December 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
December 7 - Peace Poster Meeting - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Steak Orleans
Program: President Christine
& PDG Bob will present Awards to the Peace Poster Winners and distribution
of awards; possible speech from the new Art Teacher, Ms. Erica Katz, and or Dr.
Susan Genco, the Chief Administrator
December 16 - Holiday Meeting & Party - 7PM, Home of Immediate Past President Dave & Brenda Shaffer;
Dinner: Buffet; Lions are asked to bring a dish - appetizer or dessert; contact Brenda
Program: necessary business; social; Secret Santa
January 3 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
January 4 - Wine Meeting - 7PM, The Grape Escape; Dinner: provided by Fiddleheads Restaurant.
Program: This is the "Racking" phase of this project.
January 18 -
Girl Scout Meeting & Spouse Night - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Beef Stroganoff
Mavoides will talk about what the different Cranbury Troops have been and are
doing; this is the GSA Meeting which is normally held in October, but had to be
postponed due to our winemaking event.
Welcome our Newest Member…
… Dr. Susan Genco. Lion Susan is the Chief Administrator for the Cranbury School
and looking forward to working as a Cranbury Lion to help serve our community.
Lion Susan's application was approved by the Board of Directors on December 6,
2011, and she will be (was) inducted at the Peace Poster Meeting on December 7,
2011. Welcome, Lion Susan, it will be a pleasure to serve with you.
Things To Know
Although we did not
reach our goal of 250 tickets, as you will see, we feel our new $100 Raffle Fundraiser
was a success. We sold 117 tickets, giving us a gross of $11,700; the Club's
half would have been $5850, however,
since we felt we needed to provide a reasonable "win" for a $100 tickets cost,
it was decided to provide the 6 lesser winners with more than the advertised
percentages, a portion of which ($230) came from the Club's 50%, leaving us
with a net gain to our Charitable Budget of $5,620.
winners" were supposed to get either 1½% (4 winners) or 2% (2 winners), but
having sold "only" 117 tickets, those percentages would have only provided
$175.50 and $234.00, respectively. As mentioned above, we didn't think these
were reasonable winning amounts on a $100 ticket price, and since we wanted to
boost our marketing for next year, we allowed the slightly higher dollar
amounts of $200 (4 winners) and $300 (2 winners). The jackpot winner will
receive the advertised 40% of the gross, in this case $4,680.
The ticket notated
that we would pay 1½% - or in this case, $200 - on the 40th, 80th, 120th, and
160th tickets drawn; since we only sold 117 tickets, we "field changed" that to
the 40th, 60th, 80th, and 115th tickets drawn. The "2%" winners, or in this
case the $300 winners, were paid as advertised: "First Ticket Drawn" and "Next
to Last Ticket Drawn".
The first and next
to last tickets drawn each won $300; those winners were: Alan Brewer and Tom DeMarco; tickets sold by John Kobland
and Christine Thompson, respectively. The $200 winners were: Madeline Kaiser, John
Jackson, Dave Mauger, Bonnie Seward; these tickets were sold by Mike Kaiser,
John Jackson, Bob Virgadamo, and Christine Thompson, respectively.
The last ticket
drawn and our Jackpot Winner of $4,680.00, was Michele Bennett; the winning
ticket was sold by Bub Danser.
We are convinced we
can and will do better with this fundraiser next year, and will have the
tickets available for sale at least five months before next year's Pancake
Breakfast, to give us plenty of time to sell and reach our goal of 250 tickets. We would like to
thank all the Members of the Club who participated by either buying or selling
tickets, and assisted in making this a successful new fundraiser.
Our 64th Annual Pancake
Breakfast was not only a financial success, but also a critical
success. Between the quality items donated by some of our sponsors, in
particular: Station Bar & Grill, Zinna's, McCaffrey's and Cream-o-Land Dairy, and Cranbury Inn;
and, the return to Mason Blaiche's pancake batter formula, tweaked by Lion Mike
Kaiser, the pancakes, sausage and coffee was excellent! Rick Burke and Jon
Goldstein did a great job selling the poinsettias - and Jon created a fantastic
Membership Table at the front of the room that got a few nibbles, but no new
members…yet. Special Thanks to our new Santa, Bob Homoky, and his elves, as
well as Bill Persons who acted as our photographer and donated his time and
material. Co-Chairs Christine Thompson and Andre Mento would like to thank all
the Members who worked as servers, cooks, in sales, and the great Set-Up and
Clean Up Crews. We would also like to thank our other "non-Lion" volunteers,
Joanne Meehan and Kyle Koehler, but especially Lion Mike Kaiser's boys for
their help: Clay for providing and maintaining the Holiday Music for this event
as well as his kitchen help; Finn for his help in the kitchen; and Leif for his
invaluable assistance in helping to draw the winning 50/50 ticket. Through all
the areas of our Pancake Breakfast, including ticket sales, Santa Photos,
poinsettia sales, and the 50/50, our Charitable Budget netted $3325. Thanks
to all the members and non-members alike who helped to make this a successful day.
