Rotary Club has busy social and community outreach calendar



Annette Alvarez (left) attends Rotary membership social at Crave with Crave’s Christina Ward (center) and Gables Rotary Club president Walter Alvarez.

The Rotary Club of Coral Gables has had a busy social and community outreach calendar with activities every week throughout the summer months. Aside from volunteering to do bingo at the Veterans Hospital on a regular basis, tackling bay cleanup and other hands-on efforts, this dynamic club also enjoys social events.Gables Rotarians and prospective members gathered on Aug. 24 for a membership reception hosted by Crave at the Village of Merrick Park with more than 40 guests enjoying the ambience of this relatively new Gables eatery.

Host Eddie Snow (center) serves fellow Rotarian Rodney Langer and wife, Blanca, during a recent First Friday party at Snow’s Jewelers new location.

On hand to welcome the guests were Crave’s general manager Clifton Carmody along with Crave’s Group Sales and Marketing manager, Christina Ward, who donated gift certificates to help the club raise charitable dollars. Guests at that event included Annette and Walter Alvarez , Fred and Annette Baddour, Keith and Angela Phillips, Sally Baumgartner, Andrea Fusero, Deena Bell Llewellyn, Cal Rosenbaum, Lorraine Sheldon, Bill Martinez, and many more.

The affair was followed by Coral Gables Rotary’s Fifth Friday event held on Aug. 31 at Snow’s Jewelers’ new location on Miracle Mile. Yet another raffle with a $500 gift certificate raised even more money for charitable giving that evening thanks to Rotarian Eddie Snow’s generous gift. Among the many seen enjoying this social with club president Walter Alvarez were Hadley and Jennifer Williams, Nancy Martini (lucky raffle winner) and Greg Martini, Yolanda Woodbridge, Terry Long, Bonnie Blaire, Joan Reitsma, Debi and John Swain, Steven Spann, Jerry Santeiro and Carol Brock.

Pictured at Snow’s party for Rotary Club of Coral Gables are (l-r) Jerry Santeiro, Joan Reitsma, Walter Alvarez and Bonnie Blaire.

That same evening, Zielo, an incredibly beautiful new restaurant on Giralda next to the Museum Annex, held a party to celebrate its opening with more than 100 guests enjoying the Italian Peruvian fusion cuisine. The all-white décor accented with royal blue accessories and glassware presents an elegant setting that is both romantic and impressive. They even added a small private dining room in the back complete with a fireplace for a truly special event.

On hand to welcome guests were owner Gonzalo Morales and general manager Giulio Cecchi. Among the partygoers seen enjoying the affair were Gonzalo’s aunt Beatriz Divo, visiting from Venezuela, as well as Raul Casares, Florence Laygre and Alex Rigo.

Finally, you still have time to register for two big charity walks in the coming weeks. Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes promises to be a wonderful family event that will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Marlins Park (West Plaza). Join CBS4 meteorologist Craig Setzer who will lead the walk at 9 a.m. For details, visit

Then, just a few weeks later, on Oct. 6, the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk will take place at FIU’s campus with an expected crowd of 12,000 walkers.

For more information on that walk, visit

Until next time, keep making each day count. If you want to submit information for this column, please send your news via email to

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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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