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 Board of Directors Meeting, Tallwood, November 16

November 30, 2018

Editor of the Week: Sheri Siesseger

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Alerts & Notices

  • Priority registration for 2019 winter term begins Friday, November 30 (today!), at 9:00, and ends on Friday, December 10, at noon. Winter term begins January 22.
  • Planning is in the air; join any or all of the following efforts:
    > Literature, Theater, and Writing/Languages Program Planning Group, December 5, 12:30, TA‑1.
    > Loudoun Program Planning Group, December 7, 10:30, Loudoun, Room 208.
    > Strategic Planning Meeting, December 10, 9:30, Tallwood Annex.
  • Note: The Computer Club will meet December 15 (3rd Saturday, 1:00) in TA‑1. Jim Anderson, formerly with the CIA, will discuss Technological Advances Stimulated by the Civil War. Click here for details.
  • The next issue of OLLI E-News will be published December 14. Submissions for this issue are due Tuesday, December 11 by 6:00 pm.

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From the Desk of the Executive Director:
Recruitment and Retention of Volunteers

By Jennifer Disano, Executive Director

OLLI depends on volunteers who are responsible for many aspects of the organization, including office volunteer staffing, program development, teaching, strategic planning, and everything in between. OLLI members give their time, talents, and hearts to make our OLLI the most enriching and engaging lifelong learning program it can be. Indeed, OLLI enjoys a robust volunteer base of dedicated individuals who repeatedly step up to help. This constant support is critical to the vitality of our organization and to the quality of our program.

As OLLI grows the work also grows, and our volunteers are being asked to do more, more often. To stave off burnout and to share the work, a new committee is being formed specifically concerned with volunteering at OLLI. The committee will investigate the best practices to recruit and retain volunteers, design rewards and recognition programs, and implement training resources to support our volunteers.

If you would like to be a part of the new volunteer committee (official name tbd), please contact the office ( and we will add your name to the listserv. Watch for meeting announcements in the coming year. Thanks!

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Board Meeting Highlights, November 16                     
By Rita Way, SecretaryThe Board of Directors met Friday, November 16, at Tallwood. Vice President Terri Feldmayer officiated. She reported that Executive Director Jennifer Disano and OLLI President Bill Taylor represented us at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes National Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona from October 22 through 24. The conference brought together leaders from all 122 OLLIs. There were presentations on topics including distance learning, diversity, and an explanation of aging by a Nobel-Prize-winning biologist. Executive Director Disano presented a breakout session on recruitment and retention of volunteers. President Taylor was part of a panel presentation on leadership excellence for advisory committees.The OLLI-Mason Town Hall meeting was held on November 2. Bill and Jennifer gave brief presentations followed by questions and answers from the floor. Among the topics raised were coordination between staff and volunteers, preferences for four- or eight-week classes, and issues raised by “no-shows” and absences from classes.

Executive Director Jennifer Disano reported total membership, as of November 16, is 1,171 (annual memberships of 1,118 and term memberships of 53). She is working with the Mason design team to evaluate the plan to install a ramp at Tallwood for easy access to the upper level. OLLI will be able to use Church of the Good Shepherd for classes beginning at 2:15 only as of spring term 2019 due to a parking issue related to the church’s day school. Fairfax Lord of Life will still be used for classes.

OLLI President Taylor congratulated everyone on a great fall term and thanked the members for the commitment to OLLI that is essential to our future success. To all OLLI members, he wishes holidays filled with warmth and cheer.

History Club to Meet December 5
By Beth Lambert, History Club coordinatorThe December meeting of the History Club will take place on Wednesday, December 5 at 10:00 in TA‑2. Please note time and location, as they differ from History Club meetings when classes are in session.Our speaker will be Professor Rosemarie Zagarri of Mason’s history department, who will be discussing Joseph Ellis’ latest book, American Dialogue: The Founders and Us. Perhaps some have read it already, or it is on that shelf of “must reads.” In any case, the wealth of material in American Dialogue begs for discussion. Professor Zagarri will demonstrate how skillfully Ellis examines a certain aspect of a given founder and the way that subject plays out in our own times.

You don’t have to be a registered member of the History Club to attend our meetings. All are invited; bring a guest. If you are missing OLLI classes, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a taste of the best.

