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.

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


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 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