Current economy impacts many organizations

Americans are possibly the most generous people in the world and, in this economic climate, this is more evident than ever. Even those without jobs, give something equally valuable, their time and talent.

Many organizations, while feeling the pinch, are also sensitive to members who may not be able to give as before. Along that vein many have reduced the price of events and membership obligation so as not to lose members.

GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club, whose members come from all over Miami- Dade County and who support a free children’s dental clinic, have done just that. In fact, they recently held an indoor garage sale as yet another inexpensive way to raise funds for the May Van Sickle Dental Clinic, which has lost some of its major funding at a time when the need for free dental care is greater than ever.

The garage sale provided an opportunity for club members to meet some very interesting people including Morris Zuckerman, a 24 years Air Force veteran, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday. Taking a break in sales, club members called for everyone to sing happy birthday and offered him free pastries to celebrate that milestone. He also had his photo taken with several members including Mireya Kilmon, Mrs. American Image National.

Speaking of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, the group is partnering with Young Stovall & Company and Turnberry Bank by hosting a Wine Tasting & Food Celebration to benefit The Safespace Foundation Endowment Fund on Friday, October 9, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m., at 1001 East Ponce de Leon Blvd. in Coral Gables. Tickets are $75 per person. To RSVP, call Carol Nobles at 305- 661-5227.

The Safespace Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization committed to the advocacy and empowerment of domestic violence victims and survivors through the collaboration and support of the Miami- Dade County agencies and other entities that provide emergency shelter, transitional housing and financial assistance to these individuals.

Calling all Rotarians. Now is the time to register for “Rotary Rocks”, the District 6990 Conference at the “Hard Rock Hotel and Casino” to be held on November 6th, 7th and 8th . A Saturday Night gala dinner promises to be a fun and unforgettable event as Rotarians will sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a joke, clown around and more and the “Rotary Rocks” talent show is now open for registration. To reserve your space, call Joe Roth- Rotary Club of Weston, 954-646- 6844, or e-mail prescent0405@aol.com. Moms and evens dads can enjoy preparing for Halloween with their children (2 yrs and up) at a special class for the season at Chef Aliza’s, in Pinecrest. Join the fun on Friday, October 23 (4:00-5:30 p.m.) The savory class will feature ghoulish, creepy and scary treats that can be prepared for snacks, lunch or dinner. Their sweet class will focus on making creepy cookies, cupcakes and more. Don’t miss out on the fun!

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, 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. 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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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