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Colony Club General Meeting Minutes February 19, 2018


 Colony Club General Meeting Minutes October 16, 2017

President Diane Mozzo called the meeting to order at 7:04 P.M.


Guests were Amy Pedone and Betty from the pool.


Joanne Staniec introduced Al Crescenzo who gave part two of his presentation of Grace Kelly’s life and beginning career as an actress. Parts 3 and 4 talks about her movies and loves, and he will present those next year.

September Minutes

The minutes of the September meeting were accepted as read.

Treasurer’s Report

Dot Aiken gave the treasurer’s report which showed…

  • Operating Account opened August 31, 2017 with a balance of $7,736.60 and closed with $5,952.66 on September 30, 2017
  • Grants and Aids opening balance on August 31, 2017 was $3,788.36 and closed at $6,248.78 on September 30, 2017.
  • American Home started August 31, 2017 with $110.93 and closed September 30, 2017 with $250.93
  • The Wine Grab at the Spaghetti Dinner brought in $640.00.
  • Block Party made…• $99.00 on cookies,
    • $46.00 on water, and,
    • $35.00 for the pinwheels.
  • Boscov’s Friends helping Friends Cards—$115.00.



American Home—October 24th is the next meeting and Nadine Otto will conduct an exercise class. Members who attend should wear sneakers and comfortable clothes. The collection of sweat pants and shirts, flip flops, toiletries continues. CARA needs gently used Bras as part of the Preventing Domestic Abuse. Diane Mozzo will mail them to Vineland.

Diane Mozzo mentioned the fact that various club members were presenting programs for fellow club members. Among those participating, Anne Glenning, Nadine Otto, and Eileen Adams.

LiteratureElaine Novello thanked Mary Lee Shanahan and Barbara Weber for hosting the Book Club last Wednesday. Next month we meet at Mary Hugh’s home and the book is called, Three Little Words, and copies of the book were provided by Anne Glenning.

TravelCarol Evans advised members the group will meet Tuesday, October 17th at Carolyn Lothian’s home at 2 P.M.


Ways and MeansSandy Crescenzo announced that Cathi Ferber and Judi Levy will be the co-chairs of Ways and Means next year.

Members were thanked for their support of the Spaghetti Dinner, and plans will be made to have another next year. This year there were 43 bottles of wine for the Wine Grab and hopefully, more will be sold next year and increase our funds. The 50/50 will use beach pails instead of baskets, since a basket was defective and tickets fell out.

There were negative comments regarding the meal, so Karen from the Flanders offered to have a tasting prior to the dinner.

The Friends Helping Friends Cards for Boscov’s are available for purchase tonight, and tomorrow is the date to use them. According to treasurer, Dot Aiken, $115.00 in purchases were made tonight.

The deadline for buying Yankee Candle products is October 24th. Next year some other fund raiser will replace Yankee Candle, since many already have enough of these products.

Upcoming Events

The Fashion Show in April and Randazzo’s Restaurant in May. The restaurant will donate 15% of tab to Colony Club.

Wounded Warrior Dinner

Chairman, Gerri Cusato, advised the group she has a young vet who has three small children and his wife, Heather, is very appreciative of our selecting her family, because she was worried about Christmas for the children. One gift will be given at the dinner and the rest will be saved for Christmas morning. Dinner will be 5:30 to 7:00 P.M., December 19th, then we shall have our meeting and Pollyanna gift swap. Presents should be a minimum of $10.00. Members are asked to wear red and the group picture will be taken. Jeanne Robinson will be responsible for the food, and there is a sign-up sheet for food and/or monetary donations.Jeanne has already ordered two hams.

Boatsies BoxesDiane Mozzo thanked those who filled stockings—Anita Culp, Ursula Russo, Elaine Novello, Linda Gronert, Cathy Solarski, and Mary Ellen Makowski.

The Spelling Bee will be held January 25th with a rain date January 30th according to chairperson, Sue Newkirk.


