2014-12-18 / Top News


Julie Pedretti, Laura Spell and Cheryl Lampard were welcomed as the newest members of the Naples Press Club at the club’s November meeting at the Hilton Naples. 
COURTESY PHOTO Julie Pedretti, Laura Spell and Cheryl Lampard were welcomed as the newest members of the Naples Press Club at the club’s November meeting at the Hilton Naples. COURTESY PHOTO ¦ Volunteer members of the Naples Orchid Society will be at Naples Botanical Garden from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, to offer expert, free advice to orchid aficionados. Bring your ailing orchid, or a photograph of it, so they can better diagnose the problem and recommend what to do to ensure better and more blooms. Garden admission not required. For more information, visit naplesgarden.org or naplesorchidsociety.org.

¦ Naples Ship Modelers is an informal group dedicated to the hobby of building wooden ship models. Members meet at 9:30 a.m. on the first and third Saturdays of every month at the Landmark Naples community in North Naples. The next meetings are Dec. 20 and Jan. 3. Members share their knowledge and building techniques and welcome new members. For more information, call Dick Ritchie at 594- 0868 or email dcritchie@comcast.net.

¦ The Naples base of the U.S. Submarine Veterans (USSVI) meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the American Legion Post 303, 27678 Imperial Shores Blvd. in Bonita Springs. The next meeting is Dec. 23. Membership is open to active duty and retired submariners who have earned the Qualified in Submarines designation. The local USSVI base commander is John Dykhuis of Naples. For more information, visit ussvi.org/base/naples.asp. ¦ Coastal Chess clubs in Naples and Marco Island welcome players of all levels for casual games and occasional tournaments. Marco meetings are from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday at the Lutheran Church, 525 N. Collier. Naples meetings are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday in the clubhouse at Moorings Park, off Goodlette-Frank Road just south of Pine Ridge Road. For more information, call Wade Keller at 389-2525, email wk@kellerpublishing.com or visit chess7.net.

¦ Members of the Marco Island Shell Club meet from 9-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at the United Church of Marco to craft shell art that will be sold during the clubs annul sale in March. Proceeds from the sale benefit scholarships for marine science students at FGCU. The church is at 320 N. Barfield Drive. Newcomers are always welcome at crafting sessions. For more information, call 963-4694.

¦ Pilot Club of Naples/Naples Pilot Foundation meets at 6 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at Perkins, 3585 Pine Ridge Road in Naples. The next meeting is Jan. 8. Pilot International focuses its charitable and educational efforts on brainrelated disorders and disabilities, including traumatic brain injuries, dementia and autism. Guests and new members are always welcome at meetings. Reservations are not required. Attendees order from the menu and pay for their meals. For more information, call Sue Lester 289-8268.

¦ The Naples chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, in the Kapnick Center at Naples Botanical Garden. Guest speaker George Wilder, herbarium curator and botanist at the Garden, will discuss “The Biology of Roots.” Admission is free, and res- ervations are not required. For more information, visit naples.fnpschapters.org.

¦ Those who write poetry or who simply enjoy listening to and reading poetry are invited to meet at The Norris Center from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, and Mondays, Feb. 9 and March 9. After the formal meeting, those who are interested can continue the evening with dinner at a Fifth Avenue restaurant. For more information, call (440) 554-1144 or email formulawriting@hotmail.com.

¦ The Naples Italian American Foundation has a full schedule of programs, dinners and other activities at its newly renovated and expanded headquarters at 7035 Airport-Pulling Road (corner of Orange Blossom Road). Here’s some of what’s on the regular schedule:

10 a.m. every weekday: Bocce on the lawn.

11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Friday: Mah jongg (free for NIAF members, $3 for others).

12:30 p.m. Tuesday: Intermediate bridge (free for members, $3 for others).

7-8 p.m. Thursday: Ballroom dance lessons ($10 per person).

For more information, call 597-5210.

