A Special Interest Group (SIG) is a group of OLLI members whose focus is a certain area of interest. The following SIGs are already in place, and new SIGs are encouraged to form at any time. You do not need to register for SIGs, and there is no fee; however, you must be an OLLI member to participate. For more information about each group, contact the person listed. Information about starting a new SIG is available in the OLLI Office and on the OLLI website. Questions? Contact Heidi Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864.294.2997
This group is for anyone with an interest in talking, listening and thinking carefully about fundamental issues. We opened with the question: Is God real or a delusion? We may continue with questions like: What is the meaning of life (and how do we recognize it)? Which is more fundamental, the individual or the community? Is season co-extensive with science? The group as a whole decides what to discuss. Genuine interest in ideas is the only requirement of membership. We meet weekly. Contact: Kevin McMurtrey at email@example.com.
The Bridge SIG is for players with some experience. They meet weekly in Manly Lobby at the Herring Center. More groups may form if there is enough interest. Contact Barb Nebb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bocce SIG offers OLLI members an opportunity to enjoy the game in a non-competitive atmosphere on the Furman grounds, near the Herring Center. We play weekly during each term at an agreed upon time by SIG members. Contact:Jim Zickos at email@example.com
This group is for all OLLI members who are interested in playing chess. Beginners and experienced players are welcome. Contact Jan Blasenak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conversations on Racial Reconciliation and Unity
OLLI Members have organized this SIG to provide a safe platform to facilitate conversations on racial reconciliation. Discussions will explor the sources of racial conflict and historical examples. Contact Molly Fitzpatrick at email@example.com or Patty Bynum at firstname.lastname@example.org
Foods, Friends and Fun
This SIG meets monthly to dine at Greenville area restaurants. OLLI members that like to be social, meet, new people, and enjoy great food are encouraged to join. Contact Patti Wargo email@example.com or Jacqui Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Êtes-vous Francophone? Vous êtes invité à un SIG où on parlera français. On peut pratiquer la belle langue, et on peut faire la connaissance d’autres qui parle français. The French Conversation SIG welcomes all French proficiency levels. Contact marcirehg at email@example.com
A general group meeting to help people with genealogy research, “brick wall” problems, information sharing. There is a wealth of info waiting out there on the interent and in person searching. OLLI members interested must have taken the Genealogy class or have similar experience. Contact Sarah Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org .
This SIG is for those interested in playing music with hand chimes. It is a group effort to produce beautiful music and have fun at the same time. The most important skill is to be diligent and ring at the right time so as not to overpower your neighbor’s note that is being rung at the “actual” right time! This is for ringers with some experience and the ability to read music is helpful. Contact Sharon Howell at email@example.com or Shelden Timmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This SIG meets via Zoom and focuses on conversational Italian with an emphasis on beginners to intermediate level Italian usage and knowledge. Our aim is to practice our Italian language skills while at the same time exploring new vocabulary. Contact Elisa Golden at email@example.com or Mary Jo Pruitt at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jam on Pickers Guitar
This SIG is for guitar players who wish to swap licks and share songs, and is open to any OLLI member with basic guitar skills. Meeting times and location will be determined by the SIG members each term. Contact Mike Sullivan at email@example.com.
The Knitted Knockers SIG helps women who have had mastectomies. We knit (and crochet) “Knitted Knockers”, which are soft, lightweight breast prosthetics provided free of charge to women either to use pre-reconstruction or as a more comfortable alternative to silicone prosthetics. All OLLI member knitters and crochet enthusiasts are welcome! Contact Catherine Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sally Bornmueller at email@example.com
The Mah Jongg SIG is for experienced players who would like to get together weekly to play Mah Jongg. They also welcome those who have recently taken a Mah Jongg class or who are trying to brush up on some “rusty” skills. They meet at 1:30 on Wednesdays in Manly Lobby at the Herring Center. Contact Cathy Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For fellow OLLI members who have taken a meditation class or have experience with meditation and would like to get together to practice your meditation. We are offering an information session once a week where one can sit and meditate. Contact Liz Kelley at email@example.com.
This SIG is centered around the dominos based game, Mexican Train. All levels of play are welcome as players come together and play house rules in the Herring Center Manly Lobby. Contact Dwight Harding at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring your knitting or other handwork and join this group for knitting and conversation. The group decides meeting times and locations each term. Contact Debbie Bradley at email@example.com.