September the children in Ms. Erica Katz' Art Club at the Cranbury School had
been busy creating poster art for the 2011 Peace Poster Contest. The
theme was "Children Know Peace". The 14
completed posters were juried by Lion PDG Bob V and Mrs. Tamara Woronczuk who
narrowed them down to First, Second, and Third Place. The winning poster moved
on to the District level competition, which was juried on November 21;
Cranbury's winning poster, unfortunately, will not move forward to the
International competition, but did take third place among the 9 posters
submitted throughout the District. We will present awards to and host the 1st,
2nd, and 3rd place winners and their parents, as well as Ms.
Katz and School Administrator, Lion Dr. Susan Genco at our Annual Peace Poster
Meeting on December 7. The winning posters were completed by: Avery Hom, (1st
Prize), Lawrence "Trip" Guidi (2nd Prize), and Hannah Colaizzo (3rd
Prize); see our website for the posters.
As was reported at our October 5 meeting, the Board of Directors
recommended that we obtain a Memorial
Bench for Teddy Nikitiades; a vote was cast and the motion approved and
carried. We have purchased and are ready to install a park-type bench in front
of Teddy's Restaurant, in memory of our good friend and constant benefactor.
The bench will be dedicated at a gathering of Lions, Family, and Friends, in
front of the Restaurant, at 2:30PM on Tuesday, December 13th. The
Club wishes to thank Lions Andre Mento, Bob Virgadamo and Mike Kaiser for their
efforts on this project.
We will hold our next Wine
Meeting at the Grape Escape on January 4, 2012, when we will be in "The
Racking" phase of the project; "Racking" is when we transfer the fermenting
wine from the Oak Barrel into a Stainless Steel tub, clean the barrel and
replace the wine for an additional 6 months when we will bottle it. We are
seeking Barrel Sponsors, with the intent of perhaps creating a small
fundraising opportunity, here. However, we are hoping that not only Members,
but our sponsors, friends and neighbors will be interested in hand-crafting
this wine with us; at this writing we have only 1½ cases available for sale.
Members are encouraged to enroll others in our winemaking project. Anyone
interested should contact PDG Bob.
We have begun to move forward on International President Tam's Tree Planting Program for Lion
Year 2011-2012. IP Tam's goal was to plant One Million Trees, worldwide; at
last count the Lions of the world had planted over 2.5 million trees! We
will be meeting with the Township's Shade Tree Commission, shortly, but are
simultaneously dealing with local growers in an attempt to get some or all of
the trees donated. We have approached Troop 52 and one of the upcoming Eagles
would like to take this on as his Eagle Project. More on this, as the project
Mark Your Calendars: We will be celebrating our 80th Anniversary on June
30, 2012. Event Co-Chairs Lions Neal Wagman or Neile Wright are looking for
about 8 volunteers to help with decorations, publicity and "day of" help. Any
Member who can volunteer for this committee should contact one of the Co-Chairs
or sign-up on the sheet which will soon begin circulating at meetings. Details
on venue and activities will follow.
Our Annual Toys For Tots
Collection is in full swing. Unwrapped toys may be dropped off
at any 1st Constitution Branch, the NJ Community Bank, and the Post
Office. Of course, members are free to bring toys directly to PDG Bob. The last
day that we can accept donations is Thursday, December 15.
We had donation boxes for our Annual
Winter Coat Collection at the Library and at Teddy's, and brought it
for the final day to the Pancake Breakfast. In the end, we collected 75 coats,
and we would like to thank everyone who made a donation this year. A lot of
people will be warmer this winter and the Club would like to thank Lion Dave
Shaffer for his efforts in organizing this collection and delivering the coats
We are continuing the tradition and doing our Annual Holiday Decoration Contest, but due to cost
considerations, we have had to modify the number of poinsettia prizes awarded
from 24 down to five. Lion Andre Mento will continue on as Chair, and he is
looking for a couple or two to cruise through the township on December 15, and
help select the best decorated homes. There is a sign-up sheet at meetings, or
you can call Lion Andre direct. The winning homes will be printed in the next "Jargon".
