Adult Learners Institute

The Adult Learners Institute (ALI) supports lifelong learning and plans a wide range of educational classes to meet the interests of adults in western Washtenaw County.

Lifelong Learning

Based in Chelsea, Michigan, the Adult Learners Institute provides a diverse selection of quality community-based learning experiences and camaraderie for adults in western Washtenaw County. ALI is a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) affiliated with the LLI Resource Network at RoadScholar, a group of hundreds of similar organizations. We conduct our programs in cooperation with Washtenaw Community College.

As always, our experienced instructors create a relaxed learning environment where students can ask questions, share experiences or just sit and listen.  And there is no homework!


News & Events

President’s Appeal

2020 certainly hasn’t been the year we all expected.  Here at the Chelsea Adult Learners Institute (ALI) we entered the year poised to grow our offerings and consider new ways of meeting the needs of our engaged and curious community.  By spring, our plans, like yours, had changed completely.

ALI responded, by moving classes online, and by Fall was able to offer a mix of online and in person (socially distanced) classes.  In order to ensure that no one would be left out, we’ve also made a decision to waive our class fees for 2020 Winter/Spring and Fall.

Thank you for your enthusiastic response to these changes.  To date, Fall classes have seen 138 registrations, many of you have contributed as you registered, and we look forward to continued robust participation as Winter sets in.  We have invested in the technology that allows you to access our classes and connect with your community from the safety of your home, wherever you may find yourself.

These changes come with a cost, both in lost revenue and in expenses for new technology to support our online instructors.  And, so, we are asking you to include ALI in your 2020 year-end giving. 

Your gift will allow us to continue to invest in quality instructors, expanded courses, and new technology to bring these resources to you – in your home or in person.  It will allow us to continue to plan for the future, knowing we can make commitments to new programming. 

Think about the value you receive from ALI.   Knowledge gained, a new interest discovered, good discussion with friends and neighbors, new friendships made, all because you signed up for a class. CLICK HERE for donation information.

In 2004, a small group of community leaders came together to give Chelsea and the surrounding community something new – a way to join their peers in affordable, convenient lifelong learning.  Help us continue that mission in this challenging time.


Steve Daut, President, ALI

PS:  ALI is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  In 2020, tax law allows up to $300 in charitable deductions, even if you do not itemize.  You may also be able to make a tax free donation directly from your IRA, making 2020 the perfect time to give.

Note from the President

The Pam Radcliffe Memorial fund, created to honor the memory of long-time supporter and friend of The Chelsea Adult Learners Institute, is being retired this year in order to underwrite class fees during the Covid-19 crisis. Over the past few years, the fund has allowed ALI to offer special programs including a session to provide information about ALS, a sampling of alternatives for healthy living, and a special session presenting the art of the Titanic. These programs were offered in collaboration with ALI partners including the Chelsea School system, the Chelsea District Library, and the Chelsea Senior Center.

Consistent with Pam’s support of our organization, these funds have allowed us to continue providing lifelong learning opportunities for the residents of Chelsea and surrounding areas, while also building collaborative support with other organizations and individuals in the area.

We wish to thank the Radcliffe Family and all who contributed to this fund in order to continue the vital work of the organization while honoring the memory of a wonderful friend who gave so much of herself to make ALI what it is today. 

Steve Daut,  President, ALI

Who We Are


Based in Chelsea, Michigan, ALI provides a diverse selection of quality community-based learning experiences and camaraderie for adults in western Washtenaw County. ALI is a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) affiliated with the LLI Resource Network at RoadScholar, a group of hundreds of similar organizations. We conduct our programs in cooperation with Washtenaw Community College.

We’re always looking for more folks to work with us to continue providing exciting and fun classes for western Washtenaw County area adults.

The 2019 officers are:  Steve Daut Chair, Wendy Broshar Treasurer, and Loretta Thirty Secretary.

To volunteer for committees (see below for description), one-time projects or the board of directors, send an email to:

ALI 2019 Board of Directors

ALI Board of Directors



Curriculum Committee:

Jan Longworth and Camie Noah, Co-Chairs
Determines class line-up, organizes class schedule, communicates with instructors, schedules facilities, evaluates classes/teachers.

Registration Committee:

Sandra Vadlamudi, Chair
Registers participants, recruits and directs class assistants, maintains demographic records. Develops registration policy and procedures.

Web Committee:

Dorothy Lieffers, Chair
Maintains website. Updates web site content based on input from the Board and other chairs.

Technology Committee:

Dorothy Lieffers, Chair
Assists with technology issues. Maintains databases and computers.



Audiovisual Committee:

Mike Muha, Chair
Arranges technical support for classes. Train tech assistants to help during classes.

Public Relations Committee:

TBD, Chair
Prepares press releases and other advertising, oversees design of brochure, organizes bulk mailings, designs flyers. Takes photographs and uploads them to the photo repository.

Finance Committee:

Wendy Broshar, Chair
Prepares yearly budget proposals, maintains financial records, reconciles budget report and seek approval for monthly expenses.

Contact Us


To be added to the mailing list, please send us your name, address, home and/or mobile phone number, and email address via the contact form below or to  Please indicate if you would like a mailed catalog, announcements emailed or both. Catalogs (including calendars and registration forms) will also be available at the ALI office; the Chelsea and Dexter Senior Centers; the front desk at CRC, Silver Maples and the Cedars of Dexter; the Chelsea, Dexter and Manchester District Libraries and the Chelsea and Dexter Chambers of Commerce.

Class Cancellation

ALI classes are cancelled when the Chelsea District Schools are closed due to inclement weather. See their web site for closing information. Classes cancelled for any reason will not be automatically rescheduled.


As the Adult Learners Institute of Chelsea MI is a 501(c)(3) organization, personal contributions are tax-deductible. 

The primary income for the Adult Learners Institute of Chelsea, MI is registration and class fees. However, the Covid-19 crisis has seriously impacted our revenues, while our basic operating expenses continue. While we are taking steps to minimize our expenses, your donations are critically important for ALI to weather this difficult time.  We invite and encourage you to consider contributing to ALI at whatever level you can afford.

Donate by check: Make a check out to ALI of Chelsea MI Inc. and mail it to PO Box 134, Chelsea MI 48118.

Donate by card: To make a credit card contribution CLICK HERE.  


Contact ALI

Adult Learners Institute
PO Box 134
Chelsea MI 48118


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