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OLLI Connect Explore Expand (CEE) Groups are intended to offer a smaller and more hands-on-experience than traditional OLLI classes. The size and nature of the groups will vary depending on the preferences of the members. They will be lead and maintained by OLLI members. 

Thank you to our OLLI CEE Committee: Doug Burroughs, Beth Gottlieb, Gerry Holzman, Gail Martin, Kay Simmons, Viv Pocek and Mary Raffety!

If you would like to sign up and participate, please email   with the specified group you are interested in! The CEE group leader will contact those members interested in participating.  We also appreciate your suggestions for future group ideas.


OLLI Restaurant Review Group - This group will be led by Viv Pocek and Mary Raffety. The group will be dining out at area restaurants and reviewing them based on criteria that the group creates. 

If you would like to participate with the Restaurant Review Group, please email us at . The group leaders will email you with details on the next date and time they are getting together!  After each visit, you are able to offer your critique of the restaurant to share with other OLLI members.  Please keep checking back for updates and where the group is meeting next!

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Core Class Discussion Groups - These groups will be led by Gail Martin. Each group will meet immediately after the 9:30 am "Film, Fantasy, and Food: Spanish Cuisine and Culture" Wednesday class and the “Exploring Antarctica” Thursday class both groups will meet at The Commons cafeteria.

Mary Raffety will be leading the group discussion for Friday's "To Make A World: Exploring Self, Love, and Loss through Spiritual Storytelling".  This group will meet immediately after class at the Belle Meade United Methodist church.

These discussions will give an opportunity to examine and consider the content of the class, and share experiences and opinions.

Please email us at to participate and indicate which Core Class Discussion group you would like to join. The group leader will email you with details.


Walking/Hiking Group -This group will be led by Doug Burroughs and Beth Gottlieb.  

If you'd like to participate in the OLLI CEE walking group, please email us at

Once you have emailed us and expressed interest in joining, the group leaders will email you the confirmed details regarding the next upcoming activity scheduled. Please keep checking this website page for updates!

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OLLI Book Club  - New for this fall is our first OLLI Book Club. This group will be led by Kay Simmons.  The group will be meeting the first Monday of each month at the Vanderbilt Barnes and Noble from 12-1 pm.  The next book selected will be "The Invention of Wings" by celebrated author of "The Secret Life of Bees", Sue Monk Kidd. The story is a fictionalized account of the life of abolitionist Sarah Grimke, her sister Nina, and their family slave named Handful.  

Members can utilize their Vanderbilt Barnes & Noble 10% discount in purchasing books!  To sign up for the OLLI book club, please email us at