Get Involved!

WILL offers many opportunities for folks to get involved in the workings of the organization. All of these except being a Course Facilitator require that the individual be a member of WILL. We encourage Facilitators to be members but it isn't required. We invite you to look at the ways you can Get Involved With WILL!

Review the opportunities described below and contact the committee chair listed in your area of interest. Or, contact the WILL office by email or phone 575-538-6835 and leave a message for that person.
WILL is about lifelong learning and WILL Facilitators are those individuals who are willing to share their excitement for learning with others.

WILL uses the title "Facilitator" rather than "Instructor" or "Teacher" because our courses are offered in a non-traditional, informal learning environment. Many of our facilitators are, indeed, experts on the subjects they offer, but sometimes a facilitator is an individual who has the desire to delve into a subject without the depth of knowledge of an expert and designs a course that leads the class through an investigatory journey to find the answers to it quest. WILL seeks both experts in their subject fields and detectives-in-learning to keep WILL's courses alive and exciting.

Volunteer Facilitators are eligible for a $25 discount on their next membership for each multiple-meeting course they have taught. Discounts become effective the semester following that in which the course is taught. Discounts can be used cumulatively. For example, if a facilitator taught a multi-session course in two consecutive semesters, a $50 credit could be applied towards the next membership renewal.

WILL Facilitators are volunteers. Volunteer Facilitators are eligible for a $10 discount on their next membership for each one session course they teach. As above, this discount becomes effective the semester following that in which the course is taught. Discounts can be used cumulatively.

The members of WILL are the some of the most enthusiastic students you'll meet anywhere. We want our facilitators to enjoy their time in class and be inspired by our members. Our members like to have time in class to participate; they like to ask questions. They're "hands-on" folks. They appreciate well-prepared presentations and admire people who know their stuff.


Fill out the [ Course Proposal Form ]. Complete the form and click SUBMIT to email your proposal. You will receive a Proposal Form submission confirmation.

Fill out the [ Course Proposal Form (PDF) ]. Mail it to the mailing address in the right column of the page. Or, drop off the completed form at the WILL office.

A WILL Curriculum Coordinator will contact you with further information after the proposal is received.


This check-list provides information that will hopefully make your experience with WILL flow smoothly. As a Facilitator, you will be assigned a WILL Shepherd to assist you with most of the logistics and mechanical tasks you may require. Your Shepherd will contact you prior to the beginning of your class.

Two weeks prior to the start date of your class, the WILL Registrar will send you an email with dates, times, and location of all your class sessions as well as the name and email of your Shepherd and a list of all members enrolled in your course.

If you need copies for class handouts, please leave what you want copied (clearly marked) on the desk near the door, in the WILL office in the Juan Chacon Building, Room #108, bottom floor, south end of the building. Let your Shepherd know when you deliver the material for copying. We need at least three days to complete the copies. We can't copy whole books-just a "reasonable number" of pages for a class. Your copies will be on the desk next to the door.

If you plan to use Audio/Video material during your course, please tell your Shepherd at the start of the Semester so that we can verify that the equipment has been reserved. We want to test your DVD or video tape on our equipment, because compatibility is a big issue.

If you need a white board marker or eraser, your Shepherd can find both in WILL's office and can return them there.

Your Shepherd will take roll, collect the fees, call people on the waiting list if there is room in the class, and will help with room set-up. (Not every class will need each of these items.) WILL asks any Facilitator leading off-campus classes to complete a WNMU travel voucher to accommodate liability insurance requirements.

Facilitators teaching WILL courses, who have 'for profit' services in the community are reminded that is against WILL policy to solicit or advertise 'for profit' services at WILL functions or during sessions.

To accommodate back-to-back scheduling of meeting rooms, facilitators are requested to allow 10 minutes at the close of each session to exit the room so that the next class can be set up.

Should any issues or potential problems surface during your class sessions, please bring these to the attention of either Doug Dexter, Shepherd Coordinator or Jeff Boyd, Curriculum Coordinator Team.

Thanks again for leading a WILL class. You are the most important person in WILL's life, and we appreciate what you do.
Every course facilitator is assigned a Shepherd whose job is to make the facilitator's experience with WILL enjoyable and "smooth sailing." A Shepherd's responsibilities include:

1) Contacting the Facilitator up front about printing needs, A/V needs, and other props required.
2) Arranging to test all A/V media well before class to ensure no incompatibility issues with WILL A/V equipment.
3) Contacting by phone at least one week in advance of the beginning of class, those class enrollees who have no email to, remind them of the class's date, time, and location.
4) Managing the course Wait List
5) Collecting fees, if any, at the first session of the course.
6) Record attendance at least at the first session of the course. Alert the Registrar of any no-shows.
7) Set up A/V equipment for class and returning it afterwards.

Contact Cindy Gagnon, Shepherd Coordinator -
The Advisory Board is the governing board for WILL and is responsible for setting overall policy and direction of the Institute. Board members serve 3-year terms and can serve two consecutive terms before having to leave the Board.

Regular Advisory Board business is handled at quarterly meetings, at an agreed upon time and place. In addition, Advisory Board members are expected to attend a yearly Strategic Planning Meeting where WILL organizational structure and goals shall be discussed and to attend the two Sign-Up Socials and the Annual Meeting whenever possible.

The Curriculum Committee is responsible for developing course, program, and Lunch and Learn ideas for WILL. Committee members are instrumental in:

Locating facilitators to create and present the content for courses, programs, and Lunch and Learn topics

Setting the course calendar for each semester

Coordinating facilities for courses and programs

Assigning a Course Shepherd to assist each Facilitator

The Curriculum Committee meets on the second Monday of each month from 9:30am-11:30am.

The Communications Committee is responsible for ensuring that the public and the membership are aware of WILL and its activities. It implements the Board-approved Marketing Plan by working closely with all major committee chairs, the webmaster, and the media. Members of this committee write copy for press releases, postings on the web site, arrange for design and publication of WILL documents such as brochures, advertisements, newsletters, and logos. The committee develops processes and programs that recruit new membership, retain current membership, and ensure that the membership receives information in a timely manner. The committee works closely with other WILL committees and the Registrar to ensure a stable and robust membership.

The Social Committee plans and orchestrates the social aspects of WILL. It is responsible for providing assistance to the other committees with regard to event refreshments, set-up, clean-up, and decorations. The main focuses for this committee are the two course sign-up events and the Annual Membership meeting. The committee is also often involved in hosting activities when WILL collaborates with other community organizations on public programs. Contact Doug Dexter, Social Chair
The Finance Committee reviews revenues and costs that WILL incurs and sets and monitors WILL's annual budget. It recommends dues and dues changes to the Board, assesses WILL's financial policies and practices and prepare regular reports during the fiscal year. Develops and implement fundraising efforts such as seeking supporting contributions from individuals, corporations, community organizations, and government agencies, and set the dues structure for facilitators, when appropriate. Members of the Finance Committee shall have knowledge or experience in financial planning and budget development.

Contact Linda Hannan, Treasurer
The Policy and Planning Committee reviews and recommends policies for the WILL Advisory Board. It review bylaws annually and recommend revisions to the bylaws as needed, develops and recommends for Board approval pertinent statements of policy to be implemented by the Board or its committees, identifies national "best practices" that may help WILL improve by researching other lifelong learning programs, and provides an update on Board planning and an annual report to the membership at the Annual meeting.