8:45 a.m. Registration, Socializing & Continental Breakfast
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.
Come to our April meeting ready to be entertained! The New Reformation Band has given thousands of performances worldwide in its 45+ years of playing traditional jazz, including Dixieland, ragtime, blues, big band, swing, and more. From its first performance at a Saginaw church in 1970, the band has played its “joyful sound” at national jazz festivals, on cruise ships, in concert halls, country clubs, band shells, fairs, resorts, supper clubs, at schools and colleges, as well as performing hundreds of worship services in churches of many faiths. Over the years, The New Reformation Band has produced 15 critically acclaimed albums, which are being enjoyed by fans everywhere. Featuring the founding Oppermann Brothers and five “superstar” sidemen, these seven friendly fellows provide a fun-loving, knee-slapping, toe-tapping entertainment experience that you don’t want to miss!
Taoism is China’s great contribution to world philosophy. Many of these concepts are expressed in pithy stories. The short texts range from allegories to essays, and they cover topics from the origin of the world to how to live with effortless action. In this keynote presentation, internationally known author Deng Ming-Dao will present a selection of these memorable stories, explain the deep cultural and philosophical meanings behind them, and connect them to contemporary American life.
Join Dr. Tazeen Ahmed, board certified doctor of internal medicine, geriatrics, hospice and palliative care along with K. Rumi Shahzad, co-founder and managing director of New Hope Valley Independent Living Community for a co-presentation on optimal aging. Optimal Aging is the ability to flourish throughout one's lifetime. It is a new understanding of the aging process in which intergenerational, compassionate communities have all the resources available for people to lead physically, socially, and emotionally healthy lives from birth to death. Dr. Tazeen and Mr. Shahzad’s discussion will include a holistic model of care including physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and social aspects of wellbeing as well as a discussion of senior living market trends and a Japanese case study.
Started in 1917 as a wartime emergency force of just 300 men, the Michigan State Police has developed into an elite group of law enforcement professionals numbering almost 3000. Over the past 100 years the MSP has become one of the most celebrated police agencies in the United States with its tradition of service through excellence, integrity, and courtesy. Join Trooper William Smith of the Tri-City State Police Post for a lesson on the past 100 years of Michigan’s own State Police.
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.