Ann Cheshul

Term: 2008 to 2009

Photo by Jeannette Michelson

If there is one word to describe former President, Mrs. Ann Cheshul, it would be multifaceted… a woman with a wide range of interests and abilities.  Born in Bayonne, NJ, Ann spent 42 years in the Navy receiving the highest Civilian Award for her specialized service in the Military Sealift Command, Atlantic Vice Military Sealift Command in the Atlantic, traveling throughout the country.  She met and married Ed Cheshul who for a short period of time was a pitcher for the New York Giants.  Together Ann and Ed raised two sons, Scott and Mark, who were instrumental in getting their parents to move to the LBI area in Manahawkin about 20 years ago.

Once Ann settled into life at the Jersey Shore and on her own, she felt the need to volunteer in many local activities.  A friend of hers, Rose Houghton, a member of our Garden Club at the time, was her mentor in getting her into the club.  Ann took to her role in our club by chairing houses for the house tour, becoming the Kitchen Chair for 4 years (now Hospitality), and overseeing the cookies for the house tour luncheons.

In her role as President, Ann was the inspiration behind the in-house award, called the President’s Cup.  This award would be presented by the President to recognize a member who has generously contributed to the club above normal requirements.  Nominations are submitted by the membership and reviewed by the President for selection. The Orrefors Bowl containing the recipient names was gifted and deeded to the club by Ann.

Also during Ann’s term, the Military Recognition Program was established in 2008 which involved, not only the club, but also local businesses and organizations on the island.  In addition, the Youth Club at All Saints School was established with an initial group of 27 children, and it has persisted ever since, maintaining its active presence to this day. To recognize the importance of environmental issues, Ann worked with the club to initiate the Mary Turner Scholarship Award which honors those dedicating time and effort to environmental causes.

Continuing to highlight this multi- talented club member, Ann does needlepoint at a professional level, having had a show of her work in Surf City; and is a consummate gardener.  She had a collection of African violets that included 13 original species which were entered in flower shows.  Along with that, Ann could be described as a Mahjong expert playing the game for over 40 years.  Besides these activities, she paints, does charcoal drawings, collects beautifully, patterned dishes and depression glass, and Byers Caroler Dolls.  To this day, Ann continues to dedicate her time, energy and talents to the Garden Club of Long Beach Island.  In conclusion, Ann shared that our club is welcoming, allows for the best camaraderie… and she loves it all!