NAPLES WALKING CLUB
APRIL 1, 2017
President, Mary Moran, called the April meeting to order at 8:29 a.m. Eighteen members and two guests were present. Five members have April birthdays: Gloria Cahill, John Fermanis, Henry Johnson, Pat Wolanski, and Carol Mumford.
The March, 2017 Minutes were approved, as written. Members signed a birthday card for Henry Johnson’s 80th birthday. Pat Johnson is hosting a special 80th birthday party for him at the retirement home. Bonnie Vaughan also sent a note to the club with her good wishes.
Treasurer Report: Marsha McGuiness reported that the club has a balance of $1,065.82 as of March 31, 2017. She also reported that we had received a nice thank you letter from St. Matthew’s House for our donation.
Mileage and Newsletter: Joanne Dempsey indicated that mileage for our members is reported on our website. Mary Moran thanked Joanne for the publication of our first informative monthly newsletter.
Tee-Shirts: Debbie Vallante indicated that our order for t-shirts will be placed on Monday. Since we do not have the minimum order of 36, the shirts will be $2 more than originally quoted.
National Walking Day: Mary Moran encouraged club members to participate in National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 5th at 5:30. This is an event sponsored by the Blue Zones Project involving a one-mile walk leaving from Cambier Park downtown and ending at the Naples Community Hospital’s Garden of Hope and Courage where wine and refreshments will be served. Register online to participate at https://bluezonesnationalwalkingday.eventbrite.com. Please wear our club shirts. Participants will also receive a Blue Zones shirt. Our club does not yet have enough participants for designation as a Blue Zone group, i.e. 17 participants needed.
Cape Cod Trip: Joanne Dempsey provided an overview of the Cape Cod trip which is scheduled for October 8th or 9th in Falmouth, MA. There is a wonderful walking trail along the water and a block of rooms has been reserved at special pricing. A bus is available from Logan Airport in Boston to Falmouth. Members were encouraged to inform Joanne if they will be participating.
Marco Island Hill Walk: A walk in the Marco Island hills will be held next Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Meet at Publix, 175 S. Barfield Dr., corner of San Marco Rd., with brunch following at The Red Rooster.
Other Upcoming Events: Gail Risner and Mary Moran have been asked to participate in the Gardens in Bloom Arts Show to be held April 7th-9th from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. A reception will be held on Saturday April 8th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at 3899 Mannix Drive, #420. Mary Moran will also host a house concert at her home on Sunday, April 23rd at 1:00. Popular Bluegrass band will entertain with guitars, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and bass players.
Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Naples Walking Club will be Saturday, May 6, 2017.
After Mary’s house concert on Sunday, March 19th, many folks asked for Mary’s lemon cake recipe, so here is the recipe for the cake and the glaze. Enjoy! (and thanks Mary!)
Note: The list is alphabetical by first name. The month in parentheses indicates that the mileage shown is up-to-date through the end of that month. The list only reflects the tally for those who have reported mileage this year.
- Bonnie Vaughan 564 (Oct)
- Ginny MacDonald 708 (Oct)
- Joanne Dempsey 640.9 (Oct)
- Linda McNerhany 1021 (Oct)
- Lucy Sparrazzo 763.28 (Oct)
- Nadine Kelly 713 (Oct)
Please send mileage and any corrections to: JDempsey811@gmail.com
- Bonnie Vaughan 730 (Dec)
- Deborah Stevenson 1942.42 (Dec)
- Ginny MacDonald 872 (Dec)
- Jane Baker 1605.15 (Nov)
- Joanne Dempsey 597.34 (Dec)
- Linda McNerhany 1201 (Dec)
- Lucy Sparrazzo 834.73 (Dec)
- Marj Robins 300 (Jun)
- Mary Moran 668.90 (Dec)
- Nadine Kelly 799 (Dec)
NAPLES WALKING CLUB
MARCH 4, 2017
President, Mary Moran, called the March meeting to order at 8:20 a.m. Twenty-one members were present. Three members have March birthdays: Ginny MacDonald, Janice Rhodes and Sarah Sprague.
The February, 2017 Minutes were approved, as written.
Treasurer Report: Marsha McGuiness reported that the club has a balance of $1,013.85 as of February, 2017. She also reported that we had received thank you letters from St. Matthew’s House and Grace Place for our donations; both organizations were very appreciative.
Membership: Mary Moran welcomed new members Deborah Stevenson and Terri Muldoon to the club.
Mileage: Joanne Dempsey encouraged everyone to submit their mileage to her on a monthly basis.
Tee Shirts: Debbie Vallante indicated that she would be meeting with the t-shirt company. She asked if members would be interested in pastel or other-colored t-shirts rather than only the white shirts. Members responded in the affirmative.
