Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Soon after her arrival at Resorts Hotel & Casino, Sherri McGhie, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2015, a superstar in her own right, posed under an appropriate sign that described this hopeful QUEEN.  She posed proudly, and sported a wide smile, in the lobby of the Superstar Theater.  Johanne Santori/MSNJSA 2006 and Administrator & State Pageant Director, reported earlier in the week, "Sherri looked great and spoke with confidence as she introduced herself at the Orientation Dinner". 

The MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2015 was held during the week of October 18 through 22.  Thirty eight State QUEENS from across the "fruited plains", participated in the annual Pageant in Atlantic City.  Among them, was New Jersey's favorite, Sherri McGhie, a resident of Manchester.

The 4 Catagories the contestants were judged are: Evening Gown, Philosophy of Life, Talent and Private Interview with the Judges.  Sherri looked stunning, modelling a strapeless white sequined gown that fanned out at thigh length to the floor.  She glided effortlessly across the stage, and with every turn and pose, she projected her smiling countenance in the judges' direction.  During the 3 days of the Pageant, QUEEN Sherri became an audience favorite.  Her Philosphy of Life was cheerful, animated and uplifting.  For the Talent portion, she sang "When Your Good To Mama", from the Broadway hit musical, Chicago.  The audience reacted to her sexy and spicy rendition with generous applause.

At the Final Pageant, the field was narrowed down to the top 10.  The New Jersey faction cheered frantically when QUEEN Sherri's name was called.  The slate was wiped clean, and the 10 QUEENS  competed all over again.  Tensions were high in the theater, as each State from the Top 10 attempted to shout louder than the other, waving signs of support.  In each catagory, QUEEN Sherri continued to perform with the same accuracy and professionalism as she did in the previous 2 Prelinimaries.  The judges awarded her 4th Runner-Up, which secured her a place in the coveted QUEENS COURT.  This year, the Pageant was filmed by the BBC, and will soon be aired in the United Kingdom and the United States.  There was a special award given by a European sponsor, called the MS Transatlantic Talent Award, and  QUEEN Sherri was a recipient.  The 2015 QUEENS COURT are:  4th Runner-Up Sherri McGhie/MSNJSA; 3rd Runner-Up Lauren Scott Monahan/MSTNSA; 2nd Runner-Up Debbi Miller/MSNMSA; 1st Runner-Up Carol Thomas/MSWISA; and QUEEN Dr. Barbara Mauldin/MSMS2015.

During Pageant week, members of the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization from across the country come together not only to support their State QUEENS, but also to participate in the weeklong events.  The Welcome To Atlantic City Show was held on the Tuesday evening in the Superstar Theater at 7:00 PM.  Several  Jersey Girls participated in the 3 hour long variey show.  The QUEENS CHOIR, under the direction of  Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA2007, sang a 3 song medley called, Gershwin For Girls.

Other Jersey girls awaiting their turn in the show, posed together for the papparazzi.  In the front row are: Johanne Santori/'06, Becky Orsatti/'10, Jo Ann Gordon/'08, and Terry Meade.  In the second row are: Josephine Araniti/'07, Pauline Petto, Barbi Jo Crema, and Rose Majofsky.

Here are the Jersey Star Dancers in action.  The members were joined by Diane Beebe/'14,  third on the right.

The dinner dance, a fun filled event, was held on Wednesday evening.  After dinner, members danced the night away.  In this photo, Dr. Mott joined the ladies, their spouses and significant others.

There were many photo ops that evening.  QUEEN Sherri McGhie/MSNJSA2015, is flanked by her sisters of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB.

Jersey girls just love to have fun, and they were found each night at Bar 1.  From right to left are: Sherri McGhie/'15, Renee Tompkins/NJCC Showcase Coordinator, Dorcas Preston/CA'01, Johanne Santori/'06, Josephine Araniti/'07, Terry Meade/NJCC-VP elect, Geri Rizzo/NJCC-Secretary elect, and Becky Orsatti/'10.

Kudos to QUEEN Sherri for representing the GARDEN STATE with beauty, grace, and excellence.  She is a treasure to her NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB sisters, who look forward to supporting her as she continues her reign during the coming year.

Monday, October 12, 2015


The Columbus Day Parade in Seaside Heights was enhanced by the appearance of Sherri McGhie, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2015.  The day was picture perfect for the annual event which was held on Sunday, October 11th.  A capacity crowd shouted cheers of delight as QUEEN Sherri passed by.  She looked radiant, dressed in a bright red gown, and of course, crown and banner.  As she sat atop the back of a flashy convertible, she smiled and waved to all her adoring constituents.  Gratitude for use of the convertible is extended to Carole Lelli, President of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB.

The MSNJSA convertible was number 104 in the parade.  Preceding her were the cars of MISS NEW JERSEY 2015, and MRS. NEW JERSEY 2015.  There was a photo op for the 3 generations of QUEENS who posed together.  QUEEN Sherri may be the shortest in the photo, but she was equal in beauty as she stood alongside her younger counterparts.

