Celebrating 20 Years!

Celebrating 20 Years!


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Bradley University (OLLI) is a group of more than 1,000 individuals, age 50 and over, who learn together through three distinct programs: OLLI Classes, OLLI Learning Trips, and OLLI Study Groups.

Here, members can discuss what they learned, what they enjoyed, and offer suggestions to enhance future program offerings.

Take a look at the photos we're taking, and the discussions we're having as OLLI members.

Whether we're in class, in town, or out of town ... we're on the go, having fun, and constantly learning.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Joan's Trophy & Plaque - July 16, 2014

How many times have you driven past Joan's Trophy & Plaque on Jefferson Ave. and wondered what goes on inside? Have you ever wondered what it takes to create the timeless memorabilia?

On this incredibly entertaining and interesting tour, OLLI members learned all about the many facets behind Peoria's iconic Joan's Trophy & Plaque. Upon entry, we found ourselves in the showroom--shelves, and display-cases filled with intricately carved glass, colorful plaques, and awards of every variety.

Our wonderful guides, took us through the various departments of Joan's Trophy & Plaque, where we got to see the process take place. It all begins in graphics, where clients can choose or create designs to have placed on essentially any item you could imagine--from glass to bricks! Once the design has been chosen, it is sent upstairs to the various craftsman that will bring it to life.

High-tech, powerful lasers can create crystal-clear images on glass or metal, and sand-blasters can intricately carve-out glass. The talent these craftsman possess is one of a kind, and we are grateful to have seen them in action!

Joan's Trophy and Plaque even had gifts ready for our OLLI members--each member on the trip received a custom-made name-tag! Not only did we get name-tags, but we helped produce them!

Now, some OLLI members are fully-aware of the work it takes to create these beautiful trophies and plaques. We are incredibly thankful to our wonderful friends at Joan's Trophy & Plaque for being such fabulous hosts!

We love our name-tags, and can't wait to come back soon!

For more information on Joan's Trophy & Plaque, check out their website!

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