Thursday Morning Club Members March in Memorial Day Parade

(above, l-r) TMC Members at the Memorial Day Parad: Mary Beth Hansbury, Barbara Berger, Anne Lawless, Anne Moores, Susan Packie, Connie Rostiac, Jeanne Kosakowski, Karen Jeisi

TMC at Madison Memorial Day parade

Submitted by Karen Jeisi

On a beautiful sunny Memorial Day, sixteen Thursday Morning Club (TMC) members participated in the Madison Memorial Day parade.

During the ceremony held after the parade, TMC distributed awards to six graders, from the Madison Junior School and St. Vincent’s, for the best essay and best artwork on the subject of patriotism.

This year there were two winners for first in both the essay and art categories. The essay winners are:  Mark Fedyna for “Recognition of the Selfless, Honoring Those Who Serve” and Emily Page for “Memorial Day”. The arts winners are: Avnee Arora and Kathryn Then. 

Mark and Emily read their essays, well-written and thoughtful, noting selfless actions each of us can take to remember fallen military, especially those unknown, and Avnee explained her creative patriotic drawing, with emblems from each branch of the military overlayed on an American flag. Kathryn Then was unable to attend; her drawing was a lovely flower with the words, “Remember the brave, remember the selfless, remember those who gave so much so we didn’t have to live in fear”.

Organized in 1896, the Thursday Morning Club, a social and non-profit service organization with 235 members, owns, operates, and maintains the Madison Community House and its pre-school and before and after school child care program. The club offers programs and services to support the community, and its community house provides a home for a number of sports, recreation, and civic groups. For information about the Thursday Morning Club or membership, call the Community House at 973-377-0244 or visit

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