September 2017 General Meeting Minutes

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

Guests
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

Departments

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

Literature
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
September—GCI
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

UNICEF
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

September
9/28 Spaghetti Dinner

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

November
11/26 Non perishable food collection and diapers

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

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

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

March
3/21 New Member Dinner

April
4/25 Achievement Day
4/28 Fashion Show

May
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

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September 2017—From the Desk of Diane Mozzo, President

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
Hostesses: Board.

Bring

  • 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!

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 http://shopjillys.com/colonyclub.

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