Jan
14
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly Luncheon with Jim Cohen '86 and Mark Poag '93, the Founders of Fitz Gate Ventures

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Join us to hear from this dynamic set of Princetonians as we learn about venture capital and Princeton startups from Jim Cohen '86 and Mark Poag '93. These brilliant Tigers are the Managing Directors of Fitz Gate Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm with a focus on companies founded, managed or owned by Princeton alumni, faculty or students. Jim and Mark will discuss the tremendous strides Princeton has made in the entrepreneurship curriculum in the last 15 years, culminating in the creation of the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, and also discuss the landscape of Princeton startups they have seen.

This is an event you will not want to miss!

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Jim Cohen '86 - Jim is an experienced public company officer and director with a background in investment banking, corporate law, private equity and M&A/strategy. Jim’s career has been focused on making investments in growing businesses. In addition to graduating from Princeton, Jim earned a JD from the NYU School of Law.

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Mark Poag '93 - As a successful software entrepreneur that helped lead a company from start-up, through rapid growth, market dominance and ultimate strategic sale, Mark has first-hand experience of what it takes to start, grow and sell a successful business. In addition to graduating from Princeton, Mark earned an MBA from Tulane University and a JD from Tulane School of Law.

WHERE: Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz Carlton Resort, 2620 Tiburon Drive, Naples, FL 34109
COST: $38pp (includes plated chicken & fish entree, seasonal vegetable & starch, cookies, coffee, ice tea and lemonade - GF option available upon request)
DRESS CODE: Business Casual or Princeton Attire

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Jan
30
5:30 PM17:30

Princeton Club Lecture Series With Economist G. Scott Clemons P'90 - "Here Be Dragons: Navigating Uncharted Waters of the Economy and Financial Markets"

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"Here Be Dragons: Navigating Uncharted Waters of the Economy and Financial Markets"
by G. Scott Clemons ‘90

Join us for this exciting inaugural event of the new Princeton Club Lecture Series (just us Princetonians! …the bulldogs and crimson will have to admire from the sidelines). One of our own tigers, Scott Clemons ‘90, the Chief Investment Strategist and Managing Director of Brown Brothers Harriman, will give us his insights on the financial markets, culture and a changing world. Scott was our luncheon speaker in February 2017, and enthralled our Club with riveting talk on 15th century printing history and politics. Scott left us all wanting to hear more, and has generously agreed to join us again as the inaugural speaker in our new lecture series. Scott is a dynamic intellectual and you do not want to miss his fascinating insights. This event will be part presentation and part conversation as Scott leads us through a dialogue on historical and current topics shaping our world.


Scott Clemons joined Brown Brothers Harriman in 1990 and has held a variety of investment roles at the firm over the past 28 years. His career began in international equities, where he was an analyst and portfolio manager of European and Asian equities, working out of the firm’s New York and London offices throughout the 1990s. In 2001, Mr. Clemons broadened his responsibilities into domestic equity management and research as well, and then from 2005 through 2010 managed the New York office of the firm’s Private Wealth Management business. In 2010, he was appointed Chief Investment Strategist and is today one of the firm’s primary writers and speakers on topics related to the economy, financial markets and investing.


Mr. Clemons is a frequent contributor to print and broadcast media, appearing frequently in the pages of The Wall Street Journal and Barrons, as well as on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts and the CFA Institute. Outside of his professional interests, Mr. Clemons serves on the board of Grolier Club in New York City and as a board member of the Research Corporation for Science Advancement, the oldest foundation in the United States dedicated to basic scientific research. He is also a director of the Journal of the History of Ideas. Born and raised in Florida, he graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in classics. Mr. Clemons lives in Manhattan with his wife Karyn (Princeton ‘89), a music teacher at the Brearley School. They are proud parents of young twins.


