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OLLI-UO in Central Oregon 2019 News and Updates Archive

An archive of OLLI-UO in Central Oregon 2019 news and updates is listed below. Current announcements can be found on the News and Updates page.


President’s Note December 2019

This is my 24th and final President’s Note in the InfoHub, having served as Central Oregon OLLI President for two years. What an honor, pleasure, and journey it has been. Over the four years I have been an OLLI member (and will continue to be until the day I die), I have come to realize that being an OLLI member is helping me to age well. I am so grateful that the University of Oregon is the host for two OLLI sites. It speaks well of the University that they have put a priority on lifelong learning. I realize that I relate more to the University of Oregon now than I do to my alma mater due to what UO is making possible for me in my (hopefully) long retirement years.

I was talking to my doctor recently, told her I want to avoid Alzheimers, and she asked me how I am doing on the socialization front. I said, “no problem, we have an OLLI!” She looked at me and said, “That’s great—I am trying to get my parents to move here, and that will help with my recruitment.”

Now I am looking forward to moving on to lead the Fundraising Subcommittee and to continue working on the committee to find a long-term classroom and office space for OLLI-UO in Central Oregon. OLLI will continue to receive my time and money, and I will receive in return lifelong learning, friend-making, challenges to work on, and laughter with loads of great people. 

All my best to my friends in OLLI-CO, OLLI-ES, and UO CPE staff.

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Governing Council President

November 6, 2019


Our October 2, 2019 All-Member Meeting Notes

We have compiled some important information from our all-member meeting that took place on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Meeting notes and visuals are available for download from the OLLI-UO member portal.

To sign into the portal, called “My OLLI-UO,” use the same email address and password that you use to register for classes. If you've never registered for courses online, enter your email address and click on the "Forgot your password?" link.

Upon logging into the My OLLI-UO portal, there will be a grey box to the left-hand side that says “OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Members” with a green underlined sentence: Download your copy of the October 2, 2019 all-member meeting notes. Select that sentence to access the meeting notes and financial charts.

Please give our office a call with any questions. Thank you for taking the time to learn about what's happening with OLLI-UO in Central Oregon.

October 23, 2019


OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Fee Increase

The message below was sent to all Central Oregon members (via email for most and postal mail for those without email access) on August 29, 2019.

Dear OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Members,

Your Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon is a growing, dynamic part of our community in Central Oregon. Over the past year, membership has approached 220 members. About one-third of us actively volunteer as instructors, course managers, or facilitators; others serve on committees (program, membership, etc.) or on the governing council. In addition to members, OLLI-UO reaches hundreds of area residents through public lectures, recruitment events, and outreach to retirement communities. Since its beginning as Silver Sage Society, OLLI-UO remains a member-driven organization with participants shaping their own learning experiences. Our active volunteer work helps to keep our program expenses low, which help keep our participation fees low.

To address our current financial status, presented in detail below, OLLI-UO has instituted a multi-faceted plan to increase revenue sources: boost membership, increase gifts and corporate sponsorships, and raise participation fees. In part, this letter is to inform you that participation fees will rise on November 1, 2019: the annual fee to $180; the six-month fee to $105.

Memberships that expire at the end of October or after cannot be renewed prior to October 16 and be assessed at the old rate. Therefore, anyone whose membership expires at the end of October or after will be assessed at the new rate stated above. If you do not know or remember when your membership expires, you can check the date by logging in to My OLLI-UO (the online portal) or calling or visiting the office. New members joining on or after October 16 will be assessed at the new rate.

To place our participation fees in context, they remained flat for a decade before moving to the current rate of $160 in 2017. Nevertheless, our fees fall short of those in a large majority of the 123 OLLIs nationwide. As the pie chart below indicates, participation fees cover only about one-third of our OLLI-UO total program expenses.

There are three keys to our sustainability: 1) participation fees, 2) gifts and corporate sponsorships, and 3) endowments and grants. Thus, we also have the opportunity to keep OLLI-UO thriving by introducing friends and neighbors to our organization, giving to its fund-raising campaign, and suggesting corporations that might have an interest in sponsoring OLLI-UO events.

Pie chart illustrating fiscal year 2019 revenues.

The pie chart above illustrates the ratio of revenue types as related to total expenses for FY19 and indicates OLLI-UO has made significant improvement toward diversifying our revenue sources though increased gifts, corporate sponsorships, and earned revenue. Such diversification is building momentum toward our multi-year goal of eliminating a subsidy by UO CPE (Continuing and Professional Education). In addition, diversification of revenue sources also means that, for one reasonable fee, you may continue to attend as many OLLI-UO events as you choose, except for an occasional fee for off-site events such as the holiday party or field trips with admission. The following chart provides more information about OLLI-UO’s expenses and revenue sources, based on the current plan for FY20. (Please note the UO fiscal year is July 1–June 30.)

Image of table showing FY20 forecast.

