South Miami Safe Streets Halloween a spooky success

Halloween brought thousands of youngsters to Sunset Drive on Halloween for a great family friendly street party with children dressed in adorable costumes accompanied by many parents doing the same. Closing off Sunset Drive to traffic offered the crowd a perfect place to stroll with their children and enjoy the afternoon. Of course, many had house parties as well that offered kids a safe Halloween experience. Five year old Ryan Barna, who loves skeletons, decided he wanted his birthday party on that day. Luckily his Grandma, Tania Stern, loves Halloween and was happy to host a bash like few others with more than 30 kids and many more adults in attendance.

Coral Gables Rotarians also took advantage of the Halloween theme with a Fifth Friday Social on Halloween Eve where they entertained a Group Study Exchange Team visiting from Peru Team Leader Raul Sanchez, a Rotarian from “Lima Colonial” and a past resident of that Club, surprised the party goers with his talent as a singer while others from his team gave a folk dance exhibition. Sanchez was joined by Milagros Mesones, an educational psychologist from Santiago; Elvira Gonzales, a CPA from Lima; Carlos Lechuga, from Brena, a graduate in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration and Karla Nunez, an advertising executive from Santiago.

Helping spearhead a welcome and arrange meetings for the GSE visitors was Yolanda Woodbridge. Among the many stops was one at Coral Gables City Hall to meet with Mayor Don Slesnick, also a Rotarian.

Speaking of Rotary, there are still spots open for The Rotary Golf Classic will be held Thursday, November 12, at The Biltmore Hotel, to benefit the Rotary Club of Coral Gables Charitable Foundation and The Rotary Foundation. Enjoy a great day of golf with lots of prizes. Entry fee of $150 for individual golfers includes green / cart fees, refreshments on course, gift bag, continental breakfast, lunch and awards presentations. There will also be a golf ball drop with lots of fabulous prizes for the lucky ticket holders. To purchase tickets, to sign up and/or request sponsorship information, call Chris Morrison at 305-582-7690 or Florida Team Golf at 305-255-3500.

In other news, the “Principal for the Day” program welcomed The Honorable William Thomas, Federal Public Defender Kathleen Williams and Suree Rambo, Assistant Manager at Cool-de-Sac: Play Café in South Miami, as participants on October 21. A program designed to help community leaders better understand the complex role of the school principal, also gives them a better perspective of the school system from within.

South Miami Rotarians and others looking for a make up meeting, check out the new Rotary Club at MetroZoo. They meet every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. and we believe it is the only Rotary meeting in the world that actually meets in a zoo. Until next week, keep making each day count.

Gloria Burns is Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Pinecrest., a 501 (c ) (3) non profit organization, as well as a columnist for Community Newspapers. Keeping abreast of community activities is a challenge. If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to < >.

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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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