April 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
April 7 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Alfredo
Program: Dan Mulligan, of Cranbury, will
talk about Ed Randall's "Bat for the Cure", which is an organization whose
main purpose is to increase the public's awareness of prostate cancer and to
educate the American people about cutting edge techniques in treatment,
prevention and detection. Ed Randall, the host of the radio program "Ed
Randall's Talking Baseball", is a prostate cancer survivor and founder and CEO
of "Bat for the Cure". Dan is the project's Chief Information Officer;
at this writing, Ed Randall will be available to attend the meeting.
April 21 - Annual Joint Zone Meeting and Lion of the Year - Spouse Night - 7PM,
Cranbury Station Restaurant; Dinner: TBA - Sign-Up Sheet is being circulated
Program: In addition to the Cranbury Lions
Club announcing our Lion of the Year, we will have the opportunity to meet,
greet, and discuss topics and solutions with the other Clubs in our Zone,
namely: Milltown and North Brunswick. District Governor Jim Dougherty will be our Guest Speaker.
May 4 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
May 5 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Oriental Beef and Broccoli
Peter Wise, former Director of TASK will speak about TASK and hunger in Trenton.
May 19 - Networking Meeting - 7AM, Teddy's; Breakfast: Choice
Program: Members to interact with each
other as well as Cranbury residents in general.
~ NOTICE TO ALL MEMBERS ~
dues are payable, in advance, on a quarterly basis after receipt of an invoice.
Members may, but are not required, to pay dues annually or by the half year.
There are a number of our Lions who are a quarter or two behind, however, some
of our Members are seriously
behind in the payment of dues by a year
or more; these members have received letters requesting immediate payment
in full. It is imperative that we close our year (June 30) "in the black", and
are asking all Members to meet the fiscal responsibilities agreed to upon accepting
membership in the Club. IF YOU HAVE
NOT RECEIVED AN INVOICE, CONTACT SECRETARY BOB OR TREASURER DEAN KOEHLER ASAP!
Things To Know
We'd like to remind all members to PLEASE, share the Jargon with your Spouse,
so that our events may be better scheduled on your personal or family calendars
for better attendance and participation. Please Note that Spouses are not only invited
to attend all meetings, but to become Members under the Family
Membership Initiative. In any event, Spouses are wholly encouraged to attend
our quarterly "Spouse Night" meetings. Our next Spouse Night is our Lion of the
Year Meeting, and our District Governor will be our Guest Speaker.
The Slate of Officers for Lion Year
2010-11 was read at both the March 3rd and March 17th
meetings; there were no write-in votes, and the slate of nominations was duly
voted upon by the Members in attendance on March 17; the Slate was unanimously
approved, and our new Officers and Board of Directors will be honored at the
Regular meeting on June 16.
Officers and the Board of Directors for
the Lion Year 2010-2011
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President
Director - 1 Year
Director - 1 Year
Director - 1 Year
Director - 2 Year
Directors - 2 Year
Directors - 2 Year
New Jersey Lions
Night at Prudential Arena with the Jersey Devils was Saturday,
March 20. Once again, thanks to the efforts of Lion Joe Carroll, the Cranbury
Lions sold 75 tickets, which will infuse our Charitable Budget by $750 when the
Devils send us a donation check at the end of the season. Thank you, Lion Joe.
White Cane Days are coming! With the
approval of the Board of Directors, Lion Jeff Grundy
has planned our Spring White Cane Collection for Friday and
Saturday, April 16 & 17.There is a sign up sheet going around at the
meeting, or you can contact Lion Jeff directly. Jeff has been responsible
for showing us that White Cane CAN BE
a lucrative fundraiser - all we have to do is show up! ALL MEMBERS are asked to
please volunteer for at least one 2-hour stint during this 2-day event and help
make this White Cane a success.
The Habitat for Humanity house is
now in the construction phase; the house is in Hightstown and volunteers are
needed for everything - little to big - from getting coffee to installing
windows. Interested volunteers should contact Lion Dave Shaffer to become part of our
The District 16-D Charity Ball is
the 16-D Charitable Foundation's only fundraiser each year, and depends on our
support to provide its support. This year's Charity Ball is at the East
Brunswick Chateau on Sunday, April 25; Cash Bar Cocktail reception at 2PM;
Dinner at 3PM; tickets are $45 per person. As a Club, we would like to fill at
least one table (10 people). All Cranbury Lions Interested in attending should
contact President John ASAP.
By now, everyone should have received an allotment of tickets for the our
Super 50/50 Spring Raffle. This is one of our most important fundraisers
for the year, and its success lies solely with the membership and how many
tickets we sell. In a time when raffles are complex and
expensive, we have kept the Spring Raffle simple and
inexpensive: a $10 donation provides a chance to win one of three prizes,
totaling up to $5000; if we sell all 1000 tickets the Club will make $5000 for
our Charitable Budget. The Board of Directors asks that each member make every
effort to sell your entire allotment of tickets, but would like to remind us
that at least five (5) tickets per member must be sold to provide sustainable prizes.
All cash and ticket stubs AND unsold tickets MUST be returned for accounting
purposes; returns to either Raffle Chair Henry Behnke, Secretary Bob Virgadamo,
or Treasurer Dean Koehler; all returns would be appreciated by Sunday, May 30,
but returns may be made to the Raffle Table at the Parade on Memorial Day. As
always the drawing will be held on Memorial Day.
And, speaking of Memorial Day, planning has begun for the Memorial
Day Parade. Recently elected to the Township
Committee, Lion Dave Cook has asked to stay on as Event Chair, but with a Co-Chair who
can act as Parade Master, since Dave will march with the Township Committee;
Lion Andre Mento has agreed to act
as Co-Chair and Parade Master. A sign-up sheet will be passed at the meetings
beginning in April, but anyone who wishes to volunteer for Parade duty can
contact Lion Dave or Lion Andre.
The 89th Annual Multiple District 16 - New Jersey State
Convention will be at the DoubleTree
Hotel and Conference Center in Somerset
on May14 and 15. With 66 members we are allowed 7 Delegates and 7 Alternates
for voting at the Convention; being one of the larger Clubs in the State, our
delegation can be a powerful voting block. Last year we saw a change in how the
Hospitality Suites were handled; this will continue this year - all
Sub-Districts will be in one large area, which we saw last year, makes the
Friday Night Hospitality Event much more fun. The Board of Directors would like
to have "decent" representation at the Saturday Night Reception and Ball;
members who plan to attend the convention, and especially the Saturday Night
Dinner, should advise President John or Secretary Bob. All members who plan to
attend - even just as a delegate for the Saturday AM & PM voting sessions -
MUST complete a Convention Form for a badge; If you have not received a form in the mail, please contact
Secretary Bob ASAP. To obtain a room discount at the DoubleTree,
reservations must be made before April 21, 2010.
Our new LEO Club advisors, Lions Tim Demarest and Fay
Kobland, have been doing all they can to get the word out
about the start of a new LEO Club
in our community. Posters or other advertising medium will be placed in Teddy's
and Cranbury Pizza; articles are being run in the Cranbury Press. The Board of
Directors asks that members - especially members with school age children -
offer their assistance on this LEO Club project. We will keep your informed of
In an effort to thank Members for their continued years of service to the Club and
the community, the Board of Directors has voted to bring back Longevity Chevrons for our
Members with ten or more years. We will be giving out these Chevrons to our
members at the Installation Dinner in June. More information in next month's
Some months ago, Lion Peter Turner did a
"Tail Twister Assignment", asking the members (as "table groups") to provide
subjects for discussion, changes they'd like to see made, benefits we have or
benefits we need, and comments in general. Lion Peter's instructions were to
also provide suggestions to all
commentary, and both commentary and suggestions are reported here, verbatim,
from the comment sheets. Only one table that submitted comments, didn't provide
names; all comments and responses will be addressed by table …
Subject(s) from Anonymous:
1. "More people should come to the meetings and volunteer for the projects we already have."
2. "Be quiet during the meetings so we don't have to send out paper copies and repeat stuff."
Response to Anonymous:
As a comment to your first question, the Board of Directors has
been asking the total Membership for years, what the Club can
do to attract members back to the meetings; to date, the BOD has received no
answer to the question. As for your second comment, this seems to have gotten
slightly better in recent months and members will be reminded, as necessary,
not to talk while a speaker has the floor, and if a comment must be made, to
use their "inside voices". It should be pointed out that this was a
"problem/solution" exercise; you provided no possible solutions.
Subject from Monte Hagerty, Bill Keller, Mahlon Thompson, Christine Thompson, Frank Vesci:
"Propose that the club members receive more
information about money that is being spent before it is spent."
"Discussions and decisions about financial
issues - especially over $1000 should be brought to meeting for entire membership to hear and comment on"
The Members of the Board of Directors were
quite concerned about the nature of this comment and solution. The BOD is (and
has always been) empowered by the Constitution & By-Laws to approve expenses
in amounts less than $1000 with post-approval notification to the membership;
amounts in excess of $1000 must be brought to a meeting for a vote by the
membership (in attendance); the former fact notwithstanding, ALL spending
decisions are brought to the membership at a meeting, usually twice: the first
time as informational or for a vote (if over $1000), and the second time as
part of the Treasurer's Report. If these members have a specific item, or
items, in mind, this matter should be revisited and resolved to alleviate
misunderstanding and instill trust.
Subject from Don Swanagan, Frank Brennan, Don Herr, Gordon Stults, Ed Lawson:
"More publicity on all the public services that the club does."
"Newspaper coverage as often as possible."
Although it may not seem like it, notification
of every donation we give, every public service we provide, every fundraiser we
hold, every act of charity we perform is provided to the Cranbury Press - but
for some reason, we get little or no photo coverage and our press releases
never seem to make it the paper. By way of example: we collected nearly two
hundred coats for the needy - no story in the Press; we collected over 600 toys
for Toys for Tots - no story in the Press…well there was the story about the
Mother's Club who collected 75 toys and had a full dress Marine at the house
for a party. We have an excellent Publicity Chair in Lion Christine Thompson,
but she can't hold a gun to the Press Editor's head and say "print this". Any
suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Subject from Bobbie Marlowe and table:
"For a night at the 'Grape Escape' instead
of a catered dinner - have a 'pot luck' where each member brings something to share"
This statement seems to be a subject and a
solution in one: vary the meeting place to alleviate any perceived "monotony". While
it appears reasonable on the surface, the Board doesn't know how many more
meetings we can, or if we even should, hold away from our 'normal venue' - nor
at what point such off-site meetings begin to negatively affect one of our most
generous sponsors. In fact, we have normally held at least three off-site
meetings per year (Holiday, LOTY, and Installation), and in recent years have
held one or two Breakfast Meetings at Teddy's, and 2-3 meetings at the "Grape
Escape" for our Club Winemaking Project(s); that's 8 out of 22 meetings.
[Ed.Note: this past year, to date, there has not been enough participation for either
the holiday party or the LOTY dinner to be held at another restaurant, although
we did have the holiday meeting 'off-site'.] Having the Holiday Meeting/Party
at a Member's home worked out so nicely that if we can continue to get a
volunteer in the future, we may consider doing that again; such action would be
brought to the membership for opinion and a vote.
Subject(s) from Dave Cook, Rick Burke, Pat Meehan, Alex Johnson, Judson Hagerty:
1. "Increase Membership"
2. "When a change of the Constitution/By-Laws, provide a hard copy @ dinner meeting"
3. "Communicate event expectations in advance"
1. "Come up with a reason ("hook") for why you should join; invite at least three friends of acquaintances"
2. Inherent in suggestion
3. Inherent in suggestion
1. Over the past
'few' years our membership has gone from 87 to 66 members; meeting
attendance has gone from 40+ to 25+/-. While membership has always been a
priority in our Club, the Board of Directors, through Membership Chair Jon
Goldstein, has been actively asking members for years to bring just one
friend or neighbor to a meeting, fundraiser or service project to help
infuse our dwindling membership. For some time now, and dovetailing with
the comments from the anonymous table, above, the Board has asked the
general membership to provide reasons why our own members are not
participating in the activities of the Club, and has asked for suggestions
as to how we can bring back our existing membership, which would be a
catalyst for bringing in new members. The "hook" for new members is that one
gets a sense of personal satisfaction in knowing that you've assisted
someone who really needs help, and that we have fun, as a group, doing
such humanitarian work. But unless we can infuse our numbers, the 'fun'
may somehow be diminished, and create a snowball effect that negatively
affects the Club in general. We still
need help from the entire membership - suggestions, comments,
2. Any and all
modifications to the Constitution & By-Laws are brought to the
Membership, first in writing, through the Jargon (providing every member
with a copy), then at a meeting; since it has always been presumed that
members would bring their individual hard copy to the meeting, only one hard-copy
per table was provided at the meetings. Since this suggestion was made, however,
a hard copy has been distributed at the meetings (when a change is
discussed) to every member present at the meeting.
3. The Board didn't
quite understand the subject, as written. Every event to be held by the
Club is listed, and generally explained, in the Jargon at least two months in advance,
asking members to sign-up at the meeting or directly with the Event Chair;
when appropriate, sign-up sheets begin circulating 3 meetings prior to the
event; and, finally, either the Event Chair or the President explains the
what, when and where of every event at the meetings when the sign-up
sheets are being circulated. If
there is more to this comment, please let the Board know so that it may
The Drug Free Fair on May 8 at the Cranbury School.
The Annual Golf Outing - Monday, June 7, 2010 at Peddie Golf Course
The Annual Trenton Thunder Super 50/50 will be held Saturday, June 12, 2010;
the Thunder will be playing the Binghamton Mets which usually insures a packed
house and better sales.
We have also made arrangements for the 11th Annual Trenton
Thunder Baseball Outing on Saturday, August 7, 2010; the Thunder will
be playing the Mets. Tickets will be $10 and will be available in January.
Membership - Membership - Membership
As we've said so
often, membership is the key to our survival! New members will rejuvenate
existing members and help to keep us ALL young-at-heart, active, and viable!
President John is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair Jon Goldstein in attracting and bringing in new
members. Some of our members have said that the reason it took so long to
become Lions was that no one asked! Ask
your friends and neighbors if they would like to give a little of their time to
serve and to give back to the community, while having a good time doing it with
new friends. If every one of our 66 members asked just one person to join and only 25% of those people joined this
year, we would increase our membership by 17 people! To get information
about membership options or to obtain membership applications contact
Membership Chair Jon, Secretary Bob, or President John. In any event, we MUST maintain a proactive campaign to
bring in new Members and keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury's "best kept secret".
President John is asking EVERY Cranbury Lion to provide suggestions on how we
might be able to make the meetings more appealing to a broader range of the
membership, in an effort to build a stronger Cranbury Lions Club. Since
attendance is such a problem,
there must be a reason or
reasons; please provide your suggestions to President John directly. We
can't fix it until we know what's broken!
The Club requires that all Members wear a Lion
Vest when we are at a fundraiser or Service Project. If you do not have
a vest please contact Club Secretary Bob to obtain one. You may also order a
baseball cap; these items are at "cost" to our members. Vests @$40 (S-M-L) or
$45 (XL, 2X); larger size vests (to 6X) are available as a special order; hats
are $12. Ladies Cut for vests are available, same pricing.
To access the Club Directory on-line, use the case-sensitive pass codes which were
printed herein past issues, or contact Lion Phyllis Johnson for the pass codes.
you know of an interesting speaker? You
may be an interesting speaker! Please
advise Program Chair Frank Marlowe with any and all suggestions for speakers
at our meetings.
Any member who learns of the sickness or
death of another member, or in a member's family, or any other similar
incident or emergency, should contact Lions Frank
Marlowe (Chair, H&W) and/or Christine Johnson ("phone
tree"), and/or Bob Virgadamo (e-mail notifications) so that all members may be
notified as soon as possible.
Member Pick-Up - Ed Lawson (5 S. Main)
Lion George Smith has volunteered to be the "permanent" pick up driver for Lion Ed; Lion Frank Marlowe
has volunteered to be the "permanent" back-up driver. Drivers: if you cannot
make your pick-up, please notify President John as soon as possible. Riders:
please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.