Your participation fee plays an integral role as the key building block supporting the high-quality program we want to sustain, and which you expect and deserve. If you have further questions, please contact any of us through the general OLLI-UO contact information, and we will follow up.

Thanks for all you do as a member of the learning community at OLLI-UO.

The OLLI-UO Central Oregon Governing Council

Sandra Gladney, Executive Director

September 5, 2019


President’s Note November 2019

OLLI-UO in Central Oregon is progressing on so many fronts. Whether it is the pursuit of the best possible programming, the pursuit of financial sustainability, the pursuit of a permanent classroom space, or the pursuit of member satisfaction, we have members and staff rowing together.

I am struck by the unique organization that OLLI is. Members benefit in so many ways from their investment. OLLI membership is truly a bargain. But the reason it is a bargain is twofold: one, there are member volunteers who give of their time to do the work described above; and two, is the generosity of the Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) Department of the University of Oregon. CPE has supported OLLI financially for many  years, filling our annual deficit between revenues coming in and expenses going out. But behind this generosity of member-volunteers, and the CPE Department and its chain of command, is the need for OLLI members to understand that a) many hands make light work and b) donations to the fundraising campaign by every member are important. These are not slogans. OLLI only works when most of its members do more than pay the membership fee and attend programs. Please fill out a volunteer form—you will never be pushed to do more than you want to. Also, think about what OLLI is worth to you and write a check in that amount in response to the current fiscal year 2020 fundraising campaign. We have a deadline of June 30, 2023, to be financially sustainable and that requires meeting targets all along the way.  Thanks, friends!

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Governing Council President

October 23, 2019


President’s Note October 2019

What makes OLLI a worthwhile use of our, let’s face it, precious time on this earth?

I ask myself periodically, why do I invest in OLLI rather than just avail myself of other types of lifelong learning opportunities that don’t require volunteering and committee meetings? I have spent almost four years now as a member-volunteer. Some others have spent many more years as member-volunteers. Why do we do it? I can only speak for myself—here goes:

I like being a part of something that is important to the community. I feel good about myself when I am giving to others. I would not have met the interesting and fine people I have were it not for being an OLLI member-volunteer.  I like that we are responsible for the success or failure of our organization.

I know in my heart that OLLI is the best mechanism for providing all of these benefits that are important to us as we age: friendships;  the need to keep innovating (in our programming); the opportunity to teach a class; the opportunity to self-govern and all the good will and skills that puts to the test; the opportunities to help others; introspection to ensure we are being supportive, respectful  and kind fellow members;  saying thank you to those who make OLLI possible;  a whole lot of laughter; and mighty fine socials.

Now can we get all this warmth, stimulation, and endorphins from being a passive student in another classroom setting? I don’t think so. Please say yes when asked to do something for OLLI in addition to renewing your membership.

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Governing Council President

September 5, 2019


President’s Note September 2019

Odds and ends—things you might want to know:

We are well underway in “OLLI Summer Camp” and after several weeks, I think we are doing well in our two temporary locations.

The “Search 2.0” Committee to find OLLI-UO in Central Oregon a “home base” is well underway. Sandra Gladney, UO Continuing and Professional Education Executive Director, is our chairwoman and Heather Inghram, Steve Hussey, John Rhetts, Gary Whitaker, and I are working alongside her to get us more permanent spaces as soon as possible. In the meantime, the Elks Lodge and Deschutes Historical Museum like us, we like them, and we can stay put for the medium-term future.

I recently attended a first-ever “Summit of Oregon learning in retirement” organizations. What fun! What diversity, yet commonality of purpose and challenges! All over Oregon, our age group wants and is getting lifelong learning and community. I was proud to represent OLLI-UO in Central Oregon.

The OLLI-UO All-Member Survey is done. At the time of this writing, results are being annualized and input is being synthesized. We will share comments and results with members, as well as areas for improvement and steps being taken to work on those areas.

There is work to be done by OLLI-UO to continue our good work on the Financial Sustainability Plan, which we started in fiscal year 2019. We will have more fundraising and membership targets to set and achieve in fiscal year 2020. (The UO fiscal year runs July 1–June 30. FY20 just started on July 1, 2019.) Onward and upward, my friends. And if you are interested in serving on Governing Council, throw your hat in the ring. You won’t regret it!

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Governing Council President

August 5, 2019


Summer Social Meetups

Every two weeks, membership chair Kathryn Cullen is sending out e-blasts announcing exciting community events around Central Oregon that fellow members are attending. These meetups are designed to be an enjoyable, informal way for members to get to know each other outside of the classroom. Please note these are not UO-sponsored events.