QUEEN Sherri was joined by the other ladies in her entourage who also rode in the convertible; her Mom Norma/MSNJSA1995, and Johanne Santori/MSNJSA2006, Administrator & State Pageant Director.  Lively conversation between the QUEENS followed as they told of their experiences and adventures.  The younger counterparts wished SHERRI good luck as she prepares for the upcoming MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2015.

Pageant Week is Sunday, October 18th through Thursday, October 22nd, at Resorts Hotel & Casino, in Atlantic City.  State Queens arrive on Sunday, and in the week ahead, they will have rehearsals and activites.  The schedule of events can be found on the national website: www.senioramerica.org. 

There are 3 Pageants: the 2 Preliminary Pageants are Tuesday and Wednesday, and the Final Pageant is on Thursday.  At the Final Pageant, the 10 finalists are chosen, and  they compete all over again for the title of  MS SENIOR AMERICA 2015.  The 3 Pageants will be held in the Superstar Theater at 1:00 PM sharp.  Tickets range from $25.00 to $35.00 and can be purhased at Resorts box office, which is located in the casino.

Please come and support QUEEN SHERRI!

Thursday, October 8, 2015


A daunting agenda was laid out before the members of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB at Wednesday's meeting.  However, under the able leadership of the club's President, Lyn Gibson/MSNJSA2000, the meeting went smoothly and all items were covered.  She encouraged lively discourse and differences of opinion from the members, and allowed for workable criticisms to be entered into the minutes.

 Sherri McGhie, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2015, thanked the membership for their support and encouragement as she prepares for the MS SENIOR AMERICA 2015 National Pageant later this month.  She said that she is ready and confident, and pledges to do her best to represent the State of New Jersey, and to win the national title.  Here beautiful smile is captured in this photo as she cuts the cake made especially for her, to wish her good luck.

Election of members of the Board of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB takes place every two years.  Members of the current board have the right to run for a second term, or to change positions on the Board.  All seats, except for president were unopposed.  The 2 candidates for president were: Diane Beebe/MSNJSA2014, and Carole Lelli/Vice President, NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB.  Pictured above are the new board members who will serve for the next 2 years; from left to right are: Geri Rizzo/Secretary, Terry Meade/Vice President, Carole Lelli/President, Rebecca Orsatti, MSNJSA2010/Treasurer(second term), and Johanne Santori, MSNJSA2006/Administrator and MSNJSA State Pageant Director.

President Gibson thanked the outgoing members of the Board for their excellent work in conducting the business of the Club during the past two years.  She welcomed the new members, and expressed her confidence that they will do the same.  She spoke on behalf of herself and those who were leaving, saying that it was an honor and a privilege to serve the membership.  Although she had to step down for health reasons, and will be moving to Belmawr, she is still a member, and intends to be around for a long time.  In the photo from left to right are:  Carole Lelli/former Vice President; Leah Whelan, MSNJSA2011/Secretary; Lyn Gibson, MSNJSA2000/President; Rebecca Orsatti, MSNJSA2010, Treasurer; Johanne Santori, MSNJSA2006/Administrator & MSNJSA State Pageant Director.

There were 33 members in attendance, who represented a majority, that voted.  This year, members who could not attend the meeting, were invited to vote by mailing in their absentee ballots.

The following are some of the items on the agenda that were covered:
Renee Tompkins, NJCC Showcase Coordinator, reported that there were 27 showcases throughout the State, during 2015, totalling $4,600.00.  They have begun booking shows for 2016, and so far, there are already 10 dates.  President Gibson commented that there is a need for more variety in the shows, and thus far, there is a predominence of singers.  A discussion followed regarding the process of selecting or not selecting performers.  Josephine Araniti/MSNJSA2007, suggested that a positive line of communication be established with both President and Showcase Coordinator.  Any woman wishing to perform needs to call and ask to be placed on the active roster.  Vice versa is true if she needs to take time off for any reason.
Director Santori, has already begun looking for contestants for next year's Pageant.  Josephine Araniti passed out contestant posters to the members, and asked that they be posted in public places.  Jo Ann Gordon announced the date of the annual Christmas Party, which will be held ond Thursday, December 3rd, and passed out forms for the dinner choices.  Thanks to Delores Puzio and committee for arranging a delicious luncheon.

GOOD LUCK & BEST WISHES to QUEEN SHERRI on the occasion of her participation in the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2015! 
The annual event will be held at Resorts Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City.  Please plan to come and support our beautiful QUEEN!  Dates of the 3 Pageants are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, October 20-21 and 22, at 1:00 PM in the Superstar Theater.  Tickets ranging from $25.00 to $35.00 dollars can be purchased at the Box Office, which is located in the Casino.


S     is for your SHEER beauty,
H    is for how you have HONORED your title,
E    is for the ELECTRICITY you exude everytime you appear,
R    is for your RADIANT smile,
R    is for the long ROAD you've traveled thus far this year, and never without complaint,
I     is for your INTEGRITY in representing the "Age of Elegance",

M   in how MINDFUL your are about meeting your constituents' needs,
c    although the letter to your name is small, your CHARM is big,
G   is for the GRAND Queen you are turning into,
H   is for all the HARD work you have done to earn your title,
I    is for the INNER GLOW of warmth that you radiate to all,
E   is for the EXCITEMENT and pride we all feel, that you are our QUEEN!