OLLI News from Bradley University
May 28, 2019  

4 Days Left to Donate to OLLI for '18-'19
We have just 4 more days to reach our goal of a 40% donation rate for this year's fundraising effort!   

If you haven't given to OLLI since last June, this is a perfect time to do so.

This year's major purchase will be a new audio-visual system in the Marty Theatre, but each and every year donation dollars are used to improve your experience throughout our programs.

For instance, donations have been used to purchase audio-visual improvements in the rooms at Peoria Next that are frequently used for study groups and committee meetings, as well as the two shuttles for the trips you love.  

Donations also recently allowed us to purchase new tires for both of those shuttles to ensure your comfort and safety.  

It's important that you know that your gifts stay right here in our program to cover improvements our ordinary budget cannot cover.

Giving is easy, secure, and fast - you can do it right now by clicking here.  Thank you!


Register Today for OLLI-AARP Legislative Breakfast

2019 Legislative Breakfast 
Tuesday, July 30
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. (Doors open 7:30 a.m.)
Bradley University, Westlake Hall 116
810 North Tobias Lane, Peoria

OLLI is proud to co-sponsor the third annual AARP-OLLI Legislative Breakfast, during which participants can meet elected officials and discuss issues.

Brad McMillan, Executive Director of the Institute for Principled Leadership in Public Service at Bradley, will moderate the event.  As of press time, the following elected officials have been confirmed:  Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Illinois State Senator David Koehler, and Illinois State Senator Chuck Weaver.

The event is free and includes a hot buffet breakfast.  Parking is available on Bradley's campus and in the parking deck adjacent to the Renaissance Coliseum.

Advanced registration is required.  To RSVP, call 1-877-926-8300 or register online


OLLI Insider: Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I signed up for several OLLI trips this summer, only to find out I was placed on the wait list.  What does that mean, and do I even have a chance of taking the trip?

Walter Wait List

Dea r Walter Wait List,

We are so glad you registered for OLLI.  Many of our programs, especially learning trips, fill quickly.  If you find out you've been wait listed, don't worry!  When another member cancels, which does tend to happen frequently, we call people on the wait list.  Sometimes we call 10 or 15 members before we find someone available, so don't count yourself out too early.  We also try to repeat many of our popular trips, in order to provide an opportunity for others to experience the trip.

OLLI Insider

OLLI Insider
  is a weekly article that addresses questions from our members.  If you have a question about OLLI you'd like featured in an upcoming edition, please email olli@bradley.edu.
volUpcoming OLLI Volunteer Opportunities

OLLI members often comment on the welcoming environment and friendly atmosphere they encounter at our classes, study groups, learning trips, and original events. Our members and volunteers are the creative lifeblood in every aspect of our program - in fact, more than 400 volunteers each year collaborate to create these fantastic offerings.

We are always looking for new ideas! Are you passionate about a subject or hobby? Share your knowledge and experience by teaching a class or facilitating a study group. Is there a business in the area you've always wanted to see, but could never get in the doors? Attend a learning trip committee meeting and share the idea. Are you looking for a way to connect with members on an ongoing basis? OLLI has committees and activities that match any interest.

Consider attending these upcoming committees to share some new ideas for trips and study groups for our Winter 2020 season!

July 9, 9:00 a.m., Learning Trip Committee Peoria Next Innovation Center
July 11, 9:00 a.m., Study Group Committee, Peoria Next Innovation Center
July 19, 9:00 a.m.,  Study Group Committee, Peoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
Septuagenarian Graduates:  The 54-Year Plan

In the 1960s, Marty Suppo attended Bradley University, but left just short of earning his degree.  

After a 54-year journey, Marty graduated last weekend with the Class of 2019, proving that it's never too late to accomplish your goals.  

Several members of Suppo's family (three generations, in fact)  traveled to Peoria from all over the country for spring commencement.  

"How many grandchildren can say they went to their grandparent's college graduation?" he said.   To read the article about Suppo in BRADLEY Magazine,  click here.

  Beyond the Hilltop
Peoria Public Library to Host Situational Awareness Discussion 

Peoria Speaks
Tuesday, May 28, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Peoria Speaks is a monthly community discussion program which focuses on topics of interest to Peorians. 

Funding for Peoria Speaks is provided by Illinois Humanities through their Illinois Speaks program, which is aimed at strengthening the democratic process through community dialogues across the state of Illinois. 

This month, Capt. Doug Gaa with the Peoria County Sheriff's Office will discuss the importance of situational awareness as it applies to home, public places, suspicious activity, the behaviors of those around us, and making the safest decisions when facing a threat or issue of concern. After this presentation, the floor will be open for questions and discussion. 

The event is free and open to the public.

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