OLLI E-News #26-13 of June 28, 2013
Issue #26-13 of June 28, 2013
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> VISITATION TONIGHT FOR BOB HELLAND: Former OLLI member Bob Helland's visitation is tonight, funeral service tomorrow; see obituary below.
> SOCKS NEEDED: For Grand Camp participants to make "Happy Socks" for homeless cats; see this E-News article for details.
> SPRING BREAK 2014: The Mason Center for Global Education's  spring-break trip for 2014 is to Barcelona and the French Riviera, Mar 7–16 (note: OLLI's spring term starts Mar 24, 2014). Open to all; view details. (See this E-News article about the 2013 trip.)
> OLLI CLOSED THURSDAY: For the Independence Day holiday. Happy Fourth of July to all.
About OLLI E-News
> BOARD HIGHLIGHTS. Last Friday's Board of Directors meeting. By Rod Zumbro
> ONE OF OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS. Newly elected director Steve Goldman. By Nancy Scarborough
> KICKOFF COFFEE LAST FRIDAY. New members socialize with seasoned members.
> KITCHEN CATCH-UP. Announcing a special cooking newsletter. By Debbie Halverson
> THE GREAT GATSBY. Class members meet for an after-class discussion. By Nancy Scheeler

> PHOTO OF THE MONTH. Selected by the Photography Club.
> OBITUARY: Former longtime OLLI member Bob Helland.
> POET'S CORNER. Courtesy of the OLLI Poetry Workshop.
> MASON-FAIRFAX ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By Jan Bohall

> HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By Sheri Siesseger
> COMING ATTRACTIONS. Upcoming non-class events at OLLI.

Last Friday's Board of Directors meeting
By Rod Zumbro, OLLI E-News Editor

Acting Executive Director John Woods and President Martha Scanlon with the big, signed 'thank you' card received from the Mason support staff after last week's appreciation lunch at Tallwood hosted by OLLI (click here to view E-News article). Photo by Beth Davis.
THE OLLI BOARD OF DIRECTORS met on Friday, June 21 at Tallwood. As reported in last week's E-News, the new Board elected Martha Scanlon as president, Beth Lambert as vice president, David Mason as treasurer and Janet Cochran as secretary; term of office is for one year. President Martha Scanlon advised that she has resigned as chair of the Member Services Committee; volunteers to fill that position should contact Martha.
     Director Ernestine Meyer, the OLLI webmaster, provided an update on the current efforts to redesign the OLLI website using state-of-the-art technology. The initial work is being performed by the contractor,  Earthcare Technologies Inc., with input from the OLLI website team – after which OLLI will copy content from the existing website to the new website. When completed later this year, the website will use the same Internet address so the change will be transparent to OLLI members using the site.
     Director Debbie Halverson provided an update on the OLLI Grand Camp scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, noting that there are still some open slots.
     Acting Executive Director John Woods reported that OLLI has a record-high membership of 1,081 members and that income is above budget, with expenses below budget. Treasurer Dave Mason advised that OLLI was "doing well" financially.
     There was considerable discussion concerning the large number of closed summer courses and the resulting large number of wait-listed status received by many members. Russell Stone and Glenn Kamber, both newly elected directors, and Bill Reader, a continuing director, volunteered to work with John Woods on a special ad hoc committee to analyze the wait-listing issue and report back to the Board at the next meeting.   
     The next Board meeting will be held on Friday, July 19 at 10:00 in TA-1. All OLLI members are invited to attend.

Top: Steve Goldman; photo by Gordon Canyock
Bottom: Janet & Steve at Grand Camp
Newly elected director Steve Goldman

