Coral Gables Rotary awards $29,000 in scholarships to CGHS students

Coral Gables Rotary awards $29,000 in scholarships to CGHS students

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The Rotary Club of Coral Gables’ Scholarship Foundation Committee awarded $29,000 in scholarships to nine Coral Gables High School graduating seniors during a recent club meeting. Most of the recipients are ranked in the top 2 percent of their class of 800 and have more than 1,000 hours of community service.

Of the nine recipients six students are planning on careers in medicine and three eye careers in law. While all plan to continue serving the needs of others both here and abroad, the future attorneys expect to focus their practices in human rights and the environment. These students and future leaders are certainly fine representative of those who meet Rotary’s motto: “Service Above Self.”

Speaking of Rotary, Gables Rotarians joined forces with the Coral Gables Bar Association at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Coral Gables on Apr. 10. The money collected by Rotarians will benefit the programs of Coral Gables Rotary’s International Committee chaired Kelly Garces. Many Rotarians are members of both organizations, so the idea of having joint mixers made good sense for both groups. Among the more than 40 faces in the crowd were Frank Sexton, Dierdre Nero, Bruce Bounds, Arely Ruiz, Bonnie Blaire, Scott Foley, Laura Russo, and John O’Rourke.

In other news, golfers will want to save this date, May 10, for A Safe Haven for Newborns Annual Golf Tournament at Trump National Resort with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Help founder Nick Silverio and his many volunteers save babies from abandonment by sponsoring and/or participating in this fun filled event. Nick recently celebrated having saved baby 307 from abandonment. Nick works 24/7 to insure pregnant mothers have a resource to call and needs your help. For information call Nick at 305 882-1304, ext. 103, or email

Kudos to District 11 GFWC FL on a great showing at the State Convention held in Orlando the weekend of Apr. 5 with District 11 director Elizabeth Kourtesis Fisher. Coral Gables Woman’s Club president Arely Ruiz was among the club presidents and members attending and was happy to find her club had received the most awards for their District 11. Among the many other GFWC FL District 11 clubs attending the convention were the Miami Woman’s Club, Miami Springs Woman’s Club, Cocoplum Woman’s Club, Coconut Grove Woman’s Club, Northeast Woman’s Club and Hialeah Woman’s Club.

Finally, there is still time to reserve seats for Coral Gables Woman’s Club High Tea to be held the Saturday before Mothers’ Day, May 4, 2-5 p.m., at their historic clubhouse, 1001-9 E. Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables. This is a great way to treat that special mom or grandmother or special someone.

‘Price is $50 per person. Proceeds will benefit the club’s free children’s dental clinic. Guests will enjoy a formal tea service with sandwiches, desserts, entertainment, a Kendra Scott pop-up store, silent auction and more. It promises to be a day to remember. To RSVP, send email to

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.