The Inside Scoop

from Sheila Rocker Heppe, OLLI Director

OLLI at HSU is pleased to present an exciting new slate of classes for Spring 2014! Please join us on Jan. 25 for the OLLI Open House at the Humboldt Bay Aquatics Center from 1-3 p.m. to learn more about the course line-up and meet our faculty. Registration will be available on site.

As you may know, OLLI at HSU relies on membership to maintain our educational program and remain eligible for continued support from the Osher Foundation. Every August we are required to start fresh from zero and build our numbers back through renewals and new memberships. Our goal each year is to exceed 1000 lifelong learners in the OLLI at HSU community. If you haven’t renewed yet, please do so today. You may also want to consider introducing a friend to OLLI; a membership is a very thoughtful gift. Please call or stop by the OLLI office on the HSU campus to purchase a gift certificate.

OLLI at HSU is a proud member of a network of 117 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the country. Each Institute that has met basic membership requirements and demonstrated potential for success and sustainability was awarded an endowment to help offset annual operating costs along with course and membership fees. Institutes may be eligible for an additional endowment if all criteria established by the Osher Foundation are attained. The criteria are designed to insure long term sustainability.

Over the past three years, OLLI at HSU has met or exceeded all but ONE of the eight criteria for consideration of second endowment gifts:

  • a sustained annual membership level exceeding 1,000
  • continued excellence in curriculum and programming
  • a diverse repertoire of course and educational activities specifically designed for people 50 and better
  • strong support from the University (including a commitment to provide space)
  • significant opportunities for volunteer engagement and leadership
  • sound organizational structure
  • financial sustainability
  • a robust, ongoing fundraising program ($20,000 earned with at least 100 members contributing)

Last fall, OLLI members received a letter from Dr. Roland Lamberson, the chair of our fundraising and finance committee inviting them to join the Friends of OLLI. A special thank you to all our friends who are generously supporting OLLI. We ask that you take a moment today to join other Friends of OLLI to enable our institute to continue to provide high quality lifelong learning experiences throughout our community. A donation of any amount is highly valuable to us as we strive to meet our goals. And, of course, all donations to OLLI at HSU are tax deductible. We cannot provide our high quality program without the gift of our members’ time, financial support and positive energy which infuse OLLI at HSU. (See the current list of Friends of OLLI)

Finally, please plan to join us for our Full Membership Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 29 to help OLLI at HSU plan for our future. (Noon-1:30 p.m. at Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka)

Have a brilliant spring!

Sheila Rocker Heppe

Planned Giving

Jerry and Gisela Rohde, part of the original faculty of OLLI at HSU, want to help make future OLLI classes more accessible for the Humboldt community. So they’re including a charitable bequest for OLLI at HSU in their estate plan.

Jerry and Gisela love teaching every semester and have a special passion for Humboldt County’s human and natural history. Some of their favorite OLLI memories were made on their van tours of nearby state and national parks. The van tours provide special guided access to OLLI students, many of whom would be unable to hike far enough to see certain points of interest. Students are often delighted to experience beautiful historic places that would be out of their reach without OLLI at HSU.

OLLI at HSU provides a unique outlet for the curious minds in Humboldt’s 50 and better community. Jerry and Gisela appreciate the opportunity to share their knowledge and experience with engaged students. And they love how often students add their own knowledge of Humboldt’s history to make their classes even more interesting!

When they realized they could include OLLI at HSU in their estate plan, it was like a light bulb turning on. Because the program has provided Jerry and Gisela so much joy over the years, they knew immediately that they wanted to support the future of the program. Their goal is to make OLLI at HSU affordable for anyone who’s interested in taking classes about local natural and human history. To help do so, they are bequeathing 10% of their estate to OLLI.

By providing learning opportunities at an affordable cost, OLLI at HSU has become a core activity for many in the Humboldt community. Jerry and Gisela know that OLLI enhances quality of life in many ways for many people. It builds friendships. It creates a real sense of community. And it quenches lifelong students’ thirst for knowledge.

If you’re interested in information about how to include OLLI at HSU in your estate plan, please contact:

University Advancement
(707) 826-5101

Sheila Rocker Heppe
Director, OLLI at HSU
(707) 826-3743