Learning IN Retirement

Learning in Retirement at Evergreen in partnership with UW Oshkosh is a member-directed adult learning group promoting lifelong learning for older adults through a variety of stimulating opportunities. A committee of members choose topics or subjects,
take the lead in organizing classes, discussion groups or tours and participate in peer teaching and learning. There are classes and instructors, but no tests or grades.

Activities include one-time and serial classes and interest groups, tours of area businesses, attendance at performing arts events and other points of interest. Activities are presented by experts in their field and LIR members.

The organization started in the summer of 1997 by UW Oshkosh staff who invited community members to learn more about the program. More than 100 attended and helped plan Learning in Retirement activities. Since then, the organization has grown to more than 250 members throughout the Fox Valley.

LIR is self-funded by membership fees that support the administrative functions of the organization.
Member volunteers provide other essential services. Office, classroom and storage space is provided by Evergreen.

Links for Virtual Zoom Classes can be found under Curriculum & Course Offerings

Thursday, March 14 – Replacement for Session 18 – Reclaiming Our Democracy by Getting Big Monday Out of Politics


Mission – Learning in Retirement (LIR) is to be a member-directed organization that provides lifelong learning opportunities for older adults.

Vision – Learning in Retirement will be a model for engaging older adults in lifelong 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

Become a Member/Renew Membership: Learning in Retirement (LIR) is a member-directed adult learning group promoting lifelong learning for older adults.

Your LIR Membership includes attendance at unlimited programs August 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024.

Programs including: 

  • Learning sessions led by experts in their fields
  • Member-led interest/study groups
  • Member taught learning sessions
  • Tours of local business and industry
  • The opportunity to take part in on and off-campus performances (theater and music) and local cuisine. (These often have an extra charge for tickets, admittance fees, food, and transportation).

PDF SVG New Membership Half Year Registration Form

Refund Policy:
LIR does not offer refund on Membership Fees

Registration for the 2024 Spring semester is now open. Please download, print and complete the registration from below.

PDF SVG 2024 Spring Semester Registration

Each semester Learning in Retirement offers a variety of courses and tours, averaging more than 100 programs per academic year. The annual membership fee entitles participation in as many courses as desired. There is a wide range of topics:

  • Book discussion groups
  • Current events
  • Finance
  • History
  • Life stories writing
  • Managing personal investments
  • Politics
  • Sustainability
  • Technology
  • And so much more…..

PDF SVG Course Catalog – Spring 2024

Below are a few corrections to the printed catalog that you may have received:

  • Pg 7 Session 18    Replacement – Reclaiming our Democracy by Getting Big Money Out of Politics, March 14 from 1:30-3:00 pm
  • Pg 8 Session 22    Supper with the Chef, Session for MEMBERS ONLY
  • Pg 13 Session 32  Visiting Mongolia, year correction, June 2024 (not 2023)
  • Pg 14 Session 37  Conversation with a Beekeeper & his Honeybees, day correction, Monday, May 6 (not Wednesday)

Virtual Class Offerings on Zoom

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.


Jim Krueger – President

Jerry Lang – Vice President

Kathi Sawall – Secretary

Terrie Krogenbrink – Secretary

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. Meeting time is 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Jerry Lang – Administrative and Finance Committee Chair

Curriculum Development

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 third Wednesday of August, September, October, November, February, March and April and May. Meeting time is 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Lee Prellwitz – Curriculum Chair

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 month on the fourth Thursday of September and May. Meeting time is 10 a.m. –  Noon.

Membership and Promotion Committee

The Membership and Promotion Committee is responsible for recruiting new members, publicizing LIR programs and distributing promotional materials. Meeting times and dates are to be determined.

Pat Mahoney – Membership and Promotion Committee Chair

Annual Meetings

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


Stephanie Kintopf, Administrative Assistant

Phone: (920) 237-2121

Email: lir@evergreenoshkosh.com

Phone calls and e-mails are answered Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. To meet with staff please make an appointment in advance by calling (920) 237-2121 or through e-mail at lir@evergreenoshkosh.com.


Mailing Address


1130 North Westfield Street

Oshkosh WI 54902



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