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Carol A Williams

Though we’ve all enjoyed some great moments with Learning in Retirement, few of us could claim as dramatic an introduction to it as Carol Williams.  Encouraged by her friend Lois Hedge, Carol signed up for a canoe trip on Waupaca’s Chain of Lakes.

 The canoe she was in went aground on the muddy bottom. Ever the volunteer, Carol hopped out of the boat to help free it – and stepped into a pothole that left her drenched to her shoulders. Fortunately it was a warm day so wet and muddy clothes didn’t dampen her spirits.

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 Marge Leffin

Love of books and love of learning are a natural fit, so it is not surprising that the planning committee for Learning in Retirement included several librarians. Marge Leffin was one of those librarians who put in long hours to create the structure and set up the by-laws. Then, when the organization was up and running, she served on the membership committee for a number of years.

Marge has always been an active gal. Growing up in the western part of the state, she had many opportunities for skiing, hiking, and tobogganing in the scenic bluffs area. 

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 Gil and Sharon Roderick

They say life is an adventure, and few people can point to as many adventures as Gil and Sharon Roderick have had before and since their retirement.

The couple have gone on 20 Elderhostel trips since retirement, exploring Australia, Bolivia/Peru and New Zealand. They have taken four grandchildren on intergenerational Elderhostels that have introduced the children to the joys of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, canoeing and rock climbing. 

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