Welcome to Chippewa Valley Learning In Retirement

Our organization offers classes and trips to retired people in the Chippewa Valley. 

Celebrating a Successful Twenty Years

In 1994 Marv Lansing and Ken Heintz, along with a few others, set up an Institute for Learning in Retirement connected to UW-Stout.  (UWEC had declined to participate.)  For sixteen years the organization served predominately Menomonie area residents.  In 2010, we left UW-Stout due to financial considerations and became an independent 401(c)(3).  Since then, our Eau Claire area membership has blossomed, and our overall membership has tripled.  Now CVLR has members from Weyerhauser to the north, Stanley to the east, River Falls to the west, and Hixton to the south.  After twenty years, we continue to make the CVLR experience very meaningful for its members.  Thank you to all involved, past and present, who have contributed to our success. 

Sharon R. Lowry

Fall 2014 Courses and Trips


The registration packet for fall will be available the first week in August.  Members will receive the packet in the mail.  Non-members may find the courses and trips under Schedule-Menomonie and Schedule-Eau Claire on this site.


Register in person
on Tuesday, August 26,
from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
at the
Shirley Doane Senior Center, 1416 6th Street E
  Peace Lutheran Church, 501 East Fillmore, Eau Claire.


Steps to Register for Fall Classes and Trips

1.  Renew your membership.  Everyone’s membership has expired.

2.  Complete the membership form for your renewal.  Let us know
     any address, e-mail, or phone changes. 

3.  Receive a new membership card.  You will keep your current
     membership number.  Find it on the mailing label of your pink fall booklet.

4.  Register in person Tuesday, August 26.  You may also register for
     one other person.  Use that person’s membership number and name
     when registering for him or her. 

5.  Bring exact cash for any class fees under $10.  Do not write a
     check for these classes.  Only write a check for a fee of $10 or more. 

6.  Attend in-person registration if at all possible.  Since we operate on
     volunteer effort, your participation at in-person registration takes
     pressure off our volunteers.  If you absolutely cannot attend, then send
     in your registration.


You may register in person or by mail.  In-person registrations have priority over mail-in registrations.  If a class or a trip has a limit on how many may attend, in-person registrations receive first priority.  Waiting lists will be established for these classes and trips.  Those on the waiting lists may have the opportunity to attend due to cancellations.

Find more information on registration and forms for registration and membership on the Latest News page.

Please send your mail-in registrations before Tuesday, August 26, if at all possible.  Mail-in registrations are accepted after that date.