Perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson had Wayne and Ginny Longo in mind when he wrote, “The purpose of life…is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Lives well-lived together, and in service to those most in need, make Wayne and Ginny perfect Honorary Chairs for Epicurean Delight 2016!
Wayne served as Chief of Police of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, starting in 2007 and retired in 2013 after 39 1/2 years of policing. From department resource management, to budgetary oversight; from Commander of the statewide Crowd Intervention Team to providing expert testimony in court, Wayne served and represented the citizens of north Idaho with loyal dedication and honor.
He remains incredibly active in community service as an adjunct faculty member at North Idaho College and Lewis-Clark State College. He supports the Boys and Girls Club, Coeur d’Alene Rotary, Art on the Green, United Way of Kootenai County, Idaho Special Olympics and the Kootenai County Substance Abuse Council. In 2015, Wayne ran in the Special Olympics Unified Relay Across America, drawing on his experience running 26 marathons! He is a founding Board member of the Blood Center Foundation of the Inland Northwest, serving as Chairman. He is a dedicated “every two week” platelet donor and 10 Gallon Club blood donor, who began donating regularly when one of his staff members lost his battle with cancer, leaving behind a wife and three young children.
Wayne states that the reason he survived his career is due to the support and understanding of wife, Ginny. Ginny attended North Idaho College, graduating with her A.A.S. degree as a Registered Nurse in 1977. She moved to Spokane to work on the orthopedic floor at Holy Family Hospital and then back to Coeur d’Alene in 1979 as an R.N. at Kootenai Medical Center. She has remained there her entire career, serving in the Emergency Department, ICU and finally in the PACU. She is currently a charge nurse in Kootenai Outpatient Surgery. Ginny has been very active in performance improvement and is responsible for this program at work.
Ginny is a member of the Northwest Perianesthesia Nurses Association and has served two terms as Treasurer, President and, currently, as Past President.
Wayne and Ginny have been married 37 years and are proud parents of two children and one granddaughter. Son, Chad, works as an Intelligence analyst in Washington, D.C. and daughter, Dr. Megan Longo-Proper, is a staff physicist at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Maryland.
We thank the Longo’s for decades of community service and will celebrate their generosity at Epicurean Delight on Friday, November 10th!