Miami Pioneers and Natives of Dade
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Next Meeting
Sunday, June 1
at 2:30pm

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.

Meetings begin at 2:30pm at the Central Christian Church of Coral Gables at 222 Menores Avenue.

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.

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.

Dues: Please bring your annual $20 dues to the meeting, or mail your check made to MP/NOD to our Treasurer: Marlene B. Carlin, 14900 SW 71 Ave, Miami, FL 33158. If you noticed a colored dot next to your name on the envelope for this newsletter, your dues are past.

Thank You Members: Thank you to all members who bring refreshments which make our social so enjoyable. And, thanks to everyone who makes a generous donation to the "Money Jar" which goes to paying for the room cost at the church.

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2014-15 Officers

president, Caesar Phillips
past president, Joan Clancey
first vice president, Ed English
recording secretary, Janet English
corr. secretary, Philip F. Balbi
treasurer, Marlene B. Carlin
historian, Darlene Crum
historian, Terry Jensen
sergeant at arms, Gerda Marchese
sergeant at arms, Shelly Adelman
parliamentarian, Linda Hertz
membership records, Joy McGarry
newsletter editor, Robert Burr
email: rob@mpnod.org

Sunday, June 1

Guest Speaker: Penny Lambeth

On the first Sunday in June we welcome a well known member of South Florida's historical community. Penny Lambeth is vice-president of TREEmendous Miami and also chairs the Miami City Cemetery Task Force. Along with Enid Pinkney and a dedicated group of volunteers, the Miami City Cemetery has undergone great improvements and gained greater appreciation within the community -- thanks to the task force.

The effort began with the annual spring Commemorative Service during Dade Heritage Days. By 1997, over 100 volunteers were participating, including the Miami Beautification Committee, Flowering Tree Society, Trees for Dade, and Hands on Miami, to plan hundreds of trees, shrubs and other plants.

Our New President, Caesar Phillips

MP/NOD members recently voted in a new slate of officers and board members, including our new president, Caesar Phillips. We're very pleased to have such a distinguished member of the Greater Miami community as our new leader.

Caesar Phillips is retired from Florida Power and Light (FPL&L), the fourth largest electric/utility company in the United States. His storied career and local involvement spans a number of professional, civic and community accomplishments. His multi-functional background includes human resources, training, customer service, energy management and conservation, quality and productivity management, government relations, and community affairs.

Caesar has vast experience in Total Quality Management methodologies and developed a queuing model for customer service during his experience with Florida Power & Light Company. He has provided thousands of hours of training and workshop facilitation in management development, leadership skills, stress management and quality improvement. Mr. Phillips has extensive experience with governmental regulatory agencies, legislative issues and procedures.

Mr. Phillips holds a BA Degree form the University of Miami. He earned an MBA in Business Administration from Barry University and a certificate in Government Operations from Brooking Institute in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Phillips has been active in many organizations including the Metro-Dade County Performance Commission, Dade Transit Coalition, Aventura Marketing Council, Urban League of Greater Miami, Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce, North Dade Chamber, United Way of Dade County, HOPE, Inc., Miami Capital Development, Adult Education Committee of the Dade County School Board, and the Beacon Council.

Caesar Phillips has received several awards including a commendation by the Dade County Commission for his community involvement.

No Summer Meetings

A reminder that we always take a vacation from our regular schedule of monthly meetings on the first Sunday of each month during July and August.

We will resume in September on the first Sunday, since Labor Day falls on Monday, September 1 in 2014.

Save The Date: Sept. 7

On the first Sunday in September, we gather to begin a new season of historical presentations. Mark your calendar now for September 7.

Thank You Members

Thank you to all members who bring refreshments which make our social so enjoyable.

And, thanks to everyone who makes a generous donation to the “Money Jar” which goes to paying for the room cost at the church.

Thank You Peter Forrest

Thank you to our dear friend and member Peter L. Forrest for the annual historic book raffle at the Installation Luncheon.

Peter brought a large number of wonderful books of historical nature to raffle during the annual program. This is a great tradition and well appreciated by all in attendance.

In Memorium

from the Miami Herald

Shirley Merlin West was that rarity in Miami-Dade — a native.

“She was very proud of it,” said her son Bruce Merlin Fried. “Think back to what Miami must have been like in 1929. She identified herself clearly as a Miamian and was very invested in the community. Whether through her activities with the Dade County Community Relations Board and her political involvement, it really was all about a sense of ownership of Miami-Dade County and wanting to do her part in the place where she lived and making it the best possible place for everyone else who lived here.”

Shirley West died April 11 at age 84.

After graduating from Miami Senior High and the University of Miami, West worked as a South Miami-Dade regional administrator for special needs children with Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

From 1990 to 1991 she served as president of the University of Miami’s Alumni Association.