Board of Directors:
Paul & Bonnie VanCamp
WHO ARE WE?
In the fall of 2014, a small group of retired individuals began talking about the possibility of classes for seniors that would reflect the successful national model: The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. New Dimensions has incorporated many of the policies and much of the structure of OLLI. This model has provided a framework to guide in the planning of all facets of what we now know as New Dimensions Lifelong Learning Institute (NDLLI).
After much discussion, a concept for the program was formed and planning for classes began. New Dimensions was launched in the spring of 2015 with 16 classes and 64 members and almost all of the classes were held at local churches and CMU.
After completing 5 sessions (one in the winter/spring and one in the fall of each year), we have grown to 63 classes and 405 members which is a 60% increase. The Grand Valley shows there is a need and great interest for people 50 and over to continue learning and meeting new people.
VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE THE SUCCESS AND SUSTAINABILITY OF THE PROGRAM
Strong membership involvement is needed to organize and sustain the program. We hope you will consider taking an active role. New Dimensions has no paid staff; volunteers select courses and recruit instructors, maintain membership, conduct registration, manage the web page, plan marketing and promotion, and conduct operations.
In the spirit of fostering understanding, each member is encouraged to share opinions and ideas. NEW DIMENSIONS class participants do not attempt to "convert" others, because there is a mutual respect for each member's experiences, ideas, value systems and beliefs. The true focus of a New Dimensions class is the critical examination of issues and opinions. Each participant's point of view carries equal weight. Consensus is not a goal. We encourage participants with varied perspectives to attend and become engaged through discussion and civil debate.
FUNDING AND RESOURCES
The major funding source for NDLLI is the $50.00 membership fee and donations. The program received non-profit status in 2015 which allowed for a way to seek funding and sponsorships.
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PROGRAM GUIDELINES FOR COURSE SELECTION AND INSTRUCTION
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