New officers and special presentations for the JOBC

After a very successful season for “the world’s largest youth festival,” the Junior Orange Bowl Committee invited members, friends and sponsors to an installation dinner held March 31 at the Miami Springs Country Club.

Past JOBC President John Admire installed following officers for the 2009-2010 season: Marti Bueso, President; Brian Seits, President- Elect; Jim Borgmann, Immediate Past President; Dallas Brown, Vice President; Don Slesnick III, Vice President; Charles Knight, Treasurer; and Enid Miguez, Secretary. Past President Rex Russo then took over the podium to install the newly elected board two of whom are also past presidents: John Admire and Barbara Waters. Also installed to serve with them on the board were Dr. Randy Groh and Nancy Little.

2009-2010 JOBC President Marti Bueso presents outgoing JOBC President Jim Borgmann with a very special framed cartoon.

Among the highlights of the evening were the presentations by the Queen Marlis Miller and Princesses Alyssa Hidalgo and Taylor Matthews, all three of whom addressed the crowd to talk about their experience as part of that royal court and having the honor of attending almost every single event. In addition, the a very surprised JOBC Secretary and Chair of the Queen’s Pageant Committee, Enid Miguez, was announced as the Jim Charlton Member of the Year Award winner with the late Jim Charlton’s widow, Chris, on hand to help present the coveted award.

Outgoing President Jim Borgmann, of course, received a standing ovation and was presented with very special gift, a framed cartoon of Borgmann and his wife, created by a local student from DASH, Bryan Garce. Garce is a very talented 9th grade student at DASH who actually made the cartoon while only having a photo and a description of Borgmann’s personality from Bueso. That alone speaks volumes for his talent as most cartoonists will not take on such a challenge without a live body from which to work.

The JOBC final event for the 2008-9 season was held on Friday, March 27, with its Photography Award Ceremony, chaired by Dr. Randy Groh. Students, and teachers that made this annual contest a possibility were on hand with friends and family to participate in the event that showcased the work of these young and talented photographers. Winners were awarded with Gift Certificates from the event’s sponsor, Pitman Photo Supply.

JOBC Executive Director Mark Pidal and JOBC 2008-2009 President Jim Borgmann look on as Enid Miguez accepts Jim Charlton Member of the Year Award.

On June 4-7, 2009, hundreds will gather at Shake-A-Leg Sea Base in Coconut Grove to participate in a four-day festival that proves what can be done rather than what cannot. Partnering with Shake-A-Leg, No Barriers USA will use its “No Barriers Festival 2009” to reach out to professionals aspiring to break barriers in their fields and individuals hoping to overcome their personal challenges.

For more information on Shake-A-Leg or for a virtual tour their facility visit their website at www.shakealegmiami.org Until next week, keep making each day count.

Keeping up with what’s happening in our community is quite a challenge and I am certain there are many activities I miss. If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via e-mail to < galburns@aol.com >.

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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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