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About LIR

This contains general information about LIR.


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.

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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.

  • Fiduciary responsibility.


City of Residence


Pre retirement Work


< 55 years
Fond du Lac
55 - 64 years
 65 - 74 years
 75 - 84 years

85+ years


Officers and Committees

Officers 2013 - 2014

President: Dr. William Weber

Vice President: Barry Johnson

Treasurer: John Schatz

Secretary: Kathryn Larson


Committees are comprised of current LIR members. There are three committees of volunteer members, plus the Steering Committee, which includes all officers, committee chairpersons and past president.

  • Membership and Promotion: responsible for recruiting new members, publicizing LIR programs, and distributing promotional materials

  • Curriculum Development: responsible for planning all courses and activities and setting standards for the learning experience

  • Administration and Finance: responsible for developing and monitoring the annual budget, setting the dues structure and maintaining LIR policies

  • Goals 2013-2014

Committee Members 2012 - 2013

Membership and Promotion

Trudy Jones - Chairperson
MaryAnn Basso
Dorothy Felda
Nancy Flanagan
Sally Gloyd
Miriam Hasse
Doug Jirovetz
Joyce Ludwig
Mary Moore
Lorraine Sams
Barb Schmitz
Mary Swanke
Bill Weber
Joanne White

Curriculum Development

Horace Davis - Chairperson
John Allen
Mary Bayorgeon
Connie Berner
Bill Bollom
Fred Born
Barbara Carroll
Ginny Evans
John Evans
Lois Hedge
Marlene Herzing
Paul Inman
Kathy Inman
Doug Jirovetz
Noreen Johnson
Barbara Liljander
Kris Martin
Bill Mattes
Ralph Nielsen
Bernie Olejniczak
Kathi Sawall
Mary Shepard
Jeanne Shiras
Betty Schober
Bill Weber
Jim Weiland


Administrative / Finance

Kathi Sawall - Chairperson
John Evans
Jerry Lang
Eileen Leinweber
Curt Reese
Gilbert Roderick
Roberta Messer
John Schatz
If you would like to join a committee, contact us at (920) 424-0876 or
e-mail for specific times and locations.

Schedule of Meetings

  • Steering Committee meets every two months on the third Friday of September, November, January, March, and May.  Meetings are held at the UW Oshkosh in Reeve Union.  Meeting time is 10 a.m  - Noon

  • Membership and Promotion Committee meets every two months on the first Thursday of September, November, January, March, and May at Evergreen Retirement Community.  Meeting time is 10:15 a.m. - Noon.

  • Curriculum Development Committee meets the last Wednesday of August, September, October, November, February, March, April, and May at the First Presbyterian Church, 110 Church Avenue. Meeting time is 10 a.m.  - Noon

  • Administration and Finance Committee meets every two months on the last  Monday of September, November, January, March and May at Evergreen Retirement Community.  Meeting time is at 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Annual membership meeting is held in June.

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