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Register for a Day Trip with FGCU Academy!    

Greetings, FGCU Academy has so many new lectures this year that have been so exciting.
Why not come join us for a few?    




Call our offices anytime for assistance at 239.434.4737    

Featured Classes for Week of February 05 – Feb 9  

Click on any topic below to learn more.

Apple Watch Tips, Tricks and Secrets of the New Watch OS 10
February 5 | 10:30- 12 pm Monday
Naples Center / Online via Zoom  

Join this lecture-style presentation as we explore the many features
of the Apple Watch. It’s not just about telling time, it’s about phone
calls, email messages, maps, music, photos, health tracking, Apple
Pay, fall detection and so much more.

Debunking Myths About Dietary Supplements
February 6 | 10 – 11:30 am Tuesday
Brooks Enrichment Center  

Have you struggled with all the marketing hype and contradicting
information on the internet regarding the use of dietary supplements?
Which products are best for your individual health needs and why?
At the end of this presentation attendees will be able to identify how
to purchase a high-quality dietary supplement and discuss the pros/
cons of several categories of popular supplements (e.g., osteoarthritis
pain, high cholesterol, bone health, sleep health, general health, prostate
health, more).

Diversity and Unity
February 7 | 10 – 11:30 am
Wednesday Naples Center / Online via Zoom
How can we forge unity in a world that is deeply polarized? Historically, this
was done well by an organization named Moral Re-Armament. They were
masterful at reconciling the political left and right, unions and management,
and East and West. They were extremely successful in hundreds of situations
in the 1940s and 1950s. This lecture presents how they did it and invites part-
icipants to think about developing an equivalent approach for modern times.     


Flagler Mansion and Gilded Age Tea Lunch
February 13 | 8 – 6pm
West Palm Beach  

This tour offers participants the opportunity to visit the mansion of
Henry Flagler, the man single-handedly responsible for developing
the East Coast of Florida. Whitehall, the 60,000 square-foot home
that he built in Palm Beach as a wedding present for his wife, was
described in 1902 by the New York Herald as “more wonderful than
any palace in Europe, grander and more magnificent than any other
private dwelling in the world.” Included are transportation, driver
gratuity, and a docent-led tour of the mansion’s first floor and lunch.
Departure information will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip.

Itineraries are subject to change.

Vizcaya Museum Tour with Lunch
March 6 | 7:30 – 6:30 pm

Vizcaya was created as James Deering’s subtropical winter home in the 1910s
and today it is a National Historic Landmark and accredited museum. Vizcaya
is beautiful and serene. It is also a place of intellectual stimulation, compelling
us to consider the relationships between native and foreign, old and new and
natural and designed. Vizcaya has been described as “the finest private house
ever built in America,” “a jewel among Miami’s skyscrapers and subdivisions”
and “some Noah’s Ark of decorative arts” with its exteriors offering the “manic
tranquility of the great European folly gardens.” Included are transportation,
driver gratuity and a docent-led tour of portions of the collection. A box lunch
is also included. Departure information will be emailed 3 days prior to the trip.

Itineraries are subject to change..    

The Week Ahead  

Monday February 5
Navajo Code Talkers  

Tuesday February 6
Five Great American Presidents
The Chicago 8 Conspiracy Trial  

Wednesday February 7
How the Modern Bible Came to Be
The Invisibility of Social Issues in Southwest Florida  

Thursday February 8
The A to Zzz’s of Sleep Health
The Free State of Florida: Really? What About Responsibility?  

Friday February 9
“The Letter” by Former Intelligence Officials on the Hunter Biden Laptop
Russian “Sleeper” Spies: The Illegals Program
The Pentagon Papers in the Ellsberg Trial      

The Arlington, Naples (AR)
Aston Gardens, North Naples (AG)
Bentley Village, North Naples (BV)
Bonita Bay Community Assoc., Bonita (BB)
Brooks Enrichment Center, Bonita (BR)
The Collaboratory, Ft. Myers (CO)
Cypress Cove, Ft. Myers (CC)
FGCU Main Campus, Ft. Myers (FG)
Grey Oaks Country Club, Naples (GR)
Hideaway Beach Club, Marco island (HB)
The Island Country Club, Marco island (IC)
Moorings Park Grande Lake, Naples (GL)
Moorings Park at Grey Oaks, Naples (GO)
Moorings Park Original Campus, Naples (MP)
Naples Center, Naples (NC)
Siena Lakes, North Naples (SL)
The TwinEagles Club, North Naples (TE)
United Church of Marco Island, Marco (UC)
Wyndemere Country Club, Naples (WC)  

(see page 4 of the Winter-Spring 2024 Program Guide for location addresses)    

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2024 Travel Open House Presentation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

FGCU Academy is ready to serve the SWFL community for the Winter-Spring 2024
Season—Learning, Growing, Sharing and Socializing. With nearly 700 programs at
more than nineteen locations, there is something for everyone. If we have had the
opportunity to meet in person or if you have heard me speak, I hope I was able to
share with you my passion about FGCU Academy and its mission to provide life-
long learning and enrichment to the SWFL community. I believe it is critical to our
well-being to keep exploring new avenues for growth to keep our minds engaged in
our past, present and future.   

Since we are a non-credit programmatic offering, Florida Gulf Coast University
can provide $0.00 of support to the Academy. We must be financially self-sustaining.  

The fact is that the revenue generated through memberships and program fees provides for
only 50% of our annual operating costs. Additionally, our attendance has not yet returned
to pre-pandemic levels, so revenue is much lower than in the past.   

As an educator, I find myself slightly uncomfortable talking about the financial needs of
the Academy beyond thanking everyone for their participation. But, this year and for the
near future, it is important that I find the words to ask for additional support through phil-
anthropic donations.  

Our passion keeps us moving forward and your donations will do the same. Please take a
moment to consider a year-end donation 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 1,000 diverse and fascinating programs
at more than twenty locations throughout SWFL. Through our mission we promise to enrich
the lives, minds and social well-being of more than 10,000 SWFL adults and seniors that
participate in our programs each year.   

or mail your donation to
FGCU Academy
704 Goodlette Frank Road North, Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102  

I look forward to seeing you at a FGCU Academy program in 2024. 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

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


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