BY BUDDY NEVINS
This year’s Emerald Society breakfast Broward’s annual Irish love fest will honor the county’s top union boss and a retiring football coach among others.
The breakfast, this year at Bahia Mar, is a favorite of the courthouse crowd. Judges can attend because the event is for charity scholarships and is non-political.
The President of the group is Circuit Judge Jack Luzzo. One of the Board members is County Judge Joseph A. Murphy III.
Reynolds first got involved with organized labor as a carpenter. He told me that it was employer abuse on work sites that convinced him to become a union activist.
In the 1980s, Reynolds felt so strongly about workers’ right that he went to Poland to help the Solidarity movement, which at the time was labor-based group trying to win freedom from the communist government.
Today he is head of the umbrella organization comprised of dozens of Broward unions. Because of that role, he is a vital member of Broward’s Democratic machine and is much courted by potential candidates.
Honorary Irish Person of the Year is George Smith, retiring champion St. Thomas Aquinas Head Football Coach.
Smith turned St. Thomas into a nationally-known team. The Raiders won two national titles and six state championships under him. In just the past four years, the team has a 57-2 record and has won three state titles.
Also being honored are Gabe Carmichael, a Fort Lauderdale police detective, and Gail Butler of AutoNation.
The breakfast is Sunday, March 13 at 9:30 a.m. The $30-per-person tickets can be purchased by calling 954-587-1015