Friday, January 20, 2012


Kudos go once again to our officers, Jo Ann Gordon/Vice President, Dale Maglia/President, Agnes Traschetti/Secretary, and Joan Kaplan/Treasurer, for a great meeting, and for their tireless energy and attention to details that continue to make the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB the best it can be!

The MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT has seen much growth during the past 4 years, with JOHANNE SANTORI (and husband Adeo) directing the organization. She revealed a great strategy for the 2012 pageant at the meeting.

Delores Puzio, Director, NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB SHOWCASE, deserves a round of gratitude for arranging a steady schedule of performances throughout the State. She is affectionately known as our energizer bunny.

Desiree Nigrelli, MS NEWJERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2011, has reached the mid-point of her reign. She has been very busy with her many commitments, and she has spread much cheer and good will throughout the Garden State with her lovely smile and voice.

The first meeting of the year of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB is always the best, and Wednesday, January 18th was no different. The pot luck luncheon was a delicious array of favorite recipes that the ladies prepared especially for the occasion.

The meeting that followed was full of good news from all the standing committees. Their reports reflected how hard everyone had worked in 2011, to make both the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB and the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT successful. Each committee chairwoman concluded her report with expressions of hope and high expectations for the new year.

It was good to welcome back the ladies who were out for several months due to illness. Some had traveled a long road towards recovery. They looked great, well rested, and willing to take on new responsibilities. Everyone in attendance seemed energized, and eager to set the many plans and projects in motion to make the 41st year of both organizations the best ever.

The meeting adjourned early in order to give time for the first rehearsal of the GREAT DAMES CHORUS. Although it was a short rehearsal, the ladies took to the music like fish to water! They were eager to get started, and the first rehearsal was full of great promise. It was obvious that they had practiced the music on their own, because they followed Director Josephine Araniti easily. Broadway Ladies, a medley of 3 great songs, is a real crowd pleaser and show stopper, and Wednseday was a great first rehearsal for the fledgling group. The GREAT DAMES CHORUS is scheduled to make their debut performance at the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2012.