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

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

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