Friday, February 23, 2018


Diane Beebe is an great example of women who live in the "Age of Elegance", that is 60 or better.  After winning the title of MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014, she joined the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and became an active member.  She is a regular performer in their SHOWCASES, and when she is present, she operates the sound system as well.  Diane helped the Pageant organization to grow, by creating the State website, and serves as the webmaster.  She served as Secretary of NSAA for 2 terms, and created that organization's website as well.

Diane Beebe, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2014, is realizing her dream of a career in acting. No stranger to show business, her debut as a solo performer dates back to the tender age of 4.  In her life, Diane combined the multiple roles of wife, mother, business woman, singer, and actress.  In her senior years, Diane decided to return to acting, and was successful.  She has appeared in TV shows and a soon to be released movie as a background actor.

Recently, Diane won an NY NUB Award, which was the first ever given by that film industry, for background acting.  This news caught the interest of, an area newspaper, and a reporter contacted Diane for an interview.  The article, published on February 22nd, is an in depth overview of Diane's interesting life, from childhood to the present day.  To read the full story, click on this link:

Kudos to this NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB member and former QUEEN, who has proven that life after 60, can be exciting, rewarding and fulfilling.

Thursday, February 15, 2018


Since her appointment as EXECUTIVE PAGEANT DIRECTOR of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, Terry Meade of Princeton Junction, has been busy seeking contestants for the 2018 Pageant, and doing her utmost to spread the word across the State about the Organization.   Recently, a reporter from the West Windsor News, a newspaper in her area, interviewed Terry and wrote an extensive article that was published this week. 

Terry's story is a poignant and beautiful account of her life from childhood to the present.  After reading it, one will realize why Terry was the most qualified successor to Johanne Santori.  The feature article also was published online, and can be accessed by clicking on this link:

FYI.     Any lady over the age of 60, who is interested in becoming a contestant, can call Terry at:  908-216-8534, or by email: 
             To learn more about the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, please visit our website: 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018


The ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB had a great evening of food, libations, dancing and song, last December at the annual Christmas Party, but for some reason the event went unreported on this blog site.  Some CLUB members were unable to attend the party, due to illness, or distance.  So, the following is a recap of the great time had by all.

The Christmas party was held at the Toms River Hotel.  The ladies gathered together to pose for their annual portrait.  Betsy Mott and Robin Milne were the guests of honor, and were included in the photo also.

After dinner, announcements, acknowledgements, and gifts followed.  President Carole Lelli announced the new board members who will begin their term in January of 2018, who are: Carole, President, Lyn Gibson, Vice President, who is not in the photo, Leah Whelan, Secretary, and Rebecca Orsatti, Treasurer.  She thanked JoAnn Gordon MSNJSA2008 and her committee for providing such a great evening for the members.  Administrator Johanne Santori introduced Terry Meade as the new Executive State Pageant Director.

President Carole presented Carolyn Slade Harden MSNJSA2017 this portait  on behalf of the Board and NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB.  QUEEN Carolyn was noticably shaken when she expressed her thanks for the lovely gift.

Everyone settled down in anticipation of the Great Raffle that followed.  The tables were full of great gifts that were provded by the members.  JoAnn Gordon MSNJSA2008, took over to read the tickets and announce the winners.

Here she is, QUEEN Carolyn and her freinds from La Rennaisance, enjoying themselves all evening long.

Of course, there was dancing to the music of Steve and Debbie Berger.  Line dancing is a fun activity, as members joined in dancing their favorite, the electric slide.

As the evening came to an end, the ladies joined hands together to form the "Circle of Sisterhood", singing and swaying to the song, "That's What Friends Are For".  Hugs, kisses and well wishes followed as the ladies gradually dispersed and went home.  Hopefully, the cold and flu season will not affect these sweet ladies in the days and year ahead.

FYI.  These photos were taken by Mark Meade, and lovely provided by Terry Meade, our new Executive State Pageant Director.

Monday, February 12, 2018


The past week marked the passing of Josephine Mazzarella, mother of JoAnn Gordon, MSNJSA 2008.  Family, friends, and New Jersey Cameo Club sisters attended her wake on Sunday, February 11th at the Silverton Memorial Home in Toms River, followed by a funeral Mass this morning at St. Justin Roman Catholic Church.

