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November 2023      

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Why is the Turkey the Traditional Thanksgiving Meal  

Greetings, Indigenous to the area and plentiful, turkeys were larger than chickens, ducks,
and geese, making them economical to serve to a crowd. Also, turkeys didn’t provide milk
like cattle, or edible eggs, so slaughtering one for its considerable meat just made sense to
North American homesteaders.  

As you know, we have been feverishly putting together the Winter/Spring 2024 Program
Guide for you. We hope to have it online by mid-December. Look for it there.  

FGCU Academy wishes you and your families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend.
We look forward to seeing you all again after the holiday.  

Everyone is invited and welcome to take classes at ANY of our locations. Make sure to
register early as space can be limited.  

For assistance with registration – call our office (239) 434-4737, and we will be more
than happy to assist you.



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November Daily Calendar  
TRAVEL 2024 Brochures are Now Available  
Day Trips & Special Events  
December Daily Calendar  

For assistance with registration – Call 239.434.4737  

FGCU Academy 2024 Travel Open House  
Join FGCU Academy online as we formally unveil our 2024 travel excursions including
Kenya & Tanzania, Iceland, Southern Italy & Sicily, Scotland, Provincial France, New
Zealand and Southeast Asia. This year we also are featuring two remarkable river cruises,
Sensations of Lyon & Provence and Jewels of the Rhine. Nine exciting and luxurious tours
are planned for the upcoming travel season starting in May 2024, and we invite you to learn
about them all. Through unique and interesting itineraries, participants experience life outside
the classroom, visit historic sites with local guides, experience another culture – its customs,
cuisine, language and history – and delight in conversation and laughter with fellow explorers
who share a love of travel and a sense of adventure.
@ TwinEagles | November 20 | 4 – 5:30 pm
@ Bentley Village | November 21 | 10 – 11:30 am  

Free to everyone…          


Miami Millionaire’s Row™ Boat Cruise & Bayside Marketplace
@ Miami |
December 12 | 8 am – 6 pm  

Enjoy a fully-narrated 90-minute cruise and enjoy spectacular views of Biscayne Bay,
the Miami Skyline, Port of Miami, Fisher Island, Miami Beach and Millionaire’s Row™ –
the Homes of the Rich and Famous™. Soft drinks, cocktails and light snacks are available
for purchase. A modern yacht offers the utmost comfort and style. Each vessel features an
air-conditioned lower salon enclosed in picture windows, as well as an upper-deck where
you can take in the fresh ocean breeze and an awning that will protect you from direct sun-
light and light seasonal showers. After the cruise, enjoy time for some lunch and shopping
at the Bayside Marketplace, one of Miami’s most popular destinations. Departure information
will be emailed 3 days prior to trip. Itineraries are subject to change.
No refunds within 10 business days of departure.  

See a sample of what is coming over the next weeks
click on any title below for more information    

Monday November 20
King George III
Whatever Happened to the World’s Fair?  

Thursday November 23

Monday November 27
General Black Jack Pershing
Five Eyes: Global Espionage, Eavesdropping and the Collection of Communications
Climate Change – Sources and Solutions  

Tuesday November 28
iPhone/iPad Apps: Apple Mail and Safari
Mary Queen of Scots  

Wednesday November 29
A Stunning Race: The Kennedy-Nixon Presidential Campaign 1960
Computer and Internet Security for Desktops, Laptops, Phones and Tablets  

Thursday November 30
Britain: The Morning Star of the Reformation
iPhone/iPad Apps: Camera and Taking Great Photos  

Friday December 1
The Woman Question – Should They Vote!
Nuclear Power – The Essential Component in a Strategy to Mitigate Climate Change  

FALL Movie Series


International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (3 films)    

2:00 pmSundays at Naples Center  

Pre-registration is strongly suggested – We sold out for November Movie  

International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (3 films)  

About Elly – December 10 – (Iran, 2009, Drama, Rated PG, 119 min)  
A young teacher on a vacation to northern Iran with three middle-class families
goes missing before she is able to be introduced to a suitor.  

Bring FGCU Academy to Your Community      

If you would like to have FGCU Academy provide programs at your community,
click below and send us an email with your information: who the contact person is,
their email and phone number along with name of your community. We will be happy
to reach out and discuss the possibilities with them.  

Schedule a Private Education Session for Your Community!      

Travel The World With FGCU Academy
Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living  

View our 2024  

Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now  
click on the link above to view now

FGCU Academy Travel 2024 
Call for More Info – 239-434-4838 
View Travel Brochures Below

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania,
August 13-28, 2024 
16 days for $11,196  

“On safari” … it’s one of the most alluring phrases in all of travel. And Kenya and
Tanzania count among the most alluring places to be “on safari.” As our small group
travels from grasslands to highlands, to reserves and national parks, we enjoy intimate
game drives, see stupendous landscapes, stay in excellent accommodations, and meet
gracious local people.   

