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Board of Directors Candidates and Others Attend Board Meeting Mar 18

March 25, 2016

Editor of the Week: Paul Van Hemel

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Alerts & Notices

  • Grab ‘n’ Go Coffee Klatch: Cookies, coffee, conversation, and OLLI camaraderie, Fri, Apr 1, 9:30–10:45, Social Room Annex, Tallwood; register via the member portal.
  • Canceled Class: F304 New Mexico: Past, Present and Future has been canceled.
  • Update: L812 Healthcare Topics will meet in two sessions,
    Mar 31
    Apr 7.
  • Additions: Six additional courses and events have been made available for registration; check the OLLI website for details at this link.

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Board Meeting Summary March 18

By Irene Osterman, Secretary, Board of Directors

The Board met at Tallwood last Friday, March 18th. Michelle Blandburg, chair of the nominating committee, announced the candidates for this year’s Board elections. They are Stephen Canner, Pat Carroll, Jim Dunphy, Terri Feldmayer, Glenn Kamber, Marianne Metz, John Nash, Manny Pablo, Russell Stone, Rita Way, and John Woods. Carol Henderson briefed the Board on the work of her committee preparing a book on the history of OLLI-Mason for the institute’s 25th anniversary. Garrett Cochran has resigned as chair of the Facilities Committee. The Board passed a resolution recognizing his many years of service to OLLI. The Board of Visitors at Mason has selected OLLI as the recipient of their Jack Wood award in the business/nonprofit category in honor of our service to the university and the community. The award will be presented on May 5. At the October Board meeting, a resolution was approved to provide scholarship funds from Friends of OLLI (FOLLI) to the Early Identification Program (EIP) at Mason which helps students who will be the first in their family to attend college. At the March 18 meeting a resolution was passed to designate the amount as $6,500. The EIP may receive additional funds from three other local organizations that have pledged to strive to match this amount from OLLI.

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Candidates for the Board of Directors
By Michelle Blandburg, Chair, Nominating CommitteeThe Nominating Committee is pleased to announce that the following members will stand for election to the Board of Directors:

  • Stephen Canner
  • R. Pat Carroll
  • Jim Dunphy
  • Terri Feldmayer
  • Glenn Kamber
  • Marianne Metz
  • John Nash
  • Manny Pablo
  • Russell Stone
  • Rita Way
  • John Woods

Candidate biographies and pictures will be posted on the OLLI website and in social rooms in April. Please look for these candidates in your classes and around the campuses. The candidates will speak to the membership at two events: the Super Salad Social in Reston on April 29 and the Annual Business Meeting and Picnic at Tallwood on May 6. You can complete registration for both events on the OLLI website.

Voting will take place from May 6 to 20, when six of the candidates will be elected as directors. You can cast your ballot on the website or via paper ballot in the Tallwood office.

Many thanks to the Nominating Committee members Toni Acton, Ray Beery, Camille Hodges, Beth Lambert, Dave Mason, Ted Parker and Martha Powers. They are commended for their dedicated efforts in recruiting such an impressive slate of candidates.

All members are strongly encouraged to see, hear, and meet the candidates. It is important for you to “VOTE … Because It’s YOUR OLLI!”

(Note: Petition candidates may be added until April 22.)

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OLLI Theater Lovers Head to NYC-Broadway
By Norma Jean Reck, OLLI Board MemberJoin the Theater Lovers’ Group August 23–24 (TuesdayWednesday) when we take a party bus to the Big Apple to see Andrew Lloyd Webber’s newest smash hit musical The School of Rock.Cost of $448/person includes bus, orchestra seating for Wednesday matinee, overnight at Millennium Broadway Hotel, baggage handling, overnight parking, and one-year membership to Shillelagh Travel Club.A $100 deposit will reserve your space and must be paid to Shillelagh by
next Wednesday, March 30. You can charge it. Balance is due June 20. Phone Shillelagh office 703-242-2204 to make your deposit ASAP.OLLI member Jen Mullarkey, who saw the play opening night, says, “It was the most energizing, toe-tapping, happy play I have seen in ages. I think School of Rock is a great choice for OLLI.”For more information, email Norma

