NWC Minutes – April 6, 2019

NAPLES WALKING CLUB
SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019
MEETING MINUTES

Gail Risner, President, opened the meeting at 8:20 a.m. Eighteen (18) members attended. Gail encouraged members to check our club website and “like us” on Facebook.

Treasurer’s Report:  Lucy Sparrazza, Treasurer, reported that the club has $1,098.01 as of March 31, 2019. A listing of year-to-date expenses was also included in the Treasurer’s Report.

Meeting Minutes: Carol Mumford, Secretary, asked for approval of the March 2, 2019 Meeting Minutes.  The minutes were approved as written.

Rules of the Road:  Linda McNerhany, Vice President, reminded members about the correct way to walk to assure safety.  On a path stay on the right side, on a street walk on the left facing oncoming traffic.  If there is a sidewalk we should be walking on the sidewalk.  Be sure to stay alert when walking and aware of your surroundings.  Pepper spray is an item to consider carrying when walking alone.

Website: Joanne Dempsey, Webmaster, provided an update on research being done to update our website.  Joanne is testing a software package called Club Express that will allow the club to have better continuity for club and member information, allow payment of dues with credit cards, put all club information in one place, have better search capabilities, an integrated email system, facilitate emergency contact information, is reasonably priced, and much easier to maintain than our current website.

T-Shirts: T-Shirt Coordinator, Debbie Vallante, indicated that a t-shirt order was just placed, and that she is starting a new order.  Orders for t-shirts can be made by contacting or emailing Debbie.  The types of shirts and colors available can be viewed on our Naples Walking Club website.

Events:  Mary Ann Bohannan, Events Coordinator, reviewed the following events:

  • PSP Walk – Mary Ann thanked the 7 club members who participated in the PSP fundraising walk on Saturday, March 9, 2019 on Marco Island.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Potluck Party – Mary Ann also thanked Lloyd Adams and Garry Adams for hosting our St. Patrick’s Day Potluck Party on Sunday, March 17, 2019 at their clubhouse. The food was delicious, and it was a fun event!
  • Blue Zones- National Walking Day and Track your Trek to Loma Linda – The Blue Zones National Walking Day event on April 3rd was very nice, and club members Mike and Ann Santogatta were winners of two of the prizes.  Ann won the grand prize—-2 nights at the Marco Island Marriott, and Mike won a gift certificate to the Café on 5th.
  • Monthly Evening Walks – Evening walks are held on the second Monday and fourth Thursday of the month beginning at 6:00 (New Time).  Reminder emails will be sent a few days before each walk.  You don’t have to walk to meet us for dinner.  This month’s evening walks are:
    • Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. (New Time and Place) at the Island Gypsy Restaurant at Park Shore Resort, 600 Neopolitan Way. (Head west on Neopolitan Way, turn left on West street.  Find a parking spot by the condos and head into the middle of the complex until you see the restaurant.  Meet at the bridge.)  We will walk for an hour, and then return to the restaurant for dinner.
    • Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. (New Time) at Eagle Lakes Community Park; we will walk for an hour, and go to dinner either at Brook’s Burgers or another close-by restaurant.
  • Hills of Marco Walk – Linda McNerheny announced that the date for this walk will be Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 a.m.  Meet at the Publix.
  • Atlanta Fall Trip and Walk – Out trip to Atlanta is tentatively scheduled to depart from Naples on October 16th, staying that night in Gainesville, and then spending October 17-19th in Atlanta.  Information on hotels is still being gathered.

Finances:  Gail indicated that a poll will be sent to members to get ideas on how the club should spend our money, i.e. more money on events, buying a bench at Baker Park, etc.

Volunteers Requested: Gail announced that the Naples Pathways Coalition is asking for walking volunteers who would like to serve on their Board.  Joanne reported that the Coalition advocates for safe bicycle and walking areas in Collier County, and the Board really wants the pedestrian perspective.  The position is a working position and meets once a month.  Joanne also announced that the Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization Bicycle and Advising Committee is asking for volunteer Board members.  See Joanne with any questions on these two opportunities.

Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Naples Walking Club will be on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Greenway.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Mumford

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National Walking Day Photo

Another photo of our walking club representatives at the Blue Zone’s National Walking Day event on April 3rd.

