Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The July 2011 Newsletter of

The Jersey Cape Shell Club

PO Box 124 Stone Harbor, NJ 08247


Our July 11 meeting is a week delayed due to the holiday, but it will be worth waiting for! We are again fortunate to have Amanda Lawless, of the department of malacology at The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia, as our speaker this month. You will remember the first installment of her story last year, she spoke to us about her work in the Chesapeake Bay doing surveys of oyster reefs. So, come and hear Amanda, in her usual cheery, energetic and definitive way, tell us about “The effect of oyster reefs on benthic communities in Chesapeake Bay” part 2! See you there at 7:30- and bring a friend.

(from the editor- Amanda gives a great talk. I have seen her presentations at Jersey Cape and Philadelphia clubs and she is well worth coming to the meeting for!)

A note from your Pres. and Shell Show Chair, Karen Lelli:

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and I’m looking forward to having more of our members attend the July meeting. We only have six meetings planned for this year and the first two had a very poor showing. I know everyone gets busy with their own families and lives and our shell club family needs attention, too.

The club was very happy to have Katie Sellers, our Dr. Marlin “Marty” Bortner, scholarship award winner, give a presentation on her internships during her four years at University of Miami. She has really made us all very proud and continues to do so as she prepares for her graduate degree in the fall. Katie will be assisting with the shell show and everyone will be able to speak with her and enjoy her company. Katie is beautiful, energetic and a pure pleasure to get to know. Many thanks to Katie for all she is doing and plans to do for the marine environment. Katie can also be found this summer at the Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center. (Maybe you and your family would enjoy a day trip with Katie to spot some whales. Yes, she says they’re out there.)

The club still needs volunteers to help make desserts for the July meeting. Ron and Barbara Rulon will bring the paper products, Stephanie Schrader will bring the beverages and it would be very much appreciated (especially by me, who will end up making them again) if some of you would call me and offer your help with this task. If a couple of people would just bring one dessert, it would be a big help.

Volunteer help is the most important part of the shell show. Please attend the July meeting to sign up and give Mary a chance to make the necessary schedules. We are very lucky to have Louise Pepe, Jaime and Lindsey Rafter, Michele and Rory Gilmartin and Carol Rappold help with the Kids Crafts. Kids Crafts draws great attention and we are very happy to have these fun and talented members in charge.

I have all the ribbons and trophies ordered and some flyers made. (Again, please come to the meeting to get some flyers to display in your hometown grocery stores, public libraries, local YMCA, ANYWHERE shop owners will allow the space.) Now, I need everyone to finish their exhibits, measure them exactly and get me the applications asap. If you haven’t received the forms or applications, call me or Sue Hobbs right away. We will be happy to send them or email them to you. Don’t forget, if there is room, we have added Sea Glass and other beach find categories. Call for more information.

• This year, beside the usual exhibitors, I am happy to say that because of Face Book and the Jersey Cape Shell Club page, we have gotten the attention of two new exhibitors. Cathy Young , proprietor of Mid Atlantic Fossil and Nature Adventures, will enter a collection of wonderful and exciting self-collected fossils and, Jaroslaw Turek, a member of the Czech Conch Collector Club from Poland, will exhibit for the first time outside of Europe. Because we captured Jaroslaw’s attention, he is determined to go to the trouble and expense of customs and shipping to share some of his treasures with us. So PLEASE, let’s show Cathy and Jaroslaw that we are worth their time and efforts!

Our fellow club member, exhibitor and Marco Island club member, Sheila McFarland, is donating a whimsical shell creation for our show’s raffle. We are very fortunate to have members who generously give their time and gifts to enhance our show.

I have a huge request for someone with a shell collection, however large or small, who would kindly take on the job of setting up the Cape May Court House Library showcase exhibit for the entire month of August this year. Maybe you could buddy up with a friend to share the job of putting something together. It could be fun and a great way to show off your collection and help the club advertise the shell show. The library exhibit brings in lots of interested new people looking for educational summer activities for their families. I’d like to keep the exhibits new and fresh and I’m running out of new items of my own to show. Call me if you could please help and I’ll be happy to guide you through the process.

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you on July 11th and in the meantime, HAPPY SHELLING!

SHELL SHOW ENTRY FORMS- email or call Karen or Sue (who will be away @ the Conchologists of America convention July 10-20). Deadline for entries is July 31!

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

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


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