Executive Director Dr. Barbara White called the meeting to order on Saturday, September 19. She introduced the guest speaker, Josephine Caron, from the Long Beach Public Library system.
The Library system has a close alliance with OLLI. She encouraged us to obtain a free library card. With this we can access many benefits that include large-print books, DVDs,
access to downloading electronic books, and the use of computers for two hours daily. The Bay Shore and El Dorado libraries are now open on Saturdays. The Bay Shore, Burnett, and North branch
locations are also open on Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m.
Malcolm Green, our past president, reported on the state of OLLI. Annual costs to support OLLI are $300,000. Because there are only three employees, our volunteers continue to secure our existence, and we need more of them. Presently we have 1,640 members for the fall session. They attend more than eighty day and evening classes that are taught Monday through Saturdays. We have installed a donor wall, honoring the contributors that make OLLI possible. Donations and contributions fund our scholarship program that helps members who need financial
assistance to attend OLLI. Members were reminded that they can use the Long Beach Transit or alternative transportation to avoid parking problems. Within the next year, we hope to have more indoor and outdoor seating to encourage socializing. One of our goals is eventually to be online with The SUN in color.
Thank you, Dr. Michael Gavin, for a most enjoyable and informative cinematic music quiz. Ernie Gilman won first prize, Malcolm Green and Bill
Fitzpatrick tied for second place.
The new elected officers of OLLI for 2016 are
President: Bill Fitzpatrick
Vice President: Naida Tushnet
Treasurer: Karin Covey
Secretary: Vicki O’Toole
Members at Large: Len Jacobson and Michael Gavin.
Last, many thanks to Janie, Becky, Karin, and Candy for organizing our meeting.
On September 26th the annual volunteer luncheon was held at the Chart Room on the CSULB campus. It was a super success, and the ’50s theme made it lots of fun. Karin Covey and other volunteers greeted guests and invited them to start the afternoon with a root beer float or cherry coke.
Some eighty-five volunteers filled the room with laughter and joyous visiting. The tables were decorated with OLLI mugs, ornaments, and 45-RPM records from Karin Covey’s antique collection.
Barbara White, our Executive Director, opened the festivities by praising all of our volunteers and stating “Service is Joy. If you want to touch the future touch others.” Outgoing President Malcolm Green praised all volunteers and especially Betty Hutchens, who has been at OLLI for many years and set up our successful art show. She has moved to Palm Desert; OLLI awarded her a life-time membership, in hopes she will return to see us.
Lunch was a nostalgic buffet of traditional style ’50s burgers, hot dogs, French fries and
onion rings. Dessert was an extra special make-your-own ice cream sundae bar.
Bill Fitzpatrick, our new OLLI President,
introduced Steve Propes, the DJ for the afternoon. Steve entertained us by playing some of the all-time greats of the ’50s. He also shared the history and background of the music, and advertised his upcoming OLLI class! Many people hit the dance floor and moved to the tunes. Carl Curtis and Karen McDonough seemed to particularly enjoy the oldies and were seen dancing to Sam Cook’s “You Send Me.”
This annual luncheon is a small tribute to the volunteers who give their time, talent and
energy to OLLI by teaching, reporting, staffing the office and much more throughout the year. A big Thank You goes out to all the volunteers. We also acknowledge the committee who made this luncheon happen: Karin Covey and husband Bob, Rebecca Low, Grace Blankenship, Vicki O’Toole, Candy Yamagawa, Patti and Jim Worsham and their grandson Luke, who helped with the decorations.