Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade
Miami Pioneers & Natives Of Dade -


Central Christian Church
222 Menores Ave, Coral Gables 33134

Enter the door at the south side of the building on Mendoza Ave. Parking in west lot is also available if you enter from Menores Ave. Street parking is also free on Sunday.

Please bring $1 donation to cover the cost of the room. We very much appreciate those who can provide refreshments such as cookies, crackers, brownies, etc.

We welcome one and all to join us for our monthly historical programs and special events.

We usually meet on the first Sunday of each month except for July and August, or on holiday weekends.

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2015-16 Officers

our president is Caesar Phillips

past president, Joan Clancey
vice president, Suzette Pope
vice president, Ed English
recording secretary, Ceal Diaz
corr. secretary, Mary Pyle
treasurer, Marlene B. Carlin
historian, Darlene Crum
historian, Terry Jensen
sergeant at arms, Gerda Marchese
sergeant at arms, Shelley Adelman
parliamentarian, Linda Hertz
newsletter editor, Robert Burr

June 7 Sunday Meeting

The next meeting of the Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade will take place at the usual location at 2:30pm with guest speaker Michele Williams, Ph.D., RPA, the Director of Southwest and Southeast Regions at the Florida Public Archaeology Network at FAU.

Introduction to Cemetery Resource Protection Training (CRPT)
Historical information about a community's past isn't just found in museums or archives, it is also recorded in stone at its cemeteries. Despite the importance of these sites many preservationists struggle to get a handle on the laws that protect them or the techniques to properly care for them. Learn about cemetery care and protection in this interactive session. Explore cemeteries as historical resources, laws that protect them, as well as best practices for headstone cleaning and care.

Summer Reading Book Raffle
Peter Forrest will conduct his annual free book raffle at the close of our June meeting. He has 30-plus books of historical and Florida interest to be given away to those present. From Helen Muir and Edna Buchanan to Arva Moore Parks, it's all good summer reading. Be sure to attend.

Installation Luncheon was Delightful
All who attended the annual Installation Luncheon enjoyed a good meal at JohnMartin's followed by the program to install new officers and re-install others. We welcome Mary Pyle as Corresponding Secretary and Ceal Diaz as Recording Secretary. Suzette Pope will serve as Vice President and Caesar Phillips will serve as President another year.

No Meetings in July and August
As usual, we don't meet on the first Sunday of July or August. Enjoy your summer.

First Meeting Of Fall Season Is Sunday, September 13
The September meeting will be held on Sunday, September 13, not the 6th, due to the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Please mark your calendars.

June Birthdays
Dorothy Cauthen 2
Erma Bennet 3
Edgar Mickler 4
Muriel Keen 5
Richard Daniels 10
Martha Funderburk 12
Clair Frances Whitehurst 12
Joyce Harden 13
Irene Johnson 15
Evelyn Stark 19
Clinton Hooper 23
Charles Garavaglia 25

MP/NOD Web Site and Email News
Have you seen the MP/NOD web site? Would you like to receive your monthly news bulletin via email, rather than in the mail? Send us your email address.

Committee Chair Positions Available
The club currently needs chairs for the following assignments: Name Tags; Refreshments; Speakers; Special Events. Please volunteer by contacting Casear Phillips at 305-527-2652 or via email at

Proposed Change: Newsletter
The cost of printing the newsletter on paper, and the cost of postage is constantly on the rise. Your board of directors will consider a change in the bylaws that calculates the cost of producing and mailing the newsletter each year. That cost would be passed along to all members equally, including lifetime members, to ensure we have funds to continue this service. At the same time, the cost of your annual membership would be lowered to $10, as we separate the newsletter expense from the general membership portion of annual dues.

Proposed Change: Two Year Terms
The Board of Directors will consider a change to the bylaws changing our elections to two year terms, with provisions for replacing any officer that cannot continue the full length of their two year term.

Register Your Emergency Contact Information
Every day Florida residents die or are incapacitated unknown to loved ones. You can register your emergency contact information at Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles or go to any Driver License Office where they will enter it for you. The information is confidential and available only to law enforcement. It's a free service to Florida residents.

Flag Retirement
Do you have an American Flag that has reached the end of its useful lifespan? The American Legion at 7710 SW 59th Avenue has an annual flag retirement ceremony on July 4th. You're invited to donate your old flag for this event. Call 305-665-1940.