Retirees Leading Initiative
In 2005, with the help of a grant from the Retirement Research Foundation in Chicago, Spoon River College established the Retirees Leading Initiative. Since it's creation, the program has offered many Retirees Leadership Academies in Canton and Havana with Retirees Learning Institutes being held in Canton, Macomb, Havana, and Rushville.
The Retirees Leading Initiative objectives include (1) increasing the number of trained and knowledgeable retiree leaders for the community; (2) creating a volunteer and/or employment base for economic and community development; (3) initiating institutes of learning in retirement presented to and by retirees; and (4) providing a network of experienced individuals who will provide guidance to the community’s businesses, service organizations, and educational institutions. All program work is guided by an advisory panel representing area civic, business, and organizational entities.
Graduates of the Retirees Leading Initiative participate in programs such as the Retirement Learning Institute, Spoon River Reads and the Community Chorus.
Retirees Learning Institutes
The Retirees Learning Institute takes place at several locations each year. More than 200 retirees are served each year through these institutes created for retirees. This program is for those ages 50 and older! This event is an exciting time for retirees to come together, to share with friends, and to learn something new. The day’s events feature educational sessions, resource fair, luncheon, prizes and more!