#37-10 of October 1, 2010
October 1, 2010
Issue #37-10 of Oct 1, 2010
TIME TO TRULY WELCOME LOUDOUN TO FULL OLLI MEMBERSHIP
About the proposed resolution on Loudoun
membership and dues
THE BOARD OF
DIRECTORS AT OLLI
at George Mason University is
currently considering a proposal that will truly bring the full OLLI
experience to members wherever they live in Northern Virginia. As many
members know, the OLLI program was expanded into Loudoun County in 2007
at the request of the University to support the new Mason campus there.
In order to stimulate interest in the program, retirees in Loudoun
initially were invited to participate by paying a small fee based on
the number of courses they took. In the fall of 2008, a "Loudoun-Only"
membership was instituted as a temporary means to create the sense of
belonging that had defined the culture of our Institute since its
inception as the Learning in Retirement Institute at George Mason
University in 1991. For reduced annual membership dues, this temporary
option restricted members to courses offered at the Loudoun site in
The full text of the current proposal is
provided below. The basic idea is that 2011 will be a transitional year
during which Loudoun residents and current Loudoun-only members will be
given the unrestricted opportunity to register for courses and
activities at all OLLI sites -- Loudoun, Reston and Fairfax -- for
reduced annual membership dues of $250. There will no longer be the
"Loudoun-only" option. Following that one-time opportunity, all members
will pay the same full annual membership dues when they renew or join
Proponents of this plan are convinced that the
quality and quantity of program offerings have steadily increased to
the point that these annual membership dues represent a bargain even if
a member does not want to drive to more than one OLLI location.
However, they hope that the transitional dues structure will serve to
encourage participation by Loudoun members in Reston and, at least
occasionally, in Fairfax.
Proposed Resolution for Consideration by
the OLLI Board of Directors on October 15
Resolved, the Board approves that the Loudoun-Only membership and dues
end with the fall 2010 term and transition to full membership
privileges and course access at all OLLI campuses.
2011 Loudoun transitional dues of $250 are
established for those OLLI
members (eligible members) who are Loudoun County residents (with a
Loudoun County ZIP code) at the time of their 2011 annual registration
(includes current OLLI members or new OLLI members), or who paid
Loudoun-Only dues for their 2010 annual registration in any 2010 term,
regardless of their address.
Eligible members who paid their 2010 annual
registration in any 2010
term will pay the 2011 Loudoun transitional dues upon their 2011
annual registration, and full dues upon their 2012 annual registration.
The 2011 Loudoun transitional dues can be used once and cannot be
renewed. Full dues will apply to all OLLI members in 2012.
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Schretter – new Board
By Sharon Gilman, OLLI
TO NEW BOARD MEMBER STAN SCHRETTER,
wife and daughters use one word to describe him: geek. At the age of
13, to the dismay of his tolerant parents, Stan joined a group of
friends operating ham radio, then wired his home with antennas. His
love of technology has morphed into things like iPods, computers,
laptops . . . and a Kindle that is never far from his reach. This love
guided Stan into becoming an electrical engineer and spending almost 40
years trying to apply technology to key problems in aerospace, defense
and intelligence. Along the way, merging his love of ham radio and
computers, he developed award-winning PC software used by radio
operators world-wide to remotely control their ham-radio stations via
More recently Stan has rekindled his interest
in photography, since the "clean" digital darkroom has replaced the
"messy" darkroom of the film era. He joined OLLI in 1995, attending
OLLI classes part-time while he was still working. For the past five
years Stan has taught OLLI classes on subjects like photography, the
Holocaust and the Internet. In addition to taking OLLI classes, he is a
student at George Mason University. He studies visual technology,
photography, religion and computers. Stan will be traveling, along with
a class in Conservation Photography, to Costa Rica in January 2011; he
calls it "Youthhostel."
Stan and his wife Judy graduated from Brown
University, and they have lived in Reston for 35 years. Judy works as
an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice and supports Stan's
activities during his well-earned retirement. They both love to travel
and spoil their four grandchildren, ages 9, 7, 5 and 2 ½.
Big turnout for last Friday's New Member
photo or click
here to view slideshow of photos by Dan Feighery.
LARGE TURNOUT OF OLLI MEMBERS who
joined this fall met with many current members and some of OLLI's
leadership last Friday morning to enjoy conversation and assorted
sweets and savories provided by our wonderful Hospitality Subcommittee.
After a brief welcome by President Manny Pablo, Executive Director Thom
Clement spoke about our Institute and then turned the microphone over
to several key individuals who explained various aspects of the OLLI
FLU SHOT CLINIC
Fri, Oct 8, 1:00 to 3:00, Tallwood
OLLI FLU SHOT CLINIC WILL BE HELD FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 at Tallwood. Sign up in
the OLLI office for a 15-minute time slot (or you may sign up by
703-503-3384 or sending an email
). More details follow.
- The shot
includes both the seasonal and H1N1 vaccines.
- The cost
is $30, cash or check only. If you plan to use your Medicare Part B,
members must have their card with them, not just the number.
at TA-1 first; the shot is given in the social room annex.
