Locals join Georgia College Road Scholar
Milledgeville residents Joyce Headley and Carolyn Spivey welcome new adventures.
The two enjoy practicing golf at courses throughout the Southeast region, playing card games with friends and touring small towns to learn about local history.
The friends’ latest quest came by way of Georgia College’s Road Scholar Program.
“Both of us are widows,” said Headley, a retired registered nurse and physician assistant. “We decided to join Georgia College’s Road Scholar Program to stay active, explore new places and have fun.”
The program provides adventures in lifetime learning to participants from around the globe.
Cassie Napier, program coordinator in the Department of Continuing Education, helps plan the adventures.
“Our programs are a community resource for lifelong learners to connect with one another and engage in meaningful experiences together,” said Napier. “We have participants come from across the country just to attend our events.”
Georgia College offers programs as part of Road Scholar educational adventures created by Elderhostel Inc., nonprofit world leader in lifelong learning since 1975.
Georgia College programs include adventures in Milledgeville, Macon, Callaway Gardens, Jekyll Island, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach.
Combining education and travel, the adventures give participants the opportunity to discover cultures, history and people of other areas through in-depth cultural excursions, extracurricular activities, lectures and field trips.
Avid golfers, Headley and Spivey traveled with the program this fall to Jekyll Island for “Par for the Course: Golfing on Jekyll Island.” The two enjoyed golfing, eating delicious seafood and touring historical sites.
“It’s the best bang for your buck,” said Spivey, a retired administrative assistant of Central State Hospital. “Since I had not played golf in five years, Joyce suggested the trip with Road Scholar to get me back into the game. Golfing is a mental and physical workout. It involves walking and movements of the upper and lower body, but it also requires you to think about each shot.”
On the last day of their trip, Spivey, Headley and a fellow golfer from New York won a team golf tournament.
“I had not played in so long,” Spivey said, “and yet three old ladies beat them all. We credit most of our win to the great instructors, who gave us useful tips throughout the week.”
In addition to golf, other programs offered include trips for bird watching, sight-seeing, discovering local ecology and playing bridge and tennis.
Heading into 2013, the friends plan to travel more with Road Scholar.
“You really meet a lot of interesting, friendly people through Road Scholar,” said Headley. “I’m sure we will find something else to go to next year. This program has taught us that we have a lot in common, and there is still more out there to learn.”
For more information about Georgia College’s Road Scholar Program, contact Cassie Napier at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-445-5277.