Annual Meeting 2017

Senior College Annual Meeting
Thursday, September 28, 11:45 – 12:45
Auditorium – Hutchinson Center


Call to Order

Adoption of the agenda

Greetings from Hutchinson Center Director, Patty Libby

Remarks by the President – Arlin Larson

Approval of the 2017 Year End Financial Report – Jim Taber, treasurer

Presentation of Committee Annual Reports & Introduction of Committee Chairs

Elections to the Board of Trustees – Deborah Bailey

By-law revision – non-discrimination policy – Harry Kaiserian, vice-president



By-law revision

Article X – Non-Discrimination Statement

Old: The Senior College admits members of any race, color, religion sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all the rights privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to members. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and other college-administrated programs.

New: The Senior College at Belfast does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Rationale: To adopt the clearer, more elegant format used by the AARP.

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Senior College of Belfast 2017 Annual Meeting Slate for the Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee is nominating the following people for 3-year terms on the Board of Directors:

Arlin Larson is a retired minister whose last pastorate was the First Congregational Church of Searsport, Maine. Besides having taught at several colleges, he has been teaching religion and philosophy related courses at Senior College since 2005, including one this semester titled Children of Abraham: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. In 2012 he agreed to fill a vacancy on the Board, after which he was elected to his first full 3-year term. He served one year as Vice President, is the current Board President, and has served on the Archives Committee for a number of years.

Harry Kaiserian is a retired naval officer and college administrator.  He has a long history of taking classes at Senior College, as well as membership on the Curriculum Committee.  Harry has taught several courses—our resident foodie—and is on tap to teach The Evolution of the American Palate and a trio of movies with wine as the starring character.  He is a current member of the Board and is incumbent Vice President.  Harry is an educator through training, experience, and a “calling.”

John Economy spent 43 years in the dairy industry with Dean Foods, holding the positions of branch manager, sales manager, VP of sales and marketing, and general manager of Maine operations. He has been a member of the Community Service Committee and was responsible for expanding the school reading program. In addition, he has been a member of the Festival of Arts Committee, responsible for recruiting volunteers and assisting with setup and take downs.

Respectfully submitted,
The Nominating Committee:
Debbie Bailly, Chair; Arlin Larson; Harry Kaiserian; Jim Taber; David Boyer; Judy Beebe; Sharon Romanow; Dianne Smith

Outing to Maine State Museum Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Model of a 1779 16-cannon brigantine like the Defense

Special Events Committee has arranged two tours of exhibits at Maine State Museum in Augusta on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, followed by lunch in Hallowell. Additional time will be allowed for self-guided touring of other exhibits, as well.

One exhibit, 12,000 Years in Maine, shows artifacts from archeological digs around the state relating to Native Americans who lived here for millennia before the Europeans arrived in the 1500s.

Sone cache used by Maine Native Americans to store meat

The second exhibit is about the Revolutionary War ship named Defense that ran aground and was scuttled, burned, and sunk off Stockton Springs in 1779. In 1975 the hull was found to be 40% intact and the site was excavated. Remains left by the 100 men and 16 cannons on board are displayed.

We will carpool from the Hutchinson Center. Please arrive at 8:00 a.m. to check in and get organized. The car pool will leave promptly at 8:15 a.m. Cost is $5 per person.

To register for the trip, contact Martha Laitin, 323-2368 or

Field Trip to Islamic Center of Maine, October 14, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Islamic Center of Maine
151 Park Street (Route 2)
Orono, Maine 04473
Islam is at the center of world affairs and also the primary religion of recent immigrants to Maine. Orono’s Islamic Center will host us for an introduction to Islam and a chance to become acquainted with the area’s Islamic community. The visit was arranged in conjunction with this fall’s Children of Abraham: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity class. However, all Senior College members are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Meet at the Islamic Center at 9:45 a.m. (it is about an hour and ten minutes away). If you need or can offer a ride, indicate it on the sign-up sheet in the Senior College office. Reservations are required. For more information contact Karen Gleeson at or 338-0350.

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