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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.



John Scheelk


Bill Bracken

Vice President

Don Ellingson


Sharon Koerner




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 John Scheelk.

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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 Lincoln Hall. Meeting time is 10 – 11:30 a.m.The chairperson for the Administrative and Finance Committee is Jerry Lang.




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.


Here are some helpful forms when planning a course or tour:


Membership and Promotion Committee 

The Membership and Promotion Committee is responsible for recruiting new members, publicizing LIR programs and distributing promotional materials. This committee currently needs new members and a chair.  Meeting times and dates are to be determined.  For more information please contact the office at


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.