About the CLL
The Center for Lifelong Learning [CLL] was established in 1993 as the "Senior Center for Lifelong Learning." Its purpose was to serve the educational interests of the senior community in the Fort Walton Beach area, although there was no criteria for who qualified as a "senior." To include the entire adult population in our area the word senior was dropped from the title as unnecessary.
Our organization is a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI). Throughout the nation, hundreds of LLIs are joined in an organization called the Road Scholar Institute Network (RSIN), formerly the Elderhostel Institute Network (EIN).The renamed network is a voluntary association of more than 400 Lifelong Learning Institutes (LLIs) across the country. RSIN is funded by Road Scholar, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational travel and lifelong learning opportunities for adults. The organization of each LLI is entirely the option of the people setting up the program at each campus. The CLL has the distinction of being one of the few all-volunteer programs in the country.
Our students come from not only the immediate Fort Walton Beach area, but from adjacent counties and, during the January semester, from northern states and Canada. The CLL has more than 700 current members. A current member is defined as a person who has enrolled in one of the two past semesters.
|CLL Board of Directors|
|1st Vice President||Patricia "Pat" Guidry|
|2nd Vice President||Dennis "Denny" Lauer|
|Dr. Bob Carney|
|Past Co-President||Billy Walker|
|Curriculum Chair||Sharon Purvis|
|Special Events Co-Chair||Barbara Smith|
|Special Events Co-Chair,
|Registration Co-Chair||Pat Cragin|
|Computer Liaison||Jim Cooper|
|Parliamentarian and Scholarship||Bob Garcia|
|Historian/Photos, Planning/Academic Review||Bob Kitahara|
|Historian Co-Chair||Susan Roberts|
|Publicity Co-Chair||Patricia Guidry|
|Programmer/IT Liaison||Cindy Barker|
|(Curriculum, Web Pages, Social Media)||Dolores Noechel|
|Catalog and Database Programmer, Webmaster||Dr. Hal Pruett|
|Nominating Committee||Patricia Guidry|
|Secretary Assistant||Shirley Gallinger|