Coral Gables Woman’s Club hosts 2012 ISSF Fifth Grade Spelling Bee

Alexander Montessori team (First Place)

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club once again opened its clubhouse doors to the Independent Schools of South Florida (ISSF) for the organization’s annual spelling bee on Nov. 8.

St. Theresa team (First Place)

With a total of 23 schools participating in this 2012 ISSF Fifth Grade Spelling Bee, an unprecedented eight schools placed this year. Three schools placed third; two came in second, and three schools placed first. In fact, only four points separated the third and first place schools and all are to be congratulated from the students to the coaches.

St. Agatha team (First Place)

And the top finishers are: first place — Alexander School, St. Agatha and St. Theresa; second place — Gulliver and St. Patrick; third place — Cushman, St. Brendan and Temple Beth Am

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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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