Special events at Osher

In addition to the many educational opportunities that [email protected] offers each year, Osher learners and other community members may take part in annual events.

Photos of Osher members at various special events.
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    Annual Membership Meeting and Volunteer/Donor Appreciation Luncheon

    May 2020 – Date to come

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    Osher Trivia Night

    May 2020 – Date to come

    Special thanks to last year’s emcee, John Blakemore and the round sponsors:

    • Central Trust Company
    • Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau
    • Columbia Insurance Group
    • Convergence Financial
    • P&D Electric, Inc.
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    Engaging in Aging Seminar and Resource Fair

    September 2020 – Date to come

    The 2019 sessions were:

    • Engaging with the World: Make Your Retirement Purposeful, by Drs. Anne and Brady Deaton.
    • Engaging with Travel: Learn to Stay Healthy and Manage Chronic Conditions While on the Road, in the Air or on the Ocean, by Debbie Kaplan, RN.
    • Engage with Your Health: Take Steps (Literally) to Maximize Your Health, by Mary Dohrmann, M.D.

    The following local organizations and businesses that took part in the 2019 Engaging in Aging event:

    The Alzheimer’s Association Greater Missouri Chapter Memory Strategies
    Boone County Historical Society Missouri Symphony Society
    Central Bank of Boone County Classic Club Mizzou Alumni Association – Tourin’ Tigers
    CLAIM – Missouri’s State Health Insurance Assistance Program MU Adult Day Connection
    Columbia Art League MU Extension Fall Prevention Programs
    Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture MU Health Care
    Columbia Parks and Recreation MU Retirees Association
    Daniel Boone Regional Library Osher Lifelong Learning Institute ([email protected])
    First Midwest Bank SCORE – Columbia Branch of Lake of the Ozarks
    Heart of Missouri CASA Services for Independent Living
    Heart of Missouri Master Gardeners The Terrace Retirement Community
    League of Women Voters The Village of Bedford Walk
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    Annual Osher Instructor Appreciation Dinner

    October 2020 – Date to come

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    Robert G. Silvers Memorial Seminar Series

    October 2020 – Date to come

    Celebrating the Best of the Human Mind

    The life and spirit of Sally Silvers’ beloved Robert will be celebrated in perpetuity with a generous endowment to the Osher program. Sally created the Robert G. Silvers Memorial Seminar Series: Celebrating the Best of the Human Mind to commemorate Robert’s wondrous intelligence and humanity.

    Robert and Sally Silvers

    After setting records for the number of courses in which he enrolled each semester, Silvers assumed the role of instructor. He was teaching a course in woodworking in the Osher program when he took ill eleven years ago. So overwhelming was Robert’s passion for the beauty of wood and opulent wood veneers, Sally’s choice of speaker for the series has been a woodworking artist – the very one that was her husband’s inspiration and mentor, Ian J. Kirby.

    Join Sally Silvers’ family, friends and acquaintances – and our students – to celebrate this fine human being who shared our lives and our hopes. He was one of our finest, most caring instructors – totally committed to his students and the Osher program.

    It is from Ian Kirby that Robert acquired his avocation. The devotion, the respect, the bond between the Silvers and Kirby continues unchanged. You will likely experience the craft they shared – and, of course, Kirby’s impressive insight into the development and historical importance of this great art.

      • "Because of how my Robert loved this program, I wanted to give a gift to him and to our community by creating an endowment establishing The Robert G. Silvers Seminar Series: Celebrating the Best of the Human Mind. Robert wanted to learn everything … all of the time. This tribute series is a bequest to all who seek, as he did, to grow in knowledge and understanding. The response to the speaker for the inaugural seminar was overwhelming. You will not be surprised to learn that I requested a return engagement of Robert’s beloved friend and mentor, Ian Kirby." - Sally Silvers