Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield

 

The object of the club is to bring together the women of the community for mutual help, fellowship and community betterment.  Our Club was organized in October, 1952 and Federated in March, 1953. 

CLUB FLOWER IS THE DAISY

CLUB COLORS ARE YELLOW AND WHITE

Schedule of Meetings

Regular monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month, September to Ma,  2:00 PM  at the American Legion Hall, 243 Oak Tree Avenue, South Plainfield, N.J. 

Contact Information

Grace Bertucci  732-549-9633
 


Diana Cotone, President; Jane Rundella, Vice President; Lucy Hudson, Recording Secretary             

 

Models at the 2017 Fashion Show are, left to right, Megan Boyle, Maribeth Hugelmeyer, Lisa Cotone Smith, Alberta Esposito, April Bengivenga, Debbie Boyle, Danielle Butrico and Joyce Dieterle

Our club held its Annual Fashion Show fund raiser on Saturday, April 2nd at the South Plainfield Senior Center.  We had a capacity crowd and 53 gift baskets were raffled off.  It's not hyperbole to say that we all had a great time and proud to support great causes.

 

February 2nd Meeting - Marybeth Hugelmeyer, College District Vice President is inducted into our Club!

-------------------------------------------------------------March 2nd Meeting - The Ladies of Liberty Hall

Liberty Hall at Kean University, home to New Jersey’s first elected governor, William Livingston, was built in 1772 on the eve of the Revolution and hence its name.  Dan Conroy, Liberty Hall Museum Educator, gave us a fascinating and lively presentation of the seven generations of Livingston and Kean families, focusing especially on the ladies of the house who were astute business women, famous hostesses and historic preservationists.  These two families produced governors, senators, congressmen and captains of industry.  The families added to the original building so that today the house boasts fifty rooms in the Victorian style.  The museum has extensive collections which run the gamut from antique furniture to important letters from some of the nation’s founding fathers.  A visitor can receive a tour of the house and lovely grounds; attend special events and lectures; and even rent private rooms for special occassions.  But no mansion with 200 years of history under its storied roof would be complete without a ghost or two -- Dan recounted unexplained appearances that some of the mansion’s staff attribute to long-ago residents!

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Our two newest members, Judy Krieg and Jean Tietjen, with President Diana Cotone and Membership Chair Grace Bertucci

THE HISTORY OF THE PALISADES - JANUARY 5TH MEETING

Two hundred million years ago a mega-volcanic eruption pushed basalt rock straight up into the sky forming what is now known as the Palisades.  This formation runs along the Hudson River and is part of a twelve-mile long park belonging to both New Jersey and New York.  We nearly lost this spectacular scenery to quarrying in the late 1890s, as we learned from the wonderful presentation given by Eric Nelsen, Historical Interpreter of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.    Thanks to the foresight of many organizations, including the NJSFWC, the quarries were bought out and removed; beaches were built for the enjoyment of people from both sides of the Hudson River; laws and ordinances were created to protect this wonder of nature; and the Interstate Palisades Park was born in 1900 and continues to give great enjoyment to millions who visit each year.  But the fight to protect the Palisades is never over - last year LG Corporation requested a variance from Englewood Cliffs to build its North American headquarters at 143 feet in height, which would have brought it above the tree line and disrupted the view of the Palisades.  Groups in both New Jersey and New York worked to negotiate with LG and now the buildings are wider but no higher than 70 feet, protecting the view.  We as members of the NJSFWC are proud to be a part of this agreement to maintain the beauty of the Palisades.