- A new shot
is also available as an option at OLLI this year – the Fluzone
High-Dose Vaccine. Fluzone HD
is designed for those 65 years and older and contains four times the
amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to
make antibody) contained in regular flu shots. According to the CDC, "Human
immune defenses become weaker with age, which places older people at
greater risk of severe illness from influenza. Also, aging decreases
the body's ability to have a good immune response after getting
influenza vaccine. A higher dose of antigen in the vaccine is supposed
to give older people a better immune response and therefore better
protection against flu." More information about the high dose vaccine
can be found by visiting this CDC
Web site page. The cost of the Fluzone HD is $45, which will be
paid by Medicare if you show your card.
by Maria Buczek
, Tallwood Site
|MEMBER'S BOOK TO BE
Poem from the upcoming book
OF OUR NEW MEMBERS, PATRICIA DALY-LIPE, IS THE AUTHOR of a book entitled Messages From Nature,
newly revised and scheduled to be published by the end of October. The
book contains short stories and vignettes about animals and nature,
including adventures on the high seas. Following is one of several
poems that will be included in the book.
this earth, there is oneness.
A rhythmic flow, a great symphony that is life.
Trees with roots, stems and leaves
Shells, fins, furs and wings, all living things.
Each has a purpose and to each, an end
And then . . . a new beginning.
Let us recapture the imagination of a child
See once more the mystery, beauty and joy of God
Playing within and behind, beyond and above.
Unite with the intimacy of commitment.
Trust takes time
But the gift is there . . .waiting.
about Patricia and her books at her Web site www.literarylady.com.
Wed, Oct 6 – The Great Irish Potato Famine
OLLI HISTORY CLUB WILL HOLD its kickoff meeting for the 2010-2011
season at Tallwood on Wednesday, October 6, from 2:00 - 3:30. OLLI
member and frequent presenter Almuth Payne will discuss "The Great
Irish Potato Famine." There will be a short discussion at the beginning
of the meeting when Jim Hubbard will ask for opinions about a new
course he is contemplating teaching.
All OLLI members, especially new
members, are welcome; no registration is required. Bring a friend.
by Bob Persell, History Club Coordinator.
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Oct 8 – Making of Serenissima:
Venice in Winter
THIS MONTH'S MEETING (9:30 ON FRIDAY,
OCTOBER 8), nationally acclaimed author and
photographer Frank Van Riper (photo at right) and his wife Judith
Goodman will discuss the making of their award-winning table-top
hardcover book, Serenissima: Venice
in Winter. This book of black and white photographs and essays
documents that floating city after tourists have left.
They will present a PowerPoint slideshow as
well as a video on their six-year project to document life in Venice
when it becomes, however briefly, a living breathing city in the fog
and mist of winter. OLLI members interested in books, travel and/or
photography are welcome to enjoy this special presentation.
For more information about the book, see the
Web site www.veniceinwinter.com.
Copies of the book will be available for sale and inscription at a 20%
discount price of $40.
Club Coordinator Dan Feighery
Selected by the OLLI Poetry Workshop
stupid boy who sold the family cow
for three beans suddenly became a public hero.
Heady stuff; Jack, now a famous giant killer,
found fame gone skyward from ground zero.
His fortune, too, was much improved; his
pants pockets were weighted with eggs of gold.
Bad luck, misfortune and poverty were past,
Lucky, perchance, from the cow that he sold.
The neighbors celebrated his good fortune;
but questions arise that cannot be stilled—
a goose that laid eggs of gold; a giant,
a fatal fall; or was he feloniously killed?
Issues of credibility abound,
that compel us further to look around.
MASON ARTS AND
Upcoming performances, Oct 1-10
By Jan Bohall, OLLI
1-888-945-2408 (phone orders are handled by
tickets.com) or visit the Center for the Arts Box Office, Tue-Sat,
10:00-5:00. More info on tickets at the CFA tickets page
Sat, Oct 2, 8:00
Sun, Oct 3, 4:00
Founder and artistic director Moses Pendleton will follow the rhythms
of the New England seasons, the evolution of the world and the passing
of a day, in this green-themed production. Flowers bloom, go to seed
and die. Vegetable, animal and mineral—all dancers—combine and
metamorphose. Costumes and props are by Michael Curry, from Broadway's The Lion King.
Admission: $46, $38, $23
Come at 7:15 for a free pre-performance artistic discussion on Grand
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Maxie Morales
Sat, Oct 7, 8, 9, 8:00
Sat & Sun, Oct 9 & 10, 2:00
Abaire's mix of ironic absurdity and dysfunctional relationships has
Kimberly as a 16-year-old girl aging at four times the usual rate, so
she appears to be a 60-plus-year-old woman. Both her father and mother
appear much younger than she does. Her father, an alcoholic, is mired
in his domestic life, and her mother is pregnant and a hypochondriac.
Aunt Debra visits and plans a criminal adventure with the collusion of
Kimberly and boyfriend Jeff, which entangles each family member and, of
course, ends badly.
