Life After Retirement

Our Mission - Engaging older adults through intellectual, physical, spiritual, and
social activities to enrich their lives.

We provide activities that help improve the quality of life of senior adults. Participating in classes, activities, or events is essential to building relationships and thriving. We are an organization operated by members who volunteer their time and talent under a director and board's guidance.   Contact us to get connected!

Volunteers - Seniors Serving Seniors

Shepherd's Center of Topeka is an organization operated by members who volunteer their time and talent and whose efforts are coordinated by the Director. 

You might ask, how much time commitment is there?  It just depends on how much time you want to give.  Use your talents to help bring programs to our community of aging adults.  And, when you volunteer, you are eligible for the annual volunteer banquet.

Please reach out to us to get involved, and we will help you connect.  We would love to have you join our team of volunteers. 

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Volunteering is the Backbone of the Shepherd's Center.

Volunteering helps others but can be a great benefit for you, the volunteer.  The benefits of volunteering are life enrichment, expanded learning, health benefits, and personal growth. Volunteering fosters friendships, and it helps your community. 

Task Force

The Task Force Manages and sets up "Adventures in Learning".
Spencer Smith (Audio Visual)
Charlie Bates (Facility Management)
Karen Swanson (Hospitality)
Ottie Reed (Speaker Facilitator)
Peggy Kaspar and Judi Schultz (Hospitality),
Mary Adkins and Rose Mary Malm (Registration)
Phyllis Herzog and Peggy McAdoo (Membership)
Marilyn Grause (Special Projects)

Activity Groups

Activity Groups meet throughout the month and are directed by Coordinators.
Ellen Horn, MAP
Dave Matthias, Betsy Thompson, Pickleball
Roma Sessin, Joan Arterburn, Bridge
Caroline Huff, Sharon Young, Canasta
Glenna Meek, Line Dancing
Pat Kirkman, Spiritual Book Club
Shirley Edgerton, SMS Exercise
Madon Daily, Tai Chi
Sally Kahle, Family History Writing

Planning Committee

The Planning Committee arranges speakers for Adventures in Learning. Carl Nuzman, Elaine Shutt,  Linda Sobba, Peggy McAdoo, and Linda Noland-Criqui 

Travel Committee

The Travel Committee plans day trips.
Rich McReynolds, Dolan Gassert, Nancy Burklund, Ottie Reed, Les Streit.


Membership tracks new members and oversees the Directory.
Phyllis Herzog and Peggy McAdoo


Counters track registration and funds for events or activities.
Ross and Anita Miller, Janice Brown, Mike Stanfill (Treasurer), Kay Foster (Bookkeeper)


The Social Committee organizes and oversees our socials.
Mike and Linda Stanfill

Karen Willard


Board of Trustees 2022-2023

Dr. Kathy Harr


Nancy Burklund


Mike Stanfill


Betsy Thompson


Ottie Reed


Dan Pauls


Pat Kirkman