By Nancy Scarborough, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
STEVE GOLDMAN, NEW BOARD MEMBER and chair of the Religious Studies Program Planning Group, is not just an intellectual achiever. His softer side is shown as a husband, father of two daughters, grandfather of three, and devoted owner of two guinea pigs that will make their third appearance at OLLI’s Grand Camp this summer.
     Steve and his wife, Janet, canceled their vacation this year to take care of one of the guinea pigs, Luke Herbert, who has cancer. Steve is still hopeful that both Luke Herbert and Saralea Hope, the other guinea pig, will be at Grand Camp.
     When he is not at OLLI, you might find Steve at an Orioles baseball game or a Johns Hopkins (three degrees in International Relations) lacrosse game, or even in the kitchen cooking “as my grandmother taught me.”
     At the time of his retirement in 2007, Steve was director of the Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is still interested in strategic trade controls and national security policy, and continues as a consultant in this area. He declares, however, that “developing courses and lectures for our Religious Studies program is currently my principal intellectual activity.”
     This summer, Steve is teaching a five-session 'teaching and sharing' seminar on “Faith, Doubt and Tradition” and a six-session lecture course on “Difficult Texts of the Bible.” He began teaching biblical doctrine at OLLI in the fall of 2008 and joined OLLI as a member shortly thereafter. He has taught at OLLI every term since then.
     Steve enjoys “teaching and interacting with people who are profoundly interested in the subject matter.” He spends a “great deal of time preparing” his courses; his reward comes from “knowing that the OLLI participants enjoyed the classes and gained new perspectives.”
     He was “honored when asked to run as a candidate for the Board of Directors” and will do all he can to “ensure that OLLI continues to grow and provide expanded learning opportunities.”
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New members socialize with seasoned members

IN THE ABOVE PHOTO, new members introduce themselves at the Kickoff Coffee on Jun 21, 2013 at Tallwood. Click image or click here to view eight photos of the event (online now but not available indefinitely). All photos, including the banner image at the top of this issue, were taken by Dan Feighery.
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Announcing a special cooking newsletter
By Debbie Halverson, Culinary Coordinator
I’VE RECEIVED A FEW COMPLAINTS that the door closed on some of you who wanted to get into the three "Summer Soups and Salads" classes that are ongoing these several weeks. We listed them individually so that people would have more flexibility with their schedules and vacations and take however many of the classes as they liked. We certainly were able to accommodate more than the usual dozen that my regular classes can hold. As it happens, the rosters for these classes have almost completely different students signed up. Even so, there were wait lists, and the disgruntled folks have told me they would try to get into my fall classes. I’ve had to tell them that I don’t plan on teaching in the fall – I'm taking a sabbatical to get a little rest.
     I can put together an impromptu class in the fall, if classroom space should be available, for unique classes. One might be on knife skills, if folks let me know they would like to have such a class.
     However, I do have a plan to reach those of you who want to continue with your cooking-learning program: I will put out a newsletter to whomever wishes to be on a special email list. The newsletter will contain tips and recipes, yours and mine ... whatever I think will interest those of you who sign up. For example: My recent trip to Denmark brought me home with an addiction to the famous Danish hot dog. I am now in the process of locating the special ingredients that go into replicating this famous frank. I think I have found what I need but am waiting on delivery of two major parts. So the result of that will be in the newsletter, which I’ll begin about August 1st. Let me know via email if you wish to be included.

Class members meet for an after-class discussion
By Nancy Scheeler, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

OLLI members who gathered to discuss the film The Great Gatsby are, from left to right: Gail Ryan, Nancy Scheeler, Lavona Poe, Dr. Chad Schmidt, Diane Rosacker and Jeanette Hohlstein. Photo by Jim Scheeler.
SOME MEMBERS OF THE SPRING CLASS “The Mysteries of Critical/Literary Theory” (R413) recently met with our instructor at my home to discuss the new film The Great Gatsby.
     During the class, the novel The Great Gatsby was the center of a multifaceted discussion driven by the class’s examination of various critical movements influencing the interpretation of literature from the middle of the twentieth century to the present. The film version, released after the end of the spring term, drew the class together one more time for a round of lively exchanges about the strength and weaknesses of the film, how they related to the novel, and the film’s message for people today.
     Dr. Chad Schmidt, class instructor, is an assistant professor of English at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. He fascinated OLLI members with his meld of the literary and the philosophical that extended from The Great Gatsby to our lives today. During the upcoming fall term, Dr. Schmidt will teach a course in Reston on “Literature and the Bible” that will examine the multiplicity of interpretations of ancient texts.
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Selected by the Photography Club

