The Ocean City Ecumenical Council hosted their annual Volunteer Luncheon recently at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. Lunch co-chairwomen Nancy Notaro and Carol Evans welcomed me when I arrived and showed me the 30th anniversary cake made and donated by Darren DiPetro, owner of The Cake Studio at 1046 Asbury Ave.
I stopped in the kitchen where Jennifer Bowman had her crew, Donna Groner, Steve Dyjack and Carlo Calle, working on the luncheon. Jennifer recruited Steve at church on Sunday, so he rearranged his work schedule. Donna is the librarian in Linwood and Carlo is known for his portrayal of Peter in “The Living Last Supper.”
Christine Crist helped her daughter in the kitchen, but was also a guest at the luncheon as were Kathy and Tom Thompson, who are looking forward to getting back in their home next week. Bill Bateson is the Energizer Bunny. Bill turned 90 Sept. 4. He works at St. Peter’s as one of the sexton’s daily and helped out at the luncheon. Warren Hughes entertained at the piano as volunteers gathered in the Stainton Room before lunch. I enjoyed meeting Dave Lutton, a member of Holy Trinity, who moved the food back into the Food Cupboard at St. Peter’s when renovations were completed after Hurricane Sandy.
Thelma Bates, who is in charge of inventory for the Food Cupboard, missed getting her nametag, so Kris Stanwood made sure she got one. Jean Robinson arrived with friends after playing a round of golf in the morning.
Barbara Deaney told me she and husband, Rich, enjoyed their Tauck Tour of the rainforests in Costa Rica in July with two of their grandchildren. Sue Baker is busy renovating the 1947 cottage she recently purchased in Ocean City and is only the third owner of this home located across the street from volunteer Pat Crowley. Jane Doran, a volunteer for 25 years, told me she had great seats to watch the Miss America Parade at Margaritaville in Atlantic City. Eleanor Eason just went to a party for Jane Farina at The Flanders. I enjoyed catching up with Doris and Joe DiCorcia, who celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary Oct. 10. Volunteers at the Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet took their seats when Ecumenical Council President Andrea Bell Paul stood at the podium to welcome everyone.
I enjoyed the lunch chatting with Jane, Roger and Suzan LaRosa, Julie Kelleher, Brian Roberts, Richard Stanislaw and Andrea Bell Paul. I spotted Rosemarie Vetter, Fred Marcell and Bill Heep serving lunch, iced tea and dessert. Gene Lindacher had to eat lunch fast as he was on duty at 1 p.m. at the Food Cupboard downstairs. Dottie Cianci recognized the founders of the Ecumenical Council, Roger LaRosa and Dick Grimes, and showed mosaic tiles she made honoring these two gentlemen that will be a part of the Community Arts Project’s Mosaic Memories in the city park at Ninth and West. Jane LaRosa found a newspaper article on the formation written by Harold Lee for The Sentinel Ledger in 1971 featuring a picture of Roger and Dick along with Rev. Garrison of St. John’s Lutheran Church. John LaRosa had copies of the old article made and presented them to the Ecumenical Council for their archives.
Andrea Paul recognized Linda MacIntyre for her 30 years heading up Waves of Caring as she passes the leadership of this organization to Jim Smith, who has been working closely with Linda for many years. Mayor Jay Gillian thanked all the volunteers for their hours of service in the Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet. John Dower concluded the luncheon with “It Is Well With My Soul,” then Andrea Paul read a list of longstanding volunteers who were to take home the fall flower arrangements on the tables donated by Mark Videtto at The Spinning Wheel Florist. I stopped to chat with Homer Gerken, who has stopped biking, but still plays golf two days a week. I also enjoyed catching up with Joan Robertson and Eleanor Pratt, who sported fall outfits on this chilly day.
Rich Hawthorne followed me down the stairs and wanted to know if I was pleased with the new Miss America. Cathy and Pete Guinosso, Marge McGuckin, Dick Strang, Barbara and Bob Laudenschlager, Marge and Bob Roth, Pat Williams, Carolyn Lothian, Rissa Trofa and Edwina and Roy Wagner were some of the volunteers at the luncheon.
Bill McGinity welcomed the Exchangettes to Cousin’s Restaurant on Asbury Avenue for their September dinner meeting. Pat Gillian chauffeured this columnist to Cousin’s in Roy’s new, black Jaguar. Vonnie Price hosted the dinner and told me her stepdaughter, Maddie, a junior at Wake Forest University is studying in Chile this semester. Maribeth Neall and this columnist recapped the Miss America “Show Us Your Shoes” Parade we attended Saturday night. Sue Doll reports her 6-year-old grandson, Brandon Argo, scored his first touchdown in the Upper Township Football Association.
Dottie McClain is looking forward to the arrival of her third grandchild as her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Ashley Hoster, are expecting their first child, a girl. Jan Smith is pleased her husband, Bob, finally decided to have his knee replaced in January. Lillian and Rich Ellerman are headed for a week’s vacation in Myrtle Beach Saturday. It’s been a year since Jane Lugo retired and she is loving it. Jane’s daughter, Deanna, a senior at Rowan University is studying in Spain this semester.
Suzan LaRosa’s grandson, Daniel, just started preschool. Barb Russell and husband Bart are headed to Raleigh, N.C. for Bart’s 45th year Marine reunion. Bart’s lieutenant, Andy Finlayson, just wrote a book “Killer Kane,” the name of Bart’s unit. Elaine Novello reports her two youngest grandsons are going to the Hill School and a private high school in Wyoming County, Pa. Eileen Adams volunteered to run next month’s dinner at the Tuckahoe Inn. Anita Culp reports she and husband Bill recently visited son Bill IV at Quantico. Bill is a 2nd lieutenant graduate of the Naval Academy.
Judi Roseland reports husband Warren, during his three years in the Marines, carried the colors for his Marine Corps drill team. After hearing everyone’s stories, Barb Adams said she lives a quiet life in their condo in Gardens Plaza, but she and husband Dean enjoy visiting Lancaster several times a year.
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