New Year starts off great for Rotarians, Seminoles

New Year starts off great for Rotarians, Seminoles

Pictured at the Coral Gables Rotary Club Moose Milk Party are (l-r) Carol Brock, Yolanda Woodbridge, with Nancy and Greg Martini.

The Rotary Club of Coral Gables has a unique way of ushering in the New Year with the club’s annual New Year’s Day Moose Milk Party.
More than 60 people gathered at the Gables home of the Chris Tysons bringing all sorts of great potluck dishes. While this writer opted out on the Moose Milk drink, a combination of vanilla ice cream made into a shake drink by adding gin, several others enjoyed this libation. Yes, there were designated drivers and a fun time was had by all.

Among the many enjoying the day were president-elect Carlos Bolado and his wife, Te r ry; president elect-elect G reg Martini and his wife, Nancy; past president Frank Sexton, and past president Yolanda Woodbridge with husband, F red; past president Deborah Swain with hubby, John; past president Sally Baumgartner with husband, Larry Goodman; past president Walter Alvarez with wife, Annette; Dan Scipione with daughter, Giana, and lots more.

A few missing Rotarians were off to see the last BCS National Championship game on Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl. Meade McCabe, an Auburn alum, and Judy Pantoja, who bleeds orange and green, traveled west for the game. Others enjoying that game at home included Rotarian Joan Reitsma, whose whole family are crazy Seminole fans and like all Noles fans are on top of the world. Congrats to both teams on a terrific show.

New Year starts off great for Rotarians, Seminoles

Shell Lumber & Hardware entry carries Little Miss Mango Strut girls during King Mango Strut Parade on Dec. 29.

Of course, the end of the year also had some terrific events including one of this writer’s favorites, the King Mango Strut Parade in Coconut Grove. Despite the rain, the crazies were out having fun making light of current affairs and putting on a great show. Great to see Gables Rotarian Jesus Guzman getting Shell Lumber & Hardware to continually participate in these terrific community events.

The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club begins the new year making plans for the club’s Mar. 8 Casino Night fundraiser to benefit their May Van Sickle Children’s Dental Clinic. This free children dental clinic provides more than $220,000 in dental care every year to children in need. Save the date for a fun evening of gaming, silent auction, dancing and more. To donate or become a sponsor for this annual event, call 305-968-3090.

Rotary Charity Golf Classic presented by the Rotary Clubs of Coral Gables and Miami Dadeland-Pinecrest takes place on Feb. 6 at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration. To reserve space or receive sponsorship information, call Coral Gables Rotarian Chris Morrison at 305-582- 7690.

Finally, congratulations to Margarite DePaola of Coral Gables High School for her work with that school’s very active Interact Club, sponsored by the Gables Rotary Club.

New Year starts off great for Rotarians, Seminoles

Margarite DePaola, named Honorary Member of Rotary
Club of Coral Gables, is pictured with Greg Martini,
president elect-elect and current vice president.

Margarite was awarded an honorary membership into the Coral Gables Rotary Club to acknowledge her years of work with Interact. In the absence of club president Don Trombly, vice president G reg Martini did the honors of presenting her award in December.

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 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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