CG Woman’s Club celebrates annual President’s Reception

By Gloria Burns….

Coral Gables Woman’s Club first vice president Mireya Kilmon (left) is pictured with president Linda Hartwell at President’s Reception.

GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club conducted its annual President’s Reception for club president Linda Hartwell on Mar. 26.

Members gathered to honor Hartwell at the Coral Gables Woman’s Clubhouse while enjoying dinner, dancing and an evening a fun. Coordinating the affair was first vice president Mireya Kilmon, who presented flowers to all past presidents in attendance. Hartwell received a lovely bouquet of white roses, a stunning orchid and, as her year involved a dragonfly theme, a box of six beautiful sparkling beaded dragonfly napkin holders.

Delicious hors d’oeuvres were provided by past president Barbara Lapsley, Carmen Suarez and Mayra Dominguez, while dinner was catered by Coco Plum Catering and Design. Dessert from The Cake Box was a tiered vanilla rum cake with dragonflies and a teapot on the top tier.

Among the many others who helped with the affair were Jessie Francisco; Patty Hendon; Christy Saxon-Hernandez; Esther Paya and her daughter, Andrea (cake designer extraordinaire and former Juniorette member).

Coral Gables Woman’s Club is an organization that welcomes those interested in community service. The club owns and operates the May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic that provides more than $160,000 a year in free dental care to children who fall through the cracks of the healthcare system.  For more information on the club, go online to www.coralgableswomansclub.org.


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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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