South Miami Rotary Club ‘Takes Stock in Children’

At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of South Miami, Diana Phillips introduced the Club’s first “Take Stock in Children” scholarship winner D’Varius Wright.

Wright attended the Club’s weekly meeting with his mother, Renesa Collier, and little sister, Talia. Both D’Varius and his mother addressed the crowd and expressed their gratitude for this scholarship that will see him through four years of college and provide mentoring through high school.

In other news, South Miami Rotarian Ellen Book announced a free series of seminars over the summer on Saturdays, from 2 – 5 p.m., at the Pinecrest Library, to help residents deal with the effects of the current economic crisis. The next two sessions will be held June 27, with the topic of “Strategies for accessing health and other needed services on a limited budget,” with Dr Roselyn Smith, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Concepcion Tuma, Human Resource Professional, and Carlos Franco, from Consumer Credit Counseling Service.

Following that there is another on July 11, “What’s in Your Wallet Now? Strategies for Managing Debt and Bankruptcy within the Context of Whole Life Planning” with Dr. Roselyn Smith as well as Marc Williams, Director of Affordable Housing, Home Financing Center, and Chris Buttafuoco, of the Great Florida Bank – Residential Lending Department.

Coral Gables Chamber President, Mark Trowbridge, was a facilitator for the Junior Orange Bowl Committee’s Board retreat held June 6, at the Coral Gables Branch Library. The JOBC has set a January 2, 2010, date for its parade, a first. This is the Saturday before classes resume and will afford local schools the opportunity of marching with their full contingent of band members. For amateur float builders, this post holiday date will afford more time to create. Non-profits, schools and businesses are encouraged to participate in this great team building exercise. For more information, call the JOBC office at 305-662-1210.

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre opens a funny and poignant new musical, Married Alive, to run from July 8th – August 16th, with the official opening night party and festivities on July 10. This show celebrates the trials and tribulations of two contemporary married couples, one newlywed and one not so newlywed. Originally named From Niagara to Viagra, this hilarious new musical shows us the triumphs and defeats of marriage, from babies to empty nests, from job stress to wedded bliss. Married Alive promises to bring laughter and make a difference in your life. For tickets or more information, go to

The University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center will begin hosting a series of networking events for alumni and local employers called Tuesdays with Toppel. “The Search Party” will be the kick-off event to be held on June 23, for the “Power Hour” 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Morton’s The Steakhouse. RSVP on CaneZone by logging into your account at:

For questions, contact < >. Space is limited. 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 < >.

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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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