The New Generation Society, created about a year ago for retirees and others, already has more than 160 members.
When Lynwood Smith retired as a physician at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., he and his wife decided to return to their college town of Lawrence.
``We wanted to come back to a university community to retire, and what could be better,'' he said.
Hoping to keep active with Kansas University and the community, Smith and Bob Mueller began to form an organization for retirees and others like themselves.
The result, the New Generation Society, now has more than 160 members.
``It's an organization that has been put together for the purpose of providing both social and educational opportunities for people who have come back to Lawrence -- both to retire and to continue to be active and work,'' said Smith, who is the chair of the organization's council, or administrative board.
``There's a number of places where this type of thing has been set up and organized, particularly back East, but there are more and more throughout the country,'' he said.
There is no age requirement or KU alumni status to become a member.
``All you have to have is an interest and a willingness to pay the annual dues,'' Smith said.
Smith said he is surprised at the amount of interest the organization has generated. As of last month, there were 165 members and counting.
``It's rather amazing,'' Smith said.
The group is being assisted by the Hall Center for the Humanities at KU, which is providing secretarial support.
Additional support has been approved by KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway, the KU Alumni Association, KU Endowment Association and KU sports programs.
The organization's fall activities include:
- ``The Appreciation and Understanding of KU Basketball,'' 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28 in Hadl Auditorium.
- History programs on Lawrence from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 8 (downtown walking tour), Oct. 13 (archaeological history of the area), Nov. 10 (American Indian history) and Dec. 8 (additional American Indian history).
- Luncheon talks from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lawrence Country Club, including Douglas County District Judge Jean Shepherd on Sept. 2; Rud Turnbull, co-director of the Beach Centers on Families and Disability on Oct. 9; and former Lawrence school board member John Tacha on Nov. 13.
- Performances at the Lied Center.
- Behind-the-scenes events at University Theatre.
- The Humanities Lecture Series.
-- Mike Dekker's phone message number is 832-7187. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.