November 30 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
December 1 - Peace Poster Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Steak Orleans
Dave & PDG Bob will present Awards to the Peace Poster Winners; the
Cranbury School's Art Teacher and Program Mentor, Mrs. Tamara Woronczuk will be
December 17 - Holiday Meeting - 7PM, Kobland Home; Dinner: Various
Program: Lions Fay & John have graciously invited the
Club to participate at the Holiday Meeting in their home; Members are asked to bring an appetizer or
dessert (check with Lion Fay); there will be a Secret Santa - please keep the
gift price at around $15.
January 4 - Board of Directors Meeting -7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
January 5 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Marsala
Speaker: Karl Dentino, a
Ragtime Blues Guitarist who not only plays, but speaks about the Blues and its
January 19 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Swordfish or Tuna Steak (Mkt.cond.)
Speaker: District Governor Michael Hsing, who will
make his annual visitation and talk to us about International President Sid
Scruggs' program, 'Beacon of Hope'.
Get Well Soon…
As many of you may have heard, Don Jo Swanagan was rushed to
Princeton Hospital with a heart attack; he is currently in the Intensive Care
Unit and cannot receive visitors; cards may be sent to his home. As soon as we
have additional information it will be sent to the Membership.
Lion Neile Wright was hospitalized for an emergency procedure and
is recovering well at home.
Lion Frank Brennan, Jr. has been released from Princeton Hospital
following the repair of an arterial aneurism, and is recovering nicely at
home. He has sent his thanks and reports
that he enjoyed the flowers sent by the Club.
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 scheduled Spouse Night is the Holiday Party on December 17.
Our Annual Toys For Tots
Drive is in full swing. There are toy collection boxes at all branches of 1st
Constitution Bank and at the Cranbury Post Office. Toys must be new and
unwrapped. Cash donations may also be made for the purchase of or toward toys;
make checks payable to the Cranbury Lions (please put "Toys for Tots" in the
memo space); all cash donations will be forwarded to the Marines. Members may
bring toys directly to PDG Bob. The Marines had placed an early end date on the
program this year, however we have been able to extend the date to December 16,
adding a few extra days for our collection efforts.
The Marines are a bit short-handed this years, and we have offered
to help them in their packing and (possible) delivery efforts. Anyone who would
like to help on this detail as a Toys
For Tots Volunteer should contact PDG Bob to get your name on the list.
The Marines may not need our services, but if they do, it
will be on Saturday, December 11 and Bob will call the volunteers on the list.
Last year's Winter Coat
Collection was so successful, and so helpful to so many needy people,
that the Board has decided to run it again. Please donate your clean, gently
used coats, and ask your friends and neighbors to do the same. There have been
collection boxes at the Library and at Teddy's Restaurant, and those collection
boxes will remain in place until December 3 (or 4); we will be accepting coats
at the Pancake Breakfast on December 5, which is the last date for the Coat
Drive. For any additional information, please contact Event Chair Lion Alex
Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held, as always, on the first Sunday
in December - December 5, 2010 - from 8AM - 1PM in the Cranbury School
cafeteria. Lion Jerry Hanson has picked up a couple of Co-Chairs, Lions
Christine Thompson and Andre Mento. The price will remain the same at $8 per
person and $4 for children, under 10. As always, each member is being asked to
take responsibility for the sale of at least 5 tickets; however, due to the
fact that donations are down, the Board asks that you sell as many tickets as
possible, to help make up shortfalls. As always Santa will be there and
professional grade Pictures with
Santa will be made available at a nominal cost.
Lion Rick Burke is heading up the Poinsettia Sales again this year. You may recall that the
poinsettias we had last year were as full and beautiful as the plants we once
received from 'Hagerty the Florist'. He has arranged to obtain the same
fantastic, top quality poinsettia plants that we had last year, from a local
grower, and will have them for sale - as we have for decades - at the Pancake
Breakfast. These first quality, middle or late growth plants will stay red for
the entire season, and, if properly maintained, will last throughout the year
and beyond. Pre-ordered plants help us to better plan for our needs, so Lions
who wish to pre-order their poinsettias, may contact Lion Rick with that
Having last year's Holiday
Meeting and Party at a member's home was so successful - and fun - that
the Board has decided to do the meeting at a member's home again. Immediate
Past President John and Lion Fay Kobland have offered the use of their home for
the Meeting and Holiday Party, on Friday, December 17. Members are asked to
bring an appetizer or dessert; please coordinate with Lion Fay.
As we have done for the last few years, we will have a "Secret Santa"; please
keep the price of your gift to $15+/-. We look forward to seeing everyone
And speaking of Holiday
Parties...the West Windsor Lions Club has invited our Club to attend a
Joint Club Holiday Party together with the Hightstown East Windsor, West
Windsor, Lawrence, Hopewell Valley, Ewing, and White Horse Lions Clubs. This
will be in addition to our Club Party, mentioned above. The Joint meeting/party
will be held at The Bog Restaurant at the Cranbury Golf Course, on Wednesday,
December 8; the cost is $35 per person. The Board would like to see a
contingent of Cranbury Lions (and spouses, if possible) attend this event to
maintain a closeness and camaraderie with our fellow Lions in these adjacent
Clubs, and we would like to fill at least one table. Any member who wishes to
attend should contact President Dave or PDG Bob, ASAP, as we need to
provide RSVP numbers so that restaurant arrangements can be confirmed by the
Host Club (West Windsor).
Both International President Sid Scruggs and District Governor
Michael Hsing have asked Clubs to come up with a "Signature Project", something that a club can give to their
community that will say "Lions" in perpetuity. We are not a stranger to this
concept; in the past our Club has planted the trees on Main Street; cleaned the lake - even provided a swimming
beach with sand in the 30's and 40's; donated the land for Village Park; built
the Park Pavilion, the Boat Dock, and installed the benches; and, most
recently, planted a tree and laid the 9/11 memorial to Todd Beamer. It is time, once again, for us to provide
something "physical" to Cranbury. President Dave has brought this concept to
the Board of Directors and has suggested we use the barns and the Barn Park as
our Signature Project. The restoration, which has already begun, will be a
major undertaking and would require the help of all our Members in one form or
another. Additional discussions will be held at our meetings, as plans are
VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE!
As has been explained in this space for the last two 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 would make GREAT
stocking stuffers for the holidays. The actual tickets will not be printed
until sometime in January, but a "mock" ticket and an official (printed) game
schedule can be provided to anyone who sells tickets for the holidays. It's not
too early to start selling these game 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).
Membership - Membership - Membership
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
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 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 worse.
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. We
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.
There is a glitch on our website with the Club Directory, but as soon as it is fixed, members can
access the Club Directory on-line, using the case-sensitive pass codes which
were printed here in past issues, or contact Lion Phyllis Johnson for the pass
Do you know of an interesting speaker? You may be an interesting
speaker! Please contact 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.
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.