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Lions Tales

A Monthly Broadcast to and from

The Lions Club of Cranbury, New Jersey

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President:  Christine Thompson
1st Vice President:  Andre Mento
2nd Vice President:  Fay Kobland
3rd Vice President:  Frank Vesci
Secretary:  John Ryan
Treasurer:  Dean Koehler
Associate Treasurer:  Elaine Homoky
Immediate Past President:  Dave Shaffer
Membership Chairman:  Jon Goldstein
Information Technology Chairman:  Phyllis Johnson
Tail Twister:  Peter Turner

Directors - 1 Year:  Phyllis Johnson
                                 John Kobland
                                 Neal Wagman
Directors - 2 Years:  Dave Cook
                                  Mike Kaiser
Lion Tamer:  Frank Marlowe
Publicity Chairman:  Elaine Homoky
Lions Tales Editor:  Open

November, 2012

November 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, NJ Community Bank

November 7 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken and Broccoli

Program: Lion John Ryan has been building historic wood model ships for the past 25 years. John will show us how the ships were built as well as the history of some the models. This will be a hands-on, "show and tell" presentation, which you are sure to enjoy.

November 21 - Breakfast Meeting - 7:30AM, at Teddy's; Breakfast: Choice

Program: Social interaction between members and other town residents.

December, 2012

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

December 5 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Hamburger with Fries.


Program: Peace Poster.

December 21 - Holiday Party at Lion Dave Shaffer's Home, Contact Dave for directions.

Program: Social interaction between members and fun!

Things To Know

CC Bob Virgadamo has resigned his position as Secretary as well as Chair of several Committees. The Board has selected a committee to nominate a Lion to fill the Secretary position for the remainder of this term. We are pleased to announce that last night the Board voted Lion John Ryan to complete the current term as secretary. Additionally, the Board voted to create a position of Assistant Secretary (pending confirmation of the acceptability of an Assistant Secretary position by the District Governor). The Board voted to select Region Chair Dave Shaffer to fill that position. The Cranbury Lions membership appreciates CC Bob's excellent service and wants to thank him for the years he served as Secretary and his help with the transition. All members are asked to give a special welcome to Lion John Ryan on his new position as Secretary of our club!

Superstorm Sandy has had a major impact on Cranbury, and some residents are still without electric. You can see the downed trees and clean up around town. In the scheme of this Superstorm, Cranbury has been lucky. The Lions are discussing what we can do to serve our community and/or our state. Lions are currently assessing the needs of some of the more vulnerable residents within the community such as the elderly. The destruction at the Jersey shore is unbelievable. Lion Clubs International Foundation has awarded District 16-D a $10,000 emergency grant for storm relief. Cranbury Lions are in the process of deciding upon a project based on an assessment by the club and welcomes input from members.

Jamesburg Leo Club is completing their project of making and selling pink bracelets to raise money to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. They wish to thank the Cranbury Lions for helping with the sales of the bracelets. The Leos are planning a project to make holiday cards to raise money for Superstorm Sandy. More information will follow about this project as it is developed and approved.

There was packed attendance at the night of Halloween Pumpkin Carving sponsored by the Cranbury Lions joining with the Cranbury PTO in the Cranbury School Cafeteria on Friday, October 26th. Thanks to Lion Mayor Dave Cook and his committee of eight Lions for providing a fun activity for the families of Cranbury. The Lions provided apple cider and donuts as well as our ice cream cart. Lion Roy Reinhardt provided pumpkins for purchase. Lions Rick Burke and Alex Johnson along with a PTO member judged the pumpkin decorating contest and awarded first, second and third prize. As usual the creativity of the decorated pumpkins was amazing. It was a successful, fun evening for all attending!

Fellow Lions, we have begun selling our $100 Raffle Fundraiser and we are depending upon our Membership to sell all 250 tickets. This fundraiser has the potential to raise over twelve thousand dollars, which will take up the slack on the low numbers we have been experiencing on our other fundraisers (Cranbury Day, Pancake Breakfast, et al). In an effort to sell the 250 tickets, every member has received a letter with one $100 Raffle Ticket. That ticket is for you to sell OR buy. But PLEASE TAKE NOTE: each ticket is worth $100. If you do not sell or buy that ticket, IT MUST BE RETURNED! Members WILL be charged for unreturned tickets and, as determined by the Board, even though the Club must still be reimbursed, unreturned tickets will not be eligible to win in the drawing. Any member who would like additional tickets to sell, may contact the Committee Chairperson, Lion Frank Vesci, President Christine, or Lion Elaine Homoky.

Last year, we found that the (up to) $10,000 payout with 250 to 1 odds is THE major selling point. It also worked well to mention to potential purchasers, the six additional prizes of up to $500 (2) and $375 (4) - which makes a total of seven winners on 250 tickets. Last year, with a short "sell-season", we made over $6000! Please make every effort to sell tickets - at work, to your neighbors, to everyone you meet - if you mention the Grand Prize and the terrific odds, the ticket practically sells itself. Winning Tickets will be drawn at this year's Pancake Breakfast on December 2. Checks should be made payable to the Cranbury Lions Club. Members are asked to sell as many tickets as possible. Our goal is to sell to the public to raise money for our charitable budget. Please do your part to make this a successful fundraiser.

Reminder: the new change in our Dues Structure began this quarter and the pay as you go meal plan began at the October 17 meeting; please remember to bring $25 cash, or a check.

Coming Soon

65th Annual Cranbury Lions Pancake Breakfast: Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Lion Andre Mento and his committee have begun the plans for this milestone 65th pancake breakfast. This year the Lions are adding eggs to the menu. Members will shortly receive tickets to sell, followed by their work assignment so mark your calendar now.

The Marine Toys for Tots and Annual Coat Drive will soon be under way. Especially needed are coats for donating to those that lost everything or are without electric due to Sandy. Check your closets & donate.

Holiday Party: The final Lions business meeting of 2012 will be a holiday party held at the Shaffers' residence on Friday, December 21st at 7:00 PM. Members are asked to bring a favorite appetizer and/or dessert. The "main course" type of food, ice and some drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring other beverages if you like. We'll be doing a "Secret Santa" again - $15 limit on the item, wrapped. Please RSVP to Dave Shaffer at (609) 860-2542 by December 14th with what you are intending to bring and if you'd like to participate in the "Secret Santa."

Mark Your Calendar: We have once again been approved for an Annual Trenton Thunder Super 50/50; the event is scheduled for June 22, 2013; and, the Board of Directors has approved the Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Game for next year; since it proved to be so much fun (…and decadently pleasant) this past year, 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.

Membership - Membership - Membership

The Cranbury Lions Club is always looking for 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.

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 new members. Just a reminder, you can bring a neighbor/friend (potential member) to a meeting as a guest of the Lions.

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 or President Christine. We MUST maintain a proactive campaign to bring in new Members and keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury's "best kept secret".


PLEASE, share the "Lions Tales" with your Spouse. Also note that Spouses are encouraged to become Members under the Family Membership Initiative. In any event, Spouses are wholly encouraged to attend any meetings especially our quarterly "Spouse Night" meetings. Our next scheduled Spouse Night will be December 21st Holiday Party.

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 John Ryan to obtain one. These items are at "cost" to our members. Vests @$40 (S-M-L) or $50 (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 (that information can be obtained from Lion Phyllis). Members without Internet capability may contact Lion Phyllis Johnson for a hard copy of the Directory.

Lion Tamer Frank Marlowe is our Program Chair, one of the most difficult jobs in our Club getting and scheduling speakers for our meetings. All members are asked to assist Lion Tamer Frank Marlowe by giving him speaker leads. 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") 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.