Rotary Club relocates meetings to Gold Coast Railroad Museum

By Gloria Burns….

Bill Maer (left) is inducted into Rotary Club by Bill Tuttle.

Rotary Club of Miami Metrozoohas a new meeting location that promises to be an adventure and a special experience for visiting Rotarians — the Gold Coast Railroad Museum next to the zoo.

The club meets every Wednesday at noon, lunching in an old dining car that offers a really comfortable and cozy location, one that takes visitors back to a different time when transportation by rail was a luxury.

Club president Jack Courtright encourages visiting Rotarians to call ahead (305-975-5687) to reserve space. He also welcomes those interested in community service to do the same as the club is looking for civic leaders interested in joining a club that promotes service above self.

Most recently, at its May 11 meeting, the club inducted Bill Maer, of Maer Automotive Services, and received an inspirational Rotary talk from Coral Gables Rotarian Rick Tonkinson.

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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

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