E-News #35-07 of September 14, 2007
September 14, 2007
||> GUEST EDITOR OF OLLI E-NEWS. John
West will be guest editor for the next two weeks. Please email to him all
articles and notices for the Sep 21 and Sep 28 issues.
> COURSE 702/"Politics &
Foreign Policy" changes: Mon, Sep 17, (11:30, Church of the Good
Shepherd) will feature Dr. Justin A. Frank, author of Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the
President. The Oct 22 class will feature Lisa
Curtis on The Tension in Pakistan.
||> NEW MEMBERS' COFFEE. Fri, Sep
21, 10:30, Tallwood. This is for all
members; get to know your colleagues and Board members.
> OLLI YARD
SALE. Sat, Oct 27. Volunteers needed. Details.
From the president. By Pat Carroll
> BOARD HIGHLIGHTS. Tuesday's
FOR OLLI. Welcome new members. By Elizabeth Crawford
> JUST WHEN YOU THINK IT
COULDN’T GET ANY BETTER… Welcome to Madeline Lynn and Bill
Walsh. By Dick
OLLI members plan to participate.
> FALL FOR THE BOOK FESTIVAL. It's just
around the corner! By
> SALUTI AMICI.
Italian conversation club. By Janet Buck
Easily donate your PC. By Rod
CLUB. New club being formed in Reston.
OLLI's Special Forces: Leo Brennan, chair of the Economics &
Finance Resource Group. By Elizabeth Crawford
FOR THE ARTS. Arts
and music events. By Jan
HIGHLIGHTS. Other events at Mason. By Barbara Kyriakakis
ATTRACTIONS. Upcoming non-class
From the president
By Pat Carroll, President
|I WAS ELECTED
PRESIDENT OF OLLI at a meeting of the Board of Directors on Aug
31, 2007. Debbie Halverson felt she could no longer provide the
attention that was required because of personal reasons. You have all
seen her last president’s message explaining her views. I am very happy
to have the opportunity to serve this excellent organization. This is
my fifth year on the Board and during that time I have served as vice
president, treasurer, Finance Committee chair, Facilities Committee
chair, and Planning Committee chair.
The new fall term starts next week, and
believe we have the finest program that we have ever had. It seems that
every term manages to be better than the last. I think the new
system was a big improvement and a time-saver for the staff. It
will become more efficient and effective with further use. The
executive director and the staff are always looking for ways to improve
registration, so suggestions are always welcome.
I am sure all of you are aware to one degree
or the other that we have an agreement with George Mason for the use of
Tallwood Annex and for the university's support. We have just recently
completed the negotiation of a new five-year Affiliation Agreement and
Lease for the Tallwood Annex, thus we can expect to remain on the
George Mason campus with university support for another five years.
OLLI members are eligible for George Mason ID cards, which provide
numerous benefits. The card application forms and benefit data can be
obtained from the OLLI office.
Also, we are in the final stages of
renegotiating a new five-year parking agreement with the pool next
door. That should be final by the time this E-News is published.
I look forward to speaking with all of the
members and especially our new members this term.
Tuesday's Board of Directors meeting
By Susanne Zumbro
REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING OF THE OLLI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
at Tallwood on Tue, Sep 11, at 10:00.
Debbie Halverson and Bob Lawshe encouraged volunteers to sign up and to
help out for the OLLI yard sale, which is scheduled for Sat, Oct 27.
The Treasurer’s report included initial data
on fall registration, which indicates that we took a net loss of 31
members. Actual current membership as of Sep 10 was 724. A loss of 31
members translates to $10,850 in revenue.
Friends of OLLI received $2,135 in
contributions during August. Last year we received $3,950 for the same
month. The year-to-date contributions this year are $6,100; last year
they were $13,200, suggesting that some members may have decided to
reduce their contributions to offset the increased dues.