Support OLLI with your presence by attending the following presentations:

  • OLLI “Value of Lifelong Learning” presentation to the UUFCO congregation on Sunday, 8/18, at 10:00 a.m. OLLI members Kathryn Cullen, Dick Linford, Maggi Machala, Max Merrill, and John Rhetts will provide real-life examples of what values they have discovered on their journey. Please attend and provide support! The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship–61980 Skyline Ranch Rd
  • OLLI-UO in Central Oregon will be an exhibitor at the 2nd Annual Central Oregon Boomerama 50+ Health and Age-Less Living Expo onSaturday, 9/07! While we hope to attract new members, many exhibitors will be of interest to all OLLI members, e.g. St Charles Health System, Travel Perks, etc. This event is an educational summit, home and garden show, and health fair all rolled into one with a focus on Baby Boomers! The expo is free! Visit the Boomerama webpage for more info and to sign up.

An e-blast will be sent to your email every other Thursday announcing events. Watch your email for details or contact Kathryn for more information. Kathryn’s contact info may be obtained by emailing osher@uoregon.edu.


Important Information about Our OLLI-UO Locations for Fall

The message below was sent to all Central Oregon members (e-blast for most and postal mail for those without email access) on 07/0919.

Dear OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Members,

I wanted to send you a note to let you know that although “Summer Camp” is over at the end of August, we have contracted with the Elks Lodge and the Deschutes Historical Museum to continue using these venues for the rest of the year. Extending both contracts beyond August is available and possible. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays will be OLLI days for the remainder of the year, with additional one-time programming on select Thursdays. Field trips will continue to be held on Fridays. Heather will have use of the small office space with her UO colleagues at Vision Plaza in Bend for at least the rest of the year. OLLI-UO programs will continue year-round, with the exception of our usual holiday breaks as observed by the university.

The search for more permanent space is the mission for the “Search 2.0” Team consisting of Sandra Gladney (Executive Director of UO Continuing and Professional Education and acting OLLI Director), Heather Inghram (OLLI-UO Program Manager), and OLLI members Steve Hussey, John Rhetts, John Dulzo, Helen Pruitt, and myself. Any other OLLI member that wants to be on this team is welcome. We meet regularly and will update you at least monthly. Finding a more permanent classroom and office space or perhaps two spaces, is our highest priority. If any OLLI member has input on potential space for us in Bend, please contact me or one of the other members of the Search 2.0 Team.

Thank you for your understanding and hang in there! If the move out of the Duck Store and temporarily into the Elks Lodge, Deschutes Historical Museum, and Vision Plaza office has taught me anything, it is that we have the unity of purpose with UO and the grit to do what must be done. We will do it again, but this time with a long-term classroom and office space or spaces. Contact me by phone or email with any ideas or suggestions. (Suzanne’s contact info may be obtained by emailing osher@uoregon.edu.)

Sincerely,

Suzanne Butterfield

Central Oregon Governing Council President

July 9, 2019


OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Summer Camp

Our Central Oregon locations page has been updated with information about each “campsite.”

Mondays at the Elks Lodge “Campsite”

Mondays, July 8–August 12, 10:00 a.m.–noon, Investigating American Presidents

Mondays, July 8–August 12, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Ideas from TED Talks

Tuesdays at the Elks Lodge “Campsite”

Tuesdays, July 9–September 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon, Brain Myths Exploded

Three Tuesdays: July 16, 23, 30, 1:30–3:30 p.m., An Introduction to Economics

Tuesday, August 20, 1:30–3:30 p.m., What’s Happening at the Border

Wednesdays at the Deschutes Historical Museum “Campsite”

Wednesdays, July 17–September 4, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Summer Documentary Series

Three Wednesdays: August 14, 21, 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Memoirs in Literature

Field Trips

Thursday, June 28, 12:45 p.m., Pine Mountain Wildflower Hike/Walk

Thursday, July 11, 10:15 a.m., Knott Landfill and Recycling Tour and Talk

Thursday, July 25, 1:15 p.m., McLagan’s Taxidermy Tour

Google Map Directions

For Google Map directions, please choose from the links below.

Elks Lodge #1371, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

Deschutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave, Bend, 97703

June 13, 2019


President’s Note August 2019

OLLI-UO in Central Oregon is moving ahead on all fronts this summer. But before mentioning the future, I would like to make an observation about what staff and OLLI volunteers have accomplished in the last year, mainly in the last ninety days. The move out of The Duck Store, the move of most OLLI/UO equipment into storage, the search for and then contracting for classroom spaces to take us through the end of the year while we continue to look for a more permanent space, placing programming into new classroom spaces with different audiovisual capability than the Duck Store, moving classes from “normal days and times” to new ones to fit what the new venue contracts allow, increasing members by almost 100, and contributing about $18,000 to the OLLI-UO Financial Sustainability Plan goals was a job extremely well done. That experience—shared by dozens of volunteers and all members—proves to me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that OLLI-UO in CO is a very healthy organization.

We had a great time at the “Summer Camp Social” on June 25, introducing members to one of our two classroom spaces and enjoying each other’s company and good potluck food.

Your Governing Council and Committees are running on all cylinders. Beyond July/August “Summer Camp,” your leadership is hard at work with UO staff in investigating, looking at, and ultimately nailing down a classroom space (or spaces) so that programming continues uninterrupted throughout the year, and beyond. We are a strong and vibrant organization with bonds that run deep among members and staff.

