20th Anniversary Celebration

Mahoney Melgar Bruin

From left: San Francisco State University President, Lynn Mahoney; San Francisco Supervisor, Myrna Melgar; OLLI SF State Director, Kathy Bruin

Scott Wiener presents Proclamation to OLLI SF State Director, Kathy Bruin

State Senator Scott Wiener presents Kathy Bruin and OLLI SF State a California State Legislature Resolution.

Bruin Rosenblatt Streicker Sueyoshi

From left: Kathy Bruin; Program Director, The Bernard Osher Foundation, Kelly Jane Rosenblatt; Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, SF State, Joel Streicker; Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, SF State, Amy Sueyoshi

Table with OLLI brochures and flowers

A lovely setting greets guests of the OLLI SF State 20th Anniversary celebration.

Since 2003, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at San Francisco State has engaged older adults in stimulating educational experiences and special interest activities. With the generous support of The Bernard Osher Foundation, as well as many dedicated members, OLLI has offered community and encourages opportunities for lifelong learning.

On March 23, 2023, OLLI gathered to celebrate our 20th Anniversary at San Francisco State, and our ongoing commitment to serving our friends and members over age 50. Learn something new every day!

Want to learn more about OLLI SF State's Directors? Read "At Age 20, OLLI Celebrates Success — and Remembers the Five Women Who Made That Success Possible" by Joe Castrovinci

Susan Hoffman, Kathy Bruin, Debra Varner

Three OLLI Directors, from left: Susan Hoffman (2003-2007), Kathy Bruin (2019 – present), Debra Varner (2007 – 2012)

OLLI SF State Council members

OLLI SF State Council - From left: Ruth Weinberg; Walter Murphy; Debra Varner; Robert Cherny; Kathy Bruin, OLLI Director; Fred Goldman; Dina Martin; Rufus Browning; Graziella Danieli; Jolene Huey; Yane Nordhav. Not pictured: Carol Langbort; Kathleen McIlwain; Lorri Ungaretti

View of guests at OLLI SF State's 20th Anniversary Celebration

Standing Room Only at Seven Hills Conference Center

Celebration event committee

20th Anniversary Committee - From left: Debra Varner; Robert Cherny, Kathy Bruin, OLLI Director; Barbara Barer; Kay Curriden; Dina Martin; Valerie Menager; Ginny Jaquith; Rosemary Cameron. Not pictured: Kathleen McIlwain




Speaker Emerita, and longtime San Francisco Congresswoman, Nancy Pelosi's message of congratulations



OLLI member Mike Lambert and Kathy Bruin

Mike Lambert, Roving Reporter from OLLI’s literary journal Vistas and Byways interviews Kathy Bruin

Sophie Clavier, Jeff Jackanicz, Kelly Jane Rosenblatt, Kathy Bruin, Lynn Mahoney

From left: Sophie Clavier, Jeff Jackanicz, Kelly Jane Rosenblatt, Kathy Bruin, Lynn Mahoney, Myrna Melgar

Kathy Bruin, left, with OLLI member Barbara Barer

OLLI Member Barbara Barer congratulates director Kathy Bruin

OLLI Member Jim Tassano and friends

OLLI members (from left) Jim Tassano, Paul Clermont, Brian Flaherty, and Sara Seims enjoy seeing each other in person.

Rosemary Cameron, Kathy Bruin, Amanda Todd

Fundraising at OLLI SF is spearheaded by OLLI Member Rosemary Cameron (left) with help from Kathy Bruin and Amanda Todd, Senior Director of Development, College of Liberal & Creative Arts

OLLI members Rufus Browning, Al Crowell, with OLLI Berkeley Director, Susan Hoffman

Longtime members, Rufus Browning and Al Crowell chat with OLLI SF State’s first director, Susan Hoffman





Collage "Memory Boards" created by OLLI Members

OLLI Member-created memory board collage: 2003-2007

2003-2007 collage

OLLI Member-created memory board collage: 2008-2012

2008-2012 collage

OLLI Member-created memory board collage: 2014-2017

2014-2017 collage

OLLI Member-created memory board collage: 2018-2023

2018-2023 collage


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