March 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
March 7 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Restaurant; Dinner: Broiled Filet of Flounder
Program: Mr. John Katerba, who is
the Chairman of the Monroe Historic Preservation Commission, the Town
Historian, and author of multiple books about the history of Monroe and nearby
March 21 - Annual Hightstown Joint Meeting - 7PM, the Station Restaurant; Dinner: Corned Beef & Cabbage
Program: LTC (ret.) Matt McCarville
will speak to us about the "Wounded Warriors" Program.
April 3 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
April 4 - Boy Scout Meeting - 7PM, the Station Restaurant; Dinner: Chicken Alfredo
Program: To Be Determined.
April 18 - Annual Zone Meeting & Lion of the Year Meeting - 7PM, East
Brunswick Chateau; Dinner: Choice: Fish, Chicken Or Vegetarian
Program: Annual Zone Meeting, hosted by ZC Fay Kobland;
short address from DG Doug Reeder; Presentation of Cranbury LOTY
Things To Know
Have you marked YOUR
calendar? Our Cranbury Lions Club 80th Anniversary Charter
Celebration will be a cocktail party at Zinna's Restaurant on June 30, 2012.
See details below.
The Nominating Committee has presented the Slate of
Nominations for the Board of Directors for Lion Year 2012-13. The Slate
will be read at the March 7 meeting, and write-in nominations will be requested;
the Slate will be read again on March 21, at which meeting the Membership will
Vote on the Slate of Nominations. For the information of all Members, The list
of Nominations appears at the end of this Newsletter.
It is our year to host our Annual Joint Meeting with Hightstown
Lions Club, which will be at The Station on March 21. This is always a
fun meeting, and we have a pretty interesting program planned. Please try and
make this meeting. Cranbury resident Matt McCarville will be speaking to us
about the "Wounded Warriors" Program, and we have been advised by a Lion who
has been privy to the presentation that the group, as well as individuals
in the group, have made direct donations to the program at the end of the
presentation. The Board has approved (our half) of the proceeds of the joint
50/50 be donated to the "Wounded Warriors" Program, and have further approved
that the Club will match those proceeds up to $200. No individual Member is
required to make a donation, but we hope that after you have heard about
the program and what it does, Members in attendance will be inclined to give a
few dollars. President Christine is contacting the Hightstown Club and advising
them of our plans, in case they would like to participate in the same manner.
Mark your Calendars. Our Annual Joint Zone Meeting will
be held at the East Brunswick Chateau on April 18. Besides the Cranbury Lions
club, the Clubs in our Zone include East Brunswick, Milltown, North Brunswick,
South Brunswick, and the new Rutgers Visionary Campus Lions Club. This will be
the Campus Club's first Zone Meeting, and we would like to have a large showing
to welcome them into our Zone. District Governor Doug Reeder is invited to
attend the Zone meeting, and he is expected to provide a few short remarks. Members are requested to make their dinner
selections before the event, so Lion Fay can provide a head count to the
restaurant. Please use the sign-up sheet at meetings or contact Lion Fay or PDG
Our Constitution and
By-Laws is a living document, and in an ever-changing world, sometimes needs
adjustment. The Board of Directors proposed a minor change to the Constitution and By-Laws; in accordance with
Article X & XI of the C&B-L, Notice of the proposed changes were posted
in the last Jargon. In accordance with outlined procedure, and based on a
positive vote by the Membership at our Business meeting on February 15, 2012, a
revision has been made to the Constitution & By-Laws, Article IV, Paragraph
3. Any Member who wishes a copy of the updated C&B-L may contact Secretary
…And the winners of the Super Bowl Pool 50/50, through
which we help bolster our Administrative Budget, and which sells out every
year, were: First Quarter - $50 - John Kobland; At the Half - $150 - John
Kobland; Third Quarter - $50 - Tony Bleach; Final Score- $250 - Mike Kaiser.
Congratulations to the winners and thanks you to all who participated.
Event Chair Lion Neile
Wright arranged for us to continue our Valentine's
Day Roses fundraiser with Kathy Burke of the Cutting Garden; Kathy agreed
to donate 50% of the net profit on roses ordered and purchased through the
Cutting Garden for Valentine's Day pick-up. Eleven orders were placed and we
made approximately $165 on this fundraiser. We'd like to thank all who took
advantage of the discount and helped us raise funds for our Charitable Budget. Hopefully,
we can do this again next year and with a turn in the economy, perhaps we'll
see a better turnout.
Our next White Cane Day will be April 7.
Volunteers should sign up at the meetings (starting in March) or contact Lion
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! We are in the process of obtaining trees at this time.
More information will follow.
We will have our 80th Anniversary Charter
Celebration on Saturday, June 30, 2012. The Party will be at Zinna's
Restaurant from 3-6PM. There will be passed hors d'ouevres and desserts. It is
a BYO establishment, so we have managed to keep the price at (approximately)
$25 per person. Since this will take the place of our second June meeting,
members will only have to pay for guests. The Committee is planning a few
special fun surprises, and we will keep you updated.
