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    Golden Circle's European Adventure

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Our Golden Circle is full of explorers. Their most recent trip spanned 11 days discovering Eastern Europe - including Prague, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. They started their journey in the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, where they experienced the rich Czech culture of dinner and dancing. The Castle district wowed them with Gothic and Baroque architecture that dates back to the 15th century.

    Next they enjoyed the countryside of Lintz, Austria. They made friends with the locals and dined at a family’s home. Cruising down the Danube River allowed them to enjoy the sites and relax. They drifted on to Salzburg, known as the home of musical genius Amadeus Mozart and the location for the filming of the Sound of Music. They shopped, visited the Holensalzburg Fortress and dined in the oldest restaurant in existence.

    They headed back east towards Vienna, stopping in Durnstein along the way. After climbing to the top of King Richard the Lionheart’s 12th century castle, they perused the expansive books and manuscripts in the historic 900 year old Baroque Melk Abbey. They took a cruise down the river in the Melk Abbey Valley and took in breathtaking views of the sculpted hills and medieval towns built along the river. Once they arrived in Vienna, they visited the cathedrals, palaces and a very warm concert hall. It reminded everyone what a treat is it to have central air conditioning!

    Continuing their trek northeast, they stopped in Bratislava, Slovakia. Here they visited a local school, as well as St. Martin’s Cathedral and took lessons making Apflestrudel. Then they headed south for their last stop in Budapest, Hungary. They visited the Church of Our Lady, which was formerly used for the coronations of Hungarian Kings. Then they took a city tour and enjoyed great shopping. Members who are history buffs said it was the best trip they’ve been on and that they walked enough to not feel guilty for all the delicious food they ate!

    • Melk Abbey
    • Orszaghaz Parliament Building
    • GC 2012 Prague Trip
    • GC 2012 Prague Trip
    • Golden Circle's 2012 Prague Trip
    • Royal Palace of Hungary in Budapest

    Yanett Beals Promoted!

    Last updated 1 year ago

    CBF is pleased to announce Yanett Beals has been promoted to Assistant Manager of the Electronic Banking Department. Mrs. Beals has been part of the Community Bank Financial Family for four years. Her current responsibilities include managing and training department staff, balancing accounts, ensuring that online, debit and credit card systems are working properly, as well as serving as a back up for all department positions.  She is interested in furthering her education and plans to attend Miami-Dade College this fall.

    Yanett was born in Miami and moved to Homestead a few years ago with her husband of 13 years and their three beautiful children. In her free time, she enjoys singing, acting and exercising with the whole family. Enthusiastic about her new promotion, Yanett states, “I am very excited and grateful for my recent promotion. Community Bank of Florida has given me opportunities to grow, not only as an employee but as a person.”

    "Rodbenders Raw Bar & Grill a Local Favorite"

    Last updated 1 year ago

    In case you missed it, Charlie Hudson wrote an article for the South Dade News Leader featuring Rodbenders. We're reposting it, thanks to the paper:

    I passed Rodbenders one day when I was in Cutler Bay and was struck by the name, but I was in a hurry and didn’t stop in. When I heard they had been voted as Community Bank’s 2012 Outstanding Local Business, it gave me a good reason to make the drive up. For those who are old enough to recall, stepping into Rodbenders is likely to take you back to the time before there were franchise restaurants with their standard décor. Everything about the place speaks to a family-owned, locals’ establishment with the flavor of Old Florida and a love of sports fishing as the name implies. Rods and reels, photographs displaying trophy fish, nautical-inspired furniture, mounted game fish, and the trio of aquariums leave no doubt as to what you’ll find on the menu.

     

    “We cook everything to order,” Kathy Kappes McMillian assured me. “We always have dolphin (mahi) and snapper, but other fish specials depend on what we get.”

    Conch, frog legs, oysters, and lobster are additional favorites and wings may not be seafood, but they are most definitely popular whether grilled, fried, or honey-blackened. I have to admit that coconut grouper bites and tuna nachos caught my attention, too. There is a lineup of hot and cold subs as well as burgers and fish sandwiches and the mound of sweet potato fries in a basket that went past me looked good.

    “We love this place. Barbara (the bartender), is a jewel,” one couple called out to me when they found out why I was there. Another gentleman said, “There are a lot of loyal customers because of the atmosphere and food. It’s a great place to come to.”

    It would appear that many of the customers agree with the, “One Bite, You’re Hooked” inscription on the tee shirts that the waitresses wear. McMillian, who worked as a bartender for 11 years when the restaurant was Joan’s Galley, acknowledges that customers and the staff seem like extended family. “I mean, I’m here more than I’m at home,” she says with a smile. Her daughter, Candis, is usually working alongside her, but she’s taken some time off to be with her infant daughter; McMillan’s third grandchild. McMillan, a native of Miami, is no stranger to the maritime environment. Her father, John Kappes, is a retired marine biology teacher and his recent non-fiction book, The Florida Spiny Lobster, is a popular seller.

    “I was really surprised when we were nominated for the Community Bank award,” McMillan said. “It never occurred to me that we would win being up here where not everyone knows about us.”

    McMillan credits her boyfriend, Bruce Preshong, her parents, staff, and customers with making Rodbenders a success, but as I watched people beginning to flow in for a Friday evening, I suspect they would happily give a great deal of credit to McMillan as well.

    This also happens to be the season for the annual Dolphin Tournament they sponsor; another sports fishing aspect of Rodbenders. This year it will be held Saturday, June 23, 2012, with $4,000 worth of prize money available. “It’s something that Joan started and I’ve kept up,” McMillan explained. “Everyone has a good time.”

    To sample their food or just to drop by for a cold beverage, you can check them out at 20400 Old Cutler Road in Cutler Bay, Telephone (305) 253-9360.

    Image by Charlie Hudson

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