Block PartyDiane Mozzo thanked Denise Szymanski for chairing this event. Denise then thanked Jane Snyder, Cathi Ferber, Diane Mozzo, Dot Aiken, Elaine Novello, Gerri Cusato, and Ursula Russo for helping to set up. There were 47 bags of cookies left and they were donated to the Food Cupboard. Denise thanked the following people for the
cookies they baked:
Elaine Novello, Kathy Allegretto, Ursula Russo, Rosemarie Duncan, Linda Gronert, Barbara Weber, Janet Cook, Diane Mozzo, Cathi Ferber, Mary Ann Hasher, Carol Evans, and Elaine Perino.

Clean Ocean Action—On October 21st at 9:00 A.M. groups will meet at the Music Pier and pick up forms for the Clean Ocean Action cleanup. There is a sign up sheet if members wish to participate.

Welcome Night—This will be held from 6 to 8 P.M. on October 25th at the Civic Center located at 6th Street adjacent to the beach. There is a sign up sheet for anyone available from 6 to 7P.M. and 7 to 8P.M.

Halloween Parade—There will be a costume making workshop October 18th 1 to 1:30 P.M. in room 111 at the library. Participants are to bring their own permanent markers and June Peterson will show how to make their costumes.

Members who will be in the parade must meet at 6:30 P.M. in front of the Asbury side of the Tabernacle. At least one marcher must have #402 Division 4 on an 8 x 11 sheet showing on their costume. Diane Mozzo provided the candy to be distributed to children by two members standing at corners and the marchers.

State ProjectJane Snyder said the money from the pinwheel sales is going to the State Project. Some in South Jersey questioned whether we received any of the benefits, and she said Cumberland and Cape May Counties has the most need in the state.

Jane mentioned Members Matter and she gave out M&Ms at the last meeting. She has bags for those who did not get them. She also had distributed an Iris bulb to be planted and these items are to have members think of the Colony Club. At our meetings we were asked to make a paper chain and that will be placed on our tree in the Atrium.

Old Business

The October Newsletter was just emailed, due to Joanne Romano not receiving information through her email.

The tabs from soda cans or from other product are still being collected.

New Business

Diane Mozzo reminded members of the Walgreen Pharmacy’s program—Get a Shot Give a Shot. This provides flu shots in developing countries.

For the MLK Day of Service, those who do not bake could donate packages of Lifesavers. With all the candy in stores for Halloween, this is a good time to find them.

The cookies and Lifesavers will be given to our local First Responders.

Elaine Novello reported she wants to put together some entertainment for the Wounded Warrior/Christmas Celebration. She wants former CAPA members to meet and help plan something together.

Next Meeting—November 20th, Room 110

Members were reminded to bring diapers for Caring for Kids and non-perishable food items for the Food Cupboard to the next General Meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 P.M. Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Weber, Recording Secretary


Colony Club General Meeting Minutes September 18, 2017

The meeting was called to order by President Diane Mozzo at 7:05 PM. Members were welcomed back after the summer.

Two guests were introduced to the members; Sandy Crescenzo brought her sister-in-law, Diane, and Joanne Swenson introduced Rosemary Duncan.

Guest Speaker
Jane Snyder introduced guest speaker, Emily Benson, who represented our club at the Girls Career Institute this past spring. Emily talked about her concerns regarding this new experience she would have at Douglas College; however, she really liked it and made friends from other parts of New Jersey. She was very appreciative of this
opportunity offered her by the Colony Club and thanked the members.

Girls Career Institute Support
Jane Snyder asked the club members to provide the funds for participation next year. The amount would be $225.00. A motion was made by Anne Glenning to allocate $225.00 and Pat Smith seconded the motion. Members agreed.

Approval of May General Meeting Minutes
The minutes from the last General Meeting of May 15th, 2017 were approved.

Treasurer’s Report
Treasurer, Dot Aitken, gave the latest report. The Operating Account opened July 31, 2017 with a balance of $7,736.60 and closed August 31, 2017 with $7,736.60. The Grants and Aid account opened July 31, 2017 at $4,038.36 and closed August 31, 2017 with a balance of $3,788.36. American Home opened July 31, 2017 and closed August
31, 2017 with a balance of $110.93.

