Featured Bearo's

What is a Bearo?


A Bearo is a person who loves teddy bears and wishes to spread the news about Good Bears of the World. 


To become a Bearo, memberships begin at USD $150.00; Canada and Mexico $175.00 and all other countries $250.00.

Lifetime Bearo membership includes a unique Bearo membership number and certificate, a special Bearo pin, a membership card, logo stickers and a lifetime subscription to our Good Bears of the World journal named Bear Tracks.

Bearos always support our goals and mission statements whenever and wherever they can.



Bearo Barb Hernandez of the Beary Good Friends Den in Columbus, Ohio gifted a case of Good Bears to the Columbus Fire Department, Station #12.


Accepting the bears are (L to R) Geoffrey “Dusty” Rhoads and Dan DiCesare.



Two years ago, GBW was happy to receive a donation of two very large Steiff Teddy bears from Barb.

One of them was used for our 2014 raffle bear (in the picture standing beside her – what a big bear!) and she is holding the bear to be raffled in 2017 which is another big bear!


Thanks to the support of our generous and caring GBW members,

our Bear Bank is able to fill the requests we receive from

service agencies!


Thank you Barb Hernandez--thank you all!


Welcome to Bearo #1069, Carol Miller, from West Palm Beach, Florida!


In her profile, she said, "I have always been an artist and have worked in many different forms - sewing, watercolor painting, line drawing, advertising and logo design. My favorite ways to create are teddy bear making and quilting.


As far back as I can remember, teddy bears have been a part of my life. Before I could walk, my mother started singing Teddy Bears Picnic to me. I remember a bear from my childhood, a panda as large as me! I could not see around it and it was a source of comfort - especially during thunderstorms.


I have been making teddy bears since 1996. My first bear was made in artist Steve Schutt's class. I was hooked and continued making other artists' patterns until 1998 when I began to create my own bear designs. A bear is complete when I finish with the accessories and give it a name. It is a feeling that touches my heart and keeps the passion of bear making alive for me with each teddy I make.”


Carol was born in Miami, Florida and encourages young people, including her grandchildren, to love and collect teddy bears.


Bearos, Beth and Ben Savino traveled to the Hugglets Teddy Bear Show in England recently.

In this picture (left to right), Beth and violinist Jena Pang, both avid teddy bear collectors, were having a wonderful time at the show!


Photo credit Bearo Ben Savino.


Bearo John Paul Port, Robin Jones and Marshall Martin are pictured (l to r) at the Crossroads Teddy Bear Show in San Diego, California. John is a leading expert on teddy bears, and an accomplished teddy bear artist. He has studied the art and history of teddy bears his entire life. John’s mother, Beverly Mattison Port, is credited with creating the artist teddy bear movement and John was one of her most avid pupils. 
(Photo courtesy of Dorothy Drake, Crossroads Dolls & Teddy Bear Shows.)

Meet Bearo #364
Bearo Denis Shaw, La Honda, California, received the 2015 Judd Cochran Award from the La Honda Fire Brigade (LHFB), for the highest dedication to the Brigade and to the community.

For many years, in a variety of different ways, Denis supported the LHFB. One way was the donation of a teddy bear to their annual Holiday Fair Raffle. The teddy bears came about when Karen Delee (Post Master at La Honda) asked Denis if he could do something for the fair. Karen knew he was an artist and suggested making a teddy bear. She had made one herself and showed Denis how to do it. He then made one for the raffle, but afterwards several people who didn't win it asked him whether he could make one for them too, and that basically is how it all started. After the first year of making teddy bears, Denis used his own patterns and his creations are world famous!

We are happy to add our congratulations to Denis who is also a big supporter of GBW!


Denis is pictured in here with teddy bears he hand-made from his original designs!

Meet Bearo #64
Beth and Ben Savino

Ben Savino (left) is pictured with Toyohiko Sato and Pieta Redder, at the Festival of Steiff in Giengen, Germany!

Bearos Ben and his wife Beth have been Steiff dealers in Toledo, Ohio for many years and great friends and supporters of GBW! (Photo by Beth Savino.)

Meet Bearo #1060
Lesa Jordan has retired and is living in Spring Lake, Michigan with her husband, John. They celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary on February 14, 2015 - Valentines Day. "Living in Michigan is close to our two sons, 2 great-grandchildren and 5 of 7 grandchildren," she said.

Lesa has been a member of GBW since she attended a teddy bear show hosted by the Savino’s at the Mall in Toledo, Ohio and became a member of The Disorderly Bear Den in 2008.

In 2014 she decided to become a Bearo because she can’t imagine her life without bears and like-minded friends.

In addition to being an avid teddy bear collector for many years, Lesa also collects Belleck Irish Bone China, rocks and art glass.

She is a member and past President and Treasurer of the Zonta Club of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Over the years, Lesa has donated generously to GBW International and The Disorderly Bear Den and we are excited that she has become a Bearo!

Meet Bearo #1058

Greetings! I am a native Georgia papa bear that lives a happy life with my wonderful wife of over 25 years, Emily, and a humble but growing hug of Teddy Bears.


I didn’t have a Teddy Bear as a child, and wasn’t mature enough to fully appreciate the charm, warmth, and comfort of Teddies until just the last couple of years.


As I was approaching my 50th birthday, and dealing with the onset of chronic health issues, including Meniere’s Disease (a disease of the inner ear that causes episodes of severe vertigo), I began reassessing my life priorities and focusing on what is most important to me. It was during this time that I began adopting and growing my Teddy Bear family.

After being a member of Good Bears of the World for less than a year, I proudly became Bearo #1058! I believe whole-heartedly in the mission of GBW, and I love being a member of such a wonderful group of kindred teddy bear folks!


I enjoy taking my GBW Booster Bears out into the community and on vacations, to help spread awareness about GBW.


There are no GBW dens in my area, so I am a solitary Bearo-at-large. Emily is a Hospice RN at our area hospital, and I have focused my Good Bear giftings toward patients and family members of patients in Hospice.


Big Papa Bear Hugs from Georgia, y’all!


You love teddy bears!

Why not become a Bearo too?

Bearo membership start at USA $150.00

Canada and Mexico $175.00

All other countries $250.00

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