OLLI Registration Made Easy: Tips for “Add to Cart” Classes

By Shannon Kim Morrow, Registrar How many times have I heard the statement: “I thought I was on the waiting list for a trip because it wasn’t included in the email list of my confirmed regular classes!”When you register for classes and events online, you do so using either of two actions. One is “add to cart” and the other is “request class.” “Add to cart” items are usually trips or special events in which you are enrolled immediately (space permitting). When you add these items to your cart you must immediately check out and make payment, if required. Payments are needed for all bus trips and some events with fees. Once you have paid, the system gives you a congratulatory message saying you’re enrolled. You also receive an email immediately after completing this process. It will state that you are confirmed and enrolled in this event.This is the only confirmation you will get for an “add to cart” item. So make sure to mark your calendar when you are successfully registered for “add to cart” classes.

For the majority of OLLI classes you will choose “request class,” and these are subject to lottery assignment. During registration, you “request” and then must prioritize these classes. You are not enrolled in these classes until the lottery runs a couple of weeks after the priority registration period. You then receive an email confirming your enrollment in these classes. The confirmation email will only list your lottery classes, not classes you already successfully registered for through the “add to cart” process.

Remember, the system never takes your payment and then puts you on a waiting list. Once paid, you’re in. If you are unsure, please contact me at or 703-503-3384. I am happy to answer this and any other registration related questions!

Thank you.

Still Seeking E-News Technical Editor
By Paul Van Hemel,OLLI E-News Chief EditorOLLI E-News has an opening for a technical editor beginning as soon as you can start. Don’t be put off by the name of the position; little time or technical knowledge is required of the technical editor. The position requires (weekly when OLLI is in session and bi-weekly between terms):

  • reviewing a draft issue of the E‑News to verify that the embedded URL links work properly;
  • sending an email notification to the OLLI website chair to put the E‑News on the website;
  • scheduling the E‑News issue for distribution;
  • creating the courtesy copy of the issue and scheduling it for delivery; and
  • replicating a master draft of E‑News to set up the next issue.

It also requires monthly updating of two URL links to Arts and Music event calendars.
We will provide instruction on how these easy efforts are done. Although it is not an absolute requirement, it will be helpful and considered a plus if you have some familiarity with MailChimp, the software that we use for generating and distributing the E‑News.

The position of technical editor offers a volunteer opportunity to contribute with minimal time and effort to the effective operation of one of OLLI’s key tools for communication to its members. If you are interested in joining the E‑News team, contact me at Thanks!

More about Julie and Mike Mc Namara

By Martha Powers, OLLI Member

If you are among the many who have long admired this handsome OLLI couple, you’ll enjoy learning more about Julie and Mike Mc Namara from the recent Fairfax Connection coverage of OLLI’s Veterans Day Celebration. (Of particular interest is Mike’s role in President Kennedy’s funeral.)

Please see page 10 at this link:

Happy reading!

(Photo by Bonnie Hobbs of The Connection)
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Poet’s Corner

Courtesy of the Poetry Workshop
Manhattan Images

A corridor of people coming and going
Along a busy city street
A hustle of cars honking near their elbows
Faces without expression
Never touching
Never greeting
Some checking messages,
Wind whistling through tunnels
Between many-storied buildings
Flings dry leaves against doorways.
The corridor remains constant,
Occasionally lighter, never absent
Except perhaps for a few hours
In late night or early morning.
jan bohall

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Arts & Music at George Mason

Performances, November 30 through December 17

By Shelly Gersten, OLLI E-News Staff Writer

For tickets for either Center for the Arts Concert Hall (CFA) or Hylton Center, 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 Center ticket purchase page.

At the Fairfax Campus Venues 

Hannibal Buress  
Sat, Dec 1, 8:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $40, $30.

Soweto Gospel Choir: Songs of the Free
Sun, Dec 2, 2:00
Arrive early and hear a special performance by the Anointed Vessels of Unity featuring Mason students singing Gospel music. This performance begins at 1:15 in the Center for the Arts lobby and will be in lieu of the pre-performance discussion.
Concert Hall
Tickets: $50, $43, $30.

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna
Fri, Dec 7, 8:00
A pre-performance discussion with a member of the company begins 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Concert Hall
Admission: $55, $47, $33.

American Festival Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops
Sat, Dec 8, 8:00
A pre-performance discussion with a member of the company begins 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Concert Hall
Admission: $55, $47, $33.

A Canadian Brass Christmas
Sat, Dec 15, 8:00
A pre-performance discussion with a member of the company begins 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Concert Hall
Admission: $60, $51, $36.

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and Fairfax Ballet: The Nutcracker
Sun, Dec 16, 4:00
Concert Hall
Admission: $89, $69, $49.