2017-2018 Board Members & Committee Chairs
Diane Mozzo introduced the Board to members and Committee Chairs.

Board Members
President—Diane Mozzo
1st VP—Elaine Novello
2nd VP—Joanne Staniec
Recording Secretary—Barbara Weber
Treasurer—Dot Aiken
Parliamentarian—Barbara Weber
Ex-Officio—Jane Snyder
Media Coordinator—Joanne Romano
Assistant Media Coordinator—Carol Evans
1 year Trustees—Sandy Crescenzo, Carol DeMill, Mary Ann Hascher
2 year Trustees—Cathi Ferber, Mary Ellen Makowski, Denise Szymanski

Committee Chairs
Budget—Dot Aiken
Fashion Show/American Home Colony Club Dinner—Gerri Cusato
Girls Career Institute—Jane Snyder
Goodwill/Sunshine—Elaine Perino
International Affairs/UNICEF—Nadine Otto, Barbara Keen
Programs—Joanne Staniec
Publicity—June Peterson
Scholarship—Carol DeMill, Nicollette Mirra, Nadine Otto, Judy Levy, Cathi Ferber
Special Projects—Jane Snyder
Spelling Bee—Susan Newkirk
Ways and Means—Bonnie Hyson, Sandy Crescenzo
Yearbook—Elaine Novello
American Home—Denise Szymanski
Literature—Elaine Novello
Armchair Travel—Carolyn Lothian


Elaine Novello reported that CAPA has been disbanded for now due to few participants. They will try to do something for the Christmas Dinner.

The group meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month and we meet at members homes. Everyone brings a sandwich and the hostesses supply dessert and beverages. The October Meeting is at Mary Lee Shanahan’s home on October 11th.

American Home
Denise Szymanski, Chairperson, explained the next meeting is September 26th at the Shores at 7:00 P.M. The speaker will be Colony Club member, Anne Glenning. All meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of the month, and the dues are
$7.00 per year. The group is collecting flip flops, sweatpants in large sizes and toiletries.

Programs 2017-2018
October—Al CrescenzoGrace Kelly, continued
November—Debbie BrochCaring for Kids
December—Wounded Warrior/Christmas Dinner
January—Rita Fulginiti
February—Mike Hartman
March—New Member Dinner
April—Ocean City High School Jazz Band
May—Installation of New Board Members

Committees Reports

Ways and Means

  • Spaghetti Dinner September 28th at Flanders
  • Boscov’s October 17th Discount Day with $5.00 Card.
  • Yankee Candle Sale
  • Fashion Show April 28, 2018
  • Randazzo’s Restaurant Discount on meals TBD

Nadine Otto advised members she had ordered boxes and is waiting for school librarian to select book. Pat Smith’s daughter will do calligraphy for book plate.

Wounded Warrior
Gerri Cusato reported she has the name of a veteran Timothy Clark. His wife is Heather and they have 3 children. Gerri will start to collect funds in October and we shall give 1 present at the dinner and the rest will be saved for Christmas. Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance.

Block Party
Diane Mozzo mentioned there was a sign up sheet for volunteers at the Block Party on September 5th. Pin Wheels will be sold again and money raised will go toward theScholarship Fund.

Federation Project
Jane Snyder said the Federation project is Prevent Child Abuse and there is a party scheduled up in New Jersey, October 28th. We were requested to supply glow light necklaces and Jane has left over trinkets to give.

Activities for the year 2017-2018

9/28 Spaghetti Dinner

10/7 Block Party
10/17 Boscov’s Friends helping Friends
10/21 Clean ocean Action
10/25 Welcome Night
10/26 Halloween Parade

11/26 Non perishable food collection and diapers

12/1-12/15 Tree of Warmth
12/19 Wounded Warrior Dinner

1/15 Cookies for First Responders (MLK Day of Service)

2/19 Non Perishable food collection and Teddy Bears or other soft stuffed animals) for CASA

3/21 New Member Dinner

4/25 Achievement Day
4/28 Fashion Show

5/5 Block Party
TBD Randazzo’s (21?) and Installation of new board

Old Business
Diane Mozzo read thank you from Bea Huhn’s daughter for our donation to St. Jude’s
Hospital, and a thanks sent to Phylis Bonner and Doug Otto for their attempt to get the
Foster Karney Grant.

