May 3 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
May 4 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Oriental Beef and Broccoli
Karen Mitchell, Rector of St. David's Episcopal Church of Cranbury
May 18 - Regular Meeting - 7AM, Breakfast Meeting at Teddy's
Program: Social Interaction with the community
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:
Program: Installation of Officers and Presentation of
TO OUR 2010-2011 LION OF THE YEAR, CHRISTINE THOMPSON!
Things To Know
Our Spring White Cane
Days Event was held on April 15 & 16. In spite of the cold, ugly
weather, our volunteers collected over $1180. Event Chair Lion Neile Wright
would like to thank everyone who came out to collect for this White Cane
collection. The next White Cane Days will be in October.
The 2011-12 Slate of
Officers was read and seconded at the April 6 meeting, then read, again
at the April 13 meeting; there were no write in candidates; after the second
meeting a vote was held and the Slate, as submitted to the membership, was
Slate of Officers - Lion Year 2011-12
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
The Doc Tudor and Todd Beamer Scholarships
and the Stan Thomas Citizenship Award applications have been reviewed
and will be presented to the winners at our June 1st meeting.
Just an update: PDG Bob, as a Trustee for the Lions Eye Research
Foundation (LERF), was a participant in the 3rd Annual "Hot Dog Crawl", and using a
pre-planned route and pre-arranged hot dog stands, spend 4-5 hours driving
around North Jersey, consuming Texas Wieners, Coney Island Red Hots and other
hot dog "styles". Thanks to his 'cast-iron-stomach', Bob was able to eat 9 hot
dogs (urp!); and with a nod of thanks
for the donations from the 12 who sponsored him in "the Crawl", we raised $275
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. 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. It is expected that there will be a Charter
Night Dinner and (formal) Installation of Officers within the next two months;
ALL Cranbury Lions, and spouses, will be invited to the dinner to show support
for the this new LEO Club; we will keep you informed of the date as soon as it
is known. A laurel and hardy handshake to Lion Fay for the time and effort she
has put into this project.
The Board of Directors has authorized this year's budgeted donation to LCIF to be
earmarked for Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fund. Earmarking this donation
has no direct impact on the Cranbury Lions Club or our charitable donations.
This year's Annual Joint
Zone Meeting with the East Brunswick, Milltown, North Brunswick, and
South Brunswick Lions Clubs, hosted by the latter, and MC'd by Zone Chair Fay
Kobland, was on April 13. We announced our Lion
of the Year at this Joint Zone meeting, and the Board of Directors
would like to thank the membership for their support and attendance on this
special night. In case you missed the "Banner Headline", for her work on the
Board of Directors, her nearly perfect attendance at Business Meetings, her
habit of volunteering for nearly every fundraiser and service project - and
chairing a few; for her volunteer spirit and generosity, not just with the
Lions, but with her church and throughout the community…for being there
whenever she was needed for Club and Community, the LOTY Committee chose Lion
Christine as this year's recipient. And for those who were unable to attend the
Zone meeting, her father, Lion Mahlon Thompson, our Club's LOTY 28 years ago,
had the honor of presenting the Lion of the Year plaque to Christine.
Congratulations, once again, Christine!
Due to the passing of our brother Lion, Don Jo Swanagan, the Club
is facing a "time dilemma"; Don Jo's
Memorial Service will be held at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday,
May 14, and after his 51 years of service, we hope that all our members will
attend to pay their respects to the family. However May 14 is also the
State Convention, and since many
of the Board of Directors will be attending the memorial service, we are in
need of at least three (more) Convention Delegates. If anyone can attend the
convention on Saturday, as a delegate, please contact Secretary PDG Bob, ASAP.
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 will
be on Saturday, May 21; but instead of "the usual" 9AM-2PM, the event has been
changed to 3PM-6PM. We will be doing a basketball hoop toss, and volunteers are
need to staff the event. A sign-up is circulating, or you may call PDG Bob,
May 30th marks our 61st
Spring Raffle and 53rd
Annual Memorial Day Parade is coming up, and as always we
will need volunteers to help prepare the float, traffic control, bicycle
judging, and Spring Raffle street sales. A sign-up sheet is being circulated at
the meetings. Please be generous with your time; volunteers may also call Lion
Dave Cook or Secretary PDG Bob, directly.
Our Charter Night and
Installation of Officers Dinner will be Friday, June 17, at Dolce &
Clemente Restaurant, on Rte 33, Hamilton (a 15 minute drive). We wanted to make
the evening "special" by having all our members and their spouses attend at a
different venue, and we would like to thank everyone who "pre-registered"
so we could reserve the space. The dinner
will be a quality buffet with appetizer, 2 entrees, pasta, salad, dessert and
coffee; a "boom box" will be supplied with background music and dance music for
those who wish to busta move. We expect the cost to be between $35 and $37 per
person, depending on the actual number of people who attend. This will be a
meeting, so member dinners are credited to $25; guests would be extra. All are
welcome, so if you haven't signed up yet for this evening of fun, camaraderie
and support to our incoming Board of Directors, a sheet will be circulating at
meetings through June, or contact Lion Neile Wright or Secretary PDG Bob to
advise if you will attend.
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.
2VDG John Kobland organized group of Cranbury Lions, including
President Dave and PDG Bob, who, on May 1st, attended Plainsboro
Founder's Day to set the "foundation work" to organize a
new club in Plainsboro. John has arranged to have the
District Eyemobile at the event, and we had an optometrist (Dr. Sun) on-site to
provide the 30 or so examinations that day. We'd like to thank Lion Mahesh
Chitnis of the Edison Visionary Club for assisting us in the area of
Mark your calendars! Our Annual
Golf Outing has been scheduled at the Peddie Golf Course for June 6,
2011. We are asking our members to try and bring in as many golfers as
possible…foursomes would be phenomenal! We can also use Event Day volunteers,
and sponsorships for the Ad Journal and prizes. As always, non-golfers are
encouraged to attend the prize dinner to take advantage of the auction items,
door prizes and the 50/50. A sign-up sheet for Volunteers, Golfers and Dinner
is circulating at meetings, or call Secretary PDG Bob or Lion Dean, directly.
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!
As has been explained in this space for the last few months,
without objection from the Membership, and in order to retain one of our major
FUNdraisers, the Trenton Thunder Super 50/50, we have guaranteed the sale of
125 tickets for our Annual Trenton Thunder Game. 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. 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. 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.
FYI, the 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). A sign-up sheet will
begin circulating in May.
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 61 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
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.