Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement
Fiscal Year August 2016 – July 2017
The seventh fiscal year of Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement from August 2016 through July 2017 has been another successful year. From August, 2016, through July, 2017, CVLR membership grew by 22 members for a total of 855 members. While most of CVLR’s membership resides in the core cities of Menomonie and Eau Claire, members come from as far away as Baldwin and Glenwood City to the west; Chetek and Bloomer to the north; Stanley and Cadott to the east; and Hixton, Whitehall, Osseo, and Independence to the south.
We continued our mission of providing educational activities by offering 74 classes and trips in fall 2016 and 83 in spring 2017. We had another enjoyable holiday luncheon at the Florian Gardens featuring entertainment by the Ukulele Club of Eau Claire. In attendance were 343 members, presenters, and guests, the largest number ever in attendance.
We are a member-driven, all volunteer organization. Our members belong to Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement because they are intellectually curious. They want to learn about topics of interest to them. That is why our offerings of classes and trips are the backbone of our organization. Many of our classes are presented by members, 43 this year, or contacts of members, tapping into their areas of expertise and their experiences.
We are increasingly using e-mail to communicate with our membership. We send class reminders via e-mail. We announce registration and holiday luncheon mailings. We inform of class changes and cancellations. Since 94% of members have e-mails, this has become a very useful communication tool. We are using the CVLR Web site in new ways such as showing photos of projects prior to registration and hosting follow-up powerpoints and photos of events.
Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement is currently overseen by a ten-member board of directors. We had a turnover of three board members during this fiscal year. Seven are continuing their terms in 2017-2018. In addition to their fiscal and organizational contributions, board members also initiate and coordinate programs. They coordinate the bulk of the programs, direct the program committees, and mentor new program committee members. Since these program committees are key to the success of CVLR, we have been expanding the number of members involved in them.
Chippewa Valley Learning in Retirement is a 501(c)(3) organization and is designated as exempt from sales tax by the State of Wisconsin.