#26-13 of June 28, 2013
June 28, 2013
Issue #26-13 of June 28, 2013
|> VISITATION TONIGHT FOR BOB HELLAND:
Former OLLI member Bob Helland's visitation is tonight, funeral service
tomorrow; see obituary below.
For Grand Camp participants to make "Happy Socks" for homeless cats;
see this E-News article for details.
SPRING BREAK 2014:
The Mason Center for Global Education's spring-break trip for
2014 is to Barcelona and the French Riviera, Mar 7–16 (note: OLLI's
spring term starts Mar 24, 2014). Open to all; view details. (See this E-News
article about the 2013 trip.)
OLLI CLOSED THURSDAY:
For the Independence Day holiday. Happy Fourth of July to all.
|ARTICLES AND NOTICES
HIGHLIGHTS. Last Friday's
Board of Directors meeting. By Rod Zumbro
ONE OF OUR NEW BOARD
elected director Steve Goldman. By Nancy Scarborough
> KICKOFF COFFEE LAST
New members socialize with seasoned members.
CATCH-UP. Announcing a special cooking newsletter. By Debbie Halverson
> THE GREAT GATSBY.
Class members meet for an after-class discussion. By Nancy Scheeler
OF THE MONTH. Selected by the Photography Club.
Former longtime OLLI member Bob Helland.
CORNER. Courtesy of the OLLI Poetry Workshop.
ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By Jan Bohall
> HYLTON ARTS AND
MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By
events at OLLI.
CONTACT INFORMATION. How to contact OLLI.
Last Friday's Board of Directors meeting
OLLI BOARD OF DIRECTORS
|Acting Executive Director John Woods and
President Martha Scanlon with the big, signed 'thank you' card received
from the Mason support staff after last week's appreciation lunch at
Tallwood hosted by OLLI (click here to
view E-News article). Photo by Beth Davis.
met on Friday, June 21
at Tallwood. As reported in last week's E-News
, the new Board elected
Martha Scanlon as president, Beth Lambert as vice president, David
Mason as treasurer and Janet Cochran as secretary; term of office is
for one year. President Martha Scanlon advised that she has resigned as
chair of the Member Services Committee; volunteers to fill that
position should contact Martha.
Director Ernestine Meyer, the OLLI webmaster,
provided an update on the current efforts to redesign the OLLI website
using state-of-the-art technology. The initial work is being performed
by the contractor, Earthcare Technologies Inc., with input from
the OLLI website team – after which OLLI will copy content from the
existing website to the new website. When completed later this year,
the website will use the same Internet address so the change will be
transparent to OLLI members using the site.
Director Debbie Halverson provided an update on the
OLLI Grand Camp scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, noting that there are
Acting Executive Director John Woods reported
that OLLI has a record-high membership of 1,081 members and that income
is above budget, with expenses below budget. Treasurer Dave Mason
that OLLI was "doing well" financially.
There was considerable discussion concerning the
large number of closed summer courses and the resulting large number of
wait-listed status received by many members. Russell Stone and Glenn
Kamber, both newly elected directors, and Bill Reader, a continuing
director, volunteered to work with John Woods on a special ad hoc
committee to analyze the wait-listing issue and report back to the
Board at the next meeting.
The next Board meeting
will be held on Friday, July 19 at 10:00 in TA-1. All OLLI
members are invited to attend.
ONE OF OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Goldman; photo by Gordon
Bottom: Janet & Steve at Grand
Newly elected director Steve Goldman
By Nancy Scarborough, OLLI E-News
STEVE GOLDMAN, NEW
BOARD MEMBER and chair of
the Religious Studies Program Planning Group, is not just an
intellectual achiever. His softer side is shown as a husband, father of
two daughters, grandfather of three, and devoted owner of two guinea
pigs that will make their third appearance at OLLI’s Grand Camp this
Steve and his wife, Janet, canceled their
vacation this year to take care of one of the guinea pigs, Luke
Herbert, who has cancer. Steve is still hopeful that both Luke Herbert
and Saralea Hope, the other guinea pig, will be at Grand Camp.
