Monroe Courses

Conrad Richter’s Ohio

How did one of our most under-appreciated writers imagine this beautiful area of the country in which we live? To find out, let’s read two of Richter’s best novels, The Light in the Forest and The Trees, which was the first novel in his highly-regarded trilogy, The Awakening Land. Participants will learn more about the life and writing of Conrad Richter, whose attention to detail and ability to tell a good story are unparalleled.

Class text: The Trees, Paperback: 167 pages, Publisher: Ohio University Press (May 1, 1991; any copy is fine though). The Light in the Forest, Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages, Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (September 14, 2004; any copy is fine).

Instructor

Marianne Cotugno, Associate Professor of English, has published on 20th century American literature, writing, and pedagogy.

Dates and Location

5 Mondays: October 2–October 30
10:45 a.m.–noon
Chapel, Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village

A Closer Look at the Settlers of Butler County

Who were the early families? What brought them here? What are their legacies? It’s possible you’ve driven by their homesteads or that you know one of their descendants. Come find out!

October 2—Monroe’s BicentennialDorothy Smith is the Curator and Anna Hale, the Assistant Curator of the Monroe Historical Museum. Both have worked enthusiastically with Monroe’s efforts for the bicentennial celebration.
October 9The Butler Boys of the Civil WarSam Ashworth is an Armco retiree, a graphic designer, and the President of the Middletown Historical Society. He is a regular ILR presenter.
October 16The Blue Cabin Rediscoveredby Robert ThominGail Thomin Heitz and Amy Thomin Gross will share their father’s experiences with the family log cabin in Liberty Township.
October 23The Amish in Butler County: Who Knew?Anne Jantzen is among the founders of the Friends of Chrisholm and a current board member. Anne is a retired school administrator from the Lakota and Edgewood School Districts.
October 30People and Churches of Morgan TownshipWalt Westrich is a retired school administrator and a teacher.  He has taught courses for ILR on Presidents, Vice-Presidents, the Civil War, and Presidential elections.

Coordinator

Lois Philips is a retired Miami administrator.

Dates and Location

5 Mondays: October 2–October 30
1:00–2:15 p.m.
Chapel, Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village

Celebrating Tea Culture

Travel around the world with us as we explore the experiences of tea from its origins in China through its introduction to Europe, across Africa and the rest of Asia and, finally, to the United States. Each week we will sample some teas that best represent the part of the world we are visiting, and we will see many of the ways that tea has affected people and customs.

Instructors

Susan Schechter has been the owner of The Tea Parlor in Liberty Township for the last 12 years where they serve an English style tea three days a week. Ruthanna Jeter will add her extensive knowledge of travel around the world, as well as her many and various tea experiences to the class.

Dates and Location

5 Mondays: October 2–October 30
2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Community Room, Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village
Supply Fee: $12.00, payable at the first class

Dinner for Two

Each week, Chef William will highlight a theme, providing demonstrations, tastings, and recipes that serve just two (adjustments possible, of course). The weekly themes are: The Best TV Dinners You’ve Ever Had, Potluck Favorites, Dishes of the Islands, A Chicken in Every Pot, and Candlelit Dinners and Champagne Dreams.

Instructor

William Bozarth, Director of Culinary Services, Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village

Dates and Locations

5 Wednesdays: October 4–November 1
1:00–2:15 p.m.
Activity Bldg., Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village

Tai Chi for Health

Harvard Medical School says that practicing Tai Chi can lead to a healthier body, stronger heart, sharper mind, and better balance in 12 weeks. Mayo Clinic teaches Tai Chi to people emerging from therapy. Recent studies show the slow Tai Chi movements actually affect the positive outcome of exercise more than top “cardio” programs without the pain of stretched muscles. It reduces stress and depression, improves balance and coordination, increases energy, and lowers blood pressure; some even sleep better and enjoy feelings of wellbeing after practicing Tai Chi. Please wear comfortable clothing.

Instructor

Larry C. Bobbert  has over 50 years of martial arts experience, has earned black belts in Aikido, and ranks in several styles of karate, arnis, and cane self-defense.

Dates and Location

5 Thursdays: October 5–November 2
9:00–10:15 a.m.
Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village Activity Building

This class is also being held on Mondays in West Chester. Register for both for even greater benefit.

Lewis and Clark Topics

The course will explore and discuss the Corps of Discovery Expedition, perhaps better known as the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Topics include: Before the Expedition, After the Expedition, The Hardest Three Months, and the Hunt/Astor Expedition.

Instructors

Peter Seifert is a former engineer and manager, but now a hiker and amateur historical “Perspectivist.” Gudrun Seifert is a retired teacher.

Dates and Location

4 Thursdays: October 5–October 26
10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Chapel, Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village

Afternoon Lectures at Mt. Pleasant

The Afternoon Lectures provide an opportunity to hear about the experiences of interesting persons with incredible stories.  Join us to learn what “A Day in the Life” is like.

Dates and Location

October 5A Day in the Life of an Air Force OfficerEllen Ratti was in the first class of women who graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and served 5 years as an Operations Intelligence Officer.
October 12A Day in the Life of an EntrepreneurMolly Wagner started “A Piece of the Pie” and will discuss what it means to be an opportunity buyer.
October 19A Day in the Life of a Foodbank ManagerTina Osso is the founder and executive director of Shared Harvest Foodbank.
October 26A Day in the Life of a Holocaust Survivor—Our speaker will be a member of the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education’s Speakers Bureau.
November 2 — A Day in the Life of a Confederate SoldierJoe Newlin has a lifelong interest in the Civil War and has participated in Civil War reenactments.

Coordinators

Barb Alder and Lynne Alleman are active participants in ILR activities at Mt. Pleasant.

Dates and Location

5 Thursdays: October 5–November 2
1:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Chapel, Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village

Travels with Friends

We will share our experiences of adventure travel, including the magnificent sights of Machu Picchu with its incredible Incan ruins, a cruise down the Amazon River with stories of the native river people and fishing for piranhas, a visit to the Galapagos Islands with its importance in the understanding of evolution and our world’s ecology, and viewing the breathtaking beauty of Patagonia.  You will also see and hear about the migration of the wildebeest in the Serengeti, the herds of magnificent elephants with their little ones, lions roaming and mating in front of our eyes, and many more unbelievable experiences on our African safari.

Instructors

MaryEllen Haynes, a retired music teacher, has travelled extensively in South America, Africa, and Europe with her husband, Bill Haynes, a retired administrator from The Ohio State University.

Dates and Location

5 Thursdays: October 5–November 2
2:45–4:00 p.m.
Chapel, Mt. Pleasant Retirement Village

ILR events/classes involving walking/hiking/exercise may be strenuous for some. Please use discretion when registering.