The organization started in summer, 1997, when more than 100 people met on the UW Oshkosh campus to plan Learning in Retirement activities. Since then, the organization has grown to more than 300 members.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Learning in Retirement (LIR) is a self directed, non profit organization that provides life long learning opportunities for older adults.
Membership includes individuals in the Fox River Valley in the cities of Oshkosh, Neenah, Menasha, Fond du Lac, Appleton, and surrounding areas. The organization’s Curriculum Committee develops courses which are conducted at locations within its membership area. In addition tours to theatrical music shows, stage shows, businesses and other points of interest are available. Course topics represent member preferences and presenter expertise and availability.
LIR is non profit organization and self-funded by membership fees and profits from tours. These fees support UW Oshkosh clerical support and other expenses generated by the course offerings. Member volunteers provide other essential services. Office, classroom and storage space is provided by The University.
The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Learning in Retirement will be a model for engaging older adults in life long learning opportunities. We will be admired for:
Diverse course offerings that enhance the knowledge of those attending.
High utilization of computer technology to facilitate organizational processes.
Partnerships with community organizations and businesses.
City of residence
pre retirement Work
||< 55 years 0%||Business 26%
|Fond du Lac 2%
||55 - 64 years 9%||Education 41%
| Neenah/Menasha 8%
||65 - 74 years 39%|| Healthcare 17%
|Oshkosh 73%||75 - 84 years 42%||Other 16%|
|Other 8%||85+ years 10%|
2015 - 2016
| Kathy Mahoney
|| John Evans
|| John Schatz
|| Kathryn Larson
Members include the officers, past president and the committee chairpersons. The Director of PPDP is a nonvoting member. It meets every two months on the third Friday of September, November, January, March and May. Meetings are held at UW Oshkosh Lincoln Hall, 10am - 12 noon.
2015 - 2016 Members:
Kathy Mahoney* John Evans John Schatz
Kathy Larson William Weber Mary Shepard
Cece Wiltzius Noreen Johnson Susan Adams
* Committee Chairperson
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. Meetings are held at Evergreen. Meeting time is 10:15 am - 12 noon.
Chairpersons: Cece Wiltzius / Noreen Johnson
is responsible for planning all courses and activities and setting standards for the learning experience. It meets the last Wednesday of August, September, October, February, March and April.
Chairperson: Mary Shepard
Administration and Finance
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 10am - 11:30 am
Chairperson: Kathy Sawall