All About DCLIR


Door County Learning in Retirement (DCLIR) is a non-profit membership organization, established and sponsored in partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC), Sturgeon Bay Campus. We have over 600 members - retired and semi-retired people who desire to explore new and exciting ideas, as well as enjoy being with others to share experiences, knowledge and wisdom.

DCLIR is one of twelve Lifelong Learning programs in the state of Wisconsin. The Lifelong Learning programs throughout the country are established, planned, and maintained by volunteers. We choose topics of interest to our members and expect that the members assist in the planning and execution of the programs. As a result of revised By Laws, the former Steering Committee is now referred to as the Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors is comprised of the elected president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and up to three elected members at large, as well as the Past President, NWTC's Sturgeon Bay Campus Manager and at least one of the DCLIR office assistant.  The Steering Committee now consists of the non-elected chairs of the Curriculum, Finance, Social and Volunteer Committees.

DCLIR classes are located at NWTC - Sturgeon Bay Campus at 229 N. 14th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay. Phone (920) 746-4947. We are fortunate to have been provided office space and phone by NWTC. The DCLIR office, Room SC111, is open Monday-Friday, from 9am-1pm. Our e-mail address is:

DCLIR offers a year of programming for the $50 annual membership fee. The year begins September 1 and ends August 31. This includes the Fall and Spring semesters of programming, and any Summer Safari activities as scheduled.  If you join in January, the Spring semester membership fee is $35.  There is no limit to the number of courses/activities in which you may participate.

DCLIR is dedicated to facilitating quality lifelong learning in an open, ongoing forum for older adults in Northeastern Wisconsin. The demographics of our geographical area indicate that we have a population that would value and support such a program. This seems to be the case, as we were newly established in 2005 and are proud to have 135 charter members.​​​​​​​​​​​​​
 LIR is operated solely on volunteer energy.  Membership is encouraged to participate so that the program can continue.  Following are some opportunities.

Become a Coordinator
What does it take to be a coordinator?

  • Communication - by phone or email with the presenter, members who want to cancel or add classes, and DCLIR office for copies of handouts)

  • Hospitality (welcome presenter and participants)
  • Appreciation (collect and tally blue sheets and use that information to send a thank you note to the presenter)
What are the benefits?
  • The satisfaction of volunteering for a wonderful organization - DCLIR!
  • A guaranteed seat in the class you coordinate
  • An extra first choice for other classes

Committee work:


Curriculum Committee - suggest, develop or coordinate courses; phone help, proof reading, catalog distribution.
Finance Committee – develops an annual DCLIR budget and oversees the financial matters of the organization. 
Social Committee - prepare and serve refreshments at social events.

Volunteer Committee - [under construction!]
Presenters - share your interest or talent by teaching a class.
The planning and execution of Learning In Retirement is as enriching as the actual course offerings.  DCLIR encourages your participation in at least one of the above opportunities.  Know you are needed.