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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
Walton Caldwell
Frank Marlowe
Elaine Homoky
Fay Kobland Interim Editor
Peter Turner

May 2013

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

May 1 - Regular Meeting - 7:30AM, Breakfast at Teddy's $12

Program: John Davisson dressed in Colonial Attire to speak on Historical Signs in Cranbury

May 15 - Regular Meeting - 6PM, New Jersey Training School; Dinner Buffet; Joint Meeting with Jamesburg Leo Club, Installation of New Leo Members

Program: Bob Cenker, scientist and astronaut on the Space Shuttle

June 2013

June 4 - Board of Directors Workshop - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

June 5 - Student Awards Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Hamburger and Fries $20

Program: Presentation of Scholarships and Community Service Award

June 19 - Charter & Installation Meeting - 7PM, Teddy's Dinner Choice

Program: Installation of Officers and Presentation of Awards

President's Corner

My experience as president of the Club for the past two years I found to be very rewarding and at times most interesting. As I reflect back... there is one project, which I was involved with which was extremely rewarding to me, the Sandy Relief projects. I was present on both trips to South River to deliver our gifts and experienced in person the extreme appreciation and gratitude that these homeowners had for our generosity. It was very heartwarming, but also eye opening to witness the reality of the loss and devastation these folks experienced as a result of Sandy. Our donations, to these people in need, is an example of the good work our Lions Club does and I am pleased to be involved. We look forward to a busy month with our Spring Raffle and Memorial Day Parade, and I certainly hope that everyone gets involved as we are once again serving the community of Cranbury and it residents. Join our efforts, sell tickets, volunteer to help with the float and/or the parade and let's have some fun!
Yours in service, Christine

Things To Know

Cranbury Lions Scholarship Programs and Community Service Award
The Cranbury Lions Student Affairs Committee members, Lions Mal Bash, Walton Caldwell, Pramod Chivate, Susan Genco and Chairman, Fay Kobland met on April 24, 2013 at the Cranbury School to review the record number of applications and made the following recommended awards to the Board of Directors. For the Dr. David Tudor Memorial Scholarship award to a high school senior accepted into a science program at an accredited college goes to Matthew Ko. Matthew excels in science, has won awards and plans to pursue his affinity for physics. The Todd Beamer Memorial Scholarship goes to Amelia Ann Whaley who plans to attend Keystone College and major in Outdoor Recreational Management, aspiring to be a Park Ranger. Come to the Student Awards Meeting on June 5th to see her accomplishments in community service and leadership. Lastly the Stan Thomas Community Service Award goes to someone familiar to the Cranbury Lions, Clay Kaiser. Most all Cranbury Lions have met Clay at one of all the many times he's volunteered for the Lions service projects. He's most famous for the new "from scratch" pancake recipe for the pancake breakfast the last two years. Clay excels with the scouts and in school and volunteers for a variety of Cranbury organizations in town. Most memorable is Clay's orchestrating of his Eagle project of planting 80 trees for Cranbury Lions' 80th anniversary, which turned into 120 trees and $200 donation to the Lions. Great job Clay! Don't miss our June 5th meeting to get a chance to meet these accomplished fine young people!

Club Field Trips
Little Italy
The Cranbury Lions took a field trip on a beautiful spring day to Arthur Avenue "Little Italy" of the Bronx on Saturday, April 27th. John Ryan was the main organizer for this event enjoyed by the seven Lions that attended. Lions dined a delicious (huge) Italian lunch, followed by strolling and shopping, which included the Cigar Rollers of Arthur Avenue, Italian farmer's market, meats, cheeses, olives, pastries and much, much more. You get the idea - Italian! See pictures on the Cranbury Lions Facebook page. See DG John's short video clip of the cigar rolling by following this link: Cigar Rolling.
The next field trip will be on Saturday, May 11th to an early dinner (4:45 PM) at Harold's Restaurant in Woodbridge. Harold's is known for their huge sandwiches. Another field trip is an easy bike ride up the Raritan Canal, fun lunch and easy return on June 1st (details to follow). Feel free to invite friends with you on one of these field trips. Thanks to Lions Jon Goldstein and John Ryan for organizing the field trips. Let us know if you have an idea for a field trip.

Club Excellence/Renewal Process
As a follow up to the April 3rd meeting about the club renewal process, Jon Goldstein moderated another work session for Lions who were interested in attending on April 25th. The Lions took the data generated from all the members and designed a path to implement this improvement process. From the consensus of the Lions recommendations were given to the Board on how to proceed. See how the Lions are bringing back the fun and fellowship into the service the Cranbury Lions provide their community.

Spring Raffle
Tickets will be distributed at the meeting at Teddy's this Wednesday and also mailed to members not in attendance. May 17th and 18th and May 24th and 25th, there will be opportunity to sell tickets in front of Teddy's. Sign up sheet will be at the meeting on Wednesday morning. Additional tickets are available from Elaine Homoky at NJ Community Bank and Christine.

Memorial Day Parade
Dave Cook and Frank Vesci are underway with planning for the Memorial Day Parade, obtaining bands and groups to march in the parade. DG John Kobland is arranging the post parade ceremony.

District Governor John Kobland's Testimonial Dinner
Jon Goldstein, Jeff Grundy and Andre Mento chair the committee for DG John's testimonial Dinner. The Cranbury Lions Club hosts the District Governor's Testimonial dinner on Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 7-11 PM at the Mercer County Park Marina Boathouse. Please mark your calendar for this special event that's sure to be fun for all. It's a great opportunity to meet and have fun with Lions from around the District and to show your support for DG John. In order to plan for the right amount of food we need to know if you will be attending by June 1st.
DG Kobland Testimonial Dinner

Coming Soon

Annual Trenton Thunder Super 50/50
is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2013 evening game against the Portland Sea Dogs (Double A Red Sox). Phyllis Johnson, chairperson is requesting Lions put the date on their calendar and sign up for this important fundraiser.

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 Sunday, August 25, 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 plus 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.

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.