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Does your OLLI offer a Grandparents University?

Posted on February 24th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jo Brownlie, OLLI at Saginaw Valley State University, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI offer a Grandparents University? The OLLI  at SVSU will offer its first Grandparents University in June. This will be a two-day, overnight “camp” with classes and other fun activities. It’s geared for 8-12-year-olds which is typical of similar programs throughout the country. Does any other OLLI offer a GPU? How successful is it? Do you have a brochure about it, and if so, is it available on your OLLI’s website?  If not, and you do have a brochure, would you email a pdf of it to Kyle Allen (kallen@usm.maine.edu)? Kyle will forward the brochure to Jo and, with your permission, arrange for it to be posted on the national website.

Does your OLLI provide members with a member directory?

Posted on February 23rd, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Terry Aaronson, OLLI at Florida State University, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI provide members with a member directory that includes names, phone numbers, email addresses and mailing addresses of all its members?  If so, how is it distributed, i.e., snail mail?, email?, other?

Does your OLLI have a guest policy?

Posted on February 22nd, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Terry Aaronson, OLLI at Florida State University, Asks OLLI:

Specifically, does your OLLI have a policy that allows a member to  bring a guest to any one function, class, or activity a year?

Has your OLLI made efforts to diversify its membership?

Posted on February 16th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Millicent Lynch, OLLI at Carnegie Mellon University, Asks OLLI:

What actions have you taken to successfully broaden and make your membership more inclusive and representative of the community? What obstacles have you faced? I would like to learn about any efforts made to diversify your OLLI membership.