Sunday, February 15, 2009


The New Year ushered in a cold and blustery month of January. However, that didn't deter the ladies of New Jersey Cameo Club from bringing "good cheer" where it was needed. Our "Ambassadors of Love" gave 2 Cameo Club Showcases last month. The first event, was January 19th, at Leisure Village West in Manchester, for the Italian -American Club. Cathy Clark was a most eloquent mistress of ceremonies, and the audience was dazzled by one stellar performance after another. The refreshments served afterwards weren't bad either!

Next, the annual pot luck luncheon, was held at Shorrock Gardens Assisted Care facility in Brick on January 29th. It is a time when members prepare their favorite dishes and share the recipes with each other. There was such a variety of foods, and a good time was had by all.

Following the luncheon, was the NJCC first meeting for the year beginning 2009. NJ State Pageant Director, Johanne Santori, announced the dates for the 2009 pageants as: MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA STATE PAGEANT, June 3rd - 4th, and MS SENIOR AMERICA NATIONAL PAGEANT, week of October 4th through 10th, both to be held at Harrah's Resort and Casino in Atlantic City.

Josephine Araniti, Publicity Chairperson, gave a progress report on the status of the general brochure for NJSA. She printed out a rough prototype and gave copies for the perusal of the officers and Johanne Santori. They agreed with her concept and design, and the membership did likewise. Inclusion of photos to the trifold was discussed. Josephine and Johanne will work together to finalize the plans.

On Friday, January 30th, NJCC performed for the fine folks at the Atria Assisted Living facility in Tinton Falls. JoAnn Gordon's PA system was used for the first time. She wasn't there, so, the ladies used the "trial-and-error" method to make the sound system work. The residents were so patient and tolerated their inexperience. Kudos to those wonderful people for loving us, despite our faults. At the end of the show, they gave the ladies hugs and handshakes, thanked them for coming, and even extended warm invitations to come back again.

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