Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Continuing and Professional Education

Central Oregon Announcements

September 2018

One of our long-time members said something to me the other day that was meaningful to me—she said some OLLI volunteers work on the OLLI infrastructure, and some work on programs. She succinctly stated the two levers that keep OLLI moving forward. My job is OLLI-UO infrastructure-focused.

I would like to give you an update on how our Financial Sustainability Plan implementation is coming along. Both Central Oregon (CO) and Eugene-Springfield (E/S) OLLIs are making strides in membership growth and fundraising. CO has added 22 new members as of this writing (August 2), and we have raised $13,450 from 35 members. Very good job so far! Eugene-Springfield is also doing well. Governing Council will be discussing targets and progress over the coming weeks and seeking your input. Classroom space issues for the future are also being worked on.

On another topic, you may know as a cost saving measure we are working towards phasing out the printed OLLI newsletter and transitioning to an “online information hub”. I have seen an early version. It is terrific and easy to navigate. Information about how to use this online hub will be given out to the members soon. In the meantime, the print newsletter will still be mailed to your home at least through October.

As long as I live in Central Oregon, I will be a member of OLLI. That brought home to me how important our work is now to make sure there is an OLLI here for the foreseeable future. As we all know from our life experiences, nothing good should be taken for granted.

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Council President

President's Note

This month, you have received a letter from me and my counterpart in Eugene, asking you to donate to OLLI-UO. Donations from members are one of our Financial Sustainability Plan actions. I would like to give you my story.

Confession: Up until now, I have not given much money to OLLI. I rationalized that my annual dues were enough, even knowing what a tremendous bargain OLLI is. I was not motivated to give more money when there wasn’t a written plan on how it would be spent. But that was then and this is now.

In reflecting on what a great deal our $160-per-year membership dues are for year-round education and socialization, I think about the cost of individual fitness classes through our local Parks and Rec district, another activity I greatly value. Those classes cost about $5 each or $520 a year if one buys the senior quarterly fitness pass. By contrast, if a person went to just two OLLI events a week, the cost pencils about to about $1.50 per class. COCC Extension classes are quite expensive as compared to OLLI.

This year, knowing that OLLI-UO needs the money and has done the due diligence of writing and committing to a Financial Sustainability Plan, I have given much more. I am going to figure in to my household budget an annual giving amount to OLLI that I can sustain and feel good about. If you are able, I urge you to do likewise. Thank you.

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Council President

President's Note

I am happy to report that the May 4 annual joint leadership summit between the Eugene/Springfield and Central Oregon Councils, along with administrative staff from UO Continuing and Professional Education (formerly Academic Extension), was a resounding success. I say this because most importantly, good relationships were forged, and a common understanding of our single OLLI-UO financial challenge was understood and embraced. We are united in our goal and methods to become financially independent from UO financial subsidies within four years. We created two cross-site teams to carry out the OLLI-UO Financial Sustainability Plan (“Plan”), with a chairperson and members for fundraising and membership growth. These two teams will report to the Plan Team of Sandra Gladney (Executive Director of Continuing and Professional Education), Susan Walcott (E/S Council President), and myself (CO Council President).

Now we need to communicate further the goal, the reasons behind it, and the methods to achieve the goal, to you, the OLLI-UO members. We will also listen to you for your wise feedback and ideas we had not thought of in crafting the Plan. A Eugene/Springfield council member said something that made an impression on me. He made the point that what we are doing by reaching for financial sustainability is ensuring that OLLI-UO will be here for the people who come after us, not just for us here and now. It is empowering to understand that. We have succeeded in not being trapped by silo thinking, and it is exciting to see what Eugene/Springfield and Central Oregon members, along with OLLI-UO program staff, can do when we pull together. I am grateful to the member volunteers who work to bring us outstanding programs while some others of us are working on organizational issues.

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Council President

President's Note

New program offerings and new members bring a continuous breath of spring to OLLI and keep this an interesting organization. Long-time members have a deep appreciation of the enrichment OLLI programs and people have brought to their lives. I like our structure of program tracks such as history, science, art, and our book clubs and writers’ group. I like that we have socials throughout the year and field trips to keep us a cohesive social unit, which helps with member retention. I am proud of our well-organized committees and governing council and staff who keep us moving ahead in an orderly manner. What a great organization!

Some change is coming to ensure OLLI-UO is here for the foreseeable future. I know we are up to the challenge of change. OLLI members are smart, experienced people who appreciate the value of long-term planning. Out of necessity, for the first time OLLI-UO has recently completed a Financial Sustainability Plan. In short, the plan calls for a combined, coordinated Academic Extension, Eugene-Springfield, and Central Oregon leadership effort to rely less on departmental funds to support OLLI-UO. You will hear all about the details soon. I ask of the OLLI membership to get engaged with it and give feedback. Each one of us has a role to play to help our organization thrive while we are enjoying all that OLLI has to offer. There is nothing else like OLLI anywhere in Central Oregon, and we are the ones to nurture it.

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Council President

President's Note

It is springtime (daffodils and milder weather or am I dreaming?) and a time for new beginnings.

The new beginning for me is the three-way working relationship I have recently been privileged to be part of, which includes the Eugene/Springfield Council President, Susan Walcott, and the Director of UO Academic Extension, Sandra Gladney. The three of us are a team working on an OLLI-UO Financial Sustainability Plan (which, as of this writing, is almost complete). When ready, the plan will be distributed and communicated to the membership. Your feedback will always be asked for and incorporated as the plan is implemented over time.

