Cocoplum Woman’s Club celebrates 100 years

The GFWC CocoPlum Woman’s Club has been celebrating its centennial in style with a variety of events including an Open House followed the next day by their Centennial Luncheon. This past Valentine’s Day, a stringed ensemble entertained

Seen here at Centennial Celebration Open House for the GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club are the Open House Chairman, Maxine Bizette; Co-Chairmen of the Centennial celebration, Peggy Vital and Mary Lou Winkler; and Coco Plum President Heike Leibkuckler.

guests as they enjoyed touring the historic clubhouse while munching on a variety of enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and an open bar provided by the Club’s in house catering company. Centennial Celebration Co- Chairs, Peggy Vital and Mary Lou Winkler; dressed in period costume, welcomed guests and moved them onto the Club’s historical memorabilia exposition beautifully displayed. It was a walk through time.

One of the day’s highlights was the opening of a 75 year old time capsule with the reading of some very interesting documents that were brought inside for all to view. South Miami Mayor Phil Stoddard was on hand to remove the cornerstone and reveal the time capsule Open House Chairman, Maxine Bizette and Club President Heike Leibkuckler looked on with the crowd. After enjoying Rotary’s South Miami Art Show, folks may be looking for some indoor fun and March has lots to offer. On Sat., Mar 3rd, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club is holding its annual Casino Night fundraiser with a silent auction. This is definitely one of the most fun events in town and certainly the best deal with tickets priced at $25 per person. Past President Barbara Lapsley is chairing this year’s affair that has a Hollywood theme for those who like to come in costume. Lapsley and her hardworking committee, including silent auction chair, Carmen Suarez, are dedicated to raising enough funds to extend the hours and days of operation for the Club’s May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic that provides more than $170,000 in free dental care annually to disadvantaged children. For tickets or more information on the dental clinic, call Dr. Iris Torres at 305 446-1047.

Save those Hollywood costumes for the Friday, Mar. 9 and join Coral Gables Rotarians for the Club’s Annual Gala, “A Night on the Red Carpet”, at the Coral Gables Country Club. Zoo Miami’s entertaining Ron Magill will emcee this evening of hilarity with award presentations and more. Club President Deborah Swain and Gala Chair Margarita Tonkinson promise guests great food, lively entertainment, dancing and an auction to benefit Citizens for a Better South Florida and the Rotary Foundation. Single tickets are $150 per person. The Club is also selling raffle tickets for $125 for a 1 in 300 chance to win $20,000 or a new car of boat. For more information on the event and the raffle, visit

On Monday, Feb 27, you can bowl with some of your favorite former Hurricanes at the 2012 University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Bowling Tournament to be held at Splitsville in Sunset Place. Participants are paired with a former Canes player. Look for chance to win a 2001 Hurricanes National Championship Ring in a live auction. Teams of 4 bowlers are $400, individual bowlers are $125. Call 305-284- 2775 or go to for more information.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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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. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. 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 she sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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