Tuesday, July 18, 2017

NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB WELCOMES NEW QUEEN


File Photo - S. Kong

The ladies of the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB held their 3rd quarterly meeting on July 12th at the American Legion Post in Lakewood.  The agenda was filled with topics that evoked lively discussions, and opinions from the membership.  President Carole Lelli kept the discussions focused, and Director Johanne Santori clarified situations for the membership.

The main focus, however, of the July meeting was to welcome and honor their newly crowned QUEEN, Carolyn M. Harden, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2017.  She received her first pin to be worn on her banner, the traditional crown, other gifts, and monetary awards from both the MSNJSA PAGEANT and the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB.  Carolyn spoke humbly to the membership, and offered sincere friendship to all her "sisters".

The luncheon menu consisted of sandwich wraps, an assortment of summer salads, and desserts.  Special thanks to the committee for the delicious fare, and to Jo Ann Gordon, MSNJSA2008, for baking her yummy blonde brownies!

The CLUB honored QUEEN Carolyn and the Ladies of her Court, with a special cake.  In the photo from left to right are: Denise Mechan/4th RU; Carol Rosario/1st RU; QUEEN Carolyn; and Terry Meade/2nd RU. Wenonah Brooks/3rd RU was absent.

Governor Chris Christie has already sent QUEEN Carolyn a congratulatory letter.  On August 28th, she will meet personally with Mayor Palmer of Manchester and the Town Council, to receive an Award of Achievement.  On August 2nd, she will meet with the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders in Toms River.  Plans to meet State Assemblymen Wolfe and McGuckin and Senator Holzapfel in their Brick office are still pending. US Congressman Chris Smith and US Senators Booker and Menendez are expected to mail their congratulations during the course of the summer.  QUEEN Carolyn would welcome an entourage at any of her personal appearances.

Here's wishing our new QUEEN a happy, healthy, busy and successful year!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

A NEW QUEEN IS WELCOMED INTO THE AGE OF ELEGANCE


Carolyn Slade Harden, MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2017

The search has ended, and a new QUEEN was crowned last Wednesday, who will carry on the mission of the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT organization, which is to "promote the positive aspects on aging".  A discerning and distinguished panel of judges recognized Carolyn Slade Harden of Manchester, as that special woman who possessed the most dignity, maturity and inner beauty.   Ms Harden enchanted the audience at Harrahs' Concert Venue Theater the moment she entered the stage, with a warm and engaging smile.     
Her attire was very haute couture, as she glided effortlessly across the stage in the Evening Gown portion of the competition.  Music has been her "lifes' blood", and for her Philosophy of Life, she composed a poem, using titles of familiar songs to show how she has lived her life.
Her philosophy was emphasized once again in the Talent Presentation, by the song, "For Once In My Life".  Carolyn possesses a warm mezzo voice, and her style is reminsicent of the great female songstresses of the past century.  Her delivery was deeply felt by the audience, who rewarded her with a standing ovation.

The QUEEN and her COURT. 
In the year to follow, QUEEN Carolyn will be accompanied by her COURT, in appearances with the NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB, in showcases throughout the State of New Jersey.  These 4 ladies also scored highly among the 9 women who competed this year.  From left to right are: Terry Meade of Princeton, 2nd Runner up, who sang and danced to the song , "Broadway Baby", from the hit musical Follies; Carol Rosario of Southampton, 1st Runner up, who sang "Orange Colored Sky"; QUEEN Carolyn; Denise Mechan of Bayville, 4th Runner up who sang a John Denver song, "Perhaps Love"; and Wenonah Brooks of Hopewell, 3rd Runner up, who sang "Over The Rainbow".  

After the Pageant, everyone flocked to the stage in a photo frenzy.  QUEEN Carolyn is flanked on the left by Peggy Lee Brennan, MS SENIOR AMERICA 2016.  Peggy flew in from Missouri, and was one of the  featured guest performers.  Standing on the right is Johanne Santori, MSNJSA STATE ADMINISTRATOR & PAGEANT DIRECTOR.  Johanne also sang a popular song in French.  Other featured performers were: the GRANDE DAMES CHORUS; Jim Craine, the "singing lifeguard";  the reigning Mr. Mature, 2017,  and a farewell performance by outgoing QUEEN, Diane Deluca, MSNJSA 2016.  An Apres Pageant Party was held in the Eden Lounge, with music provided by Steve and Debbie Berger.

The MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, a time honored Pageant, that began in 1971, shares the same philosphy of its parent organization, the MS SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, which is based on the belief that Seniors are the foundation of America and our most valuable treasure.  Over the years, these QUEENS have carried out their responsibilites successfully.  Over time, many have either passed away, or have moved to other States.  QUEEN Carolyn is seen here with those past QUEENS who  still remain, with the oldest, Norma McGhie, MSNJSA 1995, to outing going QUEEN, Diane Deluca, MSNJSA 2016. 
To paraphrase a popular quotation, "it takes a village to make a pageant",  describes how hard  many people worked this year to make the MSNJSA PAGEANT 2017, successful.  However, without proper leadership, none of it would have happened.  Kudos to NJ State Administrator & Pageant Director Johanne Santori, MSNJSA2006, and her beloved husband Adeo, for their tireless efforts, who made it all possible. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2017


"The Age of Elegance, Acknowledge it, Embrace it, Act on it", is the theme for the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2017.  Harrah's Resort Hotel & Casino will host the annual event on Wednesday, May 31st at 1:00PM, in the Concert Venue Theater.  The Pageant is the search for that gracious lady who best exemplifies the dignity, maturity and inner beauty of all senior Americans.

Nine women who have entered the "Age of Elegance", that is, 60 years or better, will participate in the time honored Pageant.  The winner then goes on to compete for the national title of MS SENIOR AMERICA 2017, which will be held at Resorts also in Atlantic City in October.

Meet the Class of 2017.  Seated from left to right are: Millie Tate/Linwood; Terry Meade/Princeton; Diane Deluca/MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA 2016/Linwood; Wenonah Brooks/Hopewell; and Carol Rosario/Southampton.  Standing from left to right are: Carolyn Slade Harden/Manchester; Denise Mechan/Bayville; Gail Wright/Trenton; Mary Neafie/Barnegat.  Not in photo is Wirta Armstrong/Oakhurst.   The NEW JERSEY CAMEO CLUB hosted a Meet the Contestants luncheon in April, at which time the ladies got to know one another and to prepare for the upcoming Pageant.

Photo courtesty of Johanne Santori
QUEEN Diane Deluca spoke at the luncheon about her experiences during this year of her reign.  The photo collage was from the Mr. Mature America Pageant, that was held in Ocean City earlier this year.  She had an exciting and rewarding year, and gave much needed advised to the contestants.

Everything is set and ready for next week's MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT 2017, and the anticipation of crowning the new QUEEN is at a feverish pitch.  Who will she be?  Friends and family will be there to cheer for their own to win.  Tickets are $15.00 for all seats, and can be purchased at the box office which opens at 11:00 AM on the day of the Pageant.

For more information about the MS NEW JERSEY SENIOR AMERICA PAGEANT, please visit our website:  www.newjerseysenioramerica.org.