The Buzzzz – We all know that Vice President Jane Rundella brings us important and relevant programs each month.   Well, back in February of 2015 we heard from Tim Schuler, State Apiarist of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, who spoke about issues facing the honey bee industry and the impact on our food supply.  Fast forward to this year’s January meeting -- Kathy Wozniak, Legislation/By-laws Chair, who keeps us up to date on legislative matters, reported that two bills pending before the state Legislature and the Assembly would direct the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection to adopt regulations permitting beekeepers to register their honey or native beehives with the DEP and require pesticide applicators to notify a registered beekeeper before applying a pesticide product that may be toxic to native bees.  We were all pleased to hear this and voted unanimously to have Kathy send a letter to the Chairman of the Agriculture Commission encouraging passage of this proposed legislation.   Thanks ladies!

Update---legislation protecting bees from pesticides passed in the N.J. Senate.

Suburban Woman's Club Enjoys Holiday Season

We held our monthly meeting on December 1st at the American Legion Hall. Corresponding Federation Secretary, Orvie Hoffman, informed the  members that three of members who have passed in the last year have been enrolled in the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs memorial book. Other chairs updated the members on various activities and President Cotone thanked Terri Wilkinson for the beautiful and useful Christmas basket she created to donate to a needy family in South Plainfield.  

We enjoyed a wonderful holiday luncheon provided by this months' hostesses Grace Bertucci and Debbie Vokral, a grab bag gift exchange and we created a personal holiday ornament, a craft led by Arts/Creative Chair, Linda-Susan Gitto. 

Our Club's annual theater party was held on Sunday, December 4th at the Historic Edison Valley Playhouse, Oak Tree Road, Edison.  The Riddlesbrood Touring Theatre Company presented a very funny version of Dickens  " A Christmas Carol".  The packed house enjoyed the production as well as door prizes and 50/50.  At intermission, we enjoyed a variety of  refreshments provided by our members.  We wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

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SUBURBAN WOMAN'S CLUB NOVEMBER MEETING

Our Club met on November 3rd for our monthly business meeting. President Diana Cotone thanked Chrissy Buteas for updating the 2016-2017 Year Books. The various chairs gave their reports and donations were collected for the annual Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets to be created by Home Life Chair, Terri Wilkinson.  These baskets are donated to Social Services in South Plainfield for distribution to needy families in our community.  

In support of the 2016-2017 Special State Project, Prevent Child Abuse-NJ, our Club continues with our fundraising projects to support this effort.  In addition, several of our members will knit purple baby hats to support the Prevent Child Abuse Project.

We are preparing for our annual Theater Party fundraiser on December 4th at the Edison Valley Playhouse, which is presenting "A Christmas Carol - The Musical."  It's always a wonderful event!

After the meeting, Vice President Jane Rundella introduced our guest speaker, MaryAnn Rivell who is the N.J. Lottery Public Information Officer.  She gave us a tour of the N.J. Lottery, which turns 40 in December, and reviewed its history.   In 1970 the Lottery offered only one drawing a week for one game but this has grown to 39 drawings a week for six separate games.  The lottery is now the State's fourth largest revenue producer.  When people ask, "Where does the lottery money go?" the list includes funding state and county colleges to psychiatric hospitals and centers for the developmentally disabled to supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

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SUBURBAN WOMAN'S CLUB OCTOBER ACTIVITIES

Members at NJSFWC October Conference -- Standing: Alberta Esposito, Grace Bertucci, Diana Cotone, Lucy Hudson; Sitting: Nancy Stillman-Pender, Orvie Hoffman, Kathy Tracy

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield hosted their annual husband/guest dinner party on October 6th at the American Legion Hall, Oak Tree Road, South  Plainfield. Co-Chairs Diane Gallo and Diana Cotone were thanked for the lovely decor and work to organize the buffet dinner where members provided their specialties for all to share.

Entertainment for the evening was organized by Program Chair Jane Rundella.  Lead singer, John Williams, and members of JW and the Buicks performed soft rock and country hits while the audience enjoyed dancing and singing along. During the festivities, Grace Bertucci, Fundraising Chair, held a raffle for two designer handbags, the proceeds of which were added to the funds raised at the September G&G Boutique fundraising sale.

