Letter from the President, Harriet Waas  August 2020

OLLI President, Harriet Waas

We continue to live in difficult times right now and are not able to enjoy the face-to-face contact OLLI classes and activities provide. Yet, we have all lived through many other challenges in our lifetimes and we know that this, too, shall pass. Through the wonder of technology, we are still able to say connected and continue learning.


The OLLI Fall Term will offer some wonderful online classes on a variety of topics and for varied interests. Classes include History and Current Events, Humanities, Personal Enrichment, Science, Health and Fitness. Several clubs will continue to meet via Zoom, and we are also planning virtual field trips, travel and special lectures.


I encourage you to study the OLLI Course Catalog carefully and join other members online to stay connected and continue learning. It is especially important during these difficult times to keep your mind active and your spirits high! Please reach out to friends and family who may also be interested and encourage them to join OLLI.


In the meantime, stay well and enjoy OLLI online!


Harriet Waas

OLLI President, Tallahassee 

Advisory Council Voting Members

Name Title
Harriet Waas President
Jack Mapstone First Vice President
Bruce Bechard Second Vice President
John Kilgore Immediate Past President
Jill Adams Member Representative
Mary Anne Price Member Representative, Westminster Oaks
Kathie Emrich Member Representative
Marie Clewis Member Representative
Robin Brinkmeyer Member Representative
Winnie Schmeling Philanthropy Committee
Karyn Hornick Chair, Scholarship Committee
Carroll Bewley Curriculum Committee
Sylvia Byrd Inclusivity Committee
Mary Irvine Chair, Volunteer Committee
Fran Conaway Chair, Special Lectures Committee
John Van Gieson Co-Chair, Communications and Marketing Committee
Fran Conaway Co-Chair, Communications and Marketing Committee
Ramona Bowman Chair, Society of Past Presidents
Linda Fairbanks Chair, Succession Planning Committee
Jack Mapstone Chair, Shared Interest Groups Committee
Harriet Waas  Co-Chair, Member Satisfaction Committee
Susan Yelton Co-Chair, Member Satisfaction Committee


Name Title
George Waas Editor


Special Interest Groups

Name Title
Ramona Bowman Monday Book Club
Susan Barnes Wednesday Book Club
Laurie Svec Co-Chair, Wednesday Book Club
Jan Smith Chair, Culture and Arts Activities
Marie Clewis Chair, Field Trips
Frank Alarcon Co-Chair, Men's Group
Carroll Bewley Co-Chair, Men's Group
Debbie Justice-Obley Chair, Walking Club
Harriet Waas Co-Chair, Travel Club
George Waas Co-Chair, Travel Club
Wendy Johnston Co-Chair, Friendship Force
Laura Morris Chair, Spanish Club
Phil Beyer Chair, Writers' Group
Denise Zabelski-Sever Co-Chair, Social Committee
Joanne Taylor Co-Chair, Social Committee
Mary Irvine Co-Chair, Social Committee
Michael Lampman Chair, Paddlers' Club
Michael Dodson FB Administrator

Membership Board Non-Voting Members

Name Title
Debra Herman OLLI Executive Director
David Heath Recording Secretary
Terry Aaronson Program Coordinator
Melissa Gilbert Account Representative


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