OLLI E-News #36-09 of September 25, 2009
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CONTENTS FOR FRI, SEP 25, 2009 Read about OLLI E-News
> MASON TEACHING EXCELLENCE. Congratulations to Dr. Linda Apple Monson, a regular OLLI instructor, who recently won a Mason 2009 Teaching Excellence Award. Read article.
> OLLI FLU CLINIC. Seasonal flu (not H1N1) shots will be provided at Tallwood on Fri, Oct 16, 1:00-3:00. Beginning on Mon, Sep 28, you can sign up in the office.
> OLLI SPIRITWEAR ITEMS. Coming soon: info about how you can order
long-sleeved shirts, sweatshirts, caps, and travel mugs with our "OLLI@George Mason University" logo.
> MORE NEW MEMBERS. Please welcome these new full members: Linda Hemm, Clifton; John Henkel, Falls Church; Norm Nelson, Springfield; and Nancy Summers, Alexandria.
> SOUNDS LIKE OLLI TO ME... From the executive director. By Thom Clement
> BOARD HIGHLIGHTS. Last Friday's Board meeting. By Rod Zumbro

> NORTHERN VIRGINIA SENIOR OLYMPIANS. OLLI members win medals this month.
> VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION RECEPTION. Celebrating our wonderful volunteers.
> OLLI BOOTH AT FESTIVALS. Volunteers needed for Fairfax City Fall Festival. By Carole Richard
> EYE ON RESTON. An update of interest to all OLLI members. By Sharon Gilman
> MASON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances at Mason. By Jan Bohall
> MASON HIGHLIGHTS. Other events at Mason.
. Non-class events at OLLI for the next two weeks

From the executive director
By Thom Clement, Executive Director
MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO LIVED IN ROME from 106 to 43 BCE. He is widely considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists. Based on many of his writings, you might say that he was one of the original lifelong learning institute members. Here is a quote shared with me this week by OLLI member John Coffey:

From Cicero's essay, "On Old Age"--
      "So old age, you see, far from being sluggish and feeble, is really very lively, and perpetually active, and still busy with the pursuits of earlier years. Some people never stop learning, however old they are."

     According to Wikipedia, "Cicero is generally perceived to be one of the most versatile minds of ancient Rome. He introduced the Romans to the chief schools of Greek philosophy and created a Latin philosophical vocabulary, distinguishing himself as a linguist, translator, and philosopher ... Today, he is appreciated primarily for his humanism and philosophical and political writings."
     To the more than 880 members of OLLI-Mason, Cicero's description of "Old Age" rings a very familiar note. I think this wise Roman philosopher would have fit right in to any of our OLLI classrooms, don't you?

Last Friday's Board meeting
By Rod Zumbro, OLLI E-News Editor, Board member
THE OLLI BOARD OF DIRECTORS MET FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18. Executive Director Thom Clement and Treasurer David Mason presented and discussed the draft budget for calendar year 2010, which includes a recommended increase in full-membership dues from $350 to $365. The Board voted to increase dues to $365 starting with the winter term (begins January 25, 2010). This vote represents guidance for the final 2010 budget, which will be presented to the membership at the November 6 town meeting and to the Board, for official approval, at its November 20 meeting.
     Planning Committee Chair Valerie Braybrooke made a presentation on Pathways to the Future, a report to the Board that summarizes OLLI's current situation and recommends short-term and strategic actions in five areas (membership, program, facilities, finances and organization). Pathways will be the basis for an off-site Board retreat on October 23. OLLI members are welcome to read Pathways (click to view pdf document) and, if desired, contact OLLI with their views.
     After considerable discussion concerning Loudoun, the Board approved a resolution to formally accept the Loudoun program as an "integral and permanent part" of OLLI.
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OLLI members win medals this month

Palmer McGrew and Ave Tombes with their medals;
photos by Ceda McGrew and Jane Tombes.

  • Rich Deringer won two golds, in the 800-meter walk and the 1600-meter walk, and silver in the three-mile walk.
  • Ave Tombes won gold in the 200-meter run and silver in the 60-meter dash.
  • George Ewing won two silvers, in the backstroke and free-style.
  • Palmer McGrew won silver in free-style swim and two bronzes, in backstroke and half-mile.
  • Chester Myslicki (age group 90-94) won three golds, in breaststroke, backstroke and free-style.

Celebrating our wonderful volunteers

  Left photo by Eleanor White; right photo by Bill Walsh, office staff.
Click here to view slideshow of five photos taken by Tallwood Administrative Assistant Bill Walsh.