Admission: $8 seniors/students, $12 other adults
Black Box Theater (Lower level of Performing Arts Bldg, next to
TheaterSpace. From Level 2 of Parking Deck take the bridge. Enter first
door on the left and follow hallway; go through gray doors and down
|The Goddess Diaries
Sat, Oct 9, 7:30
Diaries, part of Turn Off Violence Week, consist of eight short
personal narratives about key milestones in the lives of girls and
women. Storytellers range in age from 11 years to 65. From a first
visit to the gynecologist to surviving bridal registries and bad
husbands, the monologues—many performed by their original, local
authors—tell compelling stories, with dynamic musical performances. All
proceeds go to the Mason Victims of Violence Fund.
Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Group rates or package
deals are available.
|American Festival Pops Orchestra
Sat, Oct 9, 8:00
This orchestra returns to the Center, where it makes its home, to bring
a program of popular American music from television, movies and
Broadway. Among the composers will be John Williams, George Gershwin,
Duke Ellington and Marvin Hamlisch. Founder and artistic director
Anthony Maiello is director of instrumental studies at George Mason and
has taught at OLLI as part of the Music Sampler class.
Admission: $46, $38, $23
Family friendly: Youth grade 12 and under, half price with an adult.
Come at 7:15 for a pre-performance discussion by Dan DeVany, VP and
general manager, Classical WETA 90.9 FM, on Grand Tier III.
Other Mason events, next two weeks
By Helen Ackerman, OLLI
- On Exhibit – "The
Sixties: A Time in Transition." Showcases items that illustrate the
dramatic changes that took place over the course of the 1960s. Includes
three parts, Popular Literature, American Life, and Politics and the
Cold War. Fri, Oct 1 to Fri, Dec 31, 10:00 to 5:00. Fenwick Library,
Room 204C, Special Collections & Archives Exhibit Space. Free.
Teaching & Learning Conference: Dr. Michael Wesch, Kansas
professor and cultural anthropologist, presents "The
World Remixed: How New Media Mediate Our World." Dr. Wesch explores the
effects of new media on society and culture. Sun, Oct 3, 4:30 to 6:00.
Harris Theater. Free. View pdf flyer.
Seminars: Mason psychology professor Todd Kashdan discusses
"Three Lessons on Personality and Well-Being." Mon, Oct 4, 4:00 to
5:00. Krasnow Institute, Room 229. Free.
assistant professor, Public and International Affairs, talks about
"Biosecurity in the 21st Century." This talk will provide
an overview of the spectrum of biological risks we face today, discuss
the challenges to developing effective biosecurity strategies, and
offer some thoughts on the future of biosecurity. Mon, Oct 4, 7:00.
informal reception with light refreshments follows. Free, tickets
required (available at box office before lecture, or order tickets).
Lecture: Lisa Hajjar, associate professor of Sociology at the
California - Santa Barbara, discusses "Terror and Torture: The
Trial of Omar Khadr." At 24, Omar Khadr is the youngest of the 176
people still imprisoned at the U.S. military detention facility in
Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. A Canadian, he has been there for almost
nine years. Mon, Oct 4, 7:30. Johnson Center, Third Floor, Meeting Room
- Forum on
"The Borders that Divide US." Presented by the Office of Diversity
Programs and Services. Wed, Oct 13, 6:30 to 8:00. SUB II, Rooms 5, 6
& 7. Free.
Upcoming non-class events at OLLI
THE FOLLOWING LIST
covering the next two weeks
is extracted for your
convenience from the master calendar maintained by the office, with
direct Web links added when available. OLLI members are welcome at all
Board, committee and resource group meetings. Note
: For more activities
specifically related to the Loudoun site, see Roberta Sherman's Loudoun Notes
the What's New page
for updates when classes are in session.
to view the complete, real-time OLLI online
calendar used by
|Fri Oct 1
Recorder Consort - TA-2
10am Gourmet Club - TA-1
11am Homer Group - Annex
Tue Oct 5
11am Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Church
Wed Oct 6
1:45pm Bridge - TA-3
1:45pm Special Events
Resource Group Meeting - Annex
Event - 959,
How to Get Involved with the OLLI Program - Tallwood
Club - TA-1
Fri Oct 8 9:30am Photography Club -
Consort - TA-2
Concert of Songs you
Love: Part 1 - Lake Anne Church
11am Homer Group - Annex
Event - 960,
What Is a Neighborhood College? - Tallwood
1pm Flu Shot Clinic - TA-1 and
Annex (appointment required)
Tue Oct 12
11am Knitting and Needlework Club - Lake Anne Church
Wed Oct 13
1:45pm Bridge - TA-3
1:45pm Book Club - TA-2
1:45pm AV Support Committee
Reasons to Kill - Tallwood
Fri Oct 15
Consort - TA-2
10am Board of Directors
Meeting - TA-1
11am Homer Group - Annex
Sat Oct 16 12:30pm OLLI Personal Computer User
Group - TA-1
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