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OLLI-UO in Central Oregon 2020 News and Updates Archive

An archive of OLLI-UO in Central Oregon 2020 news and updates is listed below. Current announcements can be found on the News and Updates page.


An Update From OLLI-UO Governing Councils

This was sent via email to all OLLI-UO members in Central Oregon and Eugene/Springfield on July 9, 2020.

To All OLLI-UO Members:

A Look Into the Future

"These are the times that try men's souls" wrote Thomas Paine. He wasn’t referring to the Covid-19 pandemic, but his words certainly apply to the present. We are all affected by this situation, and, for many of us, OLLI-UO has become more important and more central to our lives. Much of OLLI activity has resumed, albeit remotely, and it would be timely to look ahead into the short-term future.

Under the guidance of both Governing Councils (Eugene/Springfield and Central Oregon), volunteer-leader teams met to plan and anticipate future OLLI operations. This message summarizes the results of the work done by the teams.

  • In-person activities including lectures, presentations, and study and discussion groups may not be possible in the fall. And if in-person activities can resume, there are likely to be significant restrictions in terms of member attendance, physical distancing at meeting venues (including the Baker Downtown Center), and the frequency of programs and other activities.
  • Remote programming via Zoom or other platforms will continue under any circumstance. Increasing numbers of OLLI members are now participating remotely and non-participating members will be encouraged to join activities. Current training/orientation for members to use remote technology will be expanded.
  • Joint remote programming with participants from both OLLI sites will be expanded. This will be supported through coordinated program planning and scheduling between the two sites. An unexpected benefit of the pandemic has been the shared participation of OLLI members, which has resulted in the greater sense of the complete OLLI-UO community.
  • OLLI-UO has received approval from the Osher Foundation to use grant money to acquire additional equipment to upgrade remote programming capability. This will enable OLLI to support the remote programming of live presentations when in-person activities are possible.
  • We will expand the number of OLLI volunteers in the facilitation of remote programs and meetings as these activities will increase in the future. Orientation will be provided to support volunteers.

We recognize that many of our members place a high value of OLLI participation on the social benefits of meeting in-person with other OLLI members. Under the most optimistic assumptions, we must accept that social engagement will be circumscribed for some time into the future. However, members should be confident that OLLI activity will be robust and varied as we enter into the fall term.

We should also be confident and thankful for the continued strong support of OLLI-UO from the University and especially from the Department of Continuing and Professional Education. More information will be forthcoming through an all-member Zoom meeting to be held in the near future. This meeting will allow members to ask questions regarding anticipated OLLI-UO activities and operations as well as to provide input and suggestions. We all can expect a strong and vibrant OLLI in the future.

Sincerely,

Eugene/Springfield Governing Council

Central Oregon Governing Council

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
—Eric Hoffer

July 9, 2020


Summer Program Update

This was sent via email to all OLLI-UO members in Central Oregon and Eugene/Springfield on July 1, 2020.

At the end of the UO's academic year and as we begin the summer season, we OLLI-UO program staff are writing to provide a comprehensive update and answer a few logistical questions that we know are on your mind. We’ve come a long way since mid-March!

Program Update

Though our day-to-day lives underwent a sea change this spring, OLLI-UO has continued to function at a high level, providing intellectual and social engagement for members via remote delivery platforms. For instance, some study and discussion groups and all lectures are meeting via Zoom, some groups are using Basecamp and Zoom, and other groups have decided to maintain their connection via email. While there is no right or wrong way to do it, we applaud member-leaders, facilitators, and participants for choosing to engage. Now, more than ever, we are hearing from our members that they need the program to continue and flourish in order to provide vital connections to support their intellectual, social, and mental health.

While we understand this is different from the OLLI-UO experience you signed up for, it is the OLLI-UO that we have in the moment. And, out of crisis comes opportunity. Members and staff are learning new tech skills, designing innovative program formats, adjusting operating procedures, and learning and maintaining new social connections together… and the program is thriving because of it! We are able to bring in speakers and guests who otherwise would not have participated in OLLI-UO. When we return to the classroom, we will be able to use what we have learned to enhance the experience for everyone and expand the reach of OLLI-UO to potential new members.

The most heartening program development during this time has been the increase in cross-site cooperation between our Central Oregon and Eugene/Springfield Governing Councils, committees, and member-leaders. Due in large part to their efforts and foresight, our program is more closely united than ever before. This unification positions OLLI-UO for exciting expansion opportunities, which we continue to explore. In the coming weeks, the Program Schedule pages on both sites’ Info Hubs will be updated with a merged set of listings. That is, almost all program offerings at both sites will be open to all members, no matter the format or location. This transition presents a unified slate of expanded programming for current members and for future outreach efforts to new/potential members. And, yes, we have continued to have new members join OLLI-UO—at both sites—since March!