"Chrysanthemum" by Rita Leake.
THE JUNE PHOTO of the Month theme was “Flowers and Foliage.” We selected Rita Leake's photo “Chrysanthemum,” which may be viewed in various sizes at this page. To view other photos by members of the Photography Club, visit the Club's website.
-- By Ed Parker, Photography Club Coordinator
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Former longtime OLLI member Bob Helland
BOB HELLAND, of Cary, North Carolina, formerly of Burke, Virginia, died on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Bob was a longtime OLLI member (1998–2010) and an active OLLI volunteer – Tallwood office volunteer, class liaison and Audiovisual Support Committee member. Visitation is tonight (June 28); funeral service is tomorrow (June 29); see below.

The following is extracted from the death notice published in The Washington Post on June 27, 2013.
Robert Bruce Helland – Loving husband of the late Mary Copeland Helland; loving and devoted father to Matthew Helland, Katie Helland LaNasa (Jon) and Patrick Helland; brother of Jeanice Holtzer; "Peepaw" of Peyton, Luke and Evelyn LaNasa. The family will receive friends at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA [five minutes from Tallwood; see Google maps link] on Friday, June 28 from 6 to 8 pm, where services will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 10 am. Interment at Fairfax Memorial Park.  
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Courtesy of the OLLI Poetry Workshop


A chipmunk scurried
across the hard-packed March snow
or maybe a leaf

High in the ancient
oak reigns a majestic bird
oh no, it’s a branch

the world is brighter
shapes sharper, hues more vibrant
gifts of new lenses

Carolyn F. Wyatt
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Performances, Jun 28–July 7
 By Jan Bohall, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 1-888-945-2468 or buy online (phone and online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge applies) or visit the Center for the Arts Box Office, Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00. More info on tickets is at the CFA tickets page.

Ovations Strings Camp Concert
  Fri, Jun 28, 7:00
     This concert closes out a week of concentration on chamber music for students in grades 7 through 12, offered by the Potomac Arts Academy of George Mason. Students spend an enriching week with Mason faculty and instructors from the community, then perform in an orchestra on Friday evening.
Admission: Free, non-ticketed
Harris Theatre

Manassas performances, Jun 28–July 7
By Sheri Siesseger, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 1-888-945-2468 or click "Buy Tickets" at the event listing in the calendar (phone and online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge applies) – or visit the box office in the lobby of the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason's Prince William campus in Manassas, Wed-Sat, noon to 6:00 (or visit the box office in the lobby of the Center for the Arts on Mason's Fairfax campus, Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00). More info on tickets is at the ticket purchase page.

Castleton Festival at the Hylton:
An Italian Extravaganza
Dinner and Concert

Sun, Jun 30
Dinner at 5:00 and/or concert at 7:00
     Celebrate all things Italian with an elegant dinner prepared by chef Louis Patierno of Panino and Girasole restaurants, featuring a seasonal menu of award-winning Italian cuisine paired with wine.
     The concert features the Castleton Festival Orchestra conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel presenting highlights of Italian opera. Guest soloists are soprano Elizabeth Futral, tenor Jonathan Burton and baritone Corey Crider. For details, click here.
Dinner admission: $75
Concert admission: $60, $45, $30
Merchant Hall
Jeff Gorrell’s Watercolors

Continues through Sun, Jul 21
     Gorrell specializes in watercolor painting but also works in oils. He has previously exhibited at the Virginia Watercolor Society, the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, and has paintings in collections globally. Gorrell focuses on landscapes with rocks and flowing water. He has painted multiple views of Great Falls.
Admission:  Free
Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery

Upcoming non-class events at OLLI
THE FOLLOWING LIST covering the next two weeks is extracted for your convenience from the master online calendar maintained by the office, with direct web links added when available. The list is accurate as of mid-week but to check anytime for the latest information, please view the latest forecast of upcoming events on our website (News/OLLI Calendar). Note: All OLLI members are welcome at, and encouraged to attend, meetings of the Board of Directors, committees and resource groups, Kickoff Coffees, etc. (bolded below).
OLLI-Reston Notes is a news email of particular interest to Reston members, written by Reston Coordinator Carol Henderson. The most recent version is dated April 2013 and can be read at this link (pdf).
     OLLI-Loudoun Notes is a news email of particular interest to Loudoun members, written by Loudoun Coordinator Kathie West. The most recent version is dated March 2013 and can be read at this link (pdf).

