OAA’s Robert A. Black addressed South Miami Rotary meeting

With hurricane season upon us, South Miami Rotarians called on Research Meteorologist and Adjunct Professor of Meteorology out of NOAA, Robert A. Black, to speak to them at their July 14 meeting. Black, who flies in the eye of hurricanes to test and monitor storm patterns, entertained the crowd with some amusing stories. It seems his first flight into Hurricane Allen in 1980 was so turbulent that after the second day, the pilot quit and joined the Navy to work on submarines.

South Miami Rotary meets every Tuesday at Carrabba’s 5829 SW 73th Street, in South Miami, at 12:15 p.m. Visiting Rotarians are always welcomed.

In other Rotary news, Rotary Club of Coral Gables recently honored 1978-79 President Warren Zeiller. Zeiller, a faithful member of the Club from 1972 to the day of his passing last year, was also a veteran. In fact, Zeiller’s family donated $5,000 from his estate to the Rotary Club of Coral Gables to be used to help the V.A. Nursing Home where the Club has been sponsoring monthly bingo games.

With that in mind, the Club decided to use the money to purchase a new Bingo machine and cards and then had a plaque prepared in Warren’s honor and placed in the room where the Club runs the games for the veterans.

On Saturday, June 18th, with Warren’s wife Chardy Zeiller and son, Todd Zeiller, in attendance, the plaque was presented to Lupe Bornn, member of the educational therapy department at the V.A. Hospital. Bornn then surprised the family and the Rotary members by announcing the game room would be called the “Zeiller Bingo Room,” an honor well deserved by Rotarian Warren “Mickey” Zeiller. Members of the Rotary Club present at the ceremony were President-elect Sally Baumgartner representing President Wiley, Lan Nghiem-Phu, Bonnie Blaire, our Community Service Chair Judy Pantoja, Alfredo Iglesias, George Reeves, Jo Burke, Yoli Woodbridge, and guest Derek Griffeths and his wife Grettel.

Mireya Kilmon has been elected Corporate Chair for The Arthritis Foundation “Let’s move together” Miami Dade Walk scheduled for November 14 2009, at Crandon Park. As a sufferer of Arthritis herself, her platform is promoting public and patient education for The Arthritis Foundation. She will lead the committee is securing corporate sponsors and corporate teams for the walk. She is available for appearances, events and speaking engagements. If your company is interested in a corporate team or in a sponsorship, please contact her via email at < Tessie13@aol.com > or by phone at 786-295-9323.

An amazing woman who dedicates countless hours to volunteer efforts, Kilmon recently won a national pageant and was crowned American Image National Queen 2009 in Charleston South Carolina this past April. She currently serves on GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s board of directors and chairs the Club’s Domestic Violence Committee. She was recently named to the Task Force Violence Against Women Act Health Committee in Washington DC.

Camelot Salon & Spa in Coral Gables is sponsoring The Gold-Diggers, Inc.’s First Annual Cut-A-Thon charity event.

Centrally located in the heart of Coral Gables, Camelot Salon & Spa is opening its doors on Sunday, August 9, 2009 from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m. for a salon experience like no other, all in the name of charity.

While haircuts usually range from $65 to $100 at Camelot, guests at the salon on Sunday, August 9th can receive a haircut for $20, blow-dry for $15-$20 (depending on hair length), nail polish change for $5 and/or a relaxing chair massage for $10. Special pricing is available for a Sensational Salon Sampler to complete the experience, including all four services.

Light fare will be provided by the Sgt. Pepper Cafe, gourmet, urban style eatery; wines from Joseph Carr Winery will be provided by Coral Gables law firm, The Murray Law Firm, P.A. and gourmet, “couture” cupcakes will be served from Cupcakes Nouveau.

This fabulous event is hosted by local Coral Gables women’s charity organization, The Gold-Diggers, Inc. The Gold- Diggers, a 501(c)(3) organization, now in its 32nd year, has raised over one million dollars for its beneficiaries, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Florida and The Food for Life Network. The Gold- Diggers, Inc. is made up of 60 women from Miami-Dade and Broward Counties who raise money for these charities through fall fundraisers and their annual spring musical revue. Visit <www.gold-diggers.org > for more information.

Don’t miss out on this exciting event on Sunday, August 9, 2009 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 p.m. to receive a new hairstyle from some of Coral Gables’ premiere stylists. All proceeds will benefit The Gold- Diggers, Inc. in support of their charities.

Camelot Salon & Spa is located two blocks south of Miracle Mile at 2600 Galiano Street in beautiful downtown Coral Gables. Visit www.camelotspa.com for more information. Appointments and walk-ins are welcome for this event and there is ample parking nearby. Contact Natalie Tappert of The Gold- Diggers, Inc. at 305-439-3206 or at < natalietappert@hotmail.com > to reserve your appointment today! Until next week, keep making each day count.

Keeping up with what’s happening in our community is quite a challenge and I am certain there are many activities I miss. If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via e-mail to < galburns@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. 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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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