Tabor releases Fall 60+ program themes

Tabor College has announced the dates and speakers for its fall ?60+? Learning in Retirement Program series.

The new semester of programs, fellowship and learning for older adults begins Sept. 22 at the Hillsboro campus.

?This is a very special time for all of us at Tabor College,? said program coordinator, Connie Isaac. ?This month (September) it is 100 years since the doors opened for the first classes.

?With ?60+? we hope to share in the college?s ongoing impact on our central Kansas communities.?

The 60+ programs will be presented in the ground-level Wohlge?muth Music Education Center just north of the campus library. Parking is available south of the library or north of the Wohlgemuth building.

Each session begins at 9:45 a.m. and ends about an hour later, allowing time to join friends in the college cafeteria for an early lunch at a discount.

Registration is open during the 20 minutes before each session. The semester membership fee is $15 for individuals and $28 per couple. Others from the public may also attend any single program for $3.

In honor of the centennial, admission to the Oct. 3 session will be free.

For more information: contact Connie Isaac, 620-947-5964 or e-mail


Fall 2008 Learning in Retirement program schedule

Sept. 22: ?Great is Thy Faithfulness: The Story Begins with World War 2.? As an 8-year-old, Willy Penner became separated from his parents in Poland. Among other horrors, he experienced starvation in a concentration camp. Later the Lord brought his family to the United States, where he eventually became a public school administrator.

Coffee served 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. before the kickoff meeting.

Sept. 29: ?For I was Hungry and You Gave Me Meat.? Maynard Knepp, warehouse supervisor and resource generation assistant for Mennonite Central Committee-Central States, has been on learning tours to Burundi, Africa, and Ukraine. He?ll share stories of the people he met and the positive things that are being done.

Oct. 3 (Homecoming Friday) ?The Rewards of Committing to Memory.? Former Tabor President Vernon Janzen, Reedley, Calif., will inspire us with his love for the memorization of Scripture. His presentation will include memorized dramatizations from the Gospels.

Oct. 6: No meeting.

Oct. 13: ?Fishing Holes I Have Known.? James Wiebe, Wichita entrepreneur, will share the social benefits, the competitive skill as well as the joys of fly-fishing in God?s creation. Our room will be adorned with his own enlarged scenic photos.

Oct. 20: ?Turkey: Where the Patriarchs and Apostles Walked.? Visit the places where Paul and John walked; sit with the churches mentioned in Revelation chapters two and three. Bill and Helena Born, Bakersfield, Calif., had this once-in-a-lifetime experience recently and want to take us along.

Oct. 27: ?Celebrating a Century of Transformation, 1908-2008.? We?ll hear stirring music and go back in time with illustrated stories from Tabor?s past, chosen for us by centennial book committee chair and retired professor Don Isaac.

Nov. 3: ?Memorable, Controversial and Ridiculous Episodes in Presidential Elections.? On the eve of a national vote, Bill Kostlevy, associate professor of history and political science at Tabor College, will tell stories from the elections of Thomas Jefferson to William Jefferson Clinton. Steve Vincent and the Parkside Voices will begin the program with patriotic songs.

Nov. 10: No meeting.

Nov. 17: ?Who?s Going to Get Grandma?s Yellow Pie Plate?? Susan Franz Koslowsky, senior vice president, Emprise Bank, Wichita, and her parents, Harold and Eleanor Franz, will explore practical issues involved in downsizing as well as the distribution of heirlooms.

Nov. 24: ?Some from Near, Some from Far, All are Special.? The birth of Christ is expressed throughout the world in nativity sets that reflect local culture. Leann Toews, Goessel, will ?show and tell? interesting samples from her extensive collection.

Dec. 1: ?Annual Christmas Coffee: Music and Memories.? Harpist Judy Mace will remind us of the angels with several selections. Wilmer Thiessen will remember Christmas in Nebraska, and eye-witness Caryl Wiebe will take us back to the Christ?mas morning fire at Gnadenau Church. Bring a plate of finger food.

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