See you at the fall picnic in September!

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Governing Council President

June 28, 2018


President’s Note July 2019

The message below was sent to all Central Oregon members by postal mail on 06/10/19. This is important information about our move and our upcoming “Summer Camp.”

Dear OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Members,

Our last day in the Duck Store building is just around the corner on June 19, and this communication provides the information you need to get ready for OLLI’s July-August “Summer Camp.” The insert provided with the letter serves as a guide to our two great locations, along with the schedule for each day. We suggest you put the insert in the glovebox or console of your car to make sure you find your “campsite.” The Summer Camp schedule is also listed below.

While our classes and activities will be held at the two locations discussed below, our OLLI-UO in Central Oregon phone number has not changed. It remains 541-728-0685. The phone number will forward to our main Continuing and Professional Education office in Eugene and the message will be relayed to program manager Heather Inghram and student worker Lynnea Fredrickson. Heather and Lynnea will have use of a temporary office space in southwest Bend for the next few months. The Continuing and Professional Education office number in Eugene, for general questions or course registration, remains the same: 800-824-2714. The main CPE office in Eugene is staffed Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

We will continue to provide additional details in our usual three ways:

  1. Weekly “e-minder” sent to your email inbox on Friday afternoons
  2. OLLI-UO Info Hub at osher.uoregon.edu
  3. In-class announcements and handouts at both “campsite” locations

Our Summer Camp kick-off/potluck celebration will held be at The Elks Lodge campsite on Tuesday, June 25, noon–2:00 p.m. You don’t want to miss this. Trust me!

Goodbye, Duck Store! You were a good physical location. We are moving the important parts of OLLI-UO: our wonderful members, the superb staff, the many friendships, the boundless creativity and desire to learn new things…to new spaces. Thanks to all of our members and the great support from program manager Heather Inghram, executive director Sandra Gladney, and the rest of the team at Continuing and Professional Education.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Governing Council President

June 13, 2019


Special Thank You from Heather Inghram

As I am reflecting back on UO Central Oregon’s past at the UO Bend Center—the place where I started with Continuing and Professional Education—I am struck by the outpouring of support and willingness to help from our OLLI-UO members. I am often too busy at the office to express my gratitude. However, please know that I am exceedingly grateful for the dedication and commitment to lifelong learning that each one of you demonstrates. I find your life experiences, professional accomplishments, and education (however formal or informal) inspiring. We’ve drawn on your combined experiences and personalities during this time of transition.

Thank you all for calmly navigating this next chapter with me. I am extremely thankful to our OLLI member-leaders who have not only stepped up to help in a number of capacities, but who have shown grace and resilience throughout this transition. Thank you especially to the members of our Central Oregon Governing Council, namely Suzanne Butterfield, John Dulzo, Kathryn Cullen, Helen Pruitt, Barbara Silversmith, Deb Hollens, Joyce Pickersgill, and Margie de Leon. Thank you to those on the “transition” and “search” teams, including Terry Schwab, Steve Hussey, and John Rhetts. Thank you to the many members who were involved with on-the-ground needs, from inventorying equipment to boxing up materials to moving objects into a storage unit.

I look forward to sharing in the excitement of OLLI-UO in Central Oregon’s future!

Sincerely,

Heather Inghram
Program Manager, Continuing and Professional Education

June 13, 2019


President’s Note June 2019

Summer programming looks vibrant! From documentaries to history and science, shared interest groups and social gatherings, OLLI has a menu of offerings all members are sure to like. About 25 new OLLLI members have joined in the last few months. That is over a 10% increase! New members add diverse personalities and life experiences and the potential for new ideas regarding programming. You are also a source of volunteers which we always need. Please let OLLI leadership or staff know if you have a few hours a week you can donate to OLLI. There is always something that needs doing!

This is our last month in The Duck Store classroom. After a break from most OLLI programming June 20 through July 6 (with the exception of our Pine Mountain Wildflower Hike on June 28), we have two venues in which we are holding our summer programs. “Summer” for us consists of July, August, and September. Before June 15, members will receive a letter in the mail with the names and locations of each venue/classroom and the associated programs. Phone numbers for OLLI-UO support staff in Bend and Eugene have not changed and these will also be in your letter. Of course, the Info Hub has all the information you need, but sometimes it is nice to talk to a staff person or receive a letter in the mail.

Let’s harken back to when we were kids and went to summer camp in different locations! Helen Pruitt’s experience as a Girl Scout Leader may come in handy! Long-term classroom space is being actively pursued.

My OLLI member of the month is Terry Schwab. Throughout the process of moving, she has been strategic and humorous, keeping us all positive and rowing together. See you in our new locations in July!

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Council President

May 16, 2019


OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Status on the Move

The message below will be emailed to members and posted in the classrooms as an announcement no later than 05/20/19.

