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May 2023  
FGCU Academy Joke of the Day  
Greetings, Why was the broom late? (see below for answer)  

EVENTS that occurred on this date:  
-First inaugural ball in U.S.– 1789
-Haworth Parsonage was the recipient of the first copies of the Brontë sisters’ Poems– 1846
-American Medical Association founded– 1847
-The first Naval Academy Band arrived at the United States Naval Academy– 1853
-Wagon-mounted fire escape ladder patented– 1878
The R.M.S. Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Ireland
and sank with a loss of 1,198 lives, including 139 Americans, bringing the U.S. and
Germany to the brink of war (WW I)– 1915
-First exhibit by “Group of Seven” artists– 1920
-The world’s first projection planetarium installed, Deutsches Museum,
Munich, Germany– 1925
-9.4-inch-long, 14-pound pearl reportedly collected on this day from giant clam at
Palawan Island, Philippines– 1934
-Glenn Miller recorded “Chattanooga Choo Choo” – 1941
-President Ford declared an end to the Vietnam War– 1975
-Bigfoot reported seen in Hollis, NH– 1977
-Canadian-bred Sunny’s Halo won the Kentucky Derby– 1983
-27th U.S. Amendment ratified– 1992
-Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns was named MVP for the 2005-06 basketball season.
He became the 9th player in NBA history to receive the honor in back-to-back seasons– 2006
-282 people carried water jugs on their heads (in Toronto), setting a world record– 2011  

Mark your calendars: Remember the Lusitania!  
Lecture by Dr. Gerald Franz – September 12, 2023 at The Brooks Commons Club at 1:30pm.  

We have a great week ahead for you.

See below  

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

Joke of the day answer: It over swept!  


Pages Word Processor for the iPhone/iPad/Mac
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake
May 11 | 2-3 pm
Learn the fundamentals of Microsoft Windows 11 in this lecture-style presentation.
This lecture is designed for those who have used Windows before and are interested
in upgrading or learning about the new Windows 11 operating system. If you have
just bought a new computer with Windows 11, have upgraded, or are going to upgrade,
this presentation is for you. Join us as we make Windows 11 easy to use and understand.

Guantanamo – History Revisited
@ Commons Club at The Brooks
May 11 | 10 – 11:30 am  

History, geography, and demographics gave us Guantanamo. Most Americans know
it simply as “GTMO.” This lecture discusses how and why the U.S. acquired the base.
Topics: Cuban War of Independence; Havana and the USS Maine; Spanish-American
War, Battle of Guantanamo Bay; Cuban Independence; Cuban-American treaties.

Part 2 – Your Florida Government
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom
May 18 | 1:30 – 3 pm  

How are the Legislative Branch, Executive Branch and Judicial Branch organized and
what do they do? Who do we elect and how much are they paid? How long can they serve?
This lecture answers these questions and more. Whether you are a new or a long-time
resident, understanding our Florida government will help you be a more informed voter.



CLICK HERE – May Daily Calendar

Call us for assistance with registration – 239.434.4737


Free Gift with Purchase of a Membership  
When you purchase a membership, you are supporting lifelong learning in the SWFL
community. As a token of our appreciation, we have a free gift for all those who
Moviepurchase a membership, in-person or online. 
Visit the FGCU Naples Center at 704 Goodlette Frank Rd North to receive your free gift.  

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!  

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

Monday May 8
Beautiful, Flowering Orchids: How to Make Yours Thrive and Grow!
Climate Change – Sources and Solutions  

U.S. Gymnast Abuse Scandal and FBI Failures
Whatever Happened to the Great American Railroad?  

Wednesday Optimal Nutrition for Enhanced Mental Health  

The Great Private Sector Space
RaceLove and Treachery – Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson    

Travel The World With FGCU Academy

Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living  

View our Pre-Recorded Travel Open House Presentation Now

View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days
It’s a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity;
a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating.
This well-crafted tour features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life,
and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa.

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September 1 – 15, 2023 | 15 days
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet.
From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes,
and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering
us an unparalleled small group experience.  

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September 10 – 26, 2023 | 17 days
Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks,
iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas –
it all awaits on this singular small group journey from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in
vibrant Barcelona.

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September 14 – 28, 2023 | 15 days 
Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture –
and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb
and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik,
we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 28 – October 9, 2023 | 12 days
Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily is
all this, and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey around this Italian island. It’s
lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man – and of nature, hospitable people and delectable
cuisine … a feast for all the senses.

View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
October 14 – 25, 2023 | 12 days 
Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality.
From modern Tel Aviv to scen­ic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem,
“City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this extraordinary and
holy land, with a five-night stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.    

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

Travel Brochures will be available Summer 2023

Moroccan Discovery,
May 12-27, 2024    
This land of dramatic contrasts invites us to encounter its ancient ruins and sacred mosques,
endless desert and storied mountains, imposing kasbahs and spirited souks. As we travel from the imperial
cities of Rabat, Fez, and Marrakech to the High Atlas and vast Sahara, we open our eyes, and hearts, to a
truly foreign land, an age-old culture, and genuinely hospitable people. 

Classic Safari: Kenya & Tanzania, August 13-28, 2024   
“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.

Exploring Iceland, August 15-25, 2024    
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.” 

Southern Italy & Sicily, September 4-18, 2024    
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. 

Scotland: Highlands & Islands, September 9-20, 2024    
 “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 colorful past – and cosmopolitan present.

Provincial French Countryside, September 27-October 11, 2024   
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! 

New Zealand Adventure, October 10-25, 2024    
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.

Southeast Asia Odysseys, October 31-November 18, 2024   
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    


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  

239-434-4737   [email protected]
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