Beautiful weather promised for upcoming outdoor events

Beautiful weather promised for upcoming outdoor events
Pictured (l-r) at the lunch meeting in January of the Miami Woman’s Club are President Linda Joseph, Treasurer Clora Atkins, Bea Hines, Dr. Enid C. Pickney, 1st Vice President; Shirley Pardon, 2nd Vice President Metris Batts 2nd Vice President Metris Batts, Past President Betty Lasch and Manager of the Library Susan Matos.

There is no shortage of fun filled activities for South Floridians for the next coming weeks.

Rotarians in South Miami and the Gables are gearing up for some fun events. The weekend of February 23 and 24, the South Miami Rotary Club’s Annual Arts Festival has everything from art to entertainment, food and more. It is always a great family day out. Look for all the action on Sunset Drive between US 1 and Red Road.

Yet another great event that gets bigger every year is Coral Gables Rotary’s Chili Cook Off to be held Sunday February 24, at Fred B. Hartnett Ponce Circle Park, from 1 – 5 p.m. this annual event benefits the numerous charities supported by their RCCG Foundation. Admission is free but there is a small charge for those who want to buy a bracelet to test the many chilis competing for cash prizes. For info on registration of sponsorship, visit

Yet another event being held on board will be 20th Anniversary Legacy Gala recognizing Thelma V.A. Gibson for her lifetime of service to the community. The Gala will be held on February 9, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on the Celebrity Equinox at the Port of Miami made available by RCC’s Chairman & CEO Richard Fain. Guests will enjoy complimentary drinks, dining, auction and entertainment coordinated by Legacy Gala Chair Norma Jean Abraham with Auction Chair Monty Trainer and Honorary Chair Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

That same evening, yet another annual gala, chaired by Iris Segui, will be held at the Coral Gables Woman’s Club to benefit the club’s Coral Gables Children’s Dental Clinic that provides more than $220,000 in free dental services to children of the working poor every year. This year the Mardi Gras theme promises lots of fun with cocktail hour with appetizers, dinner, dancing, open bar, silent auction and entertainment. Early bird tickets are only $100 per person and may be purchased at Eventbrite or emailing <>.

Finally, at the January lunch meeting of the Miami Woman’s Club, the club celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day by presenting $1,000 check to support the historic Hampton House. Accepting the donation from the club’s board of directors was the Founding President and CEO of the Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Dr. Enid C. Pickney. These funds will support programs at the building that served as a hotel, restaurant, jazz club and banquet hall for the black community during segregation. Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and a long list of famous entertainers all congregated at the famous Hampton House. The luncheon also featured an engaging discussion on growing up in Miami during segregation by Dr. Pickney and long-time Miami Herald columnist Bea Hines. On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, members of the Miami Woman’s Club will provide free one-day bus passes at the Omni station to honor Rosa Parks. Founded in 1900, the Miami Woman’s Club is a leading civic, social, educational and cultural organization that continues to serve the ever-changing communities of today’s Miami.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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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.


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