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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

OLLI Interest Group Contacts


Interest Group Coordinator(s) Phone Email
Bridge Dave Wilkins (989) 793-2356   
  Marilyn Bechtel (989) 894-1089
Cooking Linda Phillips (989) 980-8279
Cross Country Skiing Mike Colucci (989) 295-6473  
Current Events Chris Eckerle (989) 684-2058
Cycling Linda Ackerman (989) 781-2961
Dinner Deborah Bula (989) 295-2436
Esoteric Cosmology Kathryn Miller (989) 859-1170
Games  Ted Mclaughlin (989) 790-9587 
Guitar Mike Juengling (989) 245-3940
Kayaking Dan Dauer (989) 753-6038
Knitting Beth McLaughlin (989) 208-5885
Movie / Theatre / Concert Cheryl Revard (989) 326-3997
OLLI Folks on Spokes (slow-pace cycling) Karol Walker (989) 423-4889  
Ping Pong Carol Lagalo (989) 752-9857
Short Stories Don Sugg (989) 295-0889
Stamp Collecting Robert Bula (989) 781-1126  
Interest Groups in Need of Leader / Previously Met:
Buddhist Psychology      
Celtic Music Group      
Choral Singing      
Music Collegium      
Recorder (dojo)      
Recreational Cycling