CANTON—Spoon River College hosted the 23rd Lifelong Learning Conference (formerly known as the Retirees Learning Institute) Friday, April 13, at the Canton Campus, with more than 150 participants, presenters and vendors.

CANTON—Spoon River College hosted the 23rd Lifelong Learning Conference (formerly known as the Retirees Learning Institute) Friday, April 13, at the Canton Campus, with more than 150 participants, presenters and vendors.

 

“I think the name change to Lifelong Learning Conference more appropriately conveys the spirit of this event and the general purpose of the Outreach department. We’re all about connecting learners with resources,” stated Andrea Barbknecht, Director of the Canton Office of Community Outreach, who coordinates the event.

 

Following the keynote presentation entitled “Lincoln – Abe’s Molly” by Rick Klinedinst, additional sessions offered attendees the chance to learn about a variety of topics including the proposed Canton Area Heritage Center, Illinois’ Lost Civilization and how not to get scammed.

 

“It always amazes me that we have so many wonderful local ‘experts’ at our disposal. The folks who plan the event have their fingers on the pulse of what’s going on in the community, and they help find the resources on topics they’d like to learn,” stated Barbknecht. “It’s one of my favorite days of the year!”

 

The event was co-sponsored by MidAmerica National Bank and offered the following sessions: Lincoln – Abe’s Molly, Rick Klinedinst; Don’t Get Scammed, David Barbknecht; State of the City, Mayor Kent McDowell; History of the Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville, Cathy Harris; This Writer’s Life, Brooks Carver; The Royal Stuart Family, Stan Ransom; Canton Area Heritage Center, Cheryl Bielema and Jim Morgan; Science of Compassion, Nathan Gates; Financial Planning, Rick Imhoff; Illinois’ Lost Civilization, Larry Eskridge; Floral Customs Around the World, Christine Wright; and 26 Days in Italy, Mike Delligatti.

 

A soup and sandwich buffet was catered by the SRC Sandbar Café, and attendees were assisted by SRC student-workers Samantha Anderson and Madi Link.

 

Resource Fair sponsors staffed booths and provided door prizes, and sponsors were MidAmerica National Bank, Spoon River Towers, Renaissance Care Center, The Clayberg/Fulton County Nursing Center, Courtyard Estates of Canton, Heartland Healthcare Center, The Salvation Army, Fulton County Housing Authority, Canton Main Street – Spoon River Partnership for Economic Development, ACO Graham Health System, Visiting Angels, Western Illinois Home Health Care, and Thrivent Financial.

 

Photos of the event can be viewed on the Spoon River College Community Outreach Facebook page.