Achievement Day Awards
There were awards for members who received them at Achievement Day and Diane
gave them to Cathi Ferber, Carla Heist, Judy Levy, Jane Snyder and Denise Szymanski.

She also thanked members who provided the Boatsies Boxes.

Diane gave members Joanne Romano’s email address which is jromanoj <at> comcast <dot> net. Joanne encourages all to check club website, since email information is also on the website. She also requests all members make sure their email does not go into spam. They are coming in on mailchimp—thecolonyclubocnj <at> gmail <dot> com

New Business
The Board approved a check for $100.00 for Harvey Relief (NJSFWC)
The next meeting is October 16th at 6:45, Room 111
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Weber
Recording Secretary

Download a copy of the minutes here: CCSeptember2017Minutes


Colony Club General Meeting Minutes May 15, 2017

President Diane Mozzo opened the meeting at 7:10 P.M. The Collect and Pledge of Allegiance were said. Members were welcomed to our last meeting of the 2016-2017 year. Guest, Wendy Dorman, was introduced.

Diane Mozzo introduced our speaker, Mary Ellen Cropper, who spoke about her membership and various offices she held up to her current title—Southern District Vice President.

The minutes were accepted as written.

CAPA did a reading Barnyard Spring from the movie, Seven Brides and Seven Brothers.

Department Reports

LiteratureMary Hughes hosted the meeting on May 10th and reported a lively discussion of the book, and her husband entertained members by playing the piano. The last meeting of the year will be a lunch at Windjammer in June. The book for June is James Patterson’s, The Eleventh Hour.

CAPA Elaine Novello advised the members hoped to be ready for September.

Travel—Instead of traveling to Hammonton this month, that was postponed until June. Instead the group went to the Alpaca Farm and lunch in Cape May.

American HomeDenise Szymanski reminded members there is a covered dish dinner on May 23rd, 6 P.M. at The Shores. She has a list of foods that members are bringing. A list of activities for next year’s meetings has been made.

ScholarshipNicollette Mirra reported there will be a meeting of the committee at her home and they will review the essays written by candidates. Nicollette felt they are great essays this year. Diane Mozzo advised the members that a Reception on June 19th at 7 P.M. in Room 111 is planned to honor all our Award and Scholarship winners. She asked for volunteers to sign up to bring a dozen cookies to serve the guests.

MembershipJane Snyder said we have 61 paid memberships and 6 outstanding. There are a few new members and a couple in question.
State ProjectJane Snyder reported $71.50 was realized from the sale of pinwheels. Any leftover pin wheels and those left behind by people who bought them but didn’t take them, will be sold at the Fall Block Party. The cookie sale made $74.00 and leftover bags were taken to the Food Cupboard. The Ocean City Daily had an article about the Colony Club’s participation written by one of our members, Diane Root, The Proclamation was read at a City Council Meeting.

Ways and Means—The Spaghetti Dinner is September 28th at the Flanders and the tickets will be $40.00 each. Wine for the Wine Grab should be taken to Sandy Crescenzo’s prior to the dinner.

Boscov’s—Bonnie Hyson has $5.00 cards for the shopping day, October 17th. Clubs receive a percentage from the purchases. It was stressed again that we need a minimum of $3200.00 to cover the scholarship and awards.

Block PartyDenise Szymanski thanked all who worked at the Block Party and those who made cookies. The cookies not sold were taken to the Food Cupboard and a thank you note was received from Dottie Cianci of that organization.

Boatsies Boxes was started by a woman who wanted to give back to service people, so she started this activity of filling stockings with $20.00 worth of items. Diane Mozzo purchased seven Christmas Stockings and asked members to please fill them and she will deliver them. She encouraged members to share filling the stockings with another person. When buying a stocking to fill, it shouldn’t be too large.

