Woman’s Club Wine and Cheese Social is June 17

GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club draws its membership from all over South Florida offering the Club an opportunity to do community outreach like few other clubs.

This group of dynamic women always welcomes others looking to give back and invite sprospective new members to join the Club for a Wine and Cheese Social on Wednesday, June 17, 6 p.m., at their clubhouse located at 1009 East Ponce de Leon Blvd. Guests will have an opportunity to learn more about the Club and to tour the Club’s May Van Sickle Children Dental Clinic, a free clinic that provides more than $150,000 annually in dental care to disadvantaged children. To RSVP, contact Membership Chair, Debi Wilborn, at 305-595-9195 or via e-mail at debicgwc@aol.com .

On hand to welcome guests will be the Club’s new members of the board of directors and current members including President Pam Schaefer, Immediate Past President Charo Bolanos, Past Presidents Michele Collier, Claire- Frances Whitehurst and Barbara Lapsley, Nancy Desmangles, Debra Adam, Linda Hartwell, Debi Wilborn and Dr. Iris Torres, to mention a few.

The Junior Orange Bowl Committee gathered at Town in South Miami recently for a social evening during which several members began making plans for the coming season. Among the many seen enjoying the evening were Administrative Director Mark Pidal, President Marti Bueso, John and Pam Admire, Charles Knight, Ceci and Don Slesnick III, Nancy Little, Rusty and Maggie Hill, Dallas Brown, and many more dedicated volunteers.

As the “world’s largest youth festival,” the Junior Orange Bowl Committee takes on the awesome task annually of producing local, national and world class events that range from golf and tennis and basketball to creative writing and chess. In addition, the parade is already looking for organizations wanting to create their own floats. For more information go to <www.jrorangebowl.com >.

The Community Foundation of Pinecrest is planning a Meet and Greet at the Pinecrest home of Fred and Annette Baddour in the next few weeks.

The Foundation has targeted education as one of its many priorities and welcomes people interested in learning more about the organization to go to their new web site at www.cfofp.org. The May 1st May Day festival welcoming spring has been a tradition at the Sunrise School of Miami since its founding four years ago, a tradition at Waldorf Schools all around the world.

Students performed the traditional dancing and singing around a maypole, a custom that extends back to ancient England. The students and faculty wore crowns made from fresh flowers and the School’s resident bagpiper, Ed Powers, played traditional Celtic tunes while the students wove colored ribbons around the pole forming beautiful patterns and celebrating the coming season.

Finally, having just celebrated Memorial Day, may all our prayers and best wishes go out to our service men and women and their families for the sacrifices they make to preserve our freedom and keep us safe.

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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