Dick Chobot announced that Madeline Lynn has
been hired as a new site associate for Loudoun and that Bill Walsh has
been hired to fill the administrative assistant position vacated by
Diana Richards at Tallwood. Bill brings extensive audiovisual
experience to the job.
The Affiliation Agreement and Lease with Mason
are now completed, and signing ceremonies are being planned.
Sandra Driesslein reminded everyone to attend
the new members' coffee at Tallwood on Sep 21, at 10:30.
In executive session, the Board
approved the following resolution:
Due to financial considerations, the contract of the incumbent
Executive Director shall not be extended past December 31, 2007.
This issue is being addressed in a separate President's Message.
After returning to open session, the Board heard a report from John
Woods, chair of the Ad Hoc
Committee on ED Job Description. The purpose of the committee is to
review and make suggested refinements based upon two years’ experience.
A draft revised job description was presented and compared with the
description of Jul 2005. The committee recommended that Board approval
proposed job description be tabled for a vote at the next Board meeting
after the members have had a chance to review the materials and the
draft has been discussed.
Ben Gold reported that tour buses are now
restricted from the vicinity of the U.S. Capitol and the Supreme Court,
and this is causing problems with Ben’s arranged tours of the Court.
Permission has now been granted to park on 3rd Street, which is about
two blocks from the court.
The next regular Board meeting is scheduled
Oct 24, at 3:30 at Tallwood. (Please note the time change.) All OLLI
members are welcome to attend.
Welcome new members
By Elizabeth Crawford, OLLI E-News
FRIENDS AT MASON
and other community organizations have combined the season and the
emotion in the title of their festival, "Fall for the Book." Fall seems
to have a special significance for OLLI as well. It signals both a
beginning of classes and a time in our lives, "these golden days," as
the old song goes, that we have chosen to spend together.
The red dots (not the most obvious fall color,
but a fall color still) on the nametags of new members indicate that
they too have fallen for OLLI. Please commend them on their good
judgment, and welcome--
JUST WHEN YOU THINK IT COULDN’T GET ANY BETTER…
Welcome to Bill Walsh and Madeline Lynn
By Dick Chobot
HAS BEEN BLESSED
extremely competent and professional part-time staff that has won
repeated member accolades for its work. To this cast of exceptional
characters – Ann Hartmann, Rae Schafer, Karen Nash, and Ann Youngren –
we add two new stars: Bill Walsh and Madeline Lynn.
William C. (Bill) Walsh
Diana Richards as the person about Tallwood. But in addition to coffee,
cookies and classroom set-up and support, Bill is a technology wiz. He
is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, knows the ins and outs of
personal computers through much hands-on experience, and is conversant
with the full range of A/V equipment installed at OLLI.
It might help to
explain that Bill was brought
to our attention by Paul Howard, the intrepid leader of that new band
of A/V warriors called the Tom Swift Squad. Together, Bill and "the
Swifties" have been fine-tuning the A/V and sound systems this past
, who holds a Master's degree in Literature and Drama
and who is a published short-story author, is the new site associate
for Loudoun-Sterling, replacing May Rosendahl. Madeline and her
husband, Larry, have resided in Hamilton, Virginia for 11 years. She
came on board last Monday, in time for the Loudoun Open House, and
jumped in with both feet. (A word
about the Open House … it was a great event! We picked up more than 10
additional members and a lot of attendees increased the number of
courses for which they signed up. Kudos to Sheila Gold and Eileen
Duggan, who did yeoman service as co-chairs for the event.)
An interesting fact about Madeline is that
while a graduate student at American University, she was present at the
birth of what has become the OLLI at AU. This past Tuesday, Madeline
was asked to stand in for a speaker and talked about OLLI at a local
garden club. A significant part of Madeline’s job will be to work with
the executive director and the Loudoun-Sterling Resource Group to
promote the program.
