February 2019

My wife and I moved to Naples, upon retirement in September of 2015 after spending our entire lives in the snow belt, primarily in Chicago. Naples was our first choice for retirement with it’s tropical environment and variety of activities. We have truly enjoyed every minute of our time here.

While running a small not-for-profit property/casualty insurance association in Illinois during the last twenty years of my career I had the opportunity to volunteer with a variety of community organizations. I wanted to continue volunteering in Naples and found two organizations that met my needs. Grace Place for Children and Families, where my wife and I work with preschoolers, and, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.


I visited the Conservancy and their mission spoke to me. Recognizing the considerable growth that is occurring in Florida and the environmental damage that will occur if uncontrolled, the Conservancy, with it’s mission, was an ideal place for me to volunteer.

As a boat captain, I have enjoyed sharing with passengers the excitement of various wildlife sightings while educating them on; the importance of estuaries/mangroves, our fresh water dilemma, concerns regarding invasive species and the Conservancy’s very important role in these and other environmental matters.

Over the course of many boat trips I have seen grumpy individuals mellow out and leave the boat smiling stating they were coming back and bringing their friends. I have heard the passengers say, they did not realize the seriousness of our environmental situation and join the Conservancy.

I look forward to every shift as each one is an educational experience based on what nature provides that day and the rider interaction.

Thank you, Doug, for your role in protecting Southwest Florida’s unique natural environment and quality of life…now and forever.

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