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Learning in Retirement (LIR) is a member-led organization. LIR and the members themselves benefit greatly from taking on activities through committee involvement. This also allows individuals to become more familiar with a smaller group of people who have similar interests. LIR benefits greatly when members share their interests and expertise by getting involved. There are three committees that members can join: Administration and Finance, Curriculum, and Membership and Promotion. The Steering Committee is made up of the elected officers and committee chairs.


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Kathy Mahoney


John Evans

Vice President

Don Ellingson


Kathryn Larson



Steering Committee

The Steering Committee members include the officers, past president and the committee chairpersons. The UWO liaison is a non-voting member. They discuss issues as they arise and approve the budget to keep the organization viable. It meets every two months on the third Friday of September, November, January, March and May. Meetings are held at UW Oshkosh in Lincoln Hall. Meeting time is 10 a.m. –  Noon. The chairperson for the Steering Committee is Kathy Mahoney.

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Administration and Finance Committee

The Administrative and Finance Committee is responsible for developing and monitoring the annual budget, setting the dues structure and maintaining LIR policies. It meets every two months on the last Monday of September, November, January, March and May at Evergreen. Meeting time is 10 – 11:30 a.m. The chairperson for the Administrative and Finance Committee is Kathi Sawall.

Curriculum Development Committee

The Curriculum Development Committee is responsible for planning all courses and activities and setting standards for the learning experience. All members have a voice in determining the courses that are offered. All members are invited to make suggestions to the Curriculum Committee and develop and lead their own course. It meets the last Wednesday of August, September, October, November, February, March, April and May at the First Presbyterian Church. Meeting time is 10 AM – 12 Noon. The chairperson for the Curriculum Development Committee is Mary Shepard.

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Membership and Promotion Committee

The Membership and Promotion Committee is responsible for recruiting new members, publicizing LIR programs and distributing promotional materials. It meets every two months on the first Thursday of September, November, January, March and May at Evergreen. Meeting time is 10:15 a.m. – Noon. The co-chairs for the Membership and Promotion Committee are CeCe Wiltzius and Norreen Johnson.

Annual Meetings

LIR holds an annual breakfast meeting in June. The agenda includes the slate of officers for the next year, committee reports, bylaw changes and a guest speaker.  A fall luncheon is held in September as a kick off to the academic year and has a guest speaker.