Recital, reception and Rotary begin June events

Recital, reception and Rotary begin June events

Pictured during Rotary Wine Dinner at Angelique Euro Café are (l-r) Don Trombly, Carlos Rossi, Lorraine Sheldon, Chef Max Heymann and Miguel Pla.

As dance studios conclude their year, for one studio, Dance Unlimited, it was show time at Ransom Everglades in Coconut Grove. Almost 500 dance students participated in this year’s show during the weekend of June 8.

Studio owner Jossie Stern, along with her talented creative staff, orchestrated four shows that were Broadway quality productions in many ways and showcased the talents of their dancers.

One of the highlights at the end of the show was the presentation of scholarships and awards, the best of which was the naming of “Miss Dancerette,” a title Jossie actually had when she was younger. This year’s honoree was Ashley Pierre-Louis, a senior at New World School of the Arts who has been a student at Dance Unlimited for eight years.

Recital, reception and Rotary begin June events

Prospective Gables Rotarian and concert pianist Sophie Dumond is pictured with incoming Rotary District 6990 Governor Joe Roth, and Rotary Club of Coral Gables past presidentYolanda Woodbridge at Mai Kai for Rotary District 6990 mixer.

Coral Gables Woman’s Club held its annual President Reception on June 7. This annual affair honoring past president Mireya Kilmon included a dinner, dancing and an opportunity to share the many successes of Mireya’s two-year term. In May Mireya passed the torch to new president Mayra Dominguez.

Members, spouses and friends all gathered at the Coral Gables Woman’s Clubhouse including such notables as Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and wife, Carmen; several past club presidents including Barbara Lapsley, Charo Bolanos and Linda Hartwell; Dental Clinic director Dr. Iris Torres with her husband, Ralph Rivera, and several prospective members.

Miami Rotarian Jonathan Parker held his last Rotary2Rotary mixer on June 11, at Mai Kai in Ft. Lauderdale, with more than 100 Rotarians from District 6990 in attendance.

Recital, reception and Rotary begin June events

Dance Unlimited’s newly crowned Miss Dancerette, Ashley Pierre-Louis, is pictured with studio owner Jossie Stern.

Missing from the group was District Governor Ellen Blasi who was happily called to Orlando for the birth of a grandchild. Among the many faces in the crowd that night were Yoli Woodbridge, Joe Roth and Chris Morrison.

Wine lovers, Rotarians and guests gathered at Angelique Euro Café on June 10 for a gourmet four-course dinner with wine pairings donated by “the” Michael Mondavi.

Representing Mondavi was Miguel Pla who shared information on the various wines served and the reason for the pairings. Guests also had an opportunity to buy chances for some great prizes including a $200 gift certificate donated by Rotarian Eddie Snow from Snow’s Jewelers on Miracle Mile and Coconut Grove independent hair stylist J.B. Veltman, who donated a hair-cut and color worth $240. Coral Gables Rotary Community Service chair Lorraine Sheldon was especially grateful for all who supported this affair the netted more than $1,800 to benefit Coral Gables Rotary community service projects.

On June 18, the GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club held a book review at its clubhouse. Rosann Whitten reviewed American Mirror, The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell by Deborah Solomon. The crowd enjoyed learning more about Rockwell through the author’s words.

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. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. 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 she sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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