Clubs

Book Club

Join fellow members for a monthly discussion of books that run the gamut from fiction, non-fiction, biographies, to extended essays. Club members select the books and discussions are led by an OLLI member, author, or invited speaker. Titles and brief descriptions of selections for Spring 2017 follow. Choose to attend the mid-day or the afternoon meeting; both groups discuss the same book, except with different facilitators. Usually we meet the 2nd Wednesday, January through June, but members are notified by email of any changes. Contact: Ramona Bowman, rbowman0721@gmail.com, Noon group, which meets at Leroy Collins (main) Library; or Sara Pankaskie (ollibookclub@gmail.com), Afternoon group, which meets 4 pm at the pool clubhouse at Westminster Oaks. NOTE: in March, both groups will meet at 4 pm at the Eastside Branch Library (Pedrick Rd), when author Rhett Devane will lead the discussion.

The Writers' Group

The Writers’ Group meets the 2nd Monday of the month all year long (including summer). We meet at Westminster Oaks, 4449 Meandering Way, in the Pub Room in the Parry Building from 10am to Noon. Members share their writings and engage in writing exercises to improve their craft. Periodically, we have presentations and/or workshops by published authors. We all have stories just waiting to be written. Join us and let us help you get your story on paper. For more information, contact Tom Pelham, at tgpelham@aol.com or 850-386-9401. Published by OLLI at FSU Writers Group members in 2010, Life Lessons, an anthology of fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and photography, is available for purchase from Amazon.

Men’s Group

Our initial Men’s Group meets every two weeks to discuss common issues and challenges faced by older men, to share each others’ knowledge and expertise on a range of topics, and to socialize in an informal environment. As additional men show interest, more groups, not to exceed 10-12 members each, will be formed. Group meetings are self-directed. Responsibility for facilitating discussions is generally rotated among the participating members. For more information, contact Frank Alarcon at alarconfj@yahoo.com or 850-766-6854.

Travel Club

The OLLI Travel Club gives you the opportunity to enjoy the best our world has to offer at very reasonable prices. You travel with friends and enjoy well-planned trips. The Travel Club meets, usually with The Friendship Force International Club, to share information about upcoming trips and other travel opportunities. We also host presentations for those interested in travel. If you are interested in joining, please contact Harriet and George Waas at waas01@comcast.net.

Walking Club

The OLLI Walking Club provides year-round opportunities for walkers of all fitness levels to keep moving and enrich friendships. Whether new to Tallahassee or a long-time resident, you’ll enjoy walking with us on paved and unpaved trails throughout the City of Tallahassee Parks and Recreation system. We have opportunities for both “gentle” or beginning walkers and intermediate to advanced walker/hikers. Some of our walks give us the opportunity to explore picturesque neighborhoods as well as the FSU campus. OLLI Walkers also participate in community walks and organize a hiking field trip each semester. To receive our weekly emailed schedules and/or for more information, contact Karyn Hornick, OLLIWalking@gmail.com.

Friendship Force International

FFI expands our members’ travel opportunities and offers a rewarding way of meeting new people. We can explore new countries and cultures through FFI’s signature program of home hospitality. Additionally, OLLI members can serve as hosts to welcome domestic and international visitors into our community. Check our Facebook page, Friendship Force Tallahassee Florida to learn about our past visitors as well as trips OLLI members have taken or plan to take. To view the variety of exchange options available, visit the FFI website at friendshipforce.org. For more information or to be notified of upcoming meetings, contact Wendy Johnston at mrswendyjohnston@gmail.com.

Club Español

Buenos Dias amigos. OLLI Spanish Club meets every Thursday at the Pool Clubhouse of Westminster Oaks at 10:30am, except for the last Thursday of the month when we meet at a different Hispanic restaurant to enjoy lunch and learning in a stimulating venue! We practice our conversation skills in Espanol. The object of our fun get-together is to speak as much Espanol as possible, thereby learning vocabulary, correct pronunciation and the culture of our Hispanic neighbors. Join us for the exciting experience of being totally immersed in another language (without having to travel)! Contact Laura Gonzalez Morris, 850-668-9133.

NEW! OLLI Paddlers

The group meets on the rivers, streams, lakes, and bays of North Florida. We focus our paddling on the local ecology, wildlife, natural beauty, and culture of each venue. We schedule Friday outings during the class term and continue paddling after the end of the semester when we can. We try to incorporate an opportunity to socialize and debrief over lunch in a local restaurant or a picnic during or after each trip. Members supply their own equipment. Trips generally call for some experience and participants should know kayaking basics and be able to paddle for several hours at a stretch. For more information, contact Michael Lampman at lampmanm@icloud.com.

NEW! Save the Planet Club

Join us for engaging discussion and inspiration for responsible stewardship practices to preserve our planet for future generations. The Save the Planet Club meets throughout the year to enjoy lunch ‘n’ learn activities, guest speakers, book and film discussions, and cooking classes. Help us raise awareness of the environmental impact of our lifestyle decisions, the health considerations of our food choices, and our ethical challenges. Explore strategies and lifestyle changes that promote environmental sustainability at local and global levels. Help us to make Tallahassee a healthy, compassionate, and environmentally responsible community. To be added to our email list, contact Sally Sanders at sallycsanders@gmail.com Kathie Emrich at kemrich@msn.com.