Resolution J592-2013

Commemorating September 2013, as Lifelong Learning Month in the State of New York



  • Feb 28, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 22, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION commemorating September 2013, as Lifelong Learn-
ing Month in the State of New York

WHEREAS, Senior citizens bring a wealth of experience and  knowledge  to
the  increasingly  active roles they play in today's society; their past
contributions and future participation are a vital part of, and valuable
asset to, the fabric of community life and activity; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of  this  Legislative  Body  to  honor  those
illustrious  organizations  of  the  State  of New York whose purposeful
endeavors serve to enhance the quality of life for the cherished  senior
citizens in their communities; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commem-
orate  September  2013,  as  Lifelong Learning Month in the State of New
York; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Academy  for  Lifelong  Learning  at  Saratoga  Springs
(A.L.L.),  founded  in  October  of 1992, as the Academy for Learning in
Retirement at Saratoga Springs (ALR), will be celebrating its 20th Anni-
versary with a year-long commemoration which began on July 1, 2012; and
  WHEREAS, Carrying out this year's theme "Nourish  Your  Body,  Nourish
Your  Mind",  many special events and programs as well as thematic study
groups will be offered throughout the year; and
  WHEREAS, The Academy for Lifelong Learning is a nonprofit  member-dri-
ven  organization  of  mature learners who share a love of participatory
learning; and
  WHEREAS, This vital organization is an independent  entity,  sponsored
by  SUNY Empire State College and affiliated with the Elderhostel Insti-
tute Network; and
  WHEREAS, New York State is the home to 25 lifelong learning institutes
which have approximately 10,000 seniors as members; and
  WHEREAS, Often sponsored by colleges, universities or  museums,  life-
long  learning  programs  are  member-driven  educational organizations,
where the volunteers serve on committees to govern the organizations and
lead study groups; and
  WHEREAS, Lifelong learning programs provide  stimulating  educational,
leadership and social opportunities for seniors in the community; and
  WHEREAS,  Over  76  million  Baby  Boomers  are  preparing to reinvent
retirement, which will dramatically increase the demand for  educational
and  volunteer  opportunities  that  lifelong learning programs provide;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
commemorate  September  2013, as Lifelong Learning Month in the State of
New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Jo-Ellen Unger, Executive Director, The Academy for  Lifelong
Learning at Saratoga Springs, SUNY Empire State College.


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