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.

Groups of members with common interests meet regularly during the season in homes of members and elsewhere.  Interest groups provide opportunities for education, self-development, socialization, and involvement in the branch. All members are welcome to participate in all Special Interest Groups. Members are welcome to create additional special interest groups for membership involvement.

Fiction/Non-Fiction Book Group – Chair: Susan Becker
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. To join contact Susan Becker at smmsbecker@gmail.com. 

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: clegg115@earthlink.net.

Great Decisions –  Co-Chair: Donna Carty, donnacarty400@gmail.com or 239-784-7734 and Co-Chair: Carol Light, calight@embarqmail.com or (239) 404-9105

Members discuss, debate and gain insights about US foreign policy issues.  This interactive program utilizes the US Foreign Policy Association’s Great Decisions briefing book. 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 2020 Great Decisions Briefing Book: donnacarty400@gmail.com 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!   The group normally meets in the evening on the second Thursday of the month. Contact Nancy Beights at nancybeights@gmail.com.

Movie and a Meal Group – Chair: Jean Driscoll
This group goes to matinee movies on the third 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, jeandris39@gmail.com.