An air show not to be missed and other great events

Coming up in November, plan on attending the first open house and air show in 18 years at Homestead Air Reserve Base, to be hosted by the Airmen of the 482nd Fighter Wing. The base will open its gates to the public for its “Wings Over Homestead Airshow” on November 7-8, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since being rebuilt after Hurricane Andrew, this will be the base’s first open house. Brigadier General William Binger, 482nd Fighter Wing Commander, looks forward to opening the base to the public for this long awaited weekend event.

Featured will be the famous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team performing on both days, performances by the F-15 Eagle demonstration team, U.S. Army Screaming Eagles Jump Team, U.S. Air Force Jet Car, U.S. Air Force Reserve Band, and Sky Soldiers. A Tribute to Patriots, military aircraft including a B-52 Bomber, KC-135 Stratotanker, Navy Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), F-16 Fighting Falcon, C-130 transport aircraft, and an H-60 helicopter will also be on display.

Save November 12, for the Rotary Club of Coral Gables Annual Charity Golf Tournament, at 8 a.m., at the Biltmore Golf Course. Rotarians, who usually meet at the Westin Colonnade for their Thursday weekly lunch meetings, will meet instead that week at The Biltmore Hotel. The annual Golf Ball Drop will follow lunch.

Hosted by the Airmen of the 482nd Fighter Wing at the Homestead Air Reserve Base, the “Wings Over Homestead Airshow” will feature awesome maneuvers such as this.

Speaking of Rotary, Rotarian of 54 years, Bob Moorman, Sr., was joined by son, Bob Jr., a downtown Ft. Lauderdale Rotarian; and his grandson, Luke, a Ft. Lauderdale South Rotarian; and Luke’s 6 month old son, Thomas Paul Moorman. At the get together at South Miami Hospital, Thomas officially joined the Moorman’s Rotary family tradition by becoming a very young Paul Harris Fellow. Gables Rotary President Wiley Hicks did the honors of presenting the certificate and celebrating the occasion.

GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club recently received a $30,000 grant from the Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation for the Club’s MAY VAN SICKLE Dental Clinic. The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation has been a long time supporter of this Clinic which fills a critical healthcare gap for children caught between the cracks in our welfare system. In fact, the MAY VAN SICKLE Children’s Dental Clinic provides Miami Dade County children in need with more than $150,000 in free dental care annually.

Coral Gables Rotary President Wiley Hicks with four generations of Moorman Rotarians – in center Bob Sr., Luke and son, Thomas Paul Moorman, and Bob Moorman, Jr., as Thomas becomes a Paul Harris Fellow at the early age of 6 months.

The Dr. John T. Macdonald Foundation, Inc. is a private foundation supporting projects and programs designed to improve, preserve or restore the health and health care of the people in Miami-Dade County.

For more information or a grant application, please contact Ms. Kim Greene, Executive Director, 1550 Madruga Avenue, Suite 215, Coral Gables, FL 33146, 305-667-6017, website: < >.

Until next week, 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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