¦ Naples Garden Club members thought they had packed away all things Cinderella following their successful Naples Flower Show. But then “Miss Ella” herself made a surprise appearance at the April membership meeting. Complete in her blue ball gown and signature bouffant, it was Donna McGinnis, president and CEO of Naples Botanical Garden, channeling the Disney princess.
Ms. McGinnis was at the meeting to accept a check on behalf of NBG, as were representatives of seven other community organizations that received Naples Garden Club grants ranging from $1,300- $30,000. In addition to NBG, this year’s grant recipients are: Collier Senior Resources, Friends of Fakahatchee, Grace Place for Children and Families, Habitat for Humanity, JCFS Senior Center, The Naples Zoo and Providence House. The club also funds annual scholarships through its Endowed Scholarship Fund at Florida Gulf Coast University.
Projects funded include summer internships, establishing a serenity garden, building an outdoor classroom, conserving irreplaceable plant collections, growing and eating healthy vegetables, landscaping new low-income communities and a range of field trips.
¦ Members and invited guests of Women’s Republican Club of Naples Federated meet for “Cocktails & Conversation” from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Café Luna at Naples Walk. Guest speaker Frank Gaffney is the founder and president of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Cost is $20. Reservations are required and can be made at www.colliergop.org.
¦ Young Democrats of Collier County meet from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Collier County Dems headquarters, 600 Goodlette-Frank Road. For more information, visit www.collierdems.org.
¦ The Naples chapter of PFLAG, Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, a support, education and advocacy group for families with gay or trans- gender members, meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Road. For more information, call 963-4670 or visit pflagnaples.org.
¦ The PCBUG computer and technology club invites all those interested in learning more about computers and mobile devices to meet at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at Naples Regional Library, 650 Central Ave. For more information call J. Burke at 659-0659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ The Gulf Coast Orchid Alliance meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, at the Naples Conference Center, 1455 Pine Ridge Road. Admission is free, and all are welcome. The alliance welcomes donations of out-of-bloom or unwanted orchids, which members use for educational purposes. Free pick up is available and can be arranged by calling 498-9741. For more information, visit gulfcoastorchidalliance.com.
¦ The Big Cypress Chapter-Daughters of the American Revolution meets at 11 a.m. Friday, April 21. After time for socializing, the meeting will be called to order at 11:20 a.m. Guest speaker Donald Green will present “A Re-enactment of Ben Franklin.” Special guest will be Honorary State Regent Donna Cullen. DAR members and guests are welcome. For reservations, location or more information, call Annie MacLean at 777-4586. For more information about DAR, visit www.dar.org.
¦ Collier Progressives meet from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the home of a member. For more information, visit www.collierdems.org.
¦ The Antique Automobile Club of America–Naples Marco Region members meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday at First United Church of Naples, 388 First Ave. S. Visitors are always welcome. The next meetings are April 24 and May 8. For general information about the club, call Paul Rhoads at 877-3228 or visit www.aacanaplesmarco.org.
¦ The Collier County Stamp Club meets from 7-9 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Naples Airport Office Building, 200 Aviation Drive. The next meeting is April 27. Stamp trading follows the evening’s program. All stamp enthusiasts are welcome. For more information, call 348-9845.
¦ Pi Beta Phi alumnae in the Naples, Bonita Springs, Estero and Marco Island areas are invited to an “Angels on the Town” mixer from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Pelican Bay North Beach. For more information and for required reservations, call (240) 498-6630 or email email@example.com.
¦ Toast of The Coast Toastmasters Club #6544, a President’s Distinguished Club, meets from noon to 1 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday of every month at the American Cancer Society office, 5020 Tamiami Trail N. The next meetings are April 28 and May 12. For more information, call 777-0416 or visit www.ToastOfTheCoast.org.
¦ The Gulf Breeze Button Club meets at 11:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at the Golden Gate Community Center. The next meeting is May 2. All who are interested in collecting and studying antique clothing buttons are welcome. For more information, call 682-6117.
¦ Tech4Good SWFL invites staff and volunteers of area nonprofit organizations to a discussion of “Collaboration Tools for Nonprofit Boards and Remote Workers” from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6340 Napa Woods Way. Guest speakers are consultants Robin Larkin, Mina Merkel and Susan Suarez.
The free club is for staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations who want to learn more about using technology to advance their mission, community engagement and fundraising. Admission is free and a light dinner is served. RSVPs are requested to firstname.lastname@example.org Learn more at www.tech4goodswfl.org.
¦ Members of the Naples Ski Club meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, in the Parrot Room a the Gulf Coast Inn, 2555 Tamiami Trail N. Skiers and snowboarders are welcome to learn about ski trips and local social activities.
For more information, call 839-3711 or visit www.naplesskiclub.com.
¦ The Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1067-Naples meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at Naples Municipal Airport. The next meeting is May 3. Members also serve a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month in the pilots’ lounge at Naples Municipal Airport. Admission for $5 includes coffee, pancakes, bacon or sausage and orange juice. All proceeds benefit the EAA Young Eagles program that acquaints youth ages 8-17 with aviation as a career. The next breakfast is May 14.
The Naples EAA chapter is one of approximately 1,700 chapters worldwide. Members are pilots, student pilots, plane builders and aviation enthusiasts.
For more information, call 649-6627 or visit www.eaa1067.com.
¦ Members and guests of the Naples Press Club will hear a discussion about the future of media in Southwest Florida at the club’s lunch meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Tiburon Golf & Country Club. Panelists are Georgie Beasley, director of digital sales for Beasley Media Group SWFL; Bill Barker, president and publisher of the Naples Daily News and Gannett regional vice president; and Joe Schwartzel, general manager of WINK-TV. $30 for members, $40 for others ($10 for students). RSVP by emailing RSVP@naplespressclub.org.
¦ The Naples Orchid Society invites members and guests to its monthly meeting Thursday evening, May 4, at Moorings Presbyterian Church, 791 Harbour Drive. Doors open and flower registration begins at 6:30 p.m., flower judging is at 7:10 p.m. and the program is at 7:45 p.m. For more information, visit www.naplesorchidsociety.org.
¦ Naples Ship Modelers is an informal group dedicated to building wooden ship models. Members meet at 9:30 a.m. on the first and third Saturday at the Landmark Naples community in North Naples. The next meetings are May 6 and 20. Members should bring their works in progress and be prepared to share techniques and tips. All are invited to enjoy lunch afterward at Fitzgerald’s. RSVP by emailing Joe Geithmann at email@example.com. For more information about the club, call Dick Ritchie at 594-0868 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
¦ The Genealogical Society of Collier County meets Tuesday evening, May 9, in the fellowship hall at Faith Lutheran Church, 4150 Goodlette-Frank Road. Speaker Virginia Bailey will present a program about the Congressional Cemetery, the final resting place of many of the country’s most notable men and women. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the program starts at 7 p.m. Attendance is free, and all are welcome. For more information, visit www.thegscc.org.
¦ 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 May 20. For more information, visit www.collierdems.org or email email@example.com. ¦
— Email club news to Cindy Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org.