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Lions Tales

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The Lions Club of Cranbury, New Jersey

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Tail Twister:

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

Directors - 1 Year:
Directors - 2 Years:
Lion Tamer
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Lions Tales Editor:

Phyllis Johnson
John Kobland
Neal Wagman
Dave Cook
Mike Kaiser
Frank Marlowe
Elaine Homoky
Fay Kobland Interim Editor

December, 2012

December 4 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

December 5 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Hamburger with French Fries

Program: Peace Poster Meeting; Dinner cost $23

December 21 - Holiday Party at Dave Shaffer's Home

Program: Fun and Social interaction between members! See Coming Soon Below.

January, 2013

January 2 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Hamburgers with French Fries

Program: Peter Wise "The Rewards of Volunteerism; from Spacecraft to Soup Kitchens"

January 15 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

January 16 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken Marsala Dinner cost $25

Program: Tyler Daniel will talk about new Fitness Center at Medical Center in Plainsboro

Things To Know

Superstorm Sandy Relief Andre Mento and Christine Thompson assessed the needs in Cranbury following Hurricane Sandy. As there was no need identified locally, the decision way made to look elsewhere in our District to reach out to Sandy victims. By calling Lions clubs in the affected areas, Christine was referred to a South River official. South River while not on the beach has two rivers, which caused massive damage to homes. The official suggested that the demand for holiday gifts and baskets is so great that the Lions could adopt a family. The Board is suggesting that the club donate up to $1000 to buy gift cards for 2 to 4 families. The recommendation will be made to the membership at our December 5th meeting.

Jamesburg Leo Club The Cranbury Lions helped to make the Leos fundraising project of making and selling pink bracelets to raise money to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation a huge success. The Leos thank the Cranbury Lions for helping the sales of the bracelets and a special thanks to Lion Frank Marlowe for selling bracelets at the pancake breakfast. The Lions bought or sold $300 worth of bracelets. As their next project, the Leos are making holiday cards to raise money for Superstorm Sandy.

65th Annual Pancake Breakfast This milestone 65th pancake breakfast held on Sunday, December 2, 2012 was a huge success. Lion Andre Mento and Christine Thompson and their committee and along with the 34 Lions, 5 other volunteers and 4 Boy Scouts who participated had a great time raising money for our charities. Adding eggs to the menu was a huge hit as was the additional fruit. Poinsettias sold out this year! Thanks to Lion Rick Burke for arranging the sale. Where else could you attend such a delicious (bargain) breakfast while socializing with fellow Cranbury neighbors? You can view a video of the event by clicking this link It's a long video but you may get to see yourself and fellow Lions so persist.

The Marine Toys for Tots collection will run until noon on December 13th. Frank Vesci, the chairperson for this project, reports that there are at least 5 collections spots and there will be a collection at the Cranbury Women's Club's holiday tree lighting and Santa workshop on December 7th which brings lots of toys. Cash contributions are also being accepted.

$100 Raffle Fundraiser While the sales for the $100 Raffle Fundraiser was lower that last year, we raised $2,528 for charitable work. Top sellers of tickets were Lions Mahlon Thompson, Elaine Homoky, Bub Dancer and Christine Thompson. Twenty-eight Lions members bought tickets. Our own Dean Koehler was the grand prizewinner of 40% of the earnings. Phyllis Johnson of Cranbury and Alan Brewer of Flemington won $300 and Linda Caldwell and Andre Mento of Cranbury, Jacqui Newell of Mapleshade and Joe Kika of South Orange all won $200 each.

Coming Soon

Holiday Party: Tis the time to celebrate the season together! The final Lions business meeting of 2012 will be a holiday party held at the Shaffers' resident on Friday, December 21st at 7:00 PM. Call (609) 860-2542 for directions. Members are asked to bring a favorite appetizer and/or dessert. The "main course" type of food, ice and some drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring other beverages if you like. We'll be doing a "Secret Santa" again - $15 limit on the gift, wrapped. Please RSVP to Dave Shaffer by December 14th with what you are intending to bring and if you'd like to participate in the "Secret Santa."

Mark Your Calendar: We have once again been approved for an Annual Trenton Thunder Super 50/50; the event is scheduled for June 22, 2013; and, the Board of Directors has approved the Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Game for next year. We will once again have tickets to the Yankee Skybox; the game, against Portland (Double-A Red Sox) will be on Saturday, August 24, 2013. Tickets are $38 each and would make a great holiday gift for someone special on your list.


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 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 Jon Goldstein or Christine Thompson 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 and those who will serve the next legacy years being made on a continuing basis in Cranbury.

The legacy of the Lions is all over Cranbury. Consider the service you can provide in a spirit of fellowship and fun with the Cranbury Lions.


Share "Lions Tales" with your Spouse. Spouses are invited to attend any meetings especially our quarterly "Spouse Night" meetings. Our next scheduled Spouse Night will be December 21st the Holiday Party. Spouses are encouraged to become Members under the Family Membership Initiative.

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 John Ryan to obtain one. These items are at "cost" to our members. Men's and Women's cut Vests @$40 (S-M-L) or $50 (XL, 2X); larger size vests (to 6X) are available as a special order; hats are $12.

Members can access the Club Directory on-line with the required login and password (that information can be obtained from Lion Phyllis). Members without Internet capability may contact Lion Phyllis Johnson for a hard copy of the Directory.

Lion Tamer Frank Marlowe is our Program Chair. Getting and scheduling speakers for our meetings is a difficult task. All members are asked to assist Lion Tamer Frank Marlowe by giving him speaker leads. 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 Thompson ("phone tree") so that all members may be notified as soon as possible.

Member Pick-Up

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 Lion Frank Marlowe to arrange for a pick-up.