OLLI e-Newsletter December 2017

Message from the OLLI Board Chair
marv heller

As the calendar winds down, it is natural to pause to reflect on what has transpired in the preceding 12 months and, based on that, do some planning for the coming year.
2017 was a period of extraordinary growth for OLLI at UC. While this growth is easily measured in increased membership, other areas that may not be as noticeable are critically important to sustaining OLLI’s vitality.
These include, but are not limited to, establishing safety and security procedures for the campuses at Adath Israel and Victory Parkway, exploring potential additional facilities to allow for future growth, revising investment guidelines to stabilize our financial position, developing a member handbook, and refining marketing efforts to reach more potential members.
Based on what has been accomplished and the ongoing initiatives, we enter 2018 with a momentum that will lead to unprecedented heights. Thank you for doing your part as a member of OLLI at UC! 

Marv Heller



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News for OLLI members and friends

Correction (2)A recent communication from OLLI erroneously stated that charitable donations from an IRA’s Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) could be deducted from income tax by those who itemize. This is not correct. The tax advantage is that you do not pay income tax on the amount donated from the RMD. Consult a tax advisor for details. Thank you to all the sharp OLLI members who pointed this out!
If you enjoy learning new things at OLLI, please consider including OLLI in your charitable year-end giving plans. OLLI depends on your donations to help cover expenses related to facilities, equipment, and scholarships. It’s easy to give online at
Thank you for being a part of OLLI this past year. We look forward to seeing you in 2018.


Winter Schedule

Winter schedule 5NOW: Catalog posted online.

Dec. 23–Jan. 1: OLLI office CLOSED for winter break.

Jan. 2: Catalog mailed third class
(may take up to 10 business days to arrive)

Jan. 15: OLLI office CLOSED for
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 16, 9am: Online and processing of mailed registration begins

Jan. 23, 9am: Phone registration begins

Feb. 5: Winter quarter courses begin

Mar. 30, Winter quarter courses end.



Aaron Levine Award Winner Sally Moore

Sally Moore 2At the Winter Luncheon on Dec. 4, the OLLI Board of Trustees bestowed on Sally Moore the Aaron Levine Award for her extraordinary degree of support to OLLI at the University of Cincinnati. Upon her retirement, Sally joined OLLI in 1996 and has served the organization as a Board member, Curriculum Committee member, first chair of the Marketing Committee, coordinator of the Speakers Bureau, and longtime moderator. Our thanks to Sally for all she has contributed and continues to contribute to the success of OLLI.


Travel with OLLI to Philadelphia and Canada Next Year

Travel 3OLLI’s educational travel adventures are organized by Road Scholar and open to current and past OLLI members as well as their friends and family members age 50 and older.

 Follow in the footsteps of George Washington in April to learn about the founding of our country in Philadelphia: Heartbeat of the Revolution: Valley Forge, Trenton & Germantown. Details here.

In August, we visit our neighbor to the north for Canadian Odyssey: Quebec City to Toronto. Sign up today! Details here.


We Remember

Howard Eckstein (3) 2Former OLLI moderator Howard Eckstein passed away on Oct. 27. Howard moderated Religion beyond Dogma for many years. In this popular course, panels of religious leaders led discussions about their various beliefs, exemplifying the OLLI commitment to openness to new ideas, civil discussion, and diversity of thought. 



OWLI v3 jpg 3Dear OWLI:

When I register online and a class I want to take is full, is it worthwhile to add my name to the wait list or am I just wasting my time?
Anxious in Anderson
Dear Anxious:
YES! People change their schedules or drop classes. Sometimes we are able to move a popular class to a larger classroom, or a moderator agrees to accept more people into a class or teach another section of the same class. When any of these happen, we use the wait list to fill available spaces.
Here’s how it works: When a place opens in a full class, we call the first person on the wait list. If we have to leave a message, that person has a limited amount of time to call back (usually a day). We continue down the list until all openings are filled.
Also good to know: You can add your name to wait lists without paying for a membership, so there’s no risk involved. If we have a place for you in the class, we’ll sign you up for membership at the same time.
Do you have a question about OLLI?
Send it to with the subject line “Ask OWLI.”



Like OLLI on Facebook!

Facebook-Logo 2We are counting up to reach 950 “likes” on the OLLI at University of Cincinnati Facebook page—with only a few to go! When we get there, we’ll put all the names in a hat and draw one to win a free quarter membership. Lots of OLLI breaking news shows up first on Facebook. And we share photographs from classes and special events, pertinent news stories, and tips for retirees. Join our online social network!
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