ummer and Fall registrations at OLLI resulted in a record number of new members. In November, the Member Services Working Group and the Governing Council held the first-ever New Member Social to welcome them. If the conversational noise level and engaged, smiling faces are any indication, the event was a roaring success!
About thirty-five new members accepted the invitation and welcomed the chance to learn more about OLLI, meet new people, and have their questions answered. Before and after the formal presentations, new members interacted with each other and with Governing Council members and OLLI leaders. Coffee, lemonade, and cookies were served. Short presentations by Barbara White, Bill Fitzpatrick, and Carl Curtis detailed the connections between OLLI and the University, the history of OLLI, highlights of future plans, the differences between our OLLI and those in other locations, and the association with the Bernard Osher Institute. OLLI president Bill Fitzpatrick introduced the OLLI leaders and members of the Governing Council who were present.
A highlight of the afternoon was the yellow New Member folders that were explained by Patty Worsham. They included information that all new members would welcome: upcoming events, a campus map, application forms for transit TAP cards, CSULB student ID cards, parking information, volunteer applications, OLLI contact information, and much more.
Questions and answers followed the presentations. It was explained that the CSULB student ID card allows full campus library privileges and other local discounts. There was also a demonstration of the OLLI website and discussion of the scholarship program that assures that no student is turned away for inability to pay.
The OLLI Member Services team was delighted with the success of and enthusiasm for this event to establish stronger support for new members. Their plan is to welcome future incoming OLLI members at similar twice-yearly events. Look for notice of the next meeting to be held in May 2016.
Dr. Scott J. Mighell is a delightful storyteller, as evidenced in his poem below and in his book, My Friend, St. Peter and Other Short Stories (2001). His book takes us on many illuminating journeys before, during, and after his service as a U.S. Army Medical Officer.
Setting the book in the Philippines near the end of World War II, Dr. Mighell has written a refreshing personal essay as he meanders locally, then globally with his romping true-life tales.
We also share his pride when his career begins with his own surgical practice in Long Beach, California, in 1954. He happily retired forty years later. In Dr. Mighell’s description below of successfully learning how to write poetry, he also opens our hearts to a continuing love story.
A Novel Approach to Memoir Writing is one of the longest running classes at OLLI. American English is not required. Class members have come from all over the world. They all share life ex-periences through their memoirs read before their peers and enjoyed by all.
See the Memoir written by Dr. Mighell on page 7 in The SUN.