In an effort to keep all of our OLLI-UO Central Oregon members apprised of our “move” progress, here is an update, as of 05/16/2019:

“Permanent” Location Search Making Progress

  • Steve Hussey and Heather Inghram continue working with a commercial real estate broker and have visited 50+ properties.
  • Bend has a very tight commercial real estate market and OLLI has a unique set of needs:  Ample & flexible classroom space; Convenient parking; Office/administrative space; Storage space; ADA Restrooms; Bend location.
  • If we can’t find a single location that meets our unique needs and fits within our budget, we will likely be spread out across a couple of locations. While not ideal, this is done at many OLLI Chapters.

Interim Location Search Is Finalizing “Summer Camp!” Locations

  • Beginning in July, OLLI-UO Central Oregon operations will be spread between two locations:
    • The Elks Lodge (Mondays/Tuesdays)
    • Deschutes Historical Museum (Wednesdays)
  • Paperwork is being finalized to use these two locations on a short-term basis. We believe the facility use agreements will go through and will communicate as soon as they are confirmed.
  • Heather and Lynnea will have use of office space alongside their UO colleagues in Advancement.
    • They will be working from a small office in Vision Plaza, located on SW Columbia St.
    • They will continue to be available by phone and email.
    • The phone number for Bend operations (541-728-0685) will transition to a voicemail box that Heather and Lynnea check regularly. Members wishing to speak to someone right away should call the main Continuing and Professional Education office at 800-824-2714.
  • More specific information (programs, times, and locations) will be provided in the letter that Suzanne mentioned around June 15.

 OLLI Programming for Summer and Beyond: “Business as Usual”

  • The summer curriculum is in final stages of development and there will be no reduction in the typical number of summer course offerings and activities. 
  • The summer schedule will be posted on the Hub and communicated via email with the usual timing. 
  • There will be a summer welcoming party to which you are all invited, held at one of the summer venues. Location and details TBD.

Move Timing/Logistics

  • Our last day of class at the UO Bend Center/Duck Store building is set for Wednesday, June 19.
  • Moving of furniture and items will happen June 20/21. Professional movers will move the large items, with help and direction from UO staff.

A BIG SHOUT OUT to UO and CPE Group for Their Great Support

  • UO Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) is completely committed to long-term sustainment of OLLI-CO. They are fully engaged and very supportive in all aspects of the move/relocation process. THANKS SO MUCH!!

IT TAKES A VILLAGE: OLLI-CO Volunteers Really Stepping Up to Help

  • Thanks to all of you who have volunteered and are helping out in so many ways. We couldn’t do this without you! 

OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Governing Council and Facility Search Committee

May 16, 2019


President’s Note May 2019

As we approach summer and Central Oregon’s impending space move, I want to make a pledge to our members. My pledge is that your standing Council, Program, Hospitality, and Membership Committees and the ad-hoc Facility Move Committee, backed up by UO CPE leadership, will ensure OLLI-UO in Central Oregon has classroom and office space ready to move into this summer, for members to continue to enjoy our great programs.

Now, it is possible this new space or spaces we find will not be our long-term facility. We may need more time to find that. The monthly updates on the move we send out by email and post at the back of the room—and which we discuss at each monthly All-Member Meeting—have more detail and are more up-to-the-minute than this message. What I would like to convey here is that we all should be optimistic, volunteer when asked, and be stubbornly supportive of whatever it takes to get us into new space in order to deliver the same quality programs we value so highly. Program Committee has programs planned ahead for 90 days. We also have more social gatherings in the planning than usual this summer – the ties that bind, as they say. So, let’s look forward to the summer of 2019 at OLLI-UO Central Oregon with anticipation and a willingness to make this a fun, interactive, albeit different, OLLI summer than we have previously had. After all, this will be our fifth move in 16 years, so it has been done before and we have thrived.

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Council President

April 3, 2019


OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Status on the Move

The message below was emailed to members and posted in the classrooms as an announcement on 04/02/19.

In an effort to keep all of our OLLI-UO Central Oregon members apprised of our “move” progress, here is an update, as of 04/01/2019:

“Permanent” Location Search Making Progress

  • Steve Hussey and Heather Inghram are working with a commercial real estate broker and have visited 50+ properties.
  • Bend has a very tight commercial real estate market and OLLI has a unique set of needs:  Ample & flexible classroom space; Convenient parking; Office/administrative space; Storage space; ADA Restrooms; Bend location.
  • If we can’t find a single location that meets our unique needs and fits within our budget, we will likely be spread out across a couple of locations.  While not ideal, this is done at many OLLI Chapters.

Interim Location Search Is Finalizing “Summer Camp!” Locations

  • John Rhetts is leading a task force in the effort to secure classroom, office, and storage space for the transition time between exiting the Duck Store and moving into a long-term location.
  • Beginning in July, OLLI operations will likely be spread across a few locations.  Heather may be in a separate location but will be fully available by phone/email.
  • More information (courses, locations, etc.) will be provided on a regular basis.  

