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South Miami Rotarians Installation Dinner a family affair

South Miami Rotarians Installation Dinner a family affair

Seen here at Gables Rotary Wine Dinner are Ann Baddour, Greg Martini and Annette Baddour.

Seen here at Gables Rotary Wine Dinner are Ann Baddour, Greg Martini and Annette Baddour.

Rotarians, friends and family gathered at the Peacock Garden Café for the changing of the South Miami Rotary guard as Gabriel De Armas takes over as club president. Guests enjoyed a lively evening of cocktails dinner and dancing. Assistant District Governor Rene Negron officiated over the installation of Gabriel De Armas and new officers; Vice President Mike Sutta; Vice President and Immediate Past President Brett Trembly; Secretary, Lucille McKey; Treasurer, David Jacobs; Sergeant-at-Arms, Doreen Reitnauer; and board members, Marice Chael, Ellen Book, and Britt Steinhardt.

The evening was truly a family affair with Gabriel’s 6 year old son, Logan, and his even younger son, Jonah, both of whom stole the show on the dance floor. In addition, Jeff Trembly, father of outgoing president Brett Trembly, a third generation Rotarian, presented his son with a past president’s pin handed down from the family.

Newly Installed Vice President Mike Sutta is seen here at South Miami Rotary Installation Dinner with outgoing President Brett Trembly.

Newly Installed Vice President Mike Sutta is seen here at South Miami Rotary Installation Dinner with outgoing President Brett Trembly.

In other Rotary news, Coral Gables Rotarians and guests gathered at Angelique Euro Café on June 10th for a gourmet 4- course dinner with wine pairings donated by “the” Michael Mondavi. Representing Mondavi was Miguel Pla who shared information on the various wines served and the reason for the pairings. Guests also had an opportunity to buy chances for some great prizes including a $200 gift certificate donated by Rotarian Eddie Snow from Snow’s Jewelers on Miracle Mile and Coconut Grove independent hair stylist, J.B. Veltman who donated a hair-cut and color worth $240. Coral Gables Rotary Community Service Chair, Lorraine Sheldon, was especially grateful for all who supported this affair which netted more than $1,800 to benefit future Rotary community service projects.

Finally, on June 29, from 2 – 6 p.m., there will be a fundraiser at Coral Gables Woman’s Clubhouse ,1001 East Ponce de Leon Blvd.. in the memory of Tim Walsh.

Future Rotarian Logan De Armas with his dad, Gabriel De Armas, at South Miami Rotary Installation Dinner.

Future Rotarian Logan De Armas with his dad, Gabriel De Armas, at South Miami Rotary Installation Dinner.

Tickets to the event are $20 and include food, drinks and entertainment by DJ Joe “Elvis” Torres. After 13 years delivering excellent paramedic care, Time Walsh, father of 4, passed away at 52. For tickets, call Thad at 305 772-8396. The event is being orchestrated by Coral Gables Fire and Rescue and the Coral Gables Firefighter Benevolent Association and the clubhouse rental donated by the CGWC.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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About 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. 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 gloria@communitynewspapers.com