#29-13 of July 19, 2013
July 19, 2013
Issue #29-13 of July 19, 2013
LAST ISSUE IN THIS
The end of a grand experiment and adventure
THANK YOU ROD
logo (2005–2011); bottom,
current logo (since 2012).
IS THE FINAL ISSUE
of OLLI E-News
in the format that you
are used to. After eight years now, I'm
hanging up my hat as editor, effective today. I'm ready for a break
from the weekly commitment and
looking forward to having a little more time to catch up with personal
It's been a grand experiment—and creative
adventure for me—that Communications Committee Chair Gordon Canyock and
I started in July
2005 when we saw the need for an OLLI email newsletter and decided to
'just do it
Over the years,
I've refined the
format (my own creation because I never wanted to be locked into a
pre-set template) and added new
features. Probably E-News
is a victim of its own success, though, since no member with html
experience has both the desire and the time to take over this job.
From the beginning, I've insisted on—
- "Pushing" the
newsletter into your email inbox so you can read it directly without
your having to "pull" it by clicking a link first.
providing an easily accessible online version that you can view when
away from home as well as a print version (pdf) for those of you who
read E-News as 'hard copy'
- Trying to
keep all articles to a reasonable length and limiting the
number of articles – so you will not get discouraged
and stop reading (I admit, sometimes we did not succeed!).
- Giving a
byline to each writer and credit to photographers,
and getting each writer's approval before publishing his or her article.
appropriate photos or graphics to illustrate articles, making
them more interesting.
My mission for E-News
has been to inform, educate and entertain you, and my passion has been
to produce the best newsletter possible for your reading pleasure. I
has succeeded in
I greatly appreciate all of you who have expressed your thanks to me
supported our newsletter over the past eight years. It was a great run.
For eight fantastic years of OLLI E-News!
MANY OF YOU KNOW,
eight years Rod Zumbro has decided to retire as the editor of OLLI E-News
. This will be his last
edition and the last edition of the E-News
until September. As I thought about what to say about the significant
contributions Rod has made, I went back to the beginning of E-News
Before we had our email (and online) newsletter, our primary means of
communication with members was through a printed newsletter published
weekly when classes were in session and distributed in the classrooms.
It was expensive to print, and the lead time for submission of articles
was 10 days, which meant the news was no longer news.
In July 2005, Rod
Gordon Canyock decided to put in place
an electronic document that
would be as current as possible, with the lead time for submitting
articles reduced to 1.5 days. While initially intended for publication
only when sufficient material was available, Rod quickly discovered he
of material to make it a weekly newsletter published whenever OLLI was
open for business.
With Rod as editor, the weekly e-document
expanded into a living
story of OLLI, filled with pictures of members and activities, timely
news stories, articles by and about members, and links to numerous
sites of interest at Mason and in the community. The value of the E-News
as a communicator of news to OLLI members is only one of its virtues.
It also is a face of OLLI to the outside community, and we can be proud
that our newsletter under Rod’s careful and creative hand stands out as
one of the best among OLLIs around the country. I also have discovered
what a valuable historical document the E-News
is. I urge all of you who want to see the movers and shakers and major
events at OLLI during the last eight years to delve into the archived
editions of the E-News
website's DocStore (click "Enews Archive" near the top, or just click here
I can’t be sure, but I don’t think Rod has
missed a scheduled publication date since the E-News
began in 2005; OLLI members have been privy to 381 weekly editions
(including a few April Fool’s editions that had believing members
asking about free 'GooglePad' tablets and the new parking garage next
Tallwood). Unfortunately, the large amount of time and care that Rod
devotes to the E-News
his invaluable editorial skills have made him irreplaceable as editor.
Thus, as Rod steps down, E-News
will have to take a breather for the rest of this summer. It will be
continued in September, but with a new face and probably a few more
inaccuracies and typos than Rod would have allowed.
On behalf of the Board
and membership, thank
you, Rod, for bringing us E-News
for eight years and for your continuing contributions to OLLI in many
-- By Martha
, OLLI President
Reflections from an insider
By Barbara Kyriakakis, OLLI E-News
We learn this in early childhood.
