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OLLI Interest Groups

Over the years, we have learned that people join OLLI for two  major reasons. The first is the opportunity to learn new things, but a secondary, and sometimes more important reason, is the opportunity to meet new friends who have similar interest.  Our Interest Groups bring together members who have similar interests or hope to meet others socially.

How to Start an Interest Group

From time to time we hear that our members would like an Interest Group on a given topic. The first step of the process is to find a group leader.  This is the person who communicates with the group members and works with the OLLI office to secure a meeting place. If you are interested in leading a group or want to learn more about the process, contact Katherine Ellison at (989) 964-4310 or email her at

OLLI Interest Group Contacts

Interest GroupCoordinator(s)PhoneEmail 
Games Ted Mclaughlin (989)790-9587   (more info)
Bridge Matt Skowronski (989)684-6402  
  Marilyn Bechtel (989)894-1089  
Buddhist Psychology Dr. Eric DeVos (989)964-4329  
Celtic Music Doug Baldwin (989)780-2022  
Choral Singing In Need    


Cooking Linda Phillips 989-980-8279  
Cross Country Skiing Pam Young 989-751-9412  
Current Events Chris Eckerle (989)684-2058  
Cycling Linda Ackerman (989)781-2961 (more info)
Dinner Deborah Bula (989)-295-2436  
Esoteric Cosmology Wayne O'Brien (989)686-0475  
Gardening Crystal Kauer (989)792-6874  
Guitar Mike Juengling (989)245-3940  
Kayaking Dan Dauer (989)753-6038  
Knitting Beth McLaughlin (989)208-5885  
Lunch Rita Grasso (989)781-4725  
Movie Cheryl Revard (989) 326-3997  
Music Collegium Eric Nisula (989)964-4307  
OLLI Folks on Spokes (slow-pace cycling) Carol Walker (989) 423-4889    
Pickleball Edith Sommers (989)751-3819  
Ping Pong Carol Lagalo (989)752-9857  
Recorder (dojo) Wayne O'Brien (989)686-0475  
Recreational Cycling Vicki Shrope (989)615-0317


Sharing the Great Courses Doug Baldwin (989)780-2022  
Short Stories Don Sugg (989)295-0889  
Stamp Collecting Robert Bula (989)781-1126    
Theatre  Dick Holmes (989)781-4450


Contact Us


Katherine Ellison


Curtiss Hall 201


8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.