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Patriotism in Practice: Colts Neck Women's Club Meets on Initiatives Supporting the Community and the United States Military

The Women’s Club of Colts Neck Welcome New Members and Discuss Plans for Upcoming Veteran’s Luncheon and ‘Fill a Stocking for our Troops’ Project - and they are also selling I LOVE CN magnets to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around.

COLTS NECK, N.J. - The spirit of being American was evident in the Colts Neck Library, as The Women’s Club of Colts Neck (WCCN) held their regular meeting at 11:30AM on Thursday October 5th.

As you walked into the lower level of the library that morning you couldn’t help but notice the bench outside dedicated from the Colts Neck Women’s Club and, as you entered the meeting room, you were met with happy smiling faces and warm welcomes from everyone. There was the smell of something delicious in the air as members brought in their homemade and specialty store brunch items. Among other items, a variety of delicious homemade quiches made by WCCN new member Cynthia Berkey, were placed next to irresistible fall favorites like apple cider doughnuts and juice. The first half hour was full of cheerful conversations and many remarked about the delicious brunching.

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Next the ladies got down to business with the president Joanna Vroman welcoming everyone and calling the meeting to order. First order of business was the group of approximately 30 women singing God Bless America followed by the prayer “A Collect for Club Women” or simply called “Collect” and then the Pledge of Allegiance.  The Collect prayer starts out with “Keep us, O God, from pettiness; let us be large in thought, in word, in deed….”   As the meeting progressed it was very clear that the Colts Neck Women’s Club is just that—large in thought word and deed – good deeds to be sure.  This powerhouse of women first welcomed new members Annarose Rosati, Cynthia Berkey, Patricia Eastman, Michele Battista and Jeanne Wall.  Next the executive officers and committee members went over a list of accomplished events since their last meeting including their annual fundraiser yard sale event, chaired by Federation Secretary Mary Olt, again a great success with proceeds going to charitable organizations and events that the WCCN supports. They discussed the successful Great American Apple Pie Contest that had been held a couple months ago, this year in honor of Charlotte Clime, a beloved member of WCCN for many years, Charlotte sadly passed away this past June. Charlotte Clime helped to originally spearhead the Annual Great American Apple Pie Contest and was mentioned in a tribute from the WCCN “…this year from above Charlotte watched the contest and the fireworks that followed…how fortunate we’ve been to have known Charlotte as she traveled life’s journey with us for a little while….”  Charlotte was an active member of the WCCN for nearly 50 years.

Members began to discuss the preparations for their annual Veteran’s luncheon to be held on Saturday, November 11th. Many members mentioned that the Veteran’s luncheon is their favorite event of the year. The most common answer when asked what do you like most about being a member of The Women’s Club of Colts Neck is some version of the following: “The best part of being a member of the WCCN is getting to know and work with all of wonderful women in the club!” That speaks for itself and is probably why this club founded in 1964 is still going so strong today. The Colts Neck Women’s Club is part of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs (founded in 1894) and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, and is part of the largest volunteer women’s organization in the country.  State and local projects include among many efforts, regular support for veterans and active troops, scholastic awards, local food pantries, domestic violence awareness, Autism NJ, mental illness awareness, supporting Collier Youth Services (spearheaded by Diana Piotrowski) and so much more. They certainly have the attention and support of their State Senator (11th District - NJ) Jennifer Beck. Senator Jennifer Beck, a member of the Colts Neck Women's Club says, "I applaud the work of the Colts Neck Women's Club, a group of service oriented individuals willing to volunteer and help Monmouth County residents in need. I'm always thoroughly amazed by the energy and passion of these dedicated women". 

The ladies are meeting soon to stuff generous and thoughtful stockings for our men and women overseas. Stuffing items include everything from candy and trail mix to DVD’s and phone cards. Each stocking is stuffed with a multitude of thoughtful items and then a personal card is included and the ladies sew the tops of the stocking and they are then sent over to our military to open just in time for Christmas. This project is called Military Support and is co-chaired by Mary Olt and Rorie Coppola. 

The Women’s Club of Colts Neck meets the second Thursday of each month at 11:30. For correspondence you can mail to The Women’s Club of Colts Neck Post Office Box 31, Colts Neck, NJ, 07722.  

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