May 31 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
June 1 - Student Awards Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Sliced London Broil
Wittman will speak to the Students on their future as students, volunteers and
June 17 - Charter Night & Installation of Officers - 7PM, Dolce & Clemente, Rte 33, Hamilton; Dinner: Buffet
Program: Installation of Officers and Presentation of Awards.
July 19 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
July 20 - Regular Meetings - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Maryland Crab Cakes
Treasurer Dean Kohler will provide the results of the 2010-11 audit and review
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 Meetings - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Baby Back Ribs
Program: Mr. Harry
Fini of LifeSaver Living Solutions, a company that deals with keeping seniors
independent in their own homes, will discuss how such independence can be
Congratulations to our 2011-2012 Cranbury Lions Officers &
Board of Directors, and thank you for your service to our Club and Community!
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President
Director - 1 Year
Director - 1 Year
Director - 1 Year
Director - 2 Year
Directors - 2 Year
Directors - 2 Year
Things To Know
TAKE NOTE: Our Annual Golf Outing
which was scheduled at the Peddie Golf Course for June 6, has been postponed,
due to a lack of signed golfers. The new date is October 20.
Charter Night Dinner and Officer Installation, will be held (in lieu of
the 2nd Wednesday meeting) on Friday, June 17, at Dolce &
Clemente restaurant on Rte 33, Hamilton. Cash bar cocktails hour at 7PM; dinner
at 8PM. Please join us as we welcome our 2011-12 Board of Directors and
congratulate our 2010-11 Melvin Jones Fellowship Recipients, and other
awardees. Dinner will be (approximately) $35 per person; members will receive a
credit from dues.
Student awards will be presented at our Student Affairs meeting on June 2. It is of some importance
to note that the Student Award recipients were chosen on Monday, April 25th.
The recipient of the Todd Beamer Community Service Scholarship is Greg Carroll,
based on his leadership qualities both at school and as an Eagle Scout,
including his project of putting together the whole Helene Cody 5k Run. The Doc
Tudor Scholarship and the Stan Thomas Citizenship Award will be posthumously presented
to Emma Brunskill for her love of animal science and biology, her work with
Seeing Eye Dogs, and her Peer Group Leadership. The Club will also be providing
a quest Donation to Acting School Administrator Carol Malouf.
Lion Fay Kobland is the District Liaison to the Jamesburg School
for Boys, but more importantly, she has been working as the Cranbury Lions Club
liaison with the School Administration for over a year to work out the details
in getting a new Leo Club
started at the facility. Through her diligence and perseverance, Lion Fay has
made the LEO Club a reality: the first meeting was held on April 12, and
election of officers was completed by the end of April. Secretary Bob has sent
in the completed LEO-51 Form to register the Club with LCI and has ordered the
Club Banner which our Club, as sponsor, will donate to the Jamesburg Leo Club.
[The town in which the banners are
actually produced for LCI was one of the hard-hit areas during the recent
tornadoes; due to a severe backlog, the banner may be delayed.]
Lion Alex Johnson will lend Fay a hand as
Co-Coordinator, but additional volunteers are welcome; if you can help out,
please contact Lion Fay directly. The Jamesburg Leo Club will have their
Charter Night Dinner and (formal) Installation of Officers, at the Jamesburg School for
Boys, on Thursday, June 9; ALL Cranbury Lions, and spouses, are invited to attend
the dinner to show support for the this new Leo Club; A sign-up sheet is
circulating at meetings or you may contact Lion Fay or Secretary Bob with your RSVP.
Due to our Club's attendance at the Memorial Service for Lion Don
Jo Swanagan on May 14, we were only able to field four delegates at the State Convention (at which both
Don Jo and MaryEllen Larson were named during the Convention Memorial Service).
In addition to voting on the state-wide Re-Districting Proposal - which passed
by over 2/3 majority, and will be finalized starting with Lion Year 2014-15 -
the delegates elected 1VDG Doug Reeder as Governor and 2VDG John Kobland as
First Vice District Governor.
The "ownership" of the Cranbury
School Drug Free Fair has passed this year from the school to the
Cranbury Municipal Alliance, and they have instituted a change. The fair was on
Saturday, May 21, from 3-6PM, and the
Club would like to thank Lion Alex Johnson and his crew for staffing the event
and continuing to give the Cranbury Lions Club a presences at this school event.
May 30th marked our 53rd Annual Memorial Day Parade and
61st Spring Raffle. A
beautiful day for a parade (if a 'tad' warm), and as well organized as ever! A
laurel and hardy handshake to Lions Dave Cook and Andre Mento and their
dedicated crew of volunteers for making the event look easy. The Post Parade
Memorial Service - our 78th - was equally well done and nicely
attended by Cranbury residents. There was a new twist this year: LTC Rob
Smithers, ASAR arranged for a full dress military Color Guard (for the parade)
and the awarding of a posthumous Purple Heart to a Cranbury Resident and WWII
veteran, presented to the family. A quick 'ATTABOY' to PDG Bob for putting the
Memorial Service again this year. Thanks go to Jerry Yochelson for his
coordination of the Scout Band and the Memorial Flag Ceremony, including the
Scout Color Guard, which, this year included Boy Scouts Clay Kaiser and Sam
Harshbarger and Girls Scouts Kathryn DeMilt and Katie Stewart; The Scout Bugler
was Christopher Gittings. We would also like to thank Cheryl Schroeder
Blackburn for once again leading us with her rendition of the Star Spangled
Banner. The winner of the Parade Float Contest was the Cranbury Historical Preservation
Society, and the winners of the Decorated Bike/Trike/Wagon Contest were
Melissa Le Donne (1st place) and Serena Hu (2nd place). Unfortunately,
our 50/50 Spring Raffle ticket sales were 123 less than last year, and
consequently we only netted $3,165 in donations. In any event, the Board of
Directors would like to thank all those who participated in selling tickets,
but especially Lion Mahlon Thompson, who ran his "Ad Hoc" Sales team outside
Teddy's for two weekends, selling over 200 tickets. Finally, the winners of the
Spring Raffle were Glenn Johnson (1st), Andre Caldini (2nd),
and Jen Boutureive (3rd).
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.
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). As always we need
at least six (6) volunteers, but the more we have, the better our sales will
be. Anyone over 18 can sell tickets and does not need to be a Club Member. And
besides, what better way to spend a portion of the 4th of July
weekend than at a baseball game! A sign-up sheet is circulating or call PDG
The Township will be holding their 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 baseball tickets. Any member who can
volunteer for an hour or few should sign-up on the sheet being circulated at
meetings or contact Lion Christine Thompson, directly.
Annual Gil & Bert's Ice Cream Fundraiser will take place on July 9;
volunteers may sign up using the sheet circulating at meetings, or by contact
Lion Jon Goldstein, directly.
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.
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.
VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE!
At this time, ticket sales for our Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball 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!
It is not too early to start selling
these tickets, and "get a leg up" on
our guaranteed commitment. Contact Secretary Bob for tickets. 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.
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 Dave 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 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 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 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.
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 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.