June 2 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
June 3 - Student Affairs Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Alfredo
Speakers: School Administrator John Haney and Mayor Pari Stave.
Program: The Club will host the winners of
the Stan Thomas Award and our Scholarships, and their families; the Mayor &
Lion John will address the Students.
June 17 - Charter Night Dinner - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Choice: Crab Cakes.
Program: Installation of the 2009-2010 Officers and Board of Directors.
June 30 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:00PM, President-Elect John Kobland's House
July 15 - Regular Meeting - as recommended by the Board and
approved by the membership, this meeting
will be held at Trenton
Thunder's Riverside Stadium in Trenton,
before the All Star Game; attendance is by pre-reservation only. The game
starts at 7:05PM; it would be wise to arrive by or before 6:30.
August 18 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
August 19 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Baby Back Ribs
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. Please Note that Spouses are invited not only to attend
the meetings, but to become Members under the Family Membership Initiative. In
any event, Spouses are wholly encouraged to attend "Spouse Night" meetings. Our
next "Spouse Night" is our Installation of Officer, scheduled for June 17.
will be no dinner dance this year to celebrate the installation of our Officers
and Board of Directors for 2009-2010. We hope that all members will make the
effort to attend the Installation of Officers to show support for the
commitment of these volunteers; as noted above, the Installation of Officers will take place on Wednesday, June
The Officers and Board of Directors for the Lion Year 2009-10
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President
Director - 1 Year
Director - 1 Year
Director - 1 Year
Director - 1 Year
Director - 2 Year
Directors - 2 Year
Directors - 2 Year
Drug Free Fair was held on
Saturday, May 16, and Lion Alex Johnson and his crew had a good time handing
out prizes to the kids. Our water game is still a favorite with the kids;
for playing the game the kids received a snack and juice or water. Additionally,
we gave some of the younger children toys which were donated by the Russ Berrie
Co. (With thanks to Lion Pat Meehan for following up on the donation!).
a few years delay, we finally participated in the West Windsor Lions Club Renaissance Faire, which was
held the weekend of May 16 & 17. With thanks to Lion Andre Mento and his stalwart band
of volunteers, who braved the cold and rain, and sold fresh baked cookies,
packaged snacks, and soft drinks on both days; unfortunately the weather was
somewhat uncooperative and the fundraiser was not as successful as had been
hoped. The Board of Directors will review the event and decide if we should do
it again in the future. Special Thanks to Joanne Meehan for her help during the
year's Spring Raffle Super
50/50 was the most successful raffle we've had in a few years, raising $6200.
The BOD would like to thank all those members who sold their minimum allotment
of (5) tickets, and would especially like to thank those members who sold ten
or more, but special thanks go to Don Herr, Walt Caldwell, Alex Johnson, Don Jo
Swanagan, John Goldstein and all the Lions who sold tickets during the parade! We
would be remiss, however, if we did not give extra-special-credit, a Giant
Attaboy!, and a laurel and hardy handshake to Lion Mahlon Thompson (and his
small band of merry men) for the sale of 260 tickets! Thank you all for making
this a success! The winners of this year's Spring Raffle Super 50/50 were: 1st
Prize - Bob Virgadamo; 2nd Prize - David Behnke; and, 3rd
Prize - Dave Shaffer.
The Memorial Day Parade
was better than ever! The day could not have been more perfect, and Parade
Master Lion Dave Cook added an additional 40 yards of marchers. In addition to a
few new floats, we saw that traditional "riders" (bands, etc) decorated their
transport vehicles more than they had in previous years. Hopefully this will be
a trend. Lion Dave gave the title of "Honorary Parade Marshall" to 83-year old
World War II Veteran Fred Ritter, who rode in the first car. As always, we
provided prizes for "Best Float", and for the "decorated Bikes, Trykes, and
Wagons": the Best Float prize went the Hightstown-East Windsor Historical
Society; the "Decorated Bike" prizes went to: Nora Devine - 1st;
Danielle Davis - 2nd; and Kayla Volante - 3rd. Thanks to
all the Lions who came out to help as starters, traffic coordinators, and
ticket sellers, but especially to Lion Dave for giving us another fantastic
Lions of New Jersey Multiple District 16 State Convention was
held at the beautiful new Bridgewater Marriot on May 15 & 16; due to the
many things going on that weekend, the Club only sent 5 Delegates. The results
of the District 16-D elections were as follows: District Governor Jim Dougherty (Metuchen) and Vice District Governor
Michael Hsing (Bridgewater); with no candidate for 2nd Vice District
Governor, the position remains open and available; if any qualified member of
the Cranbury Lions would like to apply for the position, please see PDG Bob.
The Reception and Banquet was nicely attended by the delegates and their
spouses, and a good time was had by all.
