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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

March 2013

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

March 6 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Broiled Flounder $25

Program: Margaret Chaplin will talk about the Lions Eye Bank of New Jersey

Presentation: Cranbury School Student Council Officers speak about a charity project

March 13 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Masonic Lodge 535 N. Main Street Hightstown $25

Program: Joint meeting with Hightstown Lions club

April 2013

April 2 - Board of Directors Workshop - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

April 3 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken Alfredo $25

Program: Club Excellence Process

April 10 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner Choice: Chicken Francaise or Vegetarian Pasta Primavera (vegetarian soup, ice cream sundae, coffee & tea) $21

Program: Zone & Spouse Meeting & Lion of the Year - DG John Kobland to speak.

President's Corner

As March begins, its windy and the air is stirred up, this reminds me of our Club, we are stirred up... things are beginning to start... our renewal process is happening. As we continue this process we are learning, engaging different members and making a plan, again this reminds me of March... the first day of Spring..nature begins to bloom and work towards the beauty of Spring. We as a Club are working toward our renewed spirit and continued success. Be a part of this renewal...join in and help as we continue to work on the renewal of our Club... Remember for the past 80 years the Cranbury Lions Club has served Cranbury and its residents well...we will continue to do this as our club becomes stronger and more effective.. again join the effort, attend a meeting, read the Lions Tale and find out what's happening. Yours in Service, Christine

Things To Know

On March 6th, Lion Walt Caldwell was approved by the Board of Directors to complete the open director position on the Cranbury Lions Board. Welcome back, Walt!

The Board of Directors proudly approved the resolution to nominate Lion Dave Shaffer, RC as the Second Vice District Governor for District 16-D. The Cranbury Lions membership will vote at the meeting on March 6th to formally approve this resolution. The resolution will be read for approval at the next District 16-D Cabinet meeting on March 25th at the Spain Inn, 1707 West 7th Street in Piscataway, NJ 08854 (732-968-6800). This is DG John's last cabinet meeting of his term, so all Lions are welcome to come and support our Cranbury Lions Dave and John.

Club Excellence/Renewal Process
On Tuesday, February 5th the Cranbury Lions Club began the Club Excellence Process facilitated by Loida Noriega-Wilson where ten Lions participated in a workshop. The Lions reflected on what brought them to become a Lion. The participants answered four questions by completing note cards as each question was addressed. Question one the Lions wrote their 'concerns, issues, problems.' The note cards were then placed in categories. Question two, 'What should the future look like?' Again the sticky cards were discussed and placed in categories. Question three, 'What does today look like?' There were negative and some positive responses that were again discussed. Question four; 'What do we need to get from today to the future?' At the Wednesday, February 6th meeting Jon Goldstein took the board of sticky notes answering the four questions and explained the process. Over the next month all Lion members will be contacted by one of the participants of the workshop and will get a chance to add to their own sticky notes. The plan is to have a group take the information, organize and present it at the April 3rd Lions meeting to begin the path to take the Lions Club to the future that's envisioned. Everyone's input is needed to more forward! Mark your calendar to attend this special meeting.

Club Excellence
Board Meeting February 5th & Regular Meeting February 6th

Superstorm Sandy Relief The Cranbury Lions and club members raised a total of $2200 for additional Sandy Relief. Four families will be identified to receive gift cards. Timing of receipt of these gift cards is welcome during continuing relief efforts. Thanks to the Cranbury Lions and those members who donated!

Coming Soon

White Cane Day March 23rd all day at ShopRite in Hightstown. Mark your calendar for this profitable fundraiser. We're asking members to sign up with one to two others for a 1 to 2-hour period.

The Cranbury Lions are looking for volunteers for the Spring Raffle, which begins in April and the Memorial Day Parade. If you have ideas for parade participants (that fit into our budget), please contact Lions Dave Cook or Neal Wagman.

District Governor John Kobland's Testimonial Dinner The Cranbury Lions Club hosts the District Governor's Testimonial dinner on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Mercer County Park Marina Boathouse. Please mark your calendar for this special event that's sure to be fun for all.

The Cranbury Lions have been approved for an Annual Trenton Thunder Super 50/50, which is scheduled for June 22, 2013. And the Lions will provide a community social event at the Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Game. 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, which includes dinner.


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.


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 Thompson and/or Secretary John Ryan so that all members may be notified as soon as possible.

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.