End of Membership Extension

You may recall that in early April, both Governing Councils approved an across-the-board three-month extension of all members’ enrollment periods. As it is now the beginning of July, the first group of members who had original participation expiration dates in mid/late March (when in-person classes went on hiatus) are now at the end of their membership periods. Over the last two weeks, Councils at both program sites voted, with staff agreement, not to extend membership periods any further. If your membership period has ended, we hope you will re-enroll. Renewal notices will be sent as per usual, beginning tomorrow (July 2).

OLLI-UO Governing Councils' and staff members' rationale for extending memberships for the three-month period was due to the lack of program engagement we were able to provide at that time. The fact that we have successfully launched a variety of offerings via Zoom—and a chance to participate in classes and discussion groups at either site—led us to the decision that the three-month extension was sufficient.

We understand that using Zoom is not for everyone, but we have been encouraged by the enthusiastic response that many OLLI-UO members have shown in using it. Either way, we hope you will continue on with OLLI-UO and hang in there with us. We want to be here for you when you are ready to come back to a classroom. If you are already using Zoom—thank you! If you are interested in learning to use Zoom—we're ready to get you started! It’s easier than you may think.

Where We are Headed

OLLI-UO will continue to offer a slate of Zoom lectures, groups, and social meetings through the summer and into the fall. In the fall, we will continue to expand our program’s key offerings (lectures, courses, and study and discussion groups). Next week, your Governing Council Presidents Kathryn Cullen (Central Oregon) and Stephen Koller (Eugene/Springfield) will be in touch via email to provide a comprehensive update about OLLI-UO programming during the summer, fall, and beyond.

Thank you for your participation in OLLI-UO. We use this phrase in many of our communications with you—but now, more than ever, we want you to know how much it really does mean: to your fellow members, to member-leaders, to staff, and to the UO. We are all involved with OLLI-UO because we believe in the importance of lifelong learning and the strong community that has been built around this concept. We are all working hard to keep OLLI-UO rolling and moving forward—and we can’t do it without you!

Thank you so much for all you do. Stay well and be healthy!

Best regards,

Todd Gauthier, E/S Program Manager
Sandra Gladney, Program Director
Heather Inghram, CO Program Manager

July 1, 2020


COVID-19 Information from UO

This website contains FAQs and many links to additional information about COVID-19. This is where the latest news and campus messages related to the university’s preparation and response are posted.

July 1, 2020


Looking to the Future

We cannot yet know any anticipated date for resuming face-to-face programming. However, UO will deliver all spring and summer credit courses via remote delivery. This suggests a minimum return of regular classes would be UO’s fall academic term, which begins September 29, 2020.

July 1, 2020

President’s Note June 2020

I'm not sure where the time goes, but it seems like I was just writing the May message and now I'm writing June's. We continue to be busy with the Zoom classes we offer, as well as increased sharing of classes with our counterparts in Eugene. The International Relations class has been so interesting; I'm anxious to join the News and Views as well. It’s been such a pleasure working with Steve Koller, the Eugene/Springfield Council President, and many members of his team. The camaraderie between the two sites continues to build.

In fact, we are both initiating local task forces to plan for our re-opening. We have had our first meeting here in CO and have identified the various scenarios under which we will need to be operating, e.g. in person (maybe), online, and a combination of both. And for each scenario we are identifying what requirements each has, e.g. cameras, facilities, registration, etc. Our plan is to meet with the E/S team and share the tasks–that way we are sharing efforts and not reinventing the wheel.

In addition, Sandra and team have been linking up with the Osher National Resource Center to see what other OLLIs are doing across the country–we have been getting many insights from our national network. We will continue to draw on this body of knowledge as we build our re-opening plans. You will hear more about this over the next few months.

One observation I want to share now is that the effort to keep OLLI-UO going during this pandemic has been more than we all saw when it began–Heather and Dale are working very hard to keep us all online and to help with sharing classes with our counterparts in Eugene. In addition, the Governing Council, Program Committee, and Membership Committee members are all working hard to identify potential speakers and classes, as well as to plan for our future structure and model.

Now is the time for more OLLI members to raise their hands and offer to help on a committee, help with some of the planning process, or help monitor and moderate Zoom offerings. We need your input and your fresh perspective. Please contact either me or Elizabeth Polidan if you would like to be part of the future of OLLI-UO in Central Oregon. Thanks for being an OLLI member!