Please join me in welcoming these two
outstanding additions to the OLLI staff. Things have indeed gotten
of Bill by John West; photo of Madeline by Gordon Canyock
OLLI members plan to participate --
starting this weekend
Three OLLI medalists from last year
Virginia Senior Olympics will be held starting tomorrow, Sat, Sep 15,
and running through
Thu, Sep 27, 2007 at various local venues. Here are the names of OLLI
members that we know about who plan to participate--
Deringer, track events (Sat, Sep 15, Thomas Jefferson Community Center)
Robinson, track (Sat, Sep 15, Thomas Jefferson Community Center)
Bill Hume, bowling
(Mon, Sep 17, Bowl America Shirley), chess (Tue, Sep 18, Lee District
Park), bridge (Thu, Sep 20, Lincolnia Senior Center)
George Ewing, swimming (Fri, Sep 21, Lee District Park)
This is a fun, free occasion. If you have
time, come out and cheer your fellow OLLI members!
> OLLI E-News article
Northern Virginia Senior Olympics Website
schedule of events, times, locations, etc.)
FALL FOR THE BOOK FESTIVAL
It's just around the corner!
By Paulette Lichtman-Panzer, OLLI
the six-day Fall for the Book Festival running from Sep 23–28. What
could be more enjoyable than seeing many of your favorite authors up
close and personal and having an opportunity to ask them questions? The
festival celebrates literature, learning, and all types of books (both
fiction and nonfiction), poetry, and plays.
A very short list of the prime time
authors includes Mitch Albom, Jonathan Lethem, Alice McDermott, Walter
Isaacson, and Rita Mae Brown. For you poetry lovers, there are Nikki
Giovanni and Mark Strand. And the best part -- all events are free.
Meryle Secrest is the bestselling author of
nine biographies, including Somewhere
for Me: A Biography of Richard Rodgers
, Frank Lloyd Wright
and Duveen: A Life
. Her most recent
book is Shoot the Widow: Adventures
of a Biographer in Search of Her Subject
, and she will be
appearing in our very own Tallwood meeting room at 4:00 on Mon, Sep 24.
Be there and learn about the many challenges of writing a biography …
from overprotective family members, to death threats, to growing too
close to her subject.
Scott Berg is the author of Grand Avenues: The story of the Visionary
Who Designed Washington, D.C.
He will be speaking in Reston at
the Lake Anne Church on Thu, Sep 27, at 2:00.
Other events will be held at Mason, and OLLI
has conveniently arranged for buses to get you there so you don't have
to worry about parking. And please
take note that Rita
Mae Brown is newly scheduled to
speak at 6:00 on Wed, Sep 26, at the Johnson Center Cinema.
If you have any questions, email or call
for the Book Website
(complete list of daytime and evening events,
list of participants, etc.)
Bus transportation from Tallwood to Mason with block of seats reserved
for OLLI members: Walter
, Sun, Sep 23, 4:45 bus; Mitch
, Tue, Sep 25, bus 7:15; Rick
, Wed, Sep 26, 4:15 bus (note
this is a new time, with a new location: Concert Hall); Nikki
, Fri, Sep 28, bus 11:15.
At Tallwood: Meryle
, Mon, Sep 24, 4:00.
At Lake Anne: Scott Berg
Thu, Sep 27, 2:00.
Italian conversation club
By Janet Buck,
|ARE THERE OTHER OLLI MEMBERS, like
me, who miss the opportunity to improve their Italian speaking
If you are interested in forming an Italian
Conversation Club that
would meet once a week during terms, please contact me. Once
of interested members is compiled, a get-together will be arranged to
form the guidelines for the club.
DO YOU HAVE A COMPUTER
you want to get rid of? After a little research, I discovered a place
convenient to Tallwood where you can easily donate your PC.
