Elks Lodge and South Miami Rotarians plan busy summer

Girl Scouts participating in the Elks Club South Miami/ Coral Gables Elks Lodge boating safety program held twice a year.

The Elks Lodge not only lends support to community programs but offers a great venue for events while providing members fun social activities almost every night of the week at their clubhouse. Find a friend who is an Elk or call Annie Goodrich 305-666-2495 and try out all they have to offer. It may be South Miami/ Coral Gables best kept secret. For more information, visit www.elks.org/lodges/lodgedirectory.cfm?Lodg eNumber=1676.

Speaking of the Elks, Rotarians will be gathering at that Lodge on June 30 for their annual Installation Banquet. South Miami Rotary Club President and former South Miami Mayor Horace Feliu will turn over the gavel to incoming president Karyn Vassell, of Baptist Health in Kendall. For Feliu it has been a very rewarding year and he expressed extreme pride in the Club’s many hands-on volunteer efforts including the Club’s annual dictionary donations to area hundreds of school children. As Vassell takes over, the Club will celebrate with a party theme to match Rotary’s theme for the new year, “ Peace through Service”. President-Elect Vassell is encouraging everyone to come to the Installation attired in 60’s outfits with peace symbols and other appropriate regalia. Look for more on that event in an upcoming issue.

Golfers may still have time to sign up for the Baptist Health South Florida’s 21st Annual Military Affairs “Stars & Stripes” Golf Tournament on June 14, Flag Dag, at the Miccosukee Golf and Country Club, 6401 Kendale Lakes Drive. Chamber South and the Military Affairs Committee have partnered to host this event that benefits a number of programs that support our local military including The Armed Forces Service Center Lounge at Miami International Airport, the Wings Over Homestead Air Show, the annual Junior ROTC Pass-In-Review, and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Participants will not only have a great day of golf but also have a chance to win some great prizes. The registration fee of $150 per individual golfer or $500 per foursome includes a Continental breakfast, lunch, goody bag, green fees, and golf cart. For brochure and sponsorship visit www.chambersouth.com.

With children out of school, there is fun awaiting youngsters at Zoo Miami. The Zoo has just opened its new $1 million state-of-theart playground that promises to keep away the summer heat. The Playworld Playground contains two play areas, Jungle Journey and Ocean Voyage that spans 1.5 acres with play and picnic space for children 12 years and under . It affords kids a great space to explore 11 play features before cooling down by splashing through spouting blow holes and overflowing buckets of water in the Ocean Voyage playground that has an additional 28 features guaranteed to get kids dripping wet.

Of course, Zoo Miami guests may also cool down renting pedal boats, water tricycles and kayaks on the lake at Amazon and Beyond on weekends (Friday-Sunday) and holidays from 10 am to 5 pm. For a bite to eat, there is also the new and improved Oasis Grille offers refreshing meals. For more information please visit www.zoomiami.org or call 305-251- 0400. Zoo Miami is located at 12400 SW 152 street; Miami, FL 33177. General Zoo Admission is $15.95 per Adult and $11.95 per Child.

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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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