IRP to Host Speakers on a Variety of Topics in October


CHAMBERSBURG- The Institute for Retired Persons (IRP) is a Chambersburg based organization that provides affordable lifelong learning opportunities for seniors. IRP hosts weekly lectures on a wide variety of topics, with one Zoom lecture on Mondays and Wednesdays and two in-person lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Menno Haven Life Center.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, IRP adopted a flexible attendance policy, allowing members to attend any or all lectures, either in person or via Zoom. There are no tests or other academic requirements, and speakers are volunteers with the requisite knowledge and experience.

IRP offers a wide variety of topics each semester, and there are no enrollment fees for Zoom lectures. The IRP program is managed by a staff of unpaid professionals, and the organization has an outstanding reputation for providing quality informal continuing education. The Menno Haven Life Center is a large modern facility that provides a comfortable and welcoming environment for in-person lectures.

For more information about IRP and its programs, please visit

Schedule Week of October 15 – 21

On Tuesday, Oct.17, Leon Reed, Author, Retired Senate Staffer and US History Teacher, will present “The Battle of the Bulge: The Relief of Bastogne” at Menno Haven Life Center at 9 a.m. At 10:30 a.m., Debra McCauslin, Historian and Author, will present “Yellow Hill & the Quaker Valley: Stories of the Underground Railroad” at Menno Haven Life Center.

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, Ann Calkins, Assistant Librarian at Fendick Library, will present “An American Success Story: Poor Irish Immigrant Becomes Hotelier to U.S. Presidents and Celebrities” via Zoom at 9 a.m.

On Thursday, Oct. 19, John Ricca, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Counter-Terrorism Analyst, will present “Issues with Iran: Nuclear Arms Agreement, Support to Russia, and Funding Terrorism” at Menno Haven Life Center at 9 a.m.

There will also be an IRP Members meeting on Thursday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Menno Haven Life Center.

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