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OLLI’s New President Bill Taylor Conducts Board of Directors Meeting Seating Newly Elected Board Members, Tallwood, June 1

June 15, 2018

Editor of the Week: Paul Van Hemel

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Alerts & Notices

  • Summer term begins June 18.
  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published June 22; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, June 19, at 6:00.
  • Executive Director Jennifer Disano is seeking your inputs for an academic paper for the American Society on Aging. If you wish to contribute, send your submission to by July 2. For more information, click here and scroll to May 20 entry.
  • Mason Libraries oral history project: if you had an influential role in a major historical event (e.g., fall of the Berlin Wall, Selma protest march) and are willing to share, click here for more information and to participate in a survey.

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Board Meeting Summary
By Rita Way, SecretaryThe Board of Directors met Friday, June 1, 2018, and welcomed the newly elected members. The Board also elected, by unanimous vote, the Board officers: Bill Taylor, President; Terri Feldmayer, Vice President; Michelle Blandburg, Treasurer; Rita Way, Secretary. As president, Bill would like to start his term by focusing on updating OLLI’s strategic and operating policies and making sure they are carried out. We need the vision to anticipate problems going forward and meet these challenges.Executive Director Jennifer Disano reported that as of May 25, 2018, total membership is 1,183 (annual membership is 1,136 and term membership is 47). Mason facilities staff completed trimming trees and all other maintenance at Tallwood. On May 24 the OLLI Board served lunch to the maintenance facilities crews to thank them for taking such great care of our facilities and maintenance needs. Jennifer announced she was elected the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Fall for the Book Festival at Mason for 2018-2019. She also represented OLLI at the Fairfax County Retiree Fair, the Fairfax County 50+ Expo, and the Mason retiree symposium.Under new business, the Board opposed a resolution that the Board direct changes to the Board Handbook: Section X, Attachment H. Procedures and Guideline for the Nominating Committee concerning scheduling of the June Board meeting for the regular 3rd Friday of the month. The Board also opposed a resolution that the Board direct establishment of an ad hoc committee to investigate improvements in accessibility to the Tallwood campus and make recommendations for appropriate expenditures, opting instead to invite the chair of the Facilities Committee to consider the issue. A resolution that the OLLI Board of Directors be reduced from 18 to 17 was opposed.

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Seeking Course Proposals
By Alice Slayton Clark, Communications and Program AssociateCalling all longstanding and new OLLI instructors! Please be aware that the deadline for course proposals for winter term 2019 is July 27, 2018. Winter term 2019 runs from January 21-February 15. If you haven’t submitted your proposal yet, please do so soon to ensure we will have space for your offering.If you need more time, the deadline for course proposals for spring term 2019 is October 12, 2018. Spring term 2019 runs from March 25-May 17. We encourage all to send in offerings!You can find the course proposal form by at the following link: Please fill it out in its entirety, click “submit,” and the OLLI program planners will be in touch with you soon thereafter about your offering. Thanks for your support for OLLI programming!

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Computer Club
3rd Saturday, June 16 (Tomorrow!)
Comparing Microsoft PCs with Apple Computers
Two GPS Watches and a Security Camera

By Paul Howard, OPCUG Program Chair

The Computer Club (OLLI Personal Computer User Group, or OPCUG) will meet with its partner, the Potomac Area Technology and Computer Society (PATACS), on Saturday, June 16 at Tallwood. Join us at 12:30 for socializing in the Annex. Program activities begin at 1:00 in TA‑1.

Learn in 30: Two GPS Watches and a Security Camera – Lorrin Garson 1:20
This short talk is about three new digital gadgets. So, what is a GPS watch and why would anyone want one – or two? What kind of information do GPS watches provide? Aren’t security cameras for banks and malls? What is the link between a security camera and digital watch? Come and find out!

Comparing Windows PCs with Apple Computers, Presented by Lorrin Garson 2:00
For many years, users have debated whether PCs running Microsoft Windows or Apple computers running their proprietary operating system are the least expensive and offer the best operating system, performance, user interface, display, support, applications software . . . ad nauseam. Lorrin will discuss these issues and others. Don’t expect a resolution; he hopes to identify the most important issues for adopting one environment or the other.

Lorrin Garson’s presentations to our computer groups are famous for thorough research and clarity in explaining topics such as cryptography, encryption of personal data, cloud storage, and the origins of personal computers.