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OLLI Receives Donation from PATACS (Potomac Area Technology & Computer Society)
By Lesley Bubenhofer, Development Committee ChairOn Saturday,
March 19, PATACS treasurer and program chair Paul Howard presented a wonderful gift to Friends of OLLI. On behalf of OLLI, OLLI President Glenn Kamber and Development Committee chair Lesley Bubenhofer gratefully accepted a $250 check, designated for audiovisual and videoconferencing enhancements in classrooms.
Did you know that the PATACS and OLLI partnership began in February of 2007, and this association has accomplished remarkable and mutually beneficial achievements at OLLI? OLLI has been helped by PATACS members (31 of its current 96 members are, and others were, OLLI members) with a variety of technical challenges, such as providing consulting on email issues, performing computer configuration and repair, researching and implementing videoconferencing, and installing a LAN router. PATACS has been meeting jointly with the OLLI Computer Club since 2009, offering attendees more than 20 presentations, and conducting two troubleshooting clinics each year.PATACS has also been very generous in providing funds for OLLI. Five prior donations totaled $1,250 for Friends of OLLI, and three flat-panel monitors have been provided. What a remarkable, generous partner! Thank you PATACS for your invaluable support and assistance.PATACS conducts meetings at Tallwood on the third Saturday of each month at 12:30.

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Photo of the Month

The March Photo of the Month theme was open (i.e., unspecified). We selected John Nash’s photo “Snow Shed.”

John’s photo may also be viewed at this page. To view other photos by members of the Photography Club, visit the club’s photo website.
— By Angela Talaber, Photography Club Coordinator

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Why Not A Balloon? jan bohall

My car has sprouted a large flower
of necessity, tucked in some small notch
to keep me from wandering unfocused
up and down lanes of a parking lot
or garage trying to remember
clicking the remote key with abandon
searching for flashing lights
attempting to quell panic that rouses
a small, clear voice in my head
that says, “Give it up—call a cab”
to return later, rested and remembering
where it is that I parked the darn car.

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, next ten days
By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff WriterFor tickets for either Center for the Arts (CFA) or Hylton, call 1-888-945-2468, buy tickets online through the event calendar (see links below), or visit the venue’s box office. For more information, see the CFA ticket page or the Hylton ticket purchase page.

At the Fairfax Campus Venues

Aquila Theatre: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sat, Mar 26, 8:00
Rescheduled from Jan 22
Concert Hall
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company
Admission: $44, $37, $26.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances
(see for additional student recitals)Mason’s School of Theater: Middletown
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 and Sat, Mar 26, 8:00
Sat, Mar 26, 2:00
Thu, Mar 31 – Sat, Apr 2, 8:00
Sat, Apr 2 and Sun, Apr 3, 2:00
Admission: Adults, $25; seniors, $15.Korean-American Student Association Culture Show
Sat, Mar 26, 7:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.Mason’s School of Music: Café George
Fri, Apr 1, 8:00
An onstage preview of the annual Broadway Showcase with dessert and a silent auction.
Concert Hall
Admission: $25.iNite 2016
Sat, Apr 2, 1:00 and 7:00
Students from the Thomas Jefferson High School showcase their talents from Bhangra to Lion Dancing.
Concert Hall
Admission: $25, $20, $15.Vocal Pops A Capella Concert
Sat, Apr 2, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults, $12; seniors, $8.

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At the Hylton Center

Land Beyond the Water, Peter Stern, Artist
Mar 21 – May 15
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00 – 6:00, Thu, 10:00 – 8:00 and two hours before performances. Gallery Reception: Thu, Apr 7 from 6:00 to 8:00. RSVP to
Admission: Free.

An Evening with Art Garfunkel
Thu, Mar 31, 8:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $99, $70, $60, $40.

The U.S. Army Concert Band and The U.S. Army Voices
Sat, Apr 2, 7:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: Free.

Asaph Dance Ensemble: Touching Lives
Sun, Apr 3, 4:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $30; seniors, $20.

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For further details on any of the above events, please see the CFA event calendar and the Hylton Center event calendar

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Meetings & Clubs

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). Note: All OLLI members are welcome at, and encouraged to attend, meetings of the Board of Directors, committees and resource groups, kickoff coffees, etc. (bolded below).

Sat Mar 26 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Mar 29 1:45pm Bridge Club–TA-3
Fri Apr 1 9:30am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Cottage
Homer, etc–Annex
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Art and Music Program Meeting–Cottage
Sat Apr 2 10:30 am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Apr 5 1:30pm
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3
History Club–TA-1
Fri Apr 7 9:30am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Photography Club–TA-1
Craft and Conversation–Cottage
Homer, etc–Annex
Religious Studies Club–Cottage

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About OLLI E-News

OLLI E-News was created by Rod Zumbro, who served as its editor from 2005 to 2013.

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