Where: Moorings Golf & Country Club, 2500 Crayton Road, Naples, FL 34103
Cost: $15pp – Includes the cocktail reception
Dress Code: Princeton Attire or Business Casual

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Feb
11
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly Luncheon with Eleanor Herman, New York Times Bestselling Author

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New York Times best-seller Eleanor Herman will dazzle us with her historical insights and literary gems. Eleanor Herman is the author of Sex with Kings, Sex with the Queen, Mistress of the Vatican, and several other works of popular history for both adult and young adult readers. Her most recent book is The Royal Art of Poison, where she combines her unique access to royal archives with cutting-edge forensic discoveries to tell the true story of Europe’s glittering palaces: one of medical bafflement, poisonous cosmetics, ever-present excrement, festering illness, and sometimes, murder. She has hosted Lost Worlds for The History Channel, The Madness of Henry VIII for the National Geographic Channel, and is now filming her second season of America: Fact vs. Fiction for The American Heroes Channel. Herman, who also is a historical re-enactor with a collection of era-accurate gowns, lives with her husband Michael Dyment, their black lab, and her four very dignified cats in McLean, VA.

We will be joined at this exciting event by our friends from the Yale Club.

WHERE: Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz Carlton Resort, 2620 Tiburon Drive, Naples, FL 34109
COST: $38pp (includes plated chicken & fish entree, seasonal vegetable & starch, cookies, coffee, ice tea and lemonade - GF option available upon request)
DRESS CODE: Business Casual or Princeton Attire

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Mar
10
4:00 PM16:00

In Concert – Songs & Spirituals with Princetonians Kathleen Figaro ’92 (soprano) and Rick Hoffenberg ’94 (piano)

Kathleen is one of the most dynamic sopranos ever to graduate from Princeton.  Between Med School & Grad School in the late 90’s Kathleen & Rick performed a series of concerts around New York City to rave reviews.  Kathleen is now a prominent Endocrinologist (also a Yale Med School grad) and Rick is the Chair of the Music Department at Marywood University (also a Yale DMA in choral conducting).  20 years later, they are reuniting in Naples for this special concert. 

KATHLEEN FIGARO ‘92:

The exuberant lyric coloratura soprano, who grew up in Montclair, N.J., is an endocrinologist (focusing on diseases related to the glands, including diabetes, osteoporosis and thyroid diseases), but since she was a teen she's been as passionate about music as medicine.  "I love music because it brings people together," she said recently. "It affects them at the deepest levels. It's like when you have a really good relationship with a patient -- you're in true harmony.”  Dr. Figaro studied at Westminster Choir College while an undergrad at Princeton University, and at Manhattan School of Music, and has performed with numerous symphonies across the country.  Dr. Figaro graduated medical school at Yale, did a residency at Cornell in New York City, then got a master's there in epidemiology, and was an assistant professor and researcher at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.  Her husband, Alan, is from Minnesota and they have two young children.

RICK HOFFENBERG ‘94:

In 2007, Rick Hoffenberg joined the faculty of Marywood University, where he is currently Associate Professor, Director of Choral Activities, and Co-Chair of the Department of Music, Theater, and Dance. He has also been Music Director of the Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra since 2013. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Northern Iowa and Williams College. During his doctoral residency at Yale University, he served as Principal Assistant Conductor of Yale Camerata and Assistant Conductor of Simon Carrington's Schola Cantorum. Dr. Hoffenberg has spent the past twenty summers at Chautauqua Opera, where he is a pianist, coach, and assistant conductor. He has also worked for New York City Opera, BMG Classics/RCA Victor Red Seal, Columbia Artists Management, the Milken Archive, and Spoleto Festival USA. As a pianist, he has performed at Orchestra Hall in Chicago; the Music Institute of Chicago; Rockefeller Chapel in New York City; and Richardson Auditorium, Taplin Auditorium, and Bristol Chapel, all in Princeton, New Jersey. He was the state winner, division winner, and national finalist in the 1994 MTNA-Wurlitzer Piano Competition. He holds degrees from Princeton University, Yale University, and Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

You will not want to miss this incredible concert!

