Meet the CLL
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 never a minimum age for enrollees, we later changed our name to simply "Center fof Lifelong Learning." The new title removes the implication that age is a factor.
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. RSIN is funded by Road Scholar, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational travel and lifelong learning opportunities for adults. The CLL has the distinction of being one of the few all-volunteer programs in the country.
Our courses encompass a wide spectrum of topics. For our September semester, we typically offer at least fifty courses. During the January semester, when many visiting Snowbirds enroll, the number of courses offered may reach seventy-five, or more, and our enrollment may reach 350, or more..
Our office is located in Room 461 on the Ft. Walton Beach campus of the University of West Florida.
While Courses are in session, a CLL volunteer will be the office from 9am-noon, Monday through Friday.
You may contact the CLL Office by phone, fax, or e-mail, as follows:
Center for Lifelong Learning
University of West Florida Campus
1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
CLL Board of Directors
Vickie Warner President
Patricia “Pat” Guidry 1st Vice President Chair: Nominating Committee, Publicity Co-Chair
Dennis “Denny” Lauer 2nd Vice President
Dr. Bob Carney Treasurer, Database, Past Co-President
Jackie Youngblood Co-Treasurer, Past Co-President, Administrative
Judie Day Secretary
Cindy Barber Programmer/IT Liaison
Martha Bradford Special Events Co-Chair, Publicity Co-Chair
Jim Cooper Computer Liaison
Pat Cragin Registration Co-Chair
Gloria DeBerry Social
Bob Garcia Parliamentarian and Scholarship
Catherine Herndon Curriculum/Social
Dr. Bob Kitahara Historian/Photos, Planning/Academic Review
Bunny Klein Registration/Social
Patti Lee Curriculum/Social
Dolores Noechel Curriculum/Web Pages and Social Media
Dr. Hal Pruett Programmer, Catalog and Registration Databases
Sharon Purvis Curriculum Chair
Susan Roberts Historian Co-Chair
Bonnie Smith Curriculum/Social
Billy Walker Past Co-President
Lydia Weaver Registration
Parking: UWF parking permits are free, but you must have a permit on your car to park it in any of the UWF lots to avoid receiving a parking violation. During registration you will have an opportunity to obtain a permit for each of your vehicles.
On campus, CLL Courses are held in Buildings 3, 4, and 8. If you have a handicap permit you may park in slots that are specifically marked for handicap parking.
Other locations where classes are held do not normally require parking permits, but you may need to park in an area that is designated for "Guest" parking.
Food and drinks: Neither food nor drinks (except for bottled water) are not permitted in the classrooms. For your convenience, the campus now has a new facility called the Campus Café, located in the library building, that offers sandwiches, salads, and a variety of drinks.
Board Meetings: Our Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The meetings begin at noon and are open to all members. Normally, the Board meets in Building #4, but call 850 863-6548 to verify the location.
Committee Meetings: Committees meet at times specified by the committee chairmen. To attend a meeting, or to volunteer to help on a committee, please contact the chairperson of the desired committee. See above Board of Directors list for names of various committees.
We use our enrollment fees to pay for classroom facility rentals, registration computers, office equipment, insurance, and miscellaneous other operating expenses. After meeting these on-going expenses, we earmark much of the remainder for scholarship and charitable awards.
In the 1990s, the original CLL established an endowment for UWF students. The endowment has now given out $9,000 in scholarships to UWF Emerald Coast students. Since we become a charity in 2004, we’ve directly given out $12,000 in scholarships to UWF students and $4,000 to Northwest Florida State College (NFSC) students. In addition, we’ve donated $6,000 to Take Stock in Children and $3,000 to Children in Crisis.