Seven club members attended the New Jersey State Federation of Woman's Clubs (NJSFWC)  State Fall Conference on Monday, October 17th,  at The Imperia on Easton Ave., Somerset, NJ.  This annual event  brings together women from various districts  throughout the state to discuss topics including legislation, public issues,the special state project (Prevent Child Abuse-NJ), community improvement projects, etc.

This year two guest speakers, Wilma Harris and Tina Gordon, successful in their lives and respective careers, spoke about the difference it made to be a recipient of  the Girls Career Institute award when they were about to start their senior year of High School.  The Girls Career Institute has been a long- established program through the NJSFWC where individual clubs sponsor a high school junior student to attend a four day, all-expenses paid program at Douglass College to experience a bit of college life through various activities set up on campus. Each year the Suburban Woman's Club has been able to participate representing South Plainfield High School.  Each speaker gave an insightful and inspiring talk.

Pamela Stalcup and Patty Mojta, members of the executive team of Prevent Child Abuse NJ, spoke about their organization and thanked everyone for selecting their organization as the State Project this year.

These presenters were followed by the keynote speaker, Lisa Begin-Kruysman, Author of Around the World in 1909: Harriet White Fisher and Her Locomobile, which the audience found enlightening.

Also during this month, members participated  in the South Plainfield Columbus Day program  in conjunction with Plainfields' Chapter UNICO.  The Suburban Woman  participated  in Boatsie's Boxes Christmas Stocking Project for our service men and women overseas, donating funds to purchase numerous requested  items to get Christmas stockings ready for shipment.  Home Life Chair Terry Wilkinson began collecting  donations for the Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets which will be given to South Plainfield Social Services for distribution.  The club is currently selling tickets for the annual Theatre Party fundraiser to be held on Dec. 4th  at the Edison Valley Playhouse, this year presenting the musical version of "A Christmas Carol".

All proceeds from the dinner, boutique sales and theatre party as well as the upcoming Annual Spring Fashion Show are used to support our local scholarship program, fire department, rescue squad, library programs as well as various local and national charities.

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.

 

SUBURBAN WOMAN CLUB HOLD JUNE INSTALLATION BANQUET

Photo:  Alberta Esposito, Orviie Hoffman, Lucy Hudson,               Jane Rundella, Diana Cotone, Ann Ribinsky Brown

The Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield held their annual installation banquet on June 2, 2016 at the Spain Inn. Nancy Stillman Pender, Banquet Chair welcomed all attendees. Grace Bertucci  led the Collect for Club Women and the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was led by Adele Kwiatkowski .  The invocation was given by Kathy Wells who included a moment of silence in memory of deceased members.  Following a three course luncheon an abbreviated business meeting was held and included this year's historian report, delivered by Kathy Wells, Club Historian,  documenting the clubs activities during the 2015-2016 season .  President Diana Cotone presented members Lucy Hudson and Diana Gallo with membership awards recognizing both for ten year anniversaries of service with the Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield.  Members then proceeded to sign various letters prepared by our Legislative Committee Co-Chairs, Kathy Wells and Kathy Wozniak, addressing the eight resolutions that were voted upon at the annual New Jersey State Federation of Woman's Clubs annual convention held in the previous month.  These letters will be sent to the  New Jersey State Legislators as well as the Governor.

Ann Ribinsky Brown, Director of the Girls Career Institute and past College District Vice President conducted the installation of officers ceremony.  Diana Cotone was installed as President;  Jane Rundella, Vice President; Alberta Esposito, Recording Secretary;  Orvie Hoffman, Federation/Corresponding Secretary and Lucy Hudson, Treasurer.  Following the installation of officers Diana Cotone,  President, addressed the membership after which Nancy Stillman-Pender, Banquet Chair delivered closing remarks. All members are looking forward to a successful 2016-2017 season.

Any woman who would be interested in joining the Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield should contact Membership Chair, Grace Bertucci at 732-549-9633 and follow us on Facebook.