Our bodies grow and mature, school years turn into career years, we
move to new homes in new cities, we leave the comfort and safety of our
families to pursue our own dreams. Most of us like change. It is
beneficial to our health and our psyche. But some changes are
difficult, like the one that is about to happen at OLLI. After eight
years Rod Zumbro will step down as editor of OLLI’s sleek, colorful,
edgy electronic newsletter … the E-News
As associate editor, writer, colleague and
friend for many of those eight years, I cannot let him go without a few
words. The origin of the E-News
goes back to July 2005 when Rod and Gordon
Canyock agreed on the concept of a periodic electronic newsletter. Rod
then designed the E-News
and, using free software so there would be no cost to OLLI, created the
format that we've
to – including an attractive 'banner image' (OLLI-related photo) at the
of contents with direct links to articles, photo bylines so we could
recognize our colleagues who contribute by writing articles, and
clickable links to web pages for more information.
Rod! You will be missed!
Rod has been instrumental in taking E-News
from its infancy
to its present state-of-the-art maturity. His desire for
perfection, his eye for detail, and his persistent hard work have made
it the main communication
medium for our members. E-News
has been the vehicle by
which members have kept up with their organization’s many activities,
programs, special events, club/group news, Board highlights, class
Week after week for eight years Rod has worked
diligently to ensure that the newsletter is the best it could be … and
would arrive in each member’s email inbox each Friday morning.
volunteer writers, proofreaders, and photographers to assist him in
this massive undertaking, Rod, with his gentle nature and his quirky
sense of humor (remember the April Fool’s issues), has devoted many
hours, days, weeks and months to a creation that has served OLLI and
its members well.
Working with Rod on the E-News has been one of
the highlights of my retirement. Fun is a word I like to use because
why retire if you can’t have fun? It has been more than fun the last
eight years. It has been a learning experience, a pleasure, and an
honor to be a part of the E-News
family. Yes, this change is difficult,
sad and unfortunately inevitable.
|MEMBER CONTRIBUTIONS MADE E-NEWS A SUCCESS
Without contributed content, there would
have been no E-News
to have enough material submitted by OLLI members so that there has
been at least three articles—often many more—in every
week's issue of E-News for
eight years. There are too many contributing members to thank
without all of the content that they contributed, there would have been
no E-News. To all of you
contributors, thank you!
special thanks go to:
Thanks to all the club/group coordinators who
submitted regular notices of upcoming meeting details. Thanks to all
our staff writers who so graciously volunteered to write articles,
including profiles of new Board members,
committee chairs and program planning group chairs, to
enlighten the membership. And thanks to the
members at large who submitted unsolicited articles and photographs to
share with the membership.
Team members Gordon Canyock, Barbara Kyriakakis and John West, who carefully reviewed
and proofread the draft issue each Wednesday
evening, finding 'nits' to fix and providing thoughtful, precise
and suggestions for rewordings to make E-News read better and be as
perfect as possible ... and to associate editor Barb for efficiently coordinating
with our cadre of staff writers to come up with desired articles.
editors John West and Ernestine Meyer for unhesitatingly
taking over and doing one or more weekly
issues when Susanne and I were out of town, thereby keeping members
informed without interruption.
columnists Jan Bohall
(Mason-Fairfax Arts and Music), Helen
Highlights) and Sheri Siesseger
(Hylton Arts and Music) for selecting and writing the details of
upcoming events that might be of interest to members.
executive director Thom Clement,
who wrote an
insightful/informative article for members every single week for five
and a half
years (he even sent me advance articles when he was going to be away
photographers Dan Feighery, Stan Schretter and Lou Mazzatenta,
who submitted exceptional photos of OLLI events
without being asked and whose photos and slideshows added immeasurably
to the E-News reading
experience ... and to my E-News
colleague Gordon, who took
numerous super photos of OLLI people and events for E-News articles.
-- By Rod Zumbro, OLLI E-News Editor
Finally, thanks to those in leadership positions at OLLI—our presidents
and committee chairs—for the many and various articles they
submitted over the years to inform the membership about important OLLI
KNOW GLENN KAMBER
Newly elected Board member
By Carolyn Sanders, OLLI
HE ANSWERS EMAIL AND PHONE CALLS,
and can follow directions – what more can we ask of a new Board member?
He can also charm the ladies: after my seven-year-old
great-granddaughter, Aya, told him he was much better-looking in person
his campaign photo showed him, he asked her to stay in the room for the
rest of the interview!
Our conversation ranged
from the joys of
grandparenting and having them close, to maintaining a healthy, lengthy
marriage. Glenn's obvious pride and joy in his
granddaughters—nine-year-old Olivia and
seven-year-old Morgan, who live in Arlington—is most evident. He and
his wife of 34 years, Denise Rechter, really do enjoy those girls. They
also enjoy lunch dates because their interests are very different, and
each is often going his or her own way. Glenn’s extensive background
includes experience in marriage and family therapy; as he loves to
teach, we might look forward to hearing more from him on that subject.
