Board of Directors Meeting, Signal Hill, Loudoun, April 20, 10:00. All OLLI members welcome.
Super Salad Social, Reston, Rose Gallery, Community Center, Lake Anne, April 20, 12:30 – 2:30. All OLLI members welcome; candidates for Board election will be present and take questions (see article below).
The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published April 13; regular deadline for submission of items is Tuesday, April 10, at 6:00.
The Annual Membership Meeting will be held on Friday, May 4, 2018, at 10:00, at Tallwood. The agenda for the meeting will include reports from the OLLI president and executive director; brief speeches by the candidates for election to the Board; and an opportunity for members to ask questions of the candidates, moderated by the Nominating Committee.
The vote for electing the Board of Directors (BOD) will take place from Friday, May 4, through noon on Friday, May 18, 2018. An explanation of the election procedures follows:
Recognizing the accuracy, convenience, and efficiency of electronic balloting, the bylaws allow for electronic transmission, and members are encouraged to use this method of voting. To comply with the bylaws, on April 23, directions on how to vote for BOD Candidates will be emailed to the OLLI membership, included in the OLLI E-News, and provided as a handout in classrooms. Printed directions will be mailed to those without email.
Any OLLI member who requests a paper ballot will receive one by mail with a preaddressed return envelope marked “BALLOT ENCLOSED.” Please notify the OLLI office to request a mailed ballot. Use this ballot to vote for up to six candidates. You can mail the ballot to OLLI or drop it in a ballot box at Tallwood, Reston, or Loudoun. Since you do not sign the ballot or return envelope, your vote remains completely anonymous. To be counted, all ballots must be received by noon on May 18, 2018.
Do not lose your ballot. No member having lost, damaged, or destroyed his or her paper ballot may receive a second ballot. Making more than six choices will invalidate your ballot. Similarly, more than one ballot per envelope, any ballot not in the furnished “BALLOT ENCLOSED” envelope, or any ballot not received by May 18 will be invalid.
If you have questions about the election process, please contact Terri Feldmayer, Nominating Committee Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-725-9627.
By Sheri Siesseger, Publications Committee ChairI know. We’ve only just begun the spring term, but your OLLI summer catalog is off to the printer. Look forward to a great selection of courses, both one-time classes and some that continue for several weeks.
We can’t produce the catalog without volunteers. We had three new volunteer editors this time: Stephanie Stahr, Anna Fotias, and Linda Cullen. If you see any of them around the OLLI campuses, please let them know that you appreciate their work. Thanks also to our proofreaders: Joan Axilbund, Doris Bloch, Leti Labell, Rebecca Jann, Karen Murphy, Irene Osterman, and Susan Van Hemel. This group has a wide range of knowledge and experience, and they have saved us from a variety of embarrassing errors.
We also appreciate the hard work by OLLI staff members Leigh Knox, Jen McMahon, and Alice Slayton Clark.
The backbone of OLLI is the classes our talented corps of teachers provides, and we want to do everything we can to provide the resources those teachers need. Therefore, OLLI has created a Teacher Resource Initiative, which I will be overseeing.
We hope to create a multi-platform approach to providing OLLI instructors with the tools they require. This will include classes on teaching techniques, revising the Teacher Guide and making it readily available, coordinating with Mason to determine what teacher resources they can provide, furnishing instructors with a monthly newsletter, and sponsoring events where instructors can get together and share ideas and best practices.
We are looking both for ideas to help instructors and for members willing to participate in this most important initiative. If you are interested, have any questions, or need further information, please contact Jim Dunphy at (703) 244-9046 or at email@example.com.
OLLI’s Spanish Conversation 2 class, under the direction of Ligia Glass and Tom Black, is comprised of many well-traveled members. One is world-renowned National Geographic photojournalist O. Louis “Lou” Mazzatenta, who, while dressed in original gaucho clothing, delighted the class with a photographic presentation of his travels on assignment in Paraguay; Cartagena, Colombia; and Argentina–a sampling of the vast body of his work during his 42‑year career with the magazine.
OLLI’s Spanish Conversation 2 class provides its members with enriching opportunities to converse in the language while learning about the cultures and traditions of Spanish-speaking people throughout the world. ¡Hablemos Español!
The Tallwood Book Club will meet on Wednesday, April 11, at 1:30 in TA‑2. The book for discussion is Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. Set in rural Tennessee, it tells the story of a farm family that is considering selling a wooded portion of their property to a logging company in order to pay off mounting equipment debt. Kingsolver, a scientist by training as well as a storyteller, shows the effect of climate change on the community as well as its effect on the migration patterns of monarch butterflies. A reading guide is available at:
By Nancy Scheeler and Luci Martel, Reston Book Club Coordinators
The Reston Book Club will meet Thursday, April 12, at 2:15, at the United Christian Parish Church in Reston. The book selection is Last Orders by Graham Swift, which was the 1996 Booker Prize winner. It is a story of the relationships among a group of WWII veterans who live in the same corner of London, with the backbone of the story being the journey of four of the members to Margate to scatter the ashes of a fifth member in accordance with his last wishes.
Performances, April 6 through April 16By 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 pageor the Hyltonticket purchase page.
At the Fairfax Campus Venues
Virginia Opera: Lucia di Lammermoor
Sat, Apr 7, 2018, 8:00
Sun, Apr 8, 2018, 2:00
Pre-performance discussion: Dr. Glenn Winter.
Admission: $110, $90, $54.L.A. Theatre Works: The Mountaintop
Sat, Apr 14, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Admission: $44, $37, $26.
8th Anniversary Gala Silent Art Auction Exhibition
Through Apr 21
Final bids Apr 14
Buchanan Partners Art Gallery
Sat, Apr 7, 8:00
Pre-performance discussion: Member of the company.
Admission: $50, $43, $30.
Asaph Dance Ensemble: Spring Concert
Sun, Apr 8, 4:00
Admission: Adults $30; Seniors $15.
Matinee Idylls: A Taste of Opera
Tue, Apr 10,
Lunch 12:30 / Concert 1:30
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Lunch/Concert/Dessert $47; Concert/Dessert $27.
The Mason Cabaret in Concert
Fri, Apr 13, 8:00
Gregory Family Theater
Hylton Center 8th Anniversary Gala
Sat, Apr 14, 6:00 – 11:00
6:00 – Reception in the Grand Foyer
7:00 – Dinner on the Merchant Hall Stage
8:30 – “Party for a Cause” Gala After Party
Hylton Performing Arts Center
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 Apr 7
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Apr 11
Tallwood Book Club–TA-2
Thu Apr 12
Reston Book Club–UCP
Fri Apr 13
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Classic Literature Club–TA-2
Sat Apr 14
Tai Chi Club–TA-3
Wed Apr 18
Mah Jongg Club–TA-2
Bridge Club–TA-3 A/V Committee–TA-1
OLLI E-News was created by Rod Zumbro, who served as its editor from 2005 to 2013.
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