The “Giver” Program is Staying After School

Giver and his team had a whirlwind two days in Tallahassee to discuss the “Giver” Program with state legislators and education stakeholders. Rep. Erik Fresen (R-114), Chair of Education Appropriations Subcommittee, met with President and CEO Karen Conley, Giver, Rep. Kathleen Passidomo and Director of Development Suzanne Todd.

Giver and his team had a whirlwind two days in Tallahassee to
discuss the “Giver” Program with state legislators and education stakeholders.
Rep. Erik Fresen (R-114), Chair of Education Appropriations Subcommittee,
met with President and CEO Karen Conley, Giver, Rep. Kathleen Passidomo
and Director of Development Suzanne Todd.

Charity for Change has reached an exciting milestone in the plan for expansion of its “Giver” Program. After six years as a 30-week classroom-based initiative, the program is now being offered in afterschool programs.

Mike Davis Elementary School in January was the first site to offer the “Giver” Program to the 125 students in its afterschool activities. The program is being administered by After School Programs, Inc. (ASP), which operates accredited afterschool programs at more than 75 sites in Collier, Broward, Miami-Dade and Orange counties. Charity for Change is in discussion with ASP to add the “Giver” Program at more sites through the spring and for the 2014-15 school year.

“We are excited to have new opportunities to reach more students with our character education program,” says President and CEO Karen Conley. “As we connect with more and more people working in schools and afterschool environments, they see the value in our turnkey curriculum that meets current math standards as well as requirements of 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants.”

Conley and Director of Development Suzanne Todd attended the Florida Afterschool Conference and the Florida School Counselor Association conference last fall to tell educators about the “Giver” Program. The curriculum supports student achievement, character development and community engagement as students develop empathy for others and learn about the importance of charities and volunteerism.

Components of the “Giver” Program include an interactive website, grade-level math questions that align with current state standards, The “Giver” Program is ‘Staying After School’ puzzles, puppet shows, certificates, lesson plans, contests, incentive prizes, animated and live mascots, awards assemblies, and classroom visits and thank you letters from the charities.

charity for change 2At State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo’s invitation, they also spent two days in Tallahassee with her, discussing the “Giver” Program with members of the Florida House of Representatives Education Committee and Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Florida Department of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Florida Afterschool Network, and Foundation for Florida’s Future.

“We are honored by the support of our donors, our partnership with the Collier school district, and the encouragement of leaders such as Rep. Passidomo,” says Conley. “We have all worked together to develop and fine-tune the “Giver” Program so that it is ready to be a valuable tool in educational systems anywhere. We look forward to the day we reach every K-5 student in Collier County.”

Artis – Naples March 2014

Don Quixote

Russian National Ballet Theatre
Founded in Moscow during the transitional Perestroika period of the late 1980s,
the Russian National Ballet Theatre blends the timeless traditions of classical Russian
Ballet with new developments in dance from around the world. Under the artistic
direction of legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko, the Russian
National Ballet Theatre has dedicated itself to developing new dance talent while
preserving Russia’s great ballet works including virtually every major work by iconic
choreographer Marius Petipa. His legendary Don Quixote will thrill Artis—Naples
audiences this season.
Note: This performance is set to recorded music.
March 3, 8 p.m. • Price $79

The Grascals

Among the most beloved bands on today’s bluegrass scene, Grammy Awardnominated
The Grascals bring a rare passion to their timely, yet timeless body of
work. From original songs to reworked bluegrass classics, The Grascals’ combination of
musical drive and soulfulness shines through, earning the admiration of audiences and
critics alike.
March 9, 5:30 and 8 p.m. • Price $50

Late Nite Catechism

Join Artis—Naples for the Easter edition of Chicago’s long-running comedy show,
Late Nite Catechism. Part catechism class, part stand-up routine, the interactive show
will unearth origins of Easter bunnies, eggs and, of course, Peeps. Strap on your Easter
bonnet and bring the whole family to the Daniels Pavilion as Sister explains it all in this
hilarious, seasonal version of the Late Nite Catechism series.
March 5, 6, 7 and 8, 8:30 p.m. • Price $55

