The Committee for Special Activities (CSA) offers the Council membership additional foreign policy lectures to supplement the regular 10-lecture series held every other Monday during the season.
In addition to the traditional lecture format, the CSA events may take on the form of panel discussions, debates, or Town Hall presentations. The events are generally organized on an ad hoc basis depending on availability of speakers and meeting sites. Often local experts are called on to share their knowledge and experience.
Space permitting, those who are on the Council waitlist for membership are also invited to CSA events. All CSA events are given at a modest fee to cover expenses.
The CSA also organizes the Council annual dinner, given at the end of the season.
A charitable activity was begun in 2005 under CSA auspices that channels modest amounts of funds to worthy projects abroad, called the Village Assistance Program (VAP). This activity is now a separate program.
The CSA was actually created as a committee of another, now defunct, organization, the Naples Institute, in 1995. The CSA joined the Council in 1997 as a fully formed committee, and several of its current members have been members since 1995.
The Committee is chaired by Mimi Gregory. Charter members still on the Committee are Richard Koff and Dan Bumstead. Other Committee members are Jon Mohle, Stan Chauvin Jr, Dale Falknor, and Ann Wise. Council president, Judi Lipnick, is an ex-officio member of the committee.