Rotarians’ Citizen of the Year honors go to Judge Leifman

Pictured at Coral Gables Rotary Club’s Citizen of the Year presentation are (l-r) Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason; Pat Morris; Judge Steven Leifman, honoree; Deborah Swain, and Frank Sexton.

Judge Steven Leifman was honored on June 7 by the Rotary Club of Coral Gables as the club’s Martin Hughes Coral Gables Rotary Citizen of the Year. The presenta- tion was made at the club’s luncheon at the Country Club of Coral Gables.

At the event, former Coral Gables Rotary president Frank Sexton, along with Rotarian Pat Morris, Leifman’s long time friend, had the honor of addressing the crowd and helping Rotary president Deborah Swain and Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason present the award to the judge.

On accepting the award, Judge Leifman, a 12-year Gables resident, remarked that he had no idea when he became a judge that would also become a gatekeeper to “the largest psychiatric facility in the state of Florida,” the Miami- Dade Jail. That is a situation he has worked passionately and successfully to improve over the years


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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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