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Does your OLLI have a Bridge Club?

Posted on November 24th, 2010 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jeanette M. Toohey, OLLI at the University of North Florida, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI have a Bridge Club? I am eager to learn about OLLI Bridge Clubs, their structure and pricing as well as whether they are sanctioned by the ACBL. Several of our leaders are interested in beginning one. Those leaders recently played in a club with 75 or so members, but that club lost its venue. My volunteers see a great membership recruitment opportunity if we are able to host a club.

Does your OLLI track OLLI member volunteer hours?

Posted on November 17th, 2010 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jane Dowrick, OLLI at the University of Richmond, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI track OLLI member volunteer hours? We are interested in tracking volunteer hours for OLLI members. If you are doing this at your OLLI, please share any suggestions, forms, processes, etc. from your experience.

How does your OLLI attract people 50 years and older who are still working?

Posted on November 5th, 2010 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Elena Marciano, OLLI at the University of the Pacific, Asks OLLI:

At the University of the Pacific OLLI we offer classes during the week from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, a time frame that does not well serve those who are working. We recently added a Monday evening class that was well attended, and a Saturday class that was not. How does your OLLI attract people 50 years and older who are still working?

Does your OLLI market to specific groups at your affiliated college or university, such as parents of local students who attend the college, alumni, or emeriti? If so, do you work with the Registrar’s office or another campus office for mailing lists?

How do you connect with these groups?