The Nightingale Tribute Nurses Society Honor Guard, Inc. of Naples recently celebrated their nine year anniversary with a dinner at the Double Tree Hotel. President Nancy Dion presided over the activities. Attendees included the group’s Board of Trustees, Naples Mayor Bill Barnett, members of Collier and Lee counties’ medical community, local hospice representatives, community service representatives and guests.
The Nightingale Tribute Nurses Society Honor Guard, Inc. was formed by Linda F. Hill LPN in Naples, Florida on August 17th, 2010 in memory of Constance “Connie” O’Connor L.P.N., whose passing inspired the creation of the recognition services.
During the evening, several presentations were made. Dion presented Naples Mayor Bill Barnett with the distinguished Nightingale Lamp of Learning pin in honor of his long-time support of the organization.
Monnie Guinn, a Community Service Representative and member of the Board was presented with the organization’s prestigious Athena Award. The award is given yearly to the person who had deemed to have given of themselves exponentially that year and is voted on by the Board. Ms. Guinn headed up the annual Christmas Parade Committee with a great team and was available for many of the organization’s honor and memorial services during the year.
The Society is a non-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission it is to “assure than no nurse is laid to rest without proper recognition from the profession in which they served with selflessness, compassion, dignity and love.” Totally existing on donations from the families they have served and local companies like Fuller Funeral Home, Naples, members show up sometimes at a moments’ notice, to fulfill the wishes of grieving families. They also participate in local Honor Flight returns to honor local veterans who have served their country.