- 2018 Posts
- Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick on Caregiver Support
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Center Launches North Shore Senior Options
- On Blindness, Alzheimer's and Love
- Shared Vision: Winnetka Congregational Church Woman's Society Benevolence Committee
- Protecting Seniors and Adults with Disabilities: Adult Protective Services
- A Jack of All Trades: Al Davis
- Family Tradition: Gone Fishin'
- Dedicated Volunteer: Fern Kamen
- Generous Soul: Mitchell Slotnick
- Assessing the Older Adult Members of your Family
- Giving Back: Fay Goldblatt
- Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Benefits from Shamrock Shindig
- Humble Beginnings: Bobbi Halloran
+ 2017 Posts
- Arts and Crafts at the Center
- #GivingTuesday at North Shore Senior Center
- Leisure Time Well Spent - Daytrips at the Center
- New Advisory Council Formed
- Playreading with Vivian Mitchel
- North Shore Senior Center's Foundation Board
- Wills vs. Trusts
- Joan Golder Distinguished Senior Lecture Series showcased actor Mike Nussbaum
- 20/20 Corporate Campaign
- Functional Fitness: Training for Everyday Life
- Benefits of Pet Therapy for People with Memory Loss
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Benefit from Oktoberfest
- Small Screen Big Stars: Oh What a Night!
- Sharing a Common Thread
- Helping You Make Informed Choices for Care
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Distinguished Community Partner
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Dedicated Corporation
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
- Special Needs Trusts
- Gifts in Kind Increase the Center's Impact
- Enrich your Life with Lifelong Learning
- A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
- PEARLS: Reducing Symptoms of Depression Home-based Counseling Services Available
- Big Stars to Chair Annual Benefit
- Evanston Community Foundation
- Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
- Super Senior Day
- New Physical Therapy Services Now Available at North Shore Senior Center!
- Stroke Prevention Tips
- Why Powers of Attorney are Important to You!
- Get Expert Help with Your Tax Returns
- North Shore Senior Center Awarded Gold Status for Philanthropic Efforts
- Fitness as a Goal for Life
- Men's Club Offers Unique Programs to Community
- Spread the Love at North Shore Senior Center
- Jean Griswold Foundation supports House of Welcome Adult Day Services
- "I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for people." - Maya Angelou
- "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." - Zeus from Hercules
- Winter Safety and Health Tips
- "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell
- A Granddaughter's Love for her Grandmother
- Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren
- Lending Closet for Durable Medical Equipment at North Shore Senior Center
- Seniors Can Save Lives by Donating Blood
+ 2016 Posts
- Lifelong Learning Catalog Wins International Award for Best Brochure
- Life Stories are Gifts that Keep on Giving
- Visiting Aging Parents During the Holidays
- Edna Weber Garden of Light Wing at the House of Welcome
- Learn More About What Makes This World Tick
- 60 Years of Service: Advocacy
- 60 Years of Service: Compassion
- Myrna and John Cruikshank, III: Steady and Committed Philanthropists
- Kenilworth United Fund: Longstanding, Civic-Minded Community Partner
- Radford Green at Sedgebrook: Dedicated Corporation and Vested Supporter
- Simple Tips to Improve Your Balance
- 60 Years of Service: Creativity
- Daily Money Management Fosters Peace of Mind
- Opportunities for Learning, Exploring, and Connecting
- The Edna Weber "Garden of Light" Wing
- Protecting Vulnerable Seniors: Adult Protective Services Promotes Quality of Life
- Top Ten Reasons Why Older Adults Continue to Work
- Super Seniors We Admire!
- Scams and Fraud: Protect Yourself
- The State's Devastating Impact on Our Budget
- North Shore Senior Center Southern Hub Moves to Niles
- Alzheimer's Family Support Group
- Evanston Support Group for Family Caregivers
- Family Caregiver Support Group in Skokie
+ 2015 Posts
- Music + Dance + Dialogue = A Musical!
- Flex and Strengthen Your Muscles
- Generous & Caring Corporate Citizen
- More Than Service and Fellowship
- Art Gallery a "Hidden Gem" at North Shore Senior Center
- Sound Off on Hearing Loss
- Making Sense of American Poltics
- Fitness Center Enhances More Than Muscle Strength
- Virtual View of Art: From the Basics to Specialties
- Social Connections are a Key to Successful Aging
- North Shore Senior Center Celebrates Super Seniors!
- Super Senior Spotlight
- What is a Senior Center?
- MDRT Foundation Aids Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
- Social Worker Reaches Out to Seniors in Need
- How to Achieve Your Healthiest Brain Yet
- AmazonSmile: Your Online Shopping Can Help NSSC!
+ 2014 Posts
Learn More About What Makes This World TickOctober 27, 2016
Gary Midkiff inspires lively discussions about history, politics, and policy
By Jan Klingberg
From the labor union movement to the civil rights struggle. From the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. From the earliest social challenges of the U.S. to our current international relationships. Gary Midkiff regularly makes history and politics come alive in Lifelong Learning classes and discussions at North Shore Senior Center.
Just take a look at some of his courses and I dare you to say you’re not intrigued!
“Overlooked American Women”
“The Bill of Rights”
“The History and Future of Afghanistan”
Armed with an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Gary spent the bulk of his career performing international strategy consulting for Fortune 200 companies. He also had his own company and then decided to focus on teaching—“Consulting actually is teaching”—without the international travel. Gary transitioned over a period of time to teaching history, politics, and foreign policy. The range of folks in his classes is broad—gifted high school students, MBA students, community college students, and retired adults.
The mainstay of Gary’s teaching at the Center is his Great Decisions discussion group. Great Decisions is a nationwide world affairs discussion program of the Foreign Policy Association. Gary facilitates 20 such groups in the Chicago suburbs and stays energized in this endeavor not only because it aligns so well with his interests but also because of the variety of individuals he encounters. The year-round group at the Center follows the plan and material provided by the Foreign Policy Association for the first half of the year, and then for the next six months, Gary conducts a foreign policy roundtable with topics he selects and readings he provides in advance.
Gary’s 60- and 90-minute classes also are a study in diversity of thought: “Every day, every presentation can be different. I might cover the same presentation eight times in a year, but every audience is different. Participants pick up on different points and ideas, commenting and asking questions from their own perspectives. This adds interest to the discussions, and makes me more knowledgeable,” Gary shared. The participants in his classes and discussion groups at the Center also bring their own viewpoints, of course, and are among the individuals who become highly engaged in his topics. “They come because they really want to learn. They are knowledgeable and well-read so ask really insightful questions,” he commented.
Lest you think Gary’s life totally revolves around history, politics, and foreign policy, we should also add that Gary has a chef’s diploma from the Rhode School of Cuisine in France. No, he doesn’t cook during his classes nor does he share culinary secrets, but catch him after class and he might offer a tidbit or two about his gastronomic hobby!