In the fall of 2004, Joe and Priscilla Naworski brought together a small group of resourceful PebbleCreek residents with the goal of creating continuing education programs in the community. Not knowing what the demand for such programs might be, they started small: three Monday Morning Lectures attracted a combined attendance of just 232 people.
That was enough to confirm that there was interest in learning in PC. The original Education Club became LifeLong Learning at PebbleCreek and my how LLL has grown! They assembled an ever growing team of volunteers and encouraged them to create new and expanding programs, including trips, classes, Monday Morning Lectures, Premier Lectures and book and author programs.
In 2012, Priscilla decided to step down and Phyllis Minsuk and Dennis DeFrain agreed to co-chair the organization. Additional programs were added, including the Cinema Society of PebbleCreek. A weekly e-newsletter was introduced in 2013 to keep residents informed about learning opportunities both in the community and in the Greater Phoenix Area. In 2014 a new website was introduced so more information about speakers and other events was available.
As revenue from expanded programs such as the wildly popular Riders on the Orphan Train continued to grow, LifeLong Learning applied to the IRS for and received, in the Spring of 2015, designation as a not-for-profit tax-exempt unincorporated organization. At the annual meeting in April 2015, the LifeLong Learning at PC team adopted new bylaws which created a nine-member Leadership Team with directors responsible for major portions of activities.
LifeLong Learning continues to be a totally volunteer organization, and there are now more than 80 dedicated Creekers who identify speakers, classes, trips and learning opportunities in the greater Phoenix area.
During the 2017 - 2018 season, LLL will present 16 Monday Morning Lectures, six evening Premier programs, 20 classes on various topics, 16 trips to local venues and six movies as part of the Cinema Society of PebbleCreek. Several new special programs are planned, including three performing arts Sunday Series afternoons in the Chianti Room and a series of small group discussions using TED Topic videos to jump start the discussions. We now have a year-round program, PC Reads, meeting the first Thursday of every month.
This year residents will be able to sign up for classes and trips and purchase Premier Lecture tickets in the LLL Center or online, so those who are not in PebbleCreek when sales open October 1 will be able to participate in all LLL programs.
Be sure to look for the SCHEDULE, (in the carousels in the two clubhouses as of October 1) the printed review of all the LLL programs, read the PebbleNews and watch the POST and bulletin boards at the entrances to our clubhouses for up to date information about the programs and educational opportunities in PebbleCreek and the greater Phoenix community.