Old Business

The Fashion Show made the paper. Gerri Cusato thanked everyone who helped make it a success. About $3000.00 was made.

Achievement Day was successful and many members were among the winners. A list was read of the winners and the awards, including some wins for the Colony Club itself. A list will be in the Newsletter. Carla Heist received recognition for 50 years as a club member, and she wrote a thank you to the Colony Club.

Anyone who wishes to order the club shirt from Jillys, may contact the store on line at

New Business

Diane Mozzo told members the club was nominated for The Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds Award; however, we were not selected.

Phyllis Bonner reported she sent the application for the Foster Karney Grant and June is decision time. She applied for $3000.00 which would cover some of the scholarship and awards.

The Beach Meet is set tentatively for the 3rd Monday in August. Sparklers to set off in honor of Mary Rodgers will be provided by the club. Plans will be confirmed and sent to members via email.

Diane Mozzo read the impressive summary of all club activities for 2016-2017. She also reiterated that the reception for Scholarship and Award recipients is scheduled for June 19th. Nicollette Mirra mentioned Past Presidents might want to bring their yearbook to the Reception.

Carol Evans mentioned that members who need help, should reach out to the group.

Jane Snyder suggested that members be given five Boscov’s cards to use or ask friends to take one.

The Board will meet Monday, June 5th.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Weber Recording Secretary


April 2017 General Meeting Minutes

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


March 2017 General Meeting Minutes

Diane Mozzo opened the meeting at 6:35 P.M. Members recited the Collect and the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members observed a moment of silence for Mary Rodgers, a recently deceased member of the Colony Club. Joanne Staniec informed members that there will be a event for Mary since she had said there should be a party in remembrance of her.

The minutes from the February meeting were accepted.

Department Reports

American HomeKathy Allegretto informed the group that the Humane Society did a presentation at the last meeting. The Shores thanked those who brought cookies for residents. Next month Frank Donato from the city, will be the speaker.

Literature—March’s book was Failure of Imagination, and April’s meeting will be at Dot Aiken’s. April’s book is Voices from Chernobyl.

CAPAElaine Novello asked for more participants to join the group.

Travel—The meeting is March 21st at Barbara Weber’s.

Ways and MeansDenise Szymanski reported on Flower Power. So far we have sold $246.00 and we get 50% back which means $123.00 will be made. The deadline for ordering is March 31st.

Gerri Cusato reported that the tickets for the Fashion Show are going well and the event is a month away. Items are needed for the sales table, and there will be a 50/50. Flyers are available for distribution.

Girls Career Institute has one delegate and two alternates selected by a committee of Diane Mozzo, Jane Snyder and Diane Root.

Diane Mozzo reported for Jane Snyder that the pinwheels were ordered for The State Project. They will be sold at the Block Party in May. There is a Riverboat Cruise in Toms River as a fund raiser, and forms are available.

Achievement Day is April 26th. Anyone wanting to enter a display should contact either Cathi Ferber (Arts Creative) or Angel Smith (Conservation). Applications must be turned in no later than April 9th. Flyers show all the information. Members can attend without an entry. Give Diane Mozzo a check for $33.00 ($30.00 plus $3.00 registration fee)

The NJ Federation Convention is May 8-10 at the Golden Nugget. It is $20.00 for three days and $15.00 for one day if you sign up ahead of time.

Old Business

Thank you notes were received from Liam, who participated in the Spelling Bee, and he thanked the club for having the Spelling Bee and also for the Visa Card. The United Methodist Home was appreciative of the cookies members gave them. The Ecumenical Council thanked members for the food donation.

Anyone who would like to order a shirt may do it on line.

Carla Heist was honored for her 50 years as a member of the Colony Club. She will receive recognition at Achievement Day.

CAPA performed a short program.

