February 1 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
February 2 - Boy Scout Meeting - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Pork Chops
Program: Bart Jackson will speak on a topic TBD
February 16 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken Portobello
Program: Eliza Stasi of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce
March 1 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
March 2 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Corned Beef & Cabbage (tentative)
Speaker: Immediate Past
President John Kobland. Lion John is a published poet, and member of the
Delaware Valley Poets Society, and he will entertain us with readings of his
March 23 - Annual Joint Meeting w/ Hightstown - 7PM, Hightstown Masonic Lodge; Dinner: Buffet TBD
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.
Treasurer Dean Koehler has sent out the third quarter dues invoices, and he has informed the Board
of Directors that there are some members who are in arrears two or more
quarters. Our Administrative budget has become too tight for members to remain
delinquent, so the Board has asked that all members pay whatever dues are owed,
as soon as possible.
Lion Neile Wright has partnered us up with Kathy Burke of the
Cutting Garden Flower Shop on Main Street, and has worked out a deal for our Valentine's Day Roses Fundraiser.
Kathy will charge $50 for a dozen roses with filler, and the Club will get $10
per bouquet, but the customer has to mention the "Lions Bouquet". The customer
will also get a $5 coupon off a later flower purchase at the Cutting Garden
Flower Shop. This arrangement works out for everyone: the customer gets a dozen
quality long-stemmed roses at a slightly reduced price, plus a $5 coupon; The
Cutting Garden gets business and a larger customer base; and the club gets $10
for each bouquet purchased - everybody wins! Be sure to order your flowers before February 4!
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
Second Vice District Governor John Kobland will be hosting the "Festival of Hope" Showcase Event
for District 16-D at the FUJI Japanese Sushi and Seafood Buffet Restaurant,
1345 US Hwy 1 South, North Brunswick, NJ 08902, from 11am - 3 pm, on Saturday,
February 5, which will include a buffet luncheon at a subsidized rate of only
$10 per person. This event has been planned for clubs to show what they are
doing regarding signature service projects completed or in-progress; to come
and get ideas; or simply to attend, observe and enjoy. One of the main tenets of the Festival of
Hope is to generate FUN, and it is hoped this Showcase Event will do just that
- inject some fun into what we've done or are planning to do, inspire our
creative juices and get us going! President Dave will attend the event and show
a nicely designed "showcase Board" of the projects we have been doing. All our
members are invited. Any member wishing to attend should contact 2VDG John or
President Dave, directly.
It is time again for our annual New Jersey Lions Night at the NJ Devils! Lion Joe Carroll is
chairing the event, as he has done for the past four years, and has made
arrangements with the Devils for $59 tickets at the discounted rate of $45 per
ticket. The game between the Devils and the New York Islanders will be on
Saturday, March 12. The Devils will donate $10 back to our Club's Charitable
Budget for every ticket sold; last year we collected $750 for our Charitable
budget! What a great way to raise funds - just by watching a hockey game! So if
you would like tickets, or if you know someone who would like
tickets, contact Lion Joe or PDG Bob.
President Dave has been working with Tara Madore (the Yoga
Instructor who spoke to us a few months ago), and she has agreed to do a
fundraiser, using a Yoga Class.
She will hold a class in Cranbury and donate the reduced fee of $10 back to the
Club. This class will be adapted to all levels of expertise from beginner to
experienced and age or infirmity is not a factor. The class will be at 2pm on
Saturday, March 12; in the Methodist Church. We will have a sign-up sheet
for Humanity will be doing another build this summer, and the Board of
Directors has voted to keep this as a Club Service Project. As soon as we have
more information concerning the build, a sign-up sheet will be circulated.
Lion Fay Kobland, who is the District liaison to the Jamesburg
School for Boys has advised that the School is still interested in allowing a LEO Club (you all may recall
that this project has been in the works for over a year), and reports that it
is coming close to fruition. We will keep the membership apprised of the progress.
Mark your calendars! Our Annual
Golf Outing has been scheduled at the Peddie Golf Course for June 6,
VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE!
As has been explained in this space for the last few 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 are a good deal and a great - and affordable
- family outing! The actual tickets will
be printed sometime in January, and we expect to have them by month's end, so
please start talking up the game. It's not too early to start selling these
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
Our 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".
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 Dave is asking ALL members
to assist Membership Chair Jon Goldstein in attracting and bringing in new
Some of 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
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.
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.
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
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.