OLLI E-News #37-10 of October 1, 2010
Issue #37-10 of Oct 1, 2010
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> DRAMA CLUB CANCELED. OLLI Drama Club is canceled until further notice.
> OLLI SENIOR OLYMPIANS. If you won medals at the recent Northern Virginia Senior Olympics, email the editor with details; we'll publish accomplishments in a future issue.

> IT'S TIME TO TRULY WELCOME LOUDOUN TO FULL OLLI MEMBERSHIP. About the proposed resolution on Loudoun membership and dues. By Thom Clement and David Mason
> DIRECTOR PROFILE. Stan Schretter – new Board member. By Sharon Gilman
> NEW MEMBER COFFEE. Big turnout for last Friday's New Member Coffee.
> FLU SHOT CLINIC. Fri, Oct 8, 1:00 to 3:00, Tallwood.

> MEMBER'S BOOK TO BE PUBLISHED. Poem from the upcoming book.
> HISTORY CLUB. Wed, Oct 6 – The Great Irish Potato Famine.

> PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB.  Fri, Oct 8 – Making of Serenissima: Venice in Winter.
> POET'S CORNER. Selected by the OLLI Poetry Workshop.
> MASON ARTS AND MUSIC. Upcoming performances. By Jan Bohall

> MASON HIGHLIGHTS. Other Mason events. By Helen Ackerman

> COMING ATTRACTIONS. Upcoming non-class events at OLLI.


About the proposed resolution on Loudoun membership and dues

By Executive Director Thom Clement and Treasurer David Mason
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT OLLI at George Mason University is currently considering a proposal that will truly bring the full OLLI experience to members wherever they live in Northern Virginia. As many members know, the OLLI program was expanded into Loudoun County in 2007 at the request of the University to support the new Mason campus there. In order to stimulate interest in the program, retirees in Loudoun initially were invited to participate by paying a small fee based on the number of courses they took. In the fall of 2008, a "Loudoun-Only" membership was instituted as a temporary means to create the sense of belonging that had defined the culture of our Institute since its inception as the Learning in Retirement Institute at George Mason University in 1991. For reduced annual membership dues, this temporary option restricted members to courses offered at the Loudoun site in Sterling.
     The full text of the current proposal is provided below. The basic idea is that 2011 will be a transitional year during which Loudoun residents and current Loudoun-only members will be given the unrestricted opportunity to register for courses and activities at all OLLI sites -- Loudoun, Reston and Fairfax -- for reduced annual membership dues of $250. There will no longer be the "Loudoun-only" option. Following that one-time opportunity, all members will pay the same full annual membership dues when they renew or join in 2012.
     Proponents of this plan are convinced that the quality and quantity of program offerings have steadily increased to the point that these annual membership dues represent a bargain even if a member does not want to drive to more than one OLLI location. However, they hope that the transitional dues structure will serve to encourage participation by Loudoun members in Reston and, at least occasionally, in Fairfax.

Proposed Resolution for Consideration by the OLLI Board of Directors on October 15
Resolved, the Board approves that the Loudoun-Only membership and dues end with the fall 2010 term and transition to full membership privileges and course access at all OLLI campuses.
     2011 Loudoun transitional dues of $250 are established for those OLLI members (eligible members) who are Loudoun County residents (with a Loudoun County ZIP code) at the time of their 2011 annual registration (includes current OLLI members or new OLLI members), or who paid Loudoun-Only dues for their 2010 annual registration in any 2010 term, regardless of their address.
     Eligible members who paid their 2010 annual registration in any 2010 term will pay the 2011 Loudoun transitional dues upon their 2011 annual registration, and full dues upon their 2012 annual registration. The 2011 Loudoun transitional dues can be used once and cannot be renewed. Full dues will apply to all OLLI members in 2012.
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Stan Schretter
Stan Schretter – new Board member

