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A MESSAGE FROM THE LLI PRESIDENT, LARRY SMITH

 2016 GIVING PARTNER CHALLENGE – BE THE ONE!

2016 Giving Partner Challenge logo

Your Lifelong Learning Institute is once again participating in the upcoming Giving Partner Challenge sponsored by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and the Patterson Foundation. This year’s event will take place September 20 and 21, from noon on the 20th to 11:59:59 AM on the 21st.

Will you BE THE ONE who will help make our only fund raising drive a success? By making an online minimum contribution of $25, LLI will receive $75 if you are a new donor (you did not contribute last year). A minimum contribution of $25 will get LLI $50 if you were a donor last year. The Patterson Foundation will match all gifts up to $100 during the entire 24 hours of the Challenge campaign.

LLI’s goal for this year is to raise ONE DOLLAR MORE than last year ($6,500). Your individual participation will make a HUGE difference in helping us attain this goal. Watch for details on how to make your donation in the near future.

We are looking forward to a victory celebration on September 21, and are respectfully asking you to BE THE ONE who makes the donation that pushes us over the goal line.


New Documentaries Plus Lunch Series Continues thru August!!!!!

Click on the Class Schedule tab (above) for the titles and to register for one or all. 

10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays – August 24 & 31

Classroom D106 on FSW Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Road, Punta Gorda

$10 per session for LLI FRIENDS members; $15 for non-members


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 — 9:00 TO 11:30 A.M.

COFFEE & REGISTRATION — FREE AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

AUDITORIUM ON CHARLOTTE CAMPUS OF

FLORIDA SOUTHWESTERN STATE COLLEGE

        • Free Coffee & Pastries

        • 2016 LLI Fall Schedule & Program Information

        • 9:00 – 10:00  Free “Tech Help” sessions – one-on-one help on personal electronic devices from Collegiate High School students.  Call 941-637-3533 to schedule time.

        • 10:00 “Weeds & Seeds” Presentation by Florida Public Archaeology Network, in collaboration with Charlotte Co. Historical Center


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 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. During the 2007-2008 year, more than 800 participants took advantage of 37 classes, three field trips, a series of four distinguished speaker lectures and a monthly book club. 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 goal 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 , while cooperating with other organizations to support the mission of the program.

Lifelong Learning Institute is a member of the

Road Scholar Institute Network www.roadscholar.org/rsin

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Become a “FRIENDS” member TODAY & support LLI!