Wednesday, December 22, 2010

MC LAUGHLIN FINANCIAL GROUP CHRISTMAS PARTY - AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER

The collage and photos below were prepared by our newest NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB sister, Patricia Genovese. In the photo starting at the top row on the left: Delores dances with John McLaughlin; lovely Patricia does a stylish tap routine; Dale captures the crowd with a great country tune; Delores does a lively tap dance; the group poses with John. In the second row: Queen Rebecca dazzles the crowd with a selection from her current CD, "Starting Here, Starting Now"; another group shot of these fabulous ladies; Josephine sings "O Holy Night"; JoAnn invites the crowd to sing along with her. Bottom row: Agnes sings a country song; Johanne sings "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year"; Delores found a willing volunteer to dance the jitterbug; Rebecca in an encore performance; and Sherri, singing the popular song, "New York, New York". Norma did the "old lady" comedy routine, but is not in the collage.

From left to right are: Patricia Genovese; Sherri McGhie and her Mom Norma, MSNJSA 1995; Josephine Araniti, MSNJSA 2007; Johanne Santori, MSNJSA 2006 & MSNJSA PAGEANT DIRECTOR; Rebecca Orsatti, MSNJSA 2010; Agnes Traschetti, Secretary NJCC; Delores Puzio, MSDESA 2008 & NJCC SHOWCASE DIRECTOR; Dale Maglia, PRESIDENT NJCC; and JoAnn Gordon, MSNJSA 2008.

Here, the ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB are joined by John McLaughlin, president of the McLaughlin Financial Group.

Since winning the title of MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010, Rebecca Orsatti and the ladies of the 2010 Queen's Court have been quite busy. Rebecca has made many appearances statewide on TV, radio, and in newspapers and magazines, and has done a wonderful job to promote the positive aspects of aging.

She and the 2010 Queen's Court are the first choice as performers in the New Jersey Cameo Club Showcases. They, along with the other ladies of the "sisterhood" spread joy and happiness wherever they perform.

John McLaughlin, president of the firm, The McLaughlin Financial Group, gives an annual Christmas party for his clients, as a token of gratitude for their business. The event was held at LA BOVE GRANDE RESTAURANT in Lakehurst on Thursday, December 16th. The ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB provided the entertainment for the affair. Afterwards, they sat down to partake in the sumptuous dinner that followed.

Rebecca will have more to do in the year ahead as the official ambassador for the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT. As 2010 comes to a close, she gets many cudos from her sisters, the "elegant ladies" of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and the gratitude from the many people whose lives she has touched thus far.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A PHOTO GALLERY OF REBECCA ORSATTI, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010 AT THE MS SENIOR AMERICA NATIONAL PAGEANT


Contestants are scored in 4 categories. Talent is worth 30 points.


Rebecca chose "Don't Rain On My Parade", from Funny Girl.


Here she is electrifying the audience with her gorgeous alto voice.


Becky, in a comedic moment from the song.


One more commanding vocal,


that leads to a glorious end!

Other categories are: Evening Gown (20 points), Philosophy of Life (20 points) and Personal Interview (30 points). Rebecca glided effortlessly across the stage of the Concert Venue Theater, and then spoke eloquently and sweetly about her philosophy of life.

The judges had just announced Rebecca as 4th runner up, and Ann Marie Pittman presented her with a commemorative plaque honoring her achievement.

Congratulations to Rebecca for making the winner's circle, a tremendous achievement, indeed! As MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010, Rebecca will resume her busy schedule of appearances throughout the State, spreading smiles and joy to those in need.

Friday, October 8, 2010

REBECCA ORSATTI SCORES BIG IN MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2010!


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR QUEEN!

