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Do you have an OLLI membership survey to share?

Posted on March 30th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Dee Aguilar, OLLI at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Asks OLLI:

Do you have an OLLI membership survey to share? I am developing a membership survey and would like to see samples of surveys used by other OLLIs. I am not looking for a sample class or instructor evaluation survey, but rather a general member survey asking members  for their feedback/opinion on items such as where they heard about OLLI, price, membership added values, website use, what members value most, what would make OLLI better. If you have a survey to share, please email it to Kyle at the National Resource Center, kallen@usm.maine.edu.

Has your OLLI held a member day of service to the community?

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

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

Has your OLLI held a member day of service to the community?

If so, please briefly describe the project. Was it successful?

How many members participated?  Did any of them have an existing connection with the organization for which the project was done?

Did member volunteers help your staff with the planning?

How far in advance of the project did you start planning?

Have you developed a photo and/or video section of your OLLI’s website that includes candid images of OLLI members and speakers?

Posted on March 15th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jeff Kaiser,  OLLI at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Asks OLLI:

Have you developed a photo and/or video section of your OLLI’s website that includes candid images of OLLI members and speakers? I would like to see how others are formatting their sites by visiting them; if your OLLI has such a site, please post a link in the comments section for this question. The OLLI at UNLV just started a photo/video site, and we believe we can always make it better. This is our temporary site containing candid images from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas OLLI: http://www.stylexonline.com/olli

Also, how do you manage permission to use photos or videos of members and speakers online?  Do you have a release form you are willing to share? If so, please email it to kallen@usm.maine.edu for posting on the OLLI national website.

Do you use a tagline or slogan in your OLLI’s marketing materials?

Posted on March 11th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Do you use a tagline or slogan in your OLLI’s marketing materials?

Jennifer Patino, OLLI at Cal State University, Bakersfield, Asks OLLI:

Do you use a tagline or slogan in your OLLI’s marketing materials? We currently use “OLLI has something for everyone,” or “Education to fit your life,” and would like to know what other OLLIs are using.

Does your OLLI publish a newsletter?

Posted on March 4th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Dee Aguilar, OLLI at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI publish a newsletter? The OLLI at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, has an eight-page tabloid newsletter produced by members volunteering as editor and writers. This is a stellar publication, and members enjoy receiving it. You can see the last edition at http://cehs15.unl.edu/cms/uploads/1-327-Winter2010Insider.pdf. We would like to hear from other OLLIs about their newsletters:

1. What is the purpose of your newsletter?

2. How often is your newsletter published?

3. Who has the responsibility for the production of the newsletter (i.e. staff and/or members)?

4. What is the focus of the newsletter?

5. Is your newsletter and schedule a combined publication?

6. Who compromises the staff of the newsletter?

7. What are the steps to producing your newsletter?

Does you OLLI have special interest groups?

Posted on March 1st, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Michael D. Smith, OLLI at the University of Kentucky, Asks OLLI:

Does you OLLI have special interest groups?

The OLLI at the University of Kentucky has begun to develop special interest groups (SIGS), an area in which we expect significant growth. Our Curriculum Committee would like to hear from other OLLIs with experience in this area. Here are the questions they would like information on:

1. What are your basic requirements to establish a SIG?

2. Do you have a minimum and maximum number for a SIG?

3. How many SIGs do you have?

4. Where do your SIGs meet? Does the OLLI staff reserve the space?

5. What is the formal relationship between the OLLI office and your SIGs? In other words what support does the OLLI staff provide to the SIG?

6. Do you ask your SIGs to report on their activities?

7. Do you require release forms for trips?

8. Any lessons learned or best practices you can share with us?

Thank you for any information you can provide.