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National Walking Day event sponsored by the Blue Zone

Great showing for the National Walking Day event at North Collier Regional Park on April 3rd.  Even Teddy (the fuzzy one) enjoyed the festivities!

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NWC Minutes – March 2, 2019

NAPLES WALKING CLUB
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019
MEETING MINUTES

Gail Risner, President, opened the meeting at 8:18 a.m. Twenty-eight (28) members attended.  Gail introduced new club member, Kathryn Wowk, and announced that we have two additional new members, Marlene Steele and Christine Ashley.  Members should see Gail if they are interested in Walking Club business cards that can be used to invite others to attend our walks.

Treasurer’s Report:  Lucy Sparrazza, Treasurer, reported that the club has $1,138.81 as of February 28, 2019. A listing of projected upcoming expenses were also included in the Treasurer’s Report.

Meeting Minutes: Carol Mumford, Secretary, asked for approval of the February 2, 2019 Meeting Minutes.  The minutes were approved as written.

T-Shirts: Orders for t-shirts can be placed by contacting or emailing T-Shirt Coordinator, Debbie Vallante.  Debbie also has some shirts in inventory which she can show you.  Carol Greenberg announced that a former members had donated a Naples Walking Club jacket and several slightly-used shirts; interested members should see Carol if they are interested in the jacket or shirts.

Website:  Gail and Joanne Dempsey, Website Coordinator, indicated that if anyone has difficulty getting on our Naples Walking Club website they should try a different browser.

Events:  Mary Ann Bohannan, Events Coordinator, reviewed the following upcoming events:

  • Blue Zones- Track your Trek to Loma Linda – Everyone was encouraged track their mileage through March 28th for the Blue Zones’ Track your Trek to Loma Linda.
  • Monthly Evening Walks – Evening walks have been changed to the second Monday and fourth Thursday of the month.  Reminder emails will be sent a few days before each walk.  This month’s evening walks are:
    • Monday, March 11, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Village Pub restaurant in Venetian Village; we will walk for an hour, and then return to the Pub for dinner.
    • Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.at Eagle Lakes Community Park; we will walk for an hour, and go to dinner either at Brook’s Burgers or another close-by restaurant.
  • PSP Walk – Carol Greenberg announced that this walk is a fundraiser and is being held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 on Marco Island from 10:30-1:30.  Interested members should register and submit their registration receipts to Lucy.  The club will collectively reimburse members up to $100.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Potluck Party – Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Lloyd Adams has graciously offered to host our party at the pavilion in his community, Marco-Naples RV Resort.  The party will be a potluck and an email with a map and directions will be sent out soon.  Members should bring a dish to pass and their own drinks.  The club will supply water, plates, cups, etc.  Mary Moran will be visiting Naples and will be able to attend the party.
  • National Walking Day, Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 5:30 -This one mile walk will be at the North Collier Regional Park.  The American Heart Association sponsors this day to remind people about the health benefits of taking a walk.  Members should wear your Naples Walking Club t-shirt (preferably white).
  • Hills of Marco Walk – Linda McNerheny announced that the tentative date for this walk will be Saturday, April 20th at 7:30 a.m.  More details to follow.
  • Atlanta Fall Trip and Walk – A trip to Atlanta is being now being planned for mid to late October.  Information regarding exact dates and hotel suggestions will be discussed at the April meeting.
  • Sarasota Trip – Mary Ann announced that there are still seats available on her community’s Trendy Tours Thursday, March 7th day trip to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota.  Please see Mary Ann for further details if you are interested in participating.

Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Naples Walking Club will be on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Greenway.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol

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2019 NAMI Walk

Our NAMI walkers, February 16, 2019.

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NWC Minutes – February 2, 2019

NAPLES WALKING CLUB
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2019
MEETING MINUTES

Gail Risner opened the meeting at 8:15 a.m. Thirteen (13) members were present.  Gail introduced new club member, Betty Tienhaara, and announced that we have three additional new members, Jan Coleman, Melody Richardson, and Michael Ryan.

Treasurer’s Report:  In the absence of the Treasurer, Linda McNerheny, our Vice-President presented the Treasurer’s Report. The club has $1,041.81 as of January 31, 2019. A listing of upcoming expenses and donations was also reviewed.