¦ The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1067, Naples, is one of approximately 1,700 chapters worldwide. Members are pilots, student pilots, plane builders and aviation enthusiasts. The EAA Young Eagles program introduces youth ages 7-18 to aviation.

Beginning in January, meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month in the pilots’ lounge at Naples Municipal Airport. The next meeting is Jan. 7. The club also holds a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month, also starting in January. For more information, visit eaa1067.com.

¦ Naples Newcomers Club welcomes women who have moved to the area within the past five years. In addition to a monthly luncheon, members get together to explore Naples and to enjoy a variety of interests, from books to bridge and mah-jongg to gourmet cooking and conversations over coffee. A coffee for prospective new members takes place on the first Thursday of each month. For more information, call 298-4083 or visit naplesnewcomers.com.

¦ Toastmasters International teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Guests are always welcome. Local Toastmasters chapters, meeting times and locations include:

Bonita Toastmasters: 7 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday at the Bonita Springs Fire Station, 27701 Bonita Grande Drive. For more information, call Pamela Houze at (214) 355-6069.

Collier Communique Club: 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday at the North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive. Call Robert Rizzo at (407) 493-8584.

Marco Island Toastmasters: 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday at Centennial Bank, 645 Elkcam Circle, Marco Island. E-mail Chris Pritchard at colliertoastmasters@gmail.com.

Naples Sunrise Bay Toastmasters:

7:30 a.m. on the first and third Tuesday in Moss Hall at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive. Call Steve McCann at 777-8851.

Naples Toastmasters: 7 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday at Naples General Aviation Center, 200 Aviation Drive N. Call Dorian Ray at 260-4709 or email dorianray11@gmail.com.

Toast of the Coast Toastmasters: Noon on the second and fourth Friday at the American Cancer Society, 5020 Tamiami Trail N. Call Marianne Oehser at 434-9900.

Naples Advanced Toastmasters: 6:3p.m. on the second and fourth Monday at the North Collier Government Center, 2335 Orange Blossom Drive. Email Christine Cargnoni at ccc@financeinlife.com. This club has prerequisites for membership.

¦ The Southwest Florida chapter of the Kiwi Club, a social and charitable organization of present and former flight attendants of American Airlines, TWA and other airlines acquired by or merged with American Airlines, meets on the fourth Saturday of every month at various locations. The local chapter supports Pace Center for Girls-Collier at Immokalee and the Collier County Hunger & Homeless Coalition. New members are always welcome. For more information, call (781) 962-5311.

¦ The Naples chapter of PFLAG, Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a support, education and advocacy group for families with gay or transgender members, meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. The next meeting is Jan. 15. Call 963-4670 for location.

¦ Pearls of Naples invites women who are interested in socializing at restaurants, movies, art fairs, theaters and more to explore membership in the club. Members are required to attend at least five business luncheons, held monthly on the third Thursday at various clubhouses and venues in Naples. For more information, visit pearlsofnaples.org and click on “How to Join” or email 3rd_ vice_ president@pearlsofnaples.org.

¦ The Collier County Men’s Republican Club (women welcome) meets for buffet breakfast and a program from 7:45-9 a.m. on the first Friday of every month at Pelican Marsh Golf Club. The next meeting is Jan. 2. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for others. RSVP by emailing patriotart@centurylink.net. For more information, visit collierrepublicanmensclub.com.

¦ Naples Nites Lions Club meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at Perkins on Pine Ridge Road at Interstate-75. The next meetings are Jan. 13 and 27. All current and former Lions are welcome. For more information, call Dan Sams at 352-2827.

¦ The Democratic Women’s Club of Collier County welcomes members and guests to its meetings from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of the month in the Walden Oaks Professional Center, 6710 Lone Oak Blvd. The next meeting is Jan. 17. For more information, email dwcpresident@gmail.com. ¦

— Email club news to Cindy Pierce at cpierce@floridaweekly.com.

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