Various clubs celebrate the summer

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Michael Dukeman, Carol Heenan, Lois Werner, Marie Hayes and Ralph Werner enjoy the Republican Club barbecue. Michael Dukeman, Carol Heenan, Lois Werner, Marie Hayes and Ralph Werner enjoy the Republican Club barbecue. On a picturesque summer evening the Ocean City Republican Club held its annual barbecue on the bayside deck of Judy and Phil Kolea. Jim and I passed Lisa and Michael Allegretto as we looked for a hard-to-find parking space on West 17th Street. Michael Dukeman caught up with us walking down the street to the party. Rita Fulginiti and Joanne Budnick welcomed guests when they arrived. Rita wants everyone to be on the lookout for her husband, Tony, as he tools around town on his new scooter.

I stopped to chat with Eric Wakabayashi and Gene Farrell while they barbecued burgers and franks and Maryellen Farrell put them on rolls to take to the buffet table. Michael Kolea was at the grill on neighbors, Jerry and Roberta Schultz’s deck where the overflow crowd socialized while Jerry held court from his second floor porch and daughter, Linda, brought her parents their dinners.  Jay Gillian, Keith Hartzell, Tony Wilson, Mike DeVleiger and Antwan McClelland stopped by before their City Council meeting. Susan Sheppard showed her style in a white pleated skirt, navy blazer with brass buttons and a striped sleeveless sweater. Judy Kolea had help from Sallie and Al Eachus and MaryAnn Nespoli placing homemade salads and condiments on the buffet table. Dedicated grandmom Joan Walker flew to Florida to see her granddaughter’s dance recital. Debbie and Gary Schaffer are looking forward to the arrival of their second grandchild in December when daughter, Danielle, and husband, Chris Viverilli, are expecting their first child.

Dale and Brenda Braun, Mary Ann Nespoli, Rita Fulginiti, Marie Hayes and Gary and Debbie Schaffer line up for a picture at the Republican Club barbecue. Dale and Brenda Braun, Mary Ann Nespoli, Rita Fulginiti, Marie Hayes and Gary and Debbie Schaffer line up for a picture at the Republican Club barbecue. Al and Sallie Eachus, Michael, Andrew, Phil and Alexandra Kolea, Kelly and Judy Redmond and Judy Kolea pose at the Republican Club barbecue. Al and Sallie Eachus, Michael, Andrew, Phil and Alexandra Kolea, Kelly and Judy Redmond and Judy Kolea pose at the Republican Club barbecue. Linda Gronert, Joan Walker, Denise Jessel and Gene and Maryellen Farrell barbecue burgers and franks at the Republican Club barbecue. Linda Gronert, Joan Walker, Denise Jessel and Gene and Maryellen Farrell barbecue burgers and franks at the Republican Club barbecue. Marie Hayes looked lovely in a light yellow and green print blouse from Donna/Gay Dillon as she introduced her fellow freeholders at the barbecue. I caught up with Lois and Ralph Werner and Marlene Sheppard enjoying dinner on the deck with host, Phil Kolea, while Tim Sage lined up guests for an evening boat ride on his 30-foot Chaparral. I joined my husband at a table with Warren Iredell, Linda and Curt Gronert and Dale and Brenda Braun for dinner. Noel Wirth arrived late after finishing her stint at the Historic Museum. Larry Trulli is excited about his new “Larry’s Sunday Night Oldies” show on 94.3 FM (WIBG) from 7 to 9 p.m. Call 609-525-0943 to request your favorite Golden Oldie. I chatted with Leigh and Jon Batastini while MaryAnn Nespoli and Marie Hayes awarded door prizes. Everyone told Tom Rotundi there was a party at his house after he walked off with three baskets of cheer. Joanne Budnick was also lucky getting three door prizes while Leigh Batastini was happy with gift certificates to local restaurants. Barb and Bart Russell got a nice wine selection while Susan Sheppard’s going to have Bobby Fingers entertain at an upcoming party. Sandy Simpson’s going to try out Morey’s Water Park while Carol Heenan and Paul Nespoli got Baskets of Cheer. Everyone sampled the delicious desserts made by Cathy Flood. Lloyd Hayes and son, Lloyd, Jr. and this columnist were among those digging in. John Flood didn’t have to worry because he had a stash of his wife’s goodies at home. I told Cathy and John not to tell my husband they biked to the party. Frank LoBiondo’s field rep Robert Geist was surprised to hear I had an “Elect Frank LoBiondo” red, white and blue T-shirt from one of his first runs for congress that I still wear biking. Jim and I chatted with Beverly and Frank McCall as we headed home after the barbecue.

