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.

November 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.

November 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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NWC Minutes – November 10, 2018

NAPLES WALKING CLUB
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2018
MEETING MINUTES

Gail Risner opened the meeting at 8:05 a.m. Twenty-one (21) members were present.  We welcomed four new members:  Judy Scribner, Frances Hickey, and Ann & Mike Santogatta.  A new Naples Walking Club business card was viewed by members, and cards are available for members to distribute to recruit new members.

Treasurer’s Report:  Marsha McGuinness reported that the club has $389.57  as of November 10, 2018. She presented and reviewed a financial report for club income and expenditures from October 3, 2017-November 10, 2018. She then indicated that she would be stepping down as Treasurer.  On behalf of the club, Gail thanked Marsha for the wonderful job as Treasurer for almost two years.  She also thanked Carole Levick who has served as Assistant Treasurer.

Interim Treasurer:  Lucy Sparrazza will serve as interim Treasurer.  Lucy reported that the club has now been registered with the state and that she will be setting up a free checking account under the club’s name.  2019 dues can be paid via cash or check.  Checks should be made payable to Naples Walking Club.  Dues payments can be given or mailed to Lucy.

T-Shirts: Debbie Vallante reported that an order will be placed as soon as 12 shirts are ordered.  She reviewed the new form that is available for ordering a shirt.  Shirts are $11.

Election of Officers:

Gail indicated that election of officers will take place at our December 1st meeting.  The current positions and candidates are:

  • 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 – OPEN
  • T-Shirt Coordinator – Debbie Vallante

Nominations for the open positions were requested. Barb Daltorio volunteered as a nominee for the Marketing/Publicity Director position which will also handle social media for the club.

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

  • A tour of the Sugden Theatre “Behind the Scenes” is scheduled for Thursday, November 15, 2018.  Currently 8 are signed up to attend and there is still available space in the tour.  Let Mary Ann know if you would like to attend.
  • Mary Ann reviewed options for the Christmas Party and/or Welcome Back Party. An email will be sent to members to determine if the club wants 2 parties or 1 party, and what the preferable dates and locations are.  Carole Levick will check on the availability of her clubhouse.  Mary Ann indicated that her clubhouse would most likely be available if we scheduled a party in January.
  • Members indicated that they would like to resume the monthly evening walks.  Mary Ann will schedule the next one for the 1st Monday of the month beginning in December.
  • Joanne Dempsey reported that the Naples Pathways Coalition has asked that we co-sponsor a walk with them 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.  Members were excited about this new event and opportunity to recruit new members.
  • Mary Ann indicated that the Naples Daily News Half-Marathon will be held on January 20, 2019.  We will once again be manning the first water station.  Volunteers were requested and a sign-up sheet circulated.  Details will be included in the newsletter that Joanne will be emailing.

Gail closed the meeting after asking and receiving approval for the April 7, 2018 Minutes.

Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Naples Walking Club will be on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Greenway.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Mumford

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This year’s participants in the Annual Heart Walk in Naples. Always fun!

Heart Walk Nov 3 2018

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Botanical Garden Fall Walk Event

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Members of the Naples Walking Club on a beautiful evening at the Naples Botanical Garden

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Our farewell walk with Mary Moran at the Greenway on Saturday, June 23.

IMG9521291Our farewell walk with Mary Moran at the Greenway on Saturday, June 23.  Mary will be sorely missed, but Atlanta is gaining a true treasure.  And she promises to return for frequent visits – YAY! Best of luck on your new adventure Mary from all your Naples Walking Club friends and fans!!!

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