July 19 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:00PM, PDG Bob's House; President Christine presiding
July 20 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Maryland Crab Cakes
will be a review of the 2011-12 budget, after which a vote will be taken on the
new budget. An open discussion will ensue on the serious decline in donations,
and how we might affect an increase.
August 16 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
August 17 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Baby Back Ribs
Harry Fini of LifeSaver Living Solutions, a company that deals with keeping
seniors independent in their own homes, will discuss how such independence can
Things To Know
Summer dress rules are in effect through July and August. Members are permitted to
wear appropriate summer attire, including shorts, to the meetings. Remember
that we meet in a restaurant and a little decorum is still required. No tank
tops or sleeveless shirts, please.
Charter Night Dinner and Officer Installation, was held on June 17, at
Dolce & Clemente restaurant in Hamilton. Cash bar cocktails hour at 7PM;
dinner at 8PM. We welcomed our 2011-12 Board of Directors and honored Lion Fay
Kobland for her work in forming the Jamesburg Leo Club. We would like to plan a
100% attendance 80th Anniversary Celebration next June for Club
Members and guests; the Board hopes everyone will plan to attend this milestone
event. More information will be forthcoming during the year.
Our Annual 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). New York Yankee
Super Star Derek Jeter has been "sent down" to recover from injuries and will
be playing at the July 2nd game; at this writing the game is 100%
sold out including SRO's. It promises to be a GREAT game and quite lucrative
for the Club. The Board would like to thank those Lions and non-Lions who
volunteered to sell tickets in the stands. This issue is being published the
day before the event, so we will report the results in the August issue.
The Township will be holding their 12th (?) Annual
5th of July Fireworks Display,
and the Board of Directors has agreed to place our ice cream cart in the park,
from which we will sell ice cream and tickets to our Annual Thunder Baseball
Game on August 20. Any
member who can volunteer for an hour or few should contact Lion Christine
Annual Gil & Bert's Ice Cream Fundraiser will take place on July 9;
at this point, volunteers
may sign up by contacting Lion Jon Goldstein, directly; this has always
proved to be a fun event and at this time, we are still in need of a few
volunteers. PLEASE BE GENEROUS WITH YOUR TIME.
The Annual Club Picnic
will be held on July 30, 2011; it is tentatively scheduled to be held at the
home of Lion Dean & Ellen Koehler's home. A sign-up sheet will be
circulated at the July Meeting, or RSVP to Secretary Bob.
The Club is planning a new fundraiser, which we hope will be as
fun as it can be lucrative - a Rubber Ducky Duck Race.
A committee chaired by Lion Jon Goldstein is
currently working on the details, the first of which will be the Township's
permission to run the ducks over the dam/spillway from the lake. If all goes
well, we hope to start selling ducks in May, and have the 'race' on Cranbury
Day. Details for this event will follow, after we have the necessary approvals.
for Humanity will be doing another build this summer, and the Board of
Directors has voted to keep this as a Club Service Project; attending members
provided an affirmative vote at the February 2 meeting. As soon as we have more information
concerning the build, a sign-up sheet will be circulated.
Help 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
VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE!
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. At this time,
ticket sales for the Game have not been very brisk. 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, and we need your help to sell
all 125 tickets. At $10 per ticket ($1 cheaper than the printed
value), these tickets are a good deal and a great - and affordable - family
outing! Or, they can be given to business staff as a "thank you". We
still have some 70+ tickets left to sell, and we need the help of ALL our
membership! Please remember that our future Trenton Thunder Super
50/50 Event is dependent on the sale of these tickets. To obtain tickets,
contact Secretary Bob or Lion Jon Goldstein. Thanks for your participation and
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.
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".
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.
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 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
every one 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 worse.
President Christine 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 Christine 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.
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 at our
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 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 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.