REBECCA ORSATTI

MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010

WHO PLACED 4TH RUNNER UP IN THE

MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2010
ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6TH AT HARRAH'S IN ATLANTIC CITY

EVERYONE IN THE MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT ORGANIZATION ARE SO PLEASED AND PROUD OF OUR QUEEN, WHO REPRESENTED THE GARDEN STATE WITH BEAUTY AND GRACE, CHARM AND ELEGANCE, AND TALENT BEYOND COMPARE!
WE WISH YOU MUCH LOVE AND SUPPORT AS YOU CONTINUE THIS YEAR OF YOUR REIGN AS MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010. IT HAS BEEN A BUSY YEAR THUS FAR, AND THERE IS STILL MUCH WORK AHEAD FOR OUR LOVELY QUEEN TO DO!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

QUEEN REBECCA ORSATTI, PREPARES FOR MS SENIOR AMERICA 2010 NATIONAL PAGEANT

Rebecca Orsatti, MSNJSA 2010, and the QUEEN'S COURT. From right to left are: Betty Pruitt, 4th ru; Patricia Genovese, 1st ru; Queen Rebecca; Marti Noel-Stier, 2nd ru; Leah J. Whelan, 3rd ru.

The fabulous ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB surround Queen Rebecca Orsatti, on the boardwalk in Atlantic City's Summer Solstice Parade, on Saturday, June 26.

Rebecca Orsatti, was an honored guest at a Republican fundraiser in Linwood. In the photo, Governor Chris Christie, and Freeholder Frank Formica, acknowledge Rebecca for winning the title of MSNJSA 2010.

Pageant fever has reached its peak these days, as beauty aficionados eagerly await the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2010, an annual pageant for women 60 and over, which will be held during the week of October 3rd through 6th, at Harrah's in Atlantic City. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Senior America, Inc., and organization officials are planning several events to celebrate the occasion during pageant week.

MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010, REBECCA ORSATTI, too, is exhilarated and excited, and has spent the past summer preparing for the upcoming national pageant. As the familiar quote says: "it takes a village to make a child", so has it taken people to help "Becky", as she is fondly known. MSNJSA PAGEANT DIRECTOR, Johanne Santori, has arranged appearances for Queen Rebecca at parades, fundraisers, Atlantic City events, radio and TV, newspaper interviews, and speaking engagements. She and the QUEEN'S COURT have been in several parades statewide. Delores Puzio, Director of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASES, which is the service wing of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, has booked shows to highlight the current queen, and Rebecca performs alongside her "sisters"throughout the Garden State. These gorgeous and talented ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB have nurtured and supported Rebecca, since she won the state title.

Rebecca is using her crown and title to "make a difference", and so far, she has found 2 worthy causes to promote: an appearance for the Rotary Club and Just 4 KIDS FOUNDATION, and as judge for the MISS CAPE MAY BEAUTY PAGEANT 2010. She plans to seek out more opportunities to be of service during this year of her reign.

She has received many acknowledgments and citations, for her achievements thus far. The list includes: 1. The Atlantic City Council Members; 2. Mayor of Atlantic City, Lorenzo Langford. 3. The Atlantic County Freeholders Board - presentation by Freeholder Frank Formica. 4. The Atlantic County Executive - Dennis Levenson. 5. State Senator James Whelan. 6. The Assemblymen of Atlantic County - John Amadeo and Vince Polistina. 7. The Governor of New Jersey - Chris Christie.

Whether it be friend, family, Cameo sisters, or politician, everyone knows "Becky" and admires her charm, wit, beauty and gorgeous singing voice. She has captured our hearts with her sweet smile and uplifting spirit, and she is an excellent role model for people in the 60+ generation. She has already ignited people's hearts in New Jersey, and we believe that the national title of MS SENIOR AMERICA 2010 is well within her grasp. We send our love and wish her much luck!






Monday, September 20, 2010

A BUSY SUMMER FOR THIS PAST MSNJSA QUEEN




By now most of you who read our blog, know that I, Josephine Araniti, am the writer. It has been my pleasure to write about the New Jersey Senior America Pageant, its Queens, the Senior America National Pageant, and the "elegant ladies" of the New Jersey Cameo Club. The intent of this blog is to write about these truly inspirational women, as they journey through life after age 60.

I have been a member of the New Jersey Cameo Club for 3 years, after I won the title of MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2007. Until now, I haven't written about myself, but I did have a busy summer, and I would like to share some of those times with you.

