Rotary Clubs join forces for benefit golf tournament

Coral Gables Rotary Club joined forces with the Miami Dadeland Pinecrest Rotary Club to orchestrate a great day of golf at the Biltmore course to raise money for Rotary scholarships.

After a morning of golf, players joined non players and visitors for a lunch meeting that included a silent auction as a way to raise additional funds. The day finished with yet another fundraiser, a Golf Ball Drop to benefit the Rotary International Foundation. Hundreds of numbered golf balls were dropped from a helicopter on the gold course, and you can imagine how much fun that was to see. Rotarians bought the balls for $25 with the hopes of having their numbered ball come close to the hole for some great prizes. Chairing the golf event for the two clubs were Joe Stevens and Chris Morrison.

The following day, Feb. 6, numerous activities provided families with several options from the Farmers Market and Coral Gables Community Foundation’s Tour of the Kitchens to the second annual Coral Gables Woman’s Club “Free” Children’s Festival at the clubhouse.

The Children’s Festival, now in its second year, attracted more than 100 children with parents for an educational fun day. Coral Gables Police and Firefighters certainly added to the fun for the children as did the many career, arts and educational programs offered by numerous volunteers.

These included event chair Ruth Martinezwith club members and friends: Mayra Dominguez, Nancy DesMangles, Eneida Rivera, Cindie Ruiz, Jessie Francisco, Linda Hartwell, Debi Moore and Dr. Iris Suarez.

Club member Robin Burr brought volunteers from the Venetian Aquatic Club to talk to kids and parents about water safety while another club member, Ivonne Perez Suarez, shared goodies from the Department of Agriculture such as information booklets on healthy eating and the importance of parents getting ID cards for their children.

New member Theresa Gilmore spoke to the children about acupuncture at the Career Corner while new members Valerie Valenzuela and Yvonne Elejalde painted faces. Photographer in training and son of club member Lisa Merheb, Gabriel, took a thousand photos of the day.
In preparation for the club’s participation in the Coral Gables Rotary Chili Cook Off on Feb. 21 at Ponce Circle Park, face painters Valerie and Yvonne and others ran from that event to a fitting for an upcoming Talbots Fashion Show for the club to a chili tasting to check out the recipe for the Cook Off.

Participation in the Cook Off is growing fast. In fact, Miami Christian School has elected to throw its recipe in the mix, apparently a great family recipe from the high school principal. It’s not too late to enter. For more information on how to particpate or get involved as a sponsor or vendor, visit www.chilichillin.com.

Free jazz concerts continue to entertain crowds at lunch time at the the Coral Gables Museum. Coral Gables Hospital, which helps sponsor the series and also will be at the Cook Off, was on hand to give out water and goodies for the appreciative crowd enjoying lunch. Elizabeth Silverman, Catering by Lovables, provided a great lunch option for those attending and enjoying the amazing artists performing every Wednesday in the Museum Plaza.

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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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