City honors Venetian Aquatic Club with appreciation dinner
The city of Coral Gables recently honored volunteers of the Venetian Aquatic Club for teaching Red Cross swimming lessons at Venetian Pool this summer with an appreciation dinner at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus.
A total of 60 active club members and nine associate members volunteered 3,330 hours during six weeks in June, July and August, giving a total of 950 lessons. There were also 44 junior aides (young adults who have gone through the swim program who return to volunteer) devoting a total of 1,300 hours to assist the club’s water safety instructors and instructor aides.
Show their appreciation to the club for it all it does to teach water safety in the community, Commissioner Ralph Cabrera, Mayor Jim Cason and Commissioner Frank Quesada attended the Sept. 27 dinner at Fritz & Franz, 60 Merrick Way.
The Venetian Aquatic Club thanks all the volunteers who make this program possible, especially Red Cross water safety instructors:
Pat Alderman, Keile Allen, Lee Bailey, Jeaneen Bell, Amy Bogardus, Eileen Brennan, Robin Burr, Christine Dallas, Sonia Dallas, Susan Elwell, Jill Galliano, Sondra Galperin, Kristin Gasser, Lynette Herbert, Kathy Hills, June Halloway, Susan Halloway, Ann Lemaire, Sonia Lipson, Magdalena Luciani, Ana Rhodes, Monique Rosenberg, Tracy Telles and Alisa Weiner.
The Venetian Aquatic Club was formed in 1959 by a group of women who were concerned with the water safety of residents in Coral Gables and the surrounding communities. The non-profit organization has been dedicated to teaching both children and adults Red Cross swimming at the historic Venetian Pool, 2701 DeSoto Blvd., for over 53 years.
Adult swimming lessons will be continue to be offered throughout the fall beginning on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Click here for more information about the Venetian Aquatic Club.