New Business

The following new members in attendance were inducted into the club with a short ceremony:

  • Betty Schmidt sponsored by Ann Glenning
  • Janet Cook sponsored by Gerri Cusato
  • Susan Holman sponsored by Judy Levy
  • Diane Root sponsored by Peg Cole
  • Ann Glenning—a returning member

President Diane Mozzo welcomed the ladies and thanked them for the work they had already done for the club.

The meeting adjourned at 7:10 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Weber, Recording Secretary

January 2017 General Meeting Minutes…

President, Diane Mozzo, opened the meeting at 7:07 P.M. and welcomed members back after the holidays. The group recited the Collect and Pledge of Allegiance.

Joanne Staniec introduced the speaker, Leslie Baruffi, from Griswold Home Care. The company provides non-medical care. This includes diverse services such as driving people to appointments, make meals, cleaning,and offering companionship. Their clients can choose the means of transportation, the van or private car, to drive them when needed. This is a Public Health Service which is paid by insurance or privately and is more reasonable than other firms.

The minutes were accepted as presented.

The Treasurer’s report was read by Diane Mozzo and showed ending balances as of December 29, 2016 as follows: Operating Account; $5263.42,, Grants and Aid, $6376.82 and American Home $224.92.

American Home—There will be Bingo at the January 28th Meeting.  members are requested to bring personal Care items to be donated to the Food Cupboard

CAPA—There will be a program at the February meeting. We are still in need of more people to join and bring new ideas.

Literature—The group will meet at Carol Evan’s in February. Please inform her if you are attending The book is Invitation of Wings.

Travel—The meeting is at Denise Symanski’s on January 24th.

State Project
The Federation would like us to purchase pinwheels through the Prevent Child Abuse group for $1.00 each. We could then sell them for the same price and make the money back or sell for more and donate the profit to the State Project. The members decided we should buy from the state project. The pinwheels would be sold and placed in the park in town and it would be a garden of pinwheels in April.

Spelling Bee—According to chairperson, Sue Newkirk, there are 30 participants taking part at the event on January 26th at 2:30 P.M. Pretzels and water will be available during a break. All members are invited.

Ways and Means—Denise Szymanski advised members that the Company providing the plants will give us 50% on sales, and the profit will go toward the Scholarship Fund. Order forms are available and the $6.00 shipping is not applicable on individual orders.

Spaghetti Dinner—The date for dinner is September 28th at the Flanders. A singer and DJ have been found through Bill Culp.

Bonnie and Sandy are looking for more ideas for fund raisers, and are considering coupons for restaurants.

Diane Mozzo said January 30th is the final day to order the polo shirts. Grape is the winner of the poll. The price is $30.00.

Achievement Day—This is really a district meeting we are co-hosting with the Absecon Club when reports from each district club are given. The date is April 26th and the cost isn’t available yet. Cathi Ferber and Angel Smith are chairmen for the Conservation and Arts and will be asking for members to participate. Last year we had eight winners. We are entering the Tree of Warmth Poster, Bookmark, and our Pamphlet.

Old Business
We received thank you notes from the following: The Clothes Closet for the items from the Tree of Warmth; The Veteran we honored at the Wounded Warrior Dinner wrote expressing his family’s gratefulness for the gifts and delicious food. The Food Cupboard gave thanks for the food collected for them. Enclosed was a list of items needed. Caring for Kids thanked us for the donation which enabled them to get a bus to take the children to a Christmas Party in Avalon. UNICEF received $658.94 from money collected by school children and our club donated it to them. American Cancer Society for the donation in memory of Steven Borgado.

New Business
The Southern District Meeting is January 25th in Cape May. Sign up to go by January 18th.

Reports are due ASAP because they must be in the mail January 18th.

The volunteers to take cookies tomorrow to three firehouses and the police station are:
Carol Evans and Barbara Weber—Police Station
Dot Johnson and Jayne Snyder—6th Street Fire House
Cathi Ferber and Jeanne Robinson—Airport Fire House
Gerri Cusato and Janet Cook—46th Street Fire House
Pictures of event should be sent to June Peterson for publicity.

