Letter from the President, Frank Alarcon April 2017
When I hear someone refer to the month of May, I immediately think of the three M’s: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Maymester—not necessarily in that order!
Once again your OLLI volunteer leadership team and full-time professional staff are pleased to help you bridge the mild temperatures of the Spring to the heat of the Summer with another slate of interesting and varied three-week courses to stimulate your mind, body and spirit.
May is a great time to be outdoors and take in all the beauty the Big Bend area has to offer, and we have courses to assist you in that endeavor, including: “Attracting Birds to Your Yard”, “Nature Photography”, and a two day-long course on “Exploring the Ecology of the Big Bend”.
Travel to Italy is very popular among our membership, and this Maymester we offer courses on “Italian for Travelers”, “Discovering Italy Through Painting, Sculpture and Architecture”, and “Italian Regional Cooking”. Whether you plan to visit Italy anytime soon or not, many of you will enjoy learning more about Italian culture through these three-week classes.
Every month is a good month for understanding and improving our health, so May is not an exception. We are pleased to present Part II of “Right Care-Understanding the Evidence for What Works in Medicine” (attendance at Part I this Spring is not required to enroll in this class) and “Yoga to Keep Older Adults Healthy and Active”.
Now, if your idea for bridging the Spring to the Summer is to watch movies and drink beer, we thought of you, too! Check out “All the President’s Men and ME” and “Brewing a Sustainable Small Business: Exploring the Craft Beer Industry”. Don’t worry, they aren’t scheduled on the same day.
A big thank you to our Curriculum Committee, Susan Yelton, Carroll Bewley, Cindy Foster, Karen Bickley, JoAnn LaMaster, Deb Herman, Terry Aaronson (and me) for a job well done.
Have a great May and a wonderful Summer.
Membership Board Voting Members
|Cindy Foster||First Vice President|
|John Kilgore||Second Vice President|
|Sylvia Byrd||Member Representative|
|JoAnn LaMaster||Member Representative, Westminster Oaks|
|Harriet Waas||Member Representative|
|Robin Brinkmeyer||Member Representative|
|Kristine Lamont||Member Representative|
|Winnie Schmeling||Co-Chair, Philanthropy Committee|
|Ruth Cates||Co-Chair, Scholarships Committee|
|Nancy O’Farrell||Co-Chair, Philanthropy/Scholarships Committee|
|Mary Irvine||Chair, Volunteer Committee|
|Susan Yelton||Chair, Curriculum Committee|
|John Van Gieson||Co-Chair, Communications and
|Fran Conaway||Co-Chair, Communications and
|Ramona Bowman||Chair, Senior Leadership Advisory Council|
|Linda Fairbanks||Chair, Succession Planning Committee|
|John Kilgore||Chair, Membership Satisfaction Committee|
|Cindy Foster||Chair, Special Interest Groups Committee|
Special Interest Groups
|Sara Pankaskie||Chair, Afternoon Book Club|
|Ramona Bowman||Chair, Noon Book Club|
|Jan Smith||Co-Chair, Culture and Arts Activities|
|Lori McCort||Co-Chair, Culture and Arts Activities|
|Charles Conaway||Chair, Field Trips|
|Frank Alarcon||Co-Chair, Men’s Group|
|Carroll Bewley||Co-Chair, Men’s Group|
|Karyn Hornick||Chair, Walking Club|
|Harriet Waas||Co-Chair, Travel Club|
|George Waas||Co-Chair, Travel Club|
|Wendy Johnston||Co-Chair, Friendship Force|
|Anita Olivier||Co-Chair, Friendship Force|
|Laura Morris||Chair, Spanish Club|
|Tom Pelham||Chair, Writers’ Group|
|Denise Zabelski-Sever||Co-Chair, Social Committee|
|Joanne Taylor||Co-Chair, Social Committee|
|Mary Irvine||Co-Chair, Social Committee|
Membership Board Non-Voting Members
|Debra Herman||OLLI Executive Director|
|Harriet Waas||Recording Secretary|