Wall Township held a Memorial Day Celebration on the Town Green, and I sang in the chorus to commemorate the holiday.

On Saturday, June 26th, I performed at the Greenbriar II Clubhouse auditorium, where I live, located in Brick. I have performed for my friends and neighbors for the past 6 years. This year's show was entitled, "A SALUTE TO FAMOUS DIVAS OF STAGE & SCREEN". I saluted Metropolitan opera divas, Renee Fleming and Anna Nebtrenko, movie legends, Deanna Durbin, Jane Powell, Kathryn Grayson, and Ann Blythe, and, with the help of a guest baritone, sang duets of Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. I sang songs of Whitney Houston, Dolly Parton, and Dianna Ross. There were show tunes made famous by broadway stars, Julie Andrews and Bernadette Peters. My show ended with "Broadway Blockbusters", a 5 song medley from broadway's longest running shows, One, Beauty & the Beast, Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Saigon, and Les Miserables. For my encore, I sang "I'll Be Seeing You", made famous by the greatest "gal" of all, Liberace!

In July, I participated in a benefit concert at the Church of Good Shepherd Lutheran, in Point Pleasant. I sang several of the songs listed above. The event was a fundraiser in support of the church's summer youth programs.

Later that month, I competed in the Second Senior Idol Contest, that was held at the historic Strand Theater, in Lakewood. I was among 15 contests, 55 and over who performed. Although I received high praise from the 3 judges, I didn't win. Not to worry, though ... I really enjoyed myself and was thrilled to sing on the stage of that gorgeous theater.

On August 14th, I participated in a Gong-A-Thon, another fundraiser, sponsored by The Algonquin Arts Theater. That was a fun show, and another occasion to sing on the stage of a theater with great acoustics and sound system. I won a prize for the Best Interpretation.

Yes, it was a busy summer, and, as you can see, I too, am having the time of my life, now that I am 60 and beyond! My plan for the year ahead is to continue to keep busy by performing with my sisters in the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and in giving one woman shows of my own.

My schedule includes a show later in September, and continues through December. Anyone wishing to attend any of my performances or to book a show can call me at: 732-202-1494.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

IN THE NEWS! NJCC LADIES FROM LEISURE TOWNE

The Medford Central Record ran a story about our New Jersey Cameo Club sisters, who reside in Leisure Towne, Southampton, a 55 and over adult community, that was published the week of September 9th. Reporter Dubravka Kolumbic wrote a lovely feature article about our sisters, in which she highlighted their personal stories, and captured the essence of SENIOR AMERICA, INC., and the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization.

Thanks go to Lyn Gibson, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2000, for organizing the "elegant ladies", who were interviewed that day in the clubhouse auditorium. The ladies present were: Lyn Gibson, MSNJSA 2000; Elva Lawrence, MSNJSA 1987; Doris Liberta, MSNJSA 1998; Gloria Segal, Barbara Ross, Leah Whelan, and Marianne Szumski. Names of other past queens were mentioned, who either had moved away, or were deceased.

The interview also included, an impromptu concert, and each lady performed her own specialty routine for Ms. Kolumbic. She uploaded the video onto the newspaper's website.

You may read the entire interview, view photos, and video by visiting the newspaper's website: http://www.southjerseylocalnews.com/articles/2010/09/09/medford_central_record/news/doc4c879f577ac34707537547.txt.

Cudos, ladies, you were marvelous!

Friday, June 4, 2010

THERE SHE IS! .... MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010

Introducing Mrs. Rebecca Orsatti, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010, crowned on Thursday, June 3rd, at Harrah's in Atlantic City.


Rebecca Orsatti, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010, and the QUEEN'S COURT. Pictured from right to left are: Betty Pruitt, 4th runner up, Patricia Genovese, 1st runner up, Queen Rebecca Orsatti, Marti Noel-Stier, 2nd runner up, and Leah J. Whelan, 3rd runner up.