SUBURBAN WOMAN'S CLUB HONORS THREE!

 

Two members of the Suburban Woman's Club participated in an arts creative event during the  College District Spring Conference and Achievement Day held on April 28th.  Linda Susan Gitto received a gold award in the beginners category for her water color painting and Diane Gallo received first place award for crocheting with her afghan design in the advanced category.

 The New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs 122nd Annual Convention was held in Atlantic City May 2,3, 4.   Members of the Suburban Woman's Club attended on May 4th.  Member Diane Gallo was placed on the NJSFWC Honor Roll for her dedicated service work  to the Suburban Woman's Club, Grace Bertucci  and Grace Farinella were both placed on the Order of the Lilly for long term dedicated service to our club. All three were congratulated by Diana Cotone, President  as she presented their pins at this recent meeting of the local Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield.

 Any woman who would be interested in joining the Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield should contact Membership Chair, Grace Bertucci at 732-549-9633 and follow us on Facebook.

 

 

SUBURBAN WOMAN'S CLUB OF SOUTH PLAINFIELD HOSTS 2016 FASHION SHOW

Models left to right: Megan Boyle, Alberta Esposito, Linda-Susan Gitto, Susan Lester, Lisa Cotone-Smith, April Bengivenga, Debbie Boyle

 

Our Club held our annual Luncheon/Fashion Show on April 17th at the South Plainfield Senior Center.  April Bengivenga, Debbie Boyle, Megan Boyle, Alberta Esposito, Linda-Susan Gitto, Susan Lester and Lisa Cotone-Smith modeled business, casual and evening wear furnished by Lord & Taylor of Westfield.  Jane Rundella, Fundraising Chair and Fashion Show Coordinator narrated the event.  Guests enjoyed a full luncheon, door prizes, basket/gift raffle and a 50/50 drawing.

Club members and their families volunteered their efforts and time serving on various committees, providing ticket sales, set up, luncheon/kitchen, basket/gift raffle and 50/50 drawing.

The proceeds of this well-attended event will go to the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Clubs Special State Project, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New Jersey, as well as scholarships for South Plainfielld High School students and local charities that benefit from the Suburban Woman's fundraising projects throughout the year. 

Women who would enjoy being a member are welcomed to contact Membership Chair, Grace Bertucci at 732-549-9633.   Visit our Facebook page for updates of our activities.

 

 

GRACE FARINELLA'S 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

During our February meeting, we celebrated Grace Farinella's Very Special 90th Birthday!!!  Happy Birthday Grace!

 

SUBURBAN WOMAN ENJOYS A BUSY OCTOBER

The Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield hosted its annual husband/guest dinner party on October 1st at the American Legion Hall, Oak Tree Road, South Plainfield.  Co-Chairs Diane Gallo and Diana Cotone were thanked for the lovely décor and work to organize the three-course dinner where members provided their specialties for all to share.  Entertainment for the evening was organized by Program Chair Jane Rundella.  Al Grigg, musician and vocalist performed numerous favorites from the Billboard Top 100 representing songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s.  The audience enjoyed singing along as well as the 50/50 drawing and raffles at the end of the evening.

The Club held its annual G&G Boutique fundraising sale on Saturday, October 10th co-chaired by Grace Farinella and Grace Bertucci.  Fashion accessories sold included jewelry, handbags, hats, scarves, leather goods and various other items.

Several club members attended the NJSFWC State Fall Conference on Monday, October 19th at The Imperia on Easton, Somerset, NJ.  This annual event brings together women from various districts throughout the state to discuss topics including legislation, public issues, special state project (NAMI), community improvement projects, etc.

Also, during this month members participated in the local Columbus Day program in conjunction with UNICO.  The Suburban Woman participated in Boatsie’s Boxes Christmas Stocking Project for our service men and women overseas, donating numerous requested items to get Christmas stockings ready for shipment.  Home Life Chair Terry Wilkinson began collecting canned/boxed items and cash donations towards perishable items for the Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.  The club is currently selling tickets for the annual Theatre Party fundraiser, December 6th at the Edison Valley Playhouse, this year presenting the comedy “Seussical.”