Josephine was a woman whose warm smile and loving ways enriched the lives of all those who knew her.  She was so proud of her daughter JoAnn when she won the title of MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2008.  Josephine loved to attend New Jersey Cameo Club Showcases, to hear JoAnn sing.  Over the years, she was a generous financial supporter of the annual MSNJSA PAGEANT.

Josephine was born in Newark, NJ, and worked as a clerk for the Essex County Probation Department.

Josephine made such a lovely bride of the forties era, when her name then changed to Mrs. Papasidero. 

 Unfortunately, tragedy struck with the death of her husband, and Josephine had to raise their two children, JoAnn and Joseph alone.  She was proud of her Italian heritage, and would welcome anyone into her home with with a delicious homecooked Italian meal.

Josephine was fortunate to find love again later in life, and was married to Joseph Mazzarella.  They lived in Lavalette in Joe's home, until he predeceased her.

During the last few years of her life, Josephine managed to enjoy life amid countless setbacks with her health, and JoAnn was always by her side.  They were inseparable - laughing, and crying together - hoping that the next day would be better.  Mother is gone now, and the hole that remains in her daughter's heart will be hard to close in the days, weeks, even years to come.

Josephine is God's very own now, and she is at peace.  As for JoAnn, please know that God also cares for you today and will take of you in this your time of sorrow and loss.  He will either shield you from your suffering, or give you the strength to bear it.  Amen. 

Monday, December 4, 2017


Last Saturday evening,  friends, family and "sisters" came together to honor Carolyn Slade Harden, MS SENIOR AMERICA 2017.  More than 200 people attended the lavish party which was held in the ballroom at La Renaissance in Manchester.  Christmas was the theme, and the ballroom was decorated with red and white pointsettas, adorning the stage and tables, and fresh white tablecloths, with gold ribbons on the back of each chair, added a touch of elegance. 

All photos, compliments, Mark & Terry Meade
Soon after Carolyn won the National Title last October, plans for a party began to take shape.  A "Celebration Committee" was formed, which consisted of friends from La Renaissance and the New Jersey Cameo Club, and they are: from La Renaissance/Linda Celiano, Diane Harkavy, Arlene Kearney, Beverly Terranova, Paula Williams, Phyllis Zauberman, and Sherri McGhie, from the New Jersey Cameo Club.  Pictured above were the complimentary pamphlets for each guest to take home as a memento of the occasion.

Dick Guariglia, also part of the Committee served as emcee, and kept the evening flowing smoothly and pleasantly.  First on the agenda, was the announcement and procession of QUEEN Carolyn.  Everyone stood and welcomed her with warm and generous applause as she walked down the center aisle.

When she arrived at the front of the room, she was greeted by her daughter and grandson, who handed her a lovely bouquet of roses, and lots of kisses!

There she is, posing for the many guests with cameras, hoping to take as many photos of Carolyn as they could.  While in the background, the "Continental Entertainers", along with songstresess Linda Celiano and Phyllis Zauberman, provided music throughout the evening for everyone's dancing pleasure.  Carolyn's sister, Beverly who is a professional singer, gave a tribute to her sibling, with a poignant rendition of the popular song, "The Wind Beneath My Wings".  Of course, the evening wouldn't have been complete without a song from QUEEN Carolyn herself.

 During the evening, the "sisters" gathered together in the lobby for a special photo to commemorate the occasion.  Other guests of honor who attended were:  Dr. Al Mott, his wife Betsy and their assistant Robin Milne (standing in the back behind QUEEN Carolyn wearing a sparkling blue blouse).  Dr. Mott's brief speech was uplifting and eloquent.

It was a grand event for a grand QUEEN, and hopefully, one that Carolyn will remember and cherish for years to come.