View Brochure

Exploring Iceland,
August 15-25, 2024  
11 days for $6,692  

It’s a surprising, even astonishing land; one of massive glaciers and rumbling volcanoes,
bubbling mud holes and powerful waterfalls; hugely abundant bird life and just 340,000
people; and where the sun never sets for six splendid weeks. It’s also perfect for exploring
in a small group, as we discover traveling the breadth of the country and getting an up-close
view of this natural “wonderland.”   

View Brochure

Southern Italy & Sicily,
September 4-18, 2024  
15 days for $6,674  

Delight in a special exploration of Italy’s southern climes, from striking Sicily and the
breathtaking Amalfi Coast to unheralded Apulia, the alluring “boot heel” where a vivid
history, unique architecture, and bountiful plains join the sun and sea in creating a prized
(and crowd-free) region. Add Italian hospitality, outstanding cuisine, and notable lodgings
for la dolce vita, small-group style.   

View Brochure

Scotland: Highlands & Islands,
September 9-20, 2024  
12 days for $5,896  

“My heart’s in the Highlands,” said Robert Burns – as will you, as we travel from city to
country, mainland to island, on this sweet journey. From loch to loch and glen to glen, we
encounter stunning natural beauty and welcoming clans, while city life serves up the color-
ful past – and cosmopolitan present.  

View Brochure

Sensations of Lyon & Provence 2024 River Cruise
September 17 – 28, 2024
12 days from $5,469    

It is no surprise that the South of France is recognized as the birthplace of photography, its
unrivaled beauty includes the finest examples of French 15th-century architecture, with
Roman ruins and sun-soaked vineyards nestled at the foot of colossal mountain ranges. Spend
three nights in Nice along the stunning French Riviera and enjoy a visit to Monte Carlo, play-
ground of the rich and famous. Sail the Rhône and Saône Rivers while exploring ports of call
in Chalon-sur-Saône, Lyon, Tournon, Viviers, Avignon and Arles, all the while experiencing
the rich history and picturesque beauty of Southern France.  

View Brochure

Jewels of the Rhine, 2024 River Cruise
September 20 – 30, 2024
11 days from $4,925  

Enjoy a cruise on the romantic Rhine River where UNESCO World Heritage sites, gothic
cathedrals in Cologne and Strasbourg, historic fortresses, and picturesque canals greet you
in the various ports of call. Sail through the scenic Rhine Gorge and experience the beauty
and splendor of the Rhine. Along with the two-night stay in Lucerne, Switzerland, set against
the dramatic Swiss Alps, you’ll have an amazing holiday on this adventure with Mayflower
Cruises and Tours.  

View Brochure

Provincial French Countryside,
September 27-October 11, 2024 
15 days for $6,297  

Experience the beauty, allure, and hospi­tality of provincial France, at an easy pace and in a unique
style. Anchored by stays in vibrant Toulouse and enchanting Paris, the journey ­features diverse
Languedoc, the remote Dordogne, the lovely Loire Valley, and historic Normandy as we stay in
charming rural inns and small country hotels. It’s a small group tour de force!   

View Brochure

New Zealand Adventure,
October 10-25, 2024  
16 days for $8,124  

It’s a tale of two islands as our small group journeys from New Zealand’s North to its South,
through lively cities and pristine fiords, past lush farmland and enchanted forests in a land
where the outdoors is the national shrine. Add engaging “Kiwis” and intriguing indigenous
cultures – it’s a pure New Zealand experience.   

View Brochure

Southeast Asia Odysseys,
October 31-November 18, 2024 
19 days for $7,597  

Engaging, diverse, intriguing … This just begins to describe Southeast Asia and our small
group odyssey. We cruise the Mekong through Laos; explore the spectacular – Angkor Wat –
and the sublime – Ha Long Bay; and engage with local farmers and hill tribespeople on this
comprehensive, well-paced adventure  

View Brochure      


FGCU Academy Needs Your Support Today to Ensure that Our Critical Mission of
Senior Education and Enrichment Continues!  

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the 2023 Season—Learning,
Growing, Sharing, Socializing. I am excited to welcome you this year to the new FGCU
Naples Center, which is located at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd N, Suite 330 in Naples. Also,
we have two new locations in Lee County, Pelican Landing in Bonita Springs and the
FGCU Kleist Center on main campus. As always, both locations are open to all our students.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a few
minutes to consider donating to ensure our continued success. All amounts make a difference
in strengthening the work we do in the community.  

Your gift will allow the Academy to offer more than 1,500 diverse and fascinating programs at
more than fifteen locations throughout SWFL. Please visit our website to review the rich and
varied programmatic offerings that are available this year. Through our mission we promise to
enrich the lives, minds and social well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors
during our 2023 season.  

Donate online at  

I am grateful for your consideration to support this vital community outreach program this year.  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program soon. Please contact me directly at 
[email protected] or 239-434-4838 with questions or to learn more.  

In gratitude, John J. Guerra Director of FGCU Academy


FGCU Academy
Collier / Lee / Charlotte

704 Goodlette-Frank Rd N
Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  


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