Welcome back, ladies!
I hope everyone had a fun and enjoyable summer, and you have returned with renewed energy to make the 2017-2018 Colony Club year a great success.
One of our bylaws states…
…all members are expected to actively participate in club work and serve on committees…
When everyone plays a part from attending meetings, to volunteering for one of the committees, to preparing food for our potluck dinners, to participating in our fundraisers, it is inevitable that the Colony Club will flourish as we enter our 68th year.
On September 28, we will have our annual Spaghetti Dinner at the Flanders Hotel. It promises to be a fun evening, and I hope as many members as are able will attend. We really need a good turn out. You can come on your own, bring a friend, a spouse, or significant other but show that Colony Club spirit. You will enjoy an evening of good food, entertainment, laughter, and camaraderie at a reasonable price in a beautiful setting. What could be better than that?
The fundraiser part of the evening will be a 50/50 and the wine grab. For a $10 donation, you will be able to choose a bottle of wine and who knows what you’ll get. Plus the bottle you choose may have a surprise attached to it. If you have not donated a bottle, please bring one to our first meeting and make sure it costs at least $10.
We ended the 2016-2017 year last June with a reception for our grants, awards, scholarship, and GCI recipients. It was a dark and stormy night, but representatives from Literacy Volunteers-CA, the American Legion, Hope Pregnancy,the Ecumenical Council, the Humane Society and the Historical Museum attended. Also an eighth grader, two senior award winners, the scholarship winner and our GCI candidate along with their mothers came. The feedback was positive, and everyone was appreciative of our generosity. I also want to give a shout out to Nicolette Mirra. It was her inspiration to have this event.
Ladies, you should be proud of the work you did!
Finally, on a sad note, we learned this summer that the husband of past president Denise Potter passed away as did long time Colony Club member, Bea Huhn. As Jane Snyder wrote about Bea “…she was a vibrant Colony Club member who loved the club, the newsletter, the penny auction at American Home, and bringing beets to the covered dish dinners.” Our condolences go to Denise, her family, and Bea’s family.
See you at our first meeting…
When & Where: SEPTEMBER 18 at 6:45 in Room 110 of the library.
Speakers: GCI candidates
- Money for the Spaghetti Dinner
- The wine, and,
- Any gift cards or wine stoppers you may not want. We’ll attach them to the wine bottles!
May is here, and it is hard to believe the 2016-2017 Colony Club year is coming to a close. I believe we carried on the traditions spelled out in our objectives. We “…developed interest in cultural subjects…” through the varied programs set up by our second vice president, Joanne Staniec. We promoted “…civic and welfare work…” by participating in projects such as Welcome Night, the Halloween Parade, the Tree of Warmth, cookies for the First Responders, the Block Party, and by giving monetary grants to various nonprofits. We furthered “…social contact…” by supporting our members who have endured emotional and health issues this year, and by just enjoying the many friendships we have made. Finally, we invested in “…future generations through scholarship funding…” by holding several fundraisers—including our biggest event, the Fashion Show. I think we have had an interesting, productive, and fun year, and the board and I are ready to continue for the 2017-2018 along with your support and help. Thanks to all you wonderful Colony Club members!
Our April Fashion Show and boutique was a success. Tah Dah! provided beautiful clothes, and our models were perfection. We had lots of delicious food. We made close to $2900 for our Grants and Aid fund. Thanks go to Gerri Cusato for her leadership, to Jean Robinson for her ticket selling prowess, and to June Peterson for her imaginative and gorgeous centerpieces. Thanks also are extended to those who helped set up, clean up , and provide food. A special shout out goes to Jane Snyder, who made a last minute run to the grocery store for some extra goodies.
Achievement Day brought many awards to the club and to individuals. The Colony Club received certificates of merit in the categories of Leadership, the Special State Project: PCA-NJ, and Communications. Following is a list of members and their awards:
- May 24 from 4-9 PM the Historical Museum is having a fundraiser at Randazzo’s Restaurant (34th Street and Asbury). Fifteen percent (15%) of your bill will go to the museum as long as you say you are there to support the museum.
- September 28—Spaghetti Dinner at the Flanders. We will have a wine grab again this year so start bringing in bottles of wine (any color and brand) cost—at least $10. Bring them to our May 15 meeting and after May 20 to Sandy Crescenzo’s home. Last year we had 23 bottles for the grab, and many more guests wanted to participate. Thus, we need wine!
- October 17—Boscov’s Friends and Family Day. Coupons are $5.00 and are available now from Bonnie Hyson. Remember the $5 goes directly to the club. Let’s see who can sell the most coupons.
- TENTATIVE—June 19—7 PM, Room 111 OCFPLibrary—A reception for our awards and scholarship winners and the nonprofits receiving our end of year donations. Look for an e-mail with the final information and please join us. It’s good to see where our money is going.
- In August, we will again have an informal meet-up at the beach. It is bring your own dinner, and we will have a sparkling tribute to Mary Rodgers. Look for the e-mail with the details during the summer.
NEXT MEETING—MAY 15, 2017, at 6:45 in ROOM 110-111
ICE CREAM SOCIAL PROVIDED by the EXECUTIVE BOARD
Speaker—Southern District Vice President Mary Ellen Cropper
Any past presidents coming to the meeting, please bring your scrapbooks. We would like to display them for all to see.