The Exchange Club of Ocean City held its annual Installation Dinner at L’s Restaurant recently with many former club presidents attending. I enjoyed catching up with Chris and Bob Adams, David Powell and Ted Klepac during the social hour. Beverly Denney reports she and Ron are finally in their new home on the bayfront, but still getting settled in. Frank McCall wore a blue and white seersucker sport jacket while my husband sported a light yellow blazer. Carol Heenan wore a long black and white stripe jersey dress. Ed Sheppard, who hates ties like most men, wore a navy suit and pulled a tie out of his pocket to show he did have one. Detective Jane Lugo did a great job compiling a list of past presidents of Exchangettes dating back to 1960. Sue Doll was the only one to serve two non-consecutive terms as president. When Stu Sirott rang the Exchange Club’s loud dinner bell everyone headed into the dining room for dinner that Jim and I enjoyed with Sue and Ozzie Jordan, Mary and Bill Woods and Andrea and Don Paul. In one of his last duties as President Warren Iredell welcomed everyone before passing the gavel to his successor. Warren presented the Exchangite of the Year Award to Brandon Dierolf who worked tirelessly and quietly in the background on all projects of the club raising money for charities. A man of few words Brandon said “You get what you give.” I stopped to chat with Sharon Capizzi-Walsh, the first woman to serve on the Exchange Club board, who drives the two oldest members of the club, her father, Sam Capizzi, and Bill Meis, to meetings every Monday night.

Ozzie and Sue Jordan, Bill and Mary Woods, Andrea and Don Paul and Cathy and Jim Finnegan enjoy the Exchange Club installation dinner. Ozzie and Sue Jordan, Bill and Mary Woods, Andrea and Don Paul and Cathy and Jim Finnegan enjoy the Exchange Club installation dinner. After dinner, Junior Razzo, state delegate from the Vineland Exchange Club, regaled everyone with funny stories before installing the new officers of the club. Once installed as the new president, Bill Culp highlighted his years in the club and thanked wife, Anita, for her support when he presented her with 52 long-stemmed American Beauty roses.  Bill will be only the fourth Exchange president whose wife will serve as Exchangette president simultaneously when he installs Anita in January. Members of Bill’s family, sister-in-law, Ellen Toomey; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Dot and Ed McBlain and sister and brother-in-law Mary Ann and Joe Pepe were on hand for the installation.  

Ron Denney borrowed Don Paul’s navy blazer that was several sizes to big for his picture with the new officers. Standing in front of a large picture of his father, Roger LaRosa’s installation dinner in 1948 when he was 30 years old with wife, Jane by his side, John LaRosa, a past president of Exchange, introduced each past president in attendance with a little history for each one. John was the first son of a past president to serve as president of the club followed by Steve Gillian whose father, Roy Gillian, also served as president. Tom McGill was president in 1982 when the club had 128 members, then served again in 1996. In addition to serving as Exchange president, Bob Adams was a district president and voted to start admitting women to Exchange. Skip Katz, who after serving as president headed the Miss Ocean City Pageant for 10 years, flew up from Florida for the dinner. 2012 President Frank McCall is National Exchange Club president-elect. John recalled John Lugo’s culinary talents, Jon Batastini being a breath of fresh air, Bill Woods and Homer Gerken being club historians and Don Doll being the “Circus Man.” Don Paul presented a scrapbook with pictures and clippings to Warren Iredell of his year as president of Exchange Club.    Wives of Exchange Club Past Presidents, Chris Adams, Dorothy Gerken, Beverly McCall, Sue Doll, Elaine Williams Leigh Batastini, Suzan LaRosa, Surrogate Susan Sheppard, and Jane Lugo. Wives of Exchange Club Past Presidents, Chris Adams, Dorothy Gerken, Beverly McCall, Sue Doll, Elaine Williams Leigh Batastini, Suzan LaRosa, Surrogate Susan Sheppard, and Jane Lugo. Warren Iredell passes Exchange Club gavel to new President Bill Culp (center) while new Board members, John VanStone, Don Doll, Sharon Capizzi-Walsh, John LaRosa, Anita Culp, Ron Denney and Jim Plousis (standing) and Ed Sheppard, Stu Sirott and Brandon Dierolf (kneeling) look on.  Warren Iredell passes Exchange Club gavel to new President Bill Culp (center) while new Board members, John VanStone, Don Doll, Sharon Capizzi-Walsh, John LaRosa, Anita Culp, Ron Denney and Jim Plousis (standing) and Ed Sheppard, Stu Sirott and Brandon Dierolf (kneeling) look on. Past Exchange Club presidents, Jon Basastini, Homer Gerken, Dan Parks, Stu Sirott, Frank McCall, John Lugo, Tom McGill, John LaRosa, Terry Grau, Bob Adams, Don Doll, Ted Klepac, Skip Katz and Scott Williams, pose for at the Installation Dinner. Past Exchange Club presidents, Jon Basastini, Homer Gerken, Dan Parks, Stu Sirott, Frank McCall, John Lugo, Tom McGill, John LaRosa, Terry Grau, Bob Adams, Don Doll, Ted Klepac, Skip Katz and Scott Williams, pose for at the Installation Dinner.


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