Until further notice, interest groups and social activities will not be held at Lewis House due to COVID-19. However, we do have a full schedule of virtual activities on Zoom, as mentioned in the Tampa Bay Times.

How to Become a Member

ASPEC is a unique community for lifelong learning which meets primarily at Lewis House on the Eckerd College campus. We are a member led organization with approximately 300 retired and semi-retired professionals from all walks of life.

ASPEC offers both full time and seasonal memberships. ASPEC has an application process. An initiation fee is required at the time membership begins and annual dues are billed quarterly.

We invite you to come and explore your intellectual horizons in a friendly congenial environment.

30-Day Sampler Program

Aren’t sure ASPEC is right for you? Become an “ASPEC Sampler.”

First time ASPEC guests and their significant others are invited to spend 30 consecutive days at ASPEC for $50.

Attend our many Interest Group sessions, all led by ASPEC members, including:

  • Medical Topics for the Layperson
  • Current Events
  • History
  • Religions and Faiths
  • Visual Arts
  • World Classics Literature
  • Science
  • Economics and Prosperity
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Chair Yoga
  • Tai Chi and more

Social events include weekly wine and cheese socials, a monthly “Evening Out” at a local restaurant, and other social events. There is a Foreign Film group, museum tours, poetry readings and much, much more.

Benefits of Belonging

Being a member of ASPEC brings numerous benefits.  Examples include:

  • Free use of the Waterfront program’s sailing vessels, canoes, kayaks and motorboats; reduced rate for classes
  • Free use of the Eckerd library and its numerous resources and research databases
  • Exciting and stimulating campus events, including lectures and theater performances
  • Discounted tickets for the Met Opera Live in HD and National Theatre Live at Miller Auditorium
  • Discounts at the bookstore and cafeterias
  • Free access to the College’s varsity athletic events
  • Free membership in the Eckerd College’s OLLI program
  • Free email account
  • Regular social events including weekly social hours and evenings out at local restaurants
Want to experience ASPEC for yourself? Learn more about our Sampler Programs by filling out our interest form or calling