Garden Club and Exchangettes meet in January in Ocean City

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The Ocean City Garden Club postponed their luncheon meeting for a week due to extreme cold weather only to have it rain the next week when I arrived at the Episcopal church.

I caught up with Barbara Welden sporting a unique rain hat to keep her hair dry while this columnist opted for an umbrella. Joanne Romano greeted me when I arrived and Jeanne Robinson took my coat and pointed out my seat at her table. When I complimented Jeanne on the snowmen decorations on the dessert table, she admitted she got them at CVS and Rite Aid.

Edith Himmelberger has been a member of the Garden Club for 25 years and celebrated her 95th birthday, Jan. 12 at a dinner with her family at the Tuckahoe Inn. Cheryl Kelchner and Angel Smith are co-presidents of the Garden Club. Cheryl and her husband are first time empty-nesters and enjoying it. Angel and her husband recently toured France with their next stop Italy in September.

I enjoyed catching up with Carol Daley, who works in the maternity ward at Shore Medical, and said her husband, Bill, loves reminiscing about his service in the Marines with my husband. Denise Lindsay recently saw the musical “Moses” in Lancaster. Denise is quite the gardener, growing lime and grapefruit trees. Georgi Herniko moved back to Pennsylvania last year, but returns every month for Garden Club meetings.

Cecelia Unrath took pictures for the club album and told me she has been a substitute teacher in Ocean City schools for five years while her husband, Daniel, is the visitation pastor at the Presbyterian church. Dot Turner is looking forward to spending two weeks in Florida with her daughter. Nancy Burke was the assistant director of the science lab at Stockton. Now that she is retired, she enjoys volunteering at Waldor Orchids in Linwood and helps set up their flower exhibit every year at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Rae Jaffe-Mullineaux told me the judges of the monthly art shows at the Fine Arts League get to display their art in the studio on Asbury Avenue during the month of January. Carolyn Lothian and husband Terry are headed for Las Vegas and Palm Springs this winter; however, Carolyn will be flying solo on her trip to South America.

As vice president of the Garden Club, Carol Dotts is in charge of getting the monthly speakers. Marge Roth is busy this winter attending grandson Evan Roth’s wrestling matches at Dublin High School where he is a senior. Kathy Wheatcroft told me the Garden Club and Arts League are sponsoring a bus trip to the Philadelphia Garden Show on Wednesday, March 5.

Christine McPartland is a member of the Fine Arts League and student of Lance Balderson, which keeps her busy while husband Michael enjoys cooking dinners for his wife. Nancy Sloan enjoys her new home on the beach when she’s not traveling around the world, visiting her three sons in Moscow, Russia; Bozeman, Mont. and San Francisco, Calif.

While sampling the desserts, Mary Trueman told us about attending the Rose Parade in Pasadena then she watched the Rose Bowl football game. Colleen Snodgrass and husband Bob said they had a memorable trip on Dec. 21 when daughter Nicole directed members of the Cherokee High School choir in a concert in the foyer of the White House.

Kay Reilly was speaking when I bid the ladies adieu and headed back to the office after lunch.

The Ocean City Exchangettes held their annual installation dinner at the newly renovated Ocean Reef Clubhouse recently. Jane Lugo, Vonnie Price, Warren Iredell and Linda Gronert had the clubhouse all set up for dinner when Jim and I arrived with Carol Heenan and Eric Wakabayashi and set our covered dishes on the buffet table. Dottie McClain just got the soft cast off her broken foot, but was still having a little pain, however it didn’t stop her from collecting everyone’s dues for the new club year.

Jane Lugo hadn’t even been sworn in as president and she had sign-ups for the monthly dinners covered for the year. John Lugo was ready for the Rainbow Fishing Club’s dinner the next night at Sandi Pointe that he coordinated again this year. The next day, John was celebrating his birthday. Sue and Ozzie Jordan arrived in matching, bright yellow slickers on this rainy night. Carol Heenan received compliments on her gold snake necklace. Judi and Warren Roseland are looking forward to a month in sunny Florida, but plan to take the Auto Train home this year. I caught up with Joyce Trofa and Lillian and Rich Ellerman enjoying the hors d’oeuvres.

Thanks to Joyce for changing months with this columnist for hosting a dinner.

Maribeth Neall and Maryann Jones, who are looking forward to spending two weeks in Cancun, arrived just in time for the installation ceremony.

Exchange President Warren Iredell gathered the officers together in front of the fireplace for the installation. Jane Lugo was installed as president while outgoing President Linda Gronert passed her the gavel. Anita Culp was installed as vice president and Dottie McClain as treasurer. Exchange Club President-elect Bill Culp took notes, so he’d be prepared to install his wife as president next year.

Andrea and Don Paul, Suzan LaRosa and Sue Doll helped set out the dinner buffet. Vonnie Price had help from her stepson, Jack Price, making her lasagna this year and it was delicious with most going back for second helpings. My husband, Don Doll and John LaRosa were the last to sit down for dinner as they had been busy reminiscing about “old Ocean City” in the living room.

Curt Gronert was up to the task when he picked up my camera to take some pictures. Liz Ulmer helped clear the buffet table while Jane Lugo and Linda Gronert washed dishes, Carol Heenan dried and Ed Price carried hot plates and supplies out the back door to his car.

Don Doll told me he changed his last name to “Dollo” to sound more Italian like his partners, LaRosa and Lugo. As the evening drew to a close everyone thanked Linda Gronert for guiding us successfully through another year highlighted by the Miss Ocean City Pageant and Halloween Parade.

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

Around our town with Cathy Finnegan Around our town with Cathy Finnegan

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