From the Desk of Diane Mozzo, President—May 2017

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:

Congratulations to all who participated and thanks to Cathi Ferber and Angel Smith for coordinating.

Coming Attractions…

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. October 17Boscov’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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Have a wonderful summer!

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May 2016—From the Desk of Jane Snyder—President

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:

OUR MOTTO
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 PURPOSE
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.

OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
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!!

Congratulations!

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.