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Jackie having fun on her paddle board.

Each month we are going to take one of our board members and “personalize” each by letting you know a few things that are not in their profiles.

Last month we got great reviews on Ed Boyer’s interview. This month, we are learning more about our President-elect, Jackie Pierce.

Give us a brief summary of your background, where you grew up, how you got to Naples, how long in GNL, etc.

I was born and raised in Hannibal, Missouri (so am a “student of Mark Twain-ism”); lived in downtown Chicago and Barrington for most of my adult life; now live on Marco Island . . . after 13 years on the other side of the state in Boca Raton (all because of docking a boat!) and was in GNL Master Class XVII–one of the “magnificent ones!”

Tell us one thing our members do not know about you.

One of my travel goals (and I have many) was to see the Great Wall of China during all four seasons (as so many of the paintings reflect the four seasons) . . . and I’ve done so! Though bitter cold, I must admit that winter was the most beautiful . . . absolutely amazing! Followed closely by spring, fall . . . and summer.

What was the last book you read?

I was cruising thru the Amazon in April/May so nothing too serious . . . it was the best seller, “The Girl on the Train.”

What one thing have you gotten out of GNL? Or, Why would you recommend GNL to someone that might want to join?

I would recommend GNL to anyone who wished to have a “crash course” on the many positive reasons for residing in the Greater Naples Area.

What is your view of the future of GNL, or how might we be a better organization?

First and foremost, I wish we were not such a “secret” and I would definitely like us to be better known and recognized for the outstanding leadership efforts of our GNL membership.