OLLI VOLUNTEERS WERE HONORED by the Board of Directors at a volunteer appreciation reception last Friday afternoon at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Some 200 volunteers were invited, and a large number of much-appreciated volunteers showed up for tasty snacks and drinks, casual conversation, brief remarks by President Emmett Fenlon, Executive Director Thom Clement and the event organizer, Membership Committee Chair Debbie Halverson, entertainment by the Drama Club (three Board members and one Board wife), and door prizes. An excellent time was had by all.
     For those invited who were unable to attend, favor packets will be available for you to pick up at the office where you most frequently attend classes--Tallwood, Lake Anne or Loudoun; please do so before October 8.

Note about slideshows. We have decided to change how we do photo slideshows in this newsletter. Rather than having the slideshow download and start playing automatically, we are letting you decide whether or not you wish to view the slideshow. If you want to see it, just click the image or the provided Web link. We hope you like this new option for our occasional slideshows.
-- Rod Zumbro, OLLI E-News Editor
Volunteers needed for Fairfax City Fall Festival
By Carole Richard, Booth Coordinator
THE NEXT (AND LAST) OLLI "BOOTH" EVENT OF THIS YEAR will be in Fairfax City on Saturday, October 10 (rain day Sunday, October 11), from 10:00 until 5:00. This is the Fairfax City Fall Festival--which, as many of you know, is a great place to start early holiday shopping and pick up some interesting freebies.
     We need two volunteers for each of the four shifts (9:30-11:30; 11:30-1:30; 1:30-3:30; 3:30-5:00). Please send me an email if you can help us by staffing this booth and getting the message out to those who do not know about OLLI.
     The previous OLLI booth.
Better late than never, our appreciation goes to Mel Goldfarb, Florence Adler, Louise Richardson, Susan Miller and Manny Pablo for helping staff the OLLI booth at the Burke Festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13 (OLLI shared the booth with Friends of Music and Friends of the Center for the Arts).

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: Emmett Fenlon
  • Executive Director: Thom Clement, phone 703-503-7866
  • OLLI Office, phone 703-503-3384
  • Tallwood Administrator/OLLI Registrar: Maria Buczek, phone 703-503-3384
  • Board members: See Organization page (to send an email to the entire Board, send it to the office or the OLLI E-News editor, and your message will be forwarded to all members of the Board)
  • Committee chairs, resource-group chairs: See Organization page
  • Suggestions: Online suggestion box
  • Letters to the editor or letters to Ms. Ollie Ettakit (etiquette matters): OLLI E-News Editor Rod Zumbro, phone 703-569-2750
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An update of interest to all OLLI members
By Sharon Gilman, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
ENROLLMENT FOR THE FALL TERM IS EXCELLENT. Thanks go to all the resource groups that develop and schedule OLLI programs. OLLI offers a total of 84 courses this term at the three locations. Reston accounts for 31% of these and Loudoun for 18%, so together Reston and Loudoun account for approximately half of the courses being offered.
     A combined Reston and Loudoun resource meeting was held last month to discuss ways in which the two locations can coordinate their efforts to schedule programs of high interest to members. In addition, many resource-group meetings were held with representation from all three campuses. As the members from the three campuses share their experiences and talents, OLLI will become a stronger and more viable Institute.
     OLLI at Reston will host an October Festival on Friday, October 2, from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Lake Anne Community Center featuring German beverages, food and music. All OLLI members are welcome to attend. There is a small $8.00 fee to cover most of the expenses. Sign-up sheets and envelopes for the fee (checks should be made payable to OLLI) are in the classrooms.
     Sixteen people from the greater Reston area joined OLLI this fall. We welcome all the new members and look forward to meeting and getting to know them. At the September 17 Reston membership meeting, we introduced a new-member recruitment drive called GRAM (Greater Reston Area Membership). We have set a goal of 40 new members to be recruited between September 1, 2009 and August 31, 2010. We are forming a Reston Membership Committee to help us with this initiative. If you'd like to join this committee, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Janet Cochran.
     OLLI at Reston has a group of dedicated members who put forth much time and effort that contribute to its success. To avoid some of our volunteers doing more than their fair share, more volunteers are needed to share in the responsibility for OLLI's future. Please contact Janet Cochran if you are willing to lend a helping hand.
     See you at the Lake.
Upcoming Mason performances, Sep 25-Oct 4

By Jan Bohall, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 1-888-945-2468 (phone orders are handled by tickets.com) or visit the Center for the Arts Box Office, Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00. More info on tickets at the CFA tickets page.

