The regular monthly meeting of the Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield was held on January 5th at the American Legion Hall, Oak Tree Road, South Plainfield. President Diana Cotone called the meeting to order and the Collect and Pledge of Allegiance were recited. The first order of business was the installation ceremony of two new members, Jean Tietjen and Judy Krieg, who were installed by Diana Cotone, President and Grace Bertucci, Membership Chair. Our new members were warmly received by the attending membership and we look forward to all working together over the years to come.  The meeting continued with hostesses Maribeth Hugelmeyer and Alberta Esposito being thanked for today's refreshments. Minutes of the last meeting were read by Alberta Esposito, Recording Secretary, followed by Lucy Hudson's Treasurer's report and updated information from Orvie Hoffman, Federation/Corresponding Secretary with regard to New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs Public Issues Day which will be held March 20th at the Forsgate Country Club.    Kathy Wozniak, Legislative/By-Laws Chair reported on the bills pending before the NJ State Legislature and Assembly with regard to bee keepers having to register honey or native bee hives with the DEP and further require pesticide applicators to notify a registered bee keeper before applying a pesticide product that may be toxic to bees within three miles of a registered bee hive. This subject is ofparticular interest to our club.   Education Chair, Nancy Stillman-Pender along with Debbie Boyle announced that Feb. 7th has been the date selected for the third annual   South Plainfield spelling bee co-sponsored by the Suburban Woman. All details of the spelling bee can be found in the Observer or by contacting Debbie Boyle.  Jane Rundella and Grace Bertucci, Fundraising Co-Chairs reported on the very successful sold out theatre party held in December at the Historic Edison Playhouse.  A special thank you to Lisa Cotone-Smith for chairing this very fun event.  They also announced that our next fundraising event, our annual Luncheon Fashion Show with fashions  by Lord and Taylor, will be held on April 2nd at the South Plainfield Senior Center.


Jane Rundella, Vice President and Program Chair, introduced today's speaker, Eric Nelsen, from the Palisades Interstate Park Commission who reviewed the history of the Palisades. He gave a very informative slide show and told the story of how the palisades was saved on more than one occasion thanks to the efforts of many groups including the New Jersey State Federation of Woman's Clubs even during the turn of the century.  Two issues  included stopping the quarrying at the Palisades dating back to 1900 which would have eventually destroyed this historic site.  Because this became a civic issue and these groups intervened the beautiful Palisades Park  was born and still enjoyed by millions of visitors each year offering the historic Kearney House as well as hiking trails, boating, cycling, fishing, skiing , etc and special events.  The more current issue were the plans of the  LG Corporation to build a high rise office building on the site destroying all the views from both sides of the Hudson for which the Palisades is known for.  This was of particular interest to our members who participated in a landmark letter writing campaign with our fellow state members over the past two years. This site continues to awe millions of visitors each year and must continue to be preserved.

Any woman who would enjoy being a member of the Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield should contact Grace Bertucci, Membership Chair, at 732-549-9633 for further information and follow us on face book.