March 2017 Meeting

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!


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Party Sunday!

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.


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NWC 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:

*Pat Fermanis
* 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.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Mumford.

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2017 – 15th Annual NAMI Walk is Fast Approaching!

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!


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NWC Minutes – January 2017

                                                       NAPLES WALKING CLUB

                                                                    NAPLES, FL

      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 ( 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 ( 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.

Respectfully submitted,

Carol Mumford

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Finance Report – January 2017



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Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from the Naples Walking Club!

Happy Holidays from the Naples Walking Club!

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Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary Date Update

Our February date for visiting Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is no longer available due to staffing issues. We are now scheduled for Saturday, January 21st at 9:00 for the 3-hour tour (cost $25 including admission) which will be a customized tour by naturalist Sally Stein. The tour will take us both on and off the boardwalk and into the pine flatwoods and bald cypress forest.

Some of you may be familiar with the sanctuary ( ). It has a 2.25 mile boardwalk through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, marshland, and a bald cypress forest, and it home to numerous birds including the wood stork, deer, and a variety of other wildlife). The Sanctuary is off Immokalee Road near Orange Tree. For those who are interested we could stop for lunch on our way back at a nice little Italian restaurant at Immokalee and Randall.

We need a minimum of 10 to have the customized tour. If we do not get 10 attendees then we would do the 10:30 tour on January 21st which would be 90 minutes on the boardwalk (cost $14 including admission).

Please let Carol know asap if you will do the 3-hour tour so that we can confirm the customized tour.

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Finance Report – December 2016

Attached is our Finance Report for December 2016.


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NWC Minutes – December 2016




President, Mary Moran, called the December meeting to order at 8:22 A.M. Twenty members were present. The following members have birthdays:

  • December 6 Mary Anne Bohannon
  • December 12 Carol Knoth
  • December 18 Judy Galer
  • December 22 George Hedden
  • December 22 Margo Peyrot
  • Happy Birthday to all!

Mary introduced Chante, who represents Blue Zones, who then addressed the members about Blue Zones: that it is underwritten by NCH. She then pointed out that he rate of obesity in the U.S. is 70% and that our children’s life expectancy is shorter than ours. That could be changed by adhering to Blue Zones recommendations. The movement originated in Okinawa, Japan where the average age reached is 101. Coming together with a common purpose adds seven years to your life.

Treasury Report: Nadine Kelly stated the club has a balance of $432.83.

Mileage: Joanne Dempsey reported seven members have reached 600 miles:  Ginny, Linda M., Lucy, Jane, Bonnie, Nadine, and Joanne. Mary Moran has 576 reported through November. If you have not yet done so, please report your mileage. There will be a $50.00 drawing for first place. Second and third place in the 600 miles will receive a T-shirt.

T-Shirts: Carole Levick reported the supply is very small.

Old/New Business: Four members attended the Elephant Fest at the zoo. About eight members attended the Alzheimer’s Walk at the Regional Park. The Kayaking tour at Lover’s Key State Park was wildly enjoyed with a lot of viewing of wildlife.

Christmas Party: Carol Greenberg and George Hedden will be hosting the party on Monday, December 12th at their home: 2228 Goshawk Court at 5:00 P.M. Phone number is 239-649-7722. Please bring a covered dish and four quarters.

Monthly meetings: A discussion was held concerning continuing the monthly meeting at Perkins. It was decided to do so.

Election of 2017 club officers: The 2017 Board:

  • Mary Moran – President
  • Gail Risner  – Vice President
  • Marsha McGuiness and Carole Levick  – Treasurer
  • Carol Mumford  – Secretary
  • Debbie Valante – Tshirt Coordinator
  • Joanne Dempsey – Membership/Communications/Webmaster
  • Open – Marketing/Publicity
  • Open – Historian/Photographer

The new board was elected by a unanimous vote and will commence in January.

Members are needed to volunteer for water stations at the Naples Half Marathon on January 15th.

The NAMI Walk will be held at Cambier Park on February 25th, 8:39-11:00 A.M. The club usually makes a donation toward this mental health charity.

National Walking Day is Wednesday, April 5th. Please think about participating.

Dues of $20.00 are due to Marsha McGuiness.

There was no other business and the meeting was adjourned at 9:01 A. M.

Respectfully submitted,

Lovice (Lovi) Holland

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