Enterprises, Inc., 3975 University Dr., Suite 225, Fairfax (a block
down from Old Town Hall in Fairfax City), is a
"community Microsoft authorized refurbisher." The company refurbishes
donated computers for local charities that provide computers to
They want only the hardware (no software), and
they wipe the hard drives clean before donating them. Just to be sure,
I wiped the hard drives myself, using a free program recommended by
the Washington Post'
it's called Darik's
Boot and Nuke
. You copy the program to a floppy or CD, then reboot
the computer so the program starts from the floppy or CD. Takes awhile
(six hours to wipe two large drives), but it does a thorough job. Of
course, before wiping any drives you would want
to transfer all essential data to another computer or to CD/DVD.
Back to top
employee with a cart took my PC up to the company's offices, and
the receptionist gave me a charitable contribution acknowledgment.
contact at Sensei is Mike
; telephone 703-359-0700. Disclaimer:
I have no
connection with or financial interest in Sensei or Darik's Boot and
OLLI CYCLING CLUB
New club being formed in Reston
|INTERESTED IN CYCLING? A
new Cycling Club is being formed in Reston. The first meeting, without
bicycles, will be held at Lake Anne Coffee House on Wed, Sep 19, at
9:00 am. The purpose of this meeting is to organize the club and decide
on such things as frequency, length and pace for rides. We will
accommodate riders of all levels and abilities.
For further details, contact Ben Gold,
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or in the box in the Tallwood social room or on one of the "parking
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Profile of Leo Brennan
Chair of the Economics & Finance Resource Group
By Elizabeth Crawford, OLLI
JOINING OLLI THREE YEARS AGO,
Brennan enrolled in finance courses to pursue his interest in personal
money management. Soon he included economics courses as well because
they provide an understanding of the local, national, and international
issues that affect personal financial decisions.
A year later Bob Bohall recruited Leo to take
over as chair of the Economics & Finance Resource Group, a position
he takes very seriously. While all resource groups strive to present
courses to enlighten and entertain our members, Economics & Finance
has a special responsibility: what members learn in these courses can
determine real-life decisions on estate planning, identity protection,
or survival on a fixed income.
Leo and his group share the general challenge
to develop courses and find instructors to teach them, but they have an
added responsibility--to keep out the wolves who would prey on
relatively affluent senior citizens. Instructors in literature courses
will not try to sell us a poem, but representatives of financial
organizations may volunteer to speak with sales in mind. Leo must set
guidelines to ensure speakers present an informed but balanced view on
complicated topics affecting our financial well being.
Leo says, "The only person in charge of your
financial future is the person you see in the mirror daily." He is
pleased to be in a position of service, to arrange courses that tell
members "what they need to know to enjoy retirement."
of Leo by Gordon Canyock
COMING EVENTS AT THE
CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Arts and music events at Mason, Sep 14-23
|Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Dr. L. Subramaniam, Classical Indian Violin
|A "Grand" Piano Celebration
All Steinway School Piano Dedication & Celebration Concert
Featuring Mason’s Piano Faculty and Scholarship Students
|Dr. L. Subramaniam composed Freedom
Symphony particularly for this performance, to celebrate the 60th
Anniversary of India’s independence. He is called the Paganini of
Indian classical music. The work features his wife, Kavita, said to be
one of India’s most celebrated Hindi film singers.
Sat, Sep 15, at 8:00
Admission: $55, $45, $35, $25
eight scholarship students who will perform is Min Son, whose OLLI
scholarship allows him to combine a piano performance major with
pre-med studies. Faculty artists will include OLLI instructors
Dr. Linda Monson, pianist, and Professor Patricia Miller,
mezzo-soprano; Dr. Anna Balakerskaia, pianist, and Miron Yampolsky,
Sun, Sep 16, at 4:00
Admission: $10 seniors, $15 adults, students free
Reception immediately following in the Concert Hall Grand Tier III
||Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel
Sep 23, at 6:00
Concert Hall Lobby
|Known for his concerts with commentary,
Siegel presents works of Gershwin, Bernstein and Copland. This is the
first of his four concerts this season.
