Greater Naples Leadership is a dynamic nonprofit organization committed to educating proven leaders who wish to volunteer their services in bettering our community.
Usually, a member of GNL sponsors an individual for admission to the program. Each GNL alumna/us or member of the current class may sponsor up to two candidates per year. Individuals may apply for membership without a sponsor by contacting the GNL office, 239.300.7055 oremail.
Applications are accepted December 1 through January 31.
Alumni and friends of Greater Naples Leadership gathered at the Naples Yacht Club on April 3 to celebrate the highly successful eighteenth year of operation. After a very congenial social hour, about 130 attendees feasted on an excellent dinner of beef short ribs and crab cakes. This lovely evening affair was planned by the committee of Els Kavanagh, Dusti Beaubien, Sue Reynen, and Karen Anderson, Chair.
Retiring President John Hannsz welcomed everyone and recognized the previous Parke Wright award recipients and past GNL Presidents in attendance. He also recognized members of next year's Masters Class XIX. John expressed his appreciation to all those who had volunteered on behalf of GNL during the year. After dinner, Rusty Troth, Chair of the Parke Wright III Distinguished
Leadership Award Committee, introduced the 2014 recipient, Ann E. Berlam.
Eleven years ago, over forty excited members of Class VIII graduated
from the GNL Masters Program. I thought I knew all about the
accomplishments of our members, before and after GNL. How wrong could I
In a recent Naples Daily News article, I
was surprised, and pleased, to read about the tremendous national
imprint Jack Bloodgood, Class VIII, has had as an architect on the
national standards for the configuration of the housing designs in the
U.S. (Click here to read the article.) Jack's calm and unassuming manner never revealed this level of national recognition that he holds to this day. He just quietly went about his GNL activities.
have witnessed many similar achievements by our GNL friends and
colleagues. Jack's accomplishments and ability to transfer his
professional skills to his nonprofit work is a model that most graduates
have utilized in their volunteer efforts. His service on the boards of
the Friends of Art, Immokalee Housing and Family Services and the Museum
of Art, exemplifies what we all can do to bring "proven leadership" that contributes to the betterment of our community.
Congratulations to Jack and to all the GNL alumni who offer so much of themselves so others may receive needed support.
Classmates and guests enjoyed tapas in the garden tiki beside Palm Cottage in Old Naples. Two docents greeted attendees and led individual and small group tours through the house. Many notable changes were observed since 2003 when Class VIII visited the Historical Society Headquarters on History Day! Photos by Jeanne Bolds
Alumni and friends of Greater Naples Leadership gathered on April 3 to celebrate the highly successful eighteenth year of operation and the presentation of the Parke Wright III Distinguished Service Award to Ann Berlam. Photos by John Hughes