Letter from the President, Harriet Waas  Fall 2021

OLLI President, Harriet Waas

COVID-19 changed our lives, requiring us to devise new and creative ways to keep OLLI moving forward. We will once again have Zoom classes for the Fall semester. We will also be able to begin attending activities together if you choose, with specific guidelines from FSU. The silver lining of the pandemic brought us instructors from many states as well as several international countries. Check out what OLLI has to offer in this digital OLLI Course Catalog!

I recognized early on that so much of what OLLI at FSU offers its members is provided through volunteers. As we begin the fall semester, I strongly encourage each OLLI member to volunteer in some way. Share a special interest with others by starting a club, join an already existing committee, volunteer for one-time events that pop up throughout the year.  Connect with others and they will be sure to let you know what needs to be done.

It has been extremely gratifying to be involved in OLLI on a deeper level and work with other amazing volunteers to continuously find ways to give our members a more comprehensive program. Words do not describe the satisfaction one gets from being successful in an organization that thrives and depends on volunteers.

 Volunteering also allows me to give back to OLLI some of what I get through the efforts of other volunteers.

Together OLLI will become a stronger, better organization and more attractive to the Tallahassee community! And your lives will be richer for it.

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
TBA Philanthropy Committee
Myrtle Bailey Chair, Scholarship Committee
Carroll Bewley Curriculum Committee
TBA Chair, Volunteer Committee
Fran Conaway Chair, Special Lectures Committee
Fran Conaway Co-Chair, Communications and Marketing Committee
Ramona Bowman Chair, Society of Past Presidents
Linda Fairbanks Chair, Succession Planning Committee
John Kilgore Co-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
Nancy O'Farrell  Monday Book Club
Laurie Svec 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
Judith Powell  Chair, Writers' Group
Denise Zabelski-Sever Co-Chair, Social Committee
Renae Mapstone 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
TBA Accounting Representative


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