Kathryn Cullen, Governing Council President

OLLI-UO in Central Oregon

June 8, 2020


Fundraising Goal Exceeded!

Our fundraising report with donations received and transacted by the UO Foundation as of April 25 comes to $25,748! That is to say: we have exceeded our fundraising goal! To date, we have received donations from 92 members, reflecting more individual donors than we have ever had: 43% of our Central Oregon membership. Well done and thank you! We are grateful for our wonderful members.

Thank-you letters from our fantastic Central Oregon fundraising team of Suzanne Butterfield, Bonnie Campbell, Deb Hollens, and Maggi Machala were mailed out last week. Thank you to all of our donors for playing a vital role in OLLI-UO in Central Oregon sustainability!

Members who wish to make a tax-deductible donation may find information on our Support OLLI webpage.

May 1, 2020


Launch of Online Formats Complete!

Our rollout of Zoom and our online discussion board is finished! Starting this week, we are ready to invite all members to join virtual sessions. The reorganization of the online "discussion board" where members can share articles, videos, photos, and other resources around a particular program topic, is now complete. Several members have asked about how to adjust notification settings. Instructions about how to do this are included in each Friday's e-minder under "Important Announcements."

Meeting IDs for online discussion groups and virtual lectures will be sent in the Friday afternoon e-minders. Ongoing study groups (like the nonfiction book group and the Earth Science and the Environment discussion group) will use the same meeting ID assigned to them from the beginning. If you need help identifying an online meeting ID, please contact osher@uoregon.edu.

May 4, 2020


COVID-19 Information from UO

This website contains FAQs and many links to additional information about COVID-19. This is where the latest news and campus messages related to the university’s preparation and response are posted.

May 1, 2020


Looking to the Future

We cannot yet know any anticipated date for resuming face-to-face programming. However, UO will deliver all spring and summer credit courses via remote delivery. This suggests a minimum return of regular classes would be UO’s fall academic term, which begins September 29, 2020. The state of Oregon might lift the social distancing sooner than that.

May 1, 2020


President's Note May 2020

Well, to paraphrase Admiral Perry: "We have met the coronavirus and it is ours." OLLI-UO has certainly figured out how to survive during this pandemic. We have been able to offer Zoom classes in science, earth science discussion group, fiction and nonfiction book groups, and the Great Decisions Shared Interest Group. Starting this week, we are offering a joint course with Eugene/Springfield on International Relations, and we plan to offer a joint course on art the following week. We are proceeding apace with maintaining member engagement on both sides of the mountains.

In addition, Elizabeth Polidan and John Rhetts have reached out to all members to determine if they needed any assistance–none needed (hurray!), but we have provided the opportunity to reach out through Basecamp if any need does arise. Speaking of Basecamp, check it out–Dale and Heather have really organized it so well now–we have discussion threads for each topic so it is easy to find out what’s happening in each of our classes/discussion groups and to share your articles and comments. Our sense of community is actually being enhanced during this trying time–I am not surprised.

In a survey of all OLLI organizations across the country, 92% of them are offering Zoom classes, so we are part of a large movement to online offerings. Going forward, once we have in-person classes again, we may consider keeping the Zoom option to support some of our members that cannot join us on-site—something to assess in our strategic plan, which is a work in progress. We have also been informed by the University that they plan to resume on-campus classes in the fall, with summer classes still being conducted remotely. That is a hopeful sign for fall, but we are not yet ruling out summer options; it depends on the Governor’s recommendations.

And just a heads-up: the members of Governing Council will be following up with you all in May–again, just to check in, see how you are weathering the isolation, and to get any comments or recommendations you want to share. Stay safe out there.

Kathryn Cullen, Central Oregon Governing Council President

May 1, 2020


President’s Note April 2020

The past few weeks have been challenging, and the next few months look increasingly uncertain. But like all of the obstacles we have all faced in our past, we are rising to the challenge and working to stay together, while apart, and share what we can with our family, friends, and neighbors. I have been so heartened by how the OLLI-UO leadership team has jumped in and come up with creative solutions to getting us together. The OLLI-UO staff: Sandra, Heather, Todd, and Dale have all been working hard to get us online tools we can use to communicate. Many thanks to our great team!

We conducted our Governing Council meeting using Microsoft Teams last week, and this past Monday, we used Zoom for our Program Committee meeting, with 16 attendees. It was great!

