August 14 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
August 15 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Rack of Ribs
Program: C. J.
Johnson, of the Trenton Thunder will talk baseball; not bad timing, since we
will be having our annual Trenton Thunder Ball game in the Yankee Skybox on
September 4 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
September 5 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken and Broccoli
September 19 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Broiled Tilapia
Program: Lion Pramod Chivate will talk about how 'Social
Styles' affect our relationships both in the business world and in our daily lives.
At the July Board of Directors Meeting, it
was pointed out that the name of the monthly Newsletter had been "Lions Tales"
from its inception in 1939 until sometime in the 1950's, when it was changed to
"The Jungle Jargon". While the former name made sense and had a certain je ne
sais quoi, the latter neither referred to Lions nor Cranbury, and as Club
Historian, CC Bob has been unable to find "rhyme nor reason" for the change.
The Board approved a change back to the original Banner Name, and the change
was unanimously voted upon by the Membership at the July Meeting. Our
newsletter is now officially changed to "Lions Tales".
Things To Know
Summer dress rules are in effect through July and August. Members are permitted to
wear appropriate summer attire, including shorts for men or sundresses for
women, to the meetings. Remember that we meet in a restaurant and a little
decorum is still required. No tank tops or sleeveless shirts, please.
The 80th Anniversary Exhibit is still in the Cranbury Museum and will
run through August 26, 2012. It is a
very clever presentation and quite educational. We still have a great need for
Sunday afternoon Docents, during the exhibit; if you would like to volunteer to
help in any way, please contact Lions Fay Kobland or Neal Wagman, or use the
sign-up Sheet at the meetings.
In a repeat performance from last year, the Annual Club Picnic was held on July 21, at the home of Lion
Dean & Ellen Koehler. The BBQ was terrific, and a fun time was had by all
who attended, including Ellen's "Garden Tour" - a visual treat if there ever
was one - and the tour of the barn and animal pen which was fun for kids and
adults alike! If you missed it, you
missed a great time.
Once again, we would like to remind all members, supporters, and
residents that, as always, we will hold our Annual Thunder Game on August 19, at 5:05PM, when the
Thunder will play the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles). We have Yankee Club
SkyBox tickets which include upscale dining and non-alcoholic beverages for 90
minutes; gates open at 4PM, and they will start serving food shortly
thereafter. Our block of tickets is a sell-out, however a couple of our members
have just learned that they cannot make it, so, at this writing, we have
FOUR tickets left if anyone would like to help out their fellow Lions by taking
the tickets off their hands. Tickets are $38, each; for tickets contact CC Bob.
We have begun a new fundraiser this year - The Rubber Duck Race. Chaired by Lion Jon Goldstein, this
fundraiser promises to become a lucrative staple in years to come if we all
chip in and help Lion Jon and his Committee sell Duck Tickets; the committee
also needs a few more volunteers, especially on Cranbury Day, the day of the
event; contact Lion Jon if you can help out. The actual event, as the ducks are
dumped into the lake and come out into the creek with people cheering for a
winner, will be FUN! By now, you have all received a book of ticket in the
mail. Like ALL our fundraisers, Members are asked to sell as many tickets as
possible; in the past there has been some confusion by our membership that
tickets received are to be purchased by the member - not so! Of course, our
Members, as individuals, are free to purchase as many tickets as they wish, but
our goal is to sell to the public to raise money for our charitable budget.
Please do your part to make this a successful fundraiser.
Fellow Lions, we
have also begun selling our $100 Raffle Fundraiser and we are depending
upon our Membership to sell all 250 tickets. Last year, we found that the (up
to) $10,000 payout with 250 to 1 odds is THE
major selling point, despite the $100 per ticket cost. It also worked well to
mention to potential purchasers, the six additional prizes of up to $500 (2)
and $375 (4). Last year, with a short "sell-season", we made over $6000! This
is an opportunity for the Club to make up the Charitable Budget shortfall we
have experienced in recent years. What's more, if we can successfully sell all
250 tickets, we will have a "built-in" donor pool for years to come! Please
make every effort to sell these tickets - at work, to your neighbors, to all
you meet - if you mention the Grand Prize and the terrific odds FIRST,
the ticket practically sells itself. Winning Tickets will be drawn at this
year's Pancake Breakfast on December 2. Checks should be made payable to the Cranbury
Lions Club. Please contact CC Bob or Lion Phyllis Johnson for your ticket
all this "new stuff", let's not forget one of our staple projects - Cranbury Day is September 8, and
as always, we need our membership to come out and help! Last year, between our
location and the lack of member participation, we did not do well. We'd like to
turn that around this year; we have been promised a better location - hopefully
in front of the Methodist Church…now all we need is member assistance. Cranbury
Day goes from 10AM to 4PM; we have a set-up crew and a clean-up crew in place
already, but we NEED members to come out to cook and serve. If every member
gave 2 hours, we'd have more than enough help. Please be generous with your
time - it's why we became Lions. A sign-up sheet is at meetings or you can call
Lion Pat Meehan or CC Bob directly.
who were at the July meeting are aware of the fact that the Board of Directors
is recommending a change in our Dues
Structure. It was explained that our dues first went to $300 per year
in the (very) early 1990's, and as we have always done, we included meals in
the dues structure. Due to spiraling inflation over these last 20+ years, and
with only one increase to $360 per year, some 6 or 7 years ago, we have found
that our dues structure can no longer support the many administrative increases
we have experience AND our meals. Including Cranbury, there are only three
clubs left in New Jersey that still include meals in their dues; the other two,
in South Jersey, are in a far less expensive economic area and are still
getting their meals for what amounts to 1990 prices here in Central New Jersey.
The other 200+ clubs in the State pay for their meals at the time of the
meeting. The Board realizes that we cannot afford an increase in dues, so the
Board is recommending that we reduce our dues. Lion Dean, our Treasurer,
presenting this change at the July meeting fully explained why it was necessary
and how it would work, and further advised that barring any serious increases
in general costs, we could survive, administratively, for quite a few years at
half our current dues. Simply put, dues will be reduced to $180 per year; all
members will pay for dinner at the meetings; At-Large members will no longer be
charged "half dues for administrative costs" since we are now reducing our dues
to half for Administrative costs only.
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"….but don't
forget "Empty Nesters".
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 Christine is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair
Jon Goldstein in attracting and bringing in new members.
friends and neighbors if they can 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.
To get information about membership options or to obtain membership
applications contact Membership Chair Jon, Secretary PDG Bob, or President
Christine. 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 worse.
We'd like to remind
all members to PLEASE, share
the Lions Tales 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.
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 $50 (XL, 2X); larger size vests (to 6X) are available as a
special order; hats are $12. Ladies Cut for vests are available, same pricing.
Members can access the Club Directory on-line with
the required logon and password (that information can be obtained from Lion
Phyllis or CCE BV). Members without internet capability may contact Lion
Phyllis Johnson for a hard copy of the Directory.
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.
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 call or e-mail Lion Frank Marlowe (Chair,
H&W) and/or President Christine ("phone tree"), and/or Secretary PDG Bob 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).
If a Member needs a ride, please contact President Christine or Secretary PDG Bob
to arrange for a pick-up.