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.
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, 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.
1st VP—Elaine Novello
2nd VP—Joanne Staniec
Recording Secretary—Barbara Weber
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
Fashion Show/American Home Colony Club Dinner—Gerri Cusato
Girls Career Institute—Jane Snyder
International Affairs/UNICEF—Nadine Otto, Barbara Keen
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
American Home—Denise Szymanski
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.
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.
October—Al Crescenzo—Grace Kelly, continued
November—Debbie Broch—Caring for Kids
December—Wounded Warrior/Christmas Dinner
March—New Member Dinner
April—Ocean City High School Jazz Band
May—Installation of New Board Members
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Literature—Mary 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 Home—Denise 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.
Scholarship—Nicollette 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.
Membership—Jane Snyder said we have 61 paid memberships and 6 outstanding. There are a few new members and a couple in question.
State Project—Jane 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 Party—Denise 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.
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.
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.
Barbara Weber Recording Secretary