Letter from the President, Jack Mapstone  Summer 2022

OLLI President, Jack Mapstone

On April 1st, I received the president’s gavel from Harriet Waas. As most of you know, she served as president of OLLI for the past two years. Her willingness to step up during COVID and help navigate this organization through love and dedication has been simply remarkable. (And her husband,George, helped a little.) It was, and is, with humility and pride that I accepted that gavel and will work every day to fulfill the duties as president of OLLI.

The Summer 22 session begins May 2 with a wonderful list of classes that will appeal to everyone. OLLI is offering both six-week and three-week classes. Some of the topics include history, science, technology, exercise and a few special-interest classes. The best news may be that a few of those classes will be in person.

If there is one thing that makes our OLLI chapter rise above the others, it is our volunteers. As we transition back to more in-person classes, please consider offering some of your time to help keep our OLLI at FSU viable and active.

So, let’s keep our fingers crossed, shed our face coverings to show those smiles and look to put COVID in our rear-view mirror. Let us look forward to restoring some sense of normalcy during this summer session.

Jack Mapstone

OLLI President, Tallahassee

Advisory Council Voting Members

Name Title
Jack Mapstone President
Bruce Bechard First Vice President
Jan Smith  Second Vice President
Harriet Waas  Immediate Past President
Laura Morris Member Representative
Mary Anne Price Member Representative, Westminster Oaks
Randy Soule Member Representative
Marie Clewis Member Representative
Robin Brinkmeyer Member Representative
TBA Philanthropy Committee
TBA Chair, Scholarship Committee
Carroll Bewley Co-Chair, Curriculum Committee
Fran Conaway Co-Chair, Curriculum Committee
Carroll Bewley Co-Chair, Special Lectures Committee
Fran Conaway Co-Chair, Special Lectures Committee
TBA Chair, Volunteer Committee
Fran Conaway Co-Chair, Communications and Marketing Committee
Susan Yelton Chair, Society of Past Presidents
Linda Fairbanks Chair, Succession Planning Committee
John Kilgore Co-Chair, Succession Planning Committee
Bruce Bechard Chair, Shared Interest Groups Committee
Harriet Waas  Co-Chair, Member Satisfaction Committee
Susan Yelton Co-Chair, Member Satisfaction Committee


Name Title
TBA Editor


Special Interest Groups

Name Title
Nancy O'Farrell  Monday Book Club
Laurie Svec Co-Chair, Wednesday Book Club
Denise Vandiver 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
Laura Morris Chair, Spanish Club
TBA Chair, Writers' Group
Denise Zabelski-Sever Co-Chair, Social Committee
Renae Mapstone Co-Chair, Social Committee
Michael Dodson FB Administrator

Membership Board Non-Voting Members

Name Title
Debra Herman OLLI Executive Director
David Heath Recording Secretary
Terry Aaronson Program Coordinator
Michelle Gomez OLLI Business Associate


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