January 3 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
January 4 - Wine Meeting - 7PM, The Grape Escape; Dinner: provided by Fiddleheads Restaurant.
Program: This is the "Racking" phase of this project.
January 18 -
Girl Scout Meeting & Spouse Night - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Beef Stroganoff
Mavoides will talk about what the different Cranbury Troops have been and are
doing; this is the GSA Meeting which is normally held in October, but had to be
postponed due to our winemaking event.
January 31 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
February 1 - Boy Scout Meeting - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Broiled Pork Chops
Program: Local resident Ms.
Kathy Easton is an avid Birdwatcher and will discuss Birding in and around Cranbury.
February 15 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken Portobello
Program: Mr. Harry
Fini, from Life Saver Living Solutions, will discuss how his company helps
Seniors live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.
Things To Know
We have just been informed that Lion Ed Lawson has been receiving radiation treatments for
cancer; due to a fall at home, he is currently at the Cranbury Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center, 292 Applegarth Rd, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831, and the phone
there is 609-860-2500. Margaret advises that he would be happy to have
visitors, but we are advised to call first as he commutes daily to RWJ for his
A gathering of Lions, Family, and Friends attended as we installed
the Teddy Nikitiades Memorial Bench
at a dedication ceremony, in front of Teddy's Restaurant, on Tuesday, December
13th. It was good to see that 17 Cranbury Lions were able to attend.
The Club wishes to thank Lions Andre Mento, Bob Virgadamo and Mike Kaiser for
their efforts on this project; but we especially would like to thank Rosemarie
Mento for the concept idea.
This year's Annual Toys
For Tots Collection was among one of the best collections we have done
in years; we collected over 1000 toys - at the pick-up, the Marines advised
ours was one of the largest "individual" (non-corporate funded) collections
this season. PDG Bob would like to thank Lions Mike Kaiser and Neal Wagman who
assisted him in the collection process, but special thanks go to the branches
of 1st Constitution Bank, the NJ Community Bank, the Cranbury Post
Office, Arcadis, and Norland Products for acting as our collection points.
In addition to our donation boxes for our Annual Winter Coat Collection at the Library and at Teddy's,
we collected coats at our Pancake Breakfast, and on December 19, 2011, Lion
Dave Shaffer delivered 97 coats to TASK. The collection box remained at
Teddy's, and at this writing we have collected a total of 151 coats; these
additional donations will be delivered to TASK shortly. We would like to thank
everyone who made a donation this year; because of you, 151 people will be
warmer than they were yesterday. We would especially like to thank Dave Shaffer
for his humanitarian efforts in organizing, collecting, and distributing these coats.
On December 16 we learned that the Crisis Ministry of Trenton &
Princeton building, in Trenton, had a severe fire, destroying all the
food and staples that were destined for the disenfranchised over the holidays.
An emergency Board meeting was held, at which a recommendation, motion, and
affirmative vote occurred to provide a donation to the Crisis Ministry, in the
amount of $300, from our Disaster Relief Fund. For the information of those
that may be unaware, there is no Lions Club in either Princeton or Trenton. PDG
Bob delivered a check in the approved amount to the Nassau Presbyterian Church
on December 17.
We will hold our next Wine
Meeting at the Grape Escape on January 4, 2012, when we will be in "The
Racking" phase of the project; "Racking" is when we transfer the fermenting
wine from the Oak Barrel into a Stainless Steel tub, clean the barrel and
replace the wine for an additional 6 months when we will bottle it. We are
seeking Barrel Sponsors, with the intent of perhaps creating a small
fundraising opportunity, here. However, we are hoping that not only Members,
but our sponsors, friends and neighbors will be interested in hand-crafting
this wine with us; at this writing we have only 1 case available for sale.
Members are encouraged to enroll others in our winemaking project. Anyone
interested should contact PDG Bob.
We have begun to move forward on International President Tam's Tree Planting Program for Lion
Year 2011-2012. IP Tam's goal was to plant One Million Trees, worldwide; at
last count the Lions of the world had planted over 2.5 million trees! This
month, we will order a selection of 80 trees in varying sizes. Meanwhile the
Troop 52 Eagle Scout candidate will begin his project, and will start a
campaign to let Cranbury Homeowners that "free" trees will be available. There
are no plans, at this time, to plant trees on Township property. Any Lion that wishes to have one of these
trees planted should contact PDG Bob or Lions Mike Kaiser or Dean Koehler.
Lion Andre Mento and a cadre of volunteers drove around Cranbury
Township on Thursday, December 15, and selected the winners in this year's Annual Holiday Decoration Contest.
Each winning family has received a Poinsettia from
the Lions Club. This year's winners were:
1. The Callahan Family 45 Washington Pl.
2. The Beamer Family 4 Evans Dr.
3. The Rak Family 46 North Main St.
4. The Santamaria Family 46 Cranbury Neck Road.
Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to Andre and his crew.
Our Holiday Meeting and
Party was held at the Immediate Past President Dave & Brenda
Shaffer's home on December 16. In addition to saving money on our
Administrative Budget, everyone who attended had a fabulous time - especially
with the fun surrounding the Secret Santa gifts! The success of this
Meeting/Party over the last three years has prompted the Board of Directors to
tentatively approve having it at the Past President's home again next year.
