At the WMJWC annual banquet held last night, 13 new members were welcomed to the club as well as the official installation of new officers. At the banquet, which took place at Dante's Ristorante in Mendham, the following new members were welcomed into the club: Meghan Bergman, Katie Jabbour, Kelly Johnson, Victoria Legacki, Debbie Lopez, Megan McCarthy, Meredith Ross, Kristen Schutzman, Kerry Seely, Danielle Shefsky, Susanna Short, Kyleigh von Dohlen and Elisa Wyman.
New officers for 2016 include WMJWC president Anne Bergeron, co-president Ginna Welsh, vice president(s) Meredith Arena and Kim Walsh, secretary Mandy Culbertson, treasurer Kyleigh von Dohlen, communications officers Linda Chang and Mandy Culbertson, and membership/alumni relations officer Francesca Mullany.
Also honored with the annual WMJWC awards were members Francesca Mullany and Anne Bergeron. Francesca Mullany was presented with the Fernanda Smith Memorial Award for her continued support and enthusiasm throughout the years. Anne Bergeron was presented with the Junior of the Year Award for her dedication to the club and its various charities.
The annual banquet is also an opportunity to wish members becoming alumni well as they officially depart the club. This year, members Kate Rizzo, Kelly Rice, Allyson Daly, Jenna Rosselli and Paula Lubas became alumni. Rizzo joined the club in 2006 and has served as president (2009, 2010, 2011) and also held roles as our second vice president and membership chair. It was under Rizzo's leadership that the club raised the funds for and installed more than 21 defibrillators on Mendham and Chester playing fields. The project - called Play it Safe - was co-chaired by alumni members Dawn Nutt and Nicole Geary. Rice, who has been a member since 2009, served as club president (2013, 2014) and second vice president for two consecutive years (2010, 2011) and, along with co-vice president Daly, initiated the WMJWC Taste of the Season fundraiser in 2010 to support the Morristown Soup Kitchen and Dress for Success of Morris County. Rice has most recently served as membership chair, after chairing many of the club's committees throughout the years. Daly, who also joined the club in 2008, has served as the Communication Chair for the club since 2011 after serving as second vice president in 2010 and 2011. Rosselli, who joined the club in 2010 has served as the club's second vice president and has led many successful fundraising events throughout the years such as the Luau in 2013 and the Fiesta in 2014. Lubas joined the club in 2014 and has since committed her energy and enthusiasm to many of the clubs many endeavors such as the annual St. Patrick's Senior Luncheon and our annual banquet.
Special thanks to members Paula Lubas and Linda Chang for their work planning and coordinating this annual event!
To view photos from the event, please go here.