OLLI Needs You

OLLI is seeking new members for several committees:

  • Distinguished Lecture Committee
  • Humanities Committee
  • OLLI Commons — Games
  • Shared Interest Group (SIGs)
  • Social Interaction Committee

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Distinguished Lecture Committee

The Distinguished Lecture Committee is looking for OLLI members who wish to join the committee and help choose upcoming speakers. The Committee reviews approximately 80 to 90 speakers annually to fill 10 monthly slots for the following fiscal year from September 2021 to June 2022.

The criteria for selection is based on speakers who are articulate and have an interesting subject to share with our OLLI audience. Our annual meeting will take place by Zoom in January 2021.

If you decide to become a member of the Distinguished Lecture Committee, you will join a group of OLLI members who have enjoyed fellowship and working as a team.

Please email ribenjam@umich.edu to share your interest.

Humanities Committee

"Science is the HOW, Humanities is the WHY” - George Lucas

Wanted: Interested volunteers who wish to make a difference as OLLI continues to  develop new, meaningful Humanities study groups. If you have an interest in any of the following, we could use your help in finding facilitators in all these areas:

    Architecture            Music
    Art                         Theater
    History & Culture     Film
    Literature                Religion
    Poetry                     Philosophy & Spirituality
    Drama                     Writing

We live in an area rich with residents who are passionate and knowledgeable
in all of these area. Help us persuade them to share those interests with our 

If you are interested in being part of the Humanities, please contact: Lonni Vitale @ royce4646@comcast.net.

OLLI Commons — Games

The OLLI Commons is looking for a volunteer who'd like to host a bi-weekly Games Hour starting in November. If playing cards or other games online is your new passion, this volunteer opportunity is for you! 

Email olli.info@umich.edu or call (734) 998-9351 if you're interested.

Shared Interest Group (SIGs)

SIGs are a new offering from OLLI – the first ones started during the winter of 2019-2020.  A SIG consists of a group of people with a shared interest to meet at regular intervals.  A SIG can involve a shared physical activity (cycling on trails), a shared craft (needlework) or some form of a discussion group (medical ethics) or a combination of discussion/education sessions and physical activity sessions.  A SIG is proposed and started by a facilitator but evolves into a long-term community of people who work together to plan and partake in meetings.  An OLLI SIG will also include an educational component which can be provided by any of the community members.  Unlike other OLLI programs, a SIG is designed to function long-term, not just for a semester or a year. 
If you want to start a new SIG, please send e-mail to olli.info@umich.edu or call (734) 998-9351.

Social Interaction Committee

The Social Interaction Committee needs help with:

  • The Commons: supporting start up of a group,  collaborating with staff to organize the calendar, ensuring all components are advertised regularly.
  • The January 2021 virtual Winter Open House: contributing experience in online program development, collaborating with chair and staff on technology design and use, creating draft copy for the December 2020 Winter/Spring catalog. 

Please contact Lynn Boyer for more information at lynnboyer10@gmail.com.

More volunteer opportunities

See the Volunteer Information page for a longer list of OLLI committees and other volunteer opportunities.

There are a multitude of volunteer opportunities at OLLI - We need you!

Please contact OLLI's Director, Lisa Barton, on more ways to get involved: send e-mail to libarton@umich.edu  or call 734-998-9356.