Meeting Minutes: Carol Mumford, Secretary, asked for approval of the January 5, 2019 Meeting Minutes.  The minutes were approved as written.

2019 Dues:  Gail requested that members who have not yet paid their dues do so as soon as possible.  Dues remain at $20 per year, and Joanne is collecting cash or checks which should be made payable to Naples Walking Club.  They can also be mailed to our new P.O. Box: Naples Walking Club, P.O. Box 9223, Naples FL 34101-9223.

T-Shirts: Debbie Vallante, T-Shirt Coordinator, announced that Joanne Dempsey has updated our website to include a link to pictures and information on our t-shirts.  A special thank you to Joanne for making this possible.  Debbie also indicated that a t-shirt order will again placed when she has requests for 12 shirts (she has 5 requests so far). Lightweight long-sleeve shirts are $14 and short-sleeve shirts are $11.  Orders can be placed by contacting or emailing Debbie.

Membership List:  Carol Greenberg indicated that she will be sending an updated membership list.  She encouraged everyone to check their information to assure it is up-to-date.

Events: In the Event Coordinator’s absence, Gail reviewed the following previous and upcoming events:

  • Naples Daily News Half-Marathon – The volunteers who worked the water station at the Half-Marathon on January 20, 2019 did an outstanding job.  Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers!
  • 17th Annual NAMI Walk (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – This 2.5 mile walk will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 starting in Cambier Park.  Registration is 8-8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:30 a.m.
  • Monthly Evening Walks – Evening walks have been changed to the second Monday and fourth Thursday of the month.  Reminder emails will be sent a few days before each walk.  This month’s evening walks are:
    • Monday, February 11, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. at the Village Pub restaurant in Venetian Village; we will walk for an hour, and then return to the Pub for dinner.
    • Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.at Eagle Lakes Community Park; we will walk for an hour, and go to dinner either at Brook’s Burgers or another close-by restaurant.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Potluck Party – Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Lloyd Adams has graciously offered to host our party at the pavilion in his community.  The party will be a potluck and details will be forthcoming.  Mary Moran will be visiting Naples and will be able to attend the party.
  • Blue Zones- Track your Trek to Loma Linda – Gail encouraged everyone to register and track their mileage for the Blue Zones’ Track your Trek to Loma Linda.  Several methods of submitting mileage were discussed.
  • Atlanta Fall Trip and Walk – A trip to Atlanta is being now being planned for mid to late October so we can combine leaf-peeping with our visit to Mary Moran.  When Joanne Dempsey returns, she will research the best prices for convenient hotels.  More details to come.
  • PSP Walk – Carol Greenberg announced that this walk is being held on March 9, 2019 on Marco Island.  Please see Carol for further details if you are interested in participating.

Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Naples Walking Club will be on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Greenway.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol

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And on Sunday, January 20, 2019

Manning a water station for the Naples Half Marathon.  Busy weekend for our Walking Club members!!

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Paradise Coast Wellness Event – Saturday, January 19, 2019

Our participation in the first annual Paradise Coast Wellness Event was a great success! (And colorful too!)  Lots of T-shirts sold by Debbie and we got few new members.

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NWC Minutes – January 5, 2019

NAPLES WALKING CLUB
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2019
MEETING MINUTES

Gail Risner opened the meeting at 8:10 a.m. Twenty-two (22) members were present.  She also introduced new club member JoAnn Angel and indicated that Kate McCabe and Lilianna Gartman have also joined.

New Business:  Linda McNerhany has volunteered to serve as our Vice President.  Gail called for a vote and Linda was approved by the membership as Vice President.  Club members really appreciate the hard work of all of our club officers.

Treasurer’s Report:  Lucy Sparrazza, Treasurer, reviewed our income and expenditures and reported that the club has $677.17  as of December 31, 2018. A listing of upcoming expenses thru February 2019 was also reviewed.

Meeting Minutes: Carol Mumford, Secretary, asked for approval of the December 1, 2018 Meeting Minutes.  The minutes were approved as written.

Mileage:  Joanne Dempsey, Webmaster, announced that the following members have reported year-end mileage for 2018:

  • Linda McNerhany – 1,228 miles
  • Lucy Sparrazza – 903 miles
  • Nadine Kelly – 869 miles
  • Ginny MacDonald – 860 miles
  • Joanne Dempsey – 754 miles
  • Bonnie Vaughan – 730 miles

Gail and Joanne again asked members if they would like to continue reporting mileage for 2019.  After significant discussion the consensus was to continue mileage reporting.   Members were encouraged to report their mileage, and should email it to Joanne at the end of each month.

