Greater Naples Leadership is a dynamic nonprofit organization committed to educating proven leaders who wish to volunteer their services in bettering our community.
Applications for membership in GNL's Masters Class Program are accepted from December 1 through January 31. Usually, a member of GNL sponsors an individual for admission to the program. Individuals may apply for membership without a sponsor by contacting the GNL office, 239.300.7055 or GNLoffice@GNLwebsite.org.
Habitat for Humanity is blessed with strong support from GNL
alumni--volunteers as well as committee and board members, including
Mark Goebel, the author of this article, who is on the Executive Board.
Members of Habitat are working to eliminate poverty housing and
homelessness by building adequate and basic housing. More than 1,500
homes have been built since April 1978.
How can you help?
Within the mission and ministry of Habitat for Humanity, there is a
place for all to share their time, talents and treasure. Some volunteers
pound nails or use a paintbrush; others participate in family selection
or work in our Home Store. Each person is vital to our mission of
eliminating poverty housing in Collier County.
Top photo: Sheila Clarke, 2012-13 President (left) and Dick Munro (center) with past Parke Wright III Award winners Ned Sachs, Joanne Wyss, Peter Manion, Susan Manion, Dottie Gerrity, John Henry, Pat Barton and Carl Kuehner.
Bottom photos: Dick Munro; Robin Birnhak, 2012-13 Parke Wright III Award Committee Chair, Dick Munro, Sheila Clarke
Photos by John Steffan
GNL's 2013 Annual Meeting and Celebration at the Naples Yacht Club on
April 4 was a very special evening for the 240 alumni and guests in
The highlight was Dick Munro's receipt of the Parke
Wright III Distinguished Leadership Award. A member of Class IX, Dick is
well known for his engaging personality, his extraordinary desire to
make things better for others and his ability to get things done.
notable for their connection to Dick's community activities included
Kamela Patton, Superintendent of Collier County Public Schools; Nancy
Rasley, a teacher at Avalon School; Susan McManus (Class XVII),
President of Champions for Learning; and Eileen Connelly-Keesler (Class
XVIII), President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Collier County and previous Parke Wright III Award recipients.
Greater Naples Leadership, now in its 17th year of educating retired and semi-retired leaders about the issues and needs in Collier County, has announced the 45 members of Masters Class XVIII for 2013-14.
"GNL has a proven track record of educating and inspiring some of the most talented people who have chosen to make their home here and give of their skills and time in bettering our community," said John Hannsz, president of GNL. "Through our ongoing educational programs, our community service efforts and our information sources, we assist our members in locating volunteer opportunities that match their skills and interests."
Welcome to our newest members of GNL! Members of Masters Class XVIII gathered at Grey Oaks Country Club on March 15 for an orientation and opportunity to meet their Class Leadership Team.
Front: Anne Harris-Doherty, David H. Stewart, Thomas J. Lynch, Diana L. Riley, Glen E. Haughie, Carl Edward Bolch, Jr., Patricia Rutledge, Suellen Dillon, Noreen Nicol Huber, Elizabeth Cottingham, Arnold Klinsky, Jean Foster
Middle: Richard J.Ratcheson, Barbara Casey, Katherine W. Keane, Sandra Welker, Linda Leatherbury-Cheloiber, Rosemarie Murphy, Marguerite D. Hambleton, Thomas J. Jordan, Patricia Aiken-O'Neill, Leon Kaplan, Kay Reis, Thomas Todd, Patricia Ann Forkan
Back: Adam D.Crescenzi, Ray Paprocki, Thomas D.Dunne Sr., Joseph A. Zaccagnino, Eileen Connolly-Keesler, John Frank Corbett, Dennis W. Frodsham, Patrice Magrath, James R. Philp, James C.Cook, H. Thomas McMeekin, Sherry Lynne O'Hearn, G. Stephen Thoma, Roger B. Sippey
Not pictured: Marcelo Alvarez, Elizabeth M.Chehayl, Jaclynn Faffer, Prentiss Higgins, Iqbal G.Mamdani, Hermina W.Merkel
Congratulations to Masters Class XVII for a job well done! Classmates and guests celebrated the year at their graduation on March 27. The year has
flown by and it's already time to bestow the title of GNL alumni on yet
another of group of Naples' finest.
Class VIII members and guests met for a wonderful tour and dinner under the 100 year old oak tree at Sharen and Gary Thomas' historic Dover Cottage in Old Naples. Built in Ochopee in 1930, the cottage was home to the manager of the first commercial tomato farm in Collier County. It was moved to Naples in 1940 to provide housing when the local army-air force facility was expanding.
Class IX and guests gather a few times each year for a special event tailored just for us, followed by socializing.
On the afternoon of April 19, little did we know that we would be the "warm up" for Kathleen van Bergen's announcement of the re-branding of "The Phil" to "Artis--Naples" later that day.
The annual meeting and year-end celebration was a special evening for 240 alumni and guests. The highlight was Dick Munro's receipt of the Parke Wright III Distinguished Leadership Award. Attendees included Nancy Rasley, a teacher at Avalon School and Kamela Patton, Superintendent of Collier County Public Schools. Photos by John Steffan