South Miami Rotary and Garden Clubs team up for Arbor Day

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South Miami Rotary and Garden Clubs team up for Arbor Day

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On Friday April 26, the Rotary Club of South Miami joined forces with the South Miami Garden Club at Fuchs Park. The two organization purchased two large trees in large 45 gallon pots for Arbor Day. Ladies from the South Miami Garden Club watched as City workers planted their tree on one side of the park while South Miami Rotarians pitched in and helped plant their tree on the other side of the park closer to US 1 . Among the Rotarians assisting the South Miami’s Parks workers plant the trees were Rotarians Jeff McNabb and Sabrata Basu.

In other April events, the ever popular Firefighters Calendar Luncheon (AKA Secretary’s Day Luncheon) was held on April 24 at Jungle Island. Close to 400 women showed up to enjoy the show as firefighters and emergency response men vied to be featured on the 2020 calendar. Last year’s calendar men were also on hand to strut their stuff to the delight on hundreds of cheering women. This annual event benefits the UM Burn Center and A Safe Haven for Newborns. Among the many joining the Safe Haven table for the event were members of the Coral Gabels Woman’s Club Marti Bueso, Arely Ruiz, Valerie Valenzuela and more.

Speaking of A Safe Haven for Newborns fundraisers, their annual golf tournament will be held May 10, 1 p.m. start, at Trump National Resort. More on that in next issue. There is still time to sign up at www.asafehavenfornewborns.org.

Finally, the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove is presenting an Evening of Art and Friends on Saturday, May 11, 6 – 9 p.m., featuring artists Lynn Fecteau, Kirsten Hines, Erika King, Karul Lasher, Irene Torruella Munroe, Yudit Orlando, Lisa Remeny, Cynthia Shelley, Phoebe Webb and Sally Willits.

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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