Lazy days of summer still a busy time for local women’s clubs

Lazy days of summer still a busy time for local women’s clubs

Coral Gables Woman’s Club members enjoy a night out at Splitsville in South Miami. Pictured (l-r) are Linda Hartwell. Debi Van Stone Moore, Andy Young, Ivonne Perez Suarez, Patty Hendon, Barbara Lapsley, Vicki McGroarty, Gloria Burns and Yvonne Elejalde.

While some organizations take summer breaks, it seems local women’s club still have a full calendar. In fact, coming up soon, on Aug. 12, guests are invited to Ann’s eighth annual English Tea Party, 2- 4 p.m., presented by the Coco Plum Woman’s Club, at 1375 Sunset Dr. in Coral Gables. Come wearing your favorite elegant, funny or original hat and vie for a prize.

The tea will benefit Canine Companions for Independence for Veterans. The affair will include a fashion show by Talbots. Tickets are $25.

For reservation call Nadine LaGuette at 305- 856-1816 or send email to Heike Leibkuchler at

After a successful Karaoke Night fundraiser on June 12, the Coral Gables Woman’s Club took the proceeds of that event and on July 14 presented a $1,000 to the Ann Storck Center. Eneida Rivera and other members of the club enjoyed touring the center and meeting several of the wonderful residents and staff members.

The public is invited to attend the center’s 14th annual Expressive Arts Performance for the Ann Storck Center, a musical production written, directed and performed by the individuals served by Ann Storck Center.

This creative endeavor is staged on a set that is prepared by the residents. The show illustrates talent is not bound by disability, and applies the over-reaching mission of Ann Storck Center to discover abilities and build independence.

Light hors d’oeuvres will be served during the art show and reception courtesy of M&H Café of Davie.

On display will be works of art from the Ann Storck Center permanent collection as well as new art pieces created by the residents through the Expressive Arts Program. Art pieces will be available for purchase, with the proceeds directly benefiting the expressive arts program of Ann Storck Center.

Speaking of the Coral Gables Club, the ladies took a break from their many outreach efforts with a night of bowling and pizza at Splitsville on July 15.

By the way, Splitsville has a great happy hour and you can’t beat the beautiful bowling lanes and food. Everyone had such a good time, there is talk of returning for another fun night away from their beautiful clubhouse in the Gables. Some of the many women enjoying the event orchestrated by club vice president Deborah Van Stone Moore were Barbara Lapsley, Vicki McGroarty, Andy Young, Ivonne Perez Suarez, Yvonne Elejalde, Patty Hendon, and Linda Hartwell.

On the chamber scene, the Christian Chamber of Greater Miami continues to attract some amazing speakers and this month’s was no exception. At the July 14 breakfast at the Country Club of Coral Gables, a full house came to hear from Podcasting Legend, J.B. Glossinger, MBA, PhD. J.B. is an internationally known motivational speaker, author, coach and consultant who shared his journey from a successful career in corporate America to taking a leap of faith when the Internet gave him an audience for his inspired messages. He persevered like few would have against the odds and has certainly found his calling.

Among the crowd enjoying the morning event were CCOGM executive director John Lobo and founder Kent Crook, who welcomed the crowd and thanked lunch sponsor Larry Jacob Internet Marketing.

Among the crowd were Rosemary Guilfoyle, Angel Pittman, Maria and Donald Van Ordel, and a hundred of so more who thoroughly enjoyed the presentation and networking opportunity.

Finally, July 23 was a fun night for members of Profit Inc., one of Miami- Dade’s oldest business networking groups. Members gathered for a social at Tarpon Bend, a favorite spot for many of the long time members including former Profit Inc. president Robert Beans.

Current president Stacy Alonso invites those interested possibly joining this category exclusive group to contact executive director Linda Wolonik at 1-954-370- 0041. The group meets for lunch at 94th Aero Squadron twice a month on Thursdays.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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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

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