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The Lions Club of Cranbury, New Jersey

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2nd Vice President:
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Fay Kobland
Andre Mento
Frank Vesci
Phyllis Johnson
John Ryan
Dave Shaffer
Dean Koehler
Elaine Homoky
Christine Thompson
Jon Goldstein
Phyllis Johnson

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Directors - 2 Years:
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Walton Caldwell
John Kobland
Neal Wagman
Dave Cook
Frank Marlowe
Rick Burke
John Kobland

December 2013

Dec. 3 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

Dec. 4 - Holiday Meeting - 7PM, Teddy's Dinner: Hot Open Meatloaf $22

Program: Richard Moody will speak about the Royal Air Force.

Dec. 20 - Holiday Party - 6:00 PM, Pat and Joanne Meehan's home; See details below and RSVP by December 13th

January 2014

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

Jan. 15 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Teddy's Dinner: Chicken Francaise $22

Program: Girl Scout Meeting - Girl Scouts will present about their activities. Also, President Fay will speak about the LCI Conventions and will be showing pictures of the Lions 2013 Parade in Hamburg, Germany.

President's Corner

Santa Claus
You know the holidays are upon us when the Lions hold their 66th Annual Pancake Breakfast, Toys for Tots and Winter Coat Drives. The Lions have just celebrated a Thanksgiving with their friends and families and reflected upon all the things we are thankful for. The Cranbury Lions are thankful for our new Lions. Welcome our newly inducted member, Eufronio Carreno. At the induction ceremony his sponsor, 2nd VDG Dave Shaffer, was not able to attend the meeting so the Lions in attendance took the sponsor pledge. Frank Marckioni, a new resident to Cranbury, has an application and intends to submit his application to join in January 2014. Frank and his wife, Eileen, plan to attend our holiday party. If you have a neighbor or friend who may be interested in knowing more about the Lions, you can invite them to a meeting or a Lion event such as our holiday party.
Yours in Service, President Fay

Things To Know

The Annual Peace Poster Meeting was held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Large Group Room at the Cranbury School. Cake and cider was served for this special meeting. Erica Katz, Cranbury Art Teacher, spoke about the process the students used to make their posters. All 17-peace posters were on display. The prizewinners were: first place, Amy Huang; second place LiLi Wang (unable to attend); third place, Carol Berner; and Honorable Mention, Katie McDonnell. Special thanks to Erica Katz and Lion Susan Genko for arranging the meeting and poster display in the Large Group Room! The families and the Lions were able to see the posters close-up and to speak to the students. This was a fun-filled and rewarding evening for all attendees.
Peace Poster Winners

Plans for the 66th Annual Cranbury Lions Pancake Breakfast on Sunday December 8th have been finalized. Co-Chairpersons Andre Mento and Christine Thompson have distributed tickets and work assignments to all Lions. Lion Tom Reilly and members of the Golden Agers have volunteered to help sell tickets - thank you Golden Agers! Lion Rick Burke has created an eye-catching poster advertising the concurrent Poinsettia sale; the posters have been distributed throughout the town. These beautiful 'guaranteed or your money-back' poinsettias may be ordered ahead of the breakfast (34 ordered already) and they will be hand-delivered upon request. Those willing and able to help out with the pre-pancake breakfast 'set-up' in the school cafeteria on this Saturday (the day before the breakfast) are asked to please report at 9:30 am on Saturday. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated. Santa is ready, collection boxes for the Toys-for-Tots and gently-used coat drives are ready/being prepared, and the Cranbury Lions are ready as their normal exuberant elves, or selves. See you on Sunday December 8th!

The Advertising/Placemat efforts for our club under the leadership of Lion Elaine Homoky have been completed. This is an important fundraising endeavor to advertise both the club and sponsors who elect to support us. Lion Elaine reports that while there are fewer advertisers this year than previously, the larger font size on the placemats will be pleasing and easily readable. The placemats are being printed this week to be ready for the Pancake Breakfast on this Sunday.

Lion Frank Vesci is coordinating the collection of toys for the Toys-for-Tots program under the auspices of the U.S. Marines. Six collection boxes have been placed in integral locations around town and additional boxes will be delivered to good sites. Please keep in mind the deserving children who benefit from this worthwhile program; their smiles and happiness of maybe the only toy they receive during this holiday season could script a thousand heartfelt cards.

The Winter Coat Drive is being organized again by Lion Dave Shaffer, our current 2nd Vice District Governor in District 16-D. Lion Dave has done an exemplary job of this noble gently-used coat drive effort for several years in a row. He doesn't have his super van anymore, so members may be asked to assist Lion Dave on transporting coats to their final destination to help keep people warm during the impending cold winter months. This is a great endeavor; let's all help out as needed!

Coming Soon

The Holiday Party will be held at 6:00 PM Friday, December 20th hosted by Pat and Joanne Meehan at their home. Members are asked to please bring either an appetizer or dessert and BYOB. There will be a Secret Santa gift exchange if you'd like to participate; bring a wrapped gift in the $10-$15 range and you will go home with a gift. Please RSVP by Friday, December 13th by calling 609-655-2172.

Poinsettia Flyer