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In the Spotlight

by Sylvia Manheim

Poof, like a moment in time, spring is here. And what do we do? We smile when we see the beautiful flowers blooming and get excited about the new courses being offered this semester.fred
Which one sparks our interest the most? Congratulations to Fred Masback for enrolling in 14 classes again this semester. He feels that once he is at school he might as well fill his day with learning.
Our office manager Becky Low returned to Germany
for Christmas. She had a wonderful reunion with the family that she had lived with as an exchange student during her teenage years. Congratula tions and THANK YOU for running OLLI’s offi ce so smoothly.
lizElizabeth Lopez retired early from FedEx and volunteered in the OLLI office. She was recently hired as a part-time employee to assist us and her experience and skills will be well used. Nice to have you aboard.
Holocaust scholar Dr. Bill Younglove
presented an original PowerPoint on
the life and The Diary of Anne Frank in Judy Mednick’s literature class. He has
spent many years researching the Holocaust and brought in an array of Anne Frank-based literature and media for the students to see. Thank you for sharing your erudition. Carl Berke, a new OLLI member, already
volunteers as a technology assistant in several classes. He was trained
by Carl Curtis, who welcomes others who want to be trained in our Smart technology to help instructors. Our Pine Avenue campus has 10 diverse classes this session and Leisure World has 5. In a single day, during registration, over 300 students signed up for a total of more than 1000 class enrollments. Look how we are expanding. OLLI is becoming contagious. Share these great learning experiences with friends and strangers and keep OLLI growing.cindy
Wow, how lucky is Cindy Smith, our past office administrator (2007- 2012) and current volunteer. She survived, completely unscathed, an
accident where her car was totaled.
SUN editor Jack Blecher has
many hidden talents. The dollhouse Jack built for his granddaughter has been in storage for the last 25 years. His daughter
Gail recently found it in the back of a closet and VOILA, Jack’s great-granddaughter, Sadie, is playing with it. Dollhouse fantasy is timeless.
chairThank you to Kimball Office furniture company for gifting us with new comfortable chairs in the Computer Lab.
Have a heart and mind expanding semester.



OLLI Members Celebrate at the Holiday Gala

galaOn December 15th, 2013 OLLI’s Holiday Gala at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Cypress attracted 72 people to the festivities. The tables were set with beautiful decorations provided by the Courtyard Marriott.. The holiday-colored centerpieces glistened against the white linen tablecloths. People mingled about, talking to each other and reminiscing about classes, experiences, families, travels, etc.
musicRobert Fields was the musician, a regular one-man band. He played traditional
holiday songs that we all loved to hear. There were also some danceable tunes.
The bountiful buffet featured delicious choices to please everyone’s palate —beef, chicken, and vegetarian entrees, with gourmet cheesecake as the sweet
finale. There were cheese and crackers and an open bar. The president of OLLI, Malcolm Green, the vice president, Bill Fitzpatrick and the executive director,
Barbara White were all present celebrating OLLI’s
17th year. Janie Payan did an outstanding job again settng up the entire event. She single-handedly put together gorgeous giftbaskets that we raffled off to benefit OLLI. We had numerous happy winners and made close to $400 in contributions. The room was filled with laughter and gaiety. Everyone was in wonderful spirits and there was incredible community feeling amongst the students, faculty and the governing board.don A big thank you to Don Patman and Jack Blecher for taking photos.
Congratulations to our raffle winners and to Alice
Sexton for winning two yummy baskets. Hopefully, the word will get out about how great the event was, and
we will double the number
of guests next year.