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    Thursday Morning Club Founded 1896

    Founder, Owner, Operator of the Madison Community House ich Dien - I Serve

    General Federation of Womens Clubs

    From the President Our last Newsletter was finalized before our Installation Luncheon on April 28 so here are some highlights:

    -Jill Passeretti, outgoing State President, and Ethel Simmons, outgoing Highlands DVP, joined us as we thanked those leaving their TMC Board positions and welcomed new Board members, serving May 2016 April 2018. Ethel led the lovely Installation Ceremony of new Board Trustees.

    -$34,500 was presented to the MCH from TMC fundraising (Bazar, WWW, Spring Luncheon, and Catering).

    -Order of the Lily, the highest NJSFWC honor, was awarded to Ginny Campion for her service to TMC and for her efforts to create Time Out for seniors (Ginny was away and will receive her pin at WWW).

    -Kathy Clark and Georgine Wieland were recognized as 25 year members and Pam Higgs as a 50 year member.

    Seven TMC members attended the NJSFWC State Convention on May 2-4 and all of our entries in Arts Achievement and Conservation and our Press Book won at the State Level plus three of our reports won for Best all Around Work. (See Federation Focus and the Arts article for more about the Convention & our winners.)

    The first week of May was rainy but we were fortunate to have only clouds for our Ellis Island trip on May 5 when 34 of our members and friends learned about Ellis Island and found many of their families names on the Wall.

    Next, on Saturday, May 7, at Madisons May Day, eight of our members braved the rain to clean up the Madison train station garden and then mulch the MCH gardens. We had fun beautifying the

    areas, but we especially enjoyed the conversation over the warm coffee and cake Janet Allocco had for us at the House.

    Wise Wonderful Women on May 12 featured a most enjoyable and inspiring film, Advanced Style starring seven women of a certain age with eclectic fashion sense and vital spirits. One of the stars, Debra Rapoport, spoke to us about creating her glamorous outfits from recycled and thrift shop items. In addition, Ginny Campion, definitely one of our Wise Wonderful Women, was presented with her Order of the Lily pin.

    Then on May 17, at the J&M Plant sale, where a percentage of all TMC purchases is given by J&M to the TMC, we raised $540.

    Congratulations to Indio Pluchino, the sixth grade winner of the TMC Patriotic Essay Contest from the Madison Memorial Day Parade Committee. (More on this in late June newsletter education edition.)

    Coming up in June: the Culinary Institute and Hyde Park trip on June 9 and the Garage Sale on June 16-18; see Garage Sale article for details.

    SAVE THE DATES Looking ahead: enjoy a live band at Music of Our Lives on Friday, September 9 (see Flyer) and plan to do some dancing at TMC Rocks, our Rock and Roll Dance on Friday, October 21.

    Hope to see you at our June events but, if not, I wish everyone a wonderful, relaxing summer!

    ~Karen Jeisi, TMC Pres.



    *** Federation Focus *** New Jersey State Federated Womens Clubs WWW.NJSFWC.ORG

    Seven members of the Thursday Morning Club attended the annual New Jersey State Federated Womens Clubs Convention led by the outgoing President, Jill L. Passaretti. in Atlantic City at the beginning of May. We attended several interesting workshops, including Advocates for Children-Ideas, UNICEF Human Trafficking and Growing Good Gardens. Our own President, Karen Jeisi, gave a workshop entitled Six Thinking Hats: Innovative Decision Making Process Workshop. Karens presentation was well received and perhaps we can encourage her to put one on for us! We voted on many resolutions covering issues ranging from Criminal Background Checks for School Bus Aides to Hudson Rivers PCB Clean Up. We also voted on Proposed Amendments to NJSFWC Bylaws. Our new State President, Jean L. Revis, was installed. Our Immediate Past State President, Linda F. Babeuf, was recognized with resounding applause for her arduous role in helping to keep the LG Corporation from constructing an office building that would have seriously ruined the environment and the view of the Palisades. The 35th Annual New Jersey Women of Achievement Awards was held at Convention and Marjorie L. Strohsahl, Past President of the Highlands District (our district), was a recipient of this honor. She was described as a dedicated and charismatic volunteer who, seeing a need, acts. After a relative died in a fire, she reached out to the National Burn Foundation and began an awareness campaign through fundraising and letter writing. This endeavor led to an anonymous donation of 1 Million Dollars which was directed to St. Barnabas Hospital, making it possible for its Burn Unit to be established. Marjorie formed First Graders for Food and founded the Sparta Historical Society. These accomplishments are merely a small part of all that she has done. Personally speaking, she was also the NJSFWC leader for the NAMI Project which has just officially ended. Final numbers for this will be released soon. Our new State Project is Prevent Child Abuse. On June 8, Karen Jeisi, Anne Lawless, Peach Bolton and I are attending the Highlands District Council where we will learn more about this.

