Bay West LIFE

Learning is Forever

Bay West LIFE was started in October, 2009, by a group of interested retirees who wish to promote life-long learning in the Dickinson County area.  It was patterned after a similar group at Bay's Escanaba campus, the Bay Sages.  Our mission is to bring people together to learn new things and keep our brains active and stimulated throughout our lives. 

All retirees, or person of retirement age, are welcome to our monthly meetings which are held the second Thursday of each month at the Bay College West campus on North US 2 in Iron Mountain. 

The cost of membership is $1.50 per month, or $18.00 per year, which includes coffee and snacks and a contribution to the scholarship fund!  Snowbirds are welcome to pro-rate their membership for the months they are here. We currently have over 88 paid members.  Guests are always welcome.
Come and see what we are about!


Bay West LIFE Officers

Ben Determan
Joan Jouppi
Lola Johnson
Will Kroeger
Vice President
Judi Trumbley
Linda & Will Kroeger


Bay West Life Scholarships

Bay West LIFE supports Bay West students! Bay West LIFE was started in 2009 by a group of retirees to promote life-long learning and education in Dickinson County.  The group recently donated a $1,000 scholarship to assist two Bay College students at West Campus over the age of 50 for the Academic Year 2017-2018.

Scholarship donations from organizations such as Bay West LIFE help remove financial barriers for students. The opportunities provided by scholarships help students reach their academic goal of receiving a college degree and enhancing their future career.

Students should apply online at  Bay College awards nearly 300 scholarships totaling over $300,000 every year to future, current, and returning students.  Funding for scholarships is made possible by donations to the Bay College Foundation by businesses and organizations, as well as individuals through endowment, estate and annual contributions.    
If you are interested in creating a scholarship, please contact the Bay College Foundation at 906-217-1700 or email Bay College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers scholarships based on donor defined criteria. Education programs are offered in Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Manistique and Online.


Bay West Life Calendar of Events

Presentations start at 10:00 am CST
Date Presenter Topic

October 12, 2017

Kristen Ball

Alternative Medicines

November 9, 2017

Mary Jo Kelly

Armchair Pilgrimage

December 14, 2017

Derek Dickson

Drug Problem in Dickinson County

Date Presenter Topic

January 11, 2018


No meeting this month

Febuary 8, 2018

Landon Leslie

Home Fire Prevention

March 8, 2018

Sarah Hemminger

Red Cross

April 12, 2018

John Denninger

Dickinson Fair

May 10, 2018

Chuck Fick

Granite Quarryingin the Amberg Area

June 14, 2018

Joe Schumacher


July 12, 2018

Tom Mroz

Geiolgy & Mines

August 9, 2018

Amanda Nelson

Dickinson Conservation Commission

Septemeber 13, 2018



October 11, 2018



November 8, 2018

Kristen Summerfeld


December 13, 2018


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