This sisterhood of former contestants was begun in 1989, as a way for former State Queens to stay in touch with one another and develop camaraderie. Gilda Campbell (a former Ms. Senior Alabama and mother of Connie Rosenthal, first Director of the Ms. Sr. Georgia Pageant) felt that All participants in a State Pageant should be included and pushed very hard for the inclusion. It took several years, but finally the goal was accomplished. The organization was named “the Cameo Club” and was open to ALL contestants in a Ms. Sr. Georgia Pageant, even if they were not chosen as Queen. In 1998, the name was changed to “the Georgia Classic club”, also know as GCC.
The purpose of the GCC is:
- to foster friendships made during the Pageant
- to speak and perform whenever and where ever possible
- to provide a service to the community
- to be the support group for the State Pageant by seeking qualified contestants, helpers and sponsors
- to promote a positive image of senior hood, dignity, inner beauty, positive maturity, and classic elegance.
Today GCC boasts a membership of 65 dynamic women, from all over Georgia, with an intense desire to spread their image to others. They are all over the age of 60 (required) and have participated in the Georgia State Pageant (required). they perform their various talents throughout the state of Georgia and nearby states, not looking for personal monetary gain, but to share their talents, life experiences and positive image of aging to others.
the “Dazzlin’ Dames” is the performing troupe in the Metro Atlanta area. They have entertained in many churches, Convalescent and/or Retirement Homes, Civic Groups, Cumming Playhouse, The Elberton Theatre, and various surrounding states.