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)
Judy Owen (Hospitality)
Bev Lutz (Speaker Facilitator)
Mary Adkins and Rose Mary Malm (Registration)
Phyllis Herzog and Peggy McAdoo (Membership)
Kathy Linhart (Public Relations)

Activity Groups

Activity Groups meet throughout the month and are directed by Coordinators.
Rich McReynolds, MAP via Zoom
Dave Matthias and Betsy Thompson, Pickleball
Joan Arterburn and Lora DeWeese, Bridge
Caroline Huff and Sharon Young, Canasta
Mary Adkins and Judy Samuels, Mexican Train Dominos
Karen Botkin and Jim Bauer, Line Dancing
Pat Kirkman, Spiritual Book Club
Anne Crawford, SMS Exercise
Madon Daily, Tai Chi
Kathy Harr, Family History Writing

Planning Committee

The Planning Committee arranges speakers for Adventures in Learning.  Elaine Shutt,  Linda Sobba, Peggy McAdoo, Wanda Bonnel, Jim Brewer, Maggie Durino, and Marilyn Brock.

Travel Committee

The Travel Committee plans day trips.
Rich McReynolds and Les Streit.


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


Counters track registration and funds for events or activities.
Dan Pauls, Charlotte Bates, Carolyn Roller, and Kay Foster (Bookkeeper)

Emily Newhouse


Board of Trustees 2023-2024

Dr. Kathy Harr


Marylin Buzzell


Dan Pauls


Betsy Thompson


Bob Gladfelter


Walter Horn


Bev Lutz