WHERE: Bower Chapel at Moorings Park, 120 Moorings Park Drive, Naples, FL 34105
COST: Free - RSVP required, Trey Farmer is sponsoring the concert!
DRESS CODE: Business Casual or Princeton Attire

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Mar
11
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly Luncheon with Donna McGinnis, President & CEO of the Naples Botanical Garden

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Join us for this exciting luncheon with the new President & CEO of the Naples Botanical Garden. McGinnis joined the Botanical Gardens in 2017 and is championing its next phase of development. McGinnis, previously served as the Senior Vice-President of the Missouri Botanical Garden, before coming to Naples. Prior to joining the Missouri Botanical Garden, McGinnis served as a Managing Director of the Missouri History Museum and has been an adjunct Professor at Washington University in St. Louis since 2006. She also served as a consultant to the Rome Group in St. Louis, counseling over 60 non-profit clients on strategic planning and fund-raising. She holds a masters degree in business administration and a bachelors degree in communications.

The Botanical Gardens is a beloved institution in Naples. Join us as we learn more about McGinnis and the future of the Botanical Gardens.

WHERE: Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz Carlton Resort, 2620 Tiburon Drive, Naples, FL 34109
COST: $38pp (includes plated chicken & fish entree, seasonal vegetable & starch, cookies, coffee, ice tea and lemonade - GF option available upon request)
DRESS CODE: Business Casual or Princeton Attire

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Mar
21
5:30 PM17:30

Harvard, Princeton & Yale Economic Forum

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5:30pm - Reception with wine, soft drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres
6:15pm - Presentation by Jim McDonald

We invite you to attend the annual Harvard-Princeton-Yale Economic Forum. The 2019 Investment Outlook will be presented by Jim McDonald, Chief Investment Strategist & Executive Vice President for Northern Trust. He chairs the Northern Trust Tactical Asset Allocation Committee, is a member of the Investment Policy and Private Equity Investment Committees, and is trustee of the Northern Trust Alpha Strategies and Equity Long/Short Strategies Hedge Funds. We look forward to hearing his insights on the economy and appreciate the generous support of Northern Trust in making this event possible.  This year's presentation is hosted by the Princeton Club. Before the presentation Northern Trust will be serving wine, soft drinks and delicious hors d'oeuvres. This is always a wonderful event.  We look forward to seeing you there!  

Reservations are required and seating is limited. Please RSVP now!

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WHERE: The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, Florida 34102
COST: Free - Northern Trust is sponsoring the event!
DRESS CODE: Princeton Attire or Business Casual

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Mar
30
11:30 AM11:30

Annual Meeting with Guest Speaker Andrew Ford, Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature & Professor of Classics at Princeton University

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“Aristotle vs. Trump: How well does classical rhetoric hold up in the age of the Tweet?” with Professor Ford


11:30am: Mix and Mingle (Cash Bar)
12:00pm: Lunch, Annual Meeting & Speaker

Join your fellow Club members for the Annual Meeting. Great food, drink and camaraderie with your fellow Princetonians awaits! There will be a brief business meeting, including the election of Directors and Officers. A highlight of the Annual Meeting each year is the presentation by our dashing and debonair Alumni Schools Chairman, Clay Brooker ’91, of the Junior Book Awards to outstanding high school students from our area. We are also thrilled to welcome Professor Andrew Ford, Ewing Professor of Greek Language and Literature & Professor of Classics, as he enlightens us with a talk entitled, "Aristotle vs. Trump: How well does classical rhetoric hold up in the age of the Tweet?”.  Professor Ford has inspired generations of Princetonians to study Classics not just as a major, but a lifelong pursuit.  Since joining the Princeton faculty in 1987, Professor Ford has been one of the most popular and dynamic professors on the Princeton Campus.  He has taught and published widely in Greek poetry and prose from Homer through the classical age. The focus of his research has been the history of literary criticism, especially as this involves questions of reception and social dimensions of literary history. He has published books on Homer: The Poetry of the Past and The Origins of Criticism: Literary Culture and Poetic Theory in Classical Greece, in addition to articles on these aspects of Greek literature, including “Protagoras’ Head” inAJP 115 (1994), awarded the Gildersleeve Prize. Professor Ford has a BA from Cornell and a Ph.D from Yale.  