OLLI Programming for Summer and Beyond: “Business as Usual”

  • The summer curriculum is in final stages of development and there will be no reduction in the typical number of summer course offerings and activities. 
  • The summer schedule will be posted on the Hub and communicated via email with the usual timing.
  • We don’t anticipate any reduction in the fall course offerings and activities.

Move Timing/Logistics

  • A group of volunteers has inventoried and moved to a storage unit all OLLI/UO assets not needed over the next 90 days. A professional mover will move the large items the last week in June.

A BIG SHOUT OUT to UO and CPE Group for Their Great Support

  • UO Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) is completely committed to long-term sustainment of OLLI-CO. They are fully engaged and very supportive in all aspects of the move/relocation process. THANKS SO MUCH!!

IT TAKES A VILLAGE: OLLI-CO Volunteers Really Stepping Up to Help

  • Thanks to all of you who have volunteered and are helping out in so many ways. We couldn’t do this without you! 

Please plan to attend our All-Member Meetings and Move Updates the third Wednesdays of the month. These are held in the UO Bend Center classroom immediately following the food history class:

During this time, we will supply a light lunch while we give you updates that happen above and beyond our written communication. This is also an opportunity for members to be engaged with our Council leaders and ask questions as we work through this process together.

OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Governing Council and Facility Search Committee

April 15, 2019


President’s Note April 2019

It is a busy time at OLLI-UO in Central Oregon. Knowing that the Program Committee is doing its usual superb job of bringing members great programming Monday through Thursday, the Governing Council’s top priority is ensuring that we are prepared to move out of our current classroom space and into new space. I was very pleased that at the All-Member Meeting held on March 20, over twenty members volunteered to help with the move. While at the time of this writing, we do not know where our next classroom location after June 30 will be, we are exploring many venues and have secured summer time space in several venues if we need it, to buy us more time to find the best possible space.

Every month, we will host an all-member meeting to update the membership on the move and to seek input. A monthly update on the move will be posted in the back of the classroom and emailed to all members. As I said in the all-member meeting today, we will collectively meet this challenge to move to a new location, we will continue all the great programming you have come to expect, and we will focus on member satisfaction and social ties (over membership recruitment) at this time.

Each month I like to highlight one member who volunteers selflessly. This month, it is Kathryn Cullen, Governing Council Secretary and Membership Chair. She is tactical, highly organized, highly productive, and supports others. One could not ask for a more reliable team member than Kathryn. Thank you, Kathryn, for all of your contributions to our organization!

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Council President

March 20, 2019


OLLI-UO Central Oregon Space Update

The message below was emailed to members and posted in the classrooms as an announcement on 03/13/19.

The purpose of this communication is to:

  • Provide you with a very brief update on our efforts to establish a new venue for OLLI-UO in Central Oregon
  • Ask for your ideas (see below)
  • Invite you to attend the All Member Meeting on March 20 at noon so we can provide you with more details

Brief Update

The Central Oregon Governing Council was notified of the Duck Store closure on December 28, 2018.

June 30, 2019 is the last day that OLLI-UO in Central Oregon operations can be conducted at our current site. The Council has been working in very close collaboration with UO Continuing and Professional Education (CPE – the department under which OLLI-UO operates) to find a new home.

Here is a summary of our progress to date:

Steve Hussey has formed a small working group that has met several times and already visited approximately 35 locations in the Bend area. The commercial real estate market in Bend is tight and finding a single location that can accommodate our growing needs while meeting our financial sustainability requirements is proving difficult. While this search continues, we have also begun looking at a multi-location approach which will provide us with a range of venues (think about the space needs difference between a book club meeting and the Vikings classes.)  While not ideal, this approach is common in many other OLLI locations. The greater Bend area has many churches, museums, theatre spaces, et cetera, that can offer viable alternatives that match the venue to the class. Sort of like heading onto campus. But no 8:00 a.m. classes, homework, or tests!

Your Ideas

I am sure many of you know of places like this. We are adding to our lists and making visits.  If you know of a place, please contact Steve Hussey right away. (Steve’s email address may be obtained by request at osher@uoregon.edu). Steve will initiate the contact with any facility you may have in mind.

You’re Invited

If you would like to hear more and ask questions, please plan on attending our first “Monthly Move Update for Members,” held on Wednesday, March 20, at 12:15 p.m. We plan on holding these updates once per month through May. Our next “move update” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17, 12:15 p.m.

Taking OLLI to the Next Level

Oh, and one last thing . . . Your Council and our great partners at CPE in Eugene are working well together and completely committed to the continuous improvement and vibrancy of OLLI-UO in Central Oregon. Regardless of the Duck Store closure, we have already outgrown our space and we are embarking on intelligent growth for the long-term. Many of you may not realize it, but this will be our fifth classroom space in 16 years. We want this move to be the last for a long time, but we need to be prepared for a time of transition before we reach our preferred goal.

