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September 2022

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How prepared for retirement are you?

Greetings, Retiring – Are you really prepared? Were you lucky enough to prepare properly for retirement? Let’s discuss some things we should all do.

Organize your money to work out what you’ll have to live on
• Leading up to retirement, gradually reduce your spending so the adjustment will be easier.

Wind Down Gently
• Cut back your hours – work part time for a year. This will help you adjust your workload and allow you to fill your time in other ways.

Prepare for ups and downs
• Feeling lonely when a partner passes is normal. It can also disrupt your financial plans.
• Stay positive and make adjustments. Be prepared in advance for the financial change.

Develop a Routine
• Waking and sleeping on a schedule helps maintain a sense of normalcy.
• Planning regular activities such as volunteering exercise and hobbies give you a purpose.

Exercise your mind
• Studies show that learning in later years can help you remain independent.
• Use your free time to continue to challenge yourself mentally, whether it’s learning an instrument or a language or getting a qualification

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Eli Cohen – Israeli Master Spy
@ Aston Garden – September 19 | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Join a 30-year career law enforcement and intelligence veteran as he examines Eli Cohen, one of the most successful spies of all time. Cohen rose to such heights that he might have become the Syrian Deputy Defense Minister had he not been caught and executed. Cohen provided intelligence crucial to Israel in the Six Day War. This lecture also examines other Mossad operations (including Adolph Eichmann and U.S. spy Jonathan Pollard) and compares Mossad to other intelligence organizations. Join us for this fascinating and real-world look into the realm of international espionage.

Get Ready to Vote in the November Elections
@ Moorings Park – September 21 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake – September 23 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Election Day 2022 is November 8. In this presentation, we will review the federal, state and local offices and candidates, and the proposed amendments to the Florida constitution that will be on the ballot for Collier County voters. Join us and get a jump-start on being a more informed voter.

VENONA – Soviet Spies in America
@ Brooks Commons Club – September 21 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

During World War II and the Cold War Soviet spies and operatives infiltrated the White House, Treasury, State, DOJ, WAR, and DOD. They also penetrated our most guarded program the Manhattan Project. Fortunately, the U.S. Army had a top-secret counterintelligence project to decode Soviet Intelligence messages. Most of the cryptanalysts were women at Arlington Hall, VA. VENONA was instrumental in identifying American spies. Many were committed communists who were highly placed. We explore this program and its far-reaching impact.

Beyond Snapshots: Taking the Best Photos
@ Naples Center – September 26 | 10 – 12 p.m.

Have you ever asked yourself, “Why do all of those other photographs look better than mine?” While it is easy to tell the difference between a snapshot and a real photograph, it is not always easy to pinpoint what qualities made your picture one or the other. This composition lecture will help you identify the attributes to turn your photos into works of art.

Back by popular demand
International Film and Documentary Discussion Series (3 films)


@ Naples Center – October 16 | 2 p.m.

@ Naples Center – November 13 | 2 p.m.

@ Naples Center – December 11 | 2 p.m.

Pre-registration is strongly advised. Participants may register for the series (NC4851) or for any of the individual films. Join fellow film lovers as we watch and discuss films from around the world. Award winning, thought provoking, heart pounding and life changing cinema that will stay with you long after the credits roll.

October 16 at 2pm, Sunday
Five-year-old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.

Pain and Glory
November 13 at 2pm, Sunday
A director in the twilight of his career reflects on his life as past and present come crashing down on him in this Cannes award-winning film from Pedro Almodóvar.

As it is in Heaven
December 11 at 2pm, Sunday
A famous international conductor returns to his small childhood town in Sweden for early retirement. He’s asked to help with the church choir after which everyone’s lives will be forever changed.

Instructor: John Guerra

Apple iPhone/iPad Settings: iCloud, Notifications, Focus and More
@ Moorings Park Grande Lake – September 29 | 1 – 2 p.m.

Computer and Internet Security for Desktops, Laptops, Phones and Tablets – How to Stay Safe & Protect
@ Naples Center or Online via Zoom – September 30 | 10 -11:30 a.m.

LOOKING AHEAD – see what’s coming

• The Legacy of J.S. Bach and His Sons: Lecture & Concert
• Five Eyes: Global Espionage, Eavesdropping and the Collection of Communications Intelligence
• The Balkan Countries — Clash of Cultures
• Catherine the Great
• U.S. National Security Council: Pivotal Role in Coordinating U.S. Foreign and Defense Policy
• Influential Speeches of World War II
• Armageddon’s Only Weapon is the Sword of Truth

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2023 Travel

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

Brochures now available for all tours – see below

INSIDER’S JAPAN – 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.

UNTAMED ALASKA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
August 20 – 30, 2023 | 11 days
Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters the breadth and beauty of America’s Last Frontier.

LEGENDARY TURKEY – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

ACROSS SPAIN & PORTUGAL – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

PEARLS OF DALMATIA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
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.

CLASSIC GERMANY – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 21 – October 3, 2023 | 13 days
Classic Germany: it’s the Romantic Road and the Bavarian Alps, royal castles and half-timbered houses, charming villages and historic Nuremberg, culturally rich Munich and international Berlin. It’s history of note – and of notoriety. And we see it all on this alluring small group tour.

SICILY IN DEPTH – 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.

ISRAEL: TIMELESS WONDERS – 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 scen¬ic 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.

Support FGCU Academy | Make a Memorable Gift Now

The Academy’s program fees only cover a fraction of its operating costs. The Academy relies on the purchase of memberships and donations to carry us the rest of the way. Without your support, this vital community lifelong learning and outreach program would not be possible. Thank you for your generosity.

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Suite 330
Naples, FL 34102


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