The Fashion Show is April 22nd in the Senior Center. Jeanne Robinson is in charge of food and tickets. Gerri Cusato suggested the theme of Treasures from the Attic, and requested members donate their treasures and jewelry they no longer want to keep. With the sale of treasures and jewelry it will increase the profit for our fundraising. To save money, Gerri asked if we could print our own tickets, and Cathi Ferber will check. The ticket price will stay the same—$25.00.

Phyllis Bonner asked members if they would want her to check about a Grant which is available to non profits. The American Legion received one and she suggested we try for a Grant to help our Scholarship Fund. Members agreed.

Jane Snyder introduced a guest, Linda Kroeger.

Our next General Meeting is February 20th and Mary Ann Hasher will discuss independent living.

Diane Mozzo reminded the members of upcoming events:
January 25—Southern District Meeting
January 30—Deadline for orders for polo shirts
February 20—Colony Club General Meeting with Mary Ann Hasher speaker
Bring items for the Food Cupboard
Cans of meat, vegetables, fruit, soup, ravioli, spaghetti Os, tuna, pork and beans, packets of dry milk, juice, jelly, peanut butter, jello/pudding in containers or mix, rice, crackers)
Microwave items
rice, cup of soup, Hormel microwave meals
Household items
laundry detergent, dish detergent, paper towels

March 15—New Members dinner and general meeting
April 17—Colony Club General meeting
April 22—Fashion Show
April 26—Achievement Day
May 15—Colony Club General Meeting

Meeting Adjourned at 8:20 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara Weber
Recording Secretary

November 2016 Meeting Minutes…

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.

October Updates
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.

UNICEFNadine 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.

Old Business
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 ShirtsDiane 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 DayAngel 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.

New Business
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.

Respectfully Submitted,
Barbara Weber
Recording Secretary

The Colony Club, Inc. General Meeting Minutes—October 16, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 P.M. by president, Diane Mozzo.  The Pledge of Allegiance, and the Collect were said then the guests were introduced. Al Crescenzo was our guest speaker and he imparted his knowledge about the period of Grace Kelly’s life prior to her marrying and becoming a princess.

We then proceeded with our business meeting. First, the group from CAPA performed a short skit for halloween.

The minutes were read from September, and Diane Mozzo advised the members that after this meeting, the General Meeting minutes will not be read at the meetings.  Instead, the minutes will be included in the Newsletter email which are sent to members. Those members without email will receive a copy in the mail. Minutes do not require a motion to accept.

The treasurer’s report showed an opening balance of $$7,594.06 as of 8/31/2016 and a closing balance of $5,827.64 on 10/2/2016. Grants and Aid opening balance on 8/31/2016 was $5045.41 and $7,809.12 on 10/2/2016. As with the minutes, the treasurer’s report does not need a motion to accept. Full details of the report will be attached to a copy of the original minutes on file with the recording secretary.

Department Reports
American Home—At the October 25th meeting, members are asked to bring items such as toiletries, sweat suits or flip flops to be given to CARA.

Literature—Denise Szymanski and Anne Glenning will host the November book club meeting at Denise’s home.  The book is The Diary of Anne Boleyn.

CAPA—The group will meet in the library Thursday morning and work on the Halloween Parade

Armchair Travel—The members will meet tomorrow at Carolyn Lothian’s, and she will show her video of her latest trip to Italy.

Committee Reports
Ways and Means—Sandy Crescenzo advised members that the Spaghetti Dinner was a success. Members were reminded of future fund raisers, Boscov’s tomorrow, Fashion Show in April and Candle sale. Diane Mozzo said a survey was taken and only 28 members attended the spaghetti dinner.

Candles—Denise Szymanski reported she had about $1000.00 already and we get 40%.  Some candles already ordered will be in during November and the deadline for new orders is November 10th.  Orders may be picked up at Denise’s.  Make check out to Colony Club.

Spelling Bee—Susan Newkirk said the dates for the Spelling Bee are January 26th and January 31st is the snow date.

Wounded Warrior/Christmas Dinner—Jeanne Robinson is signing up for food donations for the Wounded Warrior/Christmas Dinner on December 13th , 6 P.M. at the Senior Center.

