It’s not too early to plan for Miami Book Fair International

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club members assembled ‘Arts & Craft Boxes’ to be donated to F.S. Tucker Elementary School during a recent meeting.

CGWC supports this school in many ways as many of the families of the children that attend F.S. Tucker simply cannot afford to purchase needed school supplies. The Club solicited help from members to fill the gap. Diana De Armas, CGWC’s Arts Chairman. Coordinated this effort. Among those helping fill boxes for Tucker following the meeting President Pam Schaefer, Susie Tilson, Patty Fossler, Barbara Lapsley, and Linda Hartwell.

The University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame has elected Tod Roy, president of Florida Team Golf, Inc. as its president.

Other officers include president-elect, John Routh, former mascot for the university and the Florida Marlins; vice-president, Walter DiMarko, an educational consultant, treasurer Ed Strongin, CPA with Pinchasik, Strongin, Muskat, Stein & Co.; and secretary, Gerard Loisel, executive director of Marine Biology Camp, Inc.

Miami Book Fair International, Nov. 8- 15, 2009, is the nation’s oldest and largest collection of authors in the country.

Elizabeth Alexander, Sherman Alexie, Margaret Atwood, Madison Smartt Bell, Andy Borowitz, Meg Cabot, Betsy Carter, Susie Essman, Bruce Feiler, Mary Gordon, Al Gore, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, John Hemingway, Allegra Huston, Barbara Kingsolver, Mary Karr, Dennis Lehane, Philip Lopate, Peter Mayle, Jill McCorkle, Ana Menendez, Ralph Nader, Elizabeth Nunez, Todd Oldham, Francine Prose, Jeannette Walls, are some of the over 300 authors from the U.S. and abroad who will gather at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson Campus to read from Ptheir works in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, and Haitian Kreyol.

Speaking of books, CSD: Cecilia Dubon Slesnick Art and Illustration will be hosting Books and Books Show Opening Night for “Gables grown and Gables shown!” on Friday, September 4, 7 p.m. For more info, call 305-442-4408.

Ronald K. Teasdale, Vice President, Investment Consultant with SunTrust Investment Services, Inc. is hosting a client appreciation event on Thursday, August 27, noon, at Town Kitchen and Bar, 7301 SW 57 Court in South Miami. “A Disciplined Approach to Investing” will be the topic presented by guest speaker Doug Berman, Regional Vice President of Transamerica Investments. Lunch will be served. For reservations, please contact Tony Rodriguez, Investment Associate, at 305-255-3434.

Future Chefs Club, at Chef Aliza’s, is moving to Tuesdays this September. This is a great experience for young people 7 years and older to develop cooking skills that will serve them for a lifetime. Classes are at 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. and cost $125 a month plus $25 registration fee for new students. Chef Aliza’s is located at 8441 SW 132 Street (east of US1). Reservations are required.

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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