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The Lions Club of Cranbury, New Jersey

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

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Phyllis Johnson
John Kobland
Neal Wagman
Dave Cook
Frank Marlowe
Elaine Homoky
Fay Kobland Interim Editor
Peter Turner

February 2013

February 5 - Board of Directors Workshop - 5:30 - 9:30PM, Methodist Church Fellowship Hall

February 6 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Broiled Pork Chops

Program: Richard Eekins will talk about Reverse Mortgages.

February 20 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken Portobello

Program: Promode Chivate will talk about Personal Styles.

March 2013

March 5 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

March 6 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Broiled Flounder

Program: Kathy Wasner will talk about the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey.

March 13 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Masonic Lodge 535 N. Main Street Hightstown

Program: Joint meeting with Hightstown Lions club

President's Corner

Our club has experienced some changes over the last few months and I want to thank the members who have stepped up and volunteered to help us all navigate through some of the adjustments. We now have some members who are in new positions and or have new responsibilities to a committee or project. I ask you all in the following months to support our officers and chairpersons and please offer your time to help with our very important fundraising projects. We had a great December with our projects and look forward to 2013 being another successful year as we continue to serve our wonderful community of Cranbury and its residents. Thank you. Sincerely yours in service, Christine

Things To Know

Superstorm Sandy Relief The Cranbury Lions Board adopted a program for Lions and community members to donate money for Sandy Relief that the Lions Club would match the donations for up to $2,000 total amount. This program was approved by the Lions membership at the January 16, 2013 meeting. Lions (and other community members) will have up to February 6th to submit donations. Please make out your checks to Cranbury Lions Club and put Sandy Relief on the check.

Lions Scholarship Program Just a reminder, the Cranbury Lions offers two $1000 scholarships to graduating seniors, the Dr. David C. Tutor and the Todd M. Beamer Memorial Scholarships. The Stan Thomas Award is for a Cranbury resident ages 12 to 18 who exhibit the spirit of community service. For additional information visit the Student Programs tab of the Cranbury Lions Website or use this link Information about these student awards has been given to schools and is being distributed to the community. You may know of a student within your neighborhood who meets the requirements so spread the word about these excellent programs.

Coming Soon

White Cane Day March 23rd all day at ShopRite in Hightstown. Mark your calendar for a time you can give for this profitable fundraiser. We're asking members to sign up with one or two others for a 2-hour period.

Spring Raffle Spring is just around the corner! Lion Christine Thompson will be chairing this committee and is looking for Lions interested in working on the Spring Raffle.

Memorial Day Parade Co-chairs Dave Cook and Andre Mento will work with Frank Vesci and Neal Wagman who will be chairs of this project next year.

District Governor John Kobland's Testimonial Dinner The Cranbury Lions Club hosts the District Governor's Testimonial dinner on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Mercer County Park Marina Boathouse. Please mark your calendar for this special event, that's sure to be fun for all.

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.


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 who continue to make a difference in Cranbury, now and in the future.

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. Lions consider why you joined the Cranbury Lions and spread the word of the rewards and value of serving others.

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.