Woman’s Club celebrates Dorothy Thomson’s graduation

Gloria Burns

Members of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club gathered at their clubhouse to hold a surprise party for Dorothy Thomson, who recently graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.

Thomson entered UM’s College of Arts and Sciences in the spring of 1956, but put her studies on hold to pursue professional options, which ultimately led to 16 years on the Coral Gables City Council and serving as the city’s first and only female mayor. She graduated with an area of concentration in Women’s Studies and Politics with a 3.6 GPA. On hand to help celebrate were her husband, Jack, and son, Rob.

Thomson not only was roasted and praised by the group but also received a beautiful UM purse as a graduation gift from the club. Dinner was provided by caterer Terry Cook and members who brought there favorite dishes. Among the many seen enjoying and participating in the affair were Coral Gables Commissioner Maria Anderson, Kathy and Barbara Terry, Claire-Frances Whitehurst, Debi Wilborn, Barbara Lapsley, Charo Bolanos, MaryScull Brown, Gael Jose, John and Ann Knowles, Carmen Suarez, Mayra Domingues, Pam Schaefer, Linda Hartwell, Debra Adam, Sabrina Perez- King , Jo Burke, Cecilia Zamora Stevenson, Aminta Konowicz, Cathy Blanton, Ana Lam, and Ceres Campbell.

Gables Rotarian Dr. Phil Boswell, who chairs the club’s Youth Avenue of Service, introduced the new officers and board of Coral Gables High School’s Interact Club at the June 23 meeting of Gables Rotary. Student leaders enjoying lunch with the club were Christina Jordy, president; Daniella Oliva, secretary, and Chinely Reyes, treasurer. The Interact members advised they always are available for service projects and will be selling refreshments once again this year during the five days of the Jr. Orange Bowl Caroling Competition with proceeds benefiting the Kidney Foundation.

The Singing Miamians’ director, Gene Cokeroft, recently was inducted into the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN. A welldeserved honor, his leadership and amazing talent have helped keep this tradition alive in South Florida. The Singing Miamians now call Pinecrest home and always are looking for new singers.

The public always is welcomed to attend the group’s Tuesday night sessions at Evelyn Greer Park where they currently are working on their fall concert presentation featuring a medley of tunes from the Music Man. For more coming events and information about this group go to <www.miamians.org >.

On Sept. 12, another date to save, His House Children’s Home will hold its Second Annual Waves of Renewal Ladies Luncheon aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. This promises to be an inspiring afternoon with Jean Caceres Gonzalez as the keynote speaker.

Tickets are $55 and reservations are required as space is limited. For more information, go online to <www.hhch.org > or call Daniella at 305 430-0085, ext. 209.

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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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