I hope to see you soon.

Suzanne Butterfield, OLLI-UO Central Oregon Council President, in cooperation the facilities search team

March 25, 2019


“UO Guest” Wifi Connection Available without Password

The wifi username “Duck Store Guest,” to which many of our OLLI-UO members connected, is no longer active. OLLI-UO members are now able to connect to UO Guest without having to self-sponsor an account! To connect to the internet when at the UO Bend Center for OLLI classes, simply do the following:

  • Ensure that wifi is turned on your device (laptop, cell phone, or tablet).
  • Choose “UO Guest” from the list of wireless connections.
  • Wait a moment until the device shows being connected to the signal.
  • Get onto the Internet using your browser of choice (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Mozilla Firefox).
  • Scroll down through the list of terms all the way to the bottom, then click on the “Accept” button.
  • The device should now be connected to the Internet!

Your device will automatically connect to UO Guest from now on when you enter the UO Bend Center.

March 25, 2019


President’s Note March 2019

Welcome to all the new OLLI-UO members! We are at 213 members now, about 35 of whom are new to OLLI in the past nine months. The New Member Welcome in January drew 15 new members, which is one of the most well-attended new member events to date. Speaking of growth, OLLI is now holding class on Fridays in order to accommodate our larger membership.  Our Program Committee continues to bring more interesting speakers to us, with very few time slots left to fill over the next four months.

Each month, I am going to thank one or two OLLI member-volunteers for their vital support of OLLI.  This month, I’d like to recognize Deb Hollens and Roger Aikin.

Deb is behind-the-scenes, volunteering as the Info Hub Editor, providing copy of course descriptions each month, and assisting with our Facebook page. She is asking OLLI members who are on Facebook to “like” the page. (The full name of the page is “Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon.”) The hard copy monthly newsletter has already faded from our memories. Thank you, Deb!

Thanks also go to Roger Aikin, retired art history professor, who is teaching a fascinating live lecture series titled, “Seven Topics in Art History.” Class attendance is high and members are learning and having so much fun, thanks to Roger’s terrific style of teaching. He keeps us surprised and laughing.

We at OLLI are busy each day building our brand of lifelong learning. We have a winning combination of OLLI member creativity and desire to learn, coupled with UO staff professionalism, that culminates in dedication to OLLI-UO by both members and staff. As a result, we have a brand to be proud of.

Please know that OLLI leadership is working diligently on the search for new space in Bend. More information on that topic is outlined below, and we will continue to update our members as options are investigated.

Suzanne Butterfield
Central Oregon Council President

February 19, 2019


OLLI-UO Central Oregon Space Update

The message below was drafted and posted in the classrooms as an in-class announcement on 02/04/19.

The search for our replacement of the Duck Store facility has moved into high gear. We have the full support of our UO senior executives, including the University’s real estate group.

Our search is focused on both admin and office space as well as an anchor/classroom facility.  We are currently looking at local commercial real estate options that may be available for leasing agreements.

Meeting rooms for our ongoing community outreach activities are not part of the real estate search mentioned above. These agreements such as those with Bend Parks and Rec will continue as before.

Our timeline for completion no later than June 2019 remains unchanged. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Steve Hussey, OLLI-UO Central Oregon member and facilities search lead, 02/04/19

*Steve’s email address may be obtained by request by emailing osher@uoregon.edu.*

UO Continues Central Oregon Presence after Duck Store Closure

The linked story above went out as an announcement to a large network of people connected to the University of Oregon. It was sent February 1, 2019.

February 19, 2019


 “UO Guest” Wifi Connection Available Without Password

The wifi username “Duck Store Guest,” to which many of our OLLI-UO members connected, is no longer active. OLLI-UO members are now able to connect to UO Guest without having to self-sponsor an account! To connect to the internet when at the UO Bend Center for OLLI classes, simply do the following:

  1. Ensure that wifi is turned on your device (laptop, cell phone, or tablet).
  2. Choose “UO Guest” from the list of wireless connections.
  3. Wait a moment until the device shows being connected to the signal.
  4. Get onto the Internet using your browser of choice (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Mozilla Firefox).
  5. Scroll down through the list of terms all the way to the bottom, then click on the “Accept” button.
  6. The device should now be connected to the Internet!

Your device will automatically connect to UO Guest from now on when you enter the UO Bend Center.

February 19, 2019


President’s Note February 2019

A new membership high of 200, many quality program offerings Monday–Thursday year-round, the startup of Shared Interest Groups, more field trips than ever before, active volunteers, competent staff in Eugene and Bend, committed member-leaders: we have all this going for OLLI-UO in Central Oregon. We will continue to add new members, ask current members about their satisfaction level, and continue to friend- and fund-raise. We also have one big challenge – we may potentially need new classroom and office space as of June 30, 2019, due to the building we currently rent being put up for sale. With the growth we plan to achieve over the next several years (membership of 300), it is only a matter of time that a larger classroom space will be needed.

