Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

OLLI's Special Interest Groups:


G-SIG: Genealogy Special Interest Group
Meets 9:30-11 a.m. the third Thursday of the month, Sept.-June, at Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church. Hear guest speakers and network to help overcome genealogical "brick walls." For more information contact Trev Wunderlin at 813-977-6484 or

Hiking Special Interest Group
Meets second Thursday of the month, Sept.-May. Experience our beautiful public recreational lands and learn about the histories, flora & fauna, geologic features, purposes, and the challenges facing them. Hikes will not be limited to Hillsborough County, but will include Southwest Florida Water Management District lands, state forests and state parks. This SIG will be a collaborative effort with members taking turns leading, organizing and administering hikes. For more information contact Gail Parsons at 813-920-2730 or

SNUG: Seniors Networking Users Group
Meets 1-3 p.m. the second Friday of the month, Sept.-June, at the Compton Park Community Center in New Tampa, 16101 Compton Dr., Tampa 33647. Have problems with your computer? Want to learn how to use it better? Even beginners feel comfortable at SNUG. Meetings alternate between a guest speaker and a Q&A session. For more information contact David Henry at 813-443-2346 or

Mountain Dulcimer Players Guild SIG
Meets 1 - 3 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road. The Guild invites those who have completed the OLLI Mountain Dulcimer course or plays a mountain dulcimer to come make music. The group focuses on multi-part/multi-ability level arrangements. For more information contact Jae Polcyn, 813-988-0269.

Join us to discuss and share information about China's religion, spirituality, culture, language, history, contemporary life, governance, current events and travel. For information about upcoming meetings, contact Don Menzel at (813) 886-6332 or

P-SIG: Politics Special Interest Group
Meets 1-3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of selected months, at Compton Park (16101 Compton Drive, Tampa, FL 33647). Join us in a politics forum which will feature discussion topics and debates, as well as guest speakers. P-SIG members will participate in activities that will complement, enhance, and promote existing OLLI-USF Political Science and History classes. It is intended that P-SIG will reach out to both USF faculty and undergraduate student bodies. For more information contact our communications coordinator, Bill Sapper, at 813-994-3807 or

Check the OLLI Master Calendar to view upcoming SIG meeting dates.

Can I Start a SIG?
Yes! OLLI's special interest groups (SIGs) foster learning and friendships by linking OLLI-USF members who share a common interest (bridge, hiking, movie or play-going, etc.). SIGs do not take the place of OLLI courses and programs – they complement them! Like everything else at OLLI-USF, all it takes is a member willing to take the lead and find others who share the same interest.

View or download OLLI-USF's guidelines for SIGs and application for forming a new SIG here.