OLLI Commons

 The OLLI Commons is a free and open Zoom meeting space available to OLLI members for one-time events at member request or for regularly scheduled informal gatherings that meet once a month, twice a month, or every week.

Regularly scheduled OLLI Commons events include:

Lisa Barton, OLLI’s Executive Director

First Friday Happy Hour 

Zoom Link to join this programming:
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

First Friday Happy Hour meets the first Friday of every month from 4:30 – 5:30 pm.  It will be what Friday Happy Hour always is – a time to relax at the end of the week, find your way to the friendliest table, and meet some new friends. 

Guest host will be Lisa Barton, OLLI’s Executive Director.  Stop by every First Friday, see who’s hosting and catch up with the action! And yes, there will be a meeting on New Year's Day!

Look for us on the OLLI Commons Calendar.

Hank Greenspan

The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age 

Zoom Link to join this programming:
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age is a facilitated conversation in which participants are invited to share stories and reflections about aging, generations, hopes, and related topics in “uncertain times.” The specific issues and themes are less important than the chance to learn from each other’s experiences and insights in these times—and perhaps in any times.  That is, the goal is to have the best possible schmooze about things that matter.

The Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age meets every Wednesday from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. There will be a meeting the day before Thanksgiving, November 25th. No meeting on December 23rd.

Look for us on the OLLI Commons Calendar.

Hank Greenspan hosts the Schmoozery: At Our Age, In This Age. He is a psychologist, essayist, oral historian, and playwright recently retired from UM.  He has been a committed schmoozer his whole life.

Lynn Boyer

Lunch Bunch

Zoom Link to join this programming: 
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

The Lunch Bunch is back and will continue to focus on discussing and responding to specific OLLI lectures while also considering relevant supplemental material.  From time to time this year, the group will come together for lectures other than those on Thursday mornings and may invite guests to join them for additional insights.

The Lunch Bunch normally meets from noon to 1 pm on Thursdays whenever there is a Thursday Morning lecture. No meetings on November 26th or from December  10th to January 13th. Lunch Bunch meetings resume on January 14th.

Look for us on the OLLI Commons Calendar.

The Lunch Bunch is hosted by Lynn Boyer who chairs OLLI’s Social Interaction Committee.  She actively supports OLLI’s commitment to both mental and social engagement through her volunteer work on its committees and the Leadership Council. 

Marta Skiba

Coffee + Show or Tell

Zoom Link to join this programming:
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

Hello, I’m Marta Skiba; and I’m looking forward to our Coffee + Show or Tell zoom meet – up!.  It will be fun to meet new people, find out about each other and learn what you have been doing to entertain yourself both before and during the pandemic. 

We will meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month from 9 – 10 am.

Look for us on the OLLI Commons Calendar.

 I wanted to tell you a little about myself. I grew up in Flint during prosperous years but have now lived in Ann Arbor for 55 years. I am a retired school psychologist with 5 children and 10 grandchildren.  Numerous hobbies have been tried during my lifetime.  Some of my hobbies have been camping, reading, gold mining, Southern gospel music, a little traveling and spending time with family and friends. I love living in Ann Arbor and enjoying the many opportunities in town.

OLLI Book Beat

Zoom Link to join this programming: 
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

OLLI members are always looking for a good book to read! Learn about new book releases (fiction and nonfiction) each month and share your favorite titles in these informal sessions with other book lovers.

Laurie Barnett and Marjorie Oliver will host the first OLLI Book Beat, but watch for periodic guest hosts!

Meetings every fourth Tuesday of the month, 1 - 2 pm. No meeting November 24th or December 22nd. An "extra" meeting on December 1st.

Look for us on the OLLI Commons Calendar.

Ann Tomlanovich will be the guest host for the first New Member Exchange. Ann has volunteered in many capacities with OLLI including as a greeter at the Turner Senior Resource Center and now as chairperson of the Study Groups Committee.

The New Member Exchange

Zoom Link to join this programming: 
https://umich.zoom.us/j/95574902503
Zoom Meeting ID: 955 7490 2503
Audio only dial: 1-312-626-6799

The New Member Exchange provides new and potential members with the opportunity to talk with an   active volunteer.   All questions welcome!  Ask about programs, the culture of volunteerism, OLLI committees, how OLLI communicates with its membership, pricing and registration, zoom experience, OLLI’s relationship with the University of Michigan — and any others!

Each month’s gathering will feature a different guest host or co-hosts.  Come more than once and get the full range of OLLI experiences from persons who have made OLLI their primary source for learning and volunteering and remaining socially active in retirement.

The New Member Exchange meets every 4th Monday from 1 – 2pm. No meeting on December 28th

Look for us on the OLLI Commons Calendar.