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 3rd to celebrate the highly successful 18th 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.
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 have been?
In a most 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. His success and accomplishments in this endeavor are a model for today's housing. His calm and unassuming manner never revealed this level of national recognition he holds to this day. He just quietly went about his GNL activities.
Human Services Day, held February 19, provided Masters Class XVIII with an in-depth overview of social services offered in Collier County.
The day began and ended at the Boys and Girls Club and included a tour of that facility which serves 600 children daily with a wide range of after-school programs. Eileen Connolly-Keesler (Class XVIII) and Mary George of the Community Foundation overviewed human services needs in Collier County. A panel on children's services followed, featuring speakers from Friends of Foster Children, Youth Haven, the Boys and Girls Club and Grace Place, including a touching testimonial from a mother whose family has greatly benefitted from Grace Place's literacy services.
The search to recognize the 2014 Distinguished Leader who best exemplifies the mission and goals of Greater Naples Leadership led the Award Committee to Ann E. Berlam, a member of GNL Class VI and a Past President. The award will be presented to Ann at the Celebration Dinner on April 3 at the Naples Yacht Club; all members and their guests are invited.
After graduation in 2002, Ann was elected to the GNL Board of Directors as Secretary. After serving three years in that position, she was elected GNL President in 2006-07. She also chaired the Governance Committee, served on an earlier Parke Wright III Award Committee and the planning committees for both the 10th and 15th anniversary-year GNL celebrations.
Casey Wolff, Esq. made Immigration a lively topic for a breakfast meeting held at Tiburon on Monday, March 10 with almost 70 GNLers in attendance. He summarized the tortured history of immigration reform in a complex, one-page handout: with just a glance one could discern that the path to reform has been impeded by one hurdle after another which no one has yet been able to overcome.
An Immigration bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, passed in the Senate but is languishing in the House, a victim of the "Hastert Rule" (a majority of the majority party must approve before a bill can come to the full house for a vote). This bill contains:
To familiarize Class XVIII with the area's local healthcare facilities and services, the session day planning team visited Physicians Regional Health System, NCH Health System and the Neighborhood Health Clinic.
Because they were so well received last year, featured speakers were invited back, and they provided excellent overviews of national, state and local healthcare issues, including the possible local impact of the Affordable Care Act. Also heard were representatives from the medical, nursing and emergency services fields who addressed some of the issues and challenges encountered by local healthcare institutions.
Over seventy GNL members and guests gathered for lunch at The Naples Hilton on February 10 to hear about economic development and challenges in our area. Bruce Register, Director of Business and Economic Development for Collier County presented, an overview of his office's functions and described several accomplishments in his first year in this role.
Alumni and friends of Greater Naples Leadership gathered at the Naples Yacht Club on April 3rd to celebrate the highly successful 18th 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. Photos by John Hughes
To familiarize Class XVIII with the area's local healthcare facilities and services, the session day planning team visited Physicians Regional Health System, NCH Health System and the Neighborhood Health Clinic. Photos by Carol Jonson.