Dry humor and chocolate bunnies mark recent events

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club held its annual installation dinner on May 6, at their clubhouse orchestrated by Past President Barbara Lapsley.

Lapsley’s husband, Bill, addressed the crowd as the founding president of the “Men’s Auxiliary” entertaining the crowd with his dry sense of humor and turning the job and podium over to John Schaefer, husband of the 2009- 2010 President Pam Schaefer. The program also included remarks from outgoing president Charo Bolanos, thanks to past members of the board and awards presentations to two well deserving members. Debi Wilborn received The Barbara Rosenthal/Sherry Wheeler Leadership Award and Diana De Armas won the Barbara Lapsley New Member of the Year Award.

CGWC’s Debi Wilborn receives Leadership Award from outgoing CGWC President Charo Bolanos

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De Armas, chair of CGWC’s Education Committee, delivered more than 20 chocolate bunnies and stuffed animals for Easter to the Ronald McDonald House on behalf of the CGWC Education Committee. This is but one of many outreach activities this club undertakes on a regular basis including the Club’s free dental clinic for disadvantaged children. The Club is always looking for individuals who want to serve and join their efforts.

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Among the many faces seen enjoying the evening were Andy Young, Dr. Iris Torres Rivera and Ralph Rivera, MaryScull Brown, Lou Popp, former Coral Gables Mayor Dorothy Thomson, Susan Tilson, Vicki McGroarty and Vic Clarke, Sandy Schaefer, Cathy Blanton, Mireya Kilmon (recently crowned Mrs. America Image National).

Pictured at The Two Hundred Club Dinner are Lt. General Glenn F. Spears, from SouthCom, and his wife, Kim Spears, with Brigadier General William Binger, from Homestead Air Reserve Base and his wife, Major Mo Binger.

Finally, Art Exhibition and reception was hosted by the Turnberry Bank of Pinecrest for Gulliver Prep on April 28.

Among the crowd attending the event were Rocky, Dustin and Josh Young, as well as several board members of the new Community Foundation of Pinecrest including Steve Beiley, Chair; Harry Hollub, Treasurer, and board members, Hank Langston, Pierre Apollon, Carol Nobles and Jennifer Wollmann. Branch manager, Adam Hellman called up the winning art students, all of whom received $25 savings account at the bank.

The Two Hundred Club Dinner was held at The Biltmore Hotel on May 8 featuring guest speaker Lt. General Glenn F. Spears., Deputy Commander of US Southern Command. The Two Hundred Club holds two events annually for its members who support immediate and ongoing financial support to the families of fire fighters and police who have been killed in the line of duty.

Pictured at Turnberry Reception are CFP’s Pierre Apollon, Treasurer Harry Hollub, Jennifer Wollmann, Hank Langston, and Chairman Steve Beiley.

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 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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