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Lunch & Speaker programs set for March 24, April 7

MARSHALLTOWN – The Iowa Valley Continuing Education Creative Retirement program offers opportunities to enjoy entertaining and informative speakers, as well as a noon meal, with its Lunch and Speaker programs.

“Community Police Interactions,” featuring Marshalltown Police Officer Vern Jefferson and Police Chief Mike Tupper, kicked off the 20th year of Creative Retirement spring programming on March 9. Officer Jefferson was shot in the line of duty on Nov. 2, 2012, during his response to a bank robbery at the Lennox Employees Credit Union. He shared his experience dealing with the shooting and the aftermath of the incident, including the dramatic impact it had on him and his family. Chief Tupper provided his perspective on national and local issues, particularly the shooting of police officers and the shooting of citizens by police. In addition, he discussed the local police department’s leadership in the community at large.

Two more Lunch and Speaker programs are scheduled for this spring: Marshalltown Regional Partnership will be the topic of the March 24 luncheon, and Mechdyne: A Global Economy will be the focus of the April 7 luncheon.

On Friday, Mar. 24, the Marshalltown Regional Partnership (MRP) team will give an up close and personal look at the mission and interworkings of the three organizations which comprise MRP: Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce, Marshalltown Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), and Marshall Economic Development. Luncheon speakers will be MRP CEO David Barajas, Jr.; Chamber Executive Director Lynn Olberding; CVB Executive Director Val Ruff; and Economic Development Executive Director Tom Deimerly. The four will share their forward-thinking vision for the Marshalltown area, as well as how their teams work together to make the community a great place to live, work, raise a family, and grow a business. They plan to discuss the important interactions between economic development, business and industry, tourism, and education for the betterment of Marshall County. Luncheon attendees will be introduced to the term “collabo-munity” and learn why Marshalltown is a premier example of this new means of making Marshalltown “distinctly different.”

Mechdyne, a broad-based technology partner serving a global client base, will be the topic of the April 7 luncheon. Mechdyne built an early reputation in 1993 with its foundational focus on 3D visualization and virtual reality systems. The successful Marshalltown corporation works primarily on confidential projects for university research centers, the military, and energy, aerospace, manufacturing and medical organizations; its processes and facilities are not open for public viewing. Speaker Doug Betts will give  an informative overview of the corporation and its mission.

Creative Retirement programs are open to anyone 50 years of age or older; the current membership year runs through June 30. The program year includes luncheons and short courses, trips, and discussion sessions. Membership dues help cover costs of printing, mailings and overhead. In addition to programs being listed in the EdVenture course catalog, members receive the Creative Reader newsletter every Fall and Spring with information about upcoming events. The annual membership fee of $15 can be paid at any time, but must be paid before registering for a course. Those wanting to purchase the annual membership should register for course # CRT 1000.(3).

All luncheons are held from 11:30 am to 1 pm, with lunch served at 11:30 am and the presentation beginning at noon. Luncheons are in Dejardin Hall unless otherwise noted. Upon registration, members should inform IVCE of any special dietary requests. The final registration deadline is one week prior to the luncheon date, to ensure adequate catering. Cost of each luncheon is $18 for Creative Retirement members and guests of Creative Retirement members who register at the same time. Luncheons are open to the public for the non-member rate of $23.

Online registration and payment are encouraged for all IVCE events, including Creative Retirement. To register online and to see what fun you can look forward to this spring visit Walk-up registrations (also due one week in advance) are accepted at the information desk in the lobby of the Iowa Valley Continuing Education Conference Center. For questions or assistance, call IVCE at 641-752-4645 or 1-800-284-4823.

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