I was doing my weekly grocery shopping and, as always, saw numerous new friends that
I have made through OLLL. They all told me how excited they were to see a new semester
starting and how much they looked forward to taking new classes, going to tasty socials,
going on exciting field trips and seeing what fascinating topics each weekly Bonus
would bring. But, most of all, they talked about the wonderful opportunities to visit
with old friends and make new ones.
Everyone knows about the interesting and entertaining classes we have. People constantly brag on the terrific instructors OLLI finds each semester. Many members enjoy the Travel experiences and everyone is amazed at the Bonus programs and community programs we have. And it's exciting to see the growth of our UA OLLI chapters in our surrounding counties. But, we shouldn't ever overlook the immense importance of the social aspect of OLLI membership.
As a busy and complex as life can be and as the inevitable changes of life come about, it's far too easy for people to become disconnected and separated in our modern world. But, staying connected with the world and continuously renewing friendships and making new friends, are the ingredients of a life well-lived. OLLI membership provides these necessary ingredients and brings new joy and adventure and positive relationships to our lives. Today, with well over a 1000 members, OLLI through the University of Alabama and our numerous volunteers makes sure that these opportunities remain present today as well as in the future.
As always, as your president, I want to express my gratitude for our past leadership, our Board of Directors, our vital University of Alabama staff, our dedicated teachers and other volunteers and all our members. We welcome everyone's participation and new ideas.
Looking forward to seeing all of you!
UA OLLI President