Chatter That Matters

Dr. Richard Strachan | 11/21/2013, 9 a.m.

The United Teachers of Dade under the guidance of President Fedrick Ingram, recently saluted their Heroes of Veterans, Teachers and Stewards of the Year at the banquet room of Miami Dade College. Speakers were: Tom Gammon, Mike Madalena, Mark Cisneros, Alexis Pagola, Nori Pino, Terri Convey and Ingram. In addition, there was the presentation of


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colors, Jenny Love, soloist, from Miami Northwestern and The Psi Phi Band that played songs representing the military. Ingram saluted the Steward of the Year finalists by recognizing: Maria Berrones, Robert Morgan, Adult Ed., Mari Corugedo, Jack D. Gordon, Elementary, Renier Martin, Elementary, Debra Reddick, Jackson High and Mauricio Restrepo, Coral Way K-8 Center. Over 200 stewards filled the banquet room including: Annette Little, Anthony Brooks, Awantonio Rolle, Cleveland Roberts, James Stark, John Forbes, Joy Jackson, Karen Black, Patrenia Dozer-Washington, Audley Salahud-Din and T. Eileen-Robinson, who orchestrated the program to success.

On November 3, 1933, Norma C. Mims was born. It was the beginning of a legacy that would be passed on through generations and impact the lives of many others, some of whom returned to help celebrate her 80th birthday. The honoree led the way in singing the Dorsey High School fight song, “Cheer, Cheer for Old Dorsey High,” followed by happy birthday with everyone singing their hearts out.

Norma was married 54 years to Richard Mims. Their children all surprised their mother with a party of gratitude. She has 11 grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and eight siblings. She retired after 25 years from M-DPS is a graduate of Shaw and Nova University. a member of both Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Phi Beta Kappa. She has traveled to 49 states and the Caribbean.

Col R. J. Hinton joined the retired brothers on the first Thursday of Nov., while President Baljean Smith opened the meeting with Richard Mitchell giving the prayer and a salute to Garth Reeves, the oldest brother in the fraternity with over 65 years of service.

Some of the brothers in attendance were: Dr. Astrid Mack, James Tullis, John Shaw, Ric Powell, Oscar Jessie, Peter Harden, Stan Allen, Mack Arthur, David White Norman Cox, Johnny Stephenson, Harry Dawkins, Earl Daniels and Ted Blue. Remember Sun., Dec.15, when the annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will return, this time at Bethany SDA Church at 3 p.m. For info call 305-638-5800.