Relay for Life: Mitchell Zale, Relay for Life Volunteer, was our Guest Speaker. The Relay to support the American Cancer Society will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. and ending on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. at Gulfview Middle School. This year’s event has a Dr. Suess theme. He invited the club to join in supporting the Relay and described various options for participating. One option includes having a team table where we could distribute information on the club. About 4,500 participants walked in last year’s relay and this year’s goal is $365,000. All levels of participation are welcome.
NAMI Walk: Mary reported that the NAMI Walk in Cambier Park on February 25th was well-attended by club members. It was a fun and very worthwhile event.
National Walking Day: Mary encouraged all members to participate in National Walking Day on Wednesday, April 5th at 5:30 at Cambier Park. It is sponsored by the Blue Zones Project and will begin with a one-mile walk to the Naples Community Hospital’s Garden of Hope and Courage. Participants will get a Blue Zones t-shirt, enjoy wine after 5, and be eligible for the $1,000 prize drawing if they RSVP on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/Q8ziN Club members were encouraged to arrive by 5:00 and wear their Walking Club t-shirts. Mary is continuing to try to get our club recognized as a Blue Zone group.
Picture Party: Carol Greenberg is hosting a wine and cheese party on Monday, March 13th from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at her home. Members will be able to peruse old scrapbooks and take pictures they are interested in. Carol also reminded members about the upcoming Cure PSP Awareness and Memorial Walk being held on Saturday, March 18th at 10:30 a.m. in Mackle Park on Marco Island. Please let Carol know if you are interested in participating.
Palm Cottage: Mary circulated a copy of a brochure on Naples Historical Society’s walking tour of Olde Naples from Palm Cottage on Wednesday’s. She also circulated a sign-up sheet for several alternative dates. Cost of the event is $22 for non-Historical Society members, and $16 for members. The tour starts at 9:30 and last for two hours.
Other Proposed Events: Mary proposed several future events including a walk through the hills of Caxambus on March Island which would be on a Saturday morning with breakfast following. She also suggested a 7-mile hike at Collier-Seminole State Park which would be held during the week. She encouraged members to visit our website at www.napleswalkingclub.org , and to join our facebook page and post pictures. Wendy Bright reported that her sister-in-law saw information on our club in a recent magazine publication.
Next Meeting: The next meeting of the Naples Walking Club will be on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Perkins Restaurant on Pine Ridge Road.
There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned at 8:47 a.m.
The Naples Walking Club March meeting will take place this Saturday, March 4. at Perkins on Pine Ridge following a 7 am walk starting at the Vineyard Park. See you there!
Our 25th Anniversary/winter party is this Sunday at Forest Lakes Clubhouse, 1058 Forest Lakes Drive (not Blvd) at 4 pm, with committee set up at 3. Each member will bring a pot luck dish, but keep in mind that there will be a cake! Wine is provided, but bring beer if you prefer. It was decided that there is no charge for guests/spouses. The Happy Ukulele Group (HUG) of Naples will be playing and we all can sing along.
If you did not sign up at the meeting, please email, text or call (571 2770) me ASAP to say you’re coming. Looking forward to seeing all of you at the party.
Carol has posted the minutes on the website.
NAPLES WALKING CLUB
MINUTES – FEBRUARY 4, 2017
President, Mary Moran, called the January meeting to order at 8:24 a.m. Twenty-one members were present. Five members have February birthdays:
* Thomas Klausing
* Nancy Champness
* Rick Baker
* Susan Camino
The January, 2017 Minutes were approved, as written.
Treasurer Report: Marsha McGuiness and Carole Levick reported that the club has a balance of $1,132.83 as of January, 2017.
Membership: Mary Moran welcomed new member Rohini Sakhuja to the club.
Tee Shirts: Debbie Vallante provided an update of the club tee-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets currently available for purchase. Members were encouraged to let her know what they would like to purchase.
Mary Moran thanked everyone who volunteered at the Naples Daily News Half Marathon water station. Fourteen (14) club members, five Ladies on the Run, several strong relatives of Dorothy Burgess, and friends, totaling 26 workers participated. It was a fun and worthwhile event. A special thanks to Margo and Charlie for the bagels and coffee. Please let Mary know if you can store the trays, spoons, etc. used for this event each year.
Thirteen (13) members attended the January 21st Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary guided boardwalk tour. The naturalist was a very informative guide and attendees learned about the wildlife, vegetation, and the ancient cypress forest.