ARTS by George!
Brian Stokes Mitchell and
the American Festival Pops Orchestra

Sat, Sep 26, Gala 5:00, Concert 8:00
     This event supports student scholarships at the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the Great Performances season at the Center for the Arts. The gala includes a silent auction of art-related items, music by George Mason students and faculty, a sumptuous buffet, the concert by Mr. Mitchell, and a champagne reception afterward with the artist. Baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell has won a Tony for his work in Kiss Me Kate and has starred in other Broadway hits. He promises show tunes, ballads and love songs. Prof. Anthony Maiello will direct the American Festival Pops Orchestra.
Admission: Gala, $200
  Concert only, $60, $52, $30
Concert Hall
Come at 7:15 for a free artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.
Mason Wind Symphony   
Young People’s Concert
Wed, Sep 23, 10:00
Admission: Free, no tickets required
Concert Hall
Korean Studies Center Performance
Sun, Sep 27, 6:00
Admission: Free, no tickets required
Harris Theater
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
Glenn Quadar, conductor
Jon Manasse, clarinet

Sat, Oct 3, 8:00
     The group, under the direction of the associate conductor, Glenn Quadar, will perform an all-classical concert that will include Mendelssohn’s Overture to The Fair Melusina, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A Major, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4.
Admission: $55, $45, $35, $25
Concert Hall
Come at 7:00 for a free pre-concert lecture on Grand Tier III.

Other events at Mason

  • Fall for the Book - Last two days: Sep 25-26. Sponsors include OLLI and Mason.
  • Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics Speaker Series Event: National Health Reform - Robinson Hall, Room B434. "Will We See National Health Reform in 2009?" presented by Len Nichols, PhD, Director, Health Policy Program, New America Foundation. 12:00-2:00 Mon, Sep 28. Contact: Amanda Baer, abaer4@gmu.edu.
  • Mason Honoring WWII veterans - Mason will honor World War II veterans on Mon, Sep 28. The first two episodes of the 2001 television miniseries Band of Brothers will be shown at 1400 hours (2:00) in the Johnson Center Cinema. At 1900 (7:00) a panel discussion with World War II veterans will be conducted at the Harris Theater. Both events are free, open to the public. Details in this University News article. Also see Barbara Kyriakakis' E-News series about "Greatest Generation" OLLI members: Bill Helmantoler, Vince Boylan, Phil True, Chester Myslicki, David Watson, Joe Fulton, Al Smith and Gerry Holmes.
  • Creating Global Citizens - Peggy Levitt, Wellesley College and Harvard University, will present "Creating Global Citizens: National Museums in Sweden and Denmark." The event will be held in the Johnson Center Cinema on Tue, Sep 29, at 4:30. View pdf flyer.
-- Compiled by the editor.

Non-class events at OLLI for the next two weeks

THE FOLLOWING LIST covering the next two weeks is extracted for your convenience from the master calendar maintained by the office, with direct Web links added when available. See Upcoming Non-Class Events to view the real-time OLLI online calendar used by the office. Note: 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 during executive sessions).

Fri Sep 25   12:30pm   Loudoun Let's Eat Out - Clyde’s Willow Creek Farm
     9am    Bus Trip - F953, Let’s Spend a Day at the Zoo! - National Zoo
     9am    Recorder Lessons - TA-3
     9:30am    Photography Club - TA-1
     10am    Drama Club - TA-3
     10am    New Member Coffee - Annex
     10am    Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10:30am    Classic Fiction Book Club - Cascades Library
     11am    Homer Group - Social Room Annex
     1pm    Special Event - F976, Civil War Wives (FFTB) - Tallwood
Tue Sep 29     11am      Knitting and Needlework Club
     1pm     Special Event - 
L969, A Life of My Own - Loudoun
Wed Sep 30         1:45pm    Bridge Club - TA-3
Special Event - F954, Greetings from the Chairman - TA-1
Fri Oct 2         9am    Recorder Lessons - TA-3
     10am    Drama Club - TA-3
     10am    Recorder Consort - TA-2
     11am    Homer Group - Social Room Annex
     1pm    Special Event - 
F955, Native Plants - Tallwood
Tue Oct 6     11am      Knitting and Needlework Club
Wed Oct 7         10am     Special Events Resource Group Mtg - TA-2
     1:45pm     Bridge Club - TA-3
     2pm     History Club - TA-1
Fri Oct 9         9am     Recorder Lessons - TA-3
     10am     Drama Club - TA-3
     10am     Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10am     Travel Club - TA-1
     11am     Homer Group - Social Room Annex
     1pm     Special Event - 
F956, Defeating Cancer - Tallwood

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

Rod Zumbro

John West
Deputy Editor

Barbara Kyriakakis
Associate Editor
Review Team: Gordon Canyock, Michael Coyne, Barbara Kyriakakis, John West, Susanne Zumbro
Database Manager: Barbara Kyriakakis; Photo Editor: Michael Coyne
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Updated: September 25, 2009

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