The following message and survey are from OLLI-UO in Portland member Stephanie Nute. We are posting the survey here to make sure all Portland members have the opportunity to read the survey and respond by June 1.
To all members of OLLI-UO in Portland:
At the end of June 2013, our OLLI classes will be discontinued at the White Stag Building. In what direction shall we go?
Question 1—Continue or Disband:
Are you interested in continuing the basic class format (DVD or live lecture followed by discussion) at another location? Please answer “Yes” or “No.” If your answer is “no,” you need not reply to the rest of this survey.
Question 2—Program and Location
Currently, there are three options for our consideration:
A. Calaroga Terrace Retirement Community
1400 NE Second Ave., Portland
There is free on-site parking, and the facility is near public transportation. Andy Raubeson has arranged for us to use the Calaroga library meeting space on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays. There is audio-visual equipment there and Andy will make his bathroom facility available for us to use. There is no fee and no lease is required.
- Benefits: this is a “move-in ready” option, there are no fees and there is access to on-site garage parking and public transportation.
- Caution: We would be responsible for organizing all classes, providing any written materials, refreshments, etc. There are limited toilet facilities.
No membership is required.
B. Portland Community College/Senior Studies Institute (PCC/SSI).
Locations vary: http://www.pcc.edu/resources/senior-studies/locations.html
Garland Holt has drafted a Class Proposal to allow us to become a regular class in the PCC/SSI program. Cost: $30 per year membership fee, which allows us to attend any PCC/SSI class at any of their locations, and all PCC/SSI members would be welcome to attend our classes also. We have been offered a meeting site for the summer at the PCC/ CLIMB Center for Advancement at 1626 SE Water Ave. (in Room 102), diagonally across from OMSI. On-site parking is available for a fee, and the location is accessible via the new CL Line of the Portland Streetcar to OMSI (with MAX connections to the Streetcar). Audio-visual equipment is provided.
- Benefits: We would have access to the PCC/SSI resources and membership and there would be an opportunity for growth. We can resume our classes almost immediately at this location while we work to develop a permanent association with PCC/SSI.
- Caution: As of now, this is a temporary arrangement for the summer. We have not yet been approved as a PCC/SSI class by the PCC/SSI Board, although we are working at that. We would all have to join SSI.
Membership cost: $30.00 annually
C. Portland State University (PSU). Suggestions include developing an affiliation at PSU either through their Institute on Aging or their Retired Associates of PSU program (RAPSU).
Campus class locations vary: https://sites.google.com/site/rapsuatpsu/2012-13-rapsu-meeting-dates
Fred Brace is working with his contacts in the PSU administration to create a class or program for us. PSU is accessible via the Portland Streetcar (and MAX to Streetcar connections). As for parking, usual public parking is available. All audio-visual equipment will be available. Fees are unknown at this time.
- Benefits: We would have access to PSU resources and have the possibility of being in on the ground floor for developing a new lifelong learning program connected to a university.
- Caution: Discussions with PSU are at a very early stage and a new lifelong learning program may not come to fruition. At this moment, there is nothing in place for us to move into after June.
Membership cost for RAPSU: $20.00 for singles and $35.00 for couples
Please send your answers, and any other ideas or comments, to George Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: June 1, 2013.