Rotary Club of Coral Gables gets proclamation from city

The City of Coral Gables presented the Rotary Club of Coral Gables with a proclamation declaring Feb. 14 to be Rotary Club of Coral Gables Day during that day’s commission meeting.

Commissioner Frank Quesada presented the proclamation on behalf of Mayor Jim Cason, Vice Mayor Bill Kerdyk and Commissioners Ralph Cabrera and Maria Anderson to Rotary president Debbie Swain and president-elect Walter Alvarez.

Past-president Yoli Woodbridge and club administrator Terry Long also were in attendance.

Quesada thanked the club for its many contributions to the city, South Florida and internationally, as well as for honoring the Employee of the Month at Rotary luncheons.

Swain accepted the award and invited the commission and the audience to visit the club. She noted that the entire commission is made up of either current or former Rotarians.

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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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