Thursday’s Open University Note

You may have seen Mary Lynn Bayliss interviewed on Channel 6 the other morning about her presentation on the Dooleys.  We heard that they listed the location as 3111 Northside Avenue, which is where our administrative office is located.  Mary Lynn Bayliss will be speaking Thursday, September 21 at First Presbyterian Church located at 4602 Cary Street Road.  Thank you Cheryl Miller at WTVR for changing the reference online!

Lunch and Life Update

Father Michael Renninger, pastor of St. Mary Catholic Church, will speak tomorrow, September 20th, on Angels, Saints…and Old Blue Eyes!-Spiritual Themes in Popular Lyrics.  Normally, our presentations are on the lower level of St. Mary, but for Father Renninger, we will be on the upper level of the church in the commons area outside the sanctuary.  Use the main entrance on the Gayton Road side of the building.  Bring a sandwich – the church will provide drinks and additional refreshments.  Doors open at noon and the talk will begin at 12:30 pm.  If you have any questions, please call TSCOR at 355-7282.  Thanks – Julie

Credit Cards and Travel

Happy hot August day to everyone –

We are now accepting credit card payments for Open University (OU) tuition. Just go to our website (, and click on the Open University tab under the header picture where you will find a secure link where you can register and pay.  We will also accept credit cards at OU locations during the session.  Very soon we will be rolling out a link for tax-deductible donations. We will let you know when that is available.  Until then, any charitable gifts can be added to your credit card tuition payment.

AND, we have an exciting day trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore on Wednesday, October 18, 2017. The tour includes round-trip motor coach transportation, admission to the aquarium, time to explore on your own, and a boxed lunch in the Harbor View Room.  The final day to join this trip is Monday, September 25.  Click HERE to see the detailed flyer.  We hope you can join us!

Take care and stay cool out there – Julie

Get Your Lifetime Senior Pass Now!

I’ve heard this from a few of our members and Diane, member/student and volunteer, was kind enough to send me the following write-up. Thank you Diane!

Senior passes for our national parks have been a bargain for many years, but the National Park Service’s prices for those passes are going up significantly in late August.

The cost of the “Lifetime Senior Pass”–which is $10 now–will increase to $80 on August 28, 2017. An extra $10 processing fee will be added to that charge if you order the pass online or by mail rather than going to an actual park facility.  A new year-by-year senior pass will be $20 for each year.

The closest facilities that sell them are the Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown, Prince William Forest Park (off I-95 near Washington, DC), and Shenandoah National Park. Unfortunately, none of the park facilities in our Richmond area sell lifetime senior passes.  For example, Richmond National Battlefield Park does not sell them.

You can order senior passes at 1-888-ASK-USGS (1-888-275-8747), Option 1, or by mail or online.

You can view full information on HERE

TSCOR Women’s Group

We have started a women’s group and we would love for you to be a part of it!  The group will be freeform, with no one leader, and will come up with a short list of topics to assign to each meeting.  During the meeting, everyone will have a chance to share what she thinks about the subject and then there will be a group discussion.  Meeting frequency is undecided, but there is another planning meeting scheduled where that, and other particulars, will be discussed.  Hope you can join us!  Please let Julie know if you are interested at or 804-355-7282.

Next Meeting: Wednesday, August 16 at 2:30 pmvintage woman with sheep

Location: The Shepherd’s Center Office, 3111 Northside Ave., Suite 400, Richmond 23228

Amazon’s Prime Day starts tonight!

Shopping sheepAmazon’s Prime Day is here! Deals start at 9:00 pm ET tonight, July 10 and run through July 11th. Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. There are crazy deals going on, so check it out and have a blast.

On Prime Day, and always, remember to shop at and Amazon will donate to The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond.  Every little bit helps!  Thanks – Julie


Annual Membership Drive

Dear Friends of TSCOR,

It’s time once again for the Annual Membership drive of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond.  Please become a member or renew your membership today.

Last year, TSCOR taught over 300 students at The Open University, traveled to Montpelier, VA and the Norfolk Botanical Gardens with Group Travel and provided over 1,400 free rides to seniors, offered by volunteers, through our Transportation Program.

In the coming year, we envision strengthening the Open University program, expanding Group Travel, increasing our team of drivers and maximizing volunteer involvement throughout the organization.

Your membership makes you an integral part of the vital and caring community of individuals who do so much to improve the lives of older people in Richmond and surrounding counties.

Benefits of a TSCOR Membership:

  • Free attendance to all Open University Lunch Speakers
  • Reduced Open University tuition
  • Reduced TSCOR Group Travel rates
  • Invitation to the Annual Volunteer Celebration
  • The knowledge that you are contributing to the betterment of your community
  • Supporting our mission to encourage older adults to remain active and independent through enrichment programs and volunteer service to their peers

Our annual membership cycle runs July 1 through June 30, concurrent with our fiscal year.  The $25 membership may be paid anytime beginning July 1st. Please note that joining later in the annual cycle does not allow for reduced or pro-rated dues.  Membership can be mailed to our office, submitted with your Open University registration, or select the second link below to pay online with your credit card.

For membership form and to pay by cash or check, click here.

If you would like to pay with your credit card, please click here.

Thank you for being a member of The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond!   We can’t do it without ewe!


Yes, it is only July, but July 1st marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for TSCOR.

July 1st also kicks off a new membership cycle for TSCOR.  Keep a lookout for the Annual Membership renewal notice coming to one of your mailboxes right after July 4th (email or snail mail, or you can always find it on our website).  Please check your email spam or junk mail folder to be sure we didn’t end up there.  If so, please mark us as “not spam.”

Membership is only $25 for the entire year (July 1 – June 30) but it means a great deal to our organization.  Membership can be mailed to our office or submitted with your Open University registration.  And now, for the first time, you will be able to pay online with your credit card.  There is a link on our website homepage that will take you to a secure site (GoEMerchant) where you can pay membership.

Your financial support and participation means everything to us.  Remember to tell your friends and neighbors about us too – your recommendation is worth so much more than any kind of advertisement.  Thank you so much and here’s to another wonderful year to come!!  Enjoy your summer – Julie