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
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!


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.