8:45 a.m. Registration, Socializing, & Light Refreshments
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Announcements & Program
Monthly meetings are an SVSU-OLLI member benefit. Guests are welcome to attend one OLLI monthly meeting without a charge. This gives a non-member a chance to check our program out. If you come more than once you either need to join OLLI or pay a $10 fee per meeting.
Finding meaning in our lives is an age old challenge. That meaning is found through the stories that are often hidden between the folds of everyday life. Join veteran educator and author, Dave Kampfschulte for this entertaining, interactive session as he relates his experiences in interviewing over 50 hospice patients for the My Life Story program. You will hear common life lessons, thoughts, and feelings that wind through our collective lives and the satisfaction of knowing one has had a life that matters. If you have a story – you have had a life!
From 1961-1971 the United States and its allies sprayed nearly seventy-three million liters of chemical agents over 2.5 million acres of southern and central Vietnam as part of an effort to defoliate the landscape and deny access to food supplies to enemy troops. About 62 percent of those chemicals consisted of Agent Orange, a mixture of the herbicides 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T later found to contain potentially dangerous levels of dioxin, one of the deadliest toxins ever created. While the use of Agent Orange was phased out in the early 1970s along with the rest of the herbicidal warfare program, the legacies of the chemical war continue to this day, with civilians and veterans from the United States, Vietnam, and elsewhere continuing to claim that Agent Orange is responsible for a variety of health concerns. This talk by Western Michigan University Professor Ed Martini, author of Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty and Invisible Enemies: The American War on Vietnam 1975-2000, explores the history and legacies of Agent Orange and what they reveal about the ongoing impact of the Vietnam War.
How does good, healthy, nutritious food end up in landfills when there are so many people in need in our region? Find out what semi-truck accidents, already picked produce fields and thermometers have to do with creating opportunities for surplus food to be rescued. Over 150 programs exist in the Great Lakes Bay Region that are assisting people in meeting their most basic need… FOOD! Each of these agencies rely upon the generous support of our community and the efforts of Hidden Harvest to rescue food that would otherwise be wasted. Join us at the November meeting as Samantha McKenzie, President and CEO of Hidden Harvest tells the tale of how surplus food makes it to our neighbors in need. Find out about ways that you can support hunger solutions in the community, reduce your own food waste and the resources available for those dealing with food insecurity.