Rutland – Fall 2022

Welcome to our OLLI Rutland program. This semester our program will be six lectures, held at 1:30pm Friday afternoons on the dates listed below at the Godnick Adult Center, 1 Deer Street, Rutland, VT.

Health/Safety Guidelines: UVM sponsored non-credit functions/activities/offerings, whether held at UVM or at a non-UVM facility or location, are governed by the same health and safety policies. As such, UVM expects event participants, visitors and guests will be vaccinated. Masks are optional and welcomed. If the event is taking place at a non-UVM venue, consideration must be given to the requirements of the host site and the more stringent requirements will apply.

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS! We can no longer take any payments at the door/onsite. All attendees/members should pre-register prior to the start of the program.

Semester Membership: Sign up as a member and attend all 6 lectures at the discounted price of $25! Single lecture fee is $8 each.

To register, click on the “REGISTER NOW” button below and you will be brought to our online system where you can register using your credit card for the full membership series special ($25) or for individual lecture(s) ($8 each).

October 7

“Our Rutland. 1941.”
Raymond Mooney & Ben Burdge

Ray Mooney, retired Rutland Fire Chief, and Ben Burdge, “technical wizard,” will discuss local history leading up to World War II, along with their video presentation. Ray and Ben are of different generations, thus providing different perspectives of history.

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October 14

Introduction to Immigration
Ellen Green, Executive Director to Bridge to Rutland Inc (asylum program) and Anna Tadio, Staff Attorney for the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

They will provide us with definitions of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, and present a brief overview of processes and legal issues for each category. Special attention will be given to our local Rutland area efforts.

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October 21

Medicare Essentials
Elizabeth Greaney, State Health Insurance Program Coordinator, SVCOA

With the open enrollment period for Medicare soon upon us, we will be bombarded with advertising, featuring celebrity spokespersons, selling different plans. Confusing…you bet. Elizabeth Greaney, from the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging, will walk us through the different parts of Medicare, the open enrollment period and the difference between supplemental and advantage plans.

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October 28

Your Options, Your Autonomy at End of Life – Medical Aid in Dying under Vermont’s Act 39
Toni Kaeding, MS RN, Board Chair

An open discussion about medical aid in dying under Vermont’s Act 39. Learn, ask questions, share stories. Topics included are medical aid in dying, who qualifies, how it works, as well as the role of hospice and palliative care. Additionally, how to talk to your doctor, personal stories of endof-life, and recent improvements to Act 39 will be discussed. This promises to be a life affirming and empowering discussion.

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November 4

From Refugees to Citizens
Hussam Alhallak and Hazar Mansour

Hussam Alhallak, his wife Hazar Mansour and their two children fled political violence in their home country of Syria in 2015, and became American citizens in June, 2022! Hazar and Hussam will share their courageous story with us, accompanied by some of the volunteers who have helped and befriended them from the start.

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November 11

Veteran’s Day.
Godnick is closed. NO Meeting.

November 18

The Earth’s View of Climate Change
Dr. Alan K Betts, Leading Climate Scientist

Dr. Alan Betts, of Atmospheric Research in Pittsford, Vermont, is a leading climate scientist. His presentation will focus on what appears to be the living Earth taking over the climate system.

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Membership Information

Prefer to pay by check? Complete the form on the site brochure mailed to you or complete this registration form (PDF, opens in a new window) and send with your check payment (made out to The University of Vermont) to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
460 South Prospect Street
Burlington, VT 05405

PLEASE NOTE: Allow 10-14 days from date of mailing check to receipt & processing.

For registration assistance, please call 802-656-5817.

For registration assistance or to pay by phone using your credit card, please call our UVM OLLI office at  802-656-5817 during regular business hours.

Download Rutland’s Fall 2022 OLLI program brochure (PDF, opens in a new window)

Become a member today!

Membership in the Rutland OLLI entitles members to attend programs in our other OLLIs throughout Vermont. And, if you are currently a paid member of a statewide site (Fall or Spring only), you can take OLLI UVM campus programs at the member rate; just call 802-656-5817 to get the special discount code to use when registering for a UVM campus class.