Our “winter” club party to celebrate the club’s 25th Anniversary will be held on Sunday, February 12th at 4:00 at the Forest Lakes clubhouse (1058 Forest Lakes Drive, Naples 34105). The entrance to Forest Lakes is off Forest Lakes Drive opposite the Home Deport on Pine Ridge. Margo and Lovi are coordinating the event; Padric has also offered to assist. Another volunteer was requested. Members should bring a dish and wine will be provided. Entertainment will be provided by HUG, the Happy Ukulele Group, and scrapbooks of past years events will be available to enjoy. Members will be able to claim photos they would like to have.
The NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness) Walk is Saturday, February 25th at Cambier Park. Fun, food and entertainment beings at 8:00 a.m. with a 2.5 mile walk at 9:00 a.m. Members should meet in Cambier Park. The club will donate $100 to NAMI.
Carol Greenberg distributed a brochure on the Cure PSP Awareness and Memorial Walk being held on Saturday March 18th at 10:30 in Mackle Park on Marco Island. Members were encouraged to participate.
There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned at 8:55 a.m.
Together, we can be a message of Finding Hope! Join us with Grand Marshall, Pete Earley a former Washington Post reporter & best known for his nonfiction book, CRAZY, for our 15th Annual Walk!
8:30-11 a.m., Saturday, Feburary 25, 2017
2.5 Mile Walk, Cambier Park, Naples
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Walk begins at 9 a.m.
Fun, Food & Entertainment!
NAPLES WALKING CLUB
MINUTES – JANUARY 7, 2017
President, Mary Moran, called the January meeting to order at 8:17 a.m. Twenty-eight members were present. January birthday wishes were shared with members:
- Dorothy Burgess
- Padraic Ivins
- Jane Baker
The December, 2016 Minutes were approved, as written.
Treasurer Report: Marsha McGuiness and Carole Levick stated that the club has a balance of $1,005.83. Members with outstanding dues were encouraged to submit them as soon as possible.
Membership: Joanne Dempsey welcomed new members Garry Adams and Kathy Cook to the club.
Eight (8) members were eligible for the high mileage award for members with at least 600 miles walked during 2016. The top 3 members were Jane Baker (1718 miles), Linda McNerhany (1,062 miles) and Nadine Kelly (871 miles). Bonnie Vaughan, Ginny MacDonald, Lucy Sparrazza, Mary Moran and Joanne Dempsey also walked at least 600 miles. Mary Moran won the drawing for the $50 high mileage award. Members who wish to be included in the drawing for 2017 should submit their mileage to Joanne Dempsey (JDempsey811@gmail.com) on a monthly basis. Only the current month’s mileage needs to be submitted. Joanne keeping the running total-to-date.
Tee Shirts: Debbie Vallante shared an inventory of the club tee-shirts, sweatshirts and jackets currently available for purchase. Members should let her know what they would like to purchase, including any that would need to be ordered (an Order Sheet was also circulated).
On behalf of the club, Mary thanked Carol Greenberg for a wonderful and well-attended Christmas party. Everyone enjoyed delicious dishes and desserts contributed by our talented members. The Shy Wolf Sanctuary visit was also well-attended and very informative. Wendy Bright did a great job organizing this event. Pictures of our events can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Mary reminded everyone that the Naples Daily News Half-Marathon is next Sunday, January 15th. We will be working the water stand on Gordon Drive where we will set up on the west side of the street. Please meet at 6:00 a.m. and park on the median between 18th and 21st Avenues South right across from the water stand. Also bring cookie sheets, plastic pitchers, and long-handled mixing spoons, all labeled with your name. We are the first and last water-gatorade station for the 1,700 plus runners, and the race begins at 7:00 a.m. Coffee and bagels will be provided for volunteers.
Carol Mumford invited any members that have not yet signed up for the January 21st Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary guided boardwalk tour to join us. The tour with a naturalist begins at 10:30 (90 minutes) and the cost is $14. The sanctuary is located off Immokalee Road near Orange Tree. An optional lunch stop at an Italian restaurant at Russell and Immokalee is planned.
Mary suggested that perhaps members would like to attend the Swamp Buggy Races on January 18-29 at the Florida Sports Park at Rattlesnake Hammock and C.R. 951. Please let her know if you are interested.
Jackie and Karl Kempe have offered their Forest Lakes clubhouse for our February 12th (Sunday) potluck dinner. A volunteer is needed to coordinate the event. Members voted that Mary’s ukulele group be asked to entertain at the event.
Thanks to the efforts of Joanne Dempsey, the Naples Walking Club newsletter is being revived. Please send newsworthy items, jokes, trivia, etc. to Joanne (JDempsey811@gmail.com) before the first of each month. The newsletter will be distributed during the first week of the month.
There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 a.m.