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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

January 2013

January 2 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Hamburgers with French Fries

Program: Boy Scout Meeting - Robert Cenker as an aerospace engineer with RCA AstroSpace was chosen to fly on the Space Shuttle Columbia. He orbited the earth for six days and will show pictures taken from space and tell us of his experience. Dinner cost $20

January 15 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

January 16 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken Marsala Dinner cost $25

Program: Tyler Daniel will talk about new Fitness Center at Medical Center in Plainsboro

February 2013

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

February 6 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Broiled Pork Chops cost $25

Program: Richard Eekins will talk about Reverse Mortgages

February 20 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken Portobello cost $25

Program: Promode Chivate will talk about Personal Styles.

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Superstorm Sandy Relief Lions Christine Thompson, Frank Vesci and Fay Kobland traveled to South River on December 15th to deliver the gift cards to four families affected by Sandy. Christine made Christmas cookies for each family, a gift these families could not make for themselves with homes of no utilities. Many people are not aware that South River sustained massive damage to sections of the town due to a 6 to 10 foot tidal surge from the rivers destroying the first floors of most homes in a number of neighborhoods. The families were grateful for our gifts. See pictures posted on our Facebook Page.

Peace Poster Meeting Cranbury School Art teacher, Erika Katz, and Lion Fay Kobland presented the awards to the first place winner, Amy Huang, second place to Claire Xu and third place to Alexandrea Ciardella. Erika brought all the peace posters, which were displayed for the Lions to view. The artwork by the young artist was amazing and the meeting to honor the winners was enjoyed by all. Thank you Erika Katz!!!

Jamesburg Leo Club The Cranbury Lions helped to make the Leos fundraising project of making and selling pink bracelets to raise money to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation a huge success. The Leos thank the Cranbury Lions for helping the sales of the bracelets and a special thanks to Lion Frank Marlowe for selling bracelets at the pancake breakfast. The Lions bought or sold $300 worth of bracelets. The Leos make a total of $500 in sales netting $345 to contribute to Breast Cancer Research. Their next project is making holiday cards to raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

The Marine Toys for Tots Frank Vesci, chairperson, reported that the Cranbury Lions collected 532 toys, from the Women's Club Christmas Tree lighting and Santa Workshop at the Firehouse on December 7th, and at collection sites at the 1st Constitution Bank, the Community Bank, Arcadis, East Coast Limousine Yardley and Cranbury Limousine. Thank you to the residents of Cranbury and all those that participated in this project! President Christine Thompson, Frank Vesci, Ken Smith, Jon Goldstein, John Ryan and Neal Wagman represented the Cranbury Lions by attended the Marine's Appreciation Dinner on December 11, 2012.

Coat Collection Lion Dave Shaffer, chairperson for the coat collection project reports that Cranbury residents and those attending the Cranbury Lions pancake breakfast donated 84 coats. The Toms River Lions Club will distribute all the coats to those in their community affected by Sandy. Thanks to all who donated and Teddy's & the Cranbury Library for collection sites!

Coming Soon

District Governor John Kobland's Testimonial Dinner The Cranbury Lions Club hosts the District Governor's Testimonial dinner on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Please mark your calendar for this special event.

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.

Membership - Membership - Membership

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.