PC Clinic in the Annex (Club Membership and Registration Required)
Get hands-on help with your computer problems from OPCUG and PATACS experts. Bring in your computer, and we’ll help you lose the ‘blues’ – system slowdowns, unwanted programs, virus, and malware. Be sure to read the Clinic Rules – click this link:

See full details on this meeting by clicking here. For information on the Computer Club, see the OPCUG website. OPCUG dues of $5 for 2018 will be collected at this meeting.

Can’t make the meeting in person? Dues-paid club members may attend via Zoom’s cloud meeting service, beginning at 12:45. Send a message to if you plan to attend in this way. Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

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Photo of the Month

The June 2018 Photo of the Month theme was Animals. We selected Hillary Rubin’s photo “Just Hangin’ Out,” which 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


All that’s left is a pool of oil on the carport floor.

In a sea dominated by black, grays, and whites,
your Acadia green, winking black in the sun
echoed the green/black pine forests of Maine.
It didn’t matter that you lost three hubcaps,
(Four, really, counting the one replaced in vain).
The dents on your side caused by
interfering carport posts as I turned you
to face out in heavy snow were no concern.
They appeared on your other side.
The white paint smears a careless driver
bestowed came late in your career.
For eighteen years you carried me far and wide
You didn’t slip in rain or snow or sleet
Or even ice if we went very slow.
You never failed except for the flat tire
You didn’t say was looming, and the time
You kept your keys inside your locked door.
But after your oil leak, too pricy to cure,
came your check engine light that shined
all the time, and, said Willie, your
catalytic converter was ready to die.
I had no other choice.

Now I look out
At a shiny clean sleek car,
Still feeling disloyal, and hoping my
Children don’t decide to replace me as
My parts begin to fail.

Betty Smith

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Obituary: Kathleen Siegmann Meyer
Kathleen Meyer, member since fall term 2003, died June 10, 2018, in Fairfax. With a B.A. and M.A. from Rutgers University, she retired as an English teacher after 24 years with Fairfax County schools. An active OLLI member, she enjoyed classes, the performing arts, and bridge clubs. A memorial service is scheduled for Tuesday, June 19, at 2:00 at Fairfax Presbyterian Church, 10723 Main Street, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, June 15 through June 25
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

South Riding Dance Academy: 18th Annual Show, Lilly
Sat, Jun 16, 11:00 and 4:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Adults $30; seniors $25.
Pro-Bolivian Committee: Concurso Del Caporal 2018
Sat, Jun 23, 5:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Adults $20.National Jazz Workshop: The United States Air Force, Airmen of Note
Sun, Jun 24, 7:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Free.National Jazz Workshop: NJW All-Stars
Mon, Jun 25, 3:30
Concert Hall
Admission: Free.

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Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

No performances scheduled.

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At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: Vivid Transmissions
Jun 5 – Jul 21
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
The Buchanan Partners Art Gallery is open to the public Tue-Sat, 10:00-6:00, and two hours before each performance.

Dance Etcetera School of the Arts: 37th Annual Spring Concert
Sat, Jun 16, 7:00
Sun, Jun 17, 2:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $20.

Brass 5
Tue, Jun 19, 11:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults $15.

Youth Center Stage: High School Musical 2 Jr.
Fri, Jun 22, 3:00 and 6:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Adults $10; seniors $7.

Virginia Dance Center
Sat, Jun 23, 12:00 and 4:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: $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 any time 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 Jun 16 10:30am
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Computer Club–TA-1
Mon Jun 18 10:00am What’s in the Daily News–TA-1
Bridge Club–TA-3
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Wed Jun 20 2:00pm A/V CommitteeTA-1
Fri Jun 22 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Homer, etc.–Annex
Photography Club–TA-3
Sat Jun 23 10:30am Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Mon Jun 25 10:00am What’s in the Daily News–TA-1
Bridge Club–TA-3
Wed Jun 27 1:45pm Spanish Club–TA-2
Fri Jun 29 9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Homer, etc.–Annex
Cooking Club–TA-1

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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
Technical Editor: Irene Osterman
Associate Editor: David Gundry
Weekly Editor Team: Jean Boltz, John Nash, Sheri Siesseger, Leslie Vandivere,
Paul Van Hemel

Proofreaders: Rebecca Jann, Susan Van Hemel, Shirley Springfloat, Linda Randall,
Gerry Ann Strube
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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