Tour visits Spanish Monastery; Interact Club holds fashion show

Tour visits Spanish Monastery; Interact Club holds fashion show

Modeling at Junior Opera Guild’s fashion show on Mar.
17 are Sara Tillett (left) and Leah Schwartz.

South Florida has many hidden treasures and one of these is the Spanish Monastery. St. Bernard de Clairvaux Episcopal Church and Dade Heritage Trust invited the public to take a fascinating tour of this ancient Spanish Monastery, a National Historical Register site, with Sandra M. Washington, monastery archivist/historian and adjunct professor at Miami Dade College, as the guide on Mar. 20.

As an added bonus, a special presentation by Borja Fabregas, whose family once owned the 12th Century monastery building in Spain from which the cloisters were taken, followed the tour. Guests learned about the Monastery of St. Bernard de Clairvaux in Sacramentia, Spain, purchased in 1925 by William Randolph Hearst, and of its relocation and reconstruction in Miami as well as the current restoration efforts at the monastery in Sacramenia. The Spanish Monastery is located at 16711 W Dixie Hwy. in North Miami Beach. This tour was by one of numerous events that take place during Dade Heritage Days orchestrated by the Dade Heritage Trust.

For more information on DHT call 305- 358-9572.

Tour visits Spanish Monastery; Interact Club holds fashion show

Ravi Patel and Nikita Kulkarni participate in Gulliver’s Rotaract Fashion Show.

Gulliver’s Interact Club held its annual fashion show benefit the evening of Feb. 28. A sellout crowd thoroughly enjoyed fashion from numerous boutiques being modeled by more than 40 club members. Fashion Show chair, Ravi Patel, had the full support of club member and club officers: Nicole Tufts (president), Nicole Rubin (vice president), Nikita Kulkarni (service director), Rishi Gurnani (secretary), Remi Beek (public relations), Juan Alduncin (service assistant), Carlos Silva (treasurer) and, of course, teacher sponsor Michell Cooper.

Three great charities were selected once again to benefit from the proceeds of the show including Easter Seals, Chapman Partnership and Give Kids the World. Club members make monthly visits to Easter Seals Alzheimer daycare center playing bingo and sharing stories as well as monthly visits to the Chapman Center downtown making meals to feed 500 and playing games with children.

Members of the Junior Opera Guild (JOG) gathered for the organization’s “Springtime in Paris” benefit fashion show at Riviera Country Club. This annual affair serves as a major fundraiser as well as an opportunity to honor JOG’s high school senior members and its erxecutive board. Among the seniors being honored were JOG president Julie Salzinger from Ransom bound for Harvard in the fall; Sara Tillett of Palmer Trinity who will major in classical voice performance and international relations; Stephanie Pinon, an IB candidate from Carrollton who plans to major in journalism; Leah Schwartz, High School of Advanced Studies, and Katherine Flinn of Coral Reef High School who will major in agriculture.

The JOG is an active group of high school students who usher for Florida Grand Opera and raise money to fund Girl Scout music workshops and scholarships for the Young Patronesses of the Opera National Voice Competition.

Finally, Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus will host Rotary District 6990 2013 District Assembly on Apr. 20 featuring guest speaker Miami-Dade Schools superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho.

All Rotarians are invited to come for breakfast, stay for a model lunch and enjoy an “After Party” to be held at the Culinary Institute of Miami Dade College. Cost is $65 per person. For more information, visit online at <>.

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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