All proceeds from the dinner, boutique sales and theatre party as well as the upcoming spring annual fashion show are used to support our local scholarship program, fire department, rescue squad, library programs as well as various local and national charities.

Any woman who would enjoy being a member of the Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield should contact Kathy Tracey at 908-756-3772

 

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Diana Cotone, President of Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield, attended College District Fall Council on September 24th.
Diana Cotone, President of Suburban Woman's Club of So. Plainfield, seated left, attended the College District Fall Council.
 
Kathy and Mike Wozniak with Adele and Fred Kwiatkowski joined fellow members at the Suburban Woman's Club Husbands Night event.
 
 
 
SUBURBAN WOMAN'S CLUB of SO. PLAINFIELD HOSTS FASHION SHOW

The Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield held its annual Luncheon/Fashion Show on April 12 at the South Plainfield Senior Center.  Fashions were furnished by Lord & Taylor of Westfield, modeled by members and daughters of members and narrated by Jane Rundella, Fundraising Chair and Fashion Show Coordinator.

Club members serving on various committees provided the ticket sales, set up, luncheon, tricky tray tables, 50/50, etc. services.  Guests enjoyed a full luncheon, door prizes, many tricky tray items and a 50/50 drawing in addition to a fun fashion show. 

The proceeds of this well-attended event will go to the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs Special State Project, the National Alliance on Mental Illness-New Jersey, as well as scholarships for South Plainfield High School students and local charities that benefit from the Suburban Woman’s fundraising projects throughout the year.


Women who would enjoy being a member of the Suburban Woman’s Club of South Plainfield are welcomed to contact Membership Chair, Kathy Tracy at 908-756-3772.

South Plainfield Fashion Show

Models from left to right: Alberta Esposito, Suzanne Ciccarelli, Linda-Susan Gitto, Helen Hunter, Erin Pender, Corinne Finnerty and Joyce Dieterle

SUBURBAN WOMAN'S CLUB AWARDS SCHOLARSHIPS

During the South Plainfield High School Awards Ceremony held on June 2, 2015, the Suburban Woman's Club of South Plainfield proudly awarded scholarships to three graduating seniors. Lucy Hudson, President; Jane Rundella, Vice President; and Diana Cotone, Recording Secretary presented a $1,000 scholarship to Nicole Sottiriou who will attend the University of Oregon and a $1,000 scholarship to Riya Patel who will be attending Rutgers University.  The third $1,000 scholarship was presented to Claudia Latchana by Pam Berentsent Maged in honor of her mother, Sonia Berentsen who was a past president of the Suburban Woman's Club and left a legacy scholarship to also be determined by the Suburban Woman's Education Committee.

 

INSTALLATION BANQUET

An installation banquet was held on June 4 at the Spain Inn. Kathy Tracy, Banquet Chair welcomed all attendees. Following a three course luncheon an abbreviated business meeting was held and included this year's historian report given by Kathy Wells and Kathy Wozniak. This year the Club honored three of their members by placing them on the NJSFWC honor roll.  This is the highest honor a club my confer upon a member. Grace Bertucci, Grace Farinella and Jeanine Kimmel received this honor for their many years of volunteering, hard work and dedicated service to the Clubs fundraising efforts and ongoing activities. 

 

The Order of the Lilly recognizes the continuing efforts of a member who has been previously placed on the honor roll and still continues to go above and beyond the same level of service.  This year the honor was bestowed upon Lucy Hudson who continues to serve as an officer on the Board of Directors.  Lucy then paid special recognition to four members achieving milestone anniversaries as members of the Suburban Woman's Club. They are Jean Popik, 50 years; Grace Farinella, 30 years; Jeanine Kimmel, 25 years, and Kathy Wells, 15 years.