Monthly Meeting Agenda

 Agenda for all Meetings:

8:45 a.m.                 Registration, Socializing & Continental Breakfast
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.    Announcements & Program

Guest Policy

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. 


13th Annual WinterFest

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Sponsored by

   8:45 a.m. Registration, Visit Display Tables & Continental Breakfast
  9:30 a.m. Welcome & Announcements
  9:45 a.m. Program
11:15 a.m. Program concludes

Help Stop the Diabetes Epidemic
Presenter:  Shahrukh Hashmi, MD, Family Medicine Physician
Diabetes is serious, common and costly.  But more importantly, it is controllable. The diabetes ‘epidemic’ is on the rise.  Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes.  That’s about one out of every 11 people and of that number, one out of four do not even know they have it because diabetes is, often times, a silent thief.  Physical symptoms are rarely noticeable until complications develop.  If left untreated or uncontrolled, diabetes can lead to serious health complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and even lower-limb amputations.

Dr. Hashmi, primary care physician with St. Mary’s of Michigan, will talk about the seriousness of this epidemic, and what you can do to reduce your risk of getting diabetes.  He’ll discuss risk factors that increase the chances of developing diabetes, such as increased age; one third of those with diabetes are 65 years and older.  As our population continues to age, gain weight, and become less physically active, Dr. Hashmi and his colleagues are working diligently to identify and respond effectively to people with diabetes to help improve their health outcomes.

There is GOOD News!
Presenter: Danielle Schmidt, RD, Wound Care Center Program Director
However, there is good news.  Scientific evidence now shows that treatment of diabetes with diet and physical activity can delay or even prevent much of the illness and complications associated with diabetes.  Eating a healthy, balanced diet will not only help control diabetes, it will also boost your energy and improve your mood.  Danielle Schmidt, registered dietitian and wound care program director will assure you that you don’t have to give up sweets entirely or resign yourself to a lifetime of bland food.  She will share some helpful tips on how you
can still take pleasure from your meals without feeling hungry or deprived.  She’ll also provide myths and facts about diabetes and diet.

As the director at the St. Mary’s of Michigan Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center, Danielle knows all too well that diabetes and wounds are a dangerous combination.  She will discuss several reasons why people with diabetes are at increased risk for complications from wound healing and why feet are more at risk for diabetes wounds. She’ll have you checking your feet more often and give you hope that delicious healthy meals really do exist.

Bring a Friend!
This program is free for members and potential members – there is no need to pre-register. Guests may attend one monthly meeting without a charge. If  guests come more than once they either need to join OLLI or pay a $10 fee per meeting. OLLI members who bring a guest will be put in a drawing to win a $10 voucher, and their guest will also win a free membership!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Childhood Memories From WWII
Presented by Anneke Burke-Kooistra

Anneke Burke-Kooistra was only four years old when her father, who had joined the underground movement when WWII began, started harboring Jews in their home in Ulrecht, Holland.  She and her two sisters, one eight and the other one only a toddler, were never allowed to see the people living in their home, and never knew about their parents’ mission until after the war.  For three years, from 1942 to 1945, the eight refugees lived in a hidden space which had been dug beneath the floorboards.  Illegal radios and ammunition were also kept in that space.  In 1945, the girls discovered the truth when Anneke’s father woke the children and introduced them to the refugees.  Anneke currently resides in Mayville, where she spent 40 years with her husband Donald Burke.  She continues to pass on the legacy of her family’s heroic efforts by telling the story as told to her.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The World of Coca-Cola
Presented by Lee Scott

Our March meeting will include an interesting look at the development, history, facts and rumors about Coca-Cola and The Coca-Cola Company from its beginning in 1886 to present day.  You’ll learn about Confederate Colonel John Pemberton, who was wounded in the Civil War and developed the prototype Coca-Cola recipe in a quest to find a substitute for the dangerous opiate morphine.  You’ll also learn about the many variations which have been introduced throughout the years.  Our presenter is Lee Scott, a retired Vice President of the company and a veteran of 50 years in the soft drink industry.  Following his retirement in 2001, he has continued to work for The Coca-Cola Company, focusing his efforts in the government relations field and community affairs.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Alaska’s Denali National Park: Through a Camera Lens
Presented by Kent Miller

Join Central Michigan University associate professor of photojournalism Kent Miller on an enjoyable photographic journey through Denali National Park.  Miller has spent quite a bit of time at the park since 2008 when he volunteered to shoot photographs for the National Park Service.  Since then, Miller has created an internship program with the National Parks Service.  He wanted his students at CMU to have the same experience he had learning in what he calls “one of the most beautiful places on Earth.”  He has been back many times over the past seven years and even taught a photography workshop for senior citizens in 2012 and 2013.  His current undertaking is a commemorative photo exhibition for the 100-year anniversary of the Park in 2017.