Play explores Cuba’s past and tragic transformation

HAVANA BOURGEOIS, a new play by Carlos Lacamara, opened at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre on May 15. As the daughter of a former ad man who did business in Cuba in the 1950s, this writer was intrigued with the subject that explores the impact of Fidel Castro’s Revolution on the Cuban middle class following the lives of the employees of an advertising agency during the transition from Capitalism to Communism.

Rotary District 6990 Governor, Marcy Ullom (center), presents Rotarian of the Year Awards to Lan Nghiem-Phu and Yolanda Woodbridge.

The play reveals the transformation of Cuba from a thriving capitalist country into a sweltering Marxist Dictatorship in as little as two years. A poignant play with lots of laughs, HAVANA BOURGEOIS has a great cast including Danny Pino, the lead, and James Puig, the irreverent artist who carried the comedy. This is a production that will move anyone who has been touched by the revolution. For tickets, call 305-444-9293.

University of Miami students, Steven Sloan and Gyros Samale, spoke to gables Rotarians recently about their work with Engineers Without Borders (EMB). Raising their own funds for travel to El Socorro, Honduras and Casablanca, Peru by selling concessions during Dolphin home games and other activities, their efforts have already achieve results by helping provide clean water to 1,180 people in El Soccorro. A second trip is now planned to design a hydraulic system to secure future water distribution. In Peru, the initial trip resulted in fixing water pipes that were installed after the 2007 earthquake and never worked. The team engaged the community in making the needed repairs and they now have a fresh, clean water source for the town.

Lourdes Perez, of Continental Airlines, with Sergio Barrera at opening night for Havana Bourgeois at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre.

Speaking of Rotary, Rotary District 6990 Governor Marcy Ullom visited the Rotary Club of Coral Gables recently and presented awards from the District for outstanding work to two Gables Rotarians. Honored with the prestigious “Rotarian of the Year for Vocational Service” was Lan Nghiem- Phu for his undying devotion to anything connected to District Information Technology. The second award was presented to Yolanda Woodbridge, named “Rotarian of the Year for District International Service” for her outstanding work as GSE Team Chair this year.

Both of these Rotarians exemplify Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” Close to 300 guests recently attended Kristi House’s 3rd Annual Breaking the Silence Luncheon at Grove Isle. The event raised in excess of $320,000 in gifts and pledges to help children who have been sexually abused in Miami- Dade County. Leon Medical Centers underwrote the event at the Grove Isle Hotel & Spa. Co-hosts, Rachelle de Moya, Glenn Huber (of BNY/Mellon), Barbara Hinterkopf and Judy Zeder, also received support from table captains Lourdes Alvarez, Suzanne Anderson, Brett Barfield, Josephine Burke, Anita Cachaldora, Laura Cava Northrop, Mona Chanouha, Rima Shahin, Raquel Cohen, Alina Fernandez, Maureen Gragg, Liz Hogan, Joy Intriago, Anne Jackaway, Bobbie Jones-Wilfork, Marcia Koo, Richard Langhorne, Lourdes Leon, Edie Murphy, Lourdes Cuevas, Zandra Rucker, Mercedes and Barbara Saewitz, Fernando and Sue Tamayo and Marielena Villamil. For information, go to .

Noelle Galperin and table captain, Jo Burke, at Kristi House Luncheon.

Until next week, 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

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