ENCORE Timeline Begins in 2000

January 2000: Kitty Paino, Dean of Continuing Education and Rose Alsbury, Continuing Education Coordinator at Clatsop Community College started researching Learning in Retirement programs to provide local opportunities for seniors and augment the Elderhostel program.

August 2000: In August, Rose attended the ALIROW (Association of Learning in Retirement Organizations in the West) regional conference in Portland.

April 2001: The College sent Rose and Jeri Olson to a biennial ALIROW conference in California. This conference jump-started the process and announcements of an organizational meeting were sent out.

May 2001: Interested persons showed up to organize ENCORE.

August 2001: A public meeting was held to attract members. Facilitated by temporary committee members who had worked all summer, the meeting attracted 100 people, and 65 joined the group.

October 2001: ENCORE’s first six classes were held. First General Membership meeting was held. Officers were elected, and committees approved. Director was Dorothy Scott, Assistant Director was Tom Bell, Secretary was Doris Holce, Treasurer was Joan James, Member at Large was Helen McDaniel, Curriculum Chair was Anne Splane Phillips and Membership Chair was June Gammon.

Since 2001: ENCORE had offered classes such as Shakespeare, Gardening, Science, and Sustainable Living. People over 50 continue to join and enjoy the classes and friendships in ENCORE.