The search to find that "gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all senior Americans" has ended. On Thursday June 3rd, the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2010 was held at Harrah's in Atlantic City. The Class of 2010 was made up of thirteen elegant ladies, all very impressive, as each contestant dazzled both judges and audience with her unique display of charm, witt, intelligence, and beauty. The crowd kept their own scores, and cheered along for their personal favorites, but in the end, everyone knew that the fate of these women rested in the judges' hands.

A hush fell over the audience in the Concert Venue Theater as the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2010 was drawing to an end. The ladies entered the stage for the final time, dressed again in fashionable evening gowns, and each one was awarded a single rose. They stood tall, smiling broadly, and anxiously awaited the judges' decision.

Finally, their names were called, beginning with the runners up to comprise the QUEEN'S COURT, ending with the reigning queen: BETTY PRUITT, hometown/Marmora, 4th Runner up; LEAH J. WHELAN, hometown/Southamptom, 3rd Runner up; MARTI NOEL-STIER, hometown/South River, 2nd Runner up; PATRICIA GENOVESE, hometown/Dover, 1st Runner up; and REBECCA ORSATTI, hometown/Atlantic City, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010. Everyone clapped and cheered for Becky, as she is affectiontely known, while she quickly donned her crown, banner, and was handed a trophy and a bouquet of red roses. She took her traditional walk across the stage, waving and throwing kisses to the adoring crowd. The scene that ensued was one of general, but happy mayhem, as family, friends, admirers and well wishers, ascended onto the stage to congratulate their new queen, and to take pictures.

Immediately following the pageant, a gala reception was held for the Queen and her Court in the Eden Lounge. However, Queen Rebecca had to leave the reception early, in order to attend her first TV interview. Kathy Orr, weatherlady at Channel 3 News, Philadelphia hosts a special show on Thursdays called "Down the Shore". In between the weather, she does special news segments about what's happening at various New Jersey and Delaware shore towns. On Thursday June 3rd, she and CBS3 News Philadelphia crew were on the boardwalk in Atlantic City in front of the Rain Forest Cafe. Ms Orr heard about the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010 PAGEANT, and wanted very much to interview the newly crowned queen. Becky was interviewed live at 6:15 pm, but anyone wishing to see her can log onto CBS3.com.

Everyone in the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization wishes Rebecca Orsatti good luck and much love as she embarks on an exciting year as MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2010!

Monday, May 17, 2010

MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT- MEET THE CLASS OF 2010!

June 3rd is quickly approaching and Harrah's in Atlantic City will be buzzing with excitement as plans for the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2010 are well underway. The pagaent will be held in the Concert Venue Theater at 1:00 pm.

On Tuesday, May 11th an orientation meeting was held for the CLASS OF 2010, at Leisuretown in Southampton. The contestants were treated to to lunch beforehand, which was hosted by Johanne Santori, MS NJ SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT STATE DIRECTOR, and trustees of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB. The hall was arranged by Lyn Gibson, MSNJSA 2000, NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB member, and resident of Leisuretown.

Johanne Santori began the meeting with a warm message of welcome, and then explained the pageant process to the contestants. Dale Maglia, President of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB talked about membership and eligibility requirements to join the club. Delores Puzio, Showcase Director of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, spoke of how the club spreads smiles and cheer by performing for senior groups in the State. Bernadette Dudek, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2009, was on hand to speak about her experiences during this year of her reign, awarded the contestants a plaque of appreciation and participation, and was helpful later on, during rehearsal.

This year's class of "elegant ladies", come from all over the Garden State. They are all so gifted and talented, and possess impressive resumes. And now, here they are! A brief resume of the candidates:

1. MARTY NOEL STIER, South River, talent/singer, won the title, Mrs. New Jersey International 2000. (Not in photo)

2. CAROL JOHNSON, Trenton, talent/karate. Teaches crocheting and arts & crafts Department on Aging, City of Trenton. "I try to use my God given gifts as much as I can to help others, and to be a role model for my children and grandchildren".