The success of OLLI is something this
of three years is greatly interested in keeping going. He’s a good
listener, and many folks have told him how influential our wonderful
organization has been in providing them inspiration for aging well. The
friendships formed among the members have met very special needs as
participants have dealt with the vagaries of life itself.
Glenn keeps busy with all sorts of
including buying and selling stuff on eBay and turning out stained
glass pieces that I, for one, look forward to seeing [one of his stained glass irises is shown
at left above. --Ed.]
. It was fun
meeting him and comparing both professional and personal experiences.
It was a typical OLLI occasion and, don’t forget, he’s much better
looking in person – Aya says so!
Selected by the Photography Club
by Lou Mazzatenta.
THE JULY PHOTO
of the Month theme was
“Patriotic Symbols or Activity.” We selected Lou Mazzatenta's photo
viewed in various
sizes at this
. To view other photos by members of the Photography Club,
visit the Club's website
-- By Ed Parker, Photography Club Coordinator
Editor's note: "Photo of the Month" has been
a regular E-News feature
since October 2007, only two months after the club's first meeting. Dan
Feighery organized the club and served as its first coordinator.
Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop
Sprigs of dusky violet and not-quite-white
mingle, amassed with off-pink and hybrid royal blue.
Star-shaped, these gifts from last season,
assured survival with seed plopped strategically abed.
Showy plumes now emerge from tiny rootlets,
appearing as spring pushes winter to the sidelines.
An obvious genetic mix, some stretch sunward,
others anchor earthbound, shadowed by freer brethren.
Together creating a moat, a sentry, behind which
larger species – marigolds, dahlias, zinnias – thrive.
Through brief summer weeks, greeting eyes daily
with dissimilar hues living perfectly together.
launched this column after Poetry
Workshop co-moderators Jan
Bohall and Mike
McNamara (photos above) reached an agreement with me to showcase the
work of OLLI poets by publishing one 'short' poem each week. Jan sent
them to me for more than three years, through mid-May 2013, after which
Jan Bohall, OLLI E-News Staff
Editor's note: Jan is our
having started writing her column in September 2005 – almost eight
years ago! Her only
non-vacation break has been during the summer, like now, when there
usually are no Fairfax arts and music performances.
Other Mason events
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI
been writing her column
since May 2009 – for more than four years now, after taking over from
original columnist Barbara Kyriakakis. Like Jan, Helen's only
non-vacation break has been when Mason becomes quiet during
summer, like now.
HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC
Manassas performances, July 19–28
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
Inner Mask and Andrew Cossaboon: The Nature of Architecture
Exhibition Mon, Jul 22 through Sat, Aug 24
Gallery reception Thu, Aug 1, 6:30: Genevieve Ivan and Andrew Cossaboon
Buchanan Partners Arts Gallery
|Prince William Little Theatre
Fri, Jul 19, 8:00
Sat, Jul 20, 2:00 and 8:00
Sun, Jul 21, 2:00
Thu, Jul 25, 8:00
Fri, Jul 26, 8:00
Sat, Jul 27, 2:00 and 8:00
Sun, Jul 28, 2:00
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
Admission: adults, $20; seniors and students, $16; children, $10
Gregory Family Theater
After Mason established a
performing arts center at its Manassas campus, Sheri Siesseger started
writing this weekly column for E-News
in March 2011 – more than two
Upcoming non-class events at OLLI
THE FOLLOWING LIST
covering the next month for this
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
Rod Zumbro's OLLI E-News
and the member-volunteers who produced it
Backup Editor, 2011–2013
Review Team: Gordon Canyock, Barbara
Kyriakakis and, through 2012, John West
Poet's Corner: Jan Bohall and Mike McNamara
Arts and Music: Jan Bohall
Mason Highlights: Helen Ackerman
Hylton Arts and Music: Sheri Siesseger
Coming Attractions: John West through 2012
this newsletter. OLLI's
first weekly email newsletter, OLLI
started July 31, 2005 and was emailed to current OLLI members with
email addresses by the OLLI office on Fridays through July 19, 2013.
When classes were in session, printed copies of this newsletter
were distributed in classrooms. Comments, suggestions or complaints
were directed to Editor Rod Zumbro or Communications
Committee Chair Gordon Canyock.
> Read the latest issue early.
weekly issue of OLLI E-News
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by visiting http://www.olli.gmu.edu/pubs.htm#enews,
where they would find a list of the last 12 issues by date.
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