Tabor 60-plus program announces first session and fall schedule

Marion County Lake will be the topic of the first 60+ Learning in Retirement Program session of the fall semester, according to program director Connie Isaac.

The session will begin at 10 a.m. in Tabor College’s Wohlgemuth Music Education Center on Monday, Sept. 27.

Helen Beckham, Marion, will give a brief history of the Civilian Conservation Corps, how Marion was chosen for the lake site, the arrival of CCC No. 4755 veterans and other events taking place from the lake’s inception in 1934 to its completion in 1940.

“I’ve enjoyed the lake since 1965,” Beckham said. “These days people can find me much of the time taking walks of discovery around the lake.”

Those attending the session will take a virtual walk around the lake, courtesy of a slide presentation.

Beckham and her husband, Dwight, recently raised funds to purchase a CCC worker statue to be placed at the Marion County Lake in honor of the CCC men from Kansas. The dedication and unveiling is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2, at 2 p.m.

Peggy Goertzen, director of the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies on the Tabor campus, will talk about little-known connection between Tabor College and the CCC project.

Future sessions include:

— Oct. 4: “From Aristocracy to Care Givers.” Gregg Schroeder, Goessel, will explore the historical background and heroism of Russia’s volunteer nurses, including those who provided care at the front of the Crimean War. Tona Leiker, chair of the nursing department at Tabor College Wichita, will also be in attendance.

— Oct. 11: “Oh Worship the King Around the World.” Lowell Ratzlaff, a videographer from Denver, Colo., will show an original DVD of China, Saigon, Paraguay and Ukraine. Palmer Becker will also respond to the proposal regarding liquor-by-the-drink in Marion County that will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. Becker will share his “vote no” effort that defeated a similar proposal in Hesston.

— Oct. 18: “A Special Concert by the Franz Family of Berryville, Ark.” The Franz family grew up in Henderson, Neb., and went on to perform in Branson, Mo. The group will share gospel harmony with a touch of bluegrass. A love offering will be taken.

— Oct. 25: “Leaving It To the Children: The Second Generation Takes Over the Homestead.” Author Naomi Gaede Penner, Denver, Colo., finds humor in revisiting the Alaskan outpost where she was raised by medical missionary parents. Larry Nikkel, Tabor College president, will also share of events on the Tabor campus.

— Nov. 1: “It’s Not the Cherry On the Pudding.” Internationally known, award-winning sculptor Esther Augsburger, Harrisonburg, Va., will share her philosophy of art as a Christian, her sculptures and her work with artists in developing countries.

— Nov. 8: “A Merry Heart Does Good….” Human relations expert Joan Bonawitz, Loveland, Colo., will share the healing power of humor. Professional baritone Jonah Kliewer will sing selections from “Fiddler On the Roof.”

— Nov. 15: “Hershey’s Gift to Our Family.” Nathan Vogel, a second-place finisher at the Hershey’s track meet, and brother David will show and tell highlights from their trip to Hershey, Pa., and points east. Their parents, Brad and Beverly, will fill in as needed.

— Nov. 22: “Hospice: Stories of Care and Compassion.” Social worker Betty Bachman, Hutchinson, and nurse Eleanor Franz, Wichita, will share their experiences. A time for questions will be provided. Jim Elliott, vice president for advancement at Tabor College, will also be introduced.

— Dec. 6: “Annual Christmas Coffee and Carols.” The 52-voice Sunshine Academy Choir, directed by Jewel Melugin, Wichita, will perform a cantata, “A Midnight Clear.” Everyone is invited to bring refreshments.

Older adults are invited to attend these events. All sessions will be held in Tabor’s Wohlgemuth Music Education Center every Monday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Enrollment is $15 per person a semester, $27 per couple or $4 a session. First-time visitors will be admitted free of charge. An optional lunch for registrants is offered for $3.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator, at 947-5964.

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