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Monthly Luncheons

Luncheons usually occur on the second Thursday of the month and are held at the
Audubon Country Club or the DeRomo's Banquet Room.

The list below shows the dates and topics.

Click below for additional information on each speaker or to make a reservation. 

    • November 10, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Audubon Country Club - 625 Audubon Blvd., Naples
    • 111
    Register

    “Why Me”?

    MCA member Mel Zahn tells his
    incredible kidnapping story for the first time


    The FBI never found the answer; however, Mel has his own answer as to his kidnapping and the threat of imminent death.  He will tell you his theory along with his planned escape after three days in captivity.  He will tell you why he turned down appearances on the Dick Cavett show, the Wally Phillips Show, and Late Night with Ted Koppel and more.

    You will hear the evidence he left at each place he was taken and why the thugs pleaded guilty.  

    Join Mel for a return to the scene he has not visited since 1973.

    • December 08, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • DeRomas - 26795 S Bay Dr #170, Bonita Springs
    • 109
    Register


    How an Antique NYC Fire Helmet Brought Jerry Sanford to NYC the Day Before 9/11

    In 2021 Jerry co-authored a best seller novel, “It Started With a Helmet”. The story recounts him finding an antique FDNY helmet in Naples, Florida. The journey includes him attending an event in the South Bronx on behalf of North Collier Fire District, Jerry flew out of New York City the morning of September 11th, 2001 mere hours before the attack on the World Trade Center. He returned to New York City five days later and spent one month in the FDNY Press Office coordinating press with the major network news affiliates which published and broadcast the accounts around the world.

    In 2003, Jerry was asked by Collier County officials to join a movement to build a lasting Freedom Memorial in Naples, Florida to remember the innocent people killed on September 11th and all the members of the armed forces who have fought and died for our freedom. A Collier County Freedom Memorial task force was formed and the fundraising began. After many years, the Freedom Memorial was finally funded and dedicated on September 9th, 2016.

    About the Speaker - Jerry Sanford

    Born and raised on Staten Island in New York City, Jerry joined the United States Navy and served from 1956 to 1962. He joined the New York City Police Department in 1965 and transferred to the New York City Fire Department in 1968, where he worked in various fire companies throughout his 29 year career. During his tenure at FDNY, he transferred into the Fire Department Press Office in 1991 and was appointed Press Secretary to the Fire Commissioner one year later. He retired from the FDNY in 1997 and relocated to Naples Florida in January 2000. He failed at retirement and was hired by the North Naples Fire District as their Public Information Officer in the spring of 2000.

    Attending an event in the South Bronx on behalf of North Collier Fire District, Jerry flew out of New York City the morning of September 11th, 2001, mere hours before the attack on the World Trade Center. He returned to New York City five days later and spent one month in the FDNY Press Office coordinating press with the major network news affiliates which published and broadcast the accounts around the world.

    In March of 2001, Jerry formed the Gulf Coast Retired Firefighters Association and was President for six years.

    In 2003, Jerry was asked by Collier County officials to join a movement to build a lasting Freedom Memorial in Naples, Florida to remember the innocent people killed on September 11th and all the members of the armed forces who have fought and died for our freedom. A Collier County Freedom Memorial task force was formed and the fundraising began. After many years, the Freedom Memorial was finally funded and dedicated on September 9th, 2016. It stands, surrounded by commemorative bricks, in the Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park at Golden Gate Parkway and Goodlette Frank Road.

    • January 12, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Audubon - 625 Audubon Blvd., Naples
    • 116
    Register

    2023: Climbing Walls of Worry:

    Economic and Market Forecasts

    presented by

    Michael Farr - President and Founder of Farr, Miller, and Washington and MSNBC

    2022 was a year unlike any other, with a lingering global pandemic producing economic uncertainty, threats abound as labor dislocations continue, supply chains still adjust, and inflation on the rise. Michael Farr will deliver his insights into current market conditions and a forecast of the probable, plausible, and possible paths forward. The economy has changed dramatically, and investors are presented with new opportunities as well as new threats. Michael's message is that Discipline, Diversification, and Patience are the watchwords as you forge your investment future.

    About the Presenter

    Michael K. Farr is President and founder of Farr, Miller & Washington, LLC. He is Chairman of the Investment Committee and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the firm. Prior to founding FMW, he spent six years with Alex. Brown & Sons where he was a Principal, and previously worked at Wheat First Securities. He is a graduate of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

    Mr. Farr is the longest Contributor to CNBC. He has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, NBC’s Nightly News, CNN, BloombergTV, Reuters and the Nightly Business Report, is heard on Associated Press Radio, CBS Radio and National Public Radio, and been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Washington Post and USA Today. His market blogs can be found on CNBC.com, HuffingtonPost.com and Politico.com. He is the author of A Million Is Not Enough, The Arrogance Cycle, and Restoring Our American Dream: The Best Investment.

