CBS4’s Jim DeFede speaks to Profit Inc

CBS4’s Jim DeFede speaks to Profit Inc.

Seen here with Jim DeFede (center) are Profits Inc.’s President Stacy Alonso and Mike Sutta.

CBS4’s Jim DeFede entertained the members and guests of Profit Inc. at the organization’s January 8th lunch meeting with tales from Gander ,Newfoundland. Prefacing his remarks by saying that his book,, “The Day The World Came To Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland,” is heartwarming, touching, and emotional, he acknowledged to the crowd’s delight that it is nothing you would ever expect from his pen. DeFede’s intimate presentation was much like that of a story teller around a camp fire with a captive audience who could not helped but be touched by some of the stories he shared. His book brings new light to a small community of only 10,000 who accommodated 7,000 people and 67 planes that were diverted to their town on 9/11. For a town with so little, they opened their homes and hearts for a week and made lasting friendships that continue to this day. DeFede also took questions from the audience on assorted current events. Among the many enjoying DeFede’s talk were Profit Inc.’s President Stacy Alonso; Past Presidents Dr. Joe Briggle, Robert Beans, and Kemp Mobley; CBS 4’s David Sutta, Mike Sutta; Fernando Obregon; Don and Mara Van Orsdale; and Dr. Gayle Carson, to mention a few. Profit Inc. meets twice a month at the 94th Aero.

For information on this networking group, among the oldest in Miami-Dade County, contact Linda Wolonick at (954) 370-0041.

CBS4’s Jim DeFede speaks to Profit Inc.

Pictured at Chart House for Rotary 2 Rotary event are Perrine-Cutler Ridge Rotarian Mike Kesti (left) and Gables Rotarian Chris Morrison.

In other news, District 6990 Rotarians gathered for a monthly social in January at Chart House in Coconut Grove giving members a chance to share ideas and projects. With a motto of “Service Above Self”, Rotarians here and around the world are helping with projects as large as eradicating polio worldwide to those as small as providing scholarships, serving the homeless and helping veterans.

Several Rotarians at this Rotary 2 Rotary event did a double header moving on that evening to attend the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce’s 45th Annual Golden Coconut Awards at The Kampong. Hundreds attended the affair to sheer on the honorees and enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres and drinks in that lovely setting. Among the many award finalists was Coral Gables Rotarian Jesus Guzman, President of Shell Lumber & Hardware, who was up for Business Leader of the Year. Winning that particular award was third generation Coconut Grove resident Peter C. Gardner, who founded Pointe Group Advisors in 2003. For more on the many awards winners, visit

CBS4’s Jim DeFede speaks to Profit Inc.

Jesus Guzman, finalists for Business Leader of the Year at Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce’s 45th Golden Coconut Awards on January 8th, at The Kampong with wife, Aileen.

Golfers will want to register for the upcoming Rotary Golf Classic for Scholarships being organized by Miami- Dadeland –Pinecrest Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Foundation of Coral Gables. to be held at The Biltmore Golf Course on February 6. Participation for individual golfers is $185 and include green fees, cart, appreciation gift bag, breakfast and awards lunch buffet with open bar. Luncheon and open bar only is priced at $40. Registration deadline is February 2. Following the lunch, witness a Rotary International District 6990 Helicopter Ball Drop for the benefit of The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund. Golf balls are on sale at the South Miami Rotary Club as well as all other clubs through-out the district with chances to win some great prizes if your ball lands closest to the hole, For more information on the golf event or the drop, contact Chris Morrison at 305 582-7690 or Maria Avalos at 305 305-1535.

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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