Wednesday, October 26, 2011


NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB BOARD OF DIRECTORS, second on the left, DALE MAGLIA, President; extreme left, JO ANN GORDON, Vice-President; second on the right, AGNES TRASCHETTI, Secretary; and extreme right, JOAN KAPLAN, Treasurer.
The members of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB held their quarterly luncheon/meeting on Wednesday, October 25th, at the American Legion Post #166 in Lakewood. The agenda was full of items of interest to the membership. Some of the highlights of their meeting include: the introduction of the new Queen, Desiree Nigrelli, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2011. She talked briefly about her experience at the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2011, her written proclamations she received from local and State agencies, her philosophy of life and her vision about what she hopes to accomplish during this year of her reign.

Another issue of concern was the growing number of ladies who were unable to attend the meeting due to serious and/or life threatening illnesses, many of whom have been so vital to the growth of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB and the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization. It was decided that the membership should keep in continued touch with them, not only by sending cards, but with phone calls as well.

The last item on the day's agenda was the election of officers, a process which occurs every two years. As there were no opposing candidates seeking to run for any of the 4 positions, the current slate of officers, won easy re-election by a unanimous vote which was cast by the members who were in attendance.

The four officers who will serve another 2 year term are:

DALE MAGLIA, President. "I came in 3rd runner up in the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2006. I have 3 married children, Maria, Theresa, and Garrod, and 5 grandchildren, Breanne, Gabriel, Natalie, Nicole and Zakary. I worked most of my life up until
2 1/2 years ago, as an Administrative Assistant. I have been a member of Sweet Adelines, Inc., a womens' barbershop group, for 45 years. My quartet, "Ricochet", has sung at many shows, organizations, competitions, etc. I also love to country line dance once or twice a week, and, most of all, I enjoy being with my family and friends.
There is so much talent among our NJCC members, and so, as we go forward, working together as a team, I believe that there is no limit as to how far we can go to further the goals of our Club. On behalf of myself and our Board of Directors, we look forward to continue to work with Johanne Santori, our MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA State Pageant Director, to make the NJCC and the MSNJSA State Pageant, the best in the country".

JO ANN GORDON, Vice-President, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2008, a retired public school teacher of 38 years, taught in the Neptune Township School System, where she learned Sign Language, in order to participate in the hearing impairment and special education programs.
A big band singer, Jo Ann has sung backup for Paul Anka, toured Europe, and has recorded CDs.
After winning reelection, Jo Ann joked with her sisters that the only reason she won was because everyone loves her homemade brownies! Although that is true, it is the flair she possesses as an entrepreneur that really makes her stand out. Her suggestions to the other Board members have led to several improvements to the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB during her first 2 year term. There was a need to upgrade the sound system, so, she enlisted the help of Johanne Santori, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA STATE PAGEANT DIRECTOR. Johanne agreed to fund the project from the Pageant account, thus enabling Jo Ann to purchase an excellent state of the art sound system. She taught other CLUB members how to operate the system at NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB shows when she is not able to attend. Jo Ann had a personalized 2010 NJCC calendar printed which included beautiful color group photos of our members as the theme for each month. She worked with a local jewelry designer who created a special magnetized name pin with the NJCC logo, and beautiful costume jewelry of crown pins, and cameo rings.

AGNES TRASCHETTI, Secretary, grew up in Newark, NJ, and now resides in Toms River with her husband, Dominick. Agnes was runner up in the 2004 Pageant. She has 2 children, 1 grandson, 4 step grand-kids, and 1 great-granddaughter. Her hobbies include: playing the piano, singing, gourmet cooking, dining out, entertaining with the NJCC, mah-jong, poker, and dancing. Agnes is also Secretary of the Holiday City/Silver Ridge Italian-American Club for the past 7 years. Her philosophy of life is, "I believe that life is a smorgasbord, and we can keep tasting till our life no longer exists. Tasting life is part of living, whether the taste is sweet or bitter".
I feel we have a great thing going in our "Sisterhood" of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, and we can only be strong, if we pull together as one".