The Committee has also been
working with the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society, and the history
of our Club will be the featured exhibit
in the Cranbury Museum, opening May20 through Mid-August, 2012. Any
Member who has ANY memorabilia - photos, flags, banners, posters, anything -
should contact Lions Neal Wagman or Fay Kobland to arrange for its use in the
exhibit; unless you would like to donate it to the Club, all borrowed
memorabilia will be returned at the close of the exhibit. We will also need
Sunday afternoon Docents, during the exhibit; if you would like to volunteer to
help in any way, please contact either Lions Neile Wright or Lion Neal Wagman. This is a celebration of our Club's 80 years
of service to Cranbury; we hope that every
member and all our sponsors will consider attending this auspicious
As you all know, we are
crafting a barrel of wine as part of our 80th
Anniversary, and we are holding a Wine
Label Design Contest. This contest is open to ALL Cranbury Residents. The labels must contain the following
- Applicants may use ANY art medium; the label design becomes the property of the Cranbury Lions;
- Must show the Lions Logo (available on line at www.lionsclubs.org
- it does not have to be prominent, but it MUST be there;
- Must show the name of the wine: "Lions Pride";
- Must show the date: 2011 (FYI, the date is for the grape harvest, NOT the bottling)
- Must show the type of wine: Bordeaux Style Blend
- Must show the type of grapes used: Napa Valley - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
- Must say, in small print, "Handcrafted at The Grape Escape, Dayton, NJ"
Prizes will be awarded for
the top three entries. The prizes will most likely be gift certificates to
local restaurants with information to follow as it becomes available. The
deadline for entry submittals is April 30th. Entries should be submitted to Secretary PDG
Bob, via e-mail. At this writing, we are
informed that the wine will be bottled by June 30.
Once again, we would like
to remind all members, supporters, and residents that, 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 16 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; for tickets contact PDG Bob.
In the next month or so, we
will be adding a new Boy Scout (BSA) feature
to the Newsletter. Troop 52 and Pack 52 is Chartered by the Cranbury Lions
Club, and as a Charter Organization, we are supposed to take an active role in
both the Troop and the Pack. While we have remained "active" with such things
as Eagle Scout Certificates and annual donations (and the Membership needs to
know about these things), it has also come to our attention that for the last
20 years or so, and especially after Lion Stan Thomas passed, our involvement
with the Scouts has been somewhat limited, and the Board of Directors has
agreed that we will resume our rightful and expected role in the governance of
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. There will
be quite a few Constitutional Changes being made that will require voting by
Delegates; at this time we will be allowed 6 Delegates and 6 Alternates. 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, including Friday
night at VDG John's Hospitality Room, but especially at the Saturday night
event is encouraged. [A word from the
District: Our negotiated rates are based on the number of "room nights";
all members are being asked to stay over at least one night, two if possible.]
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". This ought to be a fun Convention and certainly one that that
our Cranbury Members will want to attend.
And, speaking of the
Convention…PDG Bob has advised the Board of Directors that he has submitted his
name to the First Vice District Governors (the 2012-2013 Council of Governors)
as a candidate Council Chair on the 2012-13 Council. The VDG's will make and
announce their decision at the Council meeting to be held on April 21. The
Board supports PDG Bob in this endeavor and, on behalf of the Club, has wished
Our Annual Trenton Thunder 50/50 will be
June 9, 2012. PDG Bob was not only able to obtain a Saturday game, but it's the
(NY Yankees) Thunder v. the Binghamton Mets; this rivalry game is almost always
a capacity game! More information to follow.
Help Support the Century of Service
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
Membership - Membership - Membership
We 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
Our 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".
As 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
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. 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. Our next scheduled Spouse Night will be
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.
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).
If a Member needs a ride, please contact President Christine or Secretary PDG Bob
to arrange for a pick-up.
SLATE OF NOMINATIONS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS - 2012-2013
The following are the incumbents and/or
nominations for the Board of Directors positions for the upcoming Lion Year
Please sign by your name indicating
your acceptance of the nomination. Write in nominations may be made below.
Write in nominations will be placed on
a ballot for a written vote or show of hands, to be taken and counted after the
second reading of the Slate, on March 21, 2012.
President - Christine Thompson
1st Vice President - Andre Mento
2nd Vice President - Fay Kobland
3rd Vice President - Frank Vesci
Secretary - Bob Virgadamo
Treasurer - Dean Koehler
Asst. Treasurer - Elaine Homoky
Past President - Dave Shaffer
1-Year Directors (3) - Phyllis Johnson, John Kobland, Neal Wagman
2-Year Directors (3) - Mike Kaiser, John Ryan, Neile Wright
Tail Twister - OPEN POSITION
Lion Tamer - Frank Marlowe
Information &Technology Chair - Phyllis Johnson
Publicity & Advertising Chair - Neile Wright
Membership Chair - Jon Goldstein
Jargon Editor - Bob Virgadamo