2019 Dues:  Joanne Dempsey, Membership Director, reported that we currently have 62 members and 40 members have paid their 2019 dues.  She requested that members who have not yet paid do so as soon as possible.  Dues remain at $20 per year, and Joanne is collecting cash or checks which should be made payable to Naples Walking Club.  They can also be mailed to our new P.O. Box: Naples Walking Club, P.O. Box 9223, Naples FL 34101-9223.

T-Shirts: Debbie Vallante, T-Shirt Coordinator, indicated that a t-shirt order will again placed when she has requests for 12 shirts. Lightweight long-sleeve shirts are available and are $14.  Orders can be placed by contacting or emailing Debbie. She also announced that our t-shirts will be displayed at the upcoming Paradise Coast Wellness Experience which we are co-sponsoring with the Naples Pathways Coailtion on January 19, 2019.  Shirts and jackets that have been in inventory will be available for purchase at half-price at our February meeting.

Marketing/Publicity:  Barb Daltorio, Marketing/Publicity Director, overviewed ideas to get more people involved in the club.  She is in the process of placing an ad in the Naples Florida Weekly in the Club Notes section, and also listing our club on Craig’s List in the activities section.  Suggestions were made to investigate possible ads in the Pelican Bay newsletter, placing our business cards and/or new club brochure at Blue Zones restaurants, at the library, etc.

Upcoming Events: Mary Ann Bohannan, Event Coordinator, reviewed the following upcoming events:

  • Monthly Evening Walk – We will meet on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 5:30 in front of the Village Pub restaurant in Venetian Village.  From there, we will walk for an hour on the well-lit sidewalk and walking paths along Gulf Shore Blvd. North.  After our walk, we will have dinner at the Village Pub.
  • 1st Annual Paradise Coast Wellness Experience – Joanne Dempsey confirmed that we will be co-sponsoring a walk at the Greenway with the Naples Pathways Coalition on Saturday, January 19, 2019 as part of the 1st Annual Paradise Coast Wellness Experience.  The walk will start at 8:00 and we will have a table at the Greenway entrance with our new banner and new brochure which includes an application for club membership.  The event will be published in the newspaper.  Joanne asked for volunteers and circulated a sign-up sheet to lead walks and man the information table. Many thanks to Joanne for securing our new banner and developing our new brochure.
  • Naples Daily News Half-Marathon Water Station – Mary Ann circulated a sign-up sheet and requested volunteers for working the first water station at the Naples Daily News Half-Marathon on January 20, 2019.  Volunteers will get a free t-shirt.  Volunteers should bring cookie trays, flashlights, rakes, etc. if they can.  If you would like to go to breakfast following the half-marathon please let Wendy Bright know so she has a headcount for the restaurant reservation.
  • Blue Zones- Track your Trek to Loma Linda – Gail provided an overview of a new Blue Zones initiative to get groups in Southwest Florida to track mileage for 10 weeks beginning on January 28, 2019.  The goal is to encourage walking moais and walk 2,600 miles to Loma Linda, the original Blue Zones location.  Many club members have already registered to participate, and Gail encouraged everyone to do so.  Register at: trackyourtrek.eventbrite.com.  For Organization, enter Naples Walking Club.  Gail Risner was also quoted in a recent Naples Illustrated article on Blue Zones.
  • 17th Annual NAMI Walk (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – The NAMI Walk will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019.  Mary Ann will register our club so there is no need to members to register individually.  Please meet at Cambier Park at 9:00; the 2.5 mile walk begins at 9:30.  For further information see: www.namicollier.org/nami-of-collier-countys-17th-annual-walk/
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade –  Barb asked if the club was interested in participating in the Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16, 2019.  After significant discussion members voted to forego participating at this time.
  • Atlanta Spring Trip and Walk – A trip to Atlanta is being planned for the Spring, probably in April or May.  Mary Moran is helping to coordinate the trip which will most likely include walking the Beltline trail, and a stop on the way at Gainesville for a walk and exploration.  Further details will be forthcoming.
  • Future Parties – A Welcome Back Party will be held in late January at Mary Ann’s clubhouse.  Mary Ann will send out an email with the details.  Lloyd Adams has offered to have a barbeque at his community in March.  A date and details will be determined.

Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Naples Walking Club will be on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at the Greenway.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Mumford

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NWC Minutes – December 1, 2018

NAPLES WALKING CLUB
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2018
MEETING MINUTES

Gail Risner opened the meeting at 8:12 a.m. Seventeen (17) members were present.  Gail offered members some of the new Naples Walking Club business cards available to distribute to recruit new members.

Treasurer’s Report:  Lucy Sparrazza, Interim Treasurer,  reviewed our current income and expenditures and reported that the club has $607.57  as of December 1, 2018. An indication of anticipated future expenditures was also reviewed.  A thank you letter was received from the American Heart Association for our recent $100 donation.

November Minutes: Carol Mumford asked for approval of the November 10, 2018 Meeting Minutes.  The minutes were approved as written.

Election of Officers:  The following candidates were approved by the members as our 2019 club officers:

  • President – Gail Risner
  • Vice President – OPEN
  • Secretary – Carol Mumford
  • Treasurer – Lucy Sparrazza
  • Webmaster – Joanne Dempsey
  • Membership Chairperson – Joanne Dempsey
  • Event Coordinator – Mary Ann Bohannan
  • Marketing/Publicity Director – Barb Daltorio
  • T-Shirt Coordinator – Debbie Vallante

T-Shirts: Gail reported that Debbie Vallante has submitted a t-shirt order and will distribute the shirts as soon as they are received.  Lightweight long-sleeve shirts are now available and are $14.  Orders can be placed with Debbie.

2019 Dues:  Dues remain at $20 per year.  Joanne is collecting cash or checks which should be made payable to Naples Walking Club.  They can also be mailed to our new P.O. Box: Naples Walking Club, P.O. Box 9223, Naples FL 34101-9223.

Upcoming Events: Mary Ann Bohannan, Interim Event Coordinator, reviewed the following upcoming events:

  • The Christmas Party will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Wiggins Lakes and Preserve Clubhouse, 789 Wiggins Lakes Dr., Naples 34110.  Attendees should bring a dish for the potluck. The club will supply the beverages including coffee, red and white wine, water and soda.  Mary Ann and Carole Levick developed a list of those that will attend.  Marsha McGuinness will arrange for the beverages.  Mary Ann will send out a reminder email with directions.
  • Joanne Dempsey confirmed that we will be co-sponsoring a walk at the Greenway with the Naples Pathways Coalition on Saturday, January 19, 2019 as part of the 1st Annual Paradise Coast Wellness Experience.  The walk will start at 8:00 and we will have a table at the Greenway entrance with our banner, a brochure and application for club membership.  The event will be published in the newspaper.
  • Mary Ann indicated that the next monthly evening walk will be on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  Members should meet at Barnes and Noble and dinner after the walk will be at True Foods at Waterside Shops.  Mary Ann asked if members would be interested in a future monthly evening walk on the first Monday of the month on Gulfshore Drive.  Members would meet at the Village Pub at Venetian Village, walk Gulfshore and then eat at the Pub. Members indicated an interest in the proposed new walk.
  • Mary Ann circulated a sign-up sheet and requested volunteers for working the first water station at the Naples Daily News Half-Marathon on January 20, 2019.  Volunteers will get a free t-shirt.  Charlie will bring the coffee and bagels.

Future Events:

  • Gail indicated that a proposed trip to Atlanta was being planned for the Spring, probably in April or May.  Mary Moran is helping to coordinate the trip which will most likely include walking the Beltline trail, attending a festival with a stop on the way at Gainesville for a walk and exploration.  Further details will be forthcoming.
  • Bill MacDonald suggested that the club may want to consider a trip for next December on the Christmas Lights Dinner Train.  The event includes a train ride to Fisherman’s Wharf and then a boat ride to see the Christmas lights.

Mileage: Joanne Dempsey asked that any final mileage for the year be reported to her.  She will be totaling 2018 reported mileage at the end of December.  After discussion, club members agreed to discontinue collecting mileage beginning in 2019.

Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Naples Walking Club will be on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Greenway.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Mumford

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