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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:  Bob Virgadamo
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:  Mike Kaiser
                                  John Ryan
                                  Dave Cook
Lion Tamer:  Frank Marlowe
Publicity Chairman:  Elaine Homoky
Lions Tales Editor:  Bob Virgadamo

October, 2012

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.

Program: TBD

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 School"

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; 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 assistance.

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 loaf.

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 FIRST, 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 new members.

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 worse.


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 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.

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.

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 Secretary PDG Bob to arrange for a pick-up.