Canton – The 12th Retirees Learning Institute (RLI) was held at the Canton Campus of Spoon River College on Friday, October 26. Approximately 150 participants, presenters, and vendors attended the event for a day of learning and fun. The RLI was co-sponsored by MidAmerica National Bank and featured 17 informational sessions throughout the day.
“This was my first Retirees Learning Institute,” said Martha Harr who retired from teaching at the end of the 2011-12 school year. “Not only was it great fun, this retired teacher gained new knowledge. One of my favorite activities was the session on Laughter. I am looking forward to coming back to the Spring Institute.”
Sessions and presenters included Lincoln: Past the Grave-Rick Klinedinst; Legacy: Three Families-Mike Walters and Brooks Carver; When Work is Play: Life in Creating Animated Films-Dave Okey; The Civil War: Why the Confederacy Was Doomed to Failure after the First Shot Was Fired at Fort Sumter-Thomas P. Antonini, DVM; Russian River Cruise-Stan Ransom; Jungle Justice: Hunting War Criminals in Cambodia-Craig Etcheson; Colorful India and Its Culture-Raj Siddaraju; Seven Solutions for Seniors-Dr. Jennifer Daniel-Price; What Does the Stock Market Have to Do With Me?-Rusty Melhouse; Exploring Genealogy-Dave Barbknecht; E-books and Your Library-Kim Bunner; Healthy Coping: Action and Laughter as the Best Medicine-Susan Cunningham; “Fall” Into Your Own Bouquet!-Christine Wright; iPads, and Kindles, and Nooks…Oh, My!-Andrea Barbknecht and Bethany Freitag; Habitat for Humanity: Building Homes, Changing Communities-Loren Blackfelner; Local Food-A Healthy Income?-Jeff Bash.
A soup and sandwich buffet was catered by the SRC Sandbar Café. Attendees were assisted by SRC students.
Resource Fair sponsors staffed booths and provided door prizes. Sponsors included Advanced Rehab and Sports Medicine, Canton Family YMCA, Clayberg Fulton County Nursing Center, Courtyard Estates of Canton, Harbor Light Hospice, Heartland Health Care Center of Canton, InTouch Home Care of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois, and Western Illinois Home Health and Managed Home Services.