    Mr. Farr is founding Chairman of the Sibley Memorial Hospital Foundation, a Trustee of Sibley Memorial Hospital, Chairman of the Board of HEROES, Inc., a former Trustee of Sewanee, The University of the South; a former Vice Chairman of the Board of the Salvation Army; former member of the Board of Trustees of Ford’s Theatre; former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Nation’s Capitol Progress Foundation; former Chairman of the Board of the Paul Berry Academic Scholarship Foundation, as well as a former member of the Board of the Neediest Kids.


    • February 09, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Audubon Country Club - 625 Audubon Blvd., Naples
    • 117
    Register

    State of the Art Research into Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias

    Arthur Levine, MD 

    100 million Americans have a neurological disease or disorder; the annual cost of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other dementias, stroke, epilepsy, migraine, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS ( Lou Gehrig’s disease ), and traumatic brain injury totals $800 billion in care. Lost productivity, both for the patient and the family care-giver , makes this cost at least a trillion. The psychological cost, of course, is immeasurable. Many of these illnesses have their origin in our genes and the genetic blueprint is present at birth, even if symptoms do not emerge for decades. Moreover, twice during life (infancy and adolescence) the brain demonstrates extraordinary plasticity - including rapid cellular proliferation, network expansion, and network contraction, and these are critical periods in which our environment and experiences carry out the blueprint’s construction.

    The most prevalent and worst of these illnesses may be Alzheimer’s, given its lengthy chronicity and deterioration - robbing the patient of cognition and memory -  and the greatest risk factor for this disease is age. As we live longer, the risk increases dramatically; almost six million Americans have AD currently (1 in 10 people over 65).  It is typically diagnosed at 65+ years, but we now know that AD starts 10-20 years before the earliest symptoms.

    Dr. Levine, along with a large group of researchers, is studying all possible causes of AD: genetics, hypertension, latent diabetes, sleep deprivation, systemic inflammation, environmental factors, defects in vision and hearing, and viruses. They are also focused on Covid “long haulers”, speculating that some may eventuate with AD, given the presence of this virus in the brain. He will share the latest findings with us.


    • March 09, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • DeRomo’s Banquet Hall
    • 117
    Register

    Overview and Update of Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)

    Steven Hennigan

    Executive Director of the Aviation Division

    and Chief Operating Officer for the Lee County Port Authority


    RSW served more than 10.3 million passengers in 2021 and is one of the top 50 U.S. airports for passenger traffic. RSW is expanding its terminal to improve on airport efficiency and provide passengers with more amenities and options.

    Plans for the $331 million dollar Terminal Expansion Project include consolidating the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints into a new 16-lane configuration and providing additional seating, concession spaces and a business lounge. In total, more than 164,000 square feet of space will be remodeled, and 117,000 square feet of new walkways and concession space will be added to the airport terminal. Mr. Hennigan will update us on this project and its impact on the travel experience at RSW. Included will be future expansion projects to handle the anticipated growth and the Skyplex development land at RSW. 

    Steven Hennigan is the deputy executive director of the Aviation Division and chief operating officer for the Lee County Port Authority, operator of Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers, Fla. Hennigan is responsible for the fiscal, administrative and operational oversight of the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Department, Airport Police Department, aviation security & technology, contract management, maintenance, operations & safety, as well as Base Operations at Page Field.

    Hennigan joined the Lee County Port Authority in May of 2021 bringing more than 20 years of experience in aviation and leadership. Prior to joining LCPA, he was chief of operations for the Houston Airport System (HAS), where he managed operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), along with oversight of operational processes and procedures for both airports.

    • April 20, 2023
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Audubon Country Club - 625 Audubon Blvd, Naples
    • 117
    Register

    WGCU’s 5 Year Plan of Growth

    presented by

    Corey Lewis

    General Manager of WGCU


    Corey Lewis joined WGCU as general manager in May of 2021. WGCU has embarked on a five-year plan to grow the NPR and PBS portfolio of programs with a new emphasis on locally originated content.  Corey will describe why this strategy runs counter to that of commercial media, which are under tremendous pressure to deliver value to shareholders while scaling back under a changing advertising economy.  As a non-profit public broadcaster, WGCU’s only mission is to serve this community while being sustained by the audience. WGCU’s expansion starts with the local radio newsroom, investigative reporting, and in-depth reporting on the website and through podcasts.  Their TV services are expanding through local news and more of the beloved Untold Stories local series that reveals the deep and rich history of Southwest Florida. Corey will discuss the progress they are making to meet this plan.

    About the Presenter

    Lewis spent the first 18 years of his career in commercial TV in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Connecticut and Rhode Island. In 2002 he joined WBUR, the public radio station on the Boston University campus, as director of corporate support and development and then served as station manager for 15 years.

     On joining WGCU, he settled in North Naples with his wife, two sons, and everyone’s favorite member of the family, Emmy the Australian Labradoodle.             

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