Saturday, September 10, 2011


The summer of 2011 was as hot as it was busy for the ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB. To paraphrase the motto from the US Postal Service, neither the excessive heat and humidity, nor the abundance of rainfall and other natural disasters, deterred our elegant ladies from "performing their expected rounds". The following is a recap of some of their summer activities.

The ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB worked together with the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization, and helped State Director Johanne Santori to make the 2011 pageant a success. At the July meeting, they prepared a special luncheon and bought a cake to honor the new queen, Desiree Nigrelli.

There were many NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASES during the 3 month period, and our great ladies gave dazzling performances for a variety of age-related audiences. The shows gave people the chance to meet and hear the current Queen, and to wish her well as she prepares for the National Pageant. The songs of Desiree Nigrelli, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2011, have brought much joy, and her encouraging words have given hope to our audiences.

The highlight of the summer, was the outdoor show at the Kennedy Mall on the boardwalk in Atlantic City in August. Ominous weather was in the forecast for the Sunday evening performance, but the rain held out just long enough for the show to go on. The show was in a variety format, and included songs, dances and humor that was enjoyed by a family oriented audience. Kudos go to Delores Puzio, NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASE DIRECTOR, for arranging such an ambitious summer schedule.

The long awaited website was finally launched,, thanks to Dale Maglia, president of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB. Although there are no photos in this article, the website includes many from the summer.

The one event that disappointed everyone and ignited a firestorm of angry opinion, was the airing of portions of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2011, as seen through the eyes of the writers of the show, JERSEYLICIOUS, on the Style Network. Although the show reached a national viewing audience, it did nothing to capture the essence of the pageant, since its writers portrayed women in the "age of elegance" in an unfavorable and untrue fashion.

For the most part, last summer was a good time for the ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB. They have done their best to make a difference, in the lives of the people they touched. Their record of achievements far outweigh any occasional disappointment, and only makes them work harder to dispel injustices that have befallen them and to people in their age group. They look forward with enthusiasm to the coming year, and welcome whatever challenges that might lay ahead.

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