Dear GNL Members,
 
Great things are happening at Greater Naples Leadership. Our recent Forum on Civil Discourse was a huge success with a sold-out venue and extensive online participation. With nearly 900 individuals joining us both in person and virtually, coupled with significant media attention, GNL has once again demonstrated its vital role within our community – a feat of which we all can be very proud.
 
Our achievements extend beyond a single event. As we progress through this season, it’s clear that our efforts have paid off. Our community outreach initiatives have fostered new connections with other organizations, such as Leadership Collier, unlocking opportunities for our members to engage across a wider spectrum of interests. These endeavors have also introduced valuable resources to help you find ideal volunteer positions, further cementing our mission’s impact and our community presence.
 
Offering educational programs to you, the cornerstone of our mission, has been emphasized especially strongly this year. We have introduced innovative programs, including an AI course, and hosted numerous events to deepen our understanding of Naples and Collier County’s needs. Our recently enhanced Masters Class curriculum is another example of our commitment to providing superior educational content.
 
This drive to excellence has also permeated our social events, evidenced by the record attendance at our Welcome Back party. Yet, the season has more in store, so I encourage you to visit our website for details on the upcoming grand finale.
 
These accomplishments have significantly bolstered GNL’s esteemed reputation within our community and has led to great interest in joining GNL via the new Masters Class XXVIII. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to those who sponsored applicants, showcasing the strength and unity of our GNL family in fostering the organization’s success.
 
As we reflect on our accomplishments, the GNL leadership team is proud of the progress we have made in raising community awareness and providing value to our members. Our commitment to enhancing our offerings next season is unwavering, supported by the incredible talent and dedication of our members.
 
However, it is important to acknowledge that delivering high-quality events and programs comes at a cost. In light of this and considering the financial pressures from recent years of inflation, we have listened to feedback from members willing to support GNL financially. This year, as we undergo the membership renewal process, we have decided to keep the dues unchanged. Instead, the Board has introduced an option for members who wish to support further by making tax-deductible donations. These contributions will be instrumental in maintaining the high standards of our programs.

Warmest regards,

Gunther Winkler
President 2023-2024