Jersey Boys

Winner of the 2006 Tony Award, Jersey Boys charts the dramatic rise and eventual
break-up of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. One of the best-selling musical groups
of all-time, The Four Seasons provide more than enough hits for this documentarystyle,
jukebox musical—Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Working My
Way Back to You. Still on Broadway after 3,000 performances, Jersey Boys remains
a wildly popular triumph of contemporary musical theater and, according to Ben
Brantley of the New York Times, “is as real and vivid as the sting of your hands clapping
together. The crowd goes wild.”
Tuesday evening’s performance generously underwritten by Physicians Regional Healthcare System.
Wednesday evening’s performance is generously underwritten by Moorings Park and Moorings Park at
Grey Oaks.
March 11-14, 8 p.m., March 15, 2 and 8 pm. March 16, 2 and 7 p.m.
• Price $135

The Peking Acrobats

Building on an acrobatic tradition stretching back to the Ch’in Dynasty, the Peking
Acrobats have dazzled audiences worldwide by “pushing the envelope of human
possibility.” (New York Post) Featured performers in the film Ocean’s 11 and on
countless television specials, the Peking Acrobats is made up of some of the most
breath-taking and accomplished acrobatic entertainers in the world. Come let
this Guinness World Record-holding troupe take your breath away.
This performance is generously underwritten by Physicians Regional Healthcare System.
March 17, 8 p.m. • Price Starting at $45

All That Jazz

The Naples Philharmonic Jazz Orchestra is joined by guitarist Pete Bernstein for an
intimate evening of jazz composition. Known for his warm tone and lyrical melodic
lines, Bernstein has been at the forefront of contemporary jazz for more than two
decades. In addition to his longtime partnership with Jim Hall, Bernstein has played
with Diana Krall, Roy Hargrove and Christian McBride and is a member of The Blue
Note 7 and Sonny Rollins’ new quintet.
March 19, 6 and 8:30 p.m. • Price Starting at $41

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

The internationally acclaimed Israel Philharmonic Orchestra takes the Hayes Hall stage
under the direction of Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda for a program
of exquisite French composition. The program opens with Gabriel Fauré’s Pelléas et
Mélisande, a suite derived from the incidental music the composer created for the
Maurice Maeterlinck play that would later inspire works by Debussy, Schoenberg and
Sibelius. Fauré’s suite is followed by two of Ravel’s most cherished forays into the form:
the Mother Goose and second Daphnis et Chloé suites. Both suites are quintessential
Ravel—radiantly orchestrated, expertly textured and full of wonder. The program
concludes with Berlioz’s triumph, the Symphonie Fantastique. One of the most popular
works in contemporary symphonic literature, the Symphonie Fantastique is Berlioz’s
epic self-portrait, depicting the obsessions, dreams, tantrums and tenderness of an
artist in love.
March 25, 8 p.m. • Price Starting at $150

Caught in Time

Juan’s sight was saved thanks to a visit aboard the Healthcare Network’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®.

Juan’s sight was saved thanks to a visit aboard the
Healthcare Network’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®.

For thousands of children in Collier County, a visit on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® provides their very first interaction with a doctor. Most of the time, the screenings on this mobile pediatric clinic operated by the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, disclose basic health concerns which are easily remediated. But sometimes these visits reveal serious health risks that would have had tragic consequences had they not been discovered in time.

Such is the case of 11-year-old Juan. One year ago, after a vision screening onboard the Care Mobile, Juan’s parents were told he would lose his sight in a matter of months due to an eye injury that had been neglected.

It is not uncommon for underserved families to delay expensive medical treatment, especially when surface injuries appear to heal on their own.

In Juan’s case, extenuating problems not visible above the skin’s surface exacerbated over time and were diagnosed just in the nick of time thanks to the Care Mobile.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program Coordinator Andy Guiterrez keeps the wheels on the bus rolling to ensure quality healthcare is accessible to all children in Collier County.

Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Program Coordinator Andy Guiterrez keeps the wheels on
the bus rolling to ensure quality healthcare is accessible to all children in Collier County.

Care Mobile personnel took immediate action, working with Juan’s school nurse and the staff and physicians of Healthcare Network, who, after five months of teamwork, were able to get him the surgeries he needed to save his vision.

In partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of SWFL and the Naples Children and Education Foundation, Healthcare Network takes its “rolling pediatric clinic” to schools, community centers and neighborhoods to deliver dental care and medical screenings to thousands of underserved children.

Since its inception in 2004, more than 17,000 children have received services and gained access to continuing dental and medical care aboard the Care Mobile, one of the Healthcare Network’s 13 clinics that serve nearly half the children in Collier County.

