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.
While activities are available to everyone in the community, FRIENDS –a paid patron organization, offers special privileges and discounts and helps foster the growth and development of the organization’s programming. 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.
LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE -CHARLOTTE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Don O' Neil, President Bonnie Leroy, Vice President & PR & Marketing Chair Josie Roosevelt, Secretary Kathy Comploier, Treasurer TBA, Trip Chair Stan Stewart, Curriculum Chair Mary Ann Walton, Volunteer Chair TBA, Membership Chair Kim Requa, Office Manager Gerri Benkozy Mary Kay Pfeiffer Patty Ramos
Message from the President:
I would like to thank the Board of Directors, Members, Volunteers, Instructors, Facilitators, and FRIENDS of the Lifelong Learning Institute, Inc., of Charlotte County, for making the 2017-2018 fall, winter and summer sessions a year for celebration. We achieved higher numbers of new membership, classes presented, class attendance, trips offered, trip attendance, documentary films presented and attendance. That is clearly what the LLI mission is all about………….. "Learning just for the fun of it! " Come join us for the start of a new learning year. We have invested in a computerized membership and interactive on-line registration system that should improve our services to members and make our registration process much more efficient. More information will be available in the near future. We are also very busy getting new classes, exciting trips and some very special artist and special guest programs. We look forward to having you join LLI this season on the beautiful Campus of Florida SouthWestern State College, where "learning is just for the fun of it!"
Don O’Neil President LLI Chapter, Charlotte County Florida