The Forum Club caps its membership at 800 individuals. Applications are accepted year-round and must include the names of two current members willing to serve as references, as well as a $25 non-refundable application fee. By serving as a reference for a Forum Club applicant, you are vouching that this person is of good character and standing in the community.
Upon receipt of a completed application and the non-refundable application fee, the applicant will be added to the Forum Club’s waiting list and undergo the vetting process. While waiting to be approved for membership, applicants receive a reduced ticket price of $50.
New members are approved by the Board of Directors twice annually – in December and June. If accepted in December, the first-year membership contribution is $525 ($175 initiation fee, $350 membership contribution). If accepted in June, the first-year membership contribution is pro-rated at $350 ($175 initiation fee, $175 membership contribution) to reflect acceptance half-way through the Forum Club’s billing cycle. After the first year, the annual membership contribution is $350 and will be due in February of each year.
As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, all or part of the annual membership contribution may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with a tax advisor for more information.
The Forum Club of the Palm Beaches will present a virtual lunch with Nikki Fried, Florida’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, at a virtual lunch on Wednesday, May 19, at noon. During the program, Commissioner Fried will provide a recap of the 2021 Legislative Session and her plans for Florida’s future.
Nikki Fried is a lifelong Floridian, attorney, and passionate activist. Born and raised in Miami, Commissioner Fried graduated from the University of Florida, where she received her bachelor’s, master’s and juris doctor degrees. While at the University of Florida, she served as student body president – the first woman to hold the position in nearly two decades.
As an attorney, she was head of the Felony Division at the Alachua County Public Defender’s Office and worked in private practice in South Florida, defending homeowners against foreclosure during the 2007-2008 housing crisis.
Prior to being elected, Fried worked at law firms as a government consultant, advocating on behalf of clients before the Florida Legislature. In 2017, she formed her own firm to advocate in Tallahassee for at-risk children, the Broward County School Board, and for the expansion of patient access to medical marijuana.
Throughout her career, Fried has served with numerous organizations including the Young Lawyers Board of Governors, Chair of the Broward Days Board of Directors, Legal Needs of Children Bar Committee, LeRoy Collins Institute, Girls Scouts of Southeast Florida, University of Florida Governmental Relations Advisory Committee, University of Florida Board of Trustees, Florida’s Children First, and others.
Fried is a member of Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.
Forum Club virtual lunches will be hosted on the Zoom Webinar platform, but do not require you to have a personal Zoom account. You may watch this virtual lunch from your computer, tablet or smartphone or listen by calling the number provided upon registration. No web cameras or microphones will be needed for you to participate.