Today Juan is looking forward to a bright future and many more hours of riding his bike thanks to the knowledgeable, caring staff aboard the Care Mobile.

You can help ensure the Care Mobile is there for children like Juan by supporting the 8th Annual Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® Classic, 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Quail West Golf Club. Ticket includes box lunch, 18 holes of golf, cart, green fees, range balls, awards reception and prime rib dinner. Call 239.658.3113239.658.3113 for information on tickets or sponsorship opportunities. Information about Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida, its office locations and services, can be found at www.healthcareswfl.org.

The Healthcare Network’s Ronald McDonald
Care Mobile will celebrate its
8th Annual Golf Tournament
Thursday, April 10, 2014, at Quail West.
Call 239.658.3113239.658.3113 for information on tickets or
sponsorship opportunities. Information about Healthcare
Network of Southwest Florida, its office locations and
services, can be found at www.healthcareswfl.org.

Triumph 2014

Lives of Purpose honoring “The Ghost Army” A WWII Traveling road Show of Deception

tankOne of the best-kept secrets of World War II will be shared in Naples in 2014. On March 27, at the Hertz Hangar at Naples Municipal Airport, The Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida will honor “The Ghost Army.” Armed with truckloads of inflatable tanks, a world class collection of sound effects records, and more than a few tricks up their sleeves, this handpicked group of G.I.s, was known officially as the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops. They landed in France to conduct a special mission, deceiving the Germans about U.S. troop strength and location at strategically important sites in France, Germany, Luxembourg and Belgium.

Little was known about this top-secret unit until the early 1990’s. Their creativity saved thousands of lives. So realistic were their impersonations of varied and vastly larger U.S. Army units, that they misled the Germans into making serious strategic mistakes, and bought time for the U.S. Army until the real men and materials were ready to participate. The unit took part in more than twenty operations from 1944 – 1945. If Japan hadn’t surrendered, the unit would have played a part in the invasion of Japan as well.

Composed of artists and sound technicians, specially recruited and trained, the unit tailored their creations for the mission at hand.

They impersonated other units, built phony planes, convoys, gun emplacements and even a fake Headquarters. They set up decoy, yet realistic, radio operations. The aircraft they created were purposely left visible to fool enemy reconnaissance flights. Many members of “The Ghost Army” went on to memorable careers in a number of fields, among them artist and sculptor Ellsworth Kelly and designer Bill Blass.

ghost artist“The Ghost Army” will be the 2014 National Honoree for the Holocaust Museum’s annual fund-raising event, Triumph 2014 – Lives of Purpose. The event will be held on Thursday, March 27, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., at the Hertz Hangar at Naples Municipal Airport. The Triumph Awards acknowledge contributions by individuals and organizations who, having overcome adversity and opposition, positively affect the lives of others. On hand to accept the National Triumph Award will be a veteran of the Ghost Army, and Rick Beyer, the producer of the recently aired PBS documentary, “The Ghost Army”. As the documentary said, “Illusion was their ultimate weapon.”

Earlier in the evening, at 5:30 p.m., the Patron Reception will be held at the Hertz Hangar. Mr. Beyer will introduce and show “The Ghost Army”, followed by a Q & A with the Ghost Army veteran and Mr. Beyer.

The Patron Reception event will also include a surprise for the guests. As a follow up to Triumph 2014, the Museum will present the related exhibit “Artists of Deception, the Ghost Army of World War II – A Multi-Layered Tale of Showmanship Featuring the Art of the 23rd HQ Special Troops” in April and May.

This year’s Triumph 2014 Local Honoree is Ms. Schaeffer McHenry, a graduate of Gulf Coast High School and a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy. While a student at Gulf Coast, Ms. McHenry created an unique student organization called “The Friendship Circle”. Her inspiration for doing so is her cousin, Sara, who has Down syndrome. Sara had a very full and active social life in high school, and never lets her disability get in the way. Ms. McHenry wanted to be sure her own fellow students wouldn’t miss out on the social aspects of school life due to their disabilities. The organization made such an impact on all the students involved, Gulf Coast High School administration has made it a permanent Club.

Ms. McHenry will be present to accept the Award and talk about “The Friendship Circle.”

The Museum is very pleased to have as this year’s co-chairs of the event, Ms. Maureen Lerner and Ms. Nancy White, both long-time supporters of the Museum and its educational programs. The Honorary Chairperson for Triumph 2014 is Peter Thomas, a prior Triumph Award Honoree. Mr. Thomas, a well-known narrator and Naples resident, is a World War II veteran of the 104th U.S. Infantry Division. As a young soldier, he participated in both the D-Day Invasion and the liberation of the Nordhausen Concentration Camp.

Appropriately, given the military focus of this year’s Honorees, the event will be held at Naples Municipal Airport, which served as an Army Airfield training site during World War II. The airport also houses the Museum of Military Memorabilia, which displays a wide variety of donated military uniforms and artifacts from past conflicts.

In addition to the presentation of the Triumph Awards, the event includes a silent auction and small plate dining provided by some of Naples’ finest chefs. All proceeds from Triumph 2014 benefit The Holocaust Museum & Education Center’s Educational Programs.

Tickets for both the Patron Reception and Triumph Event can be purchased through the Holocaust Museum. For additional information on tickets, Patron levels, Sponsorship opportunities, and any other inquiries, please contact the Museum at 239.263.9200239.263.9200, or visit our website: www.holocaustmuseumswfl.org.

3 Million Reasons To Celebrate

Top Left: Baby Basics of Collier County has over 100 dedicated volunteers who lend their time and talents to the organization – including this group of volunteers who spent the day handing out diapers to Baby Basics’ participant families.

Top Left: Baby Basics of Collier
County has over 100 dedicated
volunteers who lend their time
and talents to the organization –
including this group of volunteers
who spent the day handing out
diapers to Baby Basics’ participant
families.

If you couldn’t provide diapers for your child, where would you turn? While this might not affect you personally, it probably hits closer to home than yo might think. In Collier County and Bonita Springs alone, there are over 1,500 families that have difficulty providing diapers for their babies. With diapers for one child adding up to at least $936 per year, it’s a costly, but necessary item. According to a study published in the Journal Pediatrics (July 29, 2013), “diaper need” — the inability to afford to keep a child in clean diapers — affects one out of three low income, working moms and babies in the United States each day.

Did you know that there is a 100% volunteer driven organization located right here in Naples that is championing this very cause? Baby Basics of Collier County was formed in 2004 by Jean Ann Lynch. Lynch had already successfully started several Baby Basics operations – including the national umbrella organization – and saw the need in this area.

So, how does Baby Basics of Collier County work? It’s pretty simple really. Families interested in the program are referred from local social service agencies and are screened for qualification. To participate in the program, families must meet certain criteria – which include at least one working parent or guardian, demonstrated financial need, and the family may not be receiving federal or state cash assistance.

Those families who meet the criteria come to the closest distribution site to pick up a free supply of diapers. Volunteers greet the families, help them select the proper size, and provide information about the next distribution and other opportunities for supportive services.

Baby Basics’ volunteer, Wayne Antworth, distributes diapers – and kindness – to one of the many families who participate in this important program.

Baby Basics’
volunteer, Wayne Antworth,
distributes diapers – and kindness
– to one of the many families
who participate in this important
program.

In the nine years since Baby Basics of Collier County’s inception, the numbers are staggering. The organization has grown from helping 10 babies to 345 babies each month; has impacted 1,600 families in Collier County and Bonita springs; and has provided those families with three million diapers.

Baby Basics of Collier County and its hundreds of dedicated volunteers decided it was important to celebrate this milestone and will host “The 3 Millionth Diaper Celebration” on Thursday, March 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Waterside Shops in Naples. The 3 Millionth Diaper Celebration will allow Baby Basics of Collier County volunteers and donors to celebrate this amazing accomplishment, while also educating the public about the organization’s mission. The evening will include live music and an array of delicious appetizers. Individual tickets to The 3 Millionth Diaper Celebration are just $25. Baby Basics of Collier County’s The Three Millionth Diaper Celebration is sponsored by Life in Naples, Waterside Shops, Classical 88.7, IMA Creative, Inc., Shula’s, Willow Creek Advisors, Patrick Dearborn LLC, The Beacon Group at Morgan Stanley and Morgan Stanley Naples, and escales PARIS.

Baby Basics of Collier County is so much more than just an organization. It’s a family. Just ask Steve Stresen-Reuter. Stresen-Reuter volunteers his time to distribute the tractor truckload of diapers that Baby Basics purchases to each of the eight distribution sites in and around Collier County. “I volunteer with Baby Basics because I believe that if you are blessed, you have to bless others. I believe in Baby Basics and want to help fulfill the organization’s mission,” said Stresen-Reuter.

And, just who does Baby Basics help? For a family in Immokalee, Baby Basics means the world. With a combined salary of just $1,800 per month from working in the tomato fields from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day, and three children, it is hard for this particular mother and father to make ends meet. With the assistance of Baby Basics, this family is grateful to now be able to buy shoes, clothing, and food for their children – who are now thriving in school.

For more information about Baby Basics or The Three Millionth Diaper Celebration, please visit www.BabyBasicsCollier.org.

GreenCare

Wintertime in Southwest Florida can be a challenging time to keep landscapes beautiful. Despite the fact that it’s warmer here than up north, our cold fronts that bring moisture followed by cool weather, and even frosts, can be harsh on our tropical horticulture. Conventional wisdom tells us to water plants that look weak, but before you get the hose, keep reading.

Overwatering may be the biggest mistake I see as a landscape care provider. With this summer’s unprecedented rains, I’ve seen it more this year than ever. Lawns and shrubbery alike suffer greatly from getting too much water, especially in cool weather. More alarming is that once overwatering damage is done, it’s difficult to see improvement until we get warm weather again, by which point, many residents have already headed north.

Overwatered lawns become subject to fungal diseases that cause spotty blades and damaged patches. They develop weak root structures, making them less resistant to dry conditions and damaging insects in the summer. They also tend to be weakly colored, and suffer from weeds. Shrubs like Bougainvillea and Gardenia will lose their foliage when overwatered, and more shrubs still become subject to damaging, rotting fungi.

Lawns and plants that are stressed coming into season are more vulnerable to cool weather and overwatering damage. Landscapesthat were mowed, trimmed, irrigated, or fertilized improperly prior to the cool weather become extra susceptible.

The most important thing to do is to plan ahead. Make sure your plants are healthy while it’s warm, so they are less likely to be damaged by cool, wet conditions. Keep your irrigation systems turned down while it’s cool—save on that water bill, make sure your plants are fertilized correctly, and preventively treat for fungal diseases.

A competent landscaper can help you with all of these and your landscape will remain healthy and beautiful.

Local Experience, Exceptional Service, Sustainable Practices

Gordon Vanscoy is co-owner of GreenCare US, a Naples-based landscape care company.

Questions for next issue’s column can be presented to Gordon gvanscoy@greencare.us. GreenCare can be reached via telephone at

239.288.2222239.288.2222 or via the internet at www.GreenCare.us.

Big Hearts, Big Dreams

Be it resolvedBy Karen Coney Coplin

You don’t have to be a kid, have a kid, or even be a ‘kid at heart,’ to help a kid in need! What if you learned about an organization where over HALF the alumni credited their involvement with these words: ‘The Club saved my life’?

The mission of the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as  productive, caring, responsible citizens locally – and beyond. Recently, Captain Winston E. Scott, USN, Ret. had the full attention of club kids, staff and supporters hearing his true-life tales of Endeavor and Columbia shuttle missions, space walks, and more. He did so with such a sense of grace, gratitude and humor, that no one left his talk untouched by his personality and experiences. He was a real ‘downto-earth’ astronaut! As a Miami boys’ club alumni, he had many positive comments about the ways his club experience provided a successful life foundation.

“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the moon.” – Paul Brandt

There will be several events coming up in March which provide Naples residents with an opportunity to learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Collier County located on 7500 Davis Blvd., phone: 239.325.1700 and become involved in making a difference in the lives of local children and teens. Also, stay tuned for details about “Talent and Appreciation Night” on April 8, 2014.

For instance, during March 23 – 29, you are invited to “Open the Door and Take the Tour” – I did, as a preview for this article – I’ll be back! – and learn, firsthand, about our Naples neighborhood club, and how local kids are guided on many levels: with educational, emotional, physical and social development supports. This includes items as simple – and necessary – as a nutritious meal a child or teenager might not otherwise have – and the warm greetings by staff reception as club kids arrive after the school day has ended.

Or there may be more in-depth education and career mentoring, exposure to the arts, and encouragement with sports, fitness, and recreation.

Since the week of March 23, 2014 is National Boys & Girls Club Week, our local club is participating with a very special event: the second annual Youth of the Year Celebration, to be held on Monday, March 24, at Artis-Naples, beginning with a 6 p.m. cocktail reception, 7 p.m. sponsor dinner, and culminating with the 8 p.m. Youth of the Year award program. Featured guests and speakers for this event include Shaquille O’Neal, a Boys & Girls Club alumni who donated $1 million to help build technology centers in Clubs nationwide and retired NBA professional basketball player, and Dick Vitale, noted college basketball analyst on ESPN.

The Youth of the Year Celebration honors club members for a variety of achievements including academic success, peer support, good character and citizenship, embracing healthy lifestyles, and more.

Students are nominated for this prestigious award and must prepare speeches and support their nomination with independent letters of recommendation. This is a tremendous accomplishment which may pave the way to future competitions – the local award winner will compete statewide and have the potential to go on regionally and nationally, for up to $50,000 in college scholarships. To register for the event, which promises to be an inspirational evening, and a soldout one at that, contact Brigette Fahl at the Boys & Girls Club at 239.325.1765, or via email: bfahl@bgccc.com.

This year’s local Youth of the Year Nominees hail from East Naples Middle School, Golden Gate High School, the I-Tech Culinary Arts program in Immokalee, Lely High School, Lorenzo Walker Institute of Technology, Manatee Middle School, Seacrest Country Day School, and some also participate in CROP – a College Reach Out Program of Florida Gulf Coast University.

Join me in congratulating this year’s nominees, who have shared insightful, witty, and remarkable stories available on the Club’s website bgccc.com – of overcoming hardships and achieving new and wonderful goals: Christina Arredondo, Dulce Avila, Isaac Burgos. Jerry Chevalier, Jhonnan Desinor, Clairvens Florexil, America Gutierrez, Ashley Hernandez, Wineldo Jean, Emma Jean-Marie, Jasmine Joseph, Thanise Marc, Varsha Nazareth, Rachael Pence, Miltch Pierre, Shana St. Fleur, Jeffrey St. Julus, Julian Vallejo, Jesus Vilas and Essence Wright.

Special congratulations to the four finalists, one of whom will be named Youth of the Year on March 24, 2014: Ashley Hernandez, Julian Vallego, Jasmine Joseph and Thanise Marc!

Email Karen at NaplesKCC@gmail.com if you are a

Boys and Girls Club alumni with a story to share or, if you

have another organization for a future Heart to Heart

column. Special thanks to Terry and Christine Flynn

who helped bring the Youth of the Year celebration to

my attention. They’re among the local Club’s numerous

dedicated supporters and Terry, himself, a boys’ club

alumni who have boundless passion for the Club

kids and their futures.

Time For A New Email Address?

How long do you usually keep your car before trading it in? How long since you upgraded your computer? Have you had the same email address for over 10 years? Maybe it’s time for a change.

Often I am asked about how to change an email address. Sometimes a client has been ‘hacked,’ and their email and password have been compromised. Sometimes the amount of junk mail, or ‘Spam,’ becomes a relentless barrage that cannot be held back. There are several solutions to these dilemmas, including creating a stronger password, unsubscribing (this only works when it is a legitimate site!) and using junk mail filters.

Sometimes it is easier to start fresh with a new email address, and I will describe that process in this article. Depending on the email service that you’re using and how much effort you want to put into things, changing your email address can be either easy or difficult.

More likely, it will be closer to the easy side if you plan and follow the steps reviewed here.

First, it is a good idea to keep your current email active if creating a new one for usage. This will allow you to monitor the old account and check for any messages from senders not aware that your email has changed.

Next, you can decide on a new email provider, or you can reserve your own domain for email. There are several free services: Gmail (yourname@gmail.com), Apple’s iCloud (yourname@icloud.com) and Yahoo! (yourname@yahoo.com) are some of the largest. Another option is to get your own domain (www.yourname.com) and then you have a personal email address (you@yourname.com) that is unique and memorable. This can be done for around $30 per year.

After you create the new account, you will need to send out an electronic ‘Change of Address’ notice. This can be simple and to the point, it will go to those friends, family and associates that you correspond with regularly, we will address other accounts later. You have probably received several such emails from your friends, this time it is you who will be sending it. Here is a simple template:

Subject: My New Email Address

Message Body: Effective immediately, my new email address will be

example@example.com. Please copy this address and paste it into

your address book, replacing my prior email.

Thanks!

Jeff

• Important: Send this email only from your new email address, and make sure to put all the recipients into the BCC field to avoid sending your entire address book to everyone. This is short, simple and to the point.

You now have a fresh, clean email account that is only known by those you shared it with. Continue to monitor your ‘old’ address for any stragglers that did not get the notice, and you can notify them of your new address as needed.

Updating your accounts:

Rather than trying to sit down and remember all the places your email address is stored online, do it as you go. Fill out the change of address forms on sites you are registered with as you return to them, this will make the task less daunting. Keep a list of those you have completed for reference. Also remember that your username is often your email address, and this may not need to be changed everywhere it is used.

You often have a separate username and contact email, you may keep your old username but make sure to change your contact email in your account settings for each website.

One reason to keep the older email active is that you can use that when you need to fill out a form that requires an email address, this will help you keep the junk separate form the valid emails. You could also create a second new email address, often called an alias, which you could use only for forms and shopping, to help filter any resulting junk mail. Also remember that it is often not a good idea to delete an email account entirely, as you may need to check it for messages from those you correspond with less frequently. There will come a time that you only need to check that old email account once a month or less!

Changing your email does not have to be a difficult process, and by following the steps listed it should be an easy endeavor.

Jeff Bohr

Naples Mac Help

239.595.0482239.595.0482 | jeff@naplesmachelp.com

Driven By Quality Elevating Standards

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Building a custom home defines your accomplishments, personality, and way of life. Our consultative approach to building a custom home is what sets us apart from other custom-home builders.

From the very start, we establish timelines, schedules, and guide you every step of the way as your dream home comes to life. We know that communication and documentation will result in a successfully built custom home. In the past, time and distance have prohibited owners from viewing important phases of the building process. As a result, we have developed a 500 point checklist. Not only does the checklist emphasize our drive for quality and proactive problem solving, it gives our clients peace of mind their investment is protected.

We understand the complexities behind every home and always have your best interest in mind. At Key Luxury Builders, we are committed to delivering only the highest level of quality and service through uncompromised building practices.

Whether you seek to build from one of our unique floor plans or wish to create your own signature floor plan let Key Luxury Builders make your custom home a reality. You can leverage our expertise, experience and passion for quality to build your luxury home.

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Besides Business Giving Back In Naples

Foster ChildrenNaples is a wonderful place to live. It’s pretty much a cliché – “We live in Paradise.” Yes, it is also a very small town at times, and it can feel like everyone knows everyone else’s business! The thing that strikes me most, however, after three years here, is how incredibly charitable this town can be.

Sooner or later, it seems like everyone gets involved in charitable causes. You really can take your pick here on where you donate your time and money – children (poverty, literacy, abuse…the list of issues goes on), needy adults, animals, the environment, the Arts…there is something that can interest anyone who wants to give back.

My particular cause is a great organization called “Friends of Foster Children.” My viewpoint is that the earlier we can make a positive impact in the lives of kids, the better chance we have to see them grow up into individuals who are productive members of our society. This is far better than any business deal; by helping a child choose the right paths, we can literally save lives. If you believe that life is priceless, that is an infinite return on investment (for you business types). Indeed, The Talmud says “..whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”

foster children 2I was inspired to join the Board of this organization by my friend and mentor, Jim Henderson, of the William C. Huff Companies in Naples. Jim has been my role model of how to grow a business AND support our community. When I heard the stories (not easily shared, as Jim is a private and humble guy) of his youth as a foster child, I was moved to make this organization the main focus of my charitable efforts.

These kids show up in a strange new home, often with only the clothes on their back.

The wonderful people who open their homes to these children are often of modest means; the kids need clothing, bedding, and school supplies, as well as tutoring to catch up in school due to the disruption (and often abuse) they have suffered. They also need to get away sometimes, to a picnic or an amusement park, just so they feel like “normal” kids. Friends of Foster Children strives to meet these needs. Our high energy Executive Director, Jane Billings, supported by a small but dedicated staff, and an involved Board of local business people, does a fantastic job with modest funds in enriching the lives of these kids.

You don’t have to write a check to give back – I had the pleasure of volunteering, along with 400+ others, at the Naples Winter Wine Festival in January. It was humbling to be at the auction, and see hundreds of the most generous people in Naples donating many millions of dollars to help so many great causes here in Collier County. This event is run by Naples Children & Education Foundation, and they are BIG supporters of Friends of Foster Children. The tables I was assigned to, I might add, included the Publisher of this magazine, Reg Buxton, and his lovely wife Sandra who were covering the event.

Give back! You’ll end up receiving so much more than you give.

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