Lifelong Learning Institute began in 1996 as Learning in Retirement under the auspices of Jack Price, Executive Director of the Charlotte County Foundation, now known as the Charlotte Community Foundation. Some of the initial instructors included Vernon Peeples and Lindsay Williams. The first classes were held at the Freeman House but eventually moved to the new Edison Community College Charlotte campus in 1998. In 2005, LIR changed its name to Lifelong Learning Institute, incorporated itself as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and forged an even closer relationship with the newly named Edison State College. In 2007, goals and bylaws were changed to more accurately reflect the revised mission of offering lifelong learning opportunities for adults in the Charlotte County area.
The name of the college was changed in 2014 to Florida SouthWestern State College. Lifelong Learning Institute is proud to continue its affiliation with FSW on the Charlotte campus and to staff the campus office part-time with an office manager. Lifelong Learning Institute’s mission is to foster interest in continuing education among adults, to offer quality classes and programs in a campus atmosphere in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, personal finance and technology as well as providing a variety of educational opportunities outside the classroom. Collaborative activities with other like-minded organizations are used to support the mission of the program when they are deemed appropriate. All activities are available to everyone in the community.
LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bonnie Leroy, President Stan Stewart, Vice President Josie Roosevelt, Secretary TBA, Treasurer Mary Ann Walton, Volunteer Chair Patty Ramos, Membership Chair Gerri Benkozy. Curriculum Chair
Message from the Board of Directors, February 24, 2020:
In order for LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE to continue programming beyond April 30, it is essential that the following areas of responsibility be filled; without sufficient volunteers to do this work, LLI will not continue to exist – regardless of its financial position.
If you care enough about the continued life of LLI and have the ability to take on a leadership role – or even serve on one of the committees -- please email or leave a voice message with the office ASAP! Time is of the essence.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/Phone: 941-637-3533
Chairperson and Committee Members:
Curriculum Committee – to identify potential speakers, contact them, and make all arrangements. The committee members also work closely with the Public Relations and Marketing committee to ensure that information is available to them to publicize classes.
Public Relations & Marketing – in coordination with all other committee chairs, promote LLI’s programs to news media, neighborhood/community organizations; social media, local civic associations; printed promotional materials for distribution throughout the community.
Fund Raising – to explore all options available and research for additional sources of funds and grants beyond the LLI registration and membership fees. LLI cannot pay for office management without additional resources.
FRIENDS Membership – to design effective membership benefits, recruitment and retention.
Trips – to research, plan, contract with outside vendors, coordinate and lead appealing and affordable day trips.
Volunteers - to recruit, train, and deploy volunteers, including class coordinators and event support.
The above committee chairs will serve on the Board of Directors. Additional members are also needed for each of these committees; one person trying to do all the work of any committee burns out quickly, which is the situation we are in today.
Officers: Additionally, the following officer positions need to be filled and will be voted on by the current Board of Directors:
Treasurer – as described in the By Laws: “All monies received and recorded will be done by the Office Manager. Check writing will be done by the Treasurer. Use of the Debit Card will be at the discretion of both the Treasurer and Office Manager.” NOTE: This position has been vacant since September.
Secretary – as described in the By Laws, “The Secretary will: a. Record the minutes of all Board meetings and special meetings. b. Preserve all minutes and reports. c. Distribute minutes to Board members prior to the next meeting.
President – as described in the By Laws: “The President will: a. Preside at all meetings and call special meetings as needed. b. Be an ex-officio member of all committees except the Nominating Committee. c. Report monthly to the Board of Directors. d. Appoint a Parliamentarian.” NOTE: One Board member objected to this message.