The meeting was called to order at 7:10 P.M. by President, Diane Mozzo. She welcomed a guest, Tina Cortez, brought by Jane Snyder. Members recited the Collect and Pledge of Allegiance.
Joanne Staniec introduced the guest speaker from Wesley by the Bay and The Shores, Keri Sherman. She gave members a general idea of all the services available to citizens both in the facilities or outside. Keri is Social Services Coordinator and she has groups meet at the Shores where they enjoy activities and also get helpful information on Medicare, Medicaid, taxes etc.
There were no corrections to the minutes from the October meeting, so they are filed.
The treasurer was not available, but Diane Mozzo read the last figures. The Operating Account had an opening balance of $7729.06 on September 30th and a closing balance of $5774,36 on October 31st. Grants and Aid started with $7809.12 September 30th and a closing balance of $7098.82.
Yankee Candle—Denise Syzmanski reported we realized a profit of $492.40.
American Home—There will be a chiropractor who will do some free spinal screenings. The meeting on November 29th will be in the library not Wesley Manor.
CAPA—Elaine Novello told members that the group will have a program for the Wounded Warrior/Christmas Dinner. She also told the members that Ursula Russo had hip surgery and is doing well. Anyone who could bring her some food would be appreciated.
Literature—The book club will meet on December 14th at Joanne Swenson’s home.
Islay Borgado sent a thank you for the comfort offered to her on the death of her husband.
Clean Ocean Action—In spite of the weather, some members came out to work on the beach clean-up, and Diane Mozzo thanked them.
Welcome Night—Our table was quite busy and many brochures were given out. Our guest tonight was one who picked up the information about our club.
Halloween Parade—Our participation was dedicated to Mary Rodgers who provided the costumes for the marchers. A proclamation was read when members were in front of City Hall and we placed 1st in our Division. Elaine Novello showed members the trophy we received, and she will show it to Mary Rodgers.
UNICEF—Nadine Otto reported the children collected $658.00. A book with our bookmark inside was given to the school.
Call for Food—Members were requested to bring non-perishable items to this meeting, and they will be donated to the Food Cupboard in Ocean City. As usual, our members were generous.
Halloween Walk at Monmouth Mall—This Federation event received candy and novelty items from individual clubs. The federation is also looking for knitters who will make purple hats for newborns at hospitals. This is part of the State Project. They are collecting books by certain children’s authors who write for the 5 and under age group.
Members are asked to bring hats, gloves and scarves for children and adults which will be placed on or below a Tree of Warmth located in the Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library prior to Christmas. Later the items will be donated to the Clothes Closet in Ocean City. Diane Mozzo would like some members to be at the Christmas Event being held in the library atrium on December 4th when our participation will be acknowledged.
Wounded Warrior/Christmas Dinner—This event takes place December 14th at 5:30 P.M. Jeanne Robinson has the sign up sheet for food. Our vet is Royal Farley and he has three sons. The boys wish list include an X box which is costly, so Anne Glenning offered to help Gerri Cusato find the best deals. Invitations have been mailed to the VFW and American Legion and other veterans are also welcome. Guests will be there between 5:30 and 7:30 then club members will have a brief meeting and gift exchange. Suggested gift amount is $10.00.
Survey results for the Spaghetti Dinner were positive from those who attended. The small number of members in attendance could be attributed to the close date of the American Legion Fashion Show Lunch; however, that date is being changed.
Polo Shirts—Diane Mozzo and Mary Ann Hasher met with Jilly’s on the boardwalk in Ocean City. He discussed colors and material and said he will make a sample shirt of the one they felt was the best quality. The club emblem would be embroidered on the shirt front and is all cotton. Diane asked for a show of hands to get an idea of how many members want a shirt.
Thank You notes received were from Elaine Perino for comfort after the passing of her husband, Holy Redeemer for our donation, Ocean City Free Public Library for the book given in Ruth Rundgren’s name and Islay Borgado consolation after her husband’s demise.
Achievement Day—Angel Smith agreed to chair the Conservation Division. Cathi Ferber is doing the Arts. More information will be available in January.
Nicollette Mirra addressed the members regarding the little known projects such as the Scholarship Fund we support. She feels the public should be made aware of such projects. She feels we should have something for our award winners . There is a folder of thank you notes from winners.
The question as to the continuation of having food prior to the General Meeting was posed by Diane Mozzo. Members decided that we could start at 6:45 with simple snacks and start the actual meeting about 7:00 P.M. so then clean up to leave the room would not be as rushed.
It was noted that a check will be mailed to the Cancer Society in Stephen Borgado’s name.
Forms were distributed for the Federation Reports by the president.
Adjournment was at 8:20 P.M.