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Membership Benefits & Clubs

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Coastal Carolina University Benefits

OLLI Benefits

  • Newsletter
  • Selected free lectures and events
  • Travel opportunities
  • Clubs and special interest groups

Community Partners

  • Discounts with Community Partners

OLLI Clubs

  • Participation in OLLI-sponsored clubs is free with OLLI membership

CCU Benefit Details


CCU Photo IDs are available at the centers on select days at the beginning of each semester and at Baxley Hall (100 Chanticleer Drive E., Conway) throughout the semester.

Parking decals and expiration stickers are available at the outreach centers. OLLI members are responsible for observing all University regulations and displaying their parking decal when parking on the main campus and at the Coastal Science Center. Lifelong Learners (students, instructors and volunteers) attending classes and events at, or excursions departing from, the Coastal Science Center in Conway will need to secure a valid parking decal (required Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Parking decals are not required at Georgetown Education Center or Litchfield Education Center.

OLLI members are encouraged to utilize Kimbel Library’s resources on Saturdays when the library is less busy. Enjoy on-campus access to public computers, online databases (including newspaper databases) and reference assistance. Members may also request a community borrower’s card for year-round checkout privileges. Library services information: 843-349-2400.

Admissions to most cultural arts events are discounted for senior citizens (65 and over) and OLLI members. (Click here for the Cultural Arts Calendar.) For ticket information, please call the Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-ARTS (2787).

Lifelong Learners receive a 10 percent discount on school logo apparel and gifts with their ID at the CCU Bookstore; exceptions include textbooks, diploma frames, software/computer-related products/video games, sodas, snacks and candy.

The Hackler Golf Course provides a special OLLI rate of $30 plus tax per round (with cart) provides a $12 discount off the public rate ($42). Memberships are available at $1,150.  This includes walking or a golf cart maybe rented for $18.  Discounted practice balls will also be included with this membership. Tee times must be booked seven days in advance. 30% off in soft good and 15% off in hard good merchandise in the golf shop. For more information, call 843-349-6600.

OLLI Benefit Details

Weekly Correspondence: Lifelong Learners with email addresses are sent weekly updates, which keeps them updated on events and schedule changes. Beginning Fall 2017, the OLLI e-newsletter will be sent out near the first  of each month. We will send out OLLI updates on the other weeks to inform our students of the most recent additions, cancellations, and any other major events. Many opportunities arise during each term that are not finalized when the catalog is printed. To receive the weekly updates, email from your account, leave the subject line blank, and in the body of the message, write "subscribe".  To unsubscribe, please use the same email address listed before, email, leave the subject line blank, and in the body of the message, write "unsubscribe". The newsletter is also posted on the OLLI website home page (

All clubs are free to current OLLI members.

Book Club (Conway)
Ellen Elliott
Meets year-round on the second Monday of each month from 1 – 2:30 p.m. to discuss works selected by the group. Book selections are listed on the website and in the e-newsletter.

Book Club (Litchfield)
Anne Duncan
This is a contemporary books club that meets year-round on the fourth Monday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. Book selections are listed on the website and in the e-newsletter.

Classic Book Group (Litchfield)
Janis Adams
This is a classic books group that meets year-round on the first Thursday of the month from 2 – 4 p.m. Book selections are listed on the website and in the e-newsletter.

Chatterbox Coloring Club
Kate Middleton
We have had several semester of some “me time,” and detoxing from our electronics. The Coloring Club gives us an opportunity to build comradery, resist the need to color inside/outside the lines, discuss a variety of topics, all while surrounded by subtle background music. Please come! Bring your personal coloring supplies.

Current Events – The World
Bob Poirier
A two-hour discussion of world events and their impact; held normally on the second Wednesday of the month.

Dining Club North
Susan Granger
Members of the dining club will meet for dinner at local restaurants once a month.

Dining Club South
Carol Osborne
Members of the dining club will meet for dinner at local restaurants once a month.

