Clautice, of Alexandria, Virginia made 'first' and 'last' pageant history when
she was crowned Ms. Senior America 1999 in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 23,
1999. Ms. Clautice is the first Virginia representative in Senior America
history to win the national title. She is also the last Ms. Senior America
of the millennium.*
competed with 32 state representatives in the usual categories of personal
interview, philosophy of life, talent and evening gown. Clautice, who has
danced since childhood, performed an original ballet to "Chariots of
Fire" in the talent competition. In evening gown she wore a cream
lace gown with a graduated hemline and three-quarter length lace mitts.
After 25 years
of teaching, Clautice recently retired from Woodlawn Elementary School in
Fairfax County, Virginia. She tutors children and volunteers with the
"stay at home alone" elderly. She is a member of the national
Osteoporosis Foundation, Mount Vernon Naval Officers Wives Club, Y-ME Breast
Cancer, and serves as treasurer of both the Fort Belvoir Yacht Club and Virginia
Senior America Cameo Club.
philosophy (in part), "If your mind can receive it and your heart can believe
it, then your body can achieve it," are words to live by. She
exercises with racquetball, golf, skiing and aerobics, travels extensively and
enjoys spending time with her grandchildren. She performs with the
Liturgical Dance Group of Mt. Vernon and the Cameo Jewels, a traveling
entertainment troupe that supports the state pageant.
Joyce and her
husband, Navy Captain William G. Clautice, recently celebrated their 40th wedding
anniversary. They have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Ms. Senior America 1999
Joyce Reilly Clautice and Her Court
(Left to Right) 4th Runner-up, Janet Kapela (Ohio); 2nd
Runner-up, Joan Sipich (Illinois); Ms. Senior America 1999 Joyce Reilly
Clautice; 1st Runner-up, Esther Kelter, (Arizona); and 3rd
Runner-up, Audrey Varlas (Maryland).
wish to thank
my wonderful dance troupe, "The Seasoned Steppers" for adding to the
glamour of the 1999 National Pageant, they were terrific, led by their choreographer, Corliss
Whitney, former Rockette (pictured at left).
National Pageant Director
is some debate about when the new millennium really starts. Although most
of the world will celebrate the start of the new millennium on January 1, 2000,
the mathematically correct feel the next millennium really starts on January 1,