Rotarians learn about OLLI
The Vermillion Rotary Club held its weekly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, March 1, at the Neuharth Center on the campus of USD.
President-elect David Herbster opened the meeting and led us in the invocation and recitation of the Rotary 4-Way Test of the things we think, say, and do. This was followed by the traditional round of singing, introduction of guests including three Vermillion High School seniors, and announcements.
President-elect Herbster introduced Ted Muenster as our speaker for the day. His subject was the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Ted is a member of the OLLI Leadership Council.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is a non-profit group established in South Dakota in 2007 and is funded by membership fees and an initial Osher Foundation grant of $1,000,000. A leadership council based in Sioux Falls guides it. The goal is to have seasoned adults (older adults) to join OLLI to learn and socialize with likeminded people who are curious about all sorts of things. People from all backgrounds and levels of education are welcome.
Since 2007, over 200 classes, lectures, and other activities have been offered in Sioux Falls, Brookings, and now Vermillion. Annually over 150 classes, lectures, workshops, and field trips are offered geared toward people age 50 and better. There are currently 550 members. There is no pressure, no grades, and no tests.
There are three terms of classes offered per year, five days per week, with day and evening classes. Terms are eight to 10 weeks long during the fall, winter, and spring. OLLI member can take any of the classes offered. There are also holiday social events, one-time speakers, field trips, wine tasting, and film screenings and discussions. Anyone who would be interested in being an instructor is encouraged to apply.
The council is currently considering the establishment of a branch in Vermillion. The cost is $100 per year or $50 per session. The classes are held in many places. Generally there is no homework, but readings may be suggested.
More information can be obtained at the OLLI website: www.olliuc.org.