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Fay Kobland
Andre Mento
Frank Vesci
Phyllis Johnson
John Ryan
Dave Shaffer
Dean Koehler
Elaine Homoky
Christine Thompson
Jon Goldstein
Phyllis Johnson

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Walton Caldwell
John Kobland
Neal Wagman
Dave Cook
Frank Marlowe
Rick Burke
John Kobland

April 2014

April 1 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30 PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

April 2 - Regular Meeting - 7 PM, Teddy's, Dinner: Beef Stew $22

Program: Mayor Susan Goetz will talk and answer questions about the municipal improvement projects that are underway in the Village.

May 2014

May 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30 PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

May 7 - Regular Meeting - 7 PM, Teddy's, Dinner: Pot Roast $22

Program: To be determined.

May 21 - Scholarship Meeting - 7:30 PM, Large Group Room Cranbury School: Dessert Meeting

President's Corner

In July I communicated my goals for the year at our first Board meeting. The goals were generated from the club excellence/renewal process that we had begun earlier in the year. The first goal was to promote fellowship and fun into the fabric of Cranbury Lions activities, fundraisers and meetings, which I feel we've done. The second goal was to increase membership. We have added three new members this lion year and have two prospective members attending our April meeting. We need four new members for Cranbury to qualify for the Club Excellence Award. All the years I've been a member of the Cranbury Lions we have missed this membership requirement by ONE member. As the District Zone Chair, I've learned a lot about the activities of other Lions Clubs within the state. I know that the Cranbury Lions have more activities and fundraisers that most Lions clubs that achieve this excellence award. Membership is the one and only category that we do not meet! I feel with the continued help from our membership we can obtain this award this year. I have faith that four new members is possible and within our reach.
Yours in Service, President Fay

Things To Know

The Cranbury Lions held their joint meeting with the Hightstown-East Windsor Lions at Teddy's. Lion Judson Hagerty was given a finely decorated Lions rocking chair to recognize his 70 years of service as a Cranbury Lion. VDG Mahesh Chitnis inducted our new member Joe Bounavolonta. Technology and Industrial Arts teacher, Tom Stinson, talked about his students' robotics program. The Lions particularly loved the students, Max and Vicki, demonstrating their robots.

3rd VP Phyllis Johnson has scheduled White Cane day at ShopRite. Please mark Saturday, April 5th to put in one or two hours of volunteering to collect money from shoppers. This may be our only date at ShopRite so everyone's participation is critical. A sign-up sheet was circulated at the March meeting, but there are still openings for additional Lions to participate.

The Student Affairs Committee would like to remind the Cranbury Lions about our Scholarship and Community Service Awards. If you have a child or grandchild or Cranbury neighbor who is graduating from high school this year, there are two scholarships they may be interested in. The Dr. David Tudor Scholarship is based on scholarship in science and is for a Cranbury student gradating high school who will be attending a college with a major in science. The Todd Beamer Memorial Scholarship is for a graduating high school senior who will be attending an academic or occupational program, excels in leadership and volunteerism and displays a virtue of service to others. Visit our website for application requirements. All complete applications are due by April 15th without exception. The Cranbury Lions Club also awards the Stan Thomas Community Service Award annually to a Cranbury resident, ages 12 to 18, who excels in volunteerism and leadership. The person being nominated for this award requires two letters of reference. See our website for details of this award. Lions who would like to assist this Committee please call Chairperson Fay Kobland.

The Cranbury Lions Board approved a new scholarship, Jamesburg Leo Scholarship for any active Jamesburg Leo who is a high school senior or high school graduate, dedicated to personal improvement and desires to continue his education, either academic, vocational or apprentice. An award of $1000 will be awarded, which is to be used for tuition, fees and/or supplies, which could include uniforms, equipment and books. The New Jersey Training School (NJTS) will hold the award until the recipient enrolls in the post high school program upon leaving NJTS. The NJTS will then provide the award directly to the school or training facility, and the award will be designated as a scholarship for the student.

The Student Affairs Committee is in the process of recommending an additional scholarship awarded by the Lions annually that has a financial need component, in addition to academic achievement and humanitarian citizenship.

Under the leadership of Lion Jon Goldstein, the Cranbury Lions are planning a "Paws in the Park" project for dog lovers in October in Village Park. There will be more information to come about this new and exciting event. Interested community members and Lions are invited to volunteer for this new event.

Planning for the Memorial Day Parade is well underway under the auspices of Lion Phyllis Johnson. Please plan to assist as Lion Phyllis firms up the plans. This is an important community service project for the Cranbury Lions. PDG John Kobland will again emcee the post-parade ceremony.

The Spring Raffle 50/50 tickets Committee Chair, Christine Thompson, plans to get them in the mail to members as soon as they are received. Christine will also arrange for selling of tickets on Main Street in May. The money that the Lions raise with the Spring Raffle funds the Memorial Day Parade. The past couple of years the tickets sales did not cover our costs for the parade. The participation of each Lion in the tickets sales is critical in order for the parade to continue.

Coming Soon

The Cranbury Lions Student Scholarship and Community Service Award meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM at the Cranbury School Large Group Room. The recipients and their families will be invited to the brief meeting where dessert (cake) will be served. Lions are encouraged to attend - please plan to help us honor the students!

The Board approved the Installation of Officers and Spouse night for June 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Santino's Italian Restaurant at 1240 Route 130 South Robbinsville, New Jersey; phone 609-443-5600. Mark your Calendars with this important date for the club. The Board has approved of the club subsidizing the meal handsomely. Details to follow. A lot of good things are planned at the meeting - hope to see you there!

The New Jersey Lions 93rd Annual State Convention is being held at Bally's Atlantic City, May 15-17, 2014. Please check it out at the New Jersey Lions MD16 website at and sign up to attend. The NJ Lions are redistricting this year, going from five to three districts, so you will learn a lot of new information and have a lot of fun - guaranteed!

Lions Clubs International Convention in Toronto, Canada July 4 through July 8th. If you plan on going, please register to reserve your hotel room with the New Jersey Lions. Please contact PDG John Kobland, Chair of the MD16 International Convention Committee, if you have any questions. Toronto is a fun-filled cosmopolitan city, and the international flavor of the convention should provide a highly memorable experience.


For those of you who are not Lions - Lions are the world's largest service organization and lives up to its motto of "We Serve" at the local, state, country and international level. Much of Lions work is done at the local level in Lions Clubs across New Jersey and the USA.

Cranbury Lions has made, and continues to make, important contributions to Cranbury in the form of financial support to worthy causes, physical gifts to the town and support to other organizations. We are men and women of Cranbury and are always open to those who wish to look us over and make a decision to join and carry on the 80 plus years of service legacy to Cranbury. You may join us for a dinner meeting, work with us on a project or talk with another Lion.

Lions - Here's what you can do: contact a friend or neighbor and invite them to a Lions meeting; talk with Lion Jon Goldstein or President Fay about someone you think would be an asset to our Club and willing to serve Cranbury; look inside your own family, religious and other relationships you have and tell them about your experience and invite them to a dinner meeting; ask a group if they would be willing to listen to a short presentation on the Cranbury Lions (Men's/Women's Clubs, Knights of Columbus, PTA, social clubs.) Our club's service to the community depends on committed Lions who continue to make a difference in Cranbury, now and in the future.