Local Rotarians welcome GSE Team from India

GSE Team from India seen here with local Rotarians at home of Diane Landsberg, President-Elect of the Miami Rotary Club. L to R Top row: Gloria Burns, Walter Alvarez, Chris Morrison, Mike Kesti, Deborah Swain, Robert Mitchell and Helen Quinn/ Bottom row: Diane Landsberg, Sanjit Singh Paul, Rajeev Sood, Jasmine Kaur Malhorta,Yolanda Woodbridge, Urmi Mehta, Maria Kesti, and Hillary Victor.

Rotary GSE Team member from India ,Hillary Victor, who is Principal Correspondent for the Hindustan Times, is seen at Community Newspapers with CN’s Michael Miller and Senior Editor, David Berkowitz.

A Rotary Group Study Exchange Team from India paid an extended visit to Rotary’s District 6990, which encompasses South Florida, the Keys and the Bahamas. Rotary’s District 6990 Group Study Exchange Chair and Past President of the Coral Gables Club, Yolanda Woodbridge, became known as “Mama Florida” during the planning stages and her job was not an easy one. As Hurricane Sandy was gathering steam further south, the team arrived spending time in Broward and then traveling to the Bahamas where, you guessed it, they had a longer stay than expected, enduring several days with no power. The group’s team leader, Rajeev Sood, past District Governor of District 3080 and Past Club President, traveled here with Urmi Mehta, an MBA from Punjab University in Chandigarh; Jasmine Kaur Malhorta, a Senior System Engineer; Sanjit Singh Paul, a partner in Sunshine Gardens; and Hillary Victor, a principal correspondent for the Hindustan Times Media Ltd. While they all enjoyed the Bahamas and the thrill of experiencing their first hurricane, all were happy to return to the Miami area where they visited numerous clubs including Woodbridge’s home club for a joint meeting on Nov. 1 with the Miami Rotary Club, whose President David Anderson, on behalf of his club, presented Woodbridge with a crystal engraved globe to thank her for all her efforts.

After their presentation at the joint club meeting where Rajeed Sood gifted the two club presidents, David Anderson and Walter Alvarez, with a traditional hat and shawl, the team visited various businesses in their respective fields and convened again at The Biltmore Hotel to share the day’s activities, discussed upcoming plans and once again thanked Yolanda Woodbridge, whom they affectionately named “Mama Florida.” This busy group visited the Key Biscayne Rotarians on Nov. 2, and also enjoyed various other outings including dinners and even a BBQ at the home of Miami Rotarians’ President-Elect, Diane Landsberg followed by shopping on Sat., Nov. 3, getting a passing glance at the South Miami Arts Festival on the way.

In other non-profit news, lots of children had the time of their lives at the Captain Bob Lewis Kids Fishing Challenge on Nov. 3, an event also attended by several local Rotarians including Judith Pantoja who had great fun helping one of the many little girls and boys bait their hooks, not a job for the finicky but one that brought lots of smiles.

Katie Meier, Head Woman’s Basketball Coach at the University of Miami will be the featured speaker at the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Network Lunch on November 20, at the Hyatt Regency in Coral Gables. Tickets are $35 for Chamber members and $45 for all others. To reserve space, call 305 446-1657.

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.

Jasmine Kaur Malhorta and Urmi Mehta perform a song to entertain crowd at Rotarian BBQ for the Group Studey Exchange Team from India.

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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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