Interest Groups

Branch Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

NOTE: Dates of meetings and locations of all Special Interest Groups appear on the “Special Interest Group Calendar” Tab.

Small groups with common interests meet regularly (October through April/May) in homes of members and elsewhere.  Interest groups provide opportunities for education, self-development, socialization, and involvement in the branch. Members are welcome to create other special interest groups for membership involvement.

Book Discussion – Fiction/Non-Fiction Book Group – Chair: Susan Becker, 239-261-7798
Susan Becker facilitates this group. It meets year round on the second Friday of the month at 1 pm. Year-round residents meet during the summer at an Old Naples restaurant.

Non-Fiction Discussion Group – Chair: Karen Clegg, 239-649-3913 or 913-488-7707
This book club reads serious non-fiction. Generally, the book club meets on the last Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Government Center on Orange Blossom Road, with some exceptions for date and locations, which are noted on the Special Interest Groups Calendar. For more information, contact Karen:

Great Decisions –  Co-Chair: Donna Carty, or 239-784-7734 and Co-Chair: Carol Light, or 239-353-2189
Members discuss, debate and gain insights about US foreign policy issues.  This interactive program utilizes the book “Turkey – A Partner in Crisis.”  Discussions are led by member volunteers.  New members are welcome to join.  Contact group Co_Chair Donna Carty with any questions and for information on how to order the 2018 Great Decisions Briefing Book: or 239-784-7743.

Non-Sequitur – Chair: Nancy Beights
The NonSequiturs are a group of interesting women, with a wide diversity of beliefs, even on the topic we are discussing!  We all want to hear what you have to say, and we know how to disagree without being disagreeable.  We learn from each other, and always have a great time together.  That’s what smart women do!   Contact Nancy Beights at

Movie and a Meal Group – Chair: Jean Driscoll
This group goes to matinee movies on the second Wednesday of the month (normally) at Silverspot or Paragon. Those who have expressed interest in this group receive an email on the Thursday or Friday before the outing with information about newly released movie choices.  The members of the group vote on the movies and whether to lunch before or after. We have a good time! To join the group, contact Jean Driscoll,