Twenty members of Greater Naples Leadership’s Masters Class XX showed up early Monday morning to paint the fence at Palm Cottage, the oldest home in Naples, built in 1895. Elaine Reed, president and CEO of Naples Historical Society, the organization that oversees the preservation of Palm Cottage, said, “This is a big deal for us. It was last done three years ago and we are so appreciative to GNL for their help. It clearly shows that it takes a community to preserve it”.
Melissa McClayton wore her grandfather’s hat. It is special to me because he wore it when he came to Naples in 1962 and was involved with Palm Cottage,” she said. “We owe it to the community to preserve a legacy.”
Jackie Pierce, GNL president, thanked Class XX for letting her paint a picket post or two for it reminded her of her childhood when she painted the picket fences surrounding Tom Sawyer’s home in Hannibal, Missouri.
With many hands to volunteer, the task was completed by mid morning. In GNL tradition, this class project was organized as a way to contribute and give back to the community. GNL’s mission is to provide proven leaders with a unique opportunity to learn firsthand about the issues and needs in Collier County and to encourage the use of their skills individually and collectively in bettering the community.
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