E-News #48-07 of December 21, 2007
December 21, 2007
||TODAY, DEC 21: WINTER
BE CLOSED from Mon, Dec 24, through Fri, Jan 4.
> NO OLLI E-NEWS FOR NEXT TWO WEEKS.
First issue of 2008 will be Fri, Jan 11. Please submit articles/notices
LOUDOUN OPEN HOUSE:
11:00 Tue, Jan 8. All members invited.
||> MEET THE NEW
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. From the president. By Pat Carroll
FAREWELL AND THANK YOU.
From the departing executive
director. By Dick
Last Friday's meeting. By Susanne Zumbro
> OLLI BOOK CLUB.
Tallwood at 10:00 on Wed, Jan 9.
> MADELINE LYNN.
Photo of our Loudoun
REGISTRY. No need to re-register.
||> OLLI'S SPECIAL
FORCES. Emmett Fenlon: History/International Studies/Current
Events Resource Group co-chair and Board
HIGHLIGHTS. Events at Mason. By Barbara Kyriakakis
ATTRACTIONS. Upcoming non-class
MEET THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
From the president
By Pat Carroll, President
FAREWELL AND THANK
|IN MY SEPARATE
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE OF TUE, DEC 18, I informed you that Thomas Clement
is our new executive director as of 2008. Mr. Clement, who goes by
"Thom," and I reached agreement this week on his terms of employment
effective Jan 1, 2008.
Thom graduated from Old Dominion with a degree
in psychology, received his master's degree in education from James
and obtained his Postgraduate Professional Certification in Elementary
Administration from George Mason.
The local Connection
Newspapers ran an interesting feature
story about Thom when he retired last year from the Fairfax County
School System after 31 years in education – click
here to see it.
Thom told the OLLI Board he was
looking for a new
career and I think we make an excellent fit for him.
From the departing executive director
I WISH I HAD
THE OPPORTUNITY TO
SAY A PERSONAL FAREWELL AND THANK YOU to all members of OLLI. It has been a
pleasure to be a part of this
community these last 28 months. I will carry away fond memories of
talented and dedicated members and an outstanding program of which we
all can be proud.
the outstanding staff in place, committed volunteer leadership,
dedicated volunteers, a supportive University administration and
faculty, and the addition of an excellent new executive director, all
of the ingredients are in place for OLLI's continued growth and success.
those who might wish to reach me, my personal email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
been my privilege to serve you ... farewell and thank you.
OLLI BOOK CLUB
Last Friday's meeting
By Susanne Zumbro
REGULAR MONTHLY MEETING OF THE OLLI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
at Tallwood on Fri, Dec 14, at 10:00.
President Pat Carroll called the meeting to order and welcomed guests
and new Board member Al Roe. Board members were urged to attend the
open house at our Loudoun campus on Jan 8.
Development Committee Chair John Woods
reported that so far $7,900 has been contributed to OLLI in response to
the Friends of OLLI solicitation
Treasurer Gordon Canyock introduced two
resolutions on behalf of the Finance Committee, and both were passed by
Dick Hibbert presented some preliminary ideas
about upgrading the annex and social room to improve their
functionality and appearance. The Board requested that Dick prepare a
preliminary design and cost estimate.
That in case there is no executive director on board, the Treasurer
will assume the responsibility to act as required under the provisions
in the Board Handbook related to Authorization for Expenditures,
Program Expenditures, and Budget Overruns.
The OLLI Board of Directors approves the proposed FY2008 Budget for the
Loudoun Program as presented by the Finance Committee.
Executive Director Dick Chobot thanked the
Board for the recognition he received at the recent reception that was
held in his honor. He reported on the following issues:
System: There was a minor glitch at the start of online registration
that caused a few individuals to receive an erroneous communication.
The problem was quickly fixed and the system is now operating normally.
Many of our members had not received their catalogs at the start of
registration. This was most likely as a result of bulk mailing and the
busy time of year.
We are currently seeking a proposal for the cost of running an
underground cable to replace our wireless connection in TA-2 and TA-3.
This will improve the quality of online connections to these classrooms
and the ED's office.
The Board passed the following resolutions:
At 12:30, Thomas Clement (the candidate
for the executive director position who had been recommended by the ED
Search Committee) gave a short presentation in open session to
directors and OLLI members present. The informal presentation covered
his background, qualifications and interest in the job. Afterwards, he
briefly chatted over coffee with directors.
The OLLI Board of Directors authorizes up to $4,000 from the Friends of
OLLI Fund for the purpose of upgrading the phone system at Tallwood.
Add Ann Hartmann, the OLLI Administrator, to the list of authorized
signers at the bank. Also, have a credit card issued to be used for
purchasing operating and administrative items such paper, folders,
printer supplies, coffee and cookies.
