#28-13 of July 12, 2013
July 12, 2013
WANTED: E-NEWS EDITOR
For a future OLLI newsletter
AS SOME OF YOU HAVE HEARD,
ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF MEMBERS
after eight years on the job Rod Zumbro is finally retiring as OLLI E-News
editor. Rod created E-News
for us in July 2005 and has
remained as editor ever since, doing an outstanding job of keeping the
membership informed about what is happening in OLLI. His last issue
will be next Friday’s, July 19.
Since I have never been able to find anyone
willing to understudy him, in the interim I shall assume the function
of editor, but don’t expect to see another issue after next week for at
least a month, probably longer. And I can promise you that it will not
be in the same format. I don’t speak HTML.
I have solicited volunteers within the
Communications Committee to form a team to share the workload since no
one is likely to be willing to put in the hours every week that Rod has
over the years. But if any of you
has experience publishing electronic
newsletters, I sure could use your advice and/or assistance.
If I can’t find enough
volunteers, our choices are to do without a newsletter, reduce its
frequency and scope, or hire someone to do it for us – but the latter
course might lead to a dues increase, which I would rather avoid. I
intend to raise this issue for discussion at the Board meeting on
Friday, July 19.
Readers are encouraged to provide feedback (or
volunteer to help) directly to me or to attend the meeting.
ONE OF OUR NEW
Newly elected director Russell Stone
By Roxanne Cramer, OLLI
IT'S A GOOD BET that there is
only one OLLI member who hails from Medicine Hat, Alberta! New Board of
Directors member Russell Stone was born there, but left as soon as he
graduated from high school. Russell joined our Institute just two years
ago after a career in the academic world. He heard about us through
OLLI member Harriet Kaplan, a friend and colleague of his wife,
Rala—also now an OLLI member.
Russell met his future wife the first day of
registration at McGill University in Montreal, and they married three
years later. He graduated from McGill with a combined degree in
Economics and Sociology, and later earned his PhD at Princeton in
Sociology and Near-East Studies.
At the University at Buffalo (largest campus
in the State University of New York system), Russell taught sociology
and international development studies for 20 years, becoming full
professor and department chair. Escaping the snows of the north, the
Stones came to Washington in 1991, where Russell was associate dean for
graduate studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at American
University. He helped establish the Center for Israel Studies at AU and
concentrated his efforts on the center for five years until his
The Stones have two children, both professors
in their respective fields, and six grandchildren.
Like many OLLI members, Russell particularly
enjoys the opportunities to study subjects he never had time for
before. For example, he dabbled in dramatics in high school, and now
has picked it up again in Readers' Theater. He ran for the Board
because he wanted to be able to contribute his university
administrative experience, which he feels may be helpful in
Russell feels that the growth of OLLI, while
basically a good thing, presents challenges, particularly with regard
to classroom space. He envisions being able to take advantage of the
fact that Mason needs classrooms in the evening hours, so might be
willing to provide a larger facility at Tallwood for OLLI's daytime use
and Mason's use in the evening. The Tallwood property would be ideal
because additional on-site parking could be included as part of the
“Managing growth effectively” is the challenge
that Russell sees ahead for OLLI. For Mason, supporting OLLI enhances
the University’s reputation as a leader in education services to an
These six of your colleagues are published
THAT OLLI MEMBER
in your next class
may be a published author! Among the many accomplishments of our
colleagues is an impressive collection of published work. A request
this past spring to hear from recently published OLLI authors turned up
amazing responses from Claire Hasselbeck, Ed Janusz, Martha Powers,
Wini Scheffler, Beth Ticknor and Don Wallace. Among them, this
group of talented authors has published poetry, history, novels, short
stories and memoirs. Click on this
to see the fascinating
details about their works and to find out how you can obtain copies.
Editor's note: Martha Powers is
presenting Class F905
Marmee: A Mother, A
Daughter, and Six Years in Assisted Living
, at Tallwood on
Thursday, July 25, 11:50–1:15.
TEN YEARS OF VOLUNTEERING
EXACTLY 10 YEARS AGO IN 2003,
I walked down the veranda at Tallwood and began the adventure of
finding my life as an OLLI member and also began giving to the
organization that would bring me blessings over and over. Now, I look
back to subsequent roles that included being a liaison, to teaching, to
chairing committees, to initiating the cooking curriculum, to being
OLLI president. How I have grown! I’ve learned so much about myself,
and I have been able to translate that knowledge into many ways outside
of my OLLI life. And, of course, the courses I’ve taken and taught have
completed the mission that brought me to OLLI in the first place.
A day in the life of an OLLI member includes
countless encounters with the work of volunteers. A new member probably
spoke to the office volunteer about details related to the
organization. At the beginning of
the term, the new member may have attended a kick-off party with
fit for the most demanding palate, prepared by hospitality volunteers,
and listened to brief talks by OLLI leadership and club/activity
coordinators, all volunteers.
Members walking to class at Tallwood inhale
the fragrance of the
magnificent OLLI gardens, the work of our volunteer gardeners. In
class, a volunteer liaison introduces the teacher and
stands ready to help should help be needed during the course of
instruction often taught by another OLLI volunteer.
We are approaching 1,100 members; that large a
membership needs an ever-larger group of helpers to carry on the
ongoing tasks that are needed to keep the three campuses running
smoothly – and provide new ideas for classes and solutions to problems.
