About Us

Mankato Area Lifelong Learners welcomes everyone who wishes to share the joys of learning and friendship in an informal setting. There are no prerequisites. Quarterly programs, special events and social activities provide opportunities to make new social connections.


We began, in 1996, by a steering committee of community leaders. It is a member-directed organization responsible for its own financial, clerical and programming functions. The University, as our sponsoring institution, has generously provided gathering and office space. Sessions are planned for fall, winter, spring and summer. Programs are taught by members or outside speakers who share their knowledge and experience in such areas of interest as history, literature, arts, theater, music, science, philosophy and personal finance.

Council Members

  • Barbara Keating, President
  • Ken Saffert, Treasurer
  • Sarah Suskovic, Secretary
  • Harriet Plotz, Past President
  • Mary Bliesmer, Member at Large
  • David Janovy, Administration & Finance Co-Chair
  • Rallah Madison, Administration & Finance Co-Chair
  • Bruce Birkemeyer, Great Decisions Co-Chair
  • Georgia Holmes, Great Decisions Co-Chair
  • Steve Gilbert, Presentations Chair

Upcoming Council Meeting

Annual Membership

Join anytime. Become a member today!

  • $35 annual membership*
  • $140 bundled membership with 1 year of unlimited presentations included*

*Individual Program Fees may apply. Special Events individually priced.