April 17, 2017 General Meeting UPdate!

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 P.M. by President Diane Mozzo. The Collect was read and the Pledge of Allegiance was said. There were 2 guests.

Joanne Staniec introduced the guest speaker, Scott Griswold, a local well-known
photographer. He explained how he had to adjust his work, since the advent of iphones and people taking their own pictures. We were shown examples of his technique to enhance those photos with color and digital adjustments.

The minutes were approved with one correction. The treasurer said all was okay.

In remembrance of Mary Rodgers, CAPA performed a skit Mary had written. It was performed by CAPA with the help of Jerry Bonner.

Department Reports

American Home—The meeting is April 25th and the speaker will be Donald Hepner who will inform members about Pickleball. There will also be a Penny Auction and all members are welcome. Items for sale should be clean. Bring cash or  checkbook.

TravelSandy Crescenzo will host the meeting at 2 P.M. She will show a video from her Far East Trip.

LiteratureElaine Novello informed members that the last book, Voices from Chernobyl, inspired a lively discussion. The next meeting is at Marge Roth’s home on May 10th.

CAPA—Our meetings are Thursday mornings at 10 A.M. in room 116 in the Library. Elaine Novello made a plea for more members to come out.

Fashion ShowGerri Cusato reported we hit our goal by selling 100 tickets, and Jeanne can sell 10 more. Boutique items are welcome and anyone who is free after 4:30  Friday is welcome to help set up at the Senior Center. She asked that food be brought Saturday morning by 11:00 A.M.

Gerri also thanked members for their kind remembrances for her son-in-law.

Achievement DayCathi Ferber said she had 17 entrants and items should be there between 9 and 9:45 A.M. if bringing that day. Diane Mozzo advised the group that 14 people had signed up to attend.

Block Party—Denise Szymanski has a sign up sheet for members to work at the booth and bake cookies. Please bag 3 large cookies or 5 small cookies in a bag.

State ProjectJane Snyder reminded members that Pinwheels will be sold at our table and may be planted in the park across from City hall. She will get permission to have a banner.

Jane Snyder also reported on the GCI Orientation. All delegates and alternates are
invited, because some delegates could drop out at the last minute.

Dues—Members were reminded that dues of $45.00 are due in April. Please send them to Jane Snyder. A form must be sent to the Federation by May 1st.

Save the DateThe Spaghetti Dinner will be held September 28th There will be a wine grab, so members are asked to purchase a bottle costing at least $10.00, and it will be up for grabs at the dinner. Diane Mozzo said she would take bottles purchased as early as May and bring them to the dinner. Tickets are $40.00 and it starts at 6:00 P.M. Information will be on the web.

Old Business

Diane Mozzo welcomed our new members: Betty Schmidt, Janet Cook, Susan Hohman, Diane Root, Anne Glenning, Winnie Piriano, Tina Cortese, and Cathy Solarski.

Diane Mozzo explained the Federation Organization founded in the late 19th century to fill the need of women who wanted to have a way to express themselves, and then how it relates to individual clubs within the Federation and its goals. She listed the other clubs in the Southern District and that they meet 4 times a year.

The American Home attendance has dropped lately, and Diane Mozzo would like to revive interest. She would appreciate suggestions from members to discuss at the May General Meeting. The American Home is a department within the Colony Club.

New Business

Since the current Board agreed to remain in office for next year, there will not be an
installation at the May meeting. Diane Mozzo said she invited Mary Ellen Cropper—the Southern District Vice President—to attend our meeting. The executive board will serve as hostesses, and this will be an Ice Cream Social. It was suggested that those members with the Colony Club shirts with logo wear them that evening.

The Country Shores is having a Designer Bag Bingo night April 28th.

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,
Barbara Weber
Recording Secretary


From the Desk of Diane Mozzo—President—March 2017

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.

RIP Marys

Next Colony Club meeting—Wednesday, March 15, 2017New Members’ Welcome Dinner, 6PM, Senior Center.