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 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
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
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 http://www.cranbury.org/clubs/Lions/stuProgs.html
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
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
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
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 http://www.njlions.org/ 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
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.