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Link fixed, and Paypal should be up within 24 hours.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

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Hello, Lifelong learners! We have a new web site. Check us out at:

We will put a conference checkout up soon. Thanks for keeping the love of learning (and teaching) alive!

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President Brent Bean makes Call for Proposals

Greetings ILLA friends,                                                                                   July 2013

I hope that your summer is proving to be as relaxing and productive as it HOT this year. With all of the heat, it might be difficult to think of the cooler nights of fall that will bring a change in the weather and also provide us an opportunity to gather once again for our annual fall conference. This year we will be “Returning to our Roots” at the Sun Valley Lodge October 24-26th. We hope that many of you will plan on attending in this familiar setting. We invite you to invite others to joins us as well.

We wish to open our call for papers and ask that you submit your ideas by September 1, 2013. We hope to have a program shortly after that time. Our Theme this year is “Returning to Our Roots: applying core principles to today’s learning”. You can submit your proposals to

            The conference will begin at 1:00 pm on October 24th and will run until noon on the 26th. There will be options to reserve a room at the lodge or rooms in some of the Condos as well. We look forward to another chance to meet and mingle, and to learn form one another at a place that brings memories from our past, as well as hope for the future.

We hope to see you in Sun Valley!

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Sun Valley Lodge

Sun Valley Lodge

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Save 20% by reg…

Save 20% by registering by Wednesday evening, September 26th

  • Register/reserve rooms at or e-mail
  • Pay using credit card online via Paypal, or by check or cash at the conference
  • Rooms still available:
  1. $15 / night dorm style (shared restroom, bring own bedding)
  2. $100 cabins sleep two with private bathroom
Great presenters, excellent meals, beautiful environment…and opportunities to win prizes! 
e-mail today –  Questions?  Call Terry at 208-360-1934.

Terry Yackley           208-360-1934 

“The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.”

                                             –Theodore Roosevelt
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2012 ILLA Conference in one week!

Dear friends,

There is only one more week until the 2012 Idaho lifelong learning conference begins. Terry Yackley just completed the finalschedule for the conference (what a yeoman’s effort). There are many great presentations planned for this year’s conference, and I am excited to learnfrom my colleagues once again. Please take an opportunity to review the presentations on the Idaho lifelong learning webpage so that you can be prepared to attend those presentations most suited to you.
Along with exciting presentations we should also have some wonderful meals, and delightful entertainment each day. Thursday night’s entertainment will feature “Zengers and Beans” a combination of 2 families who have graciously volunteered to sing for us when our other entertainment was not able to make it.
The Zenger’s are a singing mother and daughters combination.  Inspiration to sing cowboy songs comes from their grandmother who, with her sister, sang cowboy duets on the radio.  TheZenger’s have changed it up a bit by singing 3 parts and adding some violin.    After all the music lessons, it is delightful forthem to make some music together.  We hope you enjoy it, too.
The Beans feature a father and son who have been sing all their lives but mostly in the shower. However, they are ready to make their debut at the ILLA conference Thursday night.
On Friday night each of you will have the treat to be entertained by 2 cowboy humorists and poets Rees Butikofer and Layle Bagley. Rees is a life long educator and psychologist who loved growing up in the country. He loves to plays his guitar and sing his favorite songs. He also loves working with wood and creating his own form of art from raw materials.
Layle is also a lifelong educator, and was recognized by the State of Idaho as an outstanding teacher. Lyle was raisedaround horses and operated a calving ranch. He is well known for his storytelling, poetry and outdoor cooking. He has performed in Idaho and surrounding states for many years, where he is known as “The Knot Head Poet” for his humorous stories and poems.
Please visit the website and register for awonderful conference that should provide an opportunity of learning, growing and rejuvenation.

Best Wishes,
Brent Bean
ILLA Vice-President

p.s. We also want to make you aware of MPAEA (Mountain Plains Adult Education Association) conference for 2013, “Winds of Change” which will be held in Cheyenne Wyoming April 9-12, 2013.

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2012 ILLA Conference-Letter from ILLA Vice President Brent Bean

Dear friends,

The other day while riding my bike I noticed the shadows were changing, the days were getting shorter with a crispness in the air. After 23 years of teaching something innately told me that fall, and the beginning of school, were just around the corner. It also reminded me that the Idaho Lifelong Learning Conference would soon be here.

I am writing to invite all of you to participate in the 2012 ILLA Conference at Harriman State Park, near Island Park in southeastern Idaho, September 27-29, 2012. The park is located 75 miles north of Idaho Falls, Idaho just off US Highway 20 and is 40 miles south of Yellowstone National Park. I was just there Saturday and the park is gorgeous.

According to the Parks official website:
Harriman State Park lies within an 11,000-acre wildlife refuge in the greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Moose, Elk, and Sandhill Cranes are common, as is North America’s largest waterfowl, the Trumpeter Swan. Known as one of the best fly-fishing streams in the nation, the Henrys Fork meanders for eight miles through Harriman. Over 20 miles of trails are available for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and cross county skiing. (

The 2012 conference theme is, “Do Your Best for Your Students” (Coach John Wooden). Troy Christensen, Vice-President of Bridgerland Applied Technology College, will give our keynote address. We invite you to submit presentation proposals exploring this theme or other life long learning proposals within our regular areas of education (adult literacy, community education, continuing education and short-term learning, higher education, corrections education, and industry training). Please submit these proposals by the end of August 2012, on the Idaho Lifelong Learning website (

Thanks to ILLA president Kristine Inskeep and her secretary Terry Yackley for organizing this year’s program! Kristine was recently diagnosed with cancer and our thoughts and prayers go out in her behalf. She wants to do as much as her health will possibly allow her to do for this conference, as she personally emulates the motto of the conference.

The 2012 ILLA Conference should be a relaxing and rejuvenating experience as we prepare to make a difference in the lives of those with whom we interact. The conference fee is $50 and will include 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts and one lunch. More important than the food will be the social, emotional, intellectual, educational and occupational nourishment that will be provided in the presentations.

We hope all of you will join us at Harriman State Park September 27-29, 2012.

Best Wishes,
Brent Bean ILLA Vice-president

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