Cocoplum Woman’s Club goes purple for cause


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The General Federation of Woman’s Club Florida (GFWC FL) can be proud of the amazing volunteer efforts of the South Florida clubs in District 11. These clubs have done everything from sewing masks for essential front line workers to distributing food and donating blood.

These clubs provide these services despite the fact that many clubs who own their own clubhouses have been unable to rent them out for months and that loss of revenue in turn effects many charitable programs they support. In spite of that, they have been very creative in meeting via Zoom, having virtual events and never seemed to miss a beat. Now that things are opening up to up to 50 percent capacity in most areas, consider supporting these clubs such as the Coral Gables Woman’s Club, Cocoplum Woman’s Club, Coconut Grove Woman’s Club, Homestead Woman’s Club and the Miami Woman’s Club which are all in this area and need your support to do their critically needed outreach efforts.

The Cocoplum Woman’s Club decorated their clubhouse to promote Domestic Violence Awareness Month recently. The Club’s PR Chair Barbara Wexler explained that their members had spent the day wrapping purple ribbons around trees on their property. They even switched the bulbs in their outside spotlights in order to bathe the clubhouse in purple at night.

On another topic, it’s almost Halloween and resources for a fun and safe time can be had in many ways. For instance, you can take advantage of “A Not So Scary Storytime” with your favorite spooky librarians this month. Everyone is encouraged to celebrate Halloween wearing your favorite costume and all ages are welcome to join in the fun.

Upcoming dates are as follows:
Wednesday, October 28, 5 – 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 29, 6:30 – 7 p.m. Online event will be held on Zoom. Co-presented by the Coconut Grove, Fairlawn, Palm Springs North, Sunset and Virrick Park Branches. Registration is required; so, check the Miami Dade Library site for information.

Finally, don’t miss Paws4You 10th Annual HOWL-O-WEEN event, a “Virtual” event on October 31, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., with interactive events, costume contests, even swag bags prior to event and lots more. To date they have saved close to 8,000 dogs and last year alone had 351 adoptions. To learn more visit their website

Until next time, keep making each day count, be kind to all and please stay safe.

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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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