Because it has been so successful - and fun - we will continue our
"new tradition" of having our Holiday
Meeting and Party at the Immediate Past President's. Immediate Past
President Dave and Brenda Shaffer have offered the use of their home for the
Meeting and Holiday Party, on Friday, December 16. Members are asked to bring a
dish; please coordinate with Brenda (609-860-2542), or use the sign-up
sheet at the meetings. As we have done for the last few years, we will have a
"Secret Santa" ($15 limit). We look forward to seeing everyone there.
TIME IS SHORT! The
Jersey Devils will host New Jersey
Lions Night at the Devils Game on Saturday, January 21, 2012. This
year, all weekend games start at one in the afternoon. This year's game will be
a "Hockey Spectacular", as the Devils will face off against the Philadelphia
Flyers! Tickets are $50 - that's a $19 savings over the face value of $69, and the Devils will donate $10
per ticket back for every ticket the Club purchases - what a great way to raise
money for our Charitable Budget! And with
the game so close after the Holidays, tickets would make a fantastic stocking
stuffer or Chanukah gift. For tickets and information, contact PDG Bob.
The Jamesburg Leo Club
made 0ver $700 from a Home-Baked Cookie Sale, and was able to donate over $500
to a fund for two sisters, both of whom have Multiple Dystrophy. In time for
the holidays, the Boys of the Club will be collecting food to donate to the
Freehold Food Bank. Lion Fay Kobland reports that the boys would like to meet
more often with our Club, but, she has explained to them that our schedule
doesn't allow for too many meetings to be held at the Jamesburg Training
School. The boys would like some interaction on our part when possible, and a
"Game Day" is being discussed. Any members who are able to, and would like to
donate 2-3 hours of time to play board games with the boys on a weekend day
(probably a Sunday) should contact Lion Fay or PDG Bob.
We have also received our "Trenton Thunder dates" for the 2012:
PDG Bob was not only able to obtain a Saturday game for our Trenton Thunder 50/50, but it's
the (NY Yankees) Thunder v. the Binghamton Mets; this rivalry game is almost
always a capacity game! Our 50/50 game day will be June 9, 2012. More about
that in a few months.
As always, we will do our Annual
Thunder Game in August; the Thunder will only play one weekend at home
in August, and we have arranged our game date to be Sunday afternoon (5PM),
August 19, 2012, when the Thunder plays the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles).
This year, however, instead of selling 125 tickets on the field (to be eligible
for the 50/50), the Board of Directors has recommended that we try the program
where we only have to sell a minimum of 35 tickets, at $38 per ticket, in the
Yankee Club SkyBox. This ticket includes upscale dining and non-alcoholic
beverages for 90 minutes (6:30 to 8PM); additional tickets may be available, but only on a first come first served
basis, so if you plan on going to this game, buy your tickets
early! You may want to consider this as another Holiday Gift. Contact PDG Bob tickets.
Support the Century of Service Commemorative Coin. Lions
Clubs International is leading efforts to mint 400,000 U.S. silver dollars in
recognition of Lions Clubs International's 100th Anniversary in 2017. And, this
coin is the first step to commemorate our Association's centennial - while
raising millions to support our projects for the visually impaired, youth and
those affected by disaster. Find out how you can get involved in this campaign at
A quick word about the 2012 Multiple District 16 State Convention…It will be held
this year on May 17-20 at the Bridgewater Marriot. The format for the Saturday
evening formal is being changed; after the procession of elected incoming
Governors, and other necessary protocols, the room will be changed into a night
club setting. Topping the bill will be "Uncle Floyd".
Membership - Membership - Membership
We 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".
As 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.
the years, some of our members have said that the reason it took so long to
become a Lion was that no one asked! Ask
your 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. If every one of our 59 members asked just one person to join and
only 25% of those people joined this year, we would increase our membership by
14 people! 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 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.
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.
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);
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 Christine or Secretary PDG Bob
to arrange for a pick-up. Drivers: if you cannot
make your pick-up, please notify President Christine as soon as possible. Riders:
please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.