Like most other schools, OLLI begins
our new academic year in the autumn. In our case, it began with our Fall Session last October. This academic peculiarity also just happens to afford us a few extra months to prepare OLLI for new things in the 2015 calendar year. The Fall Session of
the OLLI academic year marked new records
in memberships, curriculum offerings, and class enrollments. The less welcome side effects of these records were the greater number of classes that quickly reached their capacity limits, increased workload for our office staff , more vehicles in our parking lots,
and more congestion in the office, hallways, and classrooms.
The OLLI Governing Council has been working on ways to accommodate our
growing OLLI community and its needs. For example, we are planning
for a more efficient registration system with eventual on-line registration. And to alleviate hallway congestion, we will make way for expanded and more convenient outdoor and indoor seating for OLLI students to relax and meet with one another before and after their classes.
Your responses to our membership survey last summer provided valuable guidance for our new strategic plan. As an example, we are working on some travel programs that we hope to include as future OLLI events. I urge you to read about the survey results and our new strategic plan in the articles in this issue by our Executive Director, Barbara White, and our Vice President, Bill Fitzpatrick.
Finally, our OLLI relies on our members and member-volunteers to make
all these things happen. We know that our members have talents and energy
to make our OLLI better for all of us. If you have a few hours each month to
help us spread the word about OLLI, help out in the office, or organize a
project, please let me know at malcolm. firstname.lastname@example.org.
In March of 2011, the Governing Council adopted a 3-year strategic plan. The plan’s objectives have been largely met. Here’s a quick summary.
Become financially secure. The Governing Council established an ad hoc development committee and set a goal of raising $150,000 in contributions, a target exceeded by nearly 30%.
Grow our membership by 5% per year.
Membership growth averaged 10%.
Strengthen our volunteer team.
Fifty-five new volunteer instructors have been added over the years.
Broaden our curriculum offerings.
Our course off erings have grown by 15% during the past 2 years, highlighted by new activity, film, history, literature, performing arts, personal finance and science/technology classes.
Increase our presence at off -campus
locations. Course offerings increased
at Leisure World and Pine Avenue, and one course per session was added at the Alpert JCC.
As satisfying as these results are, we must not slip into complacency. As membership and course offerings increase, new challenges
arise. In response, the Governing Council
has just adopted a new strategic plan shaped by the responses to the spring member survey. The plan’s goal is to continue to serve our growing senior population while improving the member experience. To that end, it identifies five priority targets, lists tasks for addressing each, and identifies the volunteer group with primary responsibility. The priorities are (1) Member Communications, (2) Classroom Space and Convenience, (3) Technology Modernization, (4) University Collaboration, and (5) Targeted Fundraising. The full plan is available both at the office and the OLLI website.
To make the plan a reality, OLLI needs your time and talents. We especially need nonclassroom volunteers. There’s a role for everyone. If you can organize a social or a day trip, work with social media, recruit volunteers, raise donations,schedule classes, help in the office, write about OLLI, prepare a budget, or
do dozens of other tasks that benefit OLLI, please step forward. We have prospered over the last 18 years because of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers. May it always be thus.