Dear Members:

I hope you had an enjoyable and memorable summer. We did not do our usual traveling as my Mother was in failing health and passed at age ninety-one. While in Sarasota, I was bombarded with political advertising from certain candidates. I was struck that the number one topic of contention was education. The political climate in Florida seems to be all about education these days.

As Phi Beta Kappa graduates we want an educational system that is second to none. We want students at all levels to have a premier education and to become productive and knowledgeable citizens.


The Association’s Events for 2014/2015 are as follows:

Please note that guests and non-members are welcome at all events, as our programs are open to the general public. All luncheon events start at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Bradenton Country Club in Bradenton, FL

Margie Sanfilippo, a PBK professor and Associate Dean of Faculty at Eckerd College will give a PowerPoint presentation on the founding and history of PBK, followed by a group discussion on the state of education today. We would love to hear from our members what PBK has meant to them.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the Field Club in Sarasota, FL

Judith Rock, local resident and author, will discuss the life and times of Charles du Luc, the fictional hero of her delightful series of murder mysteries set in Louis XIV era France.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Venetian Golf and Country Club in Venice, FL

Beth Mattison, Selby Education Fellow of the Ringling Museum, will lead us in a visual exploration “Re: Purposed Art,” the use of unorthodox materials many consider disposable to create extraordinary works of art, the understanding of the medium and the major themes expressed. This talk is timely as the Ringling will be hosting a special exhibit of Re: Purposed Art.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - Theatre Night and Catered Dinner by Carrabba's

The Tony-Award winning musical comedy, "Hairspray" performed by the talented students at Booker High School with a catered dinner before the show. Dinner starts at 5 p.m., followed by the musical at 7 p.m.

If you are not a member of our Association and would like to attend one of our Events, please contact Treasurer Lynne Todd at (941) 727-5409.