Local clubs begin a new year filled with activities

Local clubs begin a new year filled with activities

Pictured at the check presentation for the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Children’s Dental Clinic are Mark Tourin, Barbie Fernandez, Oscar Fernandez, Lynn Bauer, Esme Menoud, Nancy Desmangles and Dr. Iris Torres-Rivera.

Coral Gables Rotarians began 2016 with their annual Moose Milk Party at the Gables home of Richard and Luba DeWitt on Jan. 1. Everyone brought a favorite dish to share while drinking a bit of Moose Milk (gin and vanilla ice cream) or opting for something less alcoholic like a milk shake.

Rotarians are excited about the new year with plans for their inaugural Chili Cook Off, brainchild of club president Greg Martini. This day of food, fun and music is scheduled for Feb. 21 at Ponce Circle Park. They already have many interested in competing with their chili like one that was served at the Autoverks Classic Car Show that benefits Gables Rotary’s veterans programs.

In other Rotary Club news, program chair Sally Baumgartner has lined up a good group of speakers for the January meetings including Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez for the Jan. 7 meeting and Raquel Regalado, Miami-Dade School Board member and candidate for county mayor, on Jan. 14. The Jan. 21 meeting will feature performances by cast members from West Side Story coming to Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre this month. Finally, on Jan. 28, the club will be addressed by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez.

Coral Gables Rotary meets every Thursday for lunch at the Courtyard Marriott on downtown Coral Gables on LeJeune Road. Visiting Rotarians always are welcomed.

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club closed 2015 with a party for the children who are served by the club’s free children’s dental clinic. Food, gifts and a visit from Santa made for a festive day. Santa came with more than just gifts for the kids; he also presented a check for $1,000 to support the efforts of the club and its dental clinic that provides more than $220,000 in free dental care annually to children who fall between the cracks in the healthcare system.
To further support this amazing dental clinic, the members are preparing for a Black & White Gala on Feb. 13, at their beautiful historic clubhouse, 1009 E. Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Coral Gables. Tickets are only $75 and will include dinner, dancing and a silent auction.

For more information on the gala or how to join this dynamic group of women who come from all over South Florida, visit www.gfwccoralgableswomansclub.org.

Yet another gala is in the works for Feb. 27. The Junior Orange Bowl Committee is preparing for its annual gala to take place at the Conrad Miami. Honorees for this affair include John and Pam Admire; Miami’s Community Newspapers and City of Miami Springs. The evening will feature a silent auction, dinner and dancing, and promises to be a regal affair.

Wishing all of our readers a healthy, happy and prosperous new year filled with blessings.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

If you want to submit information for this column, send your news via email to gloriagalburns@aol.com.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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