Portfolio Naples October 2017 - Page 38

GREATER NAPLES LEADERSHIP COLLIER COUNTY’S HIDDEN ASSET CLASS XXII ORIENTATION AT NAPLES SAILING & YACHT CLUB New members of the 2017-2018 class meet to learn about the session days and what is in store for them in their very active initial Masters Class year. After graduation, GNL’ers begin Founded more than 20 years ago by selected for GNL’s Masters Class. is community minded people, Greater exciting year-long program provides class their work in fulfilling the GNL mission Naples Leadership (GNL) is today one members with an opportunity to learn . . . to use their skills to better the com- of the largest volunteer organization in about the local community and its munity. ey are engaged in numerous volunteer nonprofit all of Collier County. and civic roles in- “GNL members are cluding board, advi- proven, experienced sory board, elected leaders from diverse officials, committee backgrounds,” ac- members, neighbor- cording to Norman hood HOA leaders, Feder, GNL presi- tutors, advocates dent. “ey are pas- and innovative sionate about giving founders. back to the commu- GNL also pro- nity, serving in a va- GNL Past Presidents gather for photo at 2017 annual meeting vides team expertise riety of ways—from volunteering as nonprofit board mem- needs. In day-long interactive sessions to help address community issues. bers to serving as public officials or pro- with leaders of various organizations, “This spring, GNL was asked to assist viding hands-on support to local nonprofits, and government agencies, a group of more than 30 organizations charities. It’s all about getting involved class members focus on local history, en- complete a survey questionnaire and vironment, economic development, ed- conduct focus groups as part of a broad and making a difference.” GNL’ers, as they’re called, actually ucation, the arts, health care, human ranging study of Collier County’s train for these roles. Each year, 40 or services, government, and Immokalee. needs,” said Doug Hartman, chairman more retired or semi-retired individuals, To date, more than 850 individuals have of the organization’s Community Serv- ice Committee. many of whom are new to the area, are “graduated” from the program. 36 PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE