April 5 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
April 6 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Alfredo
- Kirstie Venanzi, from the Library Board, will talk to the Club about the
status of the Library, and upcoming plans.
April 13 - Lion of the Year Meeting - 7PM, Pierre's
Restaurant, South Brunswick; Dinner: 4-entry Buffet
Program: Joint Zone Meeting at which we will announce our
Lion of the Year.
May 3 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
May 4 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Oriental Beef and Broccoli
May 18 - Regular Meeting - 7AM, Breakfast Meeting at Teddy's
Program: Social Interaction with the community.
~ ~ Welcome…To Our Newest Member, Lion George Andrews ~ ~
Get Well Soon
2VP Neal Wagman's wife, Bonnie, was recently hospitalized, but is
home now, healing, and resting comfortably. Get well wishes may be sent to
their Cranbury address.
Things To Know
Our Spring White Cane
Days Event will be held on April 15 & 16. We will be collecting in
front of Teddy's, Cranbury Pizza, and 1st Constitution Bank; we will also be
collecting on Saturday (only) at ShopRite in East Windsor. With exceptions due
to illness or being out of town, EVERY
member is expected to participate; you may choose your time and
location (based on availability) by calling Lion Neile Wright, who has agreed
to Chair the event this year. All other members will be assigned and notified
of their time and location. Fellow Lions, this is only one hour of your time on
a Friday or Saturday; let's make this easy; please contact Lion Neile ASAP.
The Nominating Committee has brought the 2011-12 Slate of Officers to the Board
of Directors, who has in turn, approved the Slate for submission to the
Membership. In accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws, the Slate will be
read to the membership at the meetings on April 6 and April 13; write in
nominations may be made at the April 6 meeting; a final vote will be taken
after the reading on April 13. The slate is attached for perusal by the Membership.
for the Doc Tudor and Todd Beamer Scholarships and the Stan Thomas Citizenship Award are due NO
LATER THAN April 15. If you have an eligible child, or know of an eligible
child, please have them submit their application and paperwork by the cut-off
date. Application information is available at
Well, as advertised, we held our Introductory Yoga Class at the Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon,
March 12, and having attended the event, I can say that, also as advertised,
the class was adapted to all levels of expertise from beginner to experienced, with
age or infirmity not being a problem. Unfortunately, we did not draw a
single resident, and even our member participation was very light. In any
event, if you missed it, you lost out on a terrific experience, but the good
news is, you can still "get healthy through Yoga" at Miss Madore's regular
classes at Lyon's Plaza in North Brunswick. For information contact President
Dave or Secretary Bob.
One of the most difficult jobs in our Club is the Program Chair,
and the ability to get speakers
for our meetings. Lion Tamer Frank Marlowe is our Speaker Chair and would be
most appreciative of any and all speaker leads he is given. Do you know of an interesting speaker?
You may be an interesting speaker!
Please contact Lion Frank with any and all suggestions for speakers at our meetings.
On the evening of March 12, 135 Lions and friends from around the
State went to the Prudential Arena in Newark to attend New Jersey Lions Night at the NJ Devils! What an exciting
game! The Devils beat the Islanders 3-2 at less than 2 minutes into "Sudden
Death" overtime. The Club, and the Multiple District, would like to thank
Lions Joe Carroll, Dean Koehler, and Bob Virgadamo for managing this fundraiser
at the state and Club level, but especially Lion Joe who sold 50 tickets to the
event, bringing the Club $500 in charitable donations from the Devils.
Second Vice District Governor John Kobland hosted the "Festival of Hope" Showcase Event
for District 16-D on February 5. During the event, President Dave used a
photographic presentation board as an aid during his excellent presentation to
show the attending clubs all that our Club does, currently, for the Community,
including our "Signature Project"
- the Barn Park. This event was well attended by our members and 2VDG John
would like to thank them for their support. We, on the other hand, would like
to thank 2VDG John for his tireless efforts to help the District and to assist
in showing that the Cranbury Lions Club is THE Club for the 21st
As we have for practically every year since we sponsored their
Club in 1936, we held a Joint Meeting
with the Hightstown Lions Club on March 23. Council Jim Hynes was the
Guest Speaker and further explained the upcoming Statewide District
reorganization. The program was interesting and camaraderie between clubs was
enjoyable. Next year the Joint Meeting will be held in Cranbury.
PDG Bob is a Trustee for the Lions Eye Research Foundation (LERF),
working with and in support of eye research at UMDNJ. For the last three years,
LERF has held a "Hot Dog Crawl" as a fundraiser,
wherein Trustees - or any volunteer - obtains "sponsors" who donate a small sum
for each hot dog, soda or side order consumed; the "Crawlers" (who pay for
their own food and beverages) gather at one of the myriad of North Jersey Hot
Dog Stands, and using a pre-planned route and pre-arranged hot dog stands,
spend 4-5 hours driving around North Jersey, consuming Texas Wieners, Coney
Island Red Hots and other hot dog "styles". Thanks to his 10 sponsors and a
'cast-iron-stomach', PDG Bob was able to raise $232 for LERF.
Lion Fay Kobland is the District Liaison to the Jamesburg School
for Boys, but more importantly, she has been working as the Cranbury Lions Club
liaison with the School Administration for over a year to work out the details
in getting a new LEO Club
started at the facility. Through her diligence, Lion Fay has made the LEO Club
a reality: the first meeting and election of officers is expected to be sometime
this month, after which we will submit our sponsorship forms to LCI. Lion Alex
Johnson will lend Fay a hand as Co-Coordinator; additional volunteers are
welcome; if you can help out, please contact Lion Fay directly. It is expected
that there will be a Charter Night Dinner and (formal) Installation of Officers
within the next two months; ALL Cranbury Lions, and spouses, will be invited to
the dinner to show support for the this new LEO Club; we will keep you informed
of the date as soon as it is known. A laurel and hardy handshake to Lion Fay
for the time and effort she has put into this project.
The Board of Directors has authorized this year's budgeted donation to LCIF to be
earmarked for Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fund. Earmarking this donation
has no direct impact on the Cranbury Lions Club or our charitable donations.
The Lions of District 16-D will be holding their Annual Charity Ball to benefit
Lions approved projects on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $50
per person. The event will take place at The East Brunswick Chateau, 678
Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816. It will be a special,
fun-filled Saturday night, so please mark your calendar and plan to join us!
Tickets are on sale now and will not be available at the door. For tickets or
further information, please see 2VDG John.
This year's Annual Joint
Zone Meeting with the East Brunswick, Milltown, North Brunswick, and
South Brunswick Lions Clubs will be hosted by the South Brunswick Club on April
13, at Pierre's Restaurant, 582 Georges Road, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
08852 (732-329-3219). Our Lion of the Year will be announced
and presented at this Joint Zone meeting, which will also be a Spouse Night.
The meeting will be chaired by the Zone Chairman, our own Lion Fay Kobland. So
invite your spouse and come to this fun night of camaraderie to see and listen
as last year's Cranbury Lion of the Year, Jon Goldstein, announces this year's
winning recipient! So that the restaurant may properly prepare, we must RSVP
our attendance; a sign-up sheet is circulating at the meetings, or just call
Secretary PDG Bob. Please make every effort to attend to show your support and
appreciation to our Lion of the Year.
An e-mail and phone tree notification has been released asking all
members to attend our upcoming Charter
Night and Installation of Officers Dinner. This meeting/event will be
June 17, at Dolce & Clemente Restaurant, on Rte 33, Hamilton (15 minute
drive). We would like to make the evening "special" by having all our members
and their spouses attend at a different venue. However, in order to do so, we
need a tentative headcount. The dinner will be a quality buffet; a "boom box"
will be supplied with background music and dance music for those who wish to
move. We expect the cost to be between $35 and $37 per person; we will, of
course, try to keep it on the low end. This will be a meeting, so member
dinners are credited to $25; guests would be extra. Please contact PDG Lion Bob
to advise if you will be available to attend this evening of fun, camaraderie
and support to our incoming Board of Directors.
The Club is planning a new fundraiser, which we hope will be as
fun as it can be lucrative - a Rubber Ducky Duck Race. A committee chaired by Lion Jon Goldstein is
currently working on the details, the first of which will be the Township's
permission to run the ducks over the dam/spillway from the lake. If all goes
well, we hope to start selling ducks in May, and have the 'race' on Cranbury
Day. Details for this event will follow, after we have the necessary approvals.
2VDG John Kobland is organizing group of Cranbury Lions, including
President Dave and PDG Bob, who, on May 1st, will try to start the
"foundation work" to organize a new
club in Plainsboro, at their Founder's Day Celebration. John has
arranged to have the District Eyemobile to be at the event, and is looking to
have a few volunteers help man the table at the event, in an effort to promote
Lionism. The event goes from noon to 4:30PM; any member who can help at the
event for an hour or so should contact 2VDG John, directly.
Mark your calendars! Our Annual
Golf Outing has been scheduled at the Peddie Golf Course for June 6,
for Humanity will be doing another build this summer, and the Board of
Directors has voted to keep this as a Club Service Project; attending members
provided an affirmative vote at the February 2 meeting. As soon as we have more information
concerning the build, a sign-up sheet will be circulated.
VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE!
As has been explained in this space for the last few months,
without objection from the Membership, and in order to retain one of our major
FUNdraisers, the Trenton Thunder Super 50/50, we have guaranteed the sale of
125 tickets for our Annual Trenton Thunder Game. Fellow Lions, this fun event
is open to ALL Lions and ALL Cranbury residents, and ALL
Cranbury Merchants, as well as their friends and family. At $10 per ticket ($1
cheaper than the printed value), these tickets are a good deal and a great -
and affordable - family outing! It is not too early to start selling these tickets,
and "get a leg up" on
our guaranteed commitment. Thanks for your participation and help.
The date for our Annual
Trenton Thunder Baseball Outing is Saturday, August 20, 2011; Thunder
v. Bowie Baysox, the AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.
FYI, the Super 50/50 at
the Trenton Thunder game will be on Saturday, July 2, 2011 (Thunder v.
Altoona Curve - AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates). A sign-up sheet will
begin circulating in May.
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 scheduled Spouse Night is the Annual Joint Zone Meeting on April 13.
Membership - Membership - Membership
always need new members who will help to raise the charitable funds which we
need to complete our mission, and to help "broaden" our charitable collection
base. But we are about to face a new problem…
Administrative Budget is becoming increasingly tight, and our Administrative
"back-up fund" has become alarmingly low. Ladies and Gentlemen…Fellow Lions,
WE ARE IN NEED OF NEW MEMBERSHIP,
and while all are welcome, we need some "youth" so that we won't face the ever
continuing possibility of becoming "an old persons' club".
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 Dave is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair Jon
Goldstein in attracting and bringing in new members.
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 61 members asked just one person to join and
only 25% of those people joined this year, we would increase our membership by
15 people! To get information about membership options or to obtain
membership applications contact Membership Chair Jon, Secretary PDG Bob, or
President Dave. In any event, we cannot complete our Mission without a
Membership Pool so we MUST maintain a proactive campaign to bring in new
Members and keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury's "best kept secret"…or
President Dave 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 Dave directly.
can't fix it until we know what's broken!
The Club requires that all Members wear a Lion Vest, Shirt or Hat when we are at a fundraiser or
Service Project. If you do not have one of these items, please contact Club
Secretary Bob to obtain one. 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.
We also have a couple of "T-Shirts" left (large), $10 each.
Members can access the Club Directory on-line with the
required logon and password. Members without internet capability
may contact Lion Phyllis Johnson for a hard copy of the Directory.
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.
The Club will arrange a ride for any member who is unable to drive to the meeting(s);
Lion George Smith has volunteered to be the "permanent" pick-up driver for Lion Ed Lawson (Lion Frank Marlowe
is the back-up driver). If a Member needs a ride, please contact President Dave or Secretary Bob
to arrange for a pick-up. Drivers: if you cannot
make your pick-up, please notify President Dave as soon as possible. Riders:
please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.