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Rotary Club of Coconut Grove installs new president

Rotary Club of Coconut Grove funds after-school programs, youth sports, a learn-to-swim project for underprivileged youth, and numerous health initiatives. From left: Joe King, recently installed president for 2018-2019; Drew Monaghan, Rotary district governor; and Clint Bush, Rotary assistant governor.
Rotary Club of Coconut Grove funds after-school programs, youth sports, a learn-to-swim project for underprivileged youth, and numerous health initiatives. From left: Joe King, recently installed president for 2018-2019; Drew Monaghan, Rotary district governor; and Clint Bush, Rotary assistant governor. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Finding purpose and mission in life is at the core of volunteering. In the Coconut Grove community, the Rotary Club makes a huge difference for deserving children and families through service and financial support initiatives.

It has funded after-school programs, youth sports, a learn-to-swim project for underprivileged youth and numerous health initiatives.

The club also gives funds to international projects including a micro-lending program run by Coconut Grove Rotarians and former Peace Corps volunteers. Members also support humanitarian projects in Colombia, Guatemala and Bolivia.

Rotary Club of Coconut Grove members celebrated recently at the installation ceremony of Joe King as the club’s newest president. King is vice president of operations at the Thelma Gibson Health Initiative. The event took place at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club.

“I am so honored to have been elected president of our club, and look forward to continuing our commitment to humanitarian and educational projects both internationally and close to home,” King said to the Rotarians and guests.

The club’s board of directors includes Helene Dudley, president-elect; Donna Sweeny, secretary; Mary Walsh, treasurer; Tim Crowther, sergeant-at-arms; Dave Snyder and Sparkie Folkers, members-at-large; and Don Kesler, Rotary Foundation chairman.

All interested persons who want to contribute to the Coconut Grove community are welcome to attend and join in helping others. Rotary Club of Coconut Grove luncheon meetings are held at 12:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, 2990 S. Bayshore Dr.

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Coach Howard Schnellenberger will host the 26th annual University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Tournament to help deserving student athletes. Schnellenberger led the Hurricanes to the college football National Championship in 1983. Caneshooter.com Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Schnellenberger to host golf tournament

In 1983, Coach Howard Schnellenberger led the University of Miami Hurricanes to the exciting National Championship in college football. Here’s your chance to meet him and say thank you.

Schnellenberger will be the celebrity host for the 26th annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Tournament. Proceeds benefit the Hurricane Club that helps UM student athletes.

The golf tournament will be Oct. 5, the day before the Miami-Florida State University football game. It will begin with registration and lunch at 11 a.m. followed by a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start on the 18 holes of the Crandon Golf Course at Key Biscayne. There will be an awards dinner with live and silent auctions in the clubhouse after the tournament.

“I’m delighted to have been asked to serve as the host of this year’s Hall of Fame golf tournament,” said Schnellenberger, a member of the UM Sports Hall of Fame, in a release.

“My years at Miami were some of the greatest times in my life ... not just the games and the championship ... but having the outstanding young men I coached, our fine coaching staff, the support staff and administrators I worked with, and being around the Canes fans. I look forward to seeing them at the tournament and throughout the weekend,” he said.

Schnellenberger led the Canes to the “Miracle in Miami” National Championship in 1983 by defeating the Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30 in the 1984 Orange Bowl Classic.

He had taken the job as head coach five years earlier and promised fans a championship “within the first five years.” He upheld that pledge. Schnellenberger retired from coaching after a career of nearly six decades as an assistant and head coach.

“We are honored to have Coach Howard Schnellenberger, our FIRST football National Championship Coach, as our host of the 26th annual UM Sports Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Tournament,” said UMSHoF president and golf chairperson Tracy Kerdyk in a release.

“The Hall of Fame golf tournament has evolved and grown each year and we expect another sell-out as we continue to raise valuable funds for athletic scholarships through the Hurricane Club,” Kerdyk said.

Tickets are now available on a first paid, first serve basis at various levels at canesgolf.com/shop/ or call the UM Sports Hall of Fame at 305-284-2775 to inquire about your company becoming a sponsor.

“We are excited to once again partner with the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame for our annual golf tournament,” said UM Athletic Director Blake James in a release. “With each passing year this event seems to get bigger and better. I encourage everyone who is part of the Hurricanes family to come out and enjoy what promises to be a great day. “

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