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Hodges Center to host author of “Don’t Retire, Get Inspired”

The Frances Pew Hayes Center for Lifelong Learning at Hodges University will host author Dick Nogaj as he discusses his new book “Don’t Retire, Get Inspired.” The presentation will be held on March 25, 2010, beginning with a lunch at 12 pm. It will be held at the Hodges University Science and Technology building, 2655 Northbrooke Drive, just off I-75, in Naples.  
 
What’s next for the second half of your life? Once entering the golden years of retirement, most might be tempted to kick back and watch the world go by. Not Dick Nogaj.  This new life chapter would provide opportunities for him and his wife to put their faith into ac­tion.  Don’t Retire, Get Inspired gives the reader practical knowledge needed in order to use these golden years to benefit others. 

His experiences in creating and running not-for-profit organizations gives an insider’s look at how dreams become action, how to overcome setbacks, and how everyday people who share a desire to improve the world can make a difference, and the amazing relationships that de­velop as a result.

This presentation will be presented in a lecture format, with an opportunity for question and answer as well.  Topics from the book that will be discussed include the Fair Food Movement, living wages, and immigration. 

About the author: After selling his successful engineering company to his em­ployees, Dick Nogaj and his wife Florence decided that their retirement would involve volunteer work and charitable deeds. One of their first commit­ments to action was to launch a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in DuPage County, Illinois. They later founded two not-for-profit organizations to aid farm workers and limited-income families in Immokalee, Florida.  Through Harvest for Humanity they sought to provide farm workers with higher wages.  

They also built Jubilation as a model housing community offering new homes for sale that limited-income families could afford, along with access to higher education for all residents of the Immokalee area. In 2008, the Nogaj’s donated a recreation facility at Jubilation to Hodges University which has been converted to a learning site hosting English as a Second Language courses.

The lunch and presentation are free of charge but reservations are required. For more information, please contact Christine Wheeler at (239) 598-6133.

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