October Activities Update
Block Party—Unfortunately, rain shortened the time spent.

Southern District Meeting

  • There is a Clean Ocean Action supported by the Federation on the Beach October 22nd. Participants meet at 6th and the Boardwalk, Civic Center, at 9:30 A.M. The clean up is 9 to 12:30.
  • The District is sponsoring the Walgreens Get a Shot Give a Shot which provides a child with a free flu immunization.
  • Cathi Ferber agreed to chair the Arts Creative for the colony Club at the Achievement Day.
  • Boatsies Boxes provide Christmas Stockings filled with candy and toys, $110.00 donation fills four stockings.
  • Three clubs are helping make purple caps for babies. Mothers are taught how to take care of a baby.
  • October is Domestic Violence month.

Welcome Night—This is at the Civic Center from 6 to 8 P.M. on October 26th.  Jane Snyder has volunteers.

Halloween Parade—All marchers must have an 8 x 11 white sign with #403 printed on it.  This is to be attached to costume on left side.

New Business
Discussion regarding new Bookmarks and T Shirts. The majority of members present would prefer a collared shirt.

Diane Mozzo reminded members to read their newsletter.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,
Barbara Weber—Recording Secretary

cc:  Diane Mozzo, President

March 23, 2016 New Member Welcome Dinner…From President, Jane Snyder…

Thank you to all The Colony Club of Ocean City Members who attended tonight’s (March 23, 2016) New Member’s Welcome Dinner. We had a fantastic attendance. Your participation is so much appreciated. I believe the 7 new members who were inducted with the candle light ceremony will enhance our membership. Their pledge and your backing make The Colony Club stronger than ever. Don’t miss any opportunity to be involved in any Colony Club activity.

Please review the Pledge the New Members took this evening:

Membership in The Colony Club will benefit both you and the Club if you strive
to promote its civic, cultural, educational and social aims. You hold a share of the
guiding light which exemplifies service, leadership and friendship in this

New Members please repeat after me:

I promise to do my best to promote the programs and objectives of The Colony Club of Ocean City by being helpful and sincere to uphold the by-laws at all times and believe in our motto—Strong Women, Good Friends, Caring Volunteers.

All the members of The Colony Club should look at their own position within the Club and renew your faith and participation in the Club. Stand behind and support the new members inducted this evening. It is your responsibility to promote The Colony Club of Ocean City.

In the Colony Club Spirit,
Jane Snyder


October 19 General Meeting Highlights!

So, what did CAPA members, dressed as the cast of the Wizard of Oz, have to do with the October meeting? Well, CAPA is responsible for recruiting Colony Club members who will walk in the Ocean City Halloween Parade on Thursday, October 29! So, Mary Rodgers enticed our members with costumes as the CAPA members—Denise—the Lion, Ursula—Glinda, Elaine—Flying Monkey, Sandy—the Wicked Witch,  Joanne—the Tin Man, and Barbara—Dorothy—provided a preview of all the fun everyone will surely have supporting this community event!

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After the invitation to join in the Halloween Parade, minutes were read & approved, reports were given and we heard from Sandy and Bonnie—Ways and Means—on the success of and FUN had by all at the Spaghetti Dinner & Elvis Show! 21711497468_3fd77e5208_zNicollette spoke of how change can be beneficial and brings the opportunity to build new relationships, to learn and do new and different things.

The Main Event…

We listened intently as our Presenter, Amy Druding educated us on the benefits of permanent make-up…

Amy Druding’s Presentation Highlights…

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 12.03.15 PMOur presenter, Amy Druding <;, impressed us with her very informative presentation and pictures of her work with those who have lost hair, eyebrows, thinning lips, or suffered scarring, and especially, the confidence-building pigmenting solution for those who have undergone breast cancer reconstructive surgery.

From Amy’s website…

Permanent Cosmetic Makeup is a process where pigments are inserted into the dermal layer and the skin, permanently. Although techniques may vary, the results are always the same – permanent waterproof color, hassle-free and always fresh!