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Kids learn traditional values in Young Marines


Special to the Miami Herald

Members and volunteer leaders active in the Pfc. Bruce W. Carter Young Marines Company recently presented a certificate of appreciation to thank the Miami-Dade Police Department for its assistance and partnership with the community youth group.

Young Marine Pfc. Ian J. Maldonado, 8, presented the proclamation to Miami-Dade Police Department Director J.D. Patterson at police headquarters in Doral. The department allows the Young Marines to use its facilities for drills and practice.

Also included in the award ceremony were Eddie Lombard, past commandant of the Pfc. Bruce W. Carter Marine Corps League; Young Marines Battalion Commander retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. Louis Slagle; and Ian’s dad, Miguel Maldonado, a sergeant with the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The young marines group benefits boys and girls, ages 8-17, by teaching morale-building activities and stressing the importance of standing up to bullying and drugs. Activities include physical fitness and camping.

Among other Young Marines goals are “to instill in its members the ideals of honesty, fairness, courage, respect, loyalty, dependability, attention to duty, love of God, and fidelity to our country and its institutions;” and “to stimulate an interest in, and respect for, academic achievement and the history and traditions of the United States of America.”

For more information on sponsorship, membership or volunteering contact Beverly Lopez at 954-821-4169 or


University of Miami communication studies faculty member David L. Steinberg is the recipient of the 2013 Robert and Christine Staub Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Achievement in Effective Teaching.

The award is an endowed gift from UM alumnus Robert Staub, B.B.A.’56, and his wife, Christine. The honor recognizes effectiveness in teaching, advising, mentoring, and service roles. Students and alumni submitted nominations and a UM School of Communication committee selected the winner.

Steinberg is also the director of the successful UM Debate Team.

“It is truly an honor to be recognized among this group of phenomenal educators,” Steinberg said in a release. “I can’t imagine a profession that could be more satisfying or enjoyable. I get to watch my students grow and learn through their experiences in debate, speaking, and participating. My job is to pave their path, present them with appropriate challenges, and then stay out of the way. I treasure the relationships we build, and I consistently learn more from my students than I can possibly teach them.”

Steinberg joined UM in 1990 and has influenced the lives of thousands of young people. He has been the university’s Debate Director for 23 years. Under his guidance teams have won numerous awards including the Championship of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha, National Debate Honorary, in 1996 and 2013. His debaters have been named to the All-American debate team 22 of the past 23 years.

Gregory J. Shepherd, dean of the UM School of Communication said Steinberg has been making a difference in the lives of students for more than two decades.

“He is a wonderful classroom instructor, but also a gifted coach. When the Staubs initiated this award, they did so with the belief that we in higher education don’t recognize often enough those who make a difference in the lives of young people through teaching. It would be easy to conclude they had Dave Steinberg in mind while thinking that thought,” Shepherd said.


New members were welcomed into the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Coral Gables Woman’s Club recently at a ceremony that also included annual awards and a rededication for the group’s board of directors. This club owns and operates a free children’s dental clinic attached to their historic clubhouse.

At the event, President Mireya Kilmon, beginning the second half of her two-year term, also thanked top fundraisers and grant writers. All in attendance enjoyed dinner and a good time.

Gloria Burns of Miami’s Community Newspapers won the Barbara Rosenthal/Sherry Wheeler Leadership Award as well as the Florida Federation of Women’s Club Blue Ribbon Award for membership. Debi Moore of Gulliver Schools was honored with the prestigious Barbara Lapsley New Member of the Year Award.

Burns, who had also served as the club’s Queen of the Month in May, passed her tiara and pageant sash on to Past President Linda Hartwell, the 2013 Casino Night Chair, who will reign through the summer. Kilmon, who holds several pageant titles, originated the tiara and sash idea. The honor recognizes members who have gone above and beyond in service.

Among the many who also helped make the evening a success were Past Presidents Pam Schaefer and Barbara Lapsley, Sandy Schaefer, Maryann Etkin, and Ana Lam. Heike Liebkuchler, Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs District 11 Director, officiated over the rededication of the board.

This dedicated group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month. Women who are interested in giving back to their community and meeting new friends are encouraged to visit to learn more. You do not have to live in Coral Gables to join the club.

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