True: we do have paid staff to do what volunteers aren’t
equipped to do. But the rest must fall to
me and those other
members who pitch in wherever they see they are needed. Without us, the
place would just fold, or, to make up the difference, we’d hire more
staff and raise everyone’s dues … a lot. I value so much the work of my
co-volunteers, am inspired to continue with this work of love, and
keep hoping that the example we offer will draw more members into this
amazing opportunity for fellowship and personal growth.
Sat, Jul 20 – Genealogy and the Internet:
Problems and Possibilities
Plus "Learn 30": Overcoming the Physical Stresses of Computer Use
By Paul Howard
a family tree;
right, stretching while at a computer.
COMPUTER CLUB (OLLI Personal Computer
User Group, or OPCUG)
will meet with its
partner, the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (PATACS), on Saturday, July 20 at
Tallwood. Join us at 12:30 for soft drinks
in the social room. Presentations will begin at
1:00. This month's offerings will include the following:
and the Internet: Problems and Possibilities" by professional
genealogist Ken Maniha, a Reston resident who has taught OLLI classes
His genealogical presentation will explore the
growing use of the Internet as a platform for genealogical research –
and will cover "the good, the bad and the ugly." After distinguishing
between genealogy and family history, Ken will discuss the
next-generation processes for doing Internet-based genealogy. He will
explain how the Internet is uniquely suited to handle certain types of
genealogical techniques for discovering authentic ancestors who
otherwise might remain mysteriously hidden from us.
Overcoming the Physical Stresses of Computer Use" by
wellness/fitness instructor Rolston James, a former Army Master Fitness
Trainer and certified Performance Enhancement Specialist.
The computer has a significant impact on our
lives, with numerous
benefits, but our frequent use of computers – sitting at a desk
in a crouched-over position for extended periods of time – has
potential health issues (e.g., lower and upper back problems, muscle
spasms, overly tight neck
and shoulder muscles, headaches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome). Rolston will
show how some of these
problems can be avoided or relieved by periodically performing various
movements throughout the day.
See full details on this meeting by clicking here
information on the Computer Club, see
the OPCUG website
dues collections for 2013 continue with this meeting ($5 per calendar
Longtime OLLI member Bill Nicoson
age 81, of Reston,
Virginia, died peacefully at his home in Reston on Sunday, July 7, 2013
after a long illness. Bill (photo at
right by Patricia Nicoson) had been an OLLI member
since 1999 and was active in the Reston community.
A memorial service is planned for the fall.
An extensive obituary was published in the
online Reston Patch on July
7; click here
to read the obituary.
Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop
Streamliners soaring past Evanston on their way from Chicago to
And one to Minneapolis, christened the 400, the distance between the
Streaking by Lincoln Street, where I, a young boy, stood transfixed.
Bold and brazen in shining armor, gold and glistening in the sun.
Once I challenged the mighty warrior to race against me
But it remained unconquered despite my greater youth and vigor.
Further north and west lay the rails of the Milwaukee line
Where the mighty Hiawatha ran unimpeded from Chicago to Milwaukee
It was also, a warrior, but with a far different character and purpose.
Traveling, not through safe and sedate suburbia like the 400,
But through pale, barren, often deserted farmland
And I could hear its haunting siren call from my room at boarding
Quite often in day or twilight I would run through fields to see it
Ominous and foreboding as it thundered by
Where in its wake was a trail of deadly, dark, brown swirling leaves.
HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC
Manassas performances, July 12–21
Siesseger, OLLI E-News
or click "Buy Tickets" at the event listing in the calendar
online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge applies) –
or visit the box office in the lobby of the Hylton
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
|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.
Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery
Tue, Jul 16, 3:00
This is a pre-performance program featuring guest artists and faculty
members of the Castleton Festival.
Admission to the lecture is free, but RSVP by email to Hylton@gmu.edu
|Castleton Festival at the Hylton
Thu, Jul 18, 8:00
Castleton Festival Orchestra, directed by Lorin Maazel, presents a
program featuring Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 and Mendelssohn’s
Symphony No. 5. Soloist for the evening is lyric soprano Jennifer Black.
Admission: $60, $45, $30
|Prince William Little Theatre
Fri, Jul 19, 8:00
Sat, Jul 20, 2:00 and 8:00
Sun, Jul 21, 2:00
(continues Thu, Jul 25 through Sun, Jul 28)
Directed by Don Petersen, this ever-popular musical tells the tale of
events leading up to rock-and-roll star Conrad Birdie’s last
performance on the Ed Sullivan Show
before he joins the military.
Admission: adults, $20; seniors and students, $16; children, $10
Gregory Family Theater
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
All OLLI members are
welcome at, and encouraged to attend, meetings of the Board of
Directors, committees and resource
groups, Kickoff Coffees, etc. (bolded
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
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
KEY CONTACT INFORMATION
How to contact OLLI
HERE IS A READY
to contact OLLI. For email addresses and phone numbers not listed
below, please consult the online Membership Directory (log in to Member
and the member-volunteers who produce it
Review Team: Gordon Canyock, Barbara
Poet's Corner: Mike McNamara
Arts and Music: Jan Bohall
Mason Highlights: Helen Ackerman
Hylton Arts and Music: Sheri Siesseger
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