Junior Orange Bowl Committee elects new officers

The Westin Colonnade hosted the Junior Orange Bowl Committee as they gathered for their annual election meeting on February 17. The hotel’s general manager Mike Wurster graciously provided complimentary hot hors d’oeuvres for the hungry crowd in their newly relocated Hoja Nueva restaurant located in the former Aragon Café area.

By the way, look for Norman’s to open in Hoja Nueva’s former location later this year. In the meantime, Hoja Nueva’s new location is a cozy bar and restaurant with great food you will want to experience, as did the members of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee that evening.

Top priority for the JOBC’s annual meeting was the election of the following new officers: Marti Bueso, president; Brian Seits, president-elect; Jim Borgmann, immediate past president; Dallas Brown and Donald Slesnick, III, vice presidents; Charles Knight, treasurer; and Enid Miguez, secretary. Elections were also held for new associate and active members.

Those associates moving up to active members are Robert Bueso, Tim Dunfey, Patrick Harris, Kathleen Kauffmann, Tiffany Kennedy, Melissa Seits, Peter Tolmach, and a mother/daughter twosome Gloria Stephen and Gloria Stephens. New associate members are David Albury, Karen Borgmann, William Kennedy, Robert Gomez, Robin Preston, Ulises Otero, and Veronica Ramirez.

The Rotary Club of South Miami has once again successfully orchestrated an amazing weekend event with the 25th anniversary of the South Miami Rotary Art Festival on February 21 and 22. The crowd was entertained with live music, some amazing arts and crafts, good food, and weather that was picture perfect.

Among the many folks volunteering that day were event chair, Diana Phillips, along with Rotarians Mayor Horace Feliu, John Sorgie, Donna Gaines, Doreen Reitnauer, Darrell Downs and Ann Fisher, to mention a few. The 1st National Bank of South Miami was once again the major sponsor and headquarters for the event.

Other big sponsors making the event possible were Williamson Cadillac- Hummer, South Miami Hospital, City of South Miami, and The Shops of Sunset Place at Simon Mall. Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida, Miami’s Community Newspapers, WLRN Public Radio and Television, The Miami Herald/ El Nuevo Herald, and State Farm Insurance.

On Friday, March 6 at 7 p.m., The Coral Gables Museum’s First Fridays Architecture and Design Lecture Series will continue with a presentation by author and UM School of Architecture professor Rocco Ceo titled, Building Close to Nature: The Early Architecture of Dade County’s Pak System. This free lecture will be held at the Old Spanish Village Sales Gallery, 2901 Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Donations to the Museum are appreciated. To RSVP, call 305-910-3996 or e-mail < info@coralgablesmuseum.org >.

This Architecture and Design Lecture Series is sponsored by Cuesta Construction, Old Spanish Village and presented with the support of the City of Coral Gables and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.

A complimentary wine and cheese reception will follow the tour and guests will be welcome to tour the Museum’s preview exhibit which is housed at the venue. The Coral Gables Museum, a civic arts museum, is set to open in 2010 in the city’s original Police and Fire Station at 285 Aragon Avenue. For more information, visit the Museum website: www.coralgablesmuseum.org 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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