Karaoke Night Delights; Gulliver hosts coaches

By Gloria Burns….

Cocoplum Woman’s Club members (l-r) Nadine LaGuette, Maria O’Hollearn, Dottie Zammas, Heike Leibkuchler join Coral Gables Club for Karaoke Night.

GFWC Cocoplum Woman’s Club visited GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club recently to participate in a fun-filled Karaoke Night that had literally everyone singing, dancing and laughing. Organized by Gables’ member Mireya Kilmon, admission was free but donations were required to sing or have someone else sing. Aside from raising funds for Operation Smile, the affair provided a great way for club members to get to know each other before many traveled together to the Florida Federation of Women’s Club convention in Orlando the end of April.

Among many belting out tunes during the evening were Susie Tilson who brought along her daughter and granddaughter; Carmen Suarez, kicking off a night of song; Barbara Lapsley, who danced more than she sang; Pam and Sandy Schaefer; Maria O’Hollearn; Cocoplum Woman’s Club President, Heike Leibkuchler; Coral Gables Woman’s Club President, Linda Hartwell; Elaine Del Valle; Patty Hendon; and a host of others, all of whom work hard and play with that same fervor in service to others.

Speaking of fun meetings, the Coral Gables Chamber Breakfast on April 21, sponsored by Gulliver Schools, entertained from start to finish. The morning began with Gulliver School’s Symphonic Band with a program that featured Gulliver Academy, Middle School and Prep students, culminating with a panel discussion emceed by Drew Kern with UM Head Football Coach Al Golden and FIU Head Football Coach Mario Cristobal. Both coaches are turning failed programs around and shared their strategies. During Q&A, 94- year-old Marge Hartnett explained she had seven brothers who played football and, knowing the sport, volunteered to help them out if needed. Not to miss out, Coach Cristobal immediately took her up on her offer!

Golfers are encouraged to save May 20 for Chamber South’s Military Affairs Committee’s 20th Annual Golf Tournament, to be presented by Baptist Health South Florida at Palmetto Golf Course, 9300 SW 152 St. Registration is $150 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, goodie bag, green fees and golf cart. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start followed at 1 p.m. with the award reception and luncheon. Call Chamber South for more information on registration and sponsorships at 305-661-1621.

Finally, congratulations to members of the University of Miami’s roller hockey team who captured the Division II National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association Championship on April 10 in Wisconsin, defeating Florida Gulf Coast University 4-3.

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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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