This plan-writing task has made me realize that the three organizations are bound together. We need to help each other be successful so that OLLI-UO has a secure financial future. We are planning for more videoconferences between staff and OLLI volunteers on both sides of the mountain to learn from each other and plan some joint activities.

While it is a bit too early to talk about details of the sustainability plan, it is a given that both OLLI-UO sites must increase their membership significantly to help the financial bottom line. But I promise you that we will work on this objective with the members' best interest always at heart. We all want to attend an OLLI program, or do our bit as an OLLI volunteer and be able to say, "I am so glad I did that today!"

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Council President

President's Note

Dear OLLI members,

We are off and running with a busy new year for OLLI. I plan to use the monthly newsletter President’s Note to update CO membership on your Governing Council’s current issues and priorities.

So far this year we have: approved a CO 18-month planning horizon Sustainability Plan; advocated for half time staffing in the office; participated in a Town Hall video conference with UO Vice President Roger Thompson; held an All CO Member meeting in February; focused on understanding OLLI financial structure; begun 2018 coordination with UO Academic Extension (our OLLI-UO home) and the OLLI Eugene/Springfield Council. A little about these topics follows.

The 18-month (now through July 1, 2019) Central Oregon Sustainability Plan focuses on: actively increasing membership; the dues increase to $160 a year that has already happened; securing all day Thursday classroom space (done) and other spaces for large class offerings; half time staffing in the office; and fund raising.

UO Vice-President Roger Thompson expressed his strong support for OLLI-UO and encouraged us to work on becoming financially sustainable. At Central Oregon Council’s urging, he agreed the CO and ES sites and Academic Extension will create, by the end of March, a joint multi-year plan to reduce the current approximate $150,000 annual operating deficit.

I am grateful for the solid CO Council, the Eugene coordination, the dedicated staff, and enthusiastic OLLI-UO members. Our hard work has just begun.

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Council President

Programming Note

The Central Oregon site will be on spring break, March 26–30. Programming will resume Monday, April 2. The Academic Extension office will be open 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., weekdays during spring break. Please contact us by phone: 800-824-2714 or by email: osher@uoregon.edu

President's Note

This month's Editor’s Note is dedicated to that exciting word "governance"–in this case, OLLI-UO Central Oregon governance. At the December 20 meeting of your Governing Council, officers were elected for 2018.

Your officers are as follows:

Suzanne Butterfield, President; Pat Ackley, Vice-President; Joyce Pickersgill, Treasurer; Kathryn Cullen, Recording Secretary. The full Governing Council includes the above officers, and members Steve Hussey, Deb Hollens, and Linda Redeker. Committee Chairs Helen Pruitt and Terry Schwab are ex-officio members Kathryn Cullen will become the new Newsletter Editor, taking over for me.

Your 2018 Committee Chairs are:

Linda Redeker, Membership; Terry Schwab, Hospitality; Helen Pruitt, Program.

Thank you to those who serve on these committees.

Any OLLI-UO member may attend and listen in on the Governing Council and Committee meetings. You may even chime in! In fact, this is highly encouraged, as it gives one an excellent understanding of what it takes to govern our site. The more understanding, the better we will be able to govern ourselves in the directions the members want Inclusivity, friendship, volunteering is what OLLI is about, in addition to great programs! Governing Council meets the third Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. and Program Committee meets the fourth Monday of the month at 12:30 p.m., both at UO Bend Center.

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 21, at 11:45 a.m. for an All-Member Meeting at UO Bend Center. This will also be a good way to get in the know and participate.

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Council President

President's Note

The start of a new year calls for looking ahead, and we will be doing that. But first, it is important to thank all the people who have gotten OLLI-CO to January 2018 in good stead.

Steve Hussey has been President of OLLI-UO Central Oregon for two years He has been a strong, but modest and inclusive leader, with a laser-like focus on the future. He is the kind of person you are glad to know. On behalf of all of OLLI-CO if I may, we sincerely thank you, Steve, for your leadership. Steve remains on the Governing Council in 2018 to help guide the ship.

Thanks to the members of the Governing Council in 2017 who were Steve, Pat Ackley, Jim Hammond, Jeff Nelson, Joyce Pickersgill, Richard Jenkins, Linda Redeker, Helen Pruitt (and myself) The results of the election are in and 2018’s Governing Council are new members Kathryn Cullen and Deb Hollens, who are joining Steve, Pat, Linda, Joyce, Helen, and myself.

OLLI members who volunteered in 2017 in addition to those mentioned above are (and we apologize sincerely for missing anyone!):

Jan Amling, Dottie Blalock, Bonnie Campbell, Linda and Rod Charny, Bonnie Corley, David Costello, Sharon Dawn, Rosemary Eilers, Michelle Erickson, Elisabeth Farwell, Jeanne Freeman, Michael Graham, Susan Groszkewicz, Carolyn Hammond, Bob Harrison, Don Hartsough, Russel Hopper, Linda Howey, Joe Jezukiewicz, Barbara Jordan, Craig Jorgensen, Jim Keski, Leslie Koc, Jim and Sara Langton, Thom Larson, Dick Linford, Burt Litman, Maggi Machala, Jackie Medill, Max Merrill, Norma Montgomery, Harlie Peterson, Joyce Pickersgill, Robb Reavill, John Rhetts, Marty Rose, Terry Schwab, Bruce Sharp, Marcia Stone, Bill Sugnet, Fred Tanis, Don Trask, Larry Weinberg, and Gary Whiteaker.

Thanks, everyone! You all help make this organization succeed!

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Newsletter Editor