French Club (Conway)
Patti Kussman
The French Club allows members to converse, play games, hear presentations and learn more about the language, people and French-speaking countries.

Italian Club (Conway)
Jerry Frontiero and Nancy Muñoz-Maser
This club is designed as a fun and easy way to share the Italian language, traditions, life and culture. Whether you have never spoken Italian or are already fluent, this club is for you. Each meeting will include skill building exercises designed for beginners to learn and more advanced members to sharpen their skills. Each
Fall 2018 Long Course Descriptions 24 member will receive materials and techniques for building a rich Italian vocabulary. Meetings will include engaging short stories, Italian movies with English subtitles, listening to songs and sharing helpful travel hints. Club meetings are an opportunity to build your conversation skills with real-life dialogues.

Italian Club (Litchfield)
Anita McKay
Are you a fan of all cose italiane? Let’s get together to share whatever we know about this great country and its language and culture: experiences, photos, tips for travel, recipes and even the fun of growing up Italian-American. We can practice basic Italian to make communication easier for the next trip. The only prerequisite for the club is a love of Italy and all things Italian.

Spanish Club (Conway)
Luz Greene
Come and learn everyday expressions and vocabulary. Club members will generate discussion topics related to Spanish language and culture for all levels from basic Spanish to advanced conversational Spanish.

Gardening Academy (Conway), Anita Lampley

Gardening Academy (Litchfield), Sue Myers and Anita Lampley
There is no prerequisite to participate in either gardening club. Both gardening academies may listen to guest speakers, exchange plants, learn about gardening events in the area, take field trips and learn more about plants appropriate to this area of South Carolina.

Gilles Bridge Society (Conway)
Wally Lasher
This is a progressive rubber bridge group. Each player is asked to contribute 50 cents at each meeting to provide prize money. The format is unique for social bridge in that the same partner is retained throughout the evening and penalties for slow play are mitigated. Individuals without partners are welcome. The society has no affiliation with a national organization. The society meets every Thursday from 7 – 10 p.m. in Conway. Reservations must be made by the preceding Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. by calling 843-347-2339 or emailing

Georgetown Lunch Bunch
Verna Berry
Members will meet for lunch at Georgetown restaurants once a month. Enjoy the local restaurants and afterwards, wander up and down the quaint downtown, shopping if you wish. Or walk along the Harbor Walk, taking in the sights including local wildlife and the boats anchored in the harbor.

Investor Education Club (Litchfield)
R. Unger
Learn about the different kinds of financial investments, as well as the risks and rewards associated with each. Club participants will be better able to construct an investment portfolio designed to meet their specific objectives and/or more intelligently work with a financial adviser in structuring their investment strategies.

Tai Chi Practice (Conway)
Loretta DeLuca and Sheila Rudesill
This class is for the practice of tai chi Moy Style for students who have completed the beginners’ class and want to practice the entire set of movements with a group.

Tai Chi Practice (Litchfield)
Melanie Scott
This class is designed as a practice session for those already familiar with the 108 moves of Taoist tai chi. Enjoy the benefits and encouragement of a group setting in a one-hour session twice a week.

Teal Waters Club (Litchfield)
Sue Ann Whittick
This club is for those who want to explore the seashore area of the Grand Strand. We will do that through guest speakers, field trips, and facilitator and club member-led discussions. Past topics have included birds, sand, fossils, turtles, shells and pollution.

World Affairs Club (Conway)
Samih Baalbaki
This club allows members to learn about current affairs and world events through discussion, presentations or guest speakers. You may attend any meeting of the club, but must also complete a separate registration for the special events, such as the film series.

Writers’ Club (Conway)
Betsy Haase
Improve your writing through constructive critique in a supportive environment. All members are given the opportunity to facilitate. In addition, each week we will explore the craft of writing with a mini-lesson on a topic chosen and presented by a member of the group.

Writers’ Club (Litchfield)
Anita McKay
The Litchfield Writers’ Club provides a weekly opportunity for people to submit work they’ve written to have other members offer feedback on its strengths and weaknesses.