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Dr. Len Nichols, Mason Professor of Health Policy and

Director, Center for Health Policy and Ethics, Presents

Online Class on Health Policy in 2020, April 15

May 1, 2020

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere

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Alerts & Notices

  • The OLLI Board of Directors election runs May 1‑15. You should receive an electronic ballot today. Candidate information is available on the OLLI website at the following link:
  • In addition to voting on the candidates, there will be a vote on a referendum to change OLLI bylaws. To view the bylaw change, click
  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published Friday, May 8; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, May 5, at 6:00.

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Possible Yoga Club

 By Carla Keen, Yoga Instructor

I am delighted to be offering a Webinar Gentle Yoga class through OLLI for the summer term on Monday mornings. I have now learned it would also be possible to form a yoga club that would run through the year, as all OLLI clubs do, if there is enough interest!

As a Yoga Alliance certified teacher, my focus has been on developing classes and workshops that focus on building strength and flexibility in a safe environment. As an artist and craftsperson, I have also been exploring the connection between yoga and creativity. I often incorporate elements of Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, and guided meditations into the classes I prepare.

One of the limitations of live classes, I have found, is the lack of opportunity for lengthy interaction. Having a club as well as classes at OLLI would offer us a way to overcome this limitation. We could communicate directly with each other, address member questions, discuss special topics, and explore together many other aspects of yoga that members might be interested in.

Would you be interested in a virtual meeting on Zoom in the near future? The virtual meeting would be a platform for me to offer more information and then to address questions and concerns directly. If so, please let me know by email at I will answer questions by email where possible as well.

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

Delightful First

My first gay wedding
Someday just another wedding
Two middle aged loving men
A twenty-year bond sealed
Fun and delight the themes
Tears from the start
Rabbi and minister led the vows
Crisp sun lit the site
Family, friends, colleagues unite in joy
As champagne flowed
Dancing to oldies filled the night
Love is love.

                                 Sally Sibley

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Obituary: Lesley A. Bubenhofer

Lesley Bubenhofer, member since 2010, died on April 26. She was an active member, contributing to many committees and activities, and, as one colleague noted, for many years “served wonderfully as chair of the Development Committee.”

She is remembered in numerous tributes from her many friends at OLLI as a joy, kind and generous, always positive and helpful, full of enthusiasm for OLLI, upbeat and optimistic, such an asset to OLLI, a truly down-to-earth lovely person, a wonderful presence . . . and more. Her devotion to OLLI was reflected in her service, and especially in her tireless and timeless work for several years as chair of the Development Committee. She lives on in the hearts and minds of her OLLI friends.

A memorial service will be held at a future, safe date. Because of the COVID‑19 pandemic, the community where Lesley and her husband Fred have lived since the end of January is not open to visitors at this time. If you would like to send condolences, please address them to:

Fred Bubenhofer
c/o Kurt Bubenhofer
14924 Amaranth Court
Woodbridge, VA 22193
or via email at

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the following:

League of Women Voters of Virginia
1101 E. Main Street, STE 214A
Richmond, VA 23219
(online donation:  DONATE/CONTRIBUTE);

National Eating Disorders Association
1500 Broadway, Suite 1101

New York, NY 10036
(online donation: Donate Now – National Eating Disorders Association);

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
4210 Roberts Road
Fairfax, VA 22032
(OLLI Mason Donation).

Further information is available at this link.

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Arts & Music at George Mason

By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

George Mason University has canceled performances at the Center for the Arts and the Hylton Center until further notice. You can check the Mason website at coronavirus website for updates.

Meetings & Clubs

Please note: Physical meetings for clubs and activities are canceled until further notice in accordance with Mason’s guidelines. OLLI is conductng its classes and activities online. Refer to the university’s coronavirus website for official university updates and check the OLLI Calendar for revised information.

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 for the most up-to-date information, please view the latest forecast of coming events on our website (News/OLLI Calendar). Note: All OLLI members are welcome at, and encouraged to attend (online), meetings of the Board of Directors, committees and resource groups, kick-off coffees, etc. (bolded below).

Sat May 2 10:30am Tai Chi Club–Zoom (Meeting ID: 284 531 289)
Wed May 6  1:15 pm Reston Program Planning Meeting–Zoom (Meeting ID: 677 496 222)
Fri May 8


 9:30 am
9:30 am
10:00 am
11:00 am
Photography Club–Zoom (Meeting ID: 669 666 340)
Craft & Conversation–Zoom (Meeting ID: 611 234 196)
Virtual Coffee ChatZoom (Meeting ID: 650 410 348)
Homer, etc.–Zoom (Meeting ID: 993 949 463)
Sat May 9 10:30 am Tai Chi Club–Zoom (Meeting ID: 284 531 289)
Wed May 13  1:45 pm Spanish Club–Zoom (Meeting ID: 811 997 392)
Fri May 15
 9:30 am
10:00 am
11:00 am
Craft & Conversation–Zoom (Meeting ID: 611 234 196)
Virtual Coffee ChatZoom (Meeting ID: 650 410 348)
Homer, etc.–Zoom (Meeting ID: 993 949 463)
Sat May 16 10:30 am
1:00 pm
Tai Chi Club–Zoom (Meeting ID: 284 531 289)
Computer Club–Zoom (Webinar ID: 937 3024 4342)

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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.

Editorial Staff
Chief Editor: Paul Van Hemel
Associate Editor: David Gundry
Weekly Editor Team: David Gundry, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel 

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Susan Van Hemel, Linda Randall, Tom Appich, Roz Stark,
Jane Hassell
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

Submissions: Members are encouraged to submit letters to the editor, letters to Ms. Ollie Ettakit (on etiquette matters), OLLI-related news items, articles, and photos. Submit material to:
Deadline: Tuesday, 6:00, for that week’s issue (Monday, 6:00, for letters to the editor); early submissions are greatly appreciated. Please limit articles to about 250 words.
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