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Donna Boles – A Trip to the Galapagos – May 24th, 2016

Donna BolesDonna Boles is a teacher, musician and world traveler whose family has a tradition of grandparents taking their grandchildren on overseas vacations. This year, she took her 10-year-old grandaughter, Jillian, to the Galapagos Islands. She will share their experiences with the club.

Donna was raised in Indiana, where her parents emphasized serious study, music, travel and sports. She has degrees in Cello, French, English, Education and High School Administration.

She says her best job was as a cellist in the Birmingham Symphony and her last (and hardest) job was teaching French at Hillcrest High School. After raising children at home for 10 years, she worked at the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa doing children’s programs, and she is the current president of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra board and active with the Opera Guild and the String Quartet Society. She will teach a course on musical theatre in the fall and one on Shakespeare and the opera in the spring for the Osher Lifelong Institute at the University of Alabama.

Ford Burttram – Coach, Alabama Adapted Athletics Men’s Basketball – May 17th, 2016

Ford BurttramFord Burttram is the head coach of the Alabama Adapted Athletics men’s basketball team at the University of Alabama.

As a player, Coach Burttram won a national championship in eighth grade playing standup basketball. He won a second national championship, first in wheelchair, in 1998-1999 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and was an All-American that year.

He was invited to USA basketball tryouts three times and named an alternate one time for the USA Para-Olympic team. He was captain of the Alabama wheelchair basketball team from 2006-2009 as he finished his playing eligibility.

His coaching career began in Mobile, where he was head coach of the Mobile Patriots from 2002-2004. He also played in Mobile in 2005-2006 before coming to Alabama to finish his college career. He was the assistant coach of the UA women’s team in 2009-2010, when the team won a national championship, and the next season became an assistant coach for the UA men’s team, which won the national championship in 2013. He has been head coach for the past two seasons.

Bruce Burrows – Retired Airline Pilot & Teacher of History – May 10th, 2016

Bruce BurrowsRotarian Bruce Burrows will speak on “The Evolution of the Electoral College.” 

Bruce, a Marine veteran and retired commercial airline pilot, has taught history courses at the College of Continuing Studies and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the
University of Alabama for the past 10 years.

In April, he received the Instructor of the Decade award from OLLI at UA. In 2009, he was the recipient of the College of Continuing Studies Excellence in Teaching Award.

He has taught courses in the History of Modern China, FDR and the New Deal, The First World War, Second World War Europe, Second World War Pacific, Korean and Vietnam Wars, History of England, The French Revolution and Napoleon Bonaparte, History of Russia, and the development of the Electoral College.

Bruce graduated from The Citadel with a B. A. in history and
earned a master’s degree in history from the University of West

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