Two South Florida Rotary Clubs join forces to raise funds for their foundations

Two South Florida Rotary Clubs join forces to raise funds for their foundationsTwo South Florida Rotary Clubs are joining forces once again to raise funds for their respective Rotary Foundation Scholarship. The Dadeland-Pinecrest and Coral Gables Rotarians will raise funds again this year at their Annual Rotary Golf Classic to be held February 6 th at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables starting at 7:30 a.m. with registration and box breakfast. Shotgun start is at 8 a.m. and awards and luncheon follow at noon. In addition to the Golf Tournament, there will also be a Golf Ball Drop after lunch. Proceeds from that will benefit The Rotary Foundation Annual Fund. Those buying the lucky balls closest to the marker on the golf course will win some great prizes donated by generous supporters.

Anyone interested in playing, sponsoring, or buying tickets may contact Rotarians Chris Morrison at 305-582-7690 or Maria Avalos at 305-305-1535.

In other Club news, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s board of director’s gathered for a dinner and gift exchange on December 17th.

The Club, that draws its membership base from all over South Florida, meets the first and third Wednesday of every month at their clubhouse, 1009 East Ponce de Leon Blvd., 6:30 p.m. They are always looking for woman who want to serve the community and what a great way to start the new year. The women are gearing up for their big Casino Night fundraiser to be held March 7th with proceeds directed to support the Club’s free children’s dental clinic. Save that date for a fun evening for a great cause. For more information on joining the club or supporting the dental clinic, contact Debi at deborahvanstone1@outlook. com.

A week before Christmas, the Jr. Orange Bowl Tennis Tournament Kicked Off Main Draw with party at Bank United Center for players and families featuring guest speaker renowned tennis coach Nick Bollettieri and CBS Emmy Award winning journalist and news anchor Eliott Rodriguez who emceed the program. Honorary Chair for the tournament Martina Navratilova could not make that kick-off party but did attend the finals match to help present to trophies with JOBC Tennis Chair Barbara Waters. Several JOBC members were on hand for the Main Draw Kick Off and crowed the hall to attend later that same evening the Jr. Orange Bowl Holiday meeting at the Hurricane 100 Club.

Among the many seen enjoying the affair was JOBC Past President and Basketball Tournament Chair Chuck Little who was very excited to share news on his event that draws teams for around the United States for some great basketball games held in Doral. Of course, the Golf Committee were also present and looking forward to their event that attracts golfers from all over the world starting Dec. 27.

In other news, the YMCA held a lovely reception at Four Season’s announcing the merging of Great Miami and Ft. Lauderdale organizations. Performances by children were one of the highlights of the evening as were plans for their Gala celebrating 100 years, to be chaired by Robin and Susan Shelley, this Spring. Look for more on that in upcoming issues.

Finally, the King Mango Strut was the last parade and certainly the most fun parade of 2014. Honorary grand marshals were Governor Rick Scott and Governor Charlie Crist look alikes whose Fan Gate Debate theme brought lots of laughs. They hammed it up to the delight of the crowd as did the so many other groups gathered for this crazy parade entitled, “Life is just Ebola Cherries.”

Wishing all of our readers a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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

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