In addition, all 10 council members have spent time calling all the Central Oregon OLLI members to check in, see how everyone is doing, and share some thoughts on what we plan to do next. Those calls were good for us to touch base with our members and get some input on things you would like to do.

Heather and Dale will be piloting a web-based video platform, Zoom, for our Non-Fiction Book Group and maybe a science discussion group also. If all goes well, we would like to roll out Zoom to the Page-Turners Fiction Book Group, the Writers’ Bloc, the Great Decisions SIG, and the Earth Science and the Environment (ESE) discussion group, assuming they agree.

For the spring quarter (April–June), the University of Oregon will conduct all of its classes remotely, and OLLI-UO is likely to benefit from the expanding use of technology in the university environment.

It is not possible to predict the near-term future of our current situation. However, we should remain confident that our OLLI-UO community is vibrant, is connected, and will emerge stronger once we resume normal operations. I join with all members in sharing the wish for all of us to be healthy and positive.

Kathryn Cullen, Central Oregon Governing Council President

April 1, 2020


Fundraising Goal Met!

Our fundraising report with donations received and transacted by the UO Foundation as of March 20 comes to $25,448! That is to say: we have reached our fundraising goal—and beyond by nearly $500! Well done and thank you! We are grateful for our wonderful members.

Thank you also to our fantastic fundraising team of Suzanne Butterfield, Bonnie Campbell, Deb Hollens, and Maggi Machala! The in-class announcements that these ladies gave helped push us to our goal.

Members who wish to make a tax-deductible donation may find information on our Support OLLI webpage.

April 1, 2020


Updated Member Directories on the “My OLLI-UO Member Portal”

We realize that many members will miss their OLLI friends during this time. In order to foster communication among members, OLLI-UO program staff uploaded the most current OLLI-UO member directories to the member portal. To login, members should choose the underlined link above or select the “Sign In” button at the top right-hand side of the OLLI-UO homepage. Members should then login with the same email address and password that they do to register for classes.

  • ‘Member directories’ are the fourth option in the lightly-shaded green box on the left-hand side titled “OLLI-UO Member Portal.”
  • The member directories contain contact information of members who have opted in to the directory.
  • Members may download the member directories to find contact information for fellow members

Don’t forget to check in on each other! Hearing a friend’s voice is a great way to lift the spirits.

Please contact us at osher@uoregon.edu for further assistance accessing the directory.

April 1, 2020


COVID-19 Information from UO

This website contains FAQs and many links to additional information about COVID-19. This is where the latest news and campus messages related to the university’s preparation and response are posted.

April 1, 2020


Looking to the Future

We cannot yet know any anticipated date for resuming face-to-face programming. However, UO will deliver all spring quarter credit courses via remote delivery. This suggests a minimum return of regular classes would be UO’s summer academic term, which begins June 22. The state of Oregon might lift the social distancing sooner than that.

April 1, 2020


Fundraising Update March 2020

Did you know we use four levers to reach financial self-sufficiency for OLLI-UO in Central Oregon by target date June 30, 2023? The four levers are membership retention, membership growth, controlling expenses through volunteerism, and fundraising. These are much the same tools used by OLLI-UO in Eugene-Springfield. In this month’s update on all things at our Central Oregon site, I am going to focus on fundraising.

Our fundraising goal for June 30, 2019–June 30, 2020 is to raise $25,000. Where does this money go? It goes primarily to pay our classroom rent and our operational support from CPE (UO Continuing and Professional Education, the department under which OLLI-UO is housed). These are our two largest categories of expense. I am happy to report that as of March 1, we stand at about $23,350 raised. We will always be grateful for the $10,000 matching donation one of our members made. Our primary approach to fundraising this year is simply to report to you in classes throughout the year what the goal is, the remaining need, and ask everyone to pitch in a little. The theme of “would you donate your age?” appears to be very popular. We are grateful to you for your donations.

The other forms of revenue that make up the OLLI-UO in Central Oregon revenue side of the budget are member dues, interest earnings from the Osher endowment, and small grant funds when they are awarded by Osher.  All of this revenue still is not enough to pay all of the expenses. University of Oregon Continuing and Professional Education Department has been picking up the deficit. But by June 30, 2023, hopefully we will be covering our own costs.

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Fundraising Committee Chair

March 1, 2020


Updates to “My OLLI-UO Member Portal” Now Live!

