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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Continuing and Professional Education

Central Oregon News and Updates

Central Oregon program announcements will be published on this page each month. Please read to the bottom of the page for all announcements.

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 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 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

An archive of previous announcements is available the archive page.


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