Sun, Sep 23, at 7:00
Admission: $38, $30, $19
Family Friendly: Children 12 and under, half price with an adult
Other events at Mason
By Barbara Kyriakakis, OLLI
|> Poster Sale - Beyond the
Wall Poster Sale in the Johnson Center Patriot Corner on the Atrium
level, 10:30-7:30, ends Fri, Sep 14. Stop by and pick up some wall
decorations and gifts.
MASON DAY at the
Washington Nationals Game
– Mason’s Alumni Association is currently selling tickets for the
Washington Nationals vs. Atlanta Braves game on Sun, Sep 16, at 1:35 at
RFK Stadium. Tickets: $15; seating in section
518 directly above home plate. Contact Darren Silvis, Office of
Alumni Affairs, 703-993-3847, to purchase tickets.
- "What Was the Founding Generation Thinking?" Featuring panelists
Claire Snyder and Jim Pfiffner (political scientists), and Roger Mellen
and Randolph Scully (historians). Sponsored by The
Democracy Project and Student Media. Panel will take place on Mon,
Sep 17, at noon in the JC Cinema. Cake and coffee served afterward.
> Art Exhibit - Editorial Cartoons,
curated by Lynne Constantine. Mon, Sep 17-Fri, Sep 21. Free. Johnson
Center Gallery 123.
Visual Voices Lecture
Dunlap, "Look at it — Think about it," at the Harris Theater on
Thu, Sep 20, 7:30-9:00.
> A Day with Adobe at
George Mason University
- Patriot Computers, the Mason Media Lab and Women in Film & Video
are co-hosting two Adobe CS3 (Web and video tools) workshops on Fri,
Sep 21, from 9:00 to
4:30. Parking and boxed lunches will be provided. $10 with Mason ID.
Registration required. Contact Charlotte Rinderknecht for more
information at 703-993-3988.
Non-class events at OLLI for the next two
list covering the
next two weeks is extracted for your
convenience from the master calendar maintained by the office (see the OLLI
Staff Forecast of Non-Class Events
for more details and to view the
actual OLLI online calendar used by the office). Board,
committee, resource-group and
'membership-type' meetings/events below are highlighted
in bold. OLLI members are
welcome at all Board, committee and resource-group meetings (except
14 Confirmation letters
received in members' homes
10am Recorder Group - TA-2
10:30am Homer Book Club - Annex
11am Membership Committee
meeting - TA-1
17 Fall Term Begins
1pm Lake Anne Bridge Club - Lake Anne Church
Tuesday Sep 18
8:15am Reston Walking Group - Lake Anne Plaza
Wednesday Sep 19
1:30pm Bridge - TA-3
2pm Genealogy Club - TA-2
2pm Special Event 956 - "The War" - TA-1
Friday Sep 21
9:30am Drama Club
10am Classic Fiction Book Club - Reston Regional
10am Recorder Group - TA-2
10:30am New Member Coffee
1:30pm Homer Book Club - Annex
Sunday Sep 23
4:45pm Fall for the Book Spec Event 951 - Bus Departs
Tallwood Parking Lot for Harris Theater
Monday Sep 24 1pm
Lake Anne Bridge Club - Lake Anne Church
4pm Fall for the Book Spec Event 952 - TA-1
Tuesday Sep 25
8:15am Reston Walking Group - Lake Anne Plaza
7:15pm Fall for the Book Spec Event 953 - Bus Departs
Tallwood Parking Lot for Dewberry Hall
Wednesday Sep 26
1:30pm Bridge - TA-3
2pm Spec Event 957 Plant-A-Holics - TA-1
Fall for the Book Spec Event 954 - Bus Departs Tallwood Parking Lot for
CFA Concert Hall
9:30am Drama Club
10am Recorder Group - TA-2
11:15am Fall for the Book Spec Event 955 - Bus
departs Tallwood for Johnson Center
12pm Spec Event 958 Lets Do Lunch - Jaipur Royal
1:30pm Homer Book Club - Annex
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