OLLI-UO program staff collaborated to bring additional resources to members through the “My OLLI-UO” member portal. In addition to updating contact information, controlling communication preferences, and renewing online, members can now:

  • View and download the OLLI-UO Bylaws, Central Oregon Policies and Procedures, and the OLLI-UO Financial Sustainability Plan
  • Download and read Governing Council meeting minutes
  • Download and access member directories to find contact information for fellow members
  • Download and read instructor handouts (if/when issued by a presenter/instructor)

To login, members should choose the “Sign In” button at the top right-hand side of the OLLI-UO homepage, then use the same email address and password they use to register for courses. Please contact us at osher@uoregon.edu for further assistance.

February 1, 2020


Donate to OLLI-UO in CO!

As of this writing, our fundraising campaign has reached $23,326. We have less than $2,000 to hit our goal! Let’s keep our momentum going and hit our $25,000 goal before the end of March!

OLLI-UO donations are tax-deductible. Payments should be made to the UO Foundation, the 501 (c)(3) organization that manages our OLLI-UO gift funds. There are two ways to donate:

  1. Obtain a reply card from Heather and fill it out. This allows members to give by check* or credit card. (Extra reply cards and return envelopes are on the back table at the Elks Lodge.) *To donate by check, please make it out to UO Foundation and write the Central Oregon fund (6073.12.1) in the memo line so that the donation goes directly to our matching challenge.
  2. Visit our Support OLLI webpage and choose the yellow “Donate Now” button to give with a credit card. Please choose the “Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Central Oregon” as the selected designation to ensure the donation goes towards our matching challenge.

Thank you for being committed to the success of our wonderful learning community!

March 4, 2020


President's Note February 2020

OLLI continues to grow and we are working hard to create a rich variety of experiences. We are up to 220 members and adding more! One of the reasons OLLI in Central Oregon continues to grow is that the 65 and older population in Bend is also growing fast. Projections are that by 2028 the population in Bend age 65 and older will double to 26,000 persons. That’s a mid-size city unto itself.

But we need your help. Heather is fabulous, but one person cannot do all that needs to be done to support our growth. Volunteers are the backbone of our organization and there are many ways to get involved:

  • You can become a member of the audio/visual support team. This is one of our most critical needs and we are working to schedule a training session for those of you who are interested in helping out this way.
  • You can help out occasionally at an event by being a greeter, or a facilitator/presenter.
  • All our committees, i.e. Program, Membership and Hospitality, need additional members to keep them running smoothly
  • And we have so many other opportunities to help with administrative tasks, communications, coordination, outreach, and many other tasks.

By volunteering, you will help make OLLI the best it can be, but it will also enhance your experience. Go to the volunteer form to see what your options are and sign up! Reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth Polidan, if you have questions.

Kathryn Cullen, Central Oregon Governing Council President

January 17, 2020


A Hearty Thank You to Our 2019 Volunteers!

We want to extend a huge THANK YOU to our OLLI-UO Central Oregon member-volunteers! 2019 was a year of transition, which created more opportunities for our members to lend a hand. So many of you stepped up and offered to help in a variety of ways. From the “transition team” that helped coordinate logistics for our move out of the UO Bend Center to the Facility Search committee to our course managers, audio/visual assistants, and greeters, we could not have had as smooth of a year as we did without all of you!

We recognized our 2019 member-volunteers publicly at our Annual Holiday Potluck on December 11, 2019; however, we realize not all of our members were able to attend the party.  We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge our volunteers again. Thank you to the following members, who served as committee members (on Governing Council, hospitality, membership, and program), course managers, coordinators, presenters, facilitators, greeters, office assistants, and members of our various ad-hoc committees.

Volunteer of the Year

Terry Schwab

Honorable Mention

Pat Ackley
Suzanne Butterfield
Kathryn Cullen
John Dulzo
Deb Hollens
Steve Hussey
Sara Langton
Joyce Pickersgill
Elizabeth Polidan
Helen Pruitt
John Rhetts
Barbara Silversmith
Gary Whiteaker

Indispensable Team

Roger Aikin
Lynn Beck
Bevely Billeter
Jim Brown
Bonnie Campbell
Tom Carroll
Linda Charny
Rod Charny
Bruce Clemens
Bonnie Corley
Sharon Dawn
Margie deLeón
Elisabeth Farwell
Paul Fennell
Georganna Frater
Norm Frater
Carolyn Hammond
Jim Hammond
Bob Harrison
Don Hartsough
Karen Hill
Leslie Hopper
Russ Hopper
Judy Hurlburt
Linda Hurly
Joe Jezukewicz
Barbara Jordan
Craig Jorgensen
Leslie Koc
Christa Kollerer
Josie Lancaster
Jim Langton
Thom Larson
Dick Linford
Susie Linford
Maggi Machala
Tom Machala
Fred McCarl
Max Merrill
Eileen Peberdy
Sandy Pedone
Ron Polidan
Robb Reavill
Linda Redeker
Robin Robinson
Linnea Saverude
Bruce Sharp
Keith Sime
Laurel Sorlie
Joe Stevens
Fran Stevenson
Marcia Stone
Hete Sugnet
Larry Weinberg
Judith Whitehead
Gordon Wilson

Our wonderful organization would not be what it is without your contributions! Thank you!

