OLLI News from Bradley University
July 17, 2018

OLLI's '17-'18 Fundraising Goal Surpassed ...

Thanks to the generosity of 411 OLLI members , we have, for the sixth consecutive year, exceeded our annual giving campaign goal.  

We raised $78,618 from June 2017 to May 2018, by far surpassing our goal of $50,000. 

Here are some highlights of our giving year:
  • A generous, anonymous OLLI member MATCHED $25,000 of your gifts!
  • Our annual trivia night fundraiser raised over $9,000 from 156 participants.
  • The 411 total donors represents our second-highest donor rate of 37% of our membership.
  • The funds will be used to develop exciting new programming in 2019 as recommended by your Executive Committee, provide ongoing maintenance for our shuttle buses, co-sponsor cinema and lecture programming, fund student volunteer awards, and invest 5% for future needs.

OLLI at Bradley is so grateful to have such a supportive, giving learning community.  In fact, OLLI is one of the few charitable organizations in which your donation benefits you now and sustains the program for future members.

Every donor makes a difference!  Make a tax-deductible donation to OLLI online and help us grow our program for 2020 and beyond.

Watch this space in August for exciting news about our '18-'19 fundraising goal.

... and The Wall Has Been Built!

Ballrooms A and B, before and after the renovation.

We have even more good news!  

Using the $100,000 raised in the previous two fundraising years (with additional financial assistance from Continuing Education), "The Wall" in the Michel Student Center has been built!

The soundproof, retractable wall, plus the purchase of new, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment (projectors, screens, audio systems, and digital control panels) will make your OLLI experiences even more enjoyable beginning this fall.

Thank you all so much for the donations that made this ballroom overhaul possible!

Fall Registration Social Coming Next Week

Fall Registration Social
Wednesday, July 25 (New Date)
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. (New Time)
Michel Student Center Ballrooms

The fall Registration Social has returned to its regularly scheduled date and time at the Michel Student Center.  Volunteers, like those above, will be on hand to guide you through the easy registration process.

Please note the schedule for Wednesday, July 25:

8:00 a.m.  Ballroom doors (second floor) open for number distribution.  

8:00 - 8:45 a.m.  Staff and volunteers check your registration forms and answer questions while you enjoy refreshments and socialize with friends both new and old.

8:45 - 10:00 a.m.  Numbers are called in order for same-day registration processing.

Special note:  The Michel Student Center does not open until 7:30 a.m.

Free parking is available on campus during the Fall Registration Social, so shuttle service will not be offered.  

To help you prepare for the Registration Social, visit the OLLI website to see the fall brochure.  You can come to the Registration Social with your fall events already chosen, so your pre-planning will provide you more time for socializing!  

For more information about the Registration Social, contact Bonnie or Gwen at (309) 677-3900.
Innovative Diabetes Education Class Available to OLLI

Diabetes Conversation Map Program
Monday, July 23 AND Wednesday, July 25
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Bradley University - Cullom-Davis Library, Room 303
Free, but advance registration required
Open parking available on campus

If you would like to be involved in a process that helps you, a friend, or a family member better understand and manage diabetes, join Marge Getz for the Diabetes Conversation Map Program.
Participants will attend two 3-hour sessions covering topics such as diet, physical activity, glucose monitoring, and medications. "Conversations" will focus on participants' actual experiences with and feelings about diabetes using a map to visually engage members in a friendly, open discussion aimed at managing diabetes.
Trained program facilitators are Marjorie Getz and Linda Doling from Methodist College.  And because this program is part of Bradley's CREST Summer Program for talented local high school and college students interested in clinical careers, the Diabetes Conversation Map Program will also include students and interns.
If you are interested in joining the Diabetes Conversation Map Program, please email Marjorie Getz: mgetz@methodistcol.edu.  There is no cost for the program, and parking is free on campus.

The Diabetes Conversation Map Program was developed by the American Diabetes Association, Merck and Co., and Healthy Chicago.   


Trivia Night Returns in August - Get Out Your 60s Wear

Trivia Night Fundraiser for OLLI
Friday, August 24, 2018
5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Bradley University Hayden-Clark Alumni Center

Mark your calendar for the 4th annual Trivia Night Fundraiser!  Emceed by WMBD radio personalities, Dan DiOrio and Greg Batton, Trivia Night will feature questions in nine categories plus prizes, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and "brain power" purchased from Bradley students.

This year our theme is "The Sixties - 50 Years Later," so dig out your bell bottoms and go-go boots, and plan to adorn your tables with something groovy.  Prizes will be awarded to the best dressed team and best decorated table.

Reserve your seat (or table of 8) by calling Gwen or Bonnie at (309) 677-3900.  If you don't have a team, don't worry!  We'll place you on one!
Upcoming OLLI Events

July 25, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.,  Fall Registration Social, Michel Student Center Ballrooms
Aug 15 and Aug 22, 9:00 a.m., Curriculum Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
July 26, 9:00 a.m., Study Group Committee Meeting, Peoria Next Innovation Center
Aug 24, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m., OLLI Trivia Night Fundraiser, Bradley University Hayden-Clark Alumni Center

Aug 30, 1:30 p.m., Informational Meeting for Music Cities Trip, Peoria Next Innovation Center

Hilltop Happenings
Student-Athletes Recognized by MVC

The Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) recently announced that Bradley's 244 student-athletes have again won the Conference's academic championship with an average grade point average of 3.42.  This is the third consecutive year that Bradley's athletes have received this distinction.

"This achievement by our student-athletes for three consecutive years is a reflection to their commitment to excellence in the classroom and in all facets of their Bradley University experience," said Dr. Chris Reynolds,  Bradley Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics.  "As we strive to develop the leaders of tomorrow, it has been a privilege to witness our young men and women give 110 percent in the classroom, in competition, and in the community with the aim of becoming productive and well-rounded contributors in their respective fields upon graduation."

Go Bradley Braves!
Beyond the Hilltop
Quest Seeking Volunteers

for Welcome Event

Quest Welcome Back to School
August 1, 2018
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Quest Middle School OR Quest High School
Free, but advanced reservations requested

Quest Charter Academy will begin the new school year with a welcome back to school that features the "Village of Men."  Over 100 men from the community will line the sidewalks and offer students encouraging words and support.  

OLLI men are invited to join in this effort to show Quest students they are supported - especially by positive male role models in the community.  "We want to show students they are loved, valued, and supported on their 'quest to be the best,'' said Deb Spencer, Chief Development Officer.

Women are welcome too!   For more details, or to make your reservation, email Spencer and tell her the school where you will participate (Quest Middle School or Quest High School).  Email Deb Spencer:   spencer@questpeoria.org
Culinary Historians Coming to Chillicothe Public Library

Historic Recipe Road Show
Saturday, August 11
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Do you have a personal or family recipe that is at least 50 years old?  Bring it to the Historic Recipe Road Show, hosted by the Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois (CHNI).

CHNI is looking for cookery manuscripts 50 years old and older for their digitized collection of recipes and comments.  Participants are invited to provide contextual information, along with their recipe, and attend the Road Show at which  a recipe expert will meet with individual participants, during a 15-minute appointment, to share insights about their recipes. 

To make an appointment or secure a submission form, contact the Chillicothe Public Library at (309) 274-2719.  
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