Fri Jun 28   9:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     9:30am   Travel Club - Cottage
     10:00am   Classic Fiction Book Club - Loudoun Room 205
     11:00am   Homer, etc. - Annex
Mon Jul 1 
10:00am   Bridge Club - TA-3   
10:00am   Mah Jongg Club - TA-2
Tue Jul 2   10:00am   Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Coffee Shop
Wed Jul 3   1:45pm   Special Events Program Planning Group meeting - Annex
Thu Jul 4   OLLI Closed (Fourth of July holiday)
Fri Jul 5   9:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10:00am   Craft & Conversation Group - Cottage
     11:00am   Homer, etc. - Annex
Mon Jul 8   10:00am   Bridge Club - TA-3
     10:00am   Book Club - TA-2
Tue Jul 9   10:00am   Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Coffee Shop
Fri Jul 12   9:00am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     9:30am   Photography Club - TA-1
     10:00am   Craft & Conversation Group - Cottage
     10:30am   Loudoun Program Planning Group meeting - Loudoun Room 236
     11:00am   Homer, etc. - Annex
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How to contact OLLI
HERE IS A READY REFERENCE on how to contact OLLI. For email addresses and phone numbers not listed below, please consult the online Membership Directory (log in to Member Portal).
  • President: Martha Scanlon
  • Acting Executive Director: John Woods, phone 703-941-4083
  • OLLI Office, phone 703-503-3384
  • OLLI Administrator/Registrar: Kerin Braudaway, phone 703-503-3384
  • Board members: See Organization page (Note: To send an email to the entire Board, send it to the OLLI administrator or the OLLI E-News editor, asking that it go to the Board, and your message will be forwarded to all members of the Board)
  • Committee chairs and program planning group chairs: See this part of our website's Organization page
  • Suggestions: Online suggestion box
  • Letters to the editor or letters to Ms. Ollie Ettakit (etiquette matters): OLLI E-News Editor Rod Zumbro

About OLLI E-News and the member/volunteers who produce it

Rod Zumbro
Creator and Editor

Barbara Kyriakakis
Associate Editor

Ernestine Meyer
Backup Editor
Review Team: Gordon Canyock, Barbara Kyriakakis
Database Manager: Barbara Kyriakakis
Weekly Contributors:
Poet's Corner: Mike McNamara
Mason-Fairfax Arts and Music: Jan Bohall
Mason Highlights: Helen Ackerman
Hylton Arts and Music:
Sheri Siesseger
> About this newsletter. OLLI's weekly newsletter, OLLI E-News, is emailed to current OLLI members with email addresses on Fridays. When classes are in session, printed copies of this newsletter are distributed in classrooms. Comments, suggestions or complaints? Please contact Editor Rod Zumbro or Communications Committee Chair Gordon Canyock.
> Submissions. Members are encouraged to submit OLLI-related news items, articles and photos for this newsletter. Deadline – 7:00 pm Wednesday for that week's issue (7:00 pm Monday for letters to the editor for which an OLLI response is appropriate); submissions earlier in the week are greatly appreciated. Please limit articles to about 250 words. Submit material to Editor Rod Zumbro (email rzumbro@gmu.edu).
> Read the latest issue early. The new weekly issue of OLLI E-News is posted to the OLLI website Thursday evening. Read it by visiting http://www.olli.gmu.edu/pubs.htm#enews, where you will find a list of the last 12 issues by date.
> Viewing or searching past issues. You can view past issues of OLLI E-News via either the list of the last 12 issues or the DocStore archive of all past issues by date/issue number. To search the content of issues, use Search Our Site or put your search term in Google followed by "site:olli.gmu.edu/" without the quotes (e.g., searchterm site:olli.gmu.edu/). Back to top

Updated: June 28, 2013

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