December 20, 2019


“Get Involved” Volunteer Webpage Now Live!

As many of you have heard during in-class announcements, our new Volunteer Coordinator Elizabeth Polidan created a volunteer form she is asking all members to fill out. OLLI-UO program staff used the volunteer documents that Elizabeth and other leaders came up with to create an OLLI-UO “Get Involved” volunteer webpage!

The “Get Involved” page outlines three ways that members can volunteer:

  • Propose a class or teach for OLLI – leads members to the Course Proposal Form
  • Start a Shared Interest Group (SIG) – leads members to SIG guidelines and the SIG proposal form
  • Volunteer in a specific capacity – leads members to a fillable, electronic version of the volunteer form that Elizabeth created
    • This link groups volunteer areas into three categories: Classroom and Event Support, Communications, and Other Areas of Interest.
    • The titles of roles (“Event Greeter,” “Photographer,” etc) can be expanded to see what duties and how much time is involved.

Even though we have volunteers who serve in various capacities, we encourage all members to fill out the general volunteer form indicating their area(s) of interest. This will assist Elizabeth in creating a volunteer database specific to OLLI-UO in Central Oregon, and it will allow us to expand our programs, SIGs, and other offerings.

Thank you for familiarizing yourself with this new webpage, and big thanks to Elizabeth and her team for outlining roles and constructing the format. Many hands make light work! We value each of you.

December 19, 2019


The letter below went out to all OLLI-UO in Central Oregon members. The majority of members received this letter in print, sent to their mailing address. Other members who had “no mail” marked in their file in our database received this fundraising letter electronically. Reply cards and return envelopes are available from Heather Inghram.

We have great news as we begin fiscal year 2020 initiatives to meet our OLLI Central Oregon financial goals! One of our members has generously kicked off this year’s fundraising campaign with a $10,000 donation—IF it is matched by at least $15,000 from the rest of OLLI by the end of the fiscal year, June 30, 2020. Thank you, Bill T.!

The updated OLLI-UO Financial Sustainability Plan (FSP) is still our guiding document for navigating OLLI’s way to financial independence from UO Continuing and Professional Education Department subsidies. In fiscal year 2019 (ended June 30, 2019), we—along with Eugene-Springfield OLLI—met and exceeded our financial plan goals for the year! Thank you, members and community partners!

We have three financial goals for fiscal year 2020 (July to June):

  1. increase membership by 10%
  2. retain our wonderful current members
  3. raise $25,000 among our members.

I would like to put our OLLI-UO financial situation in simple terms.  University of Oregon Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) Department has a $6 million budget and houses multiple programs. OLLI is one of them. Since inception, OLLI has been subsidized by other programs in the CPE Department. We are lucky to be in that pool of programs. We all know it is the right thing to do, and ensures our future, to stop relying on other programs to fill the gap between annual revenues and expenses for OLLI. The updated OLLI Financial Sustainability Plan extends our original target out by a year, to June 30, 2023 as the date for OLLI to stand on our own financially. Yet we must keep the annual fees modest enough to ensure accessibility and affordability to the largest number of participants in our community.

Here is what we all need to do as OLLI members. (1) Stay engaged, bring a friend, and keep membership growing. (2) Each one of us can write a donation check because showing that a growing number of our membership shares the goals of OLLI is equally important. One member had a great idea: If all of us write a check in the amount of our age, we would have the $15,000 match in the bag!

OLLI-UO in Central Oregon has the most interesting and varied educational non-credit programs and related socialization opportunities, anywhere in Central Oregon. There is no peer. It is our treasure, and we need to do our part to keep it going strong. Please join me in donating generously now so we can take advantage of the wonderful $10,000 pledge on the table from one of our own members. There are two ways to donate:

  1. Obtain a reply card from Heather and fill it out. This allows members to give by check* or credit card.
    *To donate by check, please make it out to UO Foundation and write the Central Oregon fund (6073.12.1) in the memo line so that the donation goes directly to our matching challenge.

