NRC OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute

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for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes Newsletter

August 2013
In This Issue
Greetings from Kali
OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
OLLI at Stony Brook & Long Island Museum
A Touch of Honey
What Summer Vacation?
The Generosity Continues!
What Do You Think About Living to 120 and Beyond?
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Greetings from Kali 

We are in the last few days of a summer that has ended quite prettily here in Maine. It's been a busy summer for OLLIs, as you will see in this newsletter but each day brings news and Google Alerts of OLLI open houses and fall catalogs.  There is much excitement about the "beginning of school." 

Here's to a great end of summer,

OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!

China watercolor
'Woman playing a wind instrument with a curved bell.'
Chinese watercolor from the 1800s. 
(New York Public Library Archives)
Toot your horn! Does your OLLI have news that you are proud of and would like to share with the network? The NRC newsletter is looking for articles about those special happenings that you know will inspire and excite others. So, keep the network newsletter in mind as a place to "toot your horn!"

If you have a story to share, please send it (with photos if possible) to Fran or Anne at the National Resource Center.

OLLI National Resource Center Website Updates

We have added two new sections to the OLLI NRC website.

OLLI Network Position Openings
We currently have three job openings in the network created due to the impending retirement of some wonderful OLLI Directors. Visit OLLI Network Position Openings for more information regarding openings at: Southern Oregon University, George Mason University and the University of Minnesota. If you have a position opening at your OLLI that you would like to post on the OLLI NRC website please send your information to Anne at the National Resource Center.

Newsletter Archives
Our second new website section houses our National Newsletter archives so now you can easily find our earlier issues.


Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages Help OLLI at Stony Brook University Celebrate Their 25th Anniversary

The Long Island Museum Of American Art, History and Carriages,in culmination of the 25th Anniversary of OLLI at Stony Brook University, had an open house for OLLI members.  Over 125 OLLI members turned out to view the new galleries, enjoy refreshment and wrap up the year.  
OLLI@Stony Brook University members are shown above holding their 25th Anniversary Banner.

Submitted by - Janet McLean, OLLI at Stony Brook University 

A Touch of Honey for members of OLLI at the University of North Dakota

Well protected members of OLLI UND visit the 'A Touch of Honey' bees. If you look closely at the photo you can see the bees buzzing all around their visitors!
Members of OLLI at the University of North Dakota (Bismarck) traveled to Linton, ND to visit A Touch of Honey, a family owned bee business that makes a living from the little "buzzers." The participants were able to learn about specific species of bees, the honey crop/season, and extracting honey for commercial products that not only include honey and all its editable forms, but also body products. Members were given the option of getting up close and personal with the bees in one of the company's many bee yards, or watching the busy yard from afar and learning from another experienced guide. Participants stopped at the company's shop in Linton and went home with a variety of locally made, honey based products.

Submitted by - Connie Hodgson, OLLI at North Dakota (Bismarck)

What Summer Vacation?  
OLLI at Granite State College Volunteers Spend the Month of July Preparing to be Leaders and Curriculum Developers 


OLLI at Granite State volunteers take a moment to relax at the ball park
OLLI at Granite State College volunteers may have enjoyed fireworks on the fourth, sea breezes on the sixth and tennis on the tenth, but by July 18th they were back to business!  Twenty OLLI volunteers, representing four different regions of New Hampshire, gathered for a full day of leadership training in the state capital of Concord on July 18th. Seasoned leaders attended to support newly elected leaders and were honored by all for their service and dedication to OLLI.

The immediate past Chair of the statewide Steering Committee, Peg Fargo, prepared an agenda that addressed team building, budgets, fundraising and the role of staff as volunteer supporters. There was room for reflection when she facilitated a discussion around the questions: Where have we been and where are we going? Ginny Gersney, a long-time member (who proudly states that she is 92 and is having a 'pretty good ride'!) surprised Peg with a "This is Your Life " skit to express the organization's gratitude for the endless hours and countless contributions that Peg has afforded to OLLI.

One week later, on July 25th, yet another statewide day of training saw 18 OLLI volunteers, again from four corners of the state, pouring through handouts and eagerly learning about their responsibilities as the Chairs of Curriculum Committees. Topics of the days centered on:
  • Planning ( as in offering a variety of programing that engages broad member interest ),
  • Presenters( as in preparing presenters to meet the needs of OLLI learners)
  • Proposals (as in developing catchy class titles and descriptions)
On July 28th, it was time for fund-raiser-fun... OLLI went to the ball park! Even though the home team lost, and no one caught a tee shirt or a hot dog in mid-air, OLLI members laughed and took delight in the camaraderie that just happens when you're part of the 'new senior class'!

Submitted by - Jane Fletcher, OLLI at Granite State College

The Generosity Continues! 
OLLI at Tufts University report on their $100,000 grant 

OLLI at Tufts University were the proud recipients of a $100,000 grant awarded last year by OneWorld Boston, a Cummings Foundation affiliate. The award was payable in two annual installments of $50,000 each and the grant was intended to help OLLI at Tufts increase the size of their office staff, upgrade their computers and A/V equipment, help develop a comprehensive membership and registration database and increase marketing efforts. 
As the Institute's Director, David Fechtor says "We're thrilled to report that we got the second annual installment in last week's mail, just days after an expensive but outmoded laser printer in our office unexpectedly stopped working. Now, not only can we replace that printer, but we can also move ahead with many of the other plans we've made for that money, including an exciting new lecture series with world-class speakers, expanded distribution of our catalog, and a lot more." 
David adds, "Many, many thanks to OneWorld Boston and the Cummings Foundation for their continuing generosity, and for their recognition of our efforts to increase both the breadth of our program and the diversity of our membership."
Submitted by - David Fechtor, OLLI at Tufts University

What Do You Think About Living to 120 and Beyond?

The Pew Research's Religion & Public Life Project has published the results to their recent survey "
Living to 120 and Beyond: Americans' Views on Aging, Medical Advances and Radical Life Extension". 
Circa 1450-1465 - illumination on parchment
This thought provoking survey was conducted from March 21 to April 8, 2013, among a nationally representative sample of 2,012 adults. The survey examines public attitudes about aging, health care, personal life satisfaction, possible medical advances (including radical life extension) and other bio-ethical issues. 
Wikimedia Commons Picture Credits
  • OLLIs Toot Your Horns image: 'Woman playing a wind instrument with a curved bell.'
    Courtesy: Art and Architecture Collection (New York Public Library Archives) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons