NAPLES ZOO CAMP – A Roaring Good Time

by Kelsey Burr Naples Zoo

Summer Camp WILD is in full swing at Naples Zoo! Camp WILD gives children an opportunity to connect with wildlife and nature. They’ll learn about animals from around the world, careers working with animals, what animals build, and why animals act a certain way. Children can also learn about steps they can take now to help save animals and the environment. As someone who loves animals, this would have been the dream summer camp for me as a child. To this day, I still love learning about animals and observing them. I could sit for hours in front of some of the exhibits, watching the animals as they go about their days. That’s why I believe this opportunity is so important.

Camp WILD is unique in that it gives children a place to have fun during the summer, while also teaching them valuable lessons, and providing experiences they wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else. Those experiences include going behind-the-scenes, meeting our keepers and veterinary staff, and making enrichment for the animals. Enrichment is something put in an animal’s environment to stimulate their senses and natural behaviors. It’s exciting for the campers when they can look inside an exhibit, and see an animal eating or playing with what they made.

Specifically this summer, campers will be able to see our anteater getting fed, make animal-friendly ice cream, rake the giraffe yard and feed the giraffes, learn how to track animals, and learn how we train our animals. Campers will get to go on scavenger hunts throughout the zoo, make a conservation campaign for the animal of their choice, fill their passport with stamps, and much more! The activities vary for each theme of camp, but every camper will get a chance to see animals up close and go behind-the-scenes!

These are the themes and descriptions of Camp WILD to choose from:

Pack your bags – we are going on an adventure into the animal kingdom. Let’s travel to some interesting places, from the most deserted to the most action-packed of all the lands. All aboard, it’s bound to be a bumpy ride!

Do you have an interest working with animals someday? Perhaps you want to be a zookeeper or veterinarian when you grow up? If so, this is the camp for you! We are going to learn about all of the different careers for working in a zoo.

Come build with us as we discover the different types of things animals construct. From dens, hives, or nests, animals create some truly magnificent works of art, and so will you!

Hold onto your hats – we have some wanted animals on our hands! Join us as we discover the animal outlaws of the world – the thieves, escape artists, invaders, and interpreters. Figure out, through games and activities, how these guys break the law! Camp WILD is offered for children ages five to twelve years old. The ages are separated into three groups, so children can learn at their level. It’s amazing to see five year olds grasp
concepts such as not putting trash out at night, so that bears stay away.

If you’d like to register for Camp WILD, there’s still time! Some weeks still have availability! Camp WILD is a week-long camp, Monday-Friday, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day. Please visit to register and learn more!
*If you miss out on Camp WILD this summer, Naples Zoo also offers Winter Camp WILD and Spring Camp WILD so children have something to do while on break from school.


by Lois Bolin
Old Naples Historian

Taps, the twenty-four notes of perhaps the most recognizable and emotionally charged music ever played on a bugle is today associated with military funerals, but such was not always the case. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, this melancholy bugle call is an alteration of the obsolete word “taptoo,” derived from the Dutch “taptoe.” Taptoe was the command — “Tap toe!” — to shut (“toe to”) the “tap” of a keg.

Union Gen. Daniel Adams Butterfield made this revision, which is our present-day Taps, during America’s Civil War. Before

Bugler Bob McDonald

this revision, the U.S. Army’s infantry end of the day call was the French’s final call, “L’extinction des feux.” Believing that the French was too formal, he hummed the “taptoo” music to an aide who could read and write music. In July 1862, Butterfield’s brigade bugler, Oliver W. Norton, played his adaptation.

Other brigades appreciated this new end of the day call and asked to have a copy, which was adopted for their regiments. It became the official Army bugle call after the war and in 1874 it was given the official name of “Taps.” By 1891, the Army infantry regulations required Taps to be played at military funeral ceremonies.

In 2000, Tom Day formed the nonprofit, Bugles Across America, when Congress passed legislation stating that Veterans have a right to at least two uniformed military people to fold the flag and play Taps on a CD player. Bugles Across America, in recognition of our Veterans service to their country, wanted each Veteran to have a live rendition of Taps by a real bugler. Today, Bugles Across America has over 4000 bugler volunteers located in all 50 states and are always looking for volunteers NAPLES SPIRIT OF ‘45.

In 2010, the 111th Congress passed a Concurrent Resolution making the 2nd Sunday in August the “official” day to remember the ending of WWII and the legacy of our Greatest Generation. That resolution calls upon all Americans to “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive.” On this 2nd Sunday in August, beginning at sunset at the WWII Memorial in Washington, D. C., members of Buglers Across America will be playing Taps in
memory of those men and women who gave their last full measure of devotion. As the sun crosses over these United States, communities take part in this new national tradition with the final Taps ceremony occurring at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific located at Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In August 2010, in honor of the new Congressional Resolution, Naples held their first Greatest Generation Breakfast on the 2nd Saturday to remember the “spirit” of the WWII era – that time when all Americans of all ages pitched in to do their part to defeat the greatest tyranny the world had ever known. Naples held their Taps Across America ceremony the following day. SWFL Veterans Alliance invites you to join the Naples Spirit of ‘45 Committee and sponsors on Sunday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Lowdermilk Park for the 8th Annual Taps Across America. You will enjoy USSIV Naples submarine, music by the Verona Walk Chorus and Naples Concert Band’s Buglers.

Because the mission of Naples Spirit of ‘45 is to connect the latest generation to the Greatest Generation, you will see Young Marines post the colors, Golden Gate JROTC lead the procession to the beach where the Northside Naples Kiwanis Club will unfurl their American flag, which requires 29 volunteers to help. Veterans follow the processions to the shoreline, where they will hand the wreath to Venturing Crew 242 who will ferry it to the awaiting Coast Guard.

As the wreath makes its way out into the Gulf, you will hear the sounds of Taps as RET Maj. Jessica Sterns provides a flyover tribute. Then it’s back to the South Gazebo for M & M’s Ice Cream Social with Sage Catering Spirit Cookies. It’s a family friendly event and open to the public. Parking is free and if you are early, you just may score a chair under a tent thanks to Taylor Rental and J.B. and Dusty Holmes.

Taps Across America’s sponsors are Arthrex, NDN, WAAV 101.1FM, Life in Naples, BIZPARK, The Francis & Kathleen Rooney Foundation and Wayne & Lois Smith. Naples Spirit of ‘45 Weekend Tribute benefits the Peter Thomas History Fund.

For more information contact, Lois Bolin-Smith at 239.594.2978 or visit the website at

Inside Out Chic – Life in the Facet Lane

Diana Jarrett GG RMV

With so many designs beckoning our attention now, what new direction can you take with your jewelry collection that is truly innovative but not a flash in the pan trend that will look outdated soon? We’d suggest something that has more to do with the design of the jewel in a subtle but stylish way.

The front-back design or inside-out motif is a chic way to show your style without shouting about it. Pearls are now rendered this way—a larger and smaller pearl shares the same stud, so the wearer decides which one to be more prominently displayed on the ear.

Now one of the most elegant ways to wear your diamonds or fine gemstone earrings is also with a graceful inside out rendering. Take a peek at the sexy-chic Hearts on Fire earrings worn by Gwen Stefani at NBC’s ‘The Voice.’ While she had great fun with whimsical hair adornment and
outfit—she found the perfect accompaniment with a more subtle earring choice. The diamond stud features a five stone ear-lobe hugger that attaches to the back of the earring as an extension of the post back. The look is understated yet very modern.

This type of earring is always a good choice whether your ensemble is complex and elaborate or sleek couture. Look for this style to take you from day to evening and anything in between. If you chose Hearts on Fire too, the industry’s first branded diamond, know that these diamonds are cut perfectly every time—that’s what creates that superb sparkle we crave from diamonds. HOF (Hearts on Fire) is found globally and at area retailers like Dunkin’s Diamonds, and some Saks 5th Avenue.

You’ll find these are a perfect addition to the savvy Naples woman’s jewelry wardrobe. As a stand-alone jewelry piece or mixed with other items, the inside out earring will find its place of pride in the jewel box for years to come.

Contact Diana Jarrett at and read


Art after Dark

Naples has been transitioning since its beginning. Growth spurts and increased construction come and go through the years, shaping the character of our spot in paradise. As a historically important part of Naples, Crayton Cove is continuing to go through its growing pains, as well. As the Naples City Dock is in the midst of being replaced with a safer, better floating dock for the charter boats and others who use it consistently. These changes are part of an exciting time with expanding opportunities to experience this cultural commercial neighborhood as it transitions. This time of the year is a great time to enjoy our amazing restaurants including Bleu Provence, Chez Boët, The Dock Restaurant and Napoli on the Bay, while strolling the awesome collection of galleries featuring art and fine craft by some of our well-known Naples artists and offering the opportunity to purchase that perfect painting or take home a special memory of Naples to last for years to come.

We are excited to announce that the Guess-Fisher Gallery is expanding to the space to the west of the Phil Fisher Gallery to offer more fine art and the opportunity to participate in art workshops or classes; schedule to be announced. As has happened annually for the past 8 years, the Galleries of Crayton Cove will be starting their Art After Dark event which happens monthly on the second Saturday from October to May. The participating galleries and art related businesses are Phil Fisher Gallery, Random Acts of Art, Vintage Charm, Earth & Fire, Naples Ships Store, Cove Inn 24/7 and the newly expanded Guess-Fisher Gallery. Come and experience an exciting evening of art and music from 6 – 9 p.m., Saturday October 14, 2017. We look forward to seeing you! 

The Galleries of Crayton Cove is a professional artist community in Old Naples by the Bay, all within a one-block walk, where 8th Street South meets 12th Avenue South at the flagpole. Check out the websites: or

DAN SUMMERS MESSAGE on Emergency Management

Dan Summers

Dan Summers is currently the Director of the Collier County Bureau of Emergency Services for Collier County Government in Naples, Florida. Mr. Summers holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services with a concentration in Disaster Management from Thomas Edison State College, in Trenton, New Jersey. He is a graduate of FEMA’s Professional Development Series, holds a Certified Emergency Manager designation from the International Association of Emergency Management and is a Florida Professional Emergency Manager from the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association.

Mr. Summers has over 30 years of disaster and emergency services management experience. He has managed over 17 presidentially declared disaster events while serving as a local emergency management director in both Wilmington, North Carolina and Naples, Florida. A former paramedic and firefighter, Mr. Summers has testified on several occasions before the United States Congress on matters of disaster operations and disaster recovery funding. Mr. Summers has been a member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Adjunct Facility for the Emergency Management Institute since 1989. Recently, Mr. Summers has received awards for his professional efforts from the International Association of Emergency Management, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association. 

Presently, Mr. Summers oversees the Bureau of Emergency Services for Collier County who provides Emergency Management, Emergency Medical, Aero-medical, and Medical Examiner services to the residents of Collier County. He is a recent graduate of the Executive Leadership Program at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Post Graduate College, in Monterey, CA and served on the Board of Directors of the National Emergency Management Forum organization promoting education and best practices in Emergency Management.

Hodges University Welcomes New Director of Nonprofit Excellence

Hodges University’s Center for Nonprofit Excellence is a valuable resource for professional development in the Southwest Florida nonprofit community, and as it continues to grow and evolve, the center is doing the same with a new mission and new director at the helm. In spring 2017, the center welcomed Dr. Noreen Thomas as its new director. With more than 40 years of experience working in higher education, she is actively involved in Southwest Florida’s academic and nonprofit communities.

As the former executive vice president of Edison State College (now Florida SouthWestern State College), she retired in 2010 but continues to teach in the doctoral program at National American University. Bringing a wealth of experience in nonprofit governance and leadership, Thomas is diligently working to grow the center in a way that will encourage collaboration among key stakeholders from various nonprofit agencies in the area, as well as continue to provide valuable programming at Hodges’ Fort Myers and Naples campuses.

“Dr. Thomas’ extensive academic and collaborative background is a great gift to the CNE at Hodges University. We are pleased to have her expertise in engaging both top level nonprofit leaders and organizing a broad spectrum curriculum that will provide tools for all of our nonprofit professionals to succeed,” said Katherine Caskey, chief development officer of the Marco YMCA and president-elect of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Collier-Lee Chapter.

Adhering to its new mission, “to support excellence in the leadership and management of nonprofit enterprises through professional development opportunities, research and mentoring,” Thomas’ focus is to provide leadership development for boards and executive directors, as well as stewardship and operations, and a service component for emerging and accelerated nonprofits in the area.

Catherine Bergerson, director of communications and marketing at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, remarked of Thomas’ leadership skills, saying, “I have known Dr. Thomas professionally and personally for almost 10 years, and we have spent time together on a variety of
projects. She has a proven ability to lead in the classroom, in large organizations and throughout the community. The positive energy she brings to each project motivates and inspires those around her to excel.”

“Our vision is to enhance the nonprofit community within this region by providing training and development opportunities, as well as providing
services to help nonprofits launch their missions,” Thomas said. Throughout the 2017-2018 season, the center plans to host a variety
of programs on its Naples campus, focusing on a wide range of topics. The schedule is as follows:


Seminars and Institutes
• Indiana University’s Overview of Developing Major Gifts
August 24 & 25, 2017

• Strengthening Nonprofit Board Leadership,
Governance and Accountability
October 6, 2017

• Advanced Leadership Institute
April 12 & 13, 2018

• Management Institute for Nonprofit Managers                                                                                                                                                                                   June 7 & 8, 2018

Topic-Specific Morning Series ($35 per session)
• What’s Your Story…Tell it to Your Donors with Focus and Ease
September 14, 2017

• The Basics of an Annual Campaign
October 12, 2017

• Special Events Designed with a Strategic Purpose
December 7, 2017

• The Why and How of Strategic Planning
January 26, 2018

The Professional You Series ($35 per session)
• Being at Ease with Public Speaking                                                                                                                                                                                            November 16, 2017

• Leadership: Aligning Your Values and Finding Your Voice
February 15, 2018

All sessions possess continuing education units (CEUs), certified fund raising executive (CFRE) certification and/or lead to a Hodges
University Certificate in Nonprofit Excellence. To view the entire schedule, visit

For more information about the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, contact Dr. Noreen Thomas at
or call 239.405.7687.

Collective effort helps kids make good choices

by Guy Blanchette
President and CEO, Drug Free Collier

Guy Blanchette

The youth of today are faced with increasingly complex situations as they grow, learn and attempt to find purpose, manage themselves and their relationships, and make healthy choices. Through advances in technology, changes in societal values and expectations placed on them from multiple directions, kids are often confronted with decisions they have not yet been given the tools to manage. Fundamentals that were often developed on the playground such as group dynamics, anger management, fair play, compassion and competition are now introduced much later in life, failing to build on the basic foundations of these principles when they need them the most.

Although many of the issues faced by kids today such as bullying (cyber and traditional), drug use and peer pressure have plagued society for ages, it is the intensity in which they are presented that has increased significantly. The information age has brought information overload. It is difficult to sift through it all without the underpinning concepts of decision-making paradigms and foundational life skills – in other words, how to make the “right” decision. Helping young people develop these life skills is a responsibility and an opportunity that we must all share. Parents play the primary role, yes, but given the vast and deep challenges facing young people today, it’s imperative we view the well-being of our children as a community wide mission.dedicated to providing support to create a safe environment that fosters the development of youth and the community.

Under the leadership of Dr. Kamela Patton, Collier County Public Schools Superintendent; Sheriff Kevin Rambosk; Dr. Allen Weiss CEO of NCH; Rey Prezeshkan Chair of Drug Free Collier; Scott Burgess CEO of David Lawrence Center, and other community leaders, the coalition known as Drug Free Collier has implemented the key elements of the Collective Impact Model. This collaborative model includes a common agenda, the establishment of a shared measurement, the creation of mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communication and a strong
backbone to provide these fundamental building blocks to the young people of Collier County.

As individuals, each participant of the coalition has been dedicated to providing best in class services and programming to promote the overall health and wellness of the community. As a collective, the coalition is able to share resources and subject matter expertise to enhance and promote program initiatives such as the Blue Zones Project® led by NCH, Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s D.A.R.E.® and Summer Programs, Drug Free Collier’s CORE Society and Operation Medicine Cabinet®, David Lawrence Center’s Life Skills Training® and Recovery programs, and the many programs provided by Collier County Public Schools. We are so fortunate that we have a long-standing commitment throughout our community to work in close collaboration. At Drug Free Collier, we are taking our partnership to the next level, bringing together all of our partners as we develop a new program to be delivered in Collier County schools and youth development centers.

Our comprehensive program will educate on the dangers of substance abuse in all of its forms, of course. In addition, we are addressing some of the underlying issues of substance abuse and ensuring our youth have a sense of purpose, are clear on their personal values and set goals they are passionate about. Our program will also help students cultivate the self-esteem, social and emotional skills, and problem-solving competencies to make healthy decisions.

Our staff will co-facilitate these programs with passionate subject matter experts from the partners I’ve mentioned and others including Tobacco Free Collier, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and possibly new ones. While it certainly takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a coalition to achieve an outcome. We thank each and every one of our coalition partners for their critical contributions to achieving our shared mission of preventing substance abuse among our youth and helping our kids make good choices that lead to a great future.

Claudia Polzin tells us about HIDDEN GEMS in Naples

Claudia Polzin
Consultant to Nonprofits

There is something very unnatural about the month of August in Naples – school starts! This is not the way it is supposed to be – school is to start the Tuesday after Labor Day and in many parts of the country it does – but here where temperatures are at their peak in August – school starts. Just doesn’t seem right and I feel especially sorry for the students that have to be practicing sports and learning the marching band drills in the warmest temperatures in the country.

Okay enough of my ranting about the “good old days” – what is there for all of us to enjoy during these last months before “season” hits again? August is probably one of the quietest months in terms of performance events – but it is a great month to explore some of the wonderful attractions that are here all year but many of us don’t take advantage of them. Just to name a few – the entire Collier County Museum group –featuring the history, archaeology and development of Collier County. If you haven’t explored the fascinating history of the three Native American tribes that were located in Collier County –now is the time for you to find out more about them.

Another beautiful location is the Historical  Palm Cottage located on 12th Ave S – the oldest home in Naples restored to its original condition.
If the out of doors is your favorite, even in the heat, this would be the time for you to explore the new Gordon River Greenway; across from the Fred W. Cole Freedom Park. This relatively new attraction is a paved nature trail and boardwalk with water access along the Gordon River.
September 16 – the Naples Beach Hotel will host the final concert of their 32nd Summerjazz on the Gulf series. So grab your lawn chair
or blanket and head to this beautiful location and listen to Late Night Brass. This versatile 10-piece band specializes in performances at
music festival. Each member of this high-energy group is an exciting soloist with the ability to ignite a crowd.

October sees the opening of three different theatrical productions – but there is a little bit of a common thread running through the themes explored in these three – a lot of introspection. The first one is opening at the Naples Players on October 11 – She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen. It is a comedic romp into a fantasy of role-playing games. This is the story of Agnes Evans who leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her younger sister, Tilly. October 14 – Gulfshore Playhouse opens the regional premier of Paradise by Laura Maria Censabella. This play explores the question of is love a science? To find the answers the play looks at matters of love, faith and culture and questions and challenges our values that lie at the heart of our own identity, cultural expectations and personal desires. The final opening night in October is on October 25 at the Naples Players – Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison. Maybe a lot of us can no longer relate to the hectic lifestyle that is synonymous with New York – but everyone knows their own form of stress. So this is the story of a couple that decides they cannot stand the hectic lifestyle
of New York and move to a gated community. (Now a lot of us can relate to that lifestyle.) Moving to the suburbs for this couple is an
enjoyment of the fantasy of living the Ozzie and Harriet lifestyle.

In between all of the theatrical openings – the Naples Concert Band will begin its 2017-18 season on October 15. So we hope you kept those lawn chairs handy so you can enjoy the concert in Cambier Park at 2 p.m. So find some gems you may have missed and enjoy these last three months before season begins.

Bascom Palmar Eye Institute TEACHING AND EDUCATION

by Jaclyn Kovach, M.D.

Teaching the next generation of ophthalmologists and a dedication to continuing medical education comprise one of the three defining pillars of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, in addition to excellence in patient care and research. At BPEI Naples, we share that commitment and take pride in the education programs that are available at our clinic. Since 2012, we have offered a 2-4 week medical student rotation during which medical students in their final third or fourth year of medical school are able to spend time with each of our faculty members in Naples not only to learn the basics of an eye exam, but often to decide if ophthalmology is a field that they are interested in pursuing.

Our medical students are typically enrolled at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine but have journeyed from as far away as Nice, France to participate in our rotation. Following completion of four years of medical school, the next step on the way to becoming an ophthalmologist is a 1-year medical or surgical internship followed by a 3-year ophthalmology residency. Those who choose to specialize further can apply for a 1-2 year fellowship in one of nine potential subspecialties, including medical and surgical retina, glaucoma, cornea,  pediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, uveitis, ocular oncology, and ocular pathology.

This July BPEI Naples welcomed the first medical retina fellow who is participating in a new 1-year fellowship based in Naples. She will spend
time learning how to manage medical retina patients with conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular disease from Dr. Jaclyn Kovach and her retina colleagues. BPEI Naples is fortunate to have the opportunity to teach and learn from such bright and accomplished aspiring ophthalmologists.

Life-long learning and a commitment to remaining current in the field of ophthalmology is essential to taking excellent care of patients. For the
past several years Dr. Jaclyn Kovach has directed the Diabetic Retinopathy Continuing Medical Education Conference. Held in Naples each spring, this meeting is offered to retina specialists and general ophthalmologists nationwide who wish to get an update on clinical management of diabetic eye disease from leaders in the field at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and visiting faculty from notable eye centers across the country.