Friday, July 29, 2011

The Jersey Cape Shell Club

The August 2011 Newsletter of
The Jersey Cape Shell Club
PO Box 124 Stone Harbor, NJ 08247
Monday August 1 meeting- We are pleased to again welcome Dr. Robert Robertson, Curator Emeritus, Department of Malacology, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, as our speaker for the evening. Dr. Robertson has had a fascinating and well-traveled career and continues to write and lecture about his adventures. The program he will be giving is titled “"A wobbly old snail watcher will talk about some local bivalves and periwinkles, with close-up and personal photos." This will be a meeting that will be well worthy attending! Come to meet Dr. Robertson and his wife Happy Robertson and we’ll hope to see everyone at 7:30 sharp.
From Jersey cape Shell Club President and Shell Show Chairperson, Karen Lelli;

Hello Everyone,
The show is rapidly approaching and I’m getting very excited about this years event. We have many unique exhibits and some very new exhibitors entering in our show. I’ve only opened a few applications and I counted over sixty five feet of entries. I hope I get more each day before the deadline of the thirty first.
I am very grateful to Caroll Rappold and Lowell and B.J. Bingham for accepting the job of setting up the
Cape May Court
House Library exhibit. It is an important part of our show to get the exposure from all of the library’s visitors. Let’s all please support them by visiting the library during the month of August to see what they have created for us.

Last month I was very happy to accept the help from Pat Whitaker, Stephanie Schrader and Barbara and Ron Rulon for supplying the treats and paper products for our meeting. I don’t have anyone lined up for the August meeting, so please call me and let me know if you can help.
I just want to say again, what a pleasure it was to have Amanda Lawless speak to us at the July meeting. The club learns so much from her continued research of the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay area and how it is affected by their changing environment. I know that many of the club newsletter readers don’t have access to Facebook, so I’ll repeat for you what I had posted:
Did you know: that the Chesapeake used to be crystal clear, that the name Chesapeake is from the Indian tribe Algonquian meaning Great Water or Great Shellfish Bay; that now because of fisherman dredging for oysters, pollution and disease the oyster population (the greatest natural water filter) is down only one percent of what it used to be; that scientists are building man made reefs to try and increase the population? These are only a few things we learned from Amanda that night. Our marine environment affects all of us. We have to learn to use it wisely and protect it from widespread misuse. We thank Amanda for all of her research and helping to protect our marine world.
I’m looking forward to the August first meeting. Dr. Robert Robertson will be speaking to us and his title is “"A wobbly old snail watcher will talk about some local bivalves and periwinkles, with close-up and personal photos." Dr. Robertson is a lot of fun and I would like for everyone to join us for this meeting.
As most of you already know, the club has voted and the remainder of money left in the “Dr. Marlyn “Marty” Bortner Scholarship fund” was donated to the Wetlands Institute Education Dept. They were extremely pleased with the donation and will put the money to very good use. We will now have a half page ad in the Wetlands Institute “Trail Guide”. I also wanted to share with the club the following letter sent to me and the Wetlands Institute from Peter Bortner, Marty’s son. He wanted us and them to know a little about the man who loved the Jersey Cape Shell Club and the Wetlands Institute. I know that I am very proud to have known Marty, even if it was for a few short years.
I want to tell you about my dad, Marty Bortner, whose generosity helped to provide the money that the Wetlands Institute is receiving.
If he had the choice of being anywhere, it was Stone Harbor. He loved the beach, the ocean, the marshes and, of course, Springer’s. I suspect that if he had to live his life over, he’d live it over an ice cream parlor.
Nothing excited him more than finding some nice seashells while walking along the beach at the Point, unless it was finding at a hobby shop some stamps that pictured those seashells.
His dream house,
230 117th St.
, was just the place where he could relax and enjoy those seashells – and, of course, the birds that inhabit, or at least used to inhabit, the Bird Sanctuary next to the back yard.

