Gloria Burns, a very active Coral Gables Rotarian for the past 25 years and Rotarian of the Year for her club in 2013-14, was honored recently by Rotary International’s District 6990 as its District Rotarian of the Year for Public Relations.
The award was announced at a District Assembly held recently at the Signature Grand in Davie. Rotary District 6990 includes one of the few international districts based in the continental United States drawing its membership from three Florida counties and Grand Bahama Island in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas with more than 50 clubs and 2,000 members.
Burns, a writer and columnist for Miami’s Community Newspapers, first became involved in public relations as a Coral Gables Junior Woman’s Club member and credits her nonprofit work with helping develop her leadership skills and public relations know-how. She became so successful doing PR for nonprofits and begging for space in Miami’s Community Newspapers that executive editor Michael Miller asked her to write a weekly column. Burn agreed with the understanding that her column would report on the many great things service organizations and nonprofits were doing to make a positive impact on the community.
As a former executive director of the Junior Orange Bowl Committee for six years, then executive director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years, followed by a few years creating the Pinecrest Community Foundation, she has an understanding of the community that allows her to find ways to partner charities to broaden their base.
Now that she works full time for Miami’s Community Newspapers, she is especially grateful that the newspaper group generously supports almost anything in which she is involved from charity walks to major fundraisers.
“Miami’s Community Newspapers is truly invested in our community and I am so blessed to work with people who support the good works of others day in and day out,” Burns said.