions on current events, science, literature, history, art, music, and writing along with outdoor courses on birding, ecology, and much more. There is also an occasional trip to museums or historic sites.
Chesapeake Forum welcomes anyone willing to share their knowledge, experience, or passion. If you are interested in leading a Chesapeake Forum course, please complete the online course proposal form via the link provided below.
Chesapeake Forum, an Academy for Lifelong Learning, provides affordable courses and discussions on a wide variety of topics for people of all ages and backgrounds where ideas are shared with civility and mutual respect.
To make lifelong learning an integral part of Maryland's Eastern Shore culture
Your contribution allows Chesapeake Forum to continue offering courses, discussions, presentations, field trips, and events that encompass diverse topics.
The Chesapeake Forum Fund is a component fund of the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) charity. Contributions to the Fund support the lifelong learning program and are fully tax-deductible as allowable by law.
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