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Toni Acton hosts fall-term kick-off coffee for new and continuing members, featuring welcome by President Paul Howard and Executive Director Jennifer Disano, with OLLI Players, September 17

September 25, 2020

Editor of the Week: Leslie Vandivere

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  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published Friday, October 2; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, September 29, at 6:00.

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Board Meeting Highlights
By Marguerite Johnson, Secretary

The September 18 regular meeting of the OLLI Board of Directors was held electronically via Zoom.

President Paul Howard opened the meeting by recognizing the retirement of John West and Rod Zumbro and their service as assistant webmasters for OLLI’s web presence. He also gave continued kudos to the Outreach Committee who continually contact members about their experience with OLLI in hopes that we can do a better job for everyone. Many members miss the social aspect of OLLI, and he noted that we may need to form an ad hoc committee to work on this.

The Board approved the meeting agenda, the minutes of the July 2020 Board meeting, and the minutes of the Executive Committee meetings July-August 2020.

The president’s report noted the great line-up of classes and activities for the fall term. It also noted the success of our incentive membership promotion.

In new business, the Board resolved to approve $24,500 in scholarships/grants for 2020 from Friends of OLLI funds, including scholarships for Mason departments, a university library grant, a scholarship for a student transferring from Northern Virginia Community College to Mason, a scholarship to purchase books for the Mason maintenance staff, and support for the Fall for the Book festival. The approval was unanimous.

Jennifer Disano’s Executive Director’s report noted that total membership is 1,064, 1,041 full memberships and 23 trial memberships. OLLI may have more staff for fall, but payroll is still within the budget. She is awaiting guidance from the Mason provost office regarding Mason facilities. The OLLI 30th anniversary committee envisions celebrations all year in 2021. If you are interested in supporting that effort, please attend the meetings. Angie and Dave Talaber are co-chairs.

Treasurer David Osterman addressed anticipated changes to the 2020-2021 budget. A big change depends on whether we will be on campus for spring 2021. Right now, plans are to be on campus if possible, but a hybrid model would see a few classes on campus with most online. For budget purposes, the on-campus plan would be more expensive. Member enrollment drives the budget. We are projected to have a surplus in 2020 of $70,000 – $80,000 because when we are on campus, we typically spend $50,000 – $55,000 per month and now are spending $42,000 a month, a monthly savings of $8,000-$9,000. Those savings can cover any deficit in 2021.

Lillian Brooks, chair of the committee to review and update the OLLI Board Handbook, presented an interim report on the committee’s effort. The committee has reviewed the handbook and is revising and updating as needed. It is anticipated that the effort will result in a revised document titled OLLI Policies and Procedures Manual.

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Tallwood Book Club
By Betty Ellerbee, Tallwood Book Club Coordinator

The books that will be discussed at the October and November meetings of the Tallwood Book Club are:

October: Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead;
November: Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly.

These Zoom meetings of the club occur on the second Friday each month at 2:30. For direct links and passcodes, log in at the member portal and click on ZOOM CLASS LINKS.

For further information please contact Betty Ellerbee at ellerbetty1@gmail.com.

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Reston Book Club

By Nancy Scheeler and Luci Martel, Reston Book Club Coordinators

The Reston Book Club will meet on Thursday, October 8, at 4:00. via Zoom. For direct links and passcodes, log in at the member portal and click on ZOOM CLASS LINKS.

The selection will be: 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World by Elif Shafak, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. The book is about a woman who has been brutally assaulted and left for dead in a trash bin in Istanbul. The title comes from the notion that the human mind continues to operate for a few minutes after physical death and the author uses this to unspool the woman’s life story. Interspersed with these memories are brief vignettes dedicated to each of the woman’s five friends. Those planning to attend should make sure they are signed up for the Reston Book Club to ensure they receive the member sign-in and password to access.

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Photo of the Month

The September 2020 Photo of the Month theme was umbrellas. We selected Rosemary Lubinski’s photo “Sunbrellas”, 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 John Olsen and Edward Marion, Photography Club Coordinators

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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop

P I L E A T E D

What’s THAT?
What kind of bird?
What kind of woodpecker’s
that tall and that skinny, that
red-and-pointy-headed, what kind
of beady-eyed woodpecker’s THAT?

Well, that flashy tall strutter, he’s his
own kind of bird, he’s a cartoon
rapper, a mad rat-a-tatter that
you cannot ignore, he’s a
pileated woodpecker,
THAT’S what.
Caroline McNeil

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Arts & Music at George Mason

By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

Although Mason’s campus is shut down, online entertainment continues for us to access and enjoy. Dr. Linda Apple Monson produces a periodic “Notes from the Director.” This email is full of interesting online performances by the students and faculty of the School of Music. If you would like to receive these bulletins, just send an email to Brianna Schoen at bschoen@gmu.edu. Also, the Center for the Arts has a website, Mason Arts at Home, which has a calendar of online events. Further, Mason’s Dewberry School of Music has begun its fall recital program. The events are online, and you can find them at http://music.calendar.gmu.edu.

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At the Fairfax Campus Venues

A Celebration of ARTS by George! College of the Visual and Performing Arts

Saturday, September 26, 7:00

Join us online for an evening like no other. Live on social media and GMU-TV, the event will take a look back at the tremendous success of ARTS by George! during the past 14 years. Since 2006, ARTS by George! has ensured more than $1 million in scholarship and program support for Mason’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. Hear from alumni scholarship recipients making their mark in creative industries around the world, see content from performances and exhibitions, and meet current student artists, who continue to thrive despite major financial and artistic challenges due to COVID-19.

Instructions on how to watch on your television.

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Meetings & Clubs

Please note: Physical meetings for clubs and activities are canceled until further notice in accordance with Mason’s guidelines. OLLI is conducting 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; for meeting data and direct web links, log in at the member portal and refer to the table of classes, events, and clubs. 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, meetings of the Board of Directors, committees and resource groups, kick-off coffees, etc. The OLLI office has sent (or will send) emails with links and meeting passwords to club members.

Sat Sep 26 10:30 am Tai Chi Club
Tue Sep 29  4:00 pm Tai Chi Club
Wed Sep 30  2:00 pm Memoir and More Writing Group
Thu Oct 1  4:00 pm Tai Chi Club
Fri Oct 2

 

 9:30 am
11:00 am
11:00 am
12:00 noon
2:00 pm
Craft & Conversation
Classic Literature Club
Homer, etc.
Yoga Club
Cooking Club
Sat Oct 3 10:30 am Tai Chi Club
Tue Oct 6
 4:00 pm
4:00 pm
Science and Technology Club
Tai Chi Club
Wed Oct 7

 

 4:00 pm
4:00 pm
4:00 pm
Mah Jongg Club
Ethnic Eats Lunch Club
History Club
Thu Oct 8
 4:00 pm
4:00 pm
Reston Book Club
Tai Chi Club
Fri Oct 9

 

 9:30 am
9:30 am
11:00 am
11:00 am
12:00 noon
2:00 pm
Photography Club
Craft & Conversation
Classic Literature Club
Homer, etc.
Yoga Club
Cooking Club
Sat Oct 10 10:30 am Tai Chi Club

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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
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