Rotary Rollers at Splitville raised money for local scholarship

Rotary Rollers at Splitville raised money for local scholarship

Judi Ashworth on runway


Rotary Rollers at Splitville raised money for local scholarship

Former School Board member Betsy Kaplan seen here at Woman’s Cancer Association event.

President of the South Miami Rotary Club, Brett Trembly, reports that his club recently held an event called Rotary Rollers at the Splitsville in South Miami where they raised almost a thousand dollars for local scholarships. Their next big event will be the Club’s 31st Annual South Miami Rotary Art Festival to be held on February 22nd and 23rd. That is always a great event and the club is to be congratulated for its success over these many years

The Woman’s Cancer Association of the University of Miami Franklin C. Bush Chapter attracted a sell-out crowd for its “Fabulous Fashions of Second Time Around” Luncheon on November 13, at the Marriott Courtyard. The event had everything a women could ask for including a chance to buy some incredible high end attire and jewelry at bargain prices, followed by a nice lunch, fashion show, raffle and silent auction. Chapter President, Ruth Jacobs, and Chairman Mary Nolan are to be congratulated for a very entertaining affair that even brought back to Miami, former TV Weatherman and celebrity auctioneer, Bob Soper. Soper helped auctioned off the clothes modeled in the fashion show while Frank Hubbell provided the music throughout the affair.

Among the runways divas in the show were Judi Ashworth. Kay Fahringer, Michele Locicero, Gina Rice-Guilford, Bridget Starks, Carolyn Stevenson, Dorothy Thomson, Genevieve Atkinson, Ruth Jacobs, Sara Lee Sanderson, Kelley Rice-Schild, Brittany Starks and Nora Tenny. Carlos Talavera coordinated the Boutique while so many others also worked hard to make the affair a success including Trish Heard, Joann Capalletti, Lorin Lawson, Pat Saunders and Anita Nolan-Shaw, to mention a few.

Speaking of fashion, the GFWC Coco Plum Woman’s Club held a “Dancing with the Stars AFashion Show,” by designer Rosaura Sias Pipenberg on October 30. More than 65 ladies attended the event that was chaired by Aminta Konawicz. The models were all members of the Coco Plum Club with Mireya Kilmon, President of the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, who attended as a guest and a model. Best of all, the event raised $1,500 to benefit SAFESPACE, a Domestic Violence Shelter.

Speaking of women’s clubs, the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club had an incredibly fun Halloween party to raise extra funds for the club’s free children’s dental clinic. The decorations were spectacular thanks to some talented members and spouses and a large donation of wood from Shell Lumber to create tombstones and more. Mayra Dominguez chaired the event with help from Nathalia Bogani and many others. Ralph Rivera, who was the oint person to build not only party props but also the club’s bed entered in the Great Grove Bed Race, won the costume contest dressed as Tom Hanks in Castaway. A good time was had by all while more than $1,400 was raised for the clinic. The Club’s major fundraiser for the May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic will be a Casino Night on March 8, 2014.

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. 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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