The New LEO Club at the Jamesburg
Home for Boys is still "in process", but moving forward! The Lions Directors of
the Jamesburg Board have been able to develop a project that may be acceptable
Jamesburg is considering a program whereby dogs will be brought into the
institution for training as assist dogs. The dog training could serve as a
service project for a Leo Club. his program has not
been finalized, as Jamesburg needs to get approval from the State. We will be
kept informed as to the status of this proposal. However, because it looks
like the project will be approved, and move forward, we have been invited to
attend the next meeting of the Jamesburg
Committee on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at Jamesburg at 7:00PM. This is the moment of truth - we need one or two youth oriented Lions to
act as Advisors and attend the upcoming meeting (along with a few Board
Due to security precautions, most, if not all, of the advisory work will be
done off-site, with an on-site employee/advisor who will need a "Contributing
Club Contact". Any member who would like to volunteer as a LEO Advisor should contact
President Mike or PDG Bob immediately, so that we can "hit the ground running"
when the project finally comes to fruition.
we already have a few volunteers from Cranbury, we should follow through on our
commitment and plan to sponsor a New
Club in Plainsboro. To accomplish this, we need a few committed Lions
to contact local businesses, local government employees, and perhaps run a
membership drive in the shopping plazas and the new "downtown" area to gather
local residents as members. This would not be unprecedented; the Cranbury Lions
sponsored the Hightstown Club, as well as the (now defunct) Hamilton,
Jamesburg, and (former) Plainsboro Clubs. There's no doubt that this
will be a large undertaking, but the satisfaction obtained at the completion of
this project will make every Cranbury Lion proud! As it is with all our
projects, the more volunteers we can get, the easier the task! Time
is becoming of the essence - Interested Lions should contact President Mike,
Membership Chair Jon Goldstein, or PDG Bob, ASAP.
The 11th Annual Cranbury Lions
Golf Classic will again be held at the Peddy Golf Club in Hightstown,
on July 23rd. Registration Fees are: $125 per golfer for "Early Bird"
Sign-up by June 23rd ($150
After June 23rd); Foursomes are $500 for "Early Bird" Sign-up by June 23rd
($600 after June 23rd). Included in the registration fee is: a
cart, greens fees, lunch, post
game Cocktail Hour (open bar), Dinner and prizes. It will be a shotgun Start,
4-man teams - scramble; Registration and lunch at 11A; tee time at noon. See
the application attached. In addition to players, we are looking for sponsors;
Lion sponsors, or Lions with a sponsor should contact Lions Ray Dickey. The Golf
Committee is also seeking donations for prizes. Non-golfers are welcome to
attend the dinner for $35 per person. An Application for
Play is attached.
A quick notation about the USA/Canada
Leadership Forum this coming September 24-26. If, in addition to
learning more about our Association, learn new methods for increasing
Membership, and, generally, discover how to become a better Lion, you'd like to
ride a Mississippi Riverboat, visit the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, catch the
Blues at a hot club, see Graceland, visit the National Civil Rights Museum,
check out pandas at the zoo, or just have the World's Best Barbeque, this
year's Forum is in Memphis, TN ... and it is expected to be one of the best Forum's on a never
ending list of great Forums. For more information see the article in the April
issue of "The Lion" Magazine; for an application, see PDG Bob.
Season is here! Mark your calendars for our Trenton Thunder 50/50 on Friday, June
12, Thunder v. Mets; as always we need a minimum of 6 people to sell tickets in
the stadium, but the more of us that are out there, the more tickets we will
sell. We have always had a great time together doing this event, and we have
always done well, and why shouldn't we - we don't have to do anything but be
present, walk around, watch a baseball game, and make money for charity! [For
informational purposes, the best "non-celebrity" night for the 50/50 was well
over $1000; a "celebrity night" example would be the night Derek Jeter played -
the non-profit walked away with almost $3000!] The Club will pay for a hot dog
and a beverage for each seller; sellers do not have to be Lions, but must be
over 18. A sign up sheet will continue to circulate at meetings.
Our Annual Baseball Outing on Saturday, August 22. We are
looking to sell at least 50 tickets and urge you to attend this game,
with your family and friends; the Trenton Thunder has been our friend and loyal
supporter for more than a decade, but if our ticket sales don't increase for this
one game, (due to the severe economic climate) we may be in danger of losing
our preferred 50/50 night in future years. Please
don't let that happen - order
your tickets today - contact PDG Bob.
Board has approved our Club's participation in a new fundraising effort, to which we have been invited in
Cranbury, tentatively scheduled for October; more information will be provided shortly.
Habitat For Humanity
is preparing to begin a new "project house" in Hightstown, the BOD has discussed
having a warm weather "Service Day" to help with this project. We are waiting
for additional details.
Membership - Membership - Membership
Last year's theme
was "the Challenge to Change", and, through change, we can increase our
Membership while rejuvenating existing members to help to keep the Club
young-at-heart, active, and viable! Cranbury Lions Club President Mike will
continue to accept the Challenge to Change, and is asking ALL members to assist
Membership Chair Jon Goldstein in
attracting and bringing in new members. To this end, we are planning a
Membership Drive at Four Seasons;
details will be available shortly. To get information about membership options
or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Jon, Secretary
Bob, or President Mike. In any event, we MUST begin a proactive campaign to
bring in new Members! Let's try to keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury's
"best kept secret".
President Mike is
asking EVERY Cranbury Lion to provide suggestions on how we might be able to
CHANGE the meetings to appeal to a broader range of the membership, in an
effort to build a stronger Cranbury Lions Club. Please provide your suggestions to him
you know of an interesting speaker? You
may be an interesting speaker! Please
advise 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 Dave Cook ("phone tree"), and/or
Bob Virgadamo (e-mail notifications) so that all members may be notified ASAP.
Member Pick-Up - Ed Lawson (5 S. Main)
Lion George Smith has volunteered be the "permanent" pick up driver for Lion Ed; Lion Frank Marlowe
has volunteered to be the "permanent" back-up driver. Drivers: if you cannot
make your pick-up, please notify President John as soon as possible. Riders:
please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.