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Gold LEAF Institute Course Catalogue

Our Classes


Calendar Oct 12, 2022

The Gold LEAF Institute Senior College at UMF membership runs by semester. This registration covers the Fall/Winter Term, which runs from October 16 through February 15 of 2023. Dues are $12 per semester.

Membership in Gold LEAF or another Maine senior college is required to participate in Gold LEAF classes. Membership in Gold LEAF also allows you to take courses in any other Maine senior college.

Dining Out


with Patricia Overall

Calendar Nov 3, 2022 at 11:30 am

In-Person Class

Participants will meet about once a month for lunch or dinner at various restaurants in the Farmington area. Reservations will need to be firm one week prior to the date. Participants will order from the standard menu and receive separate checks.

First Thursday of the month at 11:30

November 3, December 1, January 5, February 2

Patricia has been a member of Gold LEAF for three years.  She is a retired high school mathematics teacher, who later worked in hotel management and other occupations, including NACA, now NASA,  and working as a bartender. She has lived in 18 states and obviously enjoys eating out.

Full Course

Views on the News


with Paul Mullin

Calendar Nov 4, 2022 at 10 am

Online Discussion Group

This is a discussion group held on the first and third Fridays of each month covering local, national, and world news. The discussion provides an opportunity to share your observations and opinions on the news and to learn from other participants. Articles of interest are distributed among the group by email in the week prior to each meeting, and topics to discuss are selected by the group at the beginning of each meeting.

Paul Mullin is facilitator for this discussion group.

November 4 & 18
December 2 & 16
January 6 & 20
February 3 & 17

Games Day


with Patricia Overall

Calendar Nov 5, 2022 at 1 pm

In-Person Class

This group will meet once a month on a Monday afternoon for about 2-3 hours to play various board and/or word games. The group will meet in members' homes with snacks provided by the host and each member bringing their drink/s of choice. Members may bring games they own and would like to play, and host may provide games if available. Choices will be made by those present.

The group will meet on the Third Monday of the month, at 1 p.m.

December 19

January 16

February 20

Patricia has been a member of Gold LEAF for three years. She is a retired HS math teacher and hotel office manager. She moved from Albuquerque, NM, where she chaired several similar groups within different organizations.

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Gold LEAF Book Discussion Group


with Mary Viruleg

Calendar Nov 8, 2022 at 10 am

Online Class

The Book Discussion Group continues a long Gold LEAF tradition and will meet three times during the Fall/Winter Term to discuss works of fiction and non-fiction.  Our sessions are open and casual, but also stimulating and informative - we learn from each other.

The group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month.

November 8:  Hell and Other Destinations by Madeline Albright

January 10:  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

February 14The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Mary Viruleg is a retired educator and an avid and eclectic reader. She has participated in the GLI book group for over fifteen years and thoroughly enjoys the enthusiastic interplay of ideas and opinions.

Conversation, Coffee and Crafts


with Heidi Wilde

Calendar Nov 14, 2022 at 10 am


Please join us for a monthly zoom get-together for coffee, conversation, and crafts.  Settle in with your favorite craft, bring your coffee, tea or beverage and visit with Gold LEAF friends.  Crafts are not essential, and guys are welcome! The goal is to get together and spend an hour or more talking with friends.

2nd Monday of the month

Zoom Link:

  • November 14
  • December 12
  • January 9
  • February 13

The New Map of Life & Designing Yours


with Patricia Pinto

Calendar Dec 14, 2022 at 10 am

Online and In-Person Class

In 2018, the Stanford Center on Longevity launched an initiative called The New Map of Life, believing that one of the most profound transformations of the human experience calls for equally momentous and creative changes in the ways we lead these longer lives. It is the culmination of the work of 10 Fellows on the key changes we will experience as people live longer and healthier lives and add 25-40 yrs to their live spans. Note - 50% of children now in kindergarten are projected to live 100+ lives.

This course is comprised of six classes. The first provides an overview of the New Map viewing age diversity as a net positive, building longevity ready communities, and being amazed by the impact of technology and science. Class two will focus on the intergenerational opportunities of having 5-6 living generations on families, work, and education. Class three covers century long lives. Class four - health & technology impacts over the coming years. Class five - Work more years with more flexibility and in Class six we explore the gem of ideas uncovered in the course for both individuals and communities.

Our 60 minute class time each week will likely include interactive discussions in both breakout rooms and with the entire class. Attendance in all classes is not necessary. However, the first class will provide important background information for the remainder of the course. The first and last classes will be in person with online option if needed.

Meets every 2 weeks for 5 classes

December 14 & 28

January 11 & 25

February 8

In 2018, Pat Pinto began her work to disrupt misnomers about aging and to focus on people’s desires to age in place. From 2019 – August 2021, she served as the Maine AARP State President. She partnered with the State Director to further the Association’s vision, mission and strategic priorities including retirement security, health and long-term care and age friendly communities. Pat’s professional background includes 45+ years serving as a corporate executive, non-profit leader and an entrepreneur. In 2016, Pat also launched Collective Commitments, a Maine based social enterprise organization. For the past seven years, it has supported a variety of global initiatives helping disadvantaged women led businesses and entrepreneurs. She holds a BS degree in Economics and an MBA from Babson College, Wellesley, MA.

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The Cuban Revolution


with Diane Parker

Calendar Jan 23, 2023 at 11 am, runs for 3 weeks

Online Class 

This is a three-session lecture on the Cuban Revolution that began in July of 1953. This wasn't the first revolution in Cuba. The presenter will discuss how and why it succeeded, as well as the Cuban and U.S. personalities involved.

January 23 & 30 and February 6, 2023

11 am-12:30 pm

Diane Parker is retired from teaching. Her last 20 years were teaching Spanish. When writing an assignment for a class toward a BA in Spanish, she became intrigued with Cuba. After doing her research she is still intrigued by that country.

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