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Gold LEAF Institute Course Catalogue


Should The Next Car You Buy Be All Electric?


with Paul Mullin

Calendar Dec 6, 2022 at 10 am

Online Class

For most of our driving lives vehicles had motors powered by gasoline or diesel fuel. In an effort to reduce carbon emissions and their detrimental effect on the climate, there has been a push to transition from these carbon fuels to electric power. First came hybrid, then plug-in hybrid, and more recently all electric vehicles. Although only 5% of new cars now being purchased are electric, it is anticipated that most cars in the future will be electric. Paul will review factors to consider when deciding whether to go all electric, and his experience with purchasing, owning, and operating an electric powered vehicle.

Paul has been an active member of Gold LEAF for a number of years, and the moderator of the Views on the News discussion group.

Will run

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.

Will run

More Hidden Figures: Women in Science


with Dennis O'Neil

Calendar Jan 26, 2023 at 10 am, runs for 3 weeks

In-Person Class with Online Option

Remember Hidden Figures, the very popular film about female math whizzes who helped get us into space?  This class follows a similar theme: that of more-or-less forgotten women who played critical roles in discovery across a number of scientific fields. Through the use of videos and biographical research, we will collectively bring a list of women into clear view and thereby honor their works and discoveries. 


To accomplish this goal, we will employ a study group format, used by many senior colleges around the country, asking participants to search for a bit more information on just one female scientist of their choice (list of choices to be provided).

In the following week, participants will share their research, using videos, biographical information, and story telling.  The class will bring these hidden figures to life and give them long-deserved recognition for some amazing work.

This class will have 3 sessions:

January 26

February 2 & 9


Eileen Kreutz has been very active in Gold LEAF for many years. She is currently a member of the Board. She is doing this class as requested in a prior course.

Dennis O'Neil has been a member of Gold LEAF since moving here 15 years ago. He likes the organization for its ambience, camaraderie, and colorful personalities. 

Eileen and Dennis will co-host this class.

Will run

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