Lorraine Sheldon: An oustanding volunteer and community leader

Lorraine Sheldon is an outstanding volunteer and community leader whose interests are as numerous as her creative talents.

Lorraine Sheldon: An oustanding volunteer and community leader

Lorraine Sheldon

As the principal of Quetzal Designs International Inc., Sheldon provides her clients with everything from interior programming and design to construction administration. Her attention to detail, creativity and professionalism account for her prestigious client list. Of course, those same remarkable qualities also have benefited those organizations in which she participates as a volunteer.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Sheldon moved to Miami 20 years ago. A beautiful woman inside and out, she possesses a generous spirit accounting for her involvement in community service early on as aGirl Scout and later as president of her sorority at the University of Oregon where she earned a bachelor’s in Interior Architecture.

After moving to South Florida and starting her own business, Sheldon resumed her involvement in philanthropy as her work enabled her to move around the community more freely and become exposed to individuals and organizations that were making a positive impact.

Becoming a Coral Gables Rotarian certainly gave her the opportunity to share her many talents and her passion for helping others. Sheldon has chaired the club’s Community Service Committee that participated in countless hands-on programs and projects including, over the years, cleaning up the coastline, planting trees in local neighborhoods, supporting veteran’s activities, offering extra hands for charity fundraisers all over Miami and raising funds to support youth activities.

Most recently, she helped run the auction portion of the club’s major fundraiser to benefit NPH USA’s Haiti Orphanage. Sheldon, whose smile lights up a room, is one of those people that takes on volunteer jobs with little fanfare and always pulls off any challenge. She is a member of The Villagers Inc., an organization that protects, advocates for, and promotes the community’s special places, structures, sites and objects which have architectural, cultural, environmental or historical significance.

When Sheldon is not volunteering her time or taking care of her many clients, she enjoys working in her garden that currently consists of banana trees, a star fruit tree, miniature citrus trees and a large herb garden. Having played soccer as a teenager, she also still enjoys running with the ball for exercise.

She loves being surrounded by likeminded people who want to share their time, resources, and ideas to help others realize their dreams. She believes that an encouraging word, a little money and a helping hand are often all that is needed.

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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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