The OLLI@Habitat SIG is your chance to join OLLI members and work toward a meaningful purpose. It is the intention of this SIG to plan and participate in one Build Day during each OLLI term. The date will be determined by what is available with Habitat for Humanity and what the group is able and interested in helping with…probably not siding! SIG meeting will be “workdays” on actual Habitat for Humanity houses and members can participate as they are able. Contact Janet Aquilar at firstname.lastname@example.org
OLLI Players is a SIG designed for OLLI members who love theatre and enjoy being a part of the atmosphere, team and comradery that our SIG will embrace. Our first undertaking will be Neil Simon’s, Plaza Suite. Contact Mary Robert at email@example.com or Francine Hachem at firstname.lastname@example.org
OLLI Recorder Consort
The OLLI Consort SIG offers recorder players the opportunity to enjoy the pleasures of ensemble playing, advance their skills, and perform for others. They meet at the Herring Center and the schedule is set each term by the participants. Contact Sharon Howell at JasminRC@icloud.com or Judy Brooks at email@example.com.
From “Buttoning Up Our Overcoats” to singing “Hallelujah”, OLLI-ukes is a SIG for members who enjoy playing and singing along with the Ukulele. Although it would be best to know a few basic cords (C, Am, F, G7) folks from all playing levels, including beginners, are welcome. We also encourage members who play other instruments to join us. The SIG meets on Mondays from 12:20-1:20 p.m. Contact Kevin Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Open Studio SIG provides a welcoming place to work on your current painting and drawing projects. Share your interest in art and practice your skills with artists of all levels. Contact Paula Winiski at email@example.com.
Out and About Singles
This is a group of single OLLI members who enjoy movies, plays, festivals and eating out together. Come and join us. Make new friends and help plan a calendar of fun. There is a lot to do in Greenville! Contact Susan Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Miller at email@example.com.
Painless Penniless Poker
The Painless Penniless Poker SIG is for players with some experience, but all levels are welcome. “Penniless” means we are not playing for money – only your pride is on the line! We play a variety of poker games each week. Contact Dave Knox at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dawn Boulos at email@example.com.
The Pickleball SIG is for those who already had an introduction to and know the basics of how to play this hybrid of badminton, tennis and ping pong. If you already know how to play, you know why it’s a hit with seniors all over the country. Indoor and/or outdoor court time is scheduled twice weekly on Furman’s campus. Contact Karen Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org
All Scrabble lovers are invited to join the Scrabble SIG. All skills levels are encourage to join in the fun. Contact Merrikay Pirrone at email@example.com
All levels of Spanish skills are welcome to join the Spanish Conversation SIG. The group meets at 10:45 a.m. on Thursdays to practice conversing. In order to keep the conversation flowing, members are encouraged to bring news to share with the group such as details of a class they are taking, a picture about which they would like to expound or a current topic in the news they would like to discuss. Contact Anne Coble at firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Scott Taylor at LindaScottTaylor@gmail.com
STEAM Tech Teams
The primary goal of this SIG is to promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programs in schools through 3D Design and Printing, fabricating simple prosthetic hands for children; exploring basic electronics; making and flying quad-copter drones; and exploring biomolecules and neuroscience. To learn more, see our website at www.STEAMTechTeams.com. All are welcome. You do not have to be technically oriented to participate in this extraordinary project. Contact Reid Becker at Reid.Becker@gmail.com.
Theatre of the Spoken Word
The purpose of this SIG is to engage OLLI participants in the creation, rehearsal, and performance of productions that celebrate the spoken word. This SIG will do production projects such as Readers Theatre, Radio Dramas, and Open Mics. Contact Mary Robert at email@example.com or Bill Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Designed for OLLI members interested in expanding their knowledge through sharing their appreciation of the grape, the Wine SIG meets as determined by its members. Options are visits sharing our favorite wines along a certain theme, such as cabernet sauvignon or best reds under $15, structured tasting at local wine bars, tasting experts on a particular region or grape, visits to local wineries, sharing favorite wine infusions and more. Contact Dan Scieszka at email@example.com or Marilyn Bracy at firstname.lastname@example.org