Mason Student & Faculty Performances

(see for additional student recitals)

Opera: Dido and Aeneas
Fri, Nov 30, 8:00
Sat, Dec 1, 8:00
Sun, Dec 2, 2:00 and 5:00
Harris Theatre (Nov 30 and Dec 1)
Old Town Hall, Fairfax, VA. (Dec 2)
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $10.

Guitar Ensemble Concert
Sat, Dec 1, 8:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building, 3001
Admission: Free.

Healing Arts Ensemble Program
Wed, Dec 5, 5:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building, 3001
Admission: Free.

New Sound Collective Concert
Wed, Dec 5, 8:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building, 3001
Admission: Free.

Dance Innovations
Thu, Dec 6 – Sat, Dec 8, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Adults, $15; seniors, $10.

Lab Ensemble Concert
Fri, Dec 7, 12:30
deLaski Performing Arts Building, 3001
Admission: Free.

Holiday Studio Vocal Recital
Fri, Dec 7, 3:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building, A323
Admission: Free.

Sing Noel! Silent Auction & Concert
Fri, Dec 7, 7:00
7:00 p.m. – silent auction fundraiser
8:00 p.m. – choral concert
9:30 p.m. – live auction and dessert reception
Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad St, Falls Church 22046
Admission: Donation.

Dr. Anna Balakerskaia Piano Studio Recital
Sun, Dec 9, 5:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Mason Symphony Orchestra & Jazz Holiday Concert
Sun, Dec 9, 7:00
Concert Hall
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $5.

Duo-Piano Chamber Ensemble Class Recital
Mon, Dec 10, 5:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Dr. Linda Apple Monson Piano Studio Recital
Mon, Dec 10, 8:00
Harris Theatre
Admission: Free.

Chamber Ensemble Concert
Mon, Dec 10, 8:00
deLaski Performing Arts Building, 3001
Admission: Free.

At the Hylton Center (Manassas Campus)

Gallery Exhibit: Hidden Narratives
Through Dec 15
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.

The White House Band
Fri, Nov 30, 8:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: $25 in advance; $30 at the door.

Black Nativity by Langston Hughes
Sat, Dec 1, 3:00
Sun, Dec 2, 3:00
Sat, Dec 8, 3:00
Sun, Dec 9, 3:00
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

Manassas Symphony Orchestra: All Creatures Great and Small
Sat, Dec 8, 3:30
Merchant Hall
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $16.

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna
Sun, Dec 9, 2:00
A pre-performance discussion with a member of the company begins 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Merchant Hall
Admission: $55, $47, $33.

Manassas Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker
Thu, Dec 13 and Fri, Dec 14, 7:30
Sat, Dec 15, 3:00 and 7:30
Tue, Dec 18 – Thu, Dec 20, 7:30
Fri, Dec 21, 3:00 and 7:30
Sat, Dec 22, 3:00 and 7:30
Sun, Dec 23, 3:00
Merchant Hall
Admission: $75, $65, $55, $45, $35.

Prince William Little Theatre: It’s a Wonderful Life, A Live Radio Play
Fri, Dec 14, 8:00
Sat, Dec 15, 2:00 and 8:00
Sun, Dec 16, 2:00 and 6:30
Gregory Family Theater
Admission: Adults, $20; seniors, $17.

A Canadian Brass Christmas
Sun, Dec 16, 2:00
A pre-performance discussion with a member of the company begins 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Merchant Hall
Admission: $60, $51, $36.

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For further details on any of the above events, 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 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. (bolded below).

Mon Dec 3 10:00am What’s in the Daily News, Cont’d.–TA-1
Wed Dec 5 10:00am
Bridge Club–TA-3
Mah Jongg Club–Annex
History Club–TA-2
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Literature, Theater, & Languages/Writing Program Planning Group Meeting–TA-1
Fri Dec 7  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–Annex
Loudoun Program Planning Group Meeting–Loudoun Rm. 208
Homer, etc.–Annex
Mon Dec 10  9:30am
Strategic Planning Meeting–Annex
What’s in the Daily News, cont’d.–TA-1
Tue Dec 11  9:30am
Annex Art–Annex
Spanish Club–TA-2
Wed Dec 12 10:00am
Bridge Club–TA-3
Tallwood Book Club–TA-2
Tom Crooker Investment Forum–TA-1
Fri Dec 14  9:15am
Recorder Consort–TA-3
Craft and Conversation–TA-2
Photography Club–TA-1
Homer, etc.–TA-2
Sat Dec 15  1:00pm Computer 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
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
Marian Drohan, Jane Hassell
Backup Chief Editor: Alice Slayton Clark

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