Friday, November 17, 2017


The past week was very busy for the fabulous ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and Carolyn Slade Harden, MS SENIOR AMERICA 2017.  The Club is in high demand by organizations around the State, this year, because of the opportunity to meet the National QUEEN.  Showcase Director Renee Tompkins, has done a great job in scheduling Carolyn to appear before groups that extend well into the year 2018.

 photo, compliments Denise Mechan
On Tuesday, November 14, the Club entertained the Veterans at the Elks Lodge in Manahawkin.  Before she sang, QUEEN Carolyn shared memories of family members who served in the military, and thanked the veterans for their unselfish service in keeping America safe.

 photo, compliments Denise Mechan
Veterans were delighted by the sensous performance by the GRANDE DAMES CHORUS' rendition of the Salute to Diana Ross.

 photo, compliments Mark Meade
The next day, QUEEN Carolyn was honored once again by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders in Toms River, this time, for her National Title.   Freeholder Little made the presentation, and wished her well as she begins this year of her reign.

 photo, compliments Mark Meade
The photo op continued, as the Freeholders invited the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB "sisters" to come up.  From left to right are: President Carole Lelli, Terry Meade, MSNJSA State Pageant Director, Nancy Bassett, QUEEN Carolyn, Johanne Santori/MSNJSA2006, and MSNJSA Administrator, Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA2007, and Sherri McGhie/MSNJSA2015.

After the meeting, QUEEN Carolyn and the Club took more photos in the lobby, joined this time, by an entourage of friends from La Rennaisance.

 photo, compliments Mark Meade
The holiday season officially started on Thursday, and the residents of The Regency in Toms River were treated to the Club's first Holiday Showcase.

 photo, compliments Mark Meade
Nancy Bassett, got everyone clapping and moving, with her roudy performance of the rock song classic, "We Are Family".  Terry Meade, MSNJSA State Pageant Director, and Diane Beebe/MSNJSA2014, were donned in festive holiday costumes, and had their own special moves to enliven the room.

As the familiar carol says, "Tis the Season to be Jolly!"  Well, the ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB have only just begun making merry and spreading their special brand of Christmas cheer.  And, what's more, Renee Tompkins, Showcase Director, is feverishly working directly with Santa and his elves to make the season bright!

Sunday, October 29, 2017


Carolyn Slade Harden, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2017, took the country by storm last week, when she won the National title of MS SENIOR AMERICA 2017.  The event was held from Sunday, October 15 through Thursday 19, at Resorts Hotel and Casino in the Superstar Theater.  QUEENS from across the country, including the US Virgin Islands competed in the annual Pageant, and in the end, it was Carolyn who emerged as the winner.

Carolyn Slade Harden of Manchester, this year's reigning QUEEN.

Carolyn stepped onto the stage and established herself as an impressive candidate from the start.  When she introduced herself as the delegate from New Jersey, her fans screamed wildly with joy.

Carolyn looked like a queen as she moved gracefully across the stage, dressed in a champagne evening gown.  She chose "music" as the theme for her Philosophy of Life, and she quoted titles of several songs to illustrate her viewpoint.
As she sang  the poignant song, "For Once In My Life", she engaged the audience by singing directly to them.  She was rewarded by thunderous applause and a standing ovation.  It was clear at that moment to the crowd that she became the front runner.
The MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT also included a variety of entertainment  for the audience to enjoy.  The NSAA QUEENS CHOIR, under the direction of Josephine Araniti, MSNJSA 2007, received a standing ovation for their performance of the medley, "Andrew Lloyd Webber, A Concert Celebration".
The NEW JERSEY STAR DANCERS delighted the audience with a a saucy and roudy dance to the song of "I Feel Like A Woman".
On Thursday, the day of the Finals, Carolyn was chosen as part of the Top 10.  The ladies competed one last time in all catagories except the Juges Interview.  The New Jersey fans cheered for Carolyn every time she appeared onstage.  A hush fell across the auditorium when it was time to announce the final 5.  When Carolyn's name was announced as the new MS SENIOR AMERICA 2017, all pandemonium occured. 
There she is!  Glorius and triumphant, as she walked across the stage, smiling broadly as she greeted the crowd.  After the Pageant, photographers and papparrozzi came onto the for a photo op. 
Everyone in the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT Organization is so proud of Carolyn's achievement.  Her NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB sisters wish her well as she begins her reign.    The search has ended for that gracious lady who possesses the diginty, maturity, and inner beauty, because this year, Carolyn Slade Harden, MS SENIOR AMERICA 2017, it is you!