Bupac Speaker Marc Collins

Speaker for Jan 26th, 2023 –  BUPAC members please welcome our speaker Executive Director Marc Collins  – Uncommon Friends Foundation


A spirit of adventure, a sense of purpose and a commitment to positive values and unending personal growth are the building blocks of the Uncommon Friends Foundation Inc. These noble personality traits were exhibited by some of the greatest men of the 20th century – Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel and Charles Lindbergh – and were elaborated on by author Jim Newton, who dubbed this band of visionaries his “Uncommon Friends.”

The Foundation’s passion and goal is to see that the arresting qualities of these historic and bold men continue to be embraced today and for the generations to come. As Jim Newton proclaimed, ”The best is yet to be!” This is the Uncommon Friends Foundation.


The Uncommon Friends Foundation collects, preserves and exhibits archival and three-dimensional materials related to James D. and Eleanor Forde Newton and their relationships with the Uncommon Friends–Thomas A. and Mina Edison, Henry and Clara Ford, Harvey and Isabelle Firestone, Dr. Alexis and Anne–Marie Carrel, and Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. MORE


The Foundation’s scholarship program has awarded over 500 scholarships to students in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry Counties who have a financial need, the potential to succeed, and demonstrate a spirit of adventure, a sense of purpose, a commitment to unending personal improvement, and a commitment to help others. The scholarship program was initially funded by a donation from Mrs. Berne Davis, who continued to support the scholarship fund until her passing. The scholarship fund continues to be funded by contributions from other generous members of the community. MORE



BUPAC meets at the Edison Restaurant located at the Ft. Myers Country Club-3591 McGregor Blvd, Ft. Myers

Coffee and breakfast snacks included with your $5 cash entry fee.

Chef on site to prepare a specialty breakfast ordered from the Edison Restaurant new menu.

Meeting room opens at 7:00am

Meeting begins promptly at 7:30 am and ends promptly at 8:30 am.

2023 membership dues are due- checks only please