Gables Woman’s Club installs Mireya Kilmon as president

Pictured (l-r, foreground) are Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason, Mireya Kilmon and Stephen Kilmon.

Mireya Kilmon, a long-time volunteer for many charitable organizations and an Arthritis Foundation activist, has taken over as president of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club.

On May 9, the club’s immediate past president, Linda Hartwell, passed the gavel to Kilmon during the Coral Gables Woman’s Club Annual Installation Dinner, an affair orchestrated by another past president, Pam Schaefer. For Kilmon, it was the beginning of her two-year term.

More than 80 guests attended the celebra- tion including Coral Gables Mayor Jim Cason and his wife, Carmen.

On addressing the crowd, Kilmon expressed hopes of having “a stronger partnership with the City of Coral Gables.”

The club was not only installed officers and board but to also added new members: Nanette Rodriquez, Deborah Van Stone Moore, Ana Maria Martinez-Escalona and Maureen “Moe” Flanagan.

In addition, the 2012 Barbara Lapsley Best New Member Award was presented by past president Barbara Lapsley, for whom the award was named, to education chair Lisa Merheb.

Coral Gables Woman’s Club is a chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Club, the largest internationally organization for women. A member of the CGWC for more than 18 years, in 2010, Kilmon was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award for the state of Florida.

Kilmon and her board oversee the management and operation of the club’s May Van Sickle Dental Clinic that provides dental care for disadvantaged children throughout Miami- Dade County. In addition, the club supports other non-profit organizations and has different departments for volunteer opportunities such as education, conserva- tion, public issues, crime watch, and domes- tic violence, to name a few.

Kilmon brings to the presidency of the club some added recognition as a past beauty queen with many titles to her name. In fact, she holds the Lifetime Queen Crown for the National American Image and is the Brand Ambassador for Tiara Magazine. In addition, as an ambassador and spokesperson for the Arthritis Foundation, Kilmon recently was on Capitol Hill advocating for that organization.

Those interested in meeting new people while becoming involved in community service, are encouraged to contact Kilmon by email at or visit the club’s website at

For information on the Arthritis Foundation visit the facebook page at!/AFMiami.

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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 as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and the Rotarian of the Year Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education, co chairs the Doral Business Council Forum and is a DBC Ambassador, is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club and is on the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and sings in the choir of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. She can be reached at

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