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
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 President:
Greetings and Welcome to another LLI New Year!
New classes, trips, lectures, special events, and book club selections . . . . so many new and exciting things await us in 2019-2020! But not all is new . . . we have the honor of hosting the very personable and popular Maestro Ponti and his “Behind the Notes” sessions again, many of our very favorite class instructors are returning, our very successful trips committee has retained several of its members to continue that fine tradition, our friendly and hard-working Office Manager Kim Requa, is still supporting our programs, our renewed affiliation with Florida SouthWestern State College on the be-oo-oo-tiful Charlotte campus gives us access to great classrooms and the auditorium, and our summer Documentary Series will continue through the month of September on every other Tuesday morning at 10:00.
We are still holding our “Coffee & Registration” to introduce our program schedule . . . the next one is on Tuesday, October 8, so put that date on your calendars. Not only will we showcase our fall schedule but we will also have a special free presentation and a drawing for gift baskets – plus the usual free coffee and pastries.
All of our programs are posted on our website as details are confirmed and online registration is available through our catalog. Our new online registration system requires you to open an account that will automatically award your FRIENDS membership when you register for a class, trip or other event and will send you a confirmation receipt. This will also allow you to check on your registrations to confirm room number, time and date. If you experience difficulty, please call Kim in our office for help. She is very able and willing to help!
We also send weekly email announcements so if you are not receiving those now and would like us to add your name to our list, just email Kim at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you on campus and to hearing from you when you have a suggestion, comment or even a criticism. We hope you enjoy the “learning – just for the fun of it” experience with LLI!