South Miami Rotary elections, parties and musical highlights

At the South Miami Rotary Club recent meeting, elections were held for 2013, beginning July, giving the group time to plan their upcoming terms. Those voted into office include Gabriel De Armas, president-elect; Karen Vassell, vice president; Rooney Brodie, secretary; David Jacobs, treasurer; and Mike Sutta, sergeant- at-arms. Others serving on the next board of directors include Ellen Book, Fabio Fernandez, Donna Gains, Raquel Ramis Hickey, Wendy Lapidus, Lucille McKey, Doreen Reitnauer and Britt Steinhardt. Current President-Elect Brett Trembly will take over as president.

Rotary is a global service organization of business and professional people pledged to upholding the highest ethical standards with a mission that encompasses worldwide fellowship and international peace under the banner of service. Those interested in finding out more about Rotary or becoming a Rotarian are invited to attend the South Miami Rotary Club, any Tuesday, at Carrabbas in South Miami, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. The price for lunch is $17. For more information, visit

In other Rotary news, the Coral Gables Club is planning another in their Wine Dinner Series. The next event will be held at Angelique Euro Café on Miracle Mile on Tues. Feb. 26. For a ticket price of $125 per person, guests will enjoy a four course gourmet dinner with wine pairings for each course. This series of four dinners through June will benefit local charities and the Coral Gables Rotary Foundation. For more information, visit

On the holiday front, the CGWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club held its Annual Holiday Party and Installation on Dec. 5th organized by Entertainment Chair and Past President Pam Schaefer who thanked Ana Lam and Sandy Schaefer for transforming the beautiful ballroom into a wonderland. Aside from celebrating the holidays, the event served to honor the dental clinic staff Dr. Fernando Duarte, Dr. Fanny Jarquin, Dr. Karina Cintron, Ana Hernandez, Yolim Ramirez, and Ruth Ibarquen. The Club’s May Van Sickle Dental Clinic Director, Dr. Iris Torres Rivera, received guests collecting gift cards to hand out to more than 100 disadvantaged children served by their free dental clinic. The gala party also featured a gourmet feast, dancing and the installation of 12 of the current class of 13 members of the new members including Nathalia Bogani, Kara Corneil, Lisa Demarco, Lori Marie Dilan, Yvette Leiva, Imelda Medina, Stella Suarez, Lizz Wiegandt, Libia Casas, Nanette Rodriguez, Melinda Crawley, and Ann-Margaret Sirgany. Also joining but unable to attend the party was Carol Cabeza as well as the Club’s hardworking membership chair, Mayanne Etkin, who was out with the flu. Women interested in joining this dynamic group of women, may visit for more information.

May you all have a Happy and Healthy New Year. 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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