To that end, UO staff and past Council President Steve Hussey—who has accepted an appointment from me as facilities search lead—are rolling up their sleeves to locate new space for OLLI. (For additional details about the Duck Store closure, please read the next announcement.) As a member, you can be most helpful in this endeavor by maintaining a can-do attitude and giving support to those who are working on this critical issue. Central Oregon is a great place for OLLI to thrive. The demographics are aligned with our mission of bringing lifelong learning and socialization to those 50 and better. So please give us your ideas, your time, and your positive spirit so that we can meet this challenge together and be the better for it.

Suzanne Butterfield
Central Oregon President

January 18, 2019


Bend Duck Store Closed, OLLI-UO Continues

The message below was sent as an e-blast to all members on Tuesday, January 2, 2019.

On December 26, 2018, UO Continuing and Professional Education received notification that The Duck Store would be closing its location at Bend River Mall—the store next to our OLLI-UO Central Oregon office and classrooms. The Duck Store is an independent 501(c)(3) organization with the mission of “serving University of Oregon fans around the world.” It is not a part of the University of Oregon. There are multiple stores in Eugene and Portland, as well as an online marketplace. For many years, The Duck Store has partnered with multiple UO departments in their various locations.

The Central Oregon Governing Council was notified of the store closure on December 28. The Bend Duck Store closed its doors for good on Monday, December 31, 2018. The Duck Store is the owner and landlord of the UO Bend Center building. They are committed to honoring our lease through June 30, 2019; however, The Duck Store will be putting the building up for sale. We’ve already begun exploring options for the future. For example, one possible option is to continue a two-year lease with the new owner after June 30. Another option may be relocating with other UO collaborators.

Earlier today, Governing Council President Suzanne Butterfield appointed member and former President Steve Hussey to lead a facilities search task force to seek out alternate office and classroom space(s) in Central Oregon. Steve will report progress to Council monthly. The task force will collaborate with the University of Oregon decision-makers to identify and secure location(s) in which our OLLI-UO program will thrive.

All OLLI-UO Central Oregon programming and Financial Sustainability Plan efforts (membership growth and fundraising) will continue as planned. We will communicate progress on the facility search to members as options emerge. We staff and member-leaders of OLLI have known for some time that we would outgrow our current space. This unexpected information spurs us to look for alternate classroom and office space with renewed urgency.

We appreciate your understanding and your commitment to our wonderful program. Please stay tuned for updates on what is sure to be an eventful 2019!

Sincerely,

Heather Inghram
Program Manager
UO Continuing and Professional Education

Sandra Gladney
Executive Director and OLLI-UO Program Director
UO Continuing and Professional Education

Suzanne Butterfield
Governing Council President
OLLI-UO in Central Oregon

January 18, 2019


OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Facilities Update

The message below was drafted and posted in the classrooms as an in-class announcement on 01/08/19.

With the recent sale of the Duck Store, many of you may have questions about what this means for OLLI-UO members and programs here in Central Oregon.  Here are a few key points that are important for you to know.

  1. Current Lease: One and a half years ago, the University of Oregon signed a contract with the Duck Store for classroom and office space through June 30, 2019. That agreement is still in force and our classroom and office space usage will remain unchanged through this time period.
  2. Current Efforts by UO: In the meantime, you should know that Sandra Gladney, the Executive Director of the University’s office of Continuing and Professional Education, has been actively working with senior UO management to identify facility options that will be available for OLLI by this summer. Sandra is also collaborating with UO partners in the area to explore options.
  3. Current Efforts by CO: We also have a small team of OLLI-UO CO members who are working to ensure that our local needs are closely linked in support of Sandra’s UO search efforts for local facilities.
  4. Financial Sustainability Plan: The OLLI-UO CO Leadership is committed to staying on track with our Financial Sustainability Plans that have been shared earlier with no changes anticipated.

And most importantly, the University of Oregon is committed to a continuing presence in Bend and is planning accordingly. We will keep you informed of progress. But please feel free to reach out to Steve Hussey if you have suggestions regarding new facilities for OLLI.

January 18, 2019


“UO Guest” Wifi Connection Now Available without Password

The wifi username “Duck Store Guest,” to which many of our OLLI-UO members connected, is no longer active. OLLI-UO members are now able to connect to UO Guest without having to self-sponsor an account! To connect to the internet when at the UO Bend Center for OLLI classes, simply do the following:

  1. Ensure that wifi is turned on your device (laptop, cell phone, or tablet).
  2. Choose “UO Guest” from the list of wireless connections.
  3. Wait a moment until the device shows being connected to the signal.
  4. Get onto the Internet using your browser of choice (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, or Mozilla Firefox).
  5. Scroll down through the list of terms all the way to the bottom, then click on the “Accept” button.
  6. The device should now be connected to the Internet!

Your device will automatically connect to UO Guest from now on when you enter the UO Bend Center.

January 18, 2019



 

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oregon