Rotarians move / Shake-A-Leg shows appreciation

Rotarians move / Shake-A-Leg shows appreciation

Ladies enjoying the fun at Rotary Community Service wrap up festivities are (l-r) TerriBolado, Heather O’Meara, Andrea Stone, DeenaBell-Llewellyn and Gloria Burns.

South Miami Rotarians have found a new home for their weekly Tuesday lunch meetings at the CG/ South Miami Elks Lodge. Now that Carrabba’s is opened for lunch, the noise factor forced a change of venue according to South Miami Rotarian John Sorgie. As it happens, South Miami is not the only club to change venues. Starting July 11, the Coral Gables Rotarians will begin holding their weekly Thursday meetings at the Marriott Courtyard on Navarre and Le Jeune Rd. Rotarians should keep these changes in mind when looking to visit another club or participate in a make-up meeting.

On another topic altogether, Shake-A-Leg Miami enlisted ongoing support from Bacardi USA to hold an appreciation party for donors at their Coconut Grove facility on June 19. The crowd of generous supporters joined Harry Horgan for drinks and a lovely buffet during the affair on the second floor terrace of the SAL building overlooking the Bay. Among those mingling that evening were several Coral Gables Rotarians including Walter Alvarez, Rodney Langer, Bill Quesenberry, Wiley Hicks, and this writer on hand to present a check from the proceeds of a recent fundraiser that was matched to bring the amount up to approximately $4,000 that will be further matched by the Batchelor Foundation. Also, in the mix making a separate donation from the Woody Foundation was Gables Rotarian Bill Beckham. Shake- A-Leg provides an incredible resource with its programs that teach sailing and swimming throughout the year with a special programs focused on the disabled and disadvantaged populations.

Rotarians move / Shake-A-Leg shows appreciation

Pictured are (l-r) Shake-A-Leg party are Coral Gables Rotary President,Walter Alvarez; Rotarians Bill Beckham, of The Woody Foundation; Jesus Gonzalez, President ofShell Lumber; and Rotarian Rodney Langer.

Gables Rotary Community Service Chair, Deena Bell Llewellyn, provided members and guests with a presentation on June 20 as the featured speaker at the Club’s weekly meeting for one of the last meetings to be held at the Coral Gables Country Club before they move location to the Marriott on July 11. During Bell’s video presentation, she shared Rotarians at work doing everything from coastal clean-up, serving meals at Camillus House, monthly bingo at the VA Hospital, and selling drinks at St. Pats Day to international outreach projects. That committee wrapped up year of community service with a committee gathering at the home of outgoing President Walter Alvarez and his wife, Annette, on June 22. Cover dishes provided lots of hot and spices food for all. Among the many guests were Heather and John O’Meara, Andrea Stone, Carlos and Terri Bolado, and Charles Llewellyn, to mention a few.

On the Chamber front, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for a midsummer night screening at Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue, on Thursday, July 18, 6 p.m. The screening will feature famed director Pedro Almodóvar’s hysterical new comedy I’m So Excited (Los amantes pasejeros). Tickets are $25 for Chamber members and $30 for non members. Among the cast are some of Spanish-language cinema’s most renowned actors- including Antonio Banderas, Penélope Cruz, Javier Cámara, Cecilia Roth and Paz Vega, to mention a few. After the show, La Taberna Giralda, one block over at 254 Giralda Avenue, will be offering 2 for 1 drinks to finished off a fun filled evening of laughter and good times. To reserve your tickets, call 305 446-1657.

Finally, save the date for opening night at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre on July 12.

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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