Profit Inc. members learn about trends in funeral arrangements, hold election

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Profit Inc. members learn about trends in funeral arrangements, hold election
Pictured at Profit Inc. luncheon are (l-r) past president LaWanda Loftus of First Citizens Bank, with Don and Crystal Van Orsdel of Van Orsdel Funeral Chapels and Crematory.

During a recent meeting of Profit Inc., one of South Florida’s oldest business clubs, Crystal Van Orsdel conducted a presentation on the trends in funeral services.

As members of a family-owned business that has been around for 100 years, Crystal and her father, Don Van Orsdel, take pride in their personalized service and cutting edge technology that has served them well during the pandemic with new ways to serve their clients.

After Crystal’s talk, Profit president Gisella Castro announced the names of the newly elected board members: Stacy Alonso, president; LaWanda Loftus, immediate past president, and board members Gisella Castro, Thomas Avila, Felipe Isaza and Carlos Ribero.

Profit Inc. meets the first Thursday of the month at 94th Aero Squadron near Miami International Airport, and on the third Thursday of the month members and guests gather at various locations for a Power Lunch.

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel , non profit consulting and management. Before joining Miami's Community Newspapers as a columnist and marketing specialist, Gloria was the Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee (6 yrs.) and first Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (14 yrs.) and the Pinecrest Community Foundation (1 ½ yrs) . Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist for Community Newspapers writing Gloria’s Gab, that focuses on the non-profit activity, and a host of an online show, Gloria's Gab LIVE. Gloria serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables as Civic and Charity Chair, and is involved in the club's International Committee. She is an active Life Member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee and is Secretary of the Merrick Festival. She serves on the board of directors of the Coral Gables Woman' Club as Publicity Chair and also coordinates the club's monthly fundraiser for various charities with Gringo Bingo at Clutch Burger. In addition, Gloria participates in numerous other charitable events and is a member of the Business Forum Group, Profit Inc., the Greater Miami Festival & Events Association and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. In other volunteer activity, Gloria helps Miami Christian School with fund-raising and PR; is an Ambassador and volunteers for events for A Safe Haven for Newborns. She is an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where she enjoys singing in the choir every weekend.