Back in session, the Board passed the
The OLLI Board of Directors empowers the president to make an offer to
Thomas Clement for the position of executive director and to work out
with him the details of a written employment agreement.
was adjourned at 1:05. The next meeting of the OLLI Board
of Directors will be held at Tallwood on Fri, Jan 18, at
10:00. All OLLI members are welcome to attend.
Meets at Tallwood at 10:00 on Wed, Jan 9
OLLI BOOK CLUB will
be meeting at Tallwood on Wed, Jan 9, at 10:00. The book for discussion
is Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's
Tale (photo of
at right). All OLLI
members are welcome.
This winter Mason's Diane Coppage will be
teaching "Margaret Atwood: A Sampler," course #402, on Tuesdays at
Tallwood. See the catalog for
Photo of our Loudoun Site Administrator
Loudoun Site Administrator Madeline Lynn was first introduced
September, we did not have
a photo of her. Now we do, and we welcome Madeline again.
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No need to re-register
|AN OLLI MEMBER pointed out that
people who signed up for the Do-Not-Call registry in 2003 are nearing
the registry's five-year time limit -- after which their numbers can
again be used by solicitors. However, the National Do Not Call Registry
provides some good news:
will not expire. The Federal Trade Commission
will not drop any telephone numbers from the National Do Not Call
Registry based on a five-year expiration period pending final
Congressional or agency action on whether to make registration
permanent. Read more about it at http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2007/10/dnctestimony.shtm.
Emmett Fenlon: History/International
Studies/Current Events Resource Group co-chair and Board member
By Elizabeth Crawford, OLLI E-News
IN 2000 WHILE EMMETT FENLON
was still working, he took one
vacation day per week to attend OLLI courses. Eager to participate
full-time when he retired in 2005, Emmett joined the
History/International Studies/Current Events and the Economics/Finance
Resource Groups. In the spring of 2007, he was invited to co-chair
History/International Studies/Current Events with Bob Bohall and
Following graduation from LeMoyne College,
Syracuse, New York (BS degree) and from the Maxwell School of Syracuse
University (MA degree), Emmett worked as an economist for the
government. After completion of his law degree from Georgetown
University, he worked in the counsel's office of the Federal Aviation
Administration, where he served as a senior attorney and a
For the History/International Studies/Current
Events Resource Group, Emmett enjoys planning courses and
finding and encouraging potential instructors. Since his election to
the OLLI Board of Directors in May 2007, he helped rewrite the job
description of the executive director as a member of that committee
and more recently has been serving on the search committee for the
Emmett considers his service to OLLI time well
spent, a "giving back" in appreciation for what he has gained from our
Events at Mason
By Barbara Kyriakakis, OLLI
| • Handel’s Messiah
- The public is
invited to a free
performance of the Christmas portion of George Frederick Handel’s Messiah on Sat, Dec 22, 7:30 at
Grace United Methodist Church, 9750 Wellington Rd., Manassas, featuring
a community choir made up of members from Grace UMC, George Mason
University, St. Mark's UMC, and McLean High School. Scott Glysson, a
recent graduate of George Mason, will conduct the performance.
- One game before Christmas, and a doubleheader on Dec 30.
Mason women's basketball team will be in action on Sat, Dec 22 at
1:00 to take on Fordham at the Patriot Center. Adult tickets $5;
men's and women's basketball teams will host a doubleheader at the
Patriot Center on Sun, Dec 30. The women will play Winthrop at 1:30
followed by the men's game vs. Liberty at 5:30. Take advantage of the
Mason Holiday Special and purchase a ticket for just $10. One ticket is
good for both games. Tickets are available at the Patriot Center Box
Office or at Ticketmaster.com.
Non-class events at OLLI for the next
list covering the
next several weeks is extracted for your
convenience from the master calendar maintained by the office (see the Forecast
of Non-Class Events
for more details, including active links to
information, and to view the
actual 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).
Dec 21 Registration Ends
Dec 24 OLLI CLOSED until
Jan 7 - Holidays
Jan 8 8:15am Reston Walking
Group - Lake Anne Plaza
Loudoun Open House
Jan 9 10am Tallwood Book Club
Bridge Club - TA-3
Jan 10 10am Investment Forum
Club - TA-1
Jan 11 9:30am Drama Club -
Recorder Group - TA-2
Italian Club - Annex
Homer Etc. Book Club - Annex
Jan 15 8:15am Reston Walking
Group - Lake Anne Plaza
Jan 16 10am Bridge Club -
Genealogy Club - TA-1
Let's Do Lunch - Jasmine Cafe-Lake Anne
Jan 17 10am Investment Forum
Club - TA-1
11am Fiction Writers' Club -
Jan 18 9:30am Drama Club -
Group - TA-2
Club - Annex
Board of Directors
Mtg - TA-1
Etc. Book Club - Annex
Jan 21 Winter Term
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