JOAN KAPLAN, Secretary, has 5 children, 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She gives words of wisdom to them from time to time, and these same words she would pass on to the younger generation as well, which is, "think before you do anything, and always turn to God when you're in trouble".
Joanie is loved by her "sisters", for her jovial nature, and her great alto voice, that she uses so well when she performs the old songs.
She served as Councilwomen from Lakehurst, NJ during the years 1984-87.
Joan has devoted her life as volunteer for many organizations and civic groups. She serves as Head of Ushers at All Saints Episcopal Church. As a volunteer at Kimball Medical Center (12 years), Joan used to sing to the patients during her daily rounds; mediator for Small Claims and Superior Court, Toms River, and for Manchester Township Civil Court. She is Chaplain for the American Legion Auxiliary Post #166, Lakewood, for 42 years.
Her philosophy of life is: "be kind, passionate and try not be judgmental. Remember, God never gives you more than you can handle".
Joan's vision for the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB is she hopes, that as our club grows, we will add more performances for our veterans.

Congratulations to all 4 ladies on your re-election, on whose leadership this Club has been entrusted. We (members) witnessed a healthy growth in the last 2 years, and we are confident that the next 2 will be more of the same.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011


The first time filing onstage, we announced our name and State ... I was #2.

These next 2 photos are from The Opening Number which was a dance. We performed the same routine at the 2 Preliminaries and for the Final Pageant.

The finale of our dance

The PERSONAL INTERVIEW with the judges was held on the first day. The session lasted 5 minutes and I believe it went well. The judges made some favorable comments to me before I left.

These 2 photos were from the TALENT PRESENTATION, one from the preliminary and one at the finals, in which I wore different gowns. I sang "Crazy", and the audience gave me a warm applause for my performance.

Another photo of me singing.

After 2 days of Preliminaries, the day of the Final Pageant arrived, and my name had just been called for making the TOP TEN of the entire country! Here I am beaming with pride, holding onto my plaque.

3 contestants congratulating me after I won TOP TEN, and telling me that they hope I win the Crown!

My 2 grandchildren, who took the day off from school especially for me!

With MS OKLAHOMA 2011 ... we are now buddies!

The photo above, and the 3 that follow, were taken during the evening of the DINNER/DANCE that was given by the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization. My husband Martin and I enjoyed a wonderful evening of good food, and dancing, and camaraderie, together with our family and my newly found friends.

With Jane Freed, NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB sister

With my buddy, MS OKLAHOMA 2011

With Suzanne Shelley, MS SENIOR AMERICA 2006. Suzanne was very supportive of me the whole week, and we will be visiting each other this year.

The crown I won, was the crowd approval and the confirmation of the other contestants who believed I would walk away with the Crown.

It means so much more when your peers have chosen you. They have continued their support of me by forwarding many gifts with crowns or some regal adornment. I am blessed to have such recognition.

God has always made me a winner.
The pageant was worth gaining such notoriety from so many talented and educated women.

One new friend and her family sent this to me: "A truly beautiful person is like a stained glass window, it sparkles and shines with so many facets when the sun is out; then when darkness comes its true beauty is revealed only from the light within."

I am awed at my VICTORY!

Two websites have more information about Desiree Nigrelli, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA, and

Friday, October 7, 2011



The MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2011 is now history. The event was held during the week of October 2nd to 6th, at Harrah's Resort and Casino, in the Concert Venue Theater.

After two grueling days of preliminaries, a discerning panel of judges voted Desiree Nigrelli, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2011, into the Top Ten. The Top Ten is the "inner circle", that includes the best "ladies of elegance" nationwide, who get one more chance to compete in the final competition. Preceded only by the actual Queen and her Court (which consists of the 4 runners up), the Top Ten is a most enviable place to be.

As the delegate from New Jersey, Desiree looked beautiful and stylish, elegant, and charming, and her grace generated audience appeal. She performed effortlessly in the 3 catagories that were seen by the audience, that include: Philosophy of Life; Evening Gown; and Talent. The 4th, was the Private Interview with the panel of judges.

With the pageant behind her, Desiree now returns to her busy schedule of appearances and performances throughout the Garden State. Kudos to a wonderful woman on a job well done!

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