Betsy Adams honored with George E. Merrick Award

Kicking off the Coral Gables Chamber’s Annual Goals Conference on June 25, The Allen Morris Company partnered with the chamber to present the George E. Merrick Award of Excellence to Betsy Adams. Adams, who spearheaded several Gables entrance projects and the Merrick statue through the Coral Gables Garden Club, was honored with four other finalists: Marian Krutulis, Jim Barker, Virginia Miller and Jeannett Slesnick.

Jackie Nespral emceed the event while Allen Morris addressed the crowd and helped present the award.

On June 26, Gables Rotarians met at La Palma Restaurant for their annual Installation Dinner. Outgoing president Abe Horowitz was awarded the Key to the City by Mayor Don Slesnick. Installing officer and club past president Owen Freed and incoming president Wiley Hicks presented Horowitz his past president’s pin Gables Rotarians have been outstanding in their outreach under direction of Rotarian of the Year Judy Pantoja with monthly visits to the VA Hospital for Veterans Bingo and a host of other hands-on programs.

Most recently, the club has helped with Operation Thank You through Rotarian Joan Reitsma who recently presented the club a $500 check for its Scholarship Fund from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation. The check was a portion of proceeds from an event that she and friends organize annually to recognize top graduating students in several elementary, middle and senior high schools.

On the cultural front, Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre opens a funny and poignant new musical, Married Alive, to run from July 8 to Aug. 16, 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. Married Alive promises to bring laughter and make a difference in your life. For tickets or more information, go to < >.

GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s Wine and Cheese Social on June 17 gave this dynamic group of women an opportunity to share their passion for the club’s free children’s dental clinic as well as the club’s many other outreach efforts that include local, national and international charitable programs. The event took place at the organization’s clubhouse in Coral Gables adjacent to which is the renown May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic that provides more than $160,000 in free dental care annually to children in need.

Debi Wilborn, second vice president, emceed the program welcoming prospective new members Abby Vicencio, Marian Iglesias, Elizabeth Hutson, Sonia Cuza, Pat Bosco, Lis Lucas, Janeli Arredodo, Catherine Fleming, Amy Baena, Maylen Montoto, Inma Murga, Karin English, Patti Hendon, Hedi Ober, Ileana Guanchez and Suzanne McClure.

Members enjoying the affair included Christy Saxon-Hernandez, Debra Adam, Michele Collier, Barbara Lapsley, Robin Burr, Linda Hartwell, Mayra Dominguez, Kathy Terry, Charo Bolanos, Mireya Kilmon, Carol Nobles, Lisa Lesperance, Diana de Armas, and Carmen Suarez. For information about the children’s dental clinic or club, go to < > or check its Facebook page.

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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