|The Kamloops Adult Learners Society has had its most successful year in its 13 year history.
In the last 12 months paid membership has grown from 164 to 280 people and subscribers to the mailing list grew from 266 to 417. During the fall and winter semesters classes on 83 different subjects were offered by 90 different volunteer instructors.
The new office and staffing arrangement have made our day to day operations problem free and the new on-line registration system has offered many advantages to members including easy registration access and email reminders. The result is an excellent financial bottom line allowing us to do more advertising, and pay for a bit more office support.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS who made this year possible. In addition to our 90 volunteer instructors another 50 volunteers do all the planning and organizing work. Growth brings new opportunities for us to learn but it takes more people and their time and energy to make it happen.
The search for Volunteers is always on-going and currently KALS needs 3 more people for Board roles and several class hosts for the fall program. If you become a host you participate in the class for free. A 2 hour training session is provided to help you understand the job.
BOARD ROLES needed are a Co-President to share the workload with me and to experiment with this shared approach to leadership. The Kelowna group has had success using the shared leadership model.
We also need 2 more people to share the Volunteer & Publicity Committee’s co-chair leadership (1 more for each committee).
COMMITTEE TEAMS always need renewing. Much of the work can be done at your own pace in your own space. Committee meetings are not a significant use of time. Recruiting volunteers, distributing publicity, organizing a class or hosting a program are always jobs needing willing people.
CAN YOU HELP ensure KALS has the people needed to keep the classes operating. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Ellen Faraday 250-372-8280 or Sue Holmes 250-372-2694 to explore how you can get involved.
38 FALL CLASSES have been organized by the Program Committee Volunteers and include several Canadian history courses to help us celebrate our 150th Birthday as well as music, art, literature, science, public affairs, personal wellness and much more. The full list will be on the website on August 7 and Registration starts August 21. Classes Start the afternoon of September 18.
KALS ANNUAL MEETING is scheduled for Monday morning Sept 11. Agenda includes election of Directors, Changes to our Bylaws to comply with the new BC Society Act., Year End Financial Report, Projected Budget and we hope some time to ask for your input into program planning for the Winter session.