January 4 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
January 5 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken Marsala
Speaker: Karl Dentino, a
Ragtime Blues Guitarist who not only plays, but speaks about the Blues and its
January 19 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Broiled
Swordfish or Tuna Steak (Mkt.cond.)
Speaker: District Governor Michael Hsing, who will
make his annual visitation and talk to us about International President Sid
Scruggs' program, 'Beacon of Hope'.
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
Get Well Soon…
Lion Don Jo Swanagan would like everyone to know that his condition has
stabilized. He is still on a respirator, but is communicating through
"sign" language and spelling words out. His spirits seem to be
good. The family hopes that he can be transferred from Robert Wood Johnson
to the Lakewood Respiratory Rehabilitation Center shortly.
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.
Our Annual Toys For Tots
Drive, in association with the U.S. Marines, began in mid-November. PDG
Bob made the rounds and picked up a total of 612 toys from the various
collection points. We would like to thank the Main Office and Branches of the
1st Constitution Bank, the Management and Employees of Arcadis, and the
Cranbury Post Office for volunteering as collection sites and helping us
collect the toys for needy children. We would also like to thank all the people
in and around Cranbury who donated toys for this annual drive.
Our Winter Coat
Collection was quite successful and through it we were able to
distribute 120 coats to those who were in need of physical warmth, through
Peter Wise, formerly of TASK. The Board of Directors would like to commend
Lions Alex Johnson, Christine Thompson, Bob Virgadamo, and Dave Shaffer for
coordinating this effort, and to all those Lions and non-Lions who brought in
those gently used coats which will make someone a little more comfortable this
Holiday Season and through the winter. Special thanks to Library Director Marilynn
Mullen for letting us place our collection box in the library.
Annual Pancake Breakfast was held on December 5, and the Committee is
happy to announce that from Breakfast ticket and Poinsettia Sales,
Pictures, and a 50/50 we have raised a net of $4280. A laurel and hardy
handshake goes to the Co-Chairs, Lions Jerry Hanson, Christine Thompson, and
Andre Mento, to all the Lions who worked the various shifts and jobs, and to
all the non-Lions who volunteered to help the Club raise money for Charity.
The West Windsor Lions Club invited our Club to attend an
Intra-Club Holiday Party
together with the Hightstown East Windsor, West Windsor, Lawrence, Hopewell
Valley, Ewing, and White Horse Lions Clubs. President Dave & Brenda, 2VDG
John & Lion Fay, and PDG Bob attended the party which was held at the Bog
at the Cranbury Golf Course on December 8, It was fun catching up with old
friends and making new friends from Clubs with which we have not had a chance
for interaction. Over 60 Lions and spouses attended, and from the laughter it
is safe to say a good time was had by all.
Hopefully, more of our members will attend this Joint party next year.
Having last year's Holiday
Meeting and Party at a member's home was so successful - and fun - that
the Board has decided to do the meeting at a member's home again. The meeting
& party was held at the home of Immediate Past
President John and Lion Fay Kobland on December 17. The Secret Santa was great
fun, and we all look forward to next year's party. Of course, the Board and
Members want to thank Lions Fay & John for their hospitality.
Thanks to Lion Andre and a crew of volunteers for braving the cold
on December 15, and doing our Annual Holiday
Decoration Contest. Poinsettias were awarded to the township residents
living at 19 Scottsdale Court, 24 Scottsdale Court, 9 Monroe Pl, 40 Station Rd,
48 Washington Dr, 24 Washington Dr, 31 North Main, 10 S Main St, 73 Petty Rd,
54 Petty Rd, 7 Cubberly Ct, 2 Labaw Dr, 1 Applegate,
20 Evans Dr, 9 Griggs Rd. 13 S Main St, 5 Wynnewood Dr, 21 Cranbury Neck Rd, 88
Cranbury Neck Rd, 15 Shady Brook Ln, 28 Shady Brook Ln, 2 Handley Ct, 102
Bergen Dr., and 15 Labaw Dr. Congratulations to the winners!
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 formulated.
Second Vice District Governor John Kobland will be hosting the
"Festival of Hope" Showcase Event
for District 16-D at the Harbor Seafood Restaurant in Piscataway 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. Any member wishing to attend should contact 2VDG John or President Dave,
PDG Bob is hosting the District 16-D Cabinet Meeting at the Spain
Inn in Piscataway on Monday, January 24. The meeting runs from
7-9PM and costs $20 per head; the Club will pay for attending members. Please
try to attend to show support for our Club. Any member wishing to attend should
contact PDG Bob, 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 few years, and has made
arrangements with the Devils for $60+ tickets at the discounted rate of $48 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 you know someone who would like
tickets, contact Lion Joe or PDG Bob.
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).
Oops! Your 'esteemed' Jargon Editor forgot to include the top
three winners of the Peace Poster Contest
last month, so they are included in this issue. First Prize was
won by Linsdey Lim, whose poster is shown below;
Second and Third Prize winners were Stephanie Tam and Ellie Whaley,
respectively. The Club awarded cash prizes to the three winners at our Peace
Poster Meeting on December 1st. At that meeting President Dave and
PDG Bob presented Mrs. Woronczuk with a desk award for her 22 years of service
to the Peace Poster Program; Mrs. Woronczuk will be retiring this June after
30+ years at the Cranbury School.
"Vision Of Peace"
1st Place Winner, Lindsey Lim
PDG Bob & President Dave Present Award To
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
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 worse.
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 our meetings.
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.