Once again, the annual meeting of CVEC was a pleasant elixir of business and pleasure. The emphasis this time, on Sunday, May 3, again at St. John’s Lutheran Church, was on the students who had taken the most courses since the Fall of 2004, headed by this lady, Shirlee Maddow of Faribault: It will be some time before anyone surpasses her record of 52 classes!
Joan Kark, one of the over-30-courses students, then described her own long-term involvement with CVEC. She highlighted the close connection between CVEC and her alma mater, St. Olaf College, the chance to meet so many people with similar passion for lifelong learning, and the broadening of her horizons.
She was followed by Richard Schulte, who gave us some witty recollections of his life in South Dakota, including this amazing scene of a dog who reportedly could climb trees in pursuit of squirrels (!!)
Next on the agenda was the recognition by Executive Director Rich Noer of retiring board members, Diane Hagen, Bruce Roberts, and Jon Rondestvedt. Also he recognized Jim Holden and Walt Stromseth for having taught at least 5 courses.
Jim, by the way, chairs the Nominations Committee, and he introduced 5 new board members for a 3 year term, in this order: Randy Cox, Joan Drenth, Phil Eaves, Judy Mason, and Dale Talley.
The meeting concluded with staff reports by Finance Director, Barb Jenkins, Operations director, Dale Sommers, Curriculum Director, Ed Langerak, and the Director of our Summer Film Festival, Eric Nelson. You will be hearing full details about each of these projects in the near future. Ed