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Institute for Learning in Retirement hosting spring social Tuesday

Retirement is a time for many to relax. For others, it is a time to get out and socialize.

Retirees who want to do the latter are invited to the spring social of the Institute for Learning in Retirement program at Copiah-Lincoln Community College Tuesday.

The social will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Billy B. Thames Center on the Co-Lin campus.

“This is an event we have twice a semester,” said Marilyn Brown, program coordinator for ILR. “It is kind of our kickoff for the semester. We invite current and prospective members to attend.”

The social serves as a way for members of ILR to recruit prospective members from the community, she said.

“The social is primarily a way for us to give out packets with our semester’s calendar of events,” Brown said. “It is also the perfect place for new members to join.”

Refreshments will be served and no RSVP is needed to attend the social.

ILR members attend monthly luncheons, unique workshops, day trips and extended trips.

“We have officers and committees that choose the speakers and entertainers, and the trips the group will take,” Brown said. “Each semester, the program starts over. We try not to do the same thing twice.”

Brown said this year’s extended trip will be to St. Louis, Missouri. One of the day trips will be to see a musical. Several of the workshops will be geared around health related topics.

ILR currently has 107 members, but is always looking to add more, Brown said.

In order to join, you must be over 50 years old, and be retired or semi-retired, she said.

“The program is geared toward individuals who are no longer working, but want to stay active and travel,” Brown said. “Co-Lin has been offering the program since 1996.”

ILR members pay an annual fee of $65 to become a member. To join for one semester the fee is $40. Most of the events are free to ILR members. Members are responsible for the cost of the day and extended trips.

“We encourage everyone to come out Tuesday to have a good time and ask questions about ILR,” Brown said. “It’s going to be fun.”

For more information about ILR, contact Brown at 601-643-8701 or marilyn.brown@colin.edu.