Professor Ford comments, "My interests are in archaic and classical Greek literature, both prose and poetry, from Homer through Aristotle. Though I am always interested in delineating the specific formal and aesthetic features of ancient works, I approach texts through what I call literary history, which I conceive broadly to include the material, institutional and poetological contexts within which works of art emerge and are received.  My first book, Homer: the poetry of the past, set out the idea of poetry in Homeric epic, setting the poems' statements about song and singers in the light of traditional oral performance traditions of early Greece. My next book, The Origins of Criticism, then followed up the story through the classical age and the fourth century in particular, when I argued that Greek criticism fully assumed for the first time the aims, vocabulary and conceptual apparatus that made it useful for the Romans and still useful today. Most recently, I have been integrating my knowledge of the state of criticism in a given period and place with works of art from that place, as in Aristotle as Poet and articles on choral odes of Euripides' Helen and on the "new" dithyramb (forthcoming). Classical lyric, along with Homer, bulks large in my current research."

Sign up now as you don't want to miss this exciting Annual Meeting!


WHERE: Naples Yacht Club, 700 14th Avenue South, Naples, FL, 34102
COST: $39pp
DRESS CODE: Princeton Attire

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Apr
7
4:30 PM16:30

Ivy League Fest 2019

Hosted this year by the Penn Club of Naples, this is a perfect way to enjoy yourself and catch up with friends from across the Ivy League Schools! The overall event price will be $38 per person/ $18 for children. This includes a seated dinner with salad station, hot buffet, dessert station, and soft drinks/iced tea/coffee/tea.  The Penn Club will donate several kegs of beer. There will also be a cash bar with additional alcoholic beverages at $10 per drink.    

We will offer another ticket for those who would like to play golf prior to the start of the picnic at 4:30. This would start at 1 pm.  Shotgun start (20 people minimum or individual foursomes) - golf cart included.  Please inquire for more details.

WHERE: The Moorings Golf & Country Club, 2500 Crayton Rd, Naples, FL 34103
COST: $38 per adult and $18 per child age 14 and under
DRESS CODE: Princeton Attire

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Apr
17
5:00 PM17:00

Member’s Spring Cocktail Party

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Join your fellow Club members for our annual Princeton Club Spring Gathering – rain or shine!  You will enjoy sharing the dock with friends, wildlife and even a manatee!  We’ll have basic hors d’oeuvres there, but we’d welcome a small tray of your favorites to share. 

The event is free to our dues-paying members (plus one spouse/guest).  Please click below to make your reservation!

WHERE: The Conservancy of SW Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, Florida 34102
COST: FREE for dues-paying Members and one spouse or guest are included.
Additional guests pay $15 at the door.
DRESS CODE: Princeton Attire!

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Dec
10
12:00 PM12:00

Monthly Luncheon with Rick Kirschner '87, the Head of School at Canterbury

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The Future is Now - Preparatory Education in the 21st Century

Join your fellow Club members for an exciting lunch where Rick Kirschner ‘87 will share his insights about the future of education. Rick grew up in Washington D.C. where he attended and graduated from the Landon School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Princeton University while playing on their Division I Men’s Lacrosse team. He went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from the M. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University. He has worked as a teacher, coach, and administrator in many well-known independent schools, and in 2015 he accepted the Head of School position at Canterbury. Married for 27 years, Rick and his lovely wife Wendy have three terrific sons, Jake, Alek, and Cade.

WHERE: Tiburon Golf Club at the Ritz Carlton Resort, 2620 Tiburon Drive, Naples, FL 34109
COST: $38pp (includes plated chicken & fish entree, seasonal vegetable & starch, cookies, coffee, ice tea and lemonade - GF option available upon request)
DRESS CODE: Business Casual or Princeton Attire

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Nov
13
5:00 PM17:00

Welcome Back Scholarship Reception

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PCSWFL cordially invites you to attend our WELCOME BACK SCHOLARSHIP RECEPTION, generously hosted by Van and Myra Williams at their house in Grey Oaks.  The reception benefits our Scholarship Fund, so we ask for a (tax deductible) contribution to the Princeton Club of Southwest Florida Scholarship Fund of at least $15 per person or $25 per couple. Please RSVP as we need to provide a guest list to the gatehouse at Grey Oaks.

Also remember to pay your 2018-2019 Club Dues!

WHERE: The Home of Van and Myra Williams, Grey Oaks, 1626 Chinaberry Way, Naples, FL 34105
COST: contribution of at least $15 per person or $25 per couple
DRESS CODE: Casual or Princeton Attire

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