Skidaway Community Institute
FAQ’s Regarding Merger with The Learning
Center of Senior Citizens, Inc.
- What is the merger and what does it entail?
Skidaway Community Institute is merging its entire operation
and assets with The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Inc. All future curriculum planning, marketing,
offerings, community events and administrative operations will be under the
auspices of Mr. Roger Smith, Director of The Learning Center (TLC) and Mrs.
Patricia Lyons, President of Senior Citizens, Inc.
- What will this new organization be called?
Skidaway Community Institute (SCI) name will no
longer be used. Having two “SCI”s would be too confusing. All programs under this combined organization
will be under “The Learning Center of Senior Citizens, Inc.” For simplicity, we
will refer to this organization simply as “TLC” in the Q’s and A’s.
- Why is this merger with TLC taking place?
are several key benefits with this merger:
- Both organizations will eliminate duplicative
efforts and expense in curriculum planning, marketing, event management,
administrative overhead, and other costs incurred in running two
separate organizations with exactly the same mission.
- The combined organization will provide a more
comprehensive set of offerings with a choice of locations for all
- The combined organization will adopt the best
practices of each original organization improving the operation and
providing better services to the membership.
- When will the organizations merge?
announcement of this merger is taking place in late April 2010. However, the
financial transfer of assets and dissolution of the Skidaway
Community Institute will occur in two phases:
- at the end of SCI’s fiscal year on June 30,
2010. At that time all Skidaway
Community Institute’s physical assets and most financial assets will be
transferred to Senior Citizens, Inc.
- at the end of SCI’s fiscal year on June 30,
2011. During the fiscal year from July 1,
2010 until June 30,
2011, the Skidaway Community Institute will complete its
financial obligations (e.g., tax filing) and oversight of the merged
operation. The remaining assets
will transfer to Senior Citizens, Inc. on June 30, 2011. At
that time, the Skidaway Community Institute,
Inc. will be dissolved.
- Should I renew my membership with the Skidaway Community Institute if it has expired?
SCI completes the spring program, no further registrations or memberships will
be accepted. All future registrations,
memberships, operations and management will be done through TLC.
- How will this new organization work?
will create a “multi-campus” curriculum.
The “Wednesday learning immersion” at the Bull Street location will continue and a new “Monday learning immersion”
will be introduced on Skidaway Island. Offerings may
not be limited to these two days at either location.
- Will the offerings be the same at the two
No. The offerings will be unique at each
campus. It is hoped that Skidaway Island residents will attend the Wednesday programs at the Bull Street campus and the downtown members will come to Skidaway Island for programs on Mondays.
- What does this mean regarding my SCI membership?
memberships in the Skidaway Community Institute
expire by June 30, 2010. You will be
asked to purchase an annual TLC membership to participate in any TLC offering
starting with their summer program. If
you happen to be a member of The Club at Senior Citizens, Inc., your membership
is good until the anniversary date of that purchase.
- How much does it cost to be a member of TLC?
will offer a membership for each person (no “family membership”) that is for 12
months from the date you sign up. This annual membership fee is $75.00 and will
cover the fixed cost overhead of running the organization.
- Will this membership fee be tax deductible as it
is today for the Skidaway Community Institute?
free classes and services will be included in the TLC membership. Therefore, this membership is NOT considered
a donation and will not be tax deductible.
- Will the offerings be free with the membership?
offering price will usually be set according to the underlying program expense. There will be many programs “free to members”
and they will be listed in the catalog.
- How will I be kept informed about programs and
current mailing lists of both organizations are being combined, so if you have
received information from either organization in the past, you will continue to
do so through email and/or printed programs. In addition, the TLC website
through www.seniorcitizens-inc.org provides
up-to-date information on all programs.
- Can I register for offerings on-line using my
will provide shopping cart capability so that you may register and pay for
offerings online. You will be able to
link to the shopping cart through www.seniorcitizens-inc.org
or may link directly through www.skidawayci.org/tlc/home.php.
You may also mail your registration with your check to TLC at Senior Citizens,
Inc., 3025 Bull
Street, Savannah, GA 31405.
- How will the interests and
expectations of Skidaway Island residents be represented this new organization?
will be represented in three ways:
- by resident participation in curriculum
- by Allison R. Smith, our current Event Manager
continuing as the Marketing and Program Coordinator for all activities
that occur on Skidaway Island, and
- by a small “Oversight Committee” of current SCI
board members who will ensure a
successful transition for the first year of joint operation.
- Where will programs and courses be offered?
in the past, the plan is to hold programs on Skidaway Island at the Skidaway Island
Presbyterian Church, unless otherwise noted. Should you want to attend programs
at Senior Citizens Inc., most are offered at their 3025 Bull Street location at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Bull Street.