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President's Corner

I’m borrowing some thoughts on aging for my final corner column. During my years of leading OLLI classes and my term as governing council president, I’ve often seen these attitudes at work.
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”––Satchel Paige
Our members often reflect the thought expressed here by this Hall of Fame pitcher. Let your identity, not your age, define you. The corollary is our motto - “learn more ~ age less.” When I was a teenager in Kansas City, I saw Satch pitching one game for the A’s. Keeping things light, he sat in a bullpen rocking chair between innings. He was 59, ancient for a pitcher but just a rookie here at OLLI.
“I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.” - Albert Einstein. The great physicist tells us that by the time we reach our later years, we are often better able to express ourselves. Perhaps we no longer feel hemmed in by the dictates of society. I’ve often seen this quality in action here. Our members are not reluctant to express their opinions. Really listening to what’s on your minds is a challenging part of the job for me. When we’ve been able to respond in ways that benefit OLLI, it’s the most rewarding part.
On the first Saturday of October, we will be electing a new governing council. You can read about the nominees in this issue (see page 5) of The SUN. Please take part in our annual meeting, support the new council in their labors, and help them by offering your time and talents. As for me, there’s still a council role as past president. I for one will be pitching in to help our new leadership team.

 

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From the Executive Director

By Dr. Barbara White

It has been said that there is nothing permanent except change (Heraclitus). William Arthur Ward observed that “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” As OLLI lifelong learners we have experienced two important changes in the past few months: Online registration and changes in parking regulations for our members with disabled parking placards/licenses plates. Each of these requires us to adjust our sails and exercise our intelligence!
With the help of our wonderful cadre of volunteers, our first online registration experience (Summer 2017) went better than we expected; and the burden on our office staff has greatly decreased because of our ability to accept credit card payments online and to generate reports rapidly. We will, however, no longer use wait lists for classes. When a class is full to an instructor’s requested level or the capacity of the room (e.g. 98 occupancy in Room 101), we will NOT enroll anyone else. The latter is on the insistence of the Fire Marshall and for the safety of our members.
As always, you cannot audit a closed class because you will take a seat from someone who has paid for it. Please be a good citizen and honor this.
Those with disabled placards/license plates can now park only in blue marked spaces in lot 9 (with CSULB permit) and on State University Drive or Palo Verde Ave. (without CSULB permit). Our solution to this restriction for disabled placard holders is a very nice ride in the new OLLI TROLLEY from the 34 ADA parking spots in Lot 12 in front of the Carpenter Center to OLLI’s front door and back. The electric cart can accommodate folding walkers, but not wheelchairs. More
details will be available in October. We would also like to encourage abled members in a class to consider ridesharing with members with placards. It’s a great way to meet new people and make new friends. In these difficult times we long for community, and OLLI can provide that!
So, in the words of Alan Watts: “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.”