Former Police Chief Jim Skinner receives Rotarian of Year Award

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Former Coral Gables Police Chief and longtime Rotarian Jim Skinner was awarded the Rotary Club of Coral Gables Rotarian of the Year Award by 2017-18 president John Porro during the final meeting of the club year on June 28.

Skinner, who is the club’s president-elect following 2018-19 president Dr. Susan Fornaris, was applauded for his efforts this past year as program chair. Felix Pardo, who takes over Skinner’s role next year and has done it before, claims it is one of the hardest jobs in the club. Skinner never had a speaker no-show all year and attracted some great speakers.

At that same meeting, Porro also thanked his officers and board for their service recognizing each with an award plus an extra presentation to past presidents Greg Martini and Sally Baumgartner for service above and beyond.

The new administration took over effective July 1 with a July 4 picnic kicking off Fornaris’ year of fun, fellowship and service.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Active in many non profits, she received numerous awards across the community. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, where she sings in the choir. She can be reached at

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