Project for veterans completed by Gables Rotarians

Project for veterans completed by Gables Rotarians

Rotarians complete last apartment of 5 they furnished for previously homeless veterans. Seen here Gables’ Rotary Community Service Chair Lorraine Sheldon, Rotarian Gloria Burns, Veteran Steve Lopez, Heather Shatzel and community volunteer Christopher Cross, of Miami’s Community Newspapers.

On February 7th, Coral Gables Rotarians finished their veterans outreach project that included completely furnishing 5 apartments from kitchen needs to furniture and bedding.

The last apartment was in Homestead where Rotarians, under the direction of Community Service Chair Lorraine Sheldon, of Quetzal Design, helped give another previously homeless veterans a place to call home. This was certainly one of the most gratifying projects the club has done this year for many. Among those finishing up this project with Lorraine that day were Rotarians Frank Sexton, Heather Shatzel, and Christopher Cross. Gables Rotarians are especially dedicated to programs helping veterans and, under the leadership of Past President Yolanda Woodbridge, visit the VA Hospital once a month to organize bingo with food and prizes as well. Gables Rotarian Fred Baddour, of CRB Geological, and Yoli are among the many individuals and businesses instrumental in helping fund this ongoing project.

Pinecrest –Dadeland and Coral Gables Rotarians also joined forces for the Rotary Golf Classic on February 6, at The Biltmore. Golf was followed by an awards luncheon and drawings all to benefit and awards was followed by a Golf Ball Drop. Look for more on this in the next issue.

On the education front, students and parents are encouraged to attend the Miami National College Fair. The event will be held Sunday, February 22, 2015, noon to 4 p.m., at the Double Tree by Hilton Miami Airport. Admission is free and promises to be a great way to check out options after graduation.

The first ever Jr. Orange Bowl Gala is only weeks away scheduled for February 28, at the Westin Colonnade. Event Chair Michelle Benitez-Bermudez has a great evening planned and sponsorships. Tickets and sponsorships are still available. For information, call 305 6621210.
This time of year, there are no shortage of fun events to attend. On March 7th, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club’s Casino Night is certainly to best deal in town for a great evening of fun, games, music, food , silent auction and more. Tickets are $50 and include entertainment, gaming, one drink (cash bar as well) , hors d’oeuvres and silent auction all for a great cause. Fun begins at in the CGWC’s beautiful clubhouse at 1009 East Ponce de Leon Blvd.

Every weekend, walkers and runners can find a walk but one close to this writer’s heart is the March 14th 5K Walk at Amelia Earhart Park for A Safe Haven for Newborns, an organization that recently saved its 219th newborn.

Save the date, Sunday, April 26th, when Paws 4 You will hold its 5K run/walk hoping to replicate last year’s success that saved countless dogs from euthanasia at Miami-Dade Animal Services. Changing it up a bit, this year’s event will be held early evening at Killian Greens Golf Club and will feature an officially timed race on a certified course for our more serious runners, with a celebration to follow. All are encourage to attend, bring your friends, families, and dogs! Those interested n supporting the events and receive more information may call Cindy at 305-332-9022 or email events@paws4you.org for booth and sponsorship opportunities.

Finally, Coral Gables Farmers Market a 24 year old community tradition returns Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. , through March 29. Check out the European-style green market held in front of City Hall offering farm-fresh produce, baked goods, juices, honey, herbs, jams and jellies, gourmet specialty foods, and a variety of plants for the home or garden. Music, Tai Chi classes, gardening workshops and cooking demonstrations are all part of the free activities for all ages.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via e-mail to gloriagalburns@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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