Rock Valley College

Road Scholar Institute NetworkUpdated 2/27/2023

Take advantage of the many programs and services offered by the Center for Learning in Retirement, which is a member of the Road Scholar LLI Resource Network.

CLR Annual Membership ($35 Fee)

CLR Membership runs the calendar year from January to December and is paid during the spring semester of classes each year. 
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Here are just some of the benefits you'll receive with your membership:

Scholarships for membership dues and class fees are available to those with financial need. Call the CLR Program Director, Tammy Lewis, at (815) 921-3933 for more information. All inquiries are confidential. It is important to us that classes are open to all who wish to participate!

To become a member, fill out the CLR Membership Registration Form, or call us at (815) 921-3931. Payment may be made by check or cash. Membership period is for the calendar year.

Speakers' Bureau Available

If your senior association, company retiree group, church, or community organization would be interested in learning more about the Center for Learning in Retirement (CLR) program and the many classes, trips, and social events offered for persons aged 50 or older, contact the CLR office at (815) 921-3931. We would be happy to connect you with our Speakers’ Bureau Committee to arrange an informational presentation to your group. A committee member or members will come to your group’s meeting or luncheon and provide a 15 to 30-minute presentation (with or without PowerPoint slides), pass out flyers and class catalogs with class offerings, and answer any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!

Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide opportunities to meet with other CLR members who share your same interest. These groups meet on a regular basis for continued learning and fun. New group members are always welcome! Interested? Click to expand the sections below and call the contact person listed for more information. You must be a current CLR member to join one of our Special Interest Groups.

This is an open art studio that meets on Fridays from 9:00-11:30 AM at the RVC Bell School Road Center (3350 N Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61114) in Room 2.

Spring 2023 Semester Meeting Dates:

  • February 10, 17 & 24
  • March 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
  • April 14, 21 & 28
  • May 5 & 12

If interested, contact Nancy Harvey at or (815) 282-1526.

This group meets monthly (in-person and online via Zoom), typically on the third Monday of each month from 10:00-11:00 AM at the RVC Bell School Road Center (3350 N Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61114) in Room 4 to discuss a different book each month.

Spring 2023 Semester Meeting Dates & Book Selections:

  • February 20 - What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age by Renee Rosen
  • March 20 - Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof
  • April 17 - When Mischief Comes to Town by Katrina Nannestad
  • May 15 - The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

If interested, contact Malia Hennessy at (847) 347-6454.

This group meets weekly on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:30 AM at the RVC Bell School Road Center (3350 N Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61114) in Room 13 for those who like to create handmade items (crocheting, knitting, etc.) to keep or donate and also enjoy socializing with others.

Spring 2023 Semester Meeting Dates:

  • February 7, 14, 21 & 28
  • March 7, 14, 21 & 28
  • April 4, 11, 18 & 25
  • May 2 & 9

If interested, contact Donna Kopplin at (815) 289-5779.

This is a group for those interested in meeting with other users to discuss uses, problems, and concerns relating to your iPad. Meetings are on an as-needed basis.

Contact: Larry Nelson at (815) 877-4438

For those who love to write, this group provides an opportunity to share your writing with others and learn from each other. This group meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month from 9:30-11:00 AM at RVC Bell School Road Center (3350 N Bell School Rd, Rockford, IL 61114) in Room 4.

Spring 2023 Meeting Dates:

  • February 14
  • March 14
  • April 11
  • May 9

If interested, contact Nancy Harvey at or (815) 282-1526.