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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.

Listed below are a list of OLLI Interest Groups that are currently in operation and Interest Groups that unfortunately have not reconvened since the beginning of the pandemic. Some interest groups have descriptions or websites attached to them. Simply click on the name of the Interest Group to learn more. 

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 OLLI Manager Heather O'Hearn at (989) 964-2650 or email her at hsohearn@svsu.edu.

OLLI Interest Group Contacts

 

Interest GroupCoordinator(s)PhoneEmail
Bridge Matt Skowronski (989)684-6402 northpoleski@peoplepc.com
  Marilyn Bechtel (989)894-1089 marilynbechtel@gmail.com
Buddhist Psychology Dr. Eric DeVos (989)964-4329 devos@svsu.edu
Choral Singing In Need    
Cooking Linda Phillips 989-980-8279 LindaAPhillips@yahoo.com
Cross Country Skiing Pam Young 989-751-9412 pamelaroseyoung@gmail.com
Current Events Chris Eckerle (989)684-2058 chriseckerle@chartermi.net
Cycling Linda Ackerman (989)781-2961 lmackerman50@gmail.com
Dinner Deborah Bula (989)-295-2436 dbretired610@gmail.com
Gardening Crystal Kauer (989)792-6874 cmkauer@chartermi.net
Games  Ted Mclaughlin (989)790-9587 tshorty@chartermi.net 
Guitar Mike Juengling (989)245-3940 mikejuen5@gmail.com
Kayaking Dan Dauer (989)753-6038 dauerhome@juno.com
Knitting Beth McLaughlin (989)208-5885 bethie_m@charter.net
Lunch Rita Grasso (989)781-4725 ritaolli11@yahoo.com
Movie Cheryl Revard (989) 326-3997 clrevard@gmail.com
OLLI Folks on Spokes (slow-pace cycling) Carol Walker (989) 423-4889  
Pickleball Edith Sommers (989)751-3819 edithsommers@charter.net
Ping Pong Carol Lagalo (989)752-9857 lagaloc@yahoo.com
Short Stories Don Sugg (989)295-0889 dlsugg@gmail.com
Stamp Collecting Robert Bula (989)781-1126  
Theatre In Need    
       
       
       
Interest Groups that have not reconvened due to COVID:
  Former Coordinator(s)    
Interest Group Phone Email
Celtic Music Group Wayne O'Brien (989)686-0475 woobrien@tm.net
Esoteric Cosmology Wayne O'Brien (989)686-0475 woobrien@tm.net
Music Collegium Eric Nisula (989)964-4307 epn@svsu.edu
Recorder (dojo) Wayne O'Brien (989)686-0475 woobrien@tm.net
Recreational Cycling Vicki Shrope (989)615-0317 vshrope@gmail.com

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