Event Chair Lion Neile Wright has arranged for us to continue our Valentine's Day Roses fundraiser
with Kathy of the Cutting Garden, on North Main Street. Roses will sell for $60
per dozen; Kathy will donate 50% of the net profit on roses ordered and
purchased through the Cutting Garden for Valentine's Day pick-up.
The New Jersey Devils will host New Jersey Lions Night at the Devils Game on Saturday,
January 21, 2012, when they play the Philadelphia Flyers. We hope you ordered
your tickets on time, because tickets to this game are officially sold out! If
you have NOT purchased your tickets, but were "hoping to", you may be able to get tickets by
calling the Group Sales Department at the Arena, to inquire if there are any
This serves as a reminder that, even though, as always, we will hold
our Annual Thunder Game in August,
we have a limited amount of seating in the Yankee Club SkyBox. In addition to
those Members who have already signed-up, quite a few Members have mentioned
that they plan to attend this game; there are only 18 tickets left for this
game - please don't get "shut out" of the game by waiting until "the last
minute" to reserve your ticket. The Thunder will only play one weekend at home
in August, and we have arranged our game date to be Sunday afternoon (5PM),
August 19, 2012, when the Thunder plays the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles). Yankee
Club SkyBox tickets are $38 per ticket, and include upscale dining and
non-alcoholic beverages for 90 minutes; additional tickets may be available, but
only on a first come first served basis, so if you plan on going to
this game, reserve your tickets early!
The Jamesburg Leo Club
made over $700 from a Home-Baked Cookie Sale, and was able to donate over $500
to a fund for two sisters, both of whom have Multiple Dystrophy. In time for
the holidays, the Boys of the Club will be collecting food to donate to the
Freehold Food Bank. Lion Fay Kobland reports that the boys would like to meet
more often with our Club, but, she has explained to them that our schedule
doesn't allow for too many meetings to be held at the Jamesburg Training
School. The boys would like some interaction on our part when possible, and a
"Game Day" is being discussed. Any members who are able to, and would like to donate
2-3 hours of time to play board games with the boys on a Sunday (date to be
determined) should contact Lion Fay or PDG Bob.
PDG Bob was not only able to obtain a Saturday game for our Trenton Thunder 50/50, but it's
the (NY Yankees) Thunder v. the Binghamton Mets; this rivalry game is almost
always a capacity game! Our 50/50 game day will be June 9, 2012. More about
that in a few months.
Mark Your Calendars: We will be celebrating our 80th Anniversary on
June 30, 2012. The Committee is looking for suggestions as to where and what
type of party should be held; we are looking to attract most, if not all, of
our 60 Members; if any Member has a
suggestion, please advise Event Co-Chairs Lions Neal Wagman or Neile Wright.
By the way, the Co-Chairs are looking for about 6-8 volunteers to help with
decorations, publicity and "day of" help. Any Member who can volunteer for this
committee should contact one of the Co-Chairs or sign-up on the sheet which
will soon begin circulating at meetings. Details on venue and activities will
follow. This is a celebration of 80 years of service to Cranbury; we hope that
every member will consider attending this auspicious occasion.
Support the Century of Service Commemorative Coin. Lions
Clubs International is leading efforts to mint 400,000 U.S. silver dollars in
recognition of Lions Clubs International's 100th Anniversary in 2017. And, this
coin is the first step to commemorate our Association's centennial - while
raising millions to support our projects for the visually impaired, youth and
those affected by disaster. Find out how you can get involved in this campaign at
A quick word about the 2012 Multiple District 16 State Convention… It will be
held this year on May 17-20 at the Bridgewater Marriot. Our own VDG John
Kobland will be inducted as Governor of District 16-D; a strong showing of
support from our Club throughout the convention, but especially at the Saturday
night event is encouraged. The format for the Saturday evening formal is being
changed; after the procession of elected incoming Governors, and other
necessary protocols, the room will be changed into a night club setting.
Topping the bill will be "Uncle Floyd".
Membership - Membership - Membership
always need new members who will help to raise the charitable funds which we
need to complete our mission, and to help "broaden" our charitable collection
base. But we are about to face a new problem…
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"…but don't
forget "Empty Nesters".
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 Christine is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair
Jon Goldstein in attracting and bringing in new members.
the years, some of our members have said that the reason it took so long to
become a Lion was that no one asked! Ask
your friends and neighbors if they can 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 each of our 60 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 PDG Bob, or
President Christine. 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
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.
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.
One of the most difficult jobs in our Club is the Program Chair,
and the ability to get speakers
for our meetings. Lion Tamer Frank Marlowe is our Speaker Chair and would be
most appreciative of any and all speaker leads he is given. 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 ("phone tree"), and/or Secretary PDG Bob 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 Christine or Secretary PDG Bob
to arrange for a pick-up. Drivers: if you cannot
make your pick-up, please notify President Christine as soon as possible. Riders:
please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.