3. PAULINE RITA PETTO, Manalapan, talent/tap dancer. "I heard about the pageant from my mentor, Laverne Stokes (MS SENIOR AMERICA 1985). I have a very large family that extends all the way south to North Carolina. They are all excited for me, and all are coming to cheer me on to victory".

4. LEAH J. WHELAN, Southampton, talent/singer. A lover of barbershop singing, Leah has 30 years experience singing in ladies barbershop groups such as: Sweet Adelines (Jersey Sound Chapter); Good Time 4 Quartet; Champagne Edition; and Act 2. She performs in shows in Leisuretown, and was encouraged to enter the pageant by her friend and mentor, Lyn Gibson, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2000.

5. BETTY PRUITT, Marmora, talent/baton twirler. Betty learned baton twirling in high school, and won several competitions. She continued her interest into her adult life because "it is a fun way to exercise". Betty is the Executive Director of the MISS CAPE MAY COUNTY PAGEANT, which is the precursor to the MISS NEW JERSEY PAGEANT. A retired school teacher of 34 years, Betty has many interests that keep her busy; pageant life, scholarship fundraising, church bell choir, scrapbooking, and piano playing, to name a few.

6. BEVERLY PIERCE, Trenton, talent/poetry. Beverly enjoys reading poetry, and over the years, has written several poems of her own. She works for the Department on Aging, Trenton, as as teacher of arts and crafts.

7. MARIANNE SZUMSKI, Southampton, talent/singer. Marianne has known about the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, for sometime because she lives with Gloria Segal, who has been a contestant and is a member of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB. "I couldn't wait to turn 60 to enter the pageant". Marianne is also a writer, producer, and director. Her most recent show is called, "Scenes of Women", which was premiered at Leisuretown last year.

8. PATRICIA MARIE GENOVESE, Dover, talent/tap dancer. Patricia is an accomplished high school language arts teacher, published author, business woman, tap dancer and inspirational speaker. A committed community volunteer for animal causes and for women changing directions after divorce, loss by death, or overcoming addiction, she is one of best in the fundraising arena.

9. REBECCA ORSATTI, Atlantic City, talent/singer. Born and raised in Atlantic City, Becky graduated from AC High School. She kicked off her professional singing career singing with the Paul Mann Orchestra in Atlantic City. Some highlights of her career include: Opening act for shows like; Danny Thomas, Patti Page, "Professor" Irwin Corey, and Diane Carol. She has sung for the March of Dimes and Jerry Lewis Telethons, and at Miss America Pageant parties. Becky has also sung in New York City, Las Vegas, California, and dedicated her time to sing for wounded American veterans and various non-profit organizations. In 2006, she recorded her own CD entitled, "Starting Here Starting Now", which is dedicated in loving memory of her late husband Arnold. "Ballads inspire me because they tell a story of life and love. I also enjoy Jazz, Pop, Standards - and my favorite - Big Band Music".

10. MARIA CROWELL, Egg Harbor Township, talent/dancer. Maria is manager of "America ... Shall We Dance"?! Her dance group performed for the American Cancer Society, as well as other fundraising organizations. In 2007, Maria won a dance contest called Dancing With the Stars at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. She has done modeling, TV commercials, and has appeared in Hollywood movies as an "extra". Maria's hobbies include: kniting, embroidery, cooking, gardening and reading.

11. PATRICIA FRANZ, Mercerville, talent/singer. A very active performer in the Princeton, Trenton area, Patricia was discovered by Rose Majofsky, a member of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, who had attended one of Patricia's performances. She prefers to remain as active as active as possible, and is so excited to be in the pageant.

12. GAYLE A. LEE, Brielle, talent/singer. Gayle's special interests are: acting, singing, storyteller, cooking, and remaining close to family and maintaining family values. She worked with Bill Cosby Show as contestant coordinator, and at the Castle and Trump Casino in Atlantic City.

