Committees 2023-2024


Five Colleges Learning in Retirement depends on its members to provide an interesting, quality program, in service of its mission. Without volunteers for the committees described below realizing LIR’s mission would be impossible.  So please do “give back” by volunteering.

Scroll down to Committee Descriptions for more information about the committees.

For additional information contact the 5CLIR Vice President.

2022-2023 5CLIR CommitteesCommittee Chairs
CurriculumJake Greenberg, Tom Jones
EncoreElisa Campbell
Great DecisionsLinda Lau, Ilene Rosenfeld
Interest GroupsJane McMurrich
Special ProgramsEllen Kosmer
Social EventsSuzanne Metz
CommunicationsDick Stonberg, Edie Kirk
Governance Committees 
ExecutiveMichael Miller
FinanceRoger Webb

Committee Descriptions


The committee initiates and coordinates our messaging both internally and externally.  The Newsletter and the Website fall under the umbrella of this committee.


Oversees the central mission of LIR. This committee meets monthly and is charged with all aspects of maintaining a diverse offering up to 25 peer-led seminars and workshops every Fall and Spring, plus shorter intersession seminars/workshops.


Collects and organizes recommended presentations from the previous semester’s seminars and makes them available to the membership and the public on Friday mornings via Zoom or in-person. Encores are some of the best presentations from the previous semester. Nominations are made by moderators from each class. Subjects are wide-ranging.


Coordinates supplementary programming, such as group visits to museums, attendance at local cultural events, or discussions of topics from estate planning to baking bread. Extracurricular programs are open to LIR members, including associate members, and their guests. They are usually scheduled during the summer and winter intersessions. Fees are charged to cover costs, including travel, admissions, guides and speakers.

Great Decisions

Organizes a series of public lectures each spring in conjunction with the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions program.

Interest Groups

The committee coordinates and facilitates a variety of informal interest groups (books, films, opera, politics) that meet on Zoom or in members’ homes.

Special Programs

An advisory committee that seeks proposals from LIR members for one-of-a-kind programs or series of programs of interest to a wide audience. Special Programs are open to the public as well as to the LIR membership. Fees may be charged for attendance, and proposers may also apply for funding to cover speakers and other associated costs.

Social Events

The committee organizes social events several times a year, including a fall picnic and an annual New Members’ “Coffee”.


The members of this committee offer workshops, how-to guides, and individual personal assistance regarding the multiple technologies and software used by LIR members, e.g. Zoom, and PowerPoint.

Governance Committees


The committee is comprised of the six LIR elected Officers. It has general supervision over the affairs of 5CLIR as directed by Council. It may act on time-sensitive and confidential matters in the name of Council, subject to approval of Council at the next meeting.


The Finance Committee is comprised of the treasurer, assistant treasurer, the Vice President, the past president and two other members nominated by the president and approved by Council. The committee advises the treasurer and works on financial development.


The nominating supervises the nominations for officers and Council and their election. The committee consists of a chair, who is a member of Council, and four additional LIR voting members, at least two of whom are not current Council members. Current officers may not serve on the committee. The president nominates the members and Council approves.

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