March 15, 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 Hogmanay 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

From the Desk of Diane Mozzo—President—March 2017

March is here, and we look forward to the beginning of spring. It is always a fun time in Ocean City to see everything come back to life and to welcome the returning snowbirds. March is also Women’s History month, and a big salute goes out to all you caring, smart, strong women of the Colony Club. Just think of the impact you have made in our community just by being a member of the Colony Club—from our sponsorships of nonprofits and scholarships to collecting food and clothing for the food cupboard and clothes closet to supporting a veteran and his family and so much more. We may be a small club on a small island, but we have big hearts.


March also marks our traditional New Member Welcome dinner. This year our new members are Janet Cook, Anne Glenning, Betty Schmidt, Edwina Piriano, Diane Root, Tina Cortese, Cathy Solarski, and Susan Hohman. We are so happy to have you and thank you for the contributions you have already made to the club. We also have a special honoree this year. She is Carla Heist, who joined the club in 1967 and is celebrating 50 years of membership.

Here are some important dates to remember:

  • The deadline for the Flower Power orders is March 31. See Denise Szymanski. Remember this is a fundraiser for the club.
  • The April General Meeting is the 17th. Scott Griswold will speak about digital photography and his artwork. Hostesses are CAPA.
  • The Fashion Show is April 22. See Jean Robinson for tickets. Please support this effort as it is our big fundraiser of the year and all the money goes to our awards and scholarships. Tickets: $25.00 pre-order, $30.00 at the door.
  • Achievement Day is April 26. Cathi Ferber is in charge of Arts Creative and Angel Smith is in charge of Conservation. They need your entry forms by April 9. Come for lunch even if you do not enter anything. It’s at Greate Bay and is a nice day. More details will follow.
  • The state convention is May 8-10. Registration for 1 day is $15.00 if you register before April 8 or $25.00 for 3 days. If you register on-site for one day the cost is $20 and $35.00 for 3 days. There are varying prices for meals. Please let me know if you are interested in attending. The convention is at the Golden Nugget and parking is free.

Finally, I want to take this time to remember the passing of two of our sister members, Mary Zuccarini and Mary Rodgers. Mary Zuccarini’s daughter, in her eulogy, said the Colony Club was a very important portion of her mother’s life. She loved being part of all the activities. She had been a member since 1975. And Mary Rodgers, a member since 2008, in the words of Joanne Romano, will be “missed for her generosity, wit, wisdom, and her loud and sometimes wicked laughter.” In memory of our two Marys, I share the following poem:

They have sown their shining seeds of service
In the furrows of each day,
Planted every deed with serious purpose,
In a hopeful tender way.

RIP Marys

Next Colony Club meeting—Wednesday, March 15, 2017New Members’ Welcome Dinner, 6PM, Senior Center.