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Carol joined the Woman’s Club of Lacey in September of 2018. She joined the club to meet some local women & have more community involvement. Immediately she took on the role as Membership Chairperson for the Club.
She has lived in Forked River for almost 45 years, and summered here as a kid. She worked at Ocean County College for 18 years, left there to start her family. She volunteers at a local thrift shop 2-3 days a week and in my spare time she enjoys going to estate and garage sales.
Carol Candeletti, 3rd V.P.
Lori Vircillo, President
Lori joined the Woman's Club of Lacey in September of 2013 and served as 1st Vice President under President Patricia Pasquale 2014-2016 and under Nancy Fortin 2016-2018.
She moved to Lacey Twp with her husband and four children in 1981 when Lacey High School opened its doors.
After working at the high school for 26 years as English Teacher and Library Media Specialist she retired in 2012.
Lori and husband Lou have been married for 50 years, and in addition to four children enjoy seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Barbara Bowen, 1st V.P.
Barbara has been part of the Woman's Club since her retirement from teaching in Lacey Township for 29 years. She taught 4th &5th grades and was President for her union, the Lacey Township Education Association for 5 years.
She joined the club in the spring of 2009. The following year, she was 2nd V.P. and became President from 2011-2013. She was also Federation Secretary from 2013-2015, followed by Fundraising Chair from 2015-2017. She is presently 1st V.P.
On the District level, she served as Arts Performing Chair for two years. (2015-2017). She most enjoys singing with the Merilee Singers . She also sings in her Church as a cantor & with the Choir. My husband, Tim and I have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. The Woman's Club of Lacey provides a worthwhile endeavor to give back to the community & form wonderful friendships.
Patti O'Donnell, 2nd V. P.
Patti has been a member of the WCL since 2008 and has served the club in so may capacities. Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Lacey Day Parade, Scrapbook, Memorial Day Parade and may other fundraisers. She is better known and loved for her boundless energy and creative talent as the Chairman of the Drama Department. Patti writes and directs our annual Christmas Show and all performances for District Performing Arts. Patti has 3 daughters and 8 grandchildren. She has lived in Forked River for 16 years.
Adrienne Melnyk, Corresponding Secretary
Adrienne has been a member of WCL almost 6 years, 4 of those years on the Executive Committee. She is the chair of Arts Creative as well as Achievement Day. She has been on the nominating committee, budget committee, and have served as the Special State Project Chair for the District. She also tries to maintain her involvement with The Sharing Network. Her faith and family are most important to her. Her three granddaughters are the light of her life! Adrienne and her husband are very active within their church community and hold several positions. In her “spare” time she enjoys knitting, reading, crafting and playing Mah Jong . I consider it to be a good day if I can make at least one person smile.
Marilyn Hock, Recording Secretary
Marilyn has been a member of WCL for four years and has served on the Executive Board and as co-chair of one of the club’s major fund raisers. In addition she was an officer in the Morristown, NJ, and Punta Gorda, FL, Woman’s Clubs. Further, she was a member of the Board of Directors at a local Florida golf club and a member of DAR.
Following her attendance at Florida Southern College, she went on to attend Katharine Gibbs School in Boston, MA. Marilyn has held several administrative positions in New Jersey and New York law firms.
Her family includes her husband, two grown children and three grandchildren.
Nancy Fortin, Federation Secretary
Nancy grew up in the country at the base of the second highest mountain in the state of New Jersey but spent most of her summers with her aunt and uncle at the Jersey Shore.
After starting her family, Nancy returned to school and received an Associates Degree in Nursing. She moved to South Carolina where she worked towards and received a Degree in Biology while working in a Critical Care Trauma Unit.
On her return to New jersey she moved her family to Lacey Township. She became somewhat involved in politics, resumed her church activities at the Forked River Presbyterian Church where she became an elder, adopted her cousin's 5 year old daughter and joined the Woman's Club of Lacey where she has been a member for 18 years.
Nancy has chaired the WCL Literature Department and started the Santa Claus letters to benefit WCL Scholarships. She became 1st Vice President and then President where she served 3 - two year terms. Her motto: "Together We Make a Difference." Following her 1st term, she became the New Jersey State Federation of Women's Club's Shore District Vice President for 2 years. During her 3rd term, she also presided over the Shore District Past President's club and once again was NJSFWC Shore District Vice President.
Nancy recently moved to Phillipsburg, NJ to be centrally located to her children and grandchildren. She remains the Eulogist for the WCL and is currently the Federation Secretary and continues as a Parliamentary Advisor to the club. She has enjoyed many wonderful experiences, learned a great deal and is truly dedicated to the WCL and to the NJSFWC.
She misses her friends from the Woman's Club of Lacey terribly.
Joan Schuler, Treasurer
Joan joined the Woman's Club of Lacey in 2018 in the hopes of finding a meaningful new activity and friends to fulfill my void hours upon my twin grandchildren starting kindergarten. "I am pleased to say that I did." She became active immediately in the arts creative program. With the assistance of our President, Lori, she then took on the role of the preparing and publishing the club's Newsletter. In 2019, when the Club needed a Treasurer, she again volunteered for that position. I have a significant other (Dave), 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
Andrea Higley, Financial Secretary
Born in New York, Andrea moved to New Jersey in 5th Grade. She has two beautiful children, a girl and a boy and graduated from Monmouth University. Before joining the Woman's Club of Lacey, she worked for Dow Jones in South Brunswick for 25 years as a corporate accountant.