When he is not at OLLI, you might find Steve
at an Orioles baseball game or a Johns Hopkins (three degrees in
International Relations) lacrosse game, or even in the kitchen cooking
“as my grandmother taught me.”
At the time of his retirement in 2007, Steve
was director of the Office of Nonproliferation and Treaty Compliance
at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He is still interested in strategic
trade controls and national security policy, and continues as a
consultant in this area. He declares, however, that “developing courses
and lectures for our Religious Studies program is currently my
principal intellectual activity.”
This summer, Steve is teaching a five-session
'teaching and sharing' seminar on “Faith, Doubt and Tradition” and a
six-session lecture course on “Difficult Texts of the Bible.” He began
teaching biblical doctrine at OLLI in the fall of 2008 and joined OLLI
as a member shortly thereafter. He has taught at OLLI every term since
Steve enjoys “teaching and interacting with
people who are profoundly interested in the subject matter.” He spends
a “great deal of time preparing” his courses; his reward comes from
“knowing that the OLLI participants enjoyed the classes and gained new
He was “honored when asked to run as a
candidate for the Board of Directors” and will do all he can to “ensure
that OLLI continues to grow and provide expanded learning
KICKOFF COFFEE LAST FRIDAY
New members socialize with seasoned members
IN THE ABOVE PHOTO,
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new members introduce
themselves at the Kickoff Coffee on Jun 21, 2013 at Tallwood. Click
image or click here
to view eight photos of the event (online now but not available
indefinitely). All photos, including the banner image at the top of
were taken by Dan Feighery.
Announcing a special cooking newsletter
Halverson, Culinary Coordinator
RECEIVED A FEW
the door closed on some of you who wanted to get into the three "Summer
Soups and Salads" classes that are ongoing these several weeks. We
listed them individually so that people would have more flexibility
with their schedules and vacations and take however many of the classes
as they liked. We certainly were able to accommodate more than the
usual dozen that my regular classes can hold. As it happens, the
rosters for these classes have almost completely different students
signed up. Even so, there were wait lists, and the disgruntled folks
have told me they would try to get into my fall classes. I’ve had to
tell them that I don’t plan on teaching in the fall – I'm taking a
sabbatical to get a little rest.
I can put together an impromptu class in the
fall, if classroom space should be available, for unique classes. One
might be on knife skills, if folks let me know they would like to have
such a class.
However, I do have a plan to reach those of
you who want to continue with your cooking-learning program: I will put out a
newsletter to whomever
wishes to be on a special email list.
contain tips and recipes, yours and mine ... whatever I think will
interest those of you who sign up. For example: My recent trip to
Denmark brought me home with an addiction to the famous Danish hot dog.
I am now in the process of locating the special ingredients that go
into replicating this famous frank. I think I have found what I need
but am waiting on delivery of two major parts. So the result of that
will be in the newsletter, which I’ll begin about August 1st. Let me
if you wish to be
Class members meet for an after-class
By Nancy Scheeler,
MEMBERS OF THE SPRING CLASS
|OLLI members who gathered to discuss the
film The Great Gatsby are, from left to right: Gail Ryan, Nancy
Lavona Poe, Dr. Chad Schmidt, Diane Rosacker and Jeanette Hohlstein.
Photo by Jim Scheeler.
“The Mysteries of
Critical/Literary Theory” (R413
recently met with our instructor at my home to discuss the new film The Great Gatsby
During the class, the novel The Great Gatsby
was the center of
a multifaceted discussion driven by the class’s examination of various
critical movements influencing the interpretation of literature from
the middle of the twentieth century to the present. The film version,
released after the end of the spring term, drew the class together one
more time for a round of lively exchanges about the strength and
weaknesses of the film, how they related to the novel, and the film’s
message for people today.
