Sunday, August 26, 2012

SIA Newsletter 8 24 2012 - SIA Meeting, Raffle Winner, Etc.

To All Strathmere and Whale Beach Homeowners and Visitors,

Don't forget that we've rescheduled the Centennial Trolley Rides to September 1 (Saturday of Labor Day Weekend).
Same format as before: Kids' 20-minute Fun Rides at 4:00, 4:20 and 4:40; Adult Historical Rides at 5:00, 6:00 and 7:00.
On August 10, we had a great SIA meeting
First we presented the Bergus Scholarship Awards, in the form of Commemorative Silver Dollars, to our four Strathmere Scholars.
Here are John and Matt Pond, and Christopher ("CJ") and Brian Furey, with their certificates.
Priscilla Bergus Lawrence made the presentation, and spoke of how her parents supported excellence in education...
Next came the drawings for the raffle.
President Linda Bateman held the "jug" while Brian drew the winner of the second place prize, two Phillies tickets donated by Karen Mitchell.

The winner was Tom Scranton!

Then Matt drew the winner of the Centennial Cruiser Bicycle.

The winner was Kim Hartline, of Whittier Road and Collegeville, PA, shown here the next day with husband Brian and her new bike!

We then proceeded with the business meeting. One of the items covered was a proposed change in the Bylaws to reduce the number of General Membership Meetings from four times a year to two. See the attached minutes for the specific wording of the proposed change. This change will be voted on at the SIA Meeting on September 14.

Following the business meeting, Dave Townsend gave a fascinating presentation on the history of the Townsend Family.

Did you know that his family dammed up Mill Creek 'way back in the 1680's, creating Magnolia Lake?
This is the lake on your right after you turn left onto Route 9 from Sea Isle Boulevard...

Dave has an extremely interesting family history,

and held the large crowd spellbound...

An excellent meeting!


This coming Wednesday, August 29, the Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company will hold its Second Annual Barbecue at the Deauville Beach House, from 6 to 9pm.

Tickets ($25 per person) may be obtained from any Fire Company Member or by calling (609) 780-7083.
A ticket includes:
Grilled chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, corn on the cob and live music!



On Saturday, September 1, from 9 am to 11 am, the SFEC will hold its free KIDS' SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT at the Prescott Street beach.

The tournament is open to all children age 17 and under (kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult), so bring your children and grandchildren! They need to bring their own fishing rod and tackle (pyramid weights only, please).


And of course that evening, we will hold the rescheduled trolley rides.



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Upcoming Events - mark your calendars:

**Strathmere Volunteer Fire Company Annual BBQ, Deauville Beach House, Wednesday, August 29, 6 to 9 pm
**Kids' Surf Fishing Tournament, Saturday, September 1, 9:00 am
**Rescheduled Centennial Trolley Tours, sponsored by the SIA, Saturday, September 1; Children, 4, 4:20; 4:40 pm; Adults: 5, 6 and 7 pm
**SIA Meeting Friday, September 14, 8:00 pm
**Last day of Flounder Season, Friday, September 28
**Services at the Strathmere United Methodist Church every Sunday to September 30: 9:15 Hymn Sing; 9:30 Service.
Let us know of additions or corrections!

**And once again, check out Carol Baker's wonderful Strathmere History website at


Have you paid your SIA Dues for 2012?
The Strathmere Improvement Association includes all owners in Strathmere and Whale Beach and many visitors. It was founded over 60 years ago as a community organization with the simple objective of making Strathmere a better place. We are proud of the organization's many accomplishments over the years.

The annual dues are $10 per adult family member. The dues and the fund raisers provide for the Fourth of July Parade and our share of the Christmas Party. We also donate money to help pay for extra State Police protection. This year we invested in the Centennial Banners and the Historic Trolley Rides...

NOTE: Since most of you never formally "signed up" as members, obviously we cannot "force" you to pay dues, which are really more like (non-deductible) donations anyway.
If you don't pay, we will still keep you on our newsletter distribution. The only penalty will be that you can't vote in our (mostly uncontested) elections!
Nevertheless, we really hope you see enough value in our projects and enjoy the newsletters enough so that you'll contribute $10 per adult family member.
Please send dues payments to SIA at PO Box 57, Strathmere, NJ 08248. Remember to tell us your correct e-mail address!

Also, please let us know if you have comments or suggestions for the newsletter or for SIA in general, or if you'd like us to change your e-mail address in our records.

You can contact us by responding to this e-mail at   or by mailing SIA at PO Box 57.

Celebrate Our Strathmere Centennial!

1912 - 2012


Thanks very much for your continuing support of the Strathmere Improvement Association!
Linda Bateman   
Elaine Holsomback      
Donna Diefenderfer       
Dorothy Addario       
Ken Weaver


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