13. PHYLLIS J. BURTON, Whiting, talent/baton twirler. Phyllis learned twirling at a very young age, which eventually became her lifelong passion. Over the years Phyllis performed in many talent shows - just to have fun. During the 1980's, she was hired by the Willingboro Recreation Department as director/coach of a dance twirl team, called "The Sizzlers". Her girls won numerous awards, and performed in parades, recitals, fairs and competitions.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

MS NEW JERSEY
SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT
2010



HARRAH'S RESORT & CASINO
CONCERT VENUE THEATER

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010
1:00 P.M.

TICKETS: $10.00 (ALL SEATS)
CALL: 732-323-9034
OR
609-412-1340















Saturday, April 3, 2010

"AND THEY'RE OFF!" NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SETS RECORD

With winter vacation behind them, the "elegant ladies" of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, did a record number of showcases in March, totaling 7. Two shows in particular, deserve special mention, Saint Francis Residential Community, and Saint Francis Oaks Retirement Community, both located in Denville, New Jersey.

The shows were arranged by Bernadette Dudek, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2009. She often visits her dear godmother who resides there and it was her idea to bring the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB there to perform.

Denville is a charming city, about 30 minutes north of Newark. Most of the ladies in the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB live in Monmouth and Ocean counties, which is located further south. So, the trip took almost 2 hours, but everyone was happy to go, since it opened up a new territory for the club. Both performances were on the same day, one afternoon, the other early evening.

Bernadette's godmother was so thrilled to see and hear Bernadette, and she enjoyed everyone else's performance as well. The ladies were so happy to have made this effort. It turned out to be a memorable show for all, because Bernadette found out that her godmother passed away quite suddenly later in the month.

Another memorable showcase was at The Chelsea in Toms River. A fairly new adult residential facility, the outdoor grounds have lovely gardens and gazebos, and the main entrance and lounge is tastefully decorated. The dining hall held about 300 hundred people, and our ladies once again rose to the occasion, and gave a fabulous show. NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB Showcase Director Delores Puzio had worked for over a year to book a showcase at The Chelsea, and her efforts proved successful. Thanks Delores for all your hard work!

Spring is here, and the "elegant ladies" of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB will be out sprinkling their special brand of cheer. Where will they be found next? If you want to see a performance, or book a showcase for your group, call Delores Puzio, at 732-270-8615.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

FEBRUARY WINTER BREAK


January 2010 turned out to be a busy month of performing for the elegant ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB. As a result, NJCC SHOWCASE DIRECTOR Delores Puzio declared the month of February as a time for everyone to get some well earned rest and relaxation. It turned out her timing couldn't have been better, since this month has made the history books as being the worst winter on record for most of the nation. Meteorologists across the country have reported record snowfalls in 49 of our 50 States. So, even though some of our lovely ladies may be in warmer climates at this time, they may still be experiencing record low temperatures as well.

As we all dig out from under, let us not forget that VALENTINE'S DAY is tomorrow. Here's wishing all of our readers a wonderful and special day spent with loved ones.

In closing, here is a thought for the day that I found from the internet:

HEALTH
is the greatest gift,

CONTENTMENT
is the greatest treasure,

CONFIDENCE
is the greatest friend.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

WELCOME HOME, JOHANNE SANTORI!