By Sharon Gilman, OLLI E-News staff writer 
ACCORDING TO NEW BOARD MEMBER STAN SCHRETTER, his wife and daughters use one word to describe him: geek. At the age of 13, to the dismay of his tolerant parents, Stan joined a group of friends operating ham radio, then wired his home with antennas. His love of technology has morphed into things like iPods, computers, laptops . . . and a Kindle that is never far from his reach. This love guided Stan into becoming an electrical engineer and spending almost 40 years trying to apply technology to key problems in aerospace, defense and intelligence. Along the way, merging his love of ham radio and computers, he developed award-winning PC software used by radio operators world-wide to remotely control their ham-radio stations via the Internet.
     More recently Stan has rekindled his interest in photography, since the "clean" digital darkroom has replaced the "messy" darkroom of the film era. He joined OLLI in 1995, attending OLLI classes part-time while he was still working. For the past five years Stan has taught OLLI classes on subjects like photography, the Holocaust and the Internet. In addition to taking OLLI classes, he is a student at George Mason University. He studies visual technology, photography, religion and computers. Stan will be traveling, along with a class in Conservation Photography, to Costa Rica in January 2011; he calls it "Youthhostel."
     Stan and his wife Judy graduated from Brown University, and they have lived in Reston for 35 years. Judy works as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and supports Stan's activities during his well-earned retirement. They both love to travel and spoil their four grandchildren, ages 9, 7, 5 and 2 ½.
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Big turnout for last Friday's New Member Coffee

Photo by Eleanor White.
Click photo or click here to view slideshow of photos by Dan Feighery.
A LARGE TURNOUT OF OLLI MEMBERS who joined this fall met with many current members and some of OLLI's leadership last Friday morning to enjoy conversation and assorted sweets and savories provided by our wonderful Hospitality Subcommittee. After a brief welcome by President Manny Pablo, Executive Director Thom Clement spoke about our Institute and then turned the microphone over to several key individuals who explained various aspects of the OLLI experience.

Fri, Oct 8, 1:00 to 3:00, Tallwood

THE OLLI FLU SHOT CLINIC WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 at Tallwood. Sign up in the OLLI office for a 15-minute time slot (or you may sign up by calling 703-503-3384 or sending an email). More details follow.

  • The shot includes both the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines.
  • The cost is $30, cash or check only. If you plan to use your Medicare Part B, members must have their card with them, not just the number.
  • Check-in at TA-1 first; the shot is given in the social room annex.
  • A new shot is also available as an option at OLLI this year – the Fluzone High-Dose Vaccine. Fluzone HD is designed for those 65 years and older and contains four times the amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody) contained in regular flu shots. According to the CDC, "Human immune defenses become weaker with age, which places older people at greater risk of severe illness from influenza. Also, aging decreases the body's ability to have a good immune response after getting influenza vaccine. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is supposed to give older people a better immune response and therefore better protection against flu." More information about the high dose vaccine can be found by visiting this CDC Web site page. The cost of the Fluzone HD is $45, which will be paid by Medicare if you show your card.

Submitted by Maria Buczek, Tallwood Site Administrator.
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Poem from the upcoming book
ONE OF OUR NEW MEMBERS, PATRICIA DALY-LIPE, IS THE AUTHOR of a book entitled Messages From Nature, newly revised and scheduled to be published by the end of October. The book contains short stories and vignettes about animals and nature, including adventures on the high seas. Following is one of several poems that will be included in the book.

A Poetic Meditation

On this earth, there is oneness.
A rhythmic flow, a great symphony that is life.
Trees with roots, stems and leaves
Shells, fins, furs and wings, all living things.
Each has a purpose and to each, an end
And then . . . a new beginning.

Let us recapture the imagination of a child
See once more the mystery, beauty and joy of God
Playing within and behind, beyond and above.
Unite with the intimacy of commitment.
Trust takes time
But the gift is there . . .waiting.

