October 2 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
October 3 - Joint Meeting - 6PM, Joint meeting with the Jamesburg LEO Club @ Jamesburg - their menu.
October 17 - Girl Scout Meeting & Spouse Night - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken Parmigiana
Program: Lion Dr. Susan
Genco, Cranbury School Administrator, will discuss the "State of the Cranbury
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; Menu: Choice
Program: Social interaction between members and other town residents.
Things To Know
Lion Dave Cook has
volunteered to re-join the Board of Directors in the open 2-Year Director slot, and the appointment has been approved
by the Board. Welcome back, Dave.
Despite the lack of water
in the lake, through the cooperation of the Cranbury Public Works Department
and the Fire Department, the new Rubber
Duck Race, was a qualified success. Unfortunately, even though we sold
all 1000 ducks, this event did not make any profit this year, due to the
expenses for creating the event. However, Duck Chair Lion Jon Goldstein has
advised that next year's event will make a decent profit (a guestimate of
around $2000+/-). A big round of quacks to Lion Jon and his
whole crew for their hard work on this event.
Cranbury Day was
September 8. As usual, we didn't have enough help and attendance was down from
previous years as noted by several vendors. There seemed to be more vendors
than last year; some were set up across Main Street up to the Post Office. There
were also more restaurants and food vendors selling a variety of foods to eat.
The morning weather was very unsettled, it rained several times during the
morning, dark rain clouds drifted past on various occasions, and the forecast
called for heavy rain later in the afternoon. Our location was good, on Main Street sheltered under a tree, but we
only took in $1018. In any event, kudos to Lion Pat Meehan and his crew, with
special thanks to our non-Lions, Joanne Meehan and Kim Sarik, for all their
Our Annual hosting of the Golden Age Luncheon
was on September 15. Thanks to all the volunteers and to those who made the
cakes for dessert, and especially to George Nikitiades for donating the meat
Unfortunately, our "Autumn" White Cane Day which was scheduled this year for
Saturday, September 15, had to be cancelled due to lack of volunteers.
Fellow Lions, we have also 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
will be receiving, shortly, a letter in the mail 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 CC Bob, President Christine, or Lion Phyllis Johnson.
Now, everyone has their own style and
comfort level, but last year, we found that the (up to) $10,000 payout with 250
to 1 odds is THE major
selling point, despite the $100 per ticket cost. 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! What's more, if we can successfully
sell all 250 tickets, we will have a "built-in" donor pool for years to come!
Please make every effort to sell these 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. Like ALL our fundraisers,
Members are asked to sell as many tickets as possible; in the past there has
been some confusion by our membership that tickets are to be purchased by the
member - not so! Of course, our Members, as individuals, are free to purchase
as many tickets as they wish, but 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. Please contact CC Bob,
President Christine, or Lion Phyllis Johnson for your ticket allotment, ASAP.
Reminder: the new change in our Dues Structure will begin this quarter and the
pay as you go meal plan will begin at the October 17 meeting; please remember
to bring $25 cash, or a check.
Our only activity this month will be
the Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
at the Cranbury School on Friday, October 26. Lion Mayor Dave Cook will once
again Chair this event and he is looking for 6-8 volunteers to serve cider
& Donuts, Ice Cream from the cart, and judge the pumpkins. This is a really
fun event, watching the kids create pumpkin faces. A sign-up sheet will be at
the meetings, or contact Lion Dave or Secretary CC Bob, directly.
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
We 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. 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"….but don't
forget "Empty Nesters".
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
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, Secretary CC Bob, or
President Christine. 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
We'd like to remind
all members to PLEASE, share
the "Lions Tales" 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 will be October 17.
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 $50 (XL, 2X); larger
size vests (to 6X) are available as a special order; hats are $12. Ladies Cut for
vests areavailable, same pricing.
Members can access the Club
Directory on-line with the required logon and password (that
information can be obtained from Lion Phyllis or CC BV). Members without
internet capability may contact Lion Phyllis Johnson for a hard copy of the
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.
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"), and/or Secretary PDG Bob 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).
If a Member needs a ride, please contact President Christine or Secretary PDG Bob
to arrange for a pick-up.