October 2019 Newsletter
Stimulation - Knowledge - Interaction - Fun
Food for Thought
Friday, October 25, 2019

Sheila Kirby and Ann Luther

"The Struggle for Women's Suffrage: Revisiting Our History, Rededicating Our Future"

Birch Bay Village Inn, Hulls Cove.

Reservations are required for both the lunch and lecture and must be received by noon on Wednesday, October 23 rd .
The hot buffet at Birch Bay Village begins at 11:30 and costs $12; the lecture is from noon to 1:00.

To reserve space for one or both events please call 288-9500 or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org
Annual Octoberfest Party
Friday, October 18 th

Seal Cove Auto Museum
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Music will be provided by Rob Collins and his Jazz Quintet. Refreshments will be served.

All ASC members and guests are welcome - bring a friend!
Fall Museum Trip
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Holocaust and Human Rights Center, Augusta
Colby College of Art, Waterville

Hop aboard our chartered coach bus for a visit to the Holocaust and Human Rights Center where Shenna Bellows will give us a tour of the main exhibits. Lunch at the Center is included.

After lunch we will travel to the Colby College of Art and tour the " Wíwənikan …the beauty we carry" exhibit with Julia Gray, Program Manager for the exhibit.

Cost for the trip is $50 per person including transportation, lunch and both museums. We will meet at the Gateway Center in Trenton at 7:45 a.m. and return in the late afternoon. Click here to learn more.

To sign up call 288-9500 or email learn@acadiaseniorcollege.org.
Opera Preview at The Grand
Bob Gallon, ASC Instructor and opera enthusiast, is again offering introduction and discussion sessions prior to the live broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera at The Grand in Ellsworth.

Saturday, October 12, 2019 - Turandot - Puccini's final masterpiece.

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - Manon - Massenet

Saturday, November 9, 2019 - Madama Butterfly - Puccini

All talks will be from 11:00 a.m. to noon, followed by a break for lunch. The live broadcast begins at 12:55.

The preview talk is free. Tickets for the Live Broadcast can be purchased online or at the door.

No reservations are required and you do not have to attend the live broadcast to participate in the pre-event discussions.
Dues, Tuition, Donation – What Does It All Mean?
Every fall, it seems we are bombarded with letters from charities and other non-profit organizations appealing for donations. Acadia Senior College also makes such an appeal, and some members wonder why. If our instructors are volunteers and our classroom sites are free, why does ASC need any funds besides what we already pay for membership and tuition? 
What does it mean to be a member of Acadia Senior College? ASC is a 501(c) (3) non-profit membership organization. This means that you, the members, are the authority that runs the College, through an elected Board of Directors. Whether you take a course or not, your membership dues ($35) entitle you to attend all our events, receive all our communications, and most importantly, participate in elections at the annual meeting and have a voice in how the College operates.
What are course tuition fees used for? Yes, our sites are free and our instructors are volunteers. But administering all that we do requires a paid part-time staff. Related expenses include brochure printing, office supplies, internet and phone, website maintenance and improvements, etc. Tuition also covers the expense of all course materials – textbooks, literature, photocopies.
So, why the annual appeal for donations? The funds generated by membership dues ($13,000) and course tuition ($25,000) make up the bulk of ASC income. (All figures used in this article are approximate based on the last couple of years.) We also receive some income from grants ($5,000) as well as from investment and endowment interest ($4,000).
What are our expenses? Our major expense is for staff. We spend about $47,000 a year for administration plus bookkeeping and accounting. Other significant costs are for course materials and production of our brochures as well as for office supplies and equipment ($20,000).
As you can see, our income of about $47,000 does not cover our expenses of about $67,000. We make up the difference by the generosity of our members, who have historically donated another $20,000 in response to our appeals.
ASC is on very solid financial footing, thanks to you. We are able to keep our basic charges for membership and tuition relatively low. We have enough flexibility in our budget to provide our four social events at no additional cost to members. Also, this past summer, we were able to co-sponsor a series of speakers at the Jesup Library and offer the documentary film “Sonic Sea” free of charge to our community.
When you receive our appeal in the mail later this fall, please support ASC with your tax-deductible donation. This is easily done on our website acadiaseniorcollege.org by clicking on DONATE. You don't even have to log in. At the same time, consider becoming a monthly donor. This is a convenient way to donate a little at a time throughout the year. Also, remember that gifts made to honor or memorialize a special person can be made at any time. As you can see, we truly count on your support!
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