October 5 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
October 6 - Regular Meetings - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Beef Stroganoff
Program: Yoga Instructor Tarra
J. Madore, DC, E-RYT 500, who will speak to us about the benefits of yoga
training, and how it can be accomplished at all age levels.
October 20 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Parmigiana
Program: Ms. Suzanne Carroll will tell us
what projects the Cranbury Girl Scouts are doing.
November 2 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
November 3 - Regular Meetings - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Salmon
Governor Michael Hsing will visit and tell us about IP Sid Scruggs Beacon of
Hope Initiative and how the District is following through on the initiative.
November 17 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Teddy's Restaurant; Dinner: TBD
Things To Know
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 is in
The 2010-2011 Budget Audit has almost
been completed by Lion Mal Bash, and he advises that that he will be finished
by the 10th of the month; we will provide his report in the next
Based on the great weather we had, it looks like we can start saying "it never rains
on Cranbury Day", again. What
a beautiful day, and thanks to Lion Pat Meehan and his core volunteers, and all
the Lions (and non-Lions) who came out to cook, serve, work the ice cream cart
and sell 50/50, we raised nearly $1,700. Lion Pat and the
Board of Directors would like to hear from the Members with any suggestions
that might help improve this fundraiser.
The Club hosted the Golden Agers Luncheon
on September 18. A laurel and hardy handshake goes to Lions Christine Thompson & Frank
Vesci for hosting the event, and to the Lions who volunteered
to serve lunch. But special thanks go to Mrs.
Mary Reilly, Lion Elaine Homoky, and
Mrs. Barbara Danser, who brought cakes; Lion Fay
Kobland who brought in her Tai Chi group, who provided a demonstration/presentation;
the Cutting Garden for providing the table decorations; and, of course, George
at Teddy's Restaurant for providing the meat loaf main course.
The USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum,
held in Milwaukee
on September 23-25, was attended by 5 Cranbury Lions: President Dave, PDG Bob,
and Past Presidents Mike Kaiser, Monty Hagerty,
and Judson Hagerty. We attended classes, which will be presented to the Club at
some future date, and, on our "free time", went to the Harley-Davidson Museum;
as long-time members of the International Pin Traders Club, Judson & Monty
traded pins. The Big Event of the Forum for all of us was when Lion Judson was
called to the stage. This was the 34th Annual Forum, and Judson has
only missed two due to the illness of his beloved Elizabeth. This year, Judson was honored for
his attendance and for being the eldest Lion to regularly attend the Forum.
Very Nice! Next year's Forum is in Anchorage, Alaska, so if you've wanted to travel to Alaska, here's your opportunity.
More about next year in future issues.
Lion Judson with Forum Chairman, PID Dr. Bill Iannaccone
Chair Lion Dave Cook has advised that the Halloween
Pumpkin Carving Night Committee is gearing up for another great year.
We expect over 100 people to attend, and will serve cider and donuts as we have
on Halloween since 1932. Dave has advised that he has obtained a face painter
for the event, and prizes will be awarded for best pumpkins carved. A sign-up
sheet is going around at meetings, or, if you can't make the meeting but can
lend a hand, please contact Lion Dave or PDG Bob.
Our LEO Club advisors, Lions Tim Demarest and Fay Kobland, have worked this
past year to get the word out about the start of a new LEO Club in our community. They will still try to get a
start in Cranbury, but plan to try to start the Club at Princeton High School.
The Board of Directors asks that our members - especially members with school age children - offer their
assistance on this LEO Club project. As an interesting note, for those who are
not aware of it, ALL high school age children MUST perform a few
score hours of volunteer service to graduate, and a LEO Club fits that
International President Sid Scruggs and District Governor Michael Hsing have
asked Clubs to come up with a "Signature
Project". President Dave has brought this to the Board of Directors and
has suggested we use the barns and the Barn Park
as our Signature Project. The Board has made no decision on this yet, and is
looking to the membership for input on what the Club can do as a "Signature
Project". Please provide your suggestions to President Dave or PDG Bob.
Membership - Membership - Membership
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 Dave is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair Jon Goldstein in
attracting and bringing in new members. Some of 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 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".
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!
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.
is a glitch on our website with the Club
Directory, but as soon as it is fixed, members can access the Club
Directory on-line, using the case-sensitive pass codes which were printed here
in past issues, or contact Lion Phyllis Johnson for
the pass codes.
Do you know of an interesting speaker? You
may be an interesting speaker! Please
advise Program Chair Frank Marlowe with any and all suggestions for speakers
at our meetings.
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.
Member Pick-Up - Ed Lawson (5 S. Main)
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). 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.