Karaoke Night Delights; Gulliver hosts coaches

Cocoplum Woman’s Club members (l-r) Nadine LaGuette, Maria O’Hollearn, Dottie Zammas, Heike Leibkuchler join Coral Gables Club for Karaoke Night.

By Gloria Burns….

Cocoplum Woman’s Club members (l-r) Nadine LaGuette, Maria O’Hollearn, Dottie Zammas, Heike Leibkuchler join Coral Gables Club for Karaoke Night.

GFWC Cocoplum Woman’s Club visited GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club recently to participate in a fun-filled Karaoke Night that had literally everyone singing, dancing and laughing. Organized by Gables’ member Mireya Kilmon, admission was free but donations were required to sing or have someone else sing. Aside from raising funds for Operation Smile, the affair provided a great way for club members to get to know each other before many traveled together to the Florida Federation of Women’s Club convention in Orlando the end of April.

Among many belting out tunes during the evening were Susie Tilson who brought along her daughter and granddaughter; Carmen Suarez, kicking off a night of song; Barbara Lapsley, who danced more than she sang; Pam and Sandy Schaefer; Maria O’Hollearn; Cocoplum Woman’s Club President, Heike Leibkuchler; Coral Gables Woman’s Club President, Linda Hartwell; Elaine Del Valle; Patty Hendon; and a host of others, all of whom work hard and play with that same fervor in service to others.

Speaking of fun meetings, the Coral Gables Chamber Breakfast on April 21, sponsored by Gulliver Schools, entertained from start to finish. The morning began with Gulliver School’s Symphonic Band with a program that featured Gulliver Academy, Middle School and Prep students, culminating with a panel discussion emceed by Drew Kern with UM Head Football Coach Al Golden and FIU Head Football Coach Mario Cristobal. Both coaches are turning failed programs around and shared their strategies. During Q&A, 94- year-old Marge Hartnett explained she had seven brothers who played football and, knowing the sport, volunteered to help them out if needed. Not to miss out, Coach Cristobal immediately took her up on her offer!

Golfers are encouraged to save May 20 for Chamber South’s Military Affairs Committee’s 20th Annual Golf Tournament, to be presented by Baptist Health South Florida at Palmetto Golf Course, 9300 SW 152 St. Registration is $150 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, goodie bag, green fees and golf cart. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start followed at 1 p.m. with the award reception and luncheon. Call Chamber South for more information on registration and sponsorships at 305-661-1621.

Finally, congratulations to members of the University of Miami’s roller hockey team who captured the Division II National Collegiate Roller Hockey Association Championship on April 10 in Wisconsin, defeating Florida Gulf Coast University 4-3.

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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