Read more about Patricia and her books at her Web site www.literarylady.com.
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Wed, Oct 6 – The Great Irish Potato Famine
THE OLLI HISTORY CLUB WILL HOLD its kickoff meeting for the 2010-2011 season at Tallwood on Wednesday, October 6, from 2:00 - 3:30. OLLI member and frequent presenter Almuth Payne will discuss "The Great Irish Potato Famine." There will be a short discussion at the beginning of the meeting when Jim Hubbard will ask for opinions about a new course he is contemplating teaching.
All OLLI members, especially new members, are welcome; no registration is required. Bring a friend.
Submitted by Bob Persell, History Club Coordinator.
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Fri, Oct 8 – Making of Serenissima: Venice in Winter
AT THIS MONTH'S MEETING (9:30 ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8), nationally acclaimed author and photographer Frank Van Riper (photo at right) and his wife Judith Goodman will discuss the making of their award-winning table-top hardcover book, Serenissima: Venice in Winter. This book of black and white photographs and essays documents that floating city after tourists have left.
     They will present a PowerPoint slideshow as well as a video on their six-year project to document life in Venice when it becomes, however briefly, a living breathing city in the fog and mist of winter. OLLI members interested in books, travel and/or photography are welcome to enjoy this special presentation.
     For more information about the book, see the Web site www.veniceinwinter.com. Copies of the book will be available for sale and inscription at a 20% discount price of $40.

Contributed by Photography Club Coordinator Dan Feighery.


Selected by the OLLI Poetry Workshop


The stupid boy who sold the family cow
for three beans suddenly became a public hero.
Heady stuff; Jack, now a famous giant killer,
found fame gone skyward from ground zero.

His fortune, too, was much improved; his
pants pockets were weighted with eggs of gold.
Bad luck, misfortune and poverty were past,
Lucky, perchance, from the cow that he sold.

The neighbors celebrated his good fortune;
but questions arise that cannot be stilled—
 a goose that laid eggs of gold; a giant,
a fatal fall; or was he feloniously killed?

Issues of credibility abound,
that compel us further to look around.

Ivan Dietrich

Upcoming performances, Oct 1-10

By Jan Bohall, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
FOR TICKETS, call 1-888-945-2408 (phone orders are handled by tickets.com) or visit the Center for the Arts Box Office, Tue-Sat, 10:00-5:00. More info on tickets at the CFA tickets page.

Sat, Oct 2, 8:00
Sun, Oct 3, 4:00
     Founder and artistic director Moses Pendleton will follow the rhythms of the New England seasons, the evolution of the world and the passing of a day, in this green-themed production. Flowers bloom, go to seed and die. Vegetable, animal and mineral—all dancers—combine and metamorphose. Costumes and props are by Michael Curry, from Broadway's The Lion King.
Admission: $46, $38, $23
Concert Hall
Come at 7:15 for a free pre-performance artistic discussion on Grand Tier III.
Mason Players
Studio Series
Kimberly Akimbo
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Maxie Morales
Thu, Fri, Sat, Oct 7, 8, 9, 8:00
Sat & Sun, Oct 9 & 10, 2:00
     Abaire's mix of ironic absurdity and dysfunctional relationships has Kimberly as a 16-year-old girl aging at four times the usual rate, so she appears to be a 60-plus-year-old woman. Both her father and mother appear much younger than she does. Her father, an alcoholic, is mired in his domestic life, and her mother is pregnant and a hypochondriac. Aunt Debra visits and plans a criminal adventure with the collusion of Kimberly and boyfriend Jeff, which entangles each family member and, of course, ends badly.
Admission: $8 seniors/students, $12 other adults
Black Box Theater (Lower level of Performing Arts Bldg, next to TheaterSpace. From Level 2 of Parking Deck take the bridge. Enter first door on the left and follow hallway; go through gray doors and down stairs.)
The Goddess Diaries
Sat, Oct 9, 7:30
     The Diaries, part of Turn Off Violence Week, consist of eight short personal narratives about key milestones in the lives of girls and women. Storytellers range in age from 11 years to 65. From a first visit to the gynecologist to surviving bridal registries and bad husbands, the monologues—many performed by their original, local authors—tell compelling stories, with dynamic musical performances. All proceeds go to the Mason Victims of Violence Fund.
Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Group rates or package deals are available.
Harris Theatre
American Festival Pops Orchestra
Anthony Maiello, conductor
Sat, Oct 9, 8:00
     This orchestra returns to the Center, where it makes its home, to bring a program of popular American music from television, movies and Broadway. Among the composers will be John Williams, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Marvin Hamlisch. Founder and artistic director Anthony Maiello is director of instrumental studies at George Mason and has taught at OLLI as part of the Music Sampler class.
Admission: $46, $38, $23
Family friendly: Youth grade 12 and under, half price with an adult.
Concert Hall
Come at 7:15 for a pre-performance discussion by Dan DeVany, VP and general manager, Classical WETA 90.9 FM, on Grand Tier III.