Dr. Chad Schmidt, class instructor, is an
assistant professor of English at Shepherd University, Shepherdstown,
West Virginia. He fascinated OLLI members with his meld of the literary
and the philosophical that extended from The Great Gatsby
to our lives
today. During the upcoming fall term, Dr. Schmidt will teach a course
in Reston on “Literature and the Bible” that will examine the
multiplicity of interpretations of ancient texts.
Selected by the Photography Club
THE JUNE PHOTO
of the Month theme was
“Flowers and Foliage.” We selected Rita Leake's photo “Chrysanthemum,”
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
Former longtime OLLI member Bob Helland
of Cary, North Carolina, formerly of Burke,
Virginia, died on Sunday, June 23, 2013. Bob was a longtime OLLI member
(1998–2010) and an active OLLI volunteer – Tallwood office volunteer,
class liaison and Audiovisual Support Committee member. Visitation is tonight (June 28); funeral
service is tomorrow (June 29); see below.
The following is extracted
from the death
published in The Washington Post
on June 27, 2013.
Helland – Loving husband of the late Mary Copeland Helland;
loving and devoted father to Matthew Helland, Katie Helland LaNasa
(Jon) and Patrick Helland; brother of Jeanice Holtzer; "Peepaw" of
Peyton, Luke and Evelyn LaNasa. The family will receive friends at
Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, VA [five minutes from Tallwood; see Google
maps link] on Friday, June 28 from 6 to 8 pm, where services will
be held on Saturday, June 29 at 10 am. Interment at Fairfax Memorial
Courtesy of the OLLI Poetry Workshop
A chipmunk scurried
across the hard-packed March snow
or maybe a leaf
High in the ancient
oak reigns a majestic bird
oh no, it’s a branch
the world is brighter
shapes sharper, hues more vibrant
gifts of new lenses
Carolyn F. Wyatt
MASON-FAIRFAX ARTS AND MUSIC
Performances, Jun 28–July 7
Jan Bohall, OLLI E-News Staff
1-888-945-2468 or buy online
(phone and online orders are handled by tickets.com; a service charge
applies) or visit the Center for the Arts Box Office, Tue-Sat,
10:00-6:00. More info on tickets is at the CFA tickets page.
|Ovations Strings Camp Concert
Fri, Jun 28, 7:00
This concert closes out a week of concentration on chamber music for
students in grades 7 through 12, offered by the Potomac Arts Academy of
George Mason. Students spend an enriching week with Mason faculty and
instructors from the community, then perform in an orchestra on Friday
Admission: Free, non-ticketed
HYLTON ARTS AND MUSIC
Manassas performances, Jun 28–July 7
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
|Castleton Festival at the Hylton:
An Italian Extravaganza
Dinner and Concert
Sun, Jun 30
Dinner at 5:00 and/or concert at 7:00
Dinner admission: $75
Celebrate all things Italian with an elegant dinner prepared by chef
Louis Patierno of Panino and Girasole restaurants, featuring a seasonal
menu of award-winning Italian cuisine paired with wine.
The concert features the Castleton Festival
Orchestra conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel presenting highlights of
Italian opera. Guest soloists are soprano Elizabeth Futral, tenor
Jonathan Burton and baritone Corey Crider. For details, click here
Concert admission: $60, $45, $30
|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
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
Director: John Woods, phone
- OLLI Office, phone 703-503-3384
Administrator/Registrar: Kerin Braudaway,
members: See Organization
page (Note: To send an
email to the entire Board, send it to the OLLI
administrator or the OLLI E-News
asking that it go to the
Board, and your message will be forwarded to all members of the Board)
chairs and program planning group chairs: See this part
of our website's Organization
the editor or letters to Ms. Ollie Ettakit (etiquette matters): OLLI E-News Editor Rod Zumbro
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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