Again renamed ‘Snow Ball’ was the ‘Spring Fling’ this year

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 Ron and Midge Grunstra, Bob and Kathleen Dusz, Patricia and Ed Devlin and Susy and Burt Wilkins enjoy Rotary Spring Fling.   Ron and Midge Grunstra, Bob and Kathleen Dusz, Patricia and Ed Devlin and Susy and Burt Wilkins enjoy Rotary Spring Fling. The Rotary Club of Ocean City-Upper Township held its 18th annual 50-50 raffle at the Greate Bay Country Club. Originally called the Fall Fling, it was changed to the Snow Ball last year when it was moved to January after Hurricane Sandy wiped it out. This year the Snow Ball was postponed due a burst pipe flooding the country club, moving the raffle to March 28 and thus being called the “Spring Fling.”

Cars were lined up at valet parking as elegantly clad ladies and gents arrived at the club where Rotary President Todd Bower greeted them at the door.  Jim and I chatted with Mary Lou and Chris Foust as we waited on the stairs and I admired Mary Lou’s rhinestone stilettos. Tom Shaiko sported his black tux as he checked guests in and gave them their table assignments. I caught up with Vonnie Price dropping her tickets in the silent auction packages. Jim Meis introduced me to his fiancée Jackie Quilter and told me his parents are still in Florida.  Karen and Tom Heist are enjoying their retirement as they spent most of their winter on the slopes at ski resorts and this spring are headed for Scottsdale, the Grand Canyon, Sea of Cortez, Flagstaff and Sedona. Holly and Mike Bolicki celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary Feb. 2, (Ground Hog’s Day) and this year did it in high style in Punxsutawney, Pa. to watch Punxsutawney Phil come out and see his shadow. Holly caught me up on son, Jason’s activities reporting he is a TV producer for the Weather Channel, National Geographic and TLC and others.

As guests headed into the dining room for dinner I chatted with Muriel Dickinson, Sallie Godfrey and Pat Pacifico, who I usually run into on the golf course. Sallie wore a black sheath dress accented with a black bolero jacket she got at her favorite boutique the night before. Sallie was also surprised when I spilled the beans that her brother, Herbie, had gotten engaged to Margaret Gallagher.

The Kenny I Orchestra entertained on the bandstand.

Before dinner Todd Bower welcomed guests, then Ron Grunstra called everyone who served in the military to come on the dance floor to be honored as everyone sang “God Bless America.”  When guests headed into the lounge to the buffet I chatted with Mary and Bob Mohr. Mary sported a new short pixie hairstyle while Bob showed his dexterity as he filled two plates at the buffet. Jim and I enjoyed dinner chatting with Beth and Glenn Darby who were ready to celebrate with the Basket of Cheer they won earlier in the evening. Beth told us her dad, Gam Broadley, who is 89, still enjoys regular rounds of golf. Bob Garrett told me wife, Mary, rushed him so much to get to the dinner that he didn’t have time to tie his bow tie and opted for a regular one instead. Barbara Long has her hands full at the law office keeping Bob Garrett, Jon Batastini and new attorney Toni Gheen, in line.

When architect Bob Bachich picked up my camera to take a picture he assured me he would only have to take one as he always gets it right the first time. Carmen Conti, owner of Carmen’s in Sea Isle City, drove up the Parkway to the dinner. Melissa and Jim Brown are headed to Hilton Head for a vacation before they open “Brown’s,” their popular boardwalk restaurant Palm Sunday weekend. Bobby “Fingers” Valeno introduced me to his wife, Barbara, when he told me he’s going to be a new member of the Rotary Club. Susan Plourde, Office Manager at Goldcoast Sotheby’s, introduced me to her husband, Fred Bunnell. Fred’s business takes him to the Bahamas every ten days while his wife stays home running the real estate office. Valerie and Scott Griswold have been busy getting their new art gallery at 854 Asbury Ave. ready for its opening on April 18. Astrid and Joe Bachich just returned from a vacation in Punta Cana where they stayed in the home Joe’s brother, John, built on this beautiful island. I enjoyed chatting with Kathleen and Bob Dusz who have lived in Ocean City for more than 30 years at 45th and Asbury.

Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian, a former District Director of the Rotary Clubs and past president of the Atlantic City Rotary Club, attended the dinner/dance with his partner, Louis Fatato, who works at the Borgata.  Ted Lands headed up this year’s dinner/dance and will be president of the club next year. Ted and wife, Eva, created the gift baskets for the silent auction, however Eva gave lots of credit to her good friend, Linda Giordano, who also lent a helping hand. Nancy Hannum will follow Ted as president of Rotary and Sallie Godfrey said she will serve as president when the club celebrates its 90th anniversary. Melissa Wilson is delighted it’s finally spring and she can get back to playing golf again. Tony Wilson is looking forward to getting back in Council Chambers at City Hall the early part of May. Kenny I’s music kept the dance floor filled all evening often with specialty numbers with green glow lights on everyone’s heads and another with glow-in-the-dark framed sunglasses. I managed to get my husband out on the dance floor for a couple of slow dances, but then Ed Price cut in on one of them.

Elisa Mateer and Joe Petrini are engaged and looking forward to their wedding day, June 27, 2015 followed by a reception at the Greate Bay Country Club.  Elisa is a golf pro and teacher in Millville while Joe is getting his degree at Stockton and working as a salesman at Broadley’s MDI. Cheryl Sullivan told me she is an aide at Ocean City High School while her husband, Steve, is a detective with the Ocean City Police.

Phil Gieseler of Coastal Construction was easy to spot in a royal blue satin vest and matching bow tie and was flying solo at the dinner/dance as wife, Debbi, was in the British Virgin Islands. Candy and Joe Leonard are looking forward to flying to Chicago to attend the Phillies opening game of the season against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Joe said this has been on his “bucket list.” Just before the start of calling the numbers in the 50/50 raffle, Anthony Rizzotte certified that all 250 numbered balls were placed in the large tumbler. The lucky winners were: $175 – Jim Meis, Clark Hindelang, Phil Gieseler, Robert Breunig and Reggie and Gary Albert. $500 – Todd Bower. $750 – Jim and Judy Link.  $1,000 – Yianni’s Café. $2,500 – William Brown. The grand prize of $10,000 was won by Meg Axelson. This fundraiser and others have helped the Rotary Club to give five high school scholarships annually, immunize more than 500 children against polio, support student exchange programs and meet the needs of children in our community and those with childhood

 Glenn and Beth Darby, Jim and Cathy Finnegan, Muriel Dickinson and Todd Bower smile for the camera at Rotary Spring Fling. Glenn and Beth Darby, Jim and Cathy Finnegan, Muriel Dickinson and Todd Bower smile for the camera at Rotary Spring Fling.

  Scott and Valerie Griswald, Joan and Tom Shaiko, Evie and Bob Bachich and Astrid and Joe Bachich line up for a picture on Dance floor. Scott and Valerie Griswald, Joan and Tom Shaiko, Evie and Bob Bachich and Astrid and Joe Bachich line up for a picture on Dance floor.

 Carmen Conti, Jim and Melissa Brown, Bobby “Fingers” and Barbara Valeno, Fred Bunnell and Susan Plourde line up on Dance floor for a picture. Carmen Conti, Jim and Melissa Brown, Bobby “Fingers” and Barbara Valeno, Fred Bunnell and Susan Plourde line up on Dance floor for a picture.

 Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and his partner Louis Fatato (center) chat with Pat Pacifico, Sallie Godfrey and Eva and Ted Lands. Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian and his partner Louis Fatato (center) chat with Pat Pacifico, Sallie Godfrey and Eva and Ted Lands.

Rod and Betty Schumacher, Dennis Johnson, Nancy Hannum and Nicole and Doug Hall get together at Rotary Spring Fling. Rod and Betty Schumacher, Dennis Johnson, Nancy Hannum and Nicole and Doug Hall get together at Rotary Spring Fling.

 Tony and Melissa Wilson, Phil Gieseler and Candy and Joe Leonard smile for the camera at Rotary Spring Fling. Tony and Melissa Wilson, Phil Gieseler and Candy and Joe Leonard smile for the camera at Rotary Spring Fling.

 Holly and Mike Bolicki, Elisa Mateer, Joe Petrini, Cheryl and Steve Sullivan, Maria Mateer and Des McBride line up for a picture at Rotary Spring Fling. Holly and Mike Bolicki, Elisa Mateer, Joe Petrini, Cheryl and Steve Sullivan, Maria Mateer and Des McBride line up for a picture at Rotary Spring Fling.


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