    We were very pleased to receive many awards at the convention. The winners of the Arts Achievement and Conservation certificates are found in the Arts article. Also three of our Annual Reports, Membership, Fundraising and Leadership, had won Gold at the Spring Conference making each eligible to compete at Convention. I am happy and proud to say that all three reports won the Grand Prize here. Although Karen, Michal and I compiled, wrote and submitted the final reports, the material we wrote about was possible due to the volunteer efforts of all of you! And finally, our Pressbook, which contains all publicity about TMC/MCH submitted to newspapers, online sites, Facebook, etc. by Peach Bolton and the Communications committee and compiled in an orderly and meticulous manner by Kathy Trombacco also won the Grand Prize. Look out for the next Newsletter for the wrap-up on the Fundraising committees. Please call me with any questions about serving and socializing opportunities with the Thursday Morning Club. You are always welcome to join any committee of the Thursday Morning Club. Please call (973-822-2202) or email ( me with any questions. ~Carol J. Schessler

    1st Vice President 973-822-2202


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    From Membership New Members: No new members to report for this month.

    Resignations: Esther DeWitt Denice Katz Edwina Needham

    Deceased: The TMC Membership sadly reports the passing of Helen Regazzi on April 24, 2016. Helen was much appreciated for generously contributing her knitting, crocheting and sewing talents to numerous TMC projects since becoming a member in 2005.

    Total Membership: 258

    ~Michal Holzman Membership Chair

    The Arts Forty-four (43 members and one guest) have signed up for our trip to Hyde Park, NY on Thursday, June 9. Thanks to all for supporting the Arts Committee. Without you, we could not have offered these events:

    Whitney Museum/High Line (Oct); Fleece Blanket (Jan) and Photography Workshops (Mar); Yale Alley Cats (Mar); Highlands District Arts Performing Day (Mar) and Arts Achievement Contest (Apr-District; May-State) and FDR/Home/Museum and Culinary Institute (Jun).

    Thanks again for your enthusiastic participation.

    The Music of Our Lives September 9th See the flyer in this newsletter

    Arts Achievement and Conservation Contest: New Jersey State Federation Women Clubs (NJSFWC) State Convention, Atlantic City, May 2-4, 2016

    Congratulations to the five members who were eligible to submit their entries to the NJSFWC State convention. The winners on the state level were:

    State Grand Prize (Gold)Nancy Luts Jewelry: Earrings Cookie Warren Conservation: Live wreath -Sue Lincoln Conservation: Seasonal artificial -

    First Place, Blue Ribbon: Susan Fleming Embroidery: Counted Cross Stitch Baking: Cookies-filled

    Second Place (Red): Sue Lincoln Marty Stockert Baking: Cakes - pound cake

    Sylvia Luber Arts Committee Chair

    BUNCO final of the season!

    Tuesday, June 14th 5:30 p.m. MCH Social Room 1st floor. Bring $5.00 for Pizza, beverages supplied. $4.00 for the Bunco Envelopes.

    RSVP NEEDED!!! Please call the MCH 973-377-0244 or E-mail to let us know you are coming. Hope to see you then! Janet Allocco

  • Music of Our Lives

    September 9, 2016 7:30-9:30PM

    Madison Community House

    Cost $20.00

    Please join us for an Evening of Live Music

    The Great American Songbook

    Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Duke Ellington,

    Quincy Jones, Buddy Rich and More

    Played by the C


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