OLLI News from Bradley University
July 2, 2019  
We Surpassed Our Goal - 7th Consecutive Year!

Thank you, 412 OLLI members, for your generosity and support of the lifelong learning program we love so much.

For the seventh consecutive year, we've surpassed our fundraising goal.  In 2018-2019, we aimed to raise $55,000, and you donated an incredible $84,400!  Thank you so much!

We raise funds because we are investing in the program that brings us intellectual stimulation, appreciation for our area businesses and organizations, laughter, and wonderful social opportunities all year long.   

The funds we raise are used for services we otherwise could not afford through membership and program fees.    Gifts of any size support the program that brings you such a great experience.  

To learn more about giving to OLLI, please visit our website.

Membership Development Meeting Date Change

Due to our busy volunteer travel schedules, OLLI has postponed the first meeting of its Membership Development Committee meeting.

The July 31 meeting has been changed to Wednesday, September 11, 9 a.m., at Peoria Next, 801 W. Main Street.  We'll have plenty of refreshments (and free parking) for anyone interested in learning more about this new committee, which is aimed at member recruitment, orientation, and development.

Join us and bring a friend!

To learn more about OLLI's transition to a membership-based program, please visit  our website.

Winter 2020 Study Group Planning Starts 7/11
Winter is coming!

That's right - it's time to start planning for our Winter Study Group offerings.  

The all-volunteer committee will meet on Thursday, July 11 at 9 a.m. at Peoria Next, 801 W. Main Street, Peoria.  Parking is free and plentiful behind the building.

Please come and enjoy the fun and camaraderie as we brainstorm ideas for new or repeat study groups.  All are welcome!

To learn more about OLLI's study groups, please visit  our website.

Save the Date for OLLI's Fall Registration Social

We just put the final touches on OLLI's Fall 2019 brochure, and we think you're going to be AMAZED at the quality and quantity of events!

We offer a registration social as the first option for registration because one of the most critical aspects of our program is to maintain a sense of community as our membership grows.

Our Fall Registration Social will be held from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24 in the Michel Student Center Ballrooms at Bradley University.

Parking is free and open on campus for this event.  

Doors to the Michel Student Center open at 7:30 a.m.  Doors to the Ballrooms will open at 8:00 a.m. for number distribution.  From 8:00 - 8:45 a.m., volunteers and staff will check your forms, answer questions, and discuss programming while you enjoy refreshments and meet new friends.  Starting at 8:45 a.m., numbers will be called in order for processing.

Please note:  each participant may bring no more than two registration forms to be processed at the social.  

Online and telephone registration begins Thursday, July 25 at 9:00 a.m.  You may also mail in forms at any time after you receive or download the brochure.  Paper copies of the brochure will be delivered to post offices on Monday, July 15, the same day we post it on our website.

If you have any questions, please contact us at olli@bradley.edu.  We look forward to seeing you on July 24!

Meet Bob Drake, OLLI Treasurer

Bob's involvement with OLLI began with Winter classes a decade ago.

"It was hard to believe the variety of classes that were available, and all without the pressure of grades," he says.  "The seemingly endless diversity of subject matter over these past 10 years continues to amaze me."

Learn more about Bob and his work with OLLI here.


OLLI Insider:
Your Questions Answered

Dear OLLI Insider,

I want to share information about OLLI with a friend, but I'm not sure if I can answer all of his questions.  Where can he find details about the entire program?

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Thank you for spreading the word about OLLI at Bradley.  We recommend that your friend checks out our website, which is chock full of information, including frequently asked questions, descriptions of our programs, data about our history, and much more.

Please share this link:  Bradley.edu/olli

We can't wait to see your friend at a program soon!

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  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 .

Hilltop Happenings
Braves Launch Accepting Applications

Brave Launch, a seven-week intense business accelerator offered through the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University, offers startup businesses in the region a platform for growing their business as well as development help for new products or services.

Participants will learn skills that will take their business to new heights by utilizing beneficial resources. They will gain an in-depth knowledge of their customer base and value chains, leading to efficiency in the workplace.

Applications for the next Brave Launch cohort are being accepted now through August 26, 2019. The program will officially kick-off on September 24, 2019. To learn more or to apply for Brave Launch, visit  bradley.edu/bravelaunch  or call (309) 677-2992.

Beyond the Hilltop
Friedan Bench, Signage to be Installed July 9

A memorial bench and signage honoring international feminist leader Betty Friedan will soon be erected in Upper Bradley Park across the street from her childhood home.

A dedication ceremony led by members of the Betty Friedan Hometown Tribute Committee, which raised the construction funds, will be held on July 9 at 1:00 p.m.

Friedan, who grew up at 1011 W. Farmington Road, authored The Feminine Mystique, considered by historians to be among the 100 most important books ever written.  The book, published in 1963, launched a feminist movement that led her to co-found the National Organization for Women, the National Women's Political Caucus, and the National Abortion Rights Action League. 

For more information, please visit  the website developed by the Tribute Committee and maintained by Bradley University: bradley.edu/sites/bettyfriedantribute

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