Of course, what he really liked was to enjoy those things while his grandson, Tim, was around. I’m just sorry I didn’t get around to having him a little earlier so they could have enjoyed each other more.
Dad was a scientist, with a Ph. D. to prove it, and he truly appreciated having the Wetlands Institute next to Stone Harbor. He served as president of the Jersey Cape Shell Club, which holds its meetings in the institute, and loved having the meetings in a building devoted to promoting the beauty and science of the region. He even attended the opening of the institute, and was as excited to see Herbert Mills as he was to see Prince Bernhard.
General Electric was where he worked as an air research chemist, and he liked what he did. He worked hard, but he was never too busy to help other people and his communities in Pennsylvania, where we lived, and Stone Harbor, where I think he would have wanted to live his whole life. He spent much of his youth in Cape May Court House, where his father served as superintendent of schools, so it’s appropriate that he is helping an organization based in the township.
He regarded the shell club as more than just a passing fancy, and worked constantly to promote it. While he served as its president, he helped to have the knobbed whelk named as the official state shell of New Jersey.
One thing he never promoted was himself. I am happy that I can do a little to help people remember him.
I know the Wetlands Institute will take good care of the money, and use it to help boost science and the seashore. My father would be happy to have the money go here.
There you have it folks. Marty would be very proud of his son, too.
On that note I’ll wrap this up. Please attend the August meeting and support your club.
Thanks, and Happy Shelling,
From our Treasurer, Stephanie Schrader;
Many thanks goes to our consecutive Shell Show Supporters Bob Lelli of Automotive Parts of S.J. in Vineland and to Tom Enstice of Enstice,Dugan Group, @ Morgan Stanley Smith Barney of Northfield. Not only are they members, but their monetary support is constant and is GREATLY appreciated. Thank You!!
I received this from the Broward shell club....I liked it.

The Oyster

There once was an oyster whose story I tell,
Who found that some sand had got into his shell,
It was only a grain, but gave him great pain,
For oysters have feelings although they're plain,
Now, did he berate the harsh working of fate
That had brought him to such a deplorable state?
Did he curse at the government, cry for election,
and claim that the sea should have given him protection?
No- he said to himself as he lay on a shelf,
Since I cannot move it, I shall try to improve it,
Now the years have rolled around, as the years always do,
and he came to his ultimate destiny--stew

And the small grain of sand that had bothered him so
was a beautiful pearl all richly aglow,

Now the tale has a moral;for all isn't grand
what an oyster can do with a morsel of sand?

What couldn't we do if only begin
with some of the things that get under our skin.
2011 Jersey Cape Shell Club DUES are DUE!
Please bring to the meeting or mail to Stephanie Schrader ;
#1- $8.00 for a single, $12.00 for a family
#2- Your name, mailing address, phone number AND most importantly;
#3- Your email address
The Jersey Cape Shell Club
Stephanie Schrader, Treasurer
3 Botany Circle

Willingboro, NJ 08046
Please carefully print your email address, as that is the easiest and least expensive way to get the newsletter to you!
Meetings are held at The Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor Blvd, Stone Harbor, NJ at 7:30 pm on the first Monday of every month from May through October, unless that day is a holiday, when we move to the following Monday.
Our schedule this year is as follows;
Monday July 11 (delayed due to Independence Day on previous Monday)
Monday August 1
Thursday August 18 SHELL SHOW SET UP and judging
Friday through Sunday August 19-21 SHELL SHOW!
Monday September 12 (delayed due to Labor Day on previous Monday)
Monday October 1
Saturday December 3? Holiday party
Club Officers and do-ers;
President, Show Chairperson; Karen Lelli 856-691-5831
Vice President , Crafty Lady Chairperson; Mary Still 609-886-3905
Publicity; June Kelley 215-675-2547 home, 609-522-1023 summer and Maura Kelley
Treasurer ; Stephanie Schrader 609-871-9320
Programs, Newsletter; Sue Hobbs 609-884-7601
Biology Lesson Guru; JB Sessoms 609-653-8017

Club Bons Vivants; Lowell and BJ Bingham 856-327-3818
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