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

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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!

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