March is here, and we look forward to the beginning of spring. It is always a fun time in Ocean City to see everything come back to life and to welcome the returning snowbirds. March is also Women’s History month, and a big salute goes out to all you caring, smart, strong women of the Colony Club. Just think of the impact you have made in our community just by being a member of the Colony Club—from our sponsorships of nonprofits and scholarships to collecting food and clothing for the food cupboard and clothes closet to supporting a veteran and his family and so much more. We may be a small club on a small island, but we have big hearts.
March also marks our traditional New Member Welcome dinner. This year our new members are Janet Cook, Anne Glenning, Betty Schmidt, Edwina Piriano, Diane Root, Tina Cortese, Cathy Solarski, and Susan Hohman. We are so happy to have you and thank you for the contributions you have already made to the club. We also have a special honoree this year. She is Carla Heist, who joined the club in 1967 and is celebrating 50 years of membership.
Here are some important dates to remember:
- The deadline for the Flower Power orders is March 31. See Denise Szymanski. Remember this is a fundraiser for the club.
- The April General Meeting is the 17th. Scott Griswold will speak about digital photography and his artwork. Hostesses are CAPA.
- The Fashion Show is April 22. See Jean Robinson for tickets. Please support this effort as it is our big fundraiser of the year and all the money goes to our awards and scholarships. Tickets: $25.00 pre-order, $30.00 at the door.
- Achievement Day is April 26. Cathi Ferber is in charge of Arts Creative and Angel Smith is in charge of Conservation. They need your entry forms by April 9. Come for lunch even if you do not enter anything. It’s at Greate Bay and is a nice day. More details will follow.
- The state convention is May 8-10. Registration for 1 day is $15.00 if you register before April 8 or $25.00 for 3 days. If you register on-site for one day the cost is $20 and $35.00 for 3 days. There are varying prices for meals. Please let me know if you are interested in attending. The convention is at the Golden Nugget and parking is free.
Finally, I want to take this time to remember the passing of two of our sister members, Mary Zuccarini and Mary Rodgers. Mary Zuccarini’s daughter, in her eulogy, said the Colony Club was a very important portion of her mother’s life. She loved being part of all the activities. She had been a member since 1975. And Mary Rodgers, a member since 2008, in the words of Joanne Romano, will be “missed for her generosity, wit, wisdom, and her loud and sometimes wicked laughter.” In memory of our two Marys, I share the following poem:
They have sown their shining seeds of service
In the furrows of each day,
Planted every deed with serious purpose,
In a hopeful tender way.
Next Colony Club meeting—Wednesday, March 15, 2017, New Members’ Welcome Dinner, 6PM, Senior Center.
This is the most difficult newsletter that I have had to write. I can’t believe two years have gone by so quickly. Passing the gavel is more difficult than I thought it would be. Of course I’ve/we’ve joked about it but I must admit that it isn’t easy. These past two years were great, fabulous, tense, educational, and enjoyable, as well as, time consuming moments. I wouldn’t trade them.
When my journey began, I had plans to move The Colony Club forward—plans to get the Club more involved as well as recognized in the Ocean City Community, plans to be more involved in the educational process, plans to be more involved and recognized in the Southern District, as well, as NJSFWC. So here is my summary of what we have accomplished:
Strong Women, Good Friends, Caring Volunteers
We are a volunteer, nonprofit organization part of the NJSFWC (New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs) of the GWFC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs). We were created to develop and support programs and projects that improve the community by promoting its civic, cultural, educational and social aims.
Our main purpose is to raise money for scholarships, but we also raise money for local charities. The many ways include the Spring Fashion Show, Designer Handbag BINGO, Yankee Candle sales, home baked cookies and water sales at the OC Block Parties, Game Days and Penny Auctions. These functions provide us with the ability to award scholarships to both the high school and intermediate school levels and support local charities.
Throughout the year the activities of The Colony Club are filled with a lot of history and accomplishments:
- Promoting education is a strong point for us.
- We have held 2 successful Spelling Bees for the 5th Graders at the OC Intermediate School with the winners moving on to the State Federation level competition. The participants were awarded Certificates of Achievement as well as gift cards to the 3 winners.
- Girl’s Career Institute affords a junior girl from the OC High School the opportunity to attend a week long program held at Douglas College to introduce them to college life. We sponsored 2 delegates to give them the opportunity of a “mini college experience” and dorm life.
- We have donated to and co-sponsored with The Exchange Club, the OC Historical Museum’s Children’s Tea with several members volunteering at this event.
We have entered the Annual OC Halloween and Christmas Parades with floats and marching characters.
- We’ve enjoyed Spaghetti Dinners with the last one having an Elvis performance. We participate in the OC Welcome Night greeting all who come by our booth and promoting our membership drive. We also donate a gift basket for the evening’s drawing.
- At Christmas time we have always adopted a family or two. We changed it up for a most heartfelt event which is our Wounded Warrior Christmas Dinner. This past Christmas, we hosted our 2nd family. We honored and celebrated a young military couple and their family as well as brought back the previous year’s family. Gifts were bestowed on the children and a check was given to the new couple. A few members of the OC American Legion Post 524 were invited to join us. Of course, Santa arrived to the delight of everyone especially the youngest of the children.
- Programs presented during our meetings were informative, educational and fun. Guests are always welcome to attend. Our new members are honored during the New Members Welcome Dinner during which they are inducted and pledge their best to promote the programs and objectives of The Colony Club of Ocean City by being helpful and sincere and to uphold the by-laws at all times.
- Donations—during the 2 past years, we have been able to donate to Our Wounded Warrior Families, Day of Service, OCYAA, Cystic Fibrosis, Waves of Caring, NAMI, American Cancer Society, Love of Linda, Gilda’s Club, CASA, CARA, Ocean City’s Historical Museum, Ocean City’s Humane Society, Ocean City’s Food Cupboard, Union Chapel by the Sea, Shores of Wesley Manor, Literacy Volunteers, Gift Cards for the Spelling Bee, Girl’s Career Institute, Scholarships for OC High School and OC Intermediate School and collected 12 lbs. of can tabs donated to The Ronald McDonald House. We have volunteered over 2740 hours and have driven endless miles.
- Last year the Colony Club celebrated its 65th Anniversary. A proclamation from the Mayor of Ocean City was presented to the Club, as well as, well wishes from the State Federation’s President. We were invited to and were acknowledged at the Citizen of the Year dinner where we were presented a plaque from the City of Ocean City, congratulations along with a certificate from the County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition and a plaque from the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce all for volunteering and contributing to the community for 65 years.
- At the Southern District Achievement Day Spring Conference, we were recognized with 5 Awards for Best All Around Work Reported in Home Life, International Outreach, Communications, Leadership, and the 1894 Society. At the State Convention we were honored with Second Place Awards for Best All Around Work in the State Reported in Communications and Leadership. You should be proud of all that The Colony Club of Ocean City has been able to accomplish during these past 2 years.
Did you see the Press coverage of before and after of our Seashore Chic Fashion Show? FANTASTIC!!
You can see why I am so proud of The Colony Club. We are a group of unselfish women who give of ourselves and are committed to the Colony Club’s goals. As Henry Ford said, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” Colony Club, you have succeeded!!
I wish the incoming President, Diane Mozzo and her Board a very successful term. All the best to you and may you continue in The Colony Club of Ocean City spirit. We stand behind you.