Last month was an exciting time for MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR, JOHANNE SANTORI. The following interview in Q & A format is an account of her involvement with this year's MISS AMERICA PAGEANT.
Q: When and where was the pageant held?
A: At the fabulous Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. The pageant and related activities lasted 12 days. The final pageant was held on Saturday, January 30th, and was televised
nationwide on TLC cable channel.
Q: What is your title, and could you describe your job?
A: I am a hostess. The 53 contestants are divided into groups. My partner and I took care
of 9 women. As hostess, I am responsible for the welfare and comfort of the women in my
group. I make sure that my girls understand their daily schedule, which include rehearsals,
and other activites and events during the 12 days of the pageant.
Q: How many years have you been involved with the MISS AMERICA organization?
A: 20 years. In 2006, when the organization moved to Las Vegas, they invited me to their new
home.
Q: Did you fly to Vegas alone?
A: No, this year I went with 12 other ladies who flew from Atlantic City.
Q: Did any of your girls make the finals?
A: Yes. Stephanie Witter, MISS TENNESSEE, 3rd runner up, and Kristy Cavinder, MISS
CALIFORNIA, 1st runner up.
Q: What was the big white tent backstage?
A: That was the dressing room, located close to the stage to make it easier for the contestants
to make quick costume changes. That's where we hostesses stayed to dress our girls.
Q: What was the atmosphere like in there?
A: Although it was very tense, we hostesses tried to keep the girls as calm as possible.
Q: The star studded judges' panel was very impressive. Did you talk to any?
A: I spoke briefly to Rush Limbaugh as he took a break during the interviews. He was
gracious and friendly to me.
Q: In your opinion, is the pageant different today than it was 20 years ago?
A: Yes. Today, the judges choose 15 finalists, then start eliminating by 2's. Instead of the top
5 that remains, there is the top 7, then they choose the winner, starting with the 4th
runner up, etc.
Also, the media, TLC cable channel and Comcast network demanded a lot of the contestants'
time to appear in different activities. I had to escort my ladies to many locations throughout the
hotel for filming sessions, and to a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the opening of
Planet Hollywood's new condominium building on Friday, January 29th.
Q: Do you have any other comments regarding the pageant?
A: I feel very privileged to volunteer for the MISS AMERICA PAGEANT. These young
women represent all that is good and positive about our country and the present generation. It is because of them that I have hope for the future.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

2009 - 2010, HAPPY ENDINGS, NEW BEGINNINGS



The year 2009 held numerous happy times for the "elegant women" who make up MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT. By reading past articles on this blog, one can get an idea of how hard the members worked all year long to make a difference in the lives of the people they reach.
The holiday season was no exception. Ladies in the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB travelled to many parts of the State, giving Christmas and Hannukah shows. A special thanks to Rebecca Orsatti, whose repertoire included Hannukah songs. She lead the audience at the Congregation Oher-Shalom in Marlboro, in a fun sing-a-long. Rebecca is a professional singer and has appeared in Atlantic City casinos for many years. She has released a CD album of beautiful romantic ballads for easy listening, which is for sale, by calling her at: 609-344-7802.
After spending a relaxing vacation in Disneyworld with her family, Queen Bernadette Dudek returned home to resumed her schedule of appearances. The photo at the top was taken in November, and she is accompanied by, Johanne Santori, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGENT DIRECTOR. Bernadette appeared for three days as hostess for the ATLANTIC CITY LEAGUE OF MUNICIPALITIES CONVENTION.
Bernadette shared a humorous story with her Cameo Club sisters lately. At a recent parade in Seaside, an ardent and overzealous male admirer, emerged from the crowd as she passed by and asked for her hand in marriage! She is so pretty, how could anyone resist her charm. Way to go, Bernadette!
Delores Puzio did an expecially outstanding job this year, holding two difficult positions: as President of NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, she always kept members informed of news and events throughout the year(s); as director of NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASES, she arranged the shows all over the State. She continues serving as director of NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASES. Anyone wishing to book a performance please call her at: 732-270-8615.
Delores Puzio and the present slate of officers, including Lyn Gibson, Cathy Clark, and Doris Criscione have served NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, admirably during the past 4 years. The installation of the slate of newly elected officers will be held on January 13, 2010. They are: Dale Maglia, President, Jo Ann Gordon, Vice-President, Agnes Traschetti, Secretary, and Joan Kaplan, Treasurer.
Johanne Santori, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT STATE DIRECTOR, has announced very exciting plans for the 2010 pageant, which will be a special 35th anniversary celebration, to held at Harrah's in Atlantic City, on June 3rd. Any lady who is interested in becoming a contestant should call her at: 609-822-7441.
Sherri McGhie continues to take great pictures and video clips of MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT and SENIOR AMERICA events. Of particular interest at present are the video clips which can be viewed on http://www.youtube.com/user/Suggie002.
Our "sisterhood" is strong because of its loving members. May they "live long and prosper" in the coming year, and may they continue to bring joy and happiness wherever they go.