Our OLLI has grown over the last seven years from fewer
than 900 members to more
than 1,500 today thanks to our former and current membership committee members and especially by your own word-of-mouth referrals. Our recent membership growth has also widened and deepened our age, income, and ethnic diversity. Our new members reflect a broader spectrum of the greater Long Beach adult
community. It has been our conscious aim to enrich our OLLI membership
by reaching out to those who have had limited opportunities in the past for lifelong learning and personal development.
In addition, recent classes in wellness and fitness, international culture and history, musical performance, and mobile computers have also attracted a wider and more diverse adult community.
Over the years, we have struggled to keep our membership and class tuition fees affordable. Some members, however, are forced to live on limited or fixed incomes often because of involuntary retirement or other personal or financial reverses. We do not want to exclude new members who may suffer hardships to attend our classes or to pay our membership and tuition fees.
For the benefit of those members with genuine need, we have established
a scholarship account funded by the donations of our OLLI members who are able to contribute.
Our year-end development campaign will soon be underway and will enable us to replenish our scholarship fund and help us to keep on serving all the members of our greater Long Beach community. I urge you to contribute to this campaign.
Those of us who are regular contributors
to the SUN are feeling like we are flying blind this issue without Judy Mednick to edit our
words. We will miss her support and
Thank you to all OLLI members who completed our Spring 2014 survey. We received a total of 447 responses and are calculating the results as I write this. We thank each of you for your support of our program and for the many thoughtful comments about ways to enhance your experience. As soon as the Governing
Council has reviewed the results, we will share them with you. They are an important part of our strategic planning process.
Fall will bring thousands of students back to our campus. While that brings challenges for parking, it also provides OLLI members with
many opportunities to mingle with a younger generation. We will have physical therapy, nursing, and psychology students helping with the FALL PREVENTION and BALANCE class on
Tuesday and Thursdays. Our annual art class, organized by fine arts major, Amanda Wada, is entitled EXPLORING ART THROUGH HISTORY. We also have opportunities to join a Walking
Group at noon every Thursday to enjoy
our beautiful campus with students, faculty, and staff . Meet us in front of the LifeFit Center if you want to walk! If you become a member of the LifeFit Center you will also work with students
and staff and experience best practices in exercise and healthful living geared to those over 50. If needed, you can also contract for Physical Therapy provided by faculty and students at LifeFit.
For fun, consider the Wednesday weekly Farmers’ Market on Friendship Walk in front of the University Student Union where the campus
community can shop together. And, of course there are breakfasts and lunches at the Outpost restaurant where we can mingle. While fall ends the calendar year, it is only the beginning
of the rich academic and social life we share at “the Beach.” Welcome back to school!