  2. Visit our Support OLLI webpage and choose the yellow “Donate Now” button to give with a credit card. Please choose the “Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Central Oregon” as the selected designation to ensure the donation goes towards our matching challenge.

Let’s meet and exceed the FY 2020 goals! Governing Council will keep you updated on our collective progress. Please give generously.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Butterfield

OLLI-CO Council President on behalf of Governing Council


President’s Note January 2020

Happy New Year! Your new OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Council for 2020 is off and running. New members Tom Carroll, Judy Hurlburt, Elizabeth Polidan, and Keith Sime were elected to the Council. They join 2019 Council members Suzanne Butterfield, Deb Hollens, John Dulzo, and me to make up an eight-member Governing Council. Ex-officio Council members Margie de León (Hospitality Committee Chair) and Helen Pruitt (Program Committee Chair) also join us.

At our December 18th Governing Council meeting, we nominated Elizabeth Polidan to serve as Vice-President, John Dulzo to serve as Treasurer, Tom Carroll to serve as Secretary, and yours truly as President. A full list of your 2020 Governing Council members and officers is reflected on our OLLI-UO Member Leadership webpage.

Elizabeth will also continue to serve as Volunteer Coordinator. She has also offered to serve as Chairperson for the Membership Committee. This will be confirmed after a full meeting of the Membership Committee on January 8th.  Suzanne Butterfield will serve as Fundraising Committee Chairperson. Deb Hollens will continue to be the Facebook and InfoHub Editor.

We heartily thank outgoing Council members Joyce Pickersgill and Barbara Silversmith for their years of service.

As a Governing Council, we will work together to identify our priorities in serving all OLLI members. I am looking forward to an exciting new year for OLLI-UO Central Oregon.

A new Shared Interest Group has formed—the Earth Science and Environment SIG. Co-chaired by semi-retired rocket scientist from NASA Ron Polidan and long-time environmental activist Suzanne Butterfield, they will meet monthly with up to ten other OLLI members and discuss issues of concern, and how they could bring related programming to OLLI-UO and the Central Oregon community.

As your new President, I pledge to be collaborative, strategic, and energetic in moving our wonderful organization forward. Please feel free to share your comments, insights, and suggestions.

Happy Holidays to all!

Kathryn Cullen, Central Oregon Governing Council President

December 19, 2019


President's Note

My last communication with you all was in June–it's been very busy these last few months. We have reconciled with the fact that we will be online only for the remainder of this year and likely through the spring of next year, maybe longer—who knows? But I want to give kudos to the program committee for rising to the challenge and building an amazing roster of classes and speakers–these are some of the best classes we have offered. Make sure you review the calendar and join some of these classes and hear our great speakers!

We are also approaching elections for our Governing Council. We have traditionally had eight elected members on the council, plus the program and hospitality committee chairs. Unfortunately, we have lost two members: Margie deLeon was hospitality chair, but she has moved out of the area, and John Dulzo has decided that he will not be able to continue on the Council, due to other commitments. We sincerely thank both of them for their service to OLLI-UO.

Now we need your help–please consider becoming a member of the Governing Council. It is not onerous in terms of time commitment or work; no financial obligations either! We meet monthly for two hours. Four of us have the roles of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Those roles are agreed upon by the Council once we have a full team of eight or nine members, plus our two committee chairs. The key responsibilities are to contribute to Council decision-making about such items as our budget, committee activities, occasional special projects (e.g. helping with the transition to Zoom from in-person events). One of the most important things we do is to make sure we continue to listen to member requests and continue to steer the organization in the direction that provides the greatest interest and programming for our membership.

I want to share my perspective on what a difference OLLI-UO has made for me during this ongoing quarantine—I have felt that my participation in running OLLI has been so beneficial for my mental health. This has been a way to make a difference and feel like what I am doing matters, not just to me, but to OLLI-UO both here in Central Oregon and now in Eugene/Springfield as well. It has been so satisfying to work with all the great people on our Council and the E/S team, not to mention our wonderful staff: Sandra, Heather, Todd, Dale, and Eben. What we are doing to creatively respond to new programming formats and sharing ideas about programs and membership across the mountains has been so fulfilling. Being involved has been good for me as well as good for OLLI. So, I ask you to come and join us–we need you and you need us!

Kathryn Cullen, Central Oregon Governing Council President

Central Oregon Governing Council Responsibilities

The Governing Council establishes OLLI-UO in Central Oregon’s organization, priorities, policies, program, and budgets, subject to University rules and Bylaws. (See OLLI-UO Bylaws uploaded behind the member portal for more details.)