Other Mason events, next two weeks
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI E-News Staff Writer
  • On Exhibit "The Sixties: A Time in Transition." Showcases items that illustrate the dramatic changes that took place over the course of the 1960s. Includes three parts, Popular Literature, American Life, and Politics and the Cold War. Fri, Oct 1 to Fri, Dec 31, 10:00 to 5:00. Fenwick Library, Room 204C, Special Collections & Archives Exhibit Space. Free.
  • Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference: Dr. Michael Wesch, Kansas State University professor and cultural anthropologist, presents "The World Remixed: How New Media Mediate Our World." Dr. Wesch explores the effects of new media on society and culture. Sun, Oct 3, 4:30 to 6:00. Harris Theater. Free. View pdf flyer.
  • Krasnow Institute Seminars: Mason psychology professor Todd Kashdan discusses "Three Lessons on Personality and Well-Being." Mon, Oct 4, 4:00 to 5:00. Krasnow Institute, Room 229. Free.
  • Vision Series: Gregory Koblentz, assistant professor, Public and International Affairs, talks about "Biosecurity in the 21st Century." This talk will provide an overview of the spectrum of biological risks we face today, discuss the challenges to developing effective biosecurity strategies, and offer some thoughts on the future of biosecurity. Mon, Oct 4, 7:00. Concert Hall; informal reception with light refreshments follows. Free, tickets required (available at box office before lecture, or order tickets).
  • Middle East Etc Lecture: Lisa Hajjar, associate professor of Sociology at the University of California - Santa Barbara, discusses "Terror and Torture: The Trial of Omar Khadr." At 24, Omar Khadr is the youngest of the 176 people still imprisoned at the U.S. military detention facility in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. A Canadian, he has been there for almost nine years. Mon, Oct 4, 7:30. Johnson Center, Third Floor, Meeting Room D. Free.
  • Forum on Immigration: "The Borders that Divide US." Presented by the Office of Diversity Programs and Services. Wed, Oct 13, 6:30 to 8:00. SUB II, Rooms 5, 6 & 7. Free.

Upcoming non-class events at OLLI

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. OLLI members are welcome at all Board, committee and resource group meetings. Note: For more activities specifically related to the Loudoun site, see Roberta Sherman's Loudoun Notes or visit the What's New page for updates when classes are in session.
     See Upcoming Non-Class Events to view the complete, real-time OLLI online calendar used by the office.

Fri Oct 1   10am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10am   Gourmet Club - TA-1
     11am   Homer Group - Annex
Tue Oct 5   11am   Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Church
Wed Oct 6   1:45pm   Bridge - TA-3
     1:45pm   Special Events Resource Group Meeting - Annex
2pm   Special Event - 959, How to Get Involved with the OLLI Program - Tallwood
     2pm   History Club - TA-1
Fri Oct 8     9:30am   Photography Club - TA-1
   Recorder Consort - TA-2
Special Event - 961, Concert of Songs you Love: Part 1 - Lake Anne Church
     11am   Homer Group - Annex
     1pm   Special Event - 960, What Is a Neighborhood College? - Tallwood
     1pm   Flu Shot Clinic - TA-1 and Annex (appointment required)
Tue Oct 12
  11am   Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Church
Wed Oct 13
   1:45pm   Bridge - TA-3
     1:45pm   Book Club - TA-2
     1:45pm   AV Support Committee - Cottage
Special Event - 962, Reasons to Kill - Tallwood
Fri Oct 15   10am   Recorder Consort - TA-2
     10am   Board of Directors Meeting - TA-1
     11am   Homer Group - Annex
Sat Oct 16   12:30pm   OLLI Personal Computer User Group - TA-1
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