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.
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 www.communitynews.org, 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:https://communitynews.org/2018/02/14/village-grande-woman-named-ms-new-jersey-senior-america-pageant/
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: email@example.com.
To learn more about the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, please visit our website: www.newjerseysenioramerica.org.
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.
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.
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.
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 MechanOn 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 MechanVeterans were delighted by the sensous performance by the GRANDE DAMES CHORUS' rendition of the Salute to Diana Ross.
photo, compliments Mark MeadeThe 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 MeadeThe 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.
photo, compliments Mark MeadeThe 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 MeadeNancy 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!