Council Member:

  1. Regularly attends Council meetings, events, and important related meetings.
  2. Stays informed about items on the meeting agenda to contribute effectively to Council decision-making.
  3. Participates in strategic (long-term) and short-term planning efforts.
  4. Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and on time.
  5. Builds a collegial working relationship with other Council members, volunteers, and UO staff.
  6. Assists in the recruitment of new Council members.
  7. Serves for two years with the opportunity for subsequent election, if mutually desired.

For more information to indicate your interest in serving on the Central Oregon Governing Council, please email osher@uoregon.edu or look up Kathryn Cullen's email address in the OLLI-UO member directory.

October 15, 2020


Central Oregon Fundraising Update

Please make a contribution to the Central Oregon fundraising campaign to make progress towards needed financial sustainability! Our Central Oregon fundraising goal for the 2020–2021 academic year is $12,000.

Each month, the fundraising team receives donor reports from the UO Foundation. Our last report came on October 8.

During the period of 7/1/20–9/30/20, 21 individual gifts were logged, totaling $4,395. If you have not yet donated, please see the next post on how to do so.

October 15, 2020


How to Donate to OLLI-UO in Central Oregon

Fundraising letters went out to Central Oregon members the first week of September. Included with the letters were the reply cards, which give the option to donate by check* or credit card. *To donate by check, please make it out to UO Foundation and write the Central Oregon fund (6073.12.1) in the memo line.

To donate online, either visit our Support OLLI webpage and choose the yellow “Donate Now” button, or choose the link below. Please select the “Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Central Oregon” to direct your donation to our Central Oregon site.

OLLI-UO donations are tax-deductible. The UO Foundation is a separate 501(c)(3) organization that manages our OLLI-UO gift funds. Mailed-in donations should be sent to:

University of Oregon Foundation Services
Gift Services
1720 E. 13th Avenue, suite 410
Eugene, OR 97403-2253

Please contact osher@uoregon.edu for further assistance. Thank you for being committed to the success of our wonderful learning community!

September 18, 2020


OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Fundraising Letter

The letter below went out to all OLLI-UO in Central Oregon members. The majority of members received this letter in print, sent to their mailing address. Other members who had "no mail" marked in their file in our database received this fundraising letter electronically.

Dear OLLI-UO in Central Oregon member,

First and foremost, we hope you and your loved ones are healthy.

Your OLLI-UO Governing Council, committees, and staff have been working very hard to bring OLLI programs and togetherness to you, via computer. During this challenging time, over 50 programs have been offered.

We are striving to ensure OLLI-UO’s health so that it can support members’ emotional, mental, and social wellbeing now and once the pandemic is over.

We need your help and ask you to do two things: 1) continue your OLLI-UO membership and 2) donate to this year’s fundraising campaign. Our fundraising goal this year is a modest $10,000. We need to retain our members, add more members, and fundraise to keep the deficit to about the same as last year. We are trying to erase the annual shortfall over the next few years by growing our organization, but the pandemic has stalled our membership growth momentum.

When it comes to fundraising, it is a powerful message to the Osher Foundation and potential external donors when a large percentage of OLLI-UO members donate to their organization. Last year, there were 92 Central Oregon OLLI members who donated. This year, we would like 112 to donate, a 10% increase.

We offer three donation levels (tax-deductible), to help the organization we all value so much.

  • OLLI "UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN" SUPPORTER—a donation of $25-$99
  • OLLI PANDEMIC PROTECTOR—a donation of $100-$499
  • OLLI HEALTH HERO—a donation of $500 or more

A donation at any level is much appreciated, but we want to emphasize that more members donating is especially critical. The "UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN" level shows how committed we ALL are to keeping OLLI robust.

Should any OLLI-UO in Central Oregon member choose to offer a matching donation (i.e. match every donation made in, say, the month of September up to a certain amount), that would be terrific! Please call Suzanne Butterfield to discuss.

OLLI-UO is now an eligible recipient of the Oregon Cultural Trust (OCT). Please go to the Oregon Cultural Trust website to see what is involved in giving to OLLI-UO through the Oregon Cultural Trust—both organizations benefit, and you benefit tax-wise.

OLLI-UO's health now and after the pandemic is dependent upon its members. Please help us keep it strong until we can again meet in person!

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely, Your OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Governing Council and Fundraising Committee

Suzanne Butterfield
Bonnie Campbell
Tom Carroll
Kathryn Cullen
John Dulzo
Deb Hollens
Judy Hurlburt
Maggi Machala
Elizabeth Polidan
Keith Sime

September 9, 2020



 

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