September 1 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
September 2 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken & Broccoli
Program: Marilynn Mullen, Cranbury Library Director
September 16 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Lump Crab Cakes
Program: Tail twister Peter Turner will lead an Interactive Club discussion regarding Service Project and Fundraiser Ideas
October 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
October 7 - Spouse Meeting - 7PM, The Grape Escape; Dinner: Beef Stroganoff
Program: the first of three meetings held at TGE for the Club Wine Project - "The Crush"
October 21 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Parmigiana
Welcome To Our Newest Members...
Lions Tim Demarest and Fay Kobland were inducted into the Club at our August meeting;
Lion Fay joined under the Family Membership Initiative. Both Fay and Tim have
already been assigned projects as the Club's LEO Club Advisors; Lion Fay was
also placed on the Jamesburg Committee as the representative from 16-D.
Things To Know
Summer is over, so "Standard Dress Rules" are back in effect. We ask that you attend
meetings in business attire, which may include "Business Casual".
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 the meetings, but to become Members under the Family
Membership Initiative. In any event, Spouses are wholly encouraged to attend
quarterly "Spouse Night" meetings. Our next Spouse Night is scheduled for
October 7, at The Grape Escape.
VIP - VIP - VIP
- Treasurer Dean Koehler has brought a problem concerning Member Dues to the Board of Directors. Apparently, we have a
number of delinquent members; some by only a quarter (3 months), some by much, much more! Our Club dues are invoiced
and payable, in advance, each quarter, so that we may pay International, State
and District dues which are based on our membership numbers; we also need to
pay our normal, as well as any special, administrative costs as they occur. We
can only do that through the prompt payment of dues. The BOD would like to
remind every member that dues are due and payable upon receipt of your
quarterly invoice. If you have not yet received you Membership Card for
2009-10, it is an indication that you are at least two quarters delinquent in the
payment of your dues. The Board requests all delinquencies be settled by the
end of September, so that no further action need be taken. The Club would like
to thank all members who have paid their dues in accordance with their
The Finance Committee met and completed the Budgets
for the 2009-10 (Fiscal) Lion Year. In accordance with the Constitution
and By-Laws, the budgets were distributed and discussed at the August meeting;
a second presentation will be made at the September 2nd meeting, and
a vote will be taken, on budget acceptance at that first September meeting.
On Friday, September 11, the Cranbury Lions will host a PorchFest
at the home of Lion Andre and Rosemarie Mento (1 Chamberlin Ct, in
Cranbury Green). The purpose of the gathering is to have Cranbury residents
meet the members of the Cranbury Lions in a social situation, and hopefully to
enlist a few new members. Not only is every Lion is encouraged to attend, we
ask that you bring a friend or neighbor with you. This will be a social
situation only - not a "hard-sell" recruitment meeting.
Cranbury Day will be on
September 12 this year, and preparations are being made by Co-Chairs
Jeff Grundy and Pat Meehan. Volunteers are needed for Set-Up, the
Food Stand (Preparation, Grilling, Serving, Cashier), the
Ice Cream Cart, and Clean Up. A Sign up sheet has already begun circulating at
the meeting, or contact Lions Jeff or Pat to volunteer directly.
As we have for over 50 years, the club will host the September Golden Agers Luncheon. The date
of the luncheon is Saturday 19. Unfortunately, after so many years as the Chair
for this event, Lion Mahlon Thompson has found it necessary to retire as Event
Chair. But keeping it in the family, our new Program Chair is Lion Christine
Thompson. As always, we are in need of a half dozen or so volunteers for
wait-staff duty and a few donated baked goods. Volunteers should contact Lion
Christine directly or use the sign-up sheet circulating at the meetings.
The Annual Baseball Outing, on
Saturday, August 22, should have been the beginning of a good series against the
NH Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays), but the game was called on account of rain;
it poured down so hard that right field was under water! The "replacement" game
was played on Sunday August 23, and ticket holders were advised they could go
to any remaining game throughout this season. Although we only sold 31 tickets,
the Club would like to thank PDG Bob for once again arranging the annual game.
Hopefully, next year will be drier!
On August 12, Membership Chair Jon Goldstein, and his Membership Committee, held
an "Open House" at the Clubhouse in the Four
Seasons for the residents of at the development. Unfortunately, the
meeting was not well attended, but Lion Jon is undeterred and has advised that
he and his committee will try again in the near future. Membership is the life
blood of our Club, and Lion Jon can use a helping hand from every member to help increase our
membership. Have YOU tried to bring
in a new member lately?
The Board of Directors and the Membership have approved another Wine Making
Club Project at The Grape Escape (TGE) in Dayton.
We will produce a barrel of Suisun Valley (California)
Cabernet, which promises to be a rich Cabernet Sauvignon, with full fruit notes
of blackberry, currant and cassis. It will be "drinkable" within a year of
bottling and will improve with age over the next 5-7 years, if cellared
properly. Please note that at this writing the barrel is already half sold; a
case of wine (12 bottles) is priced at $120 each ($10 per bottle); $60 for a
half case. This is a direct cost; there is no fundraising for the Club. Members
may split a case with other members. Tentatively, we will hold our October 7 meeting
at TGE for the Grape Crush. Case sign-ups are being accepted. There is also a
sign-up sheet for the meeting; this is
a regular meeting - you do not have to purchase wine to attend! We need
the reservation (sign-up) because it is a catered meeting. For wine
reservations, or more information, please speak with IPP Mike Kaiser or PDG Bob.
The New Jamesburg LEO Club at the
Jamesburg Home for Boys is still "in process", but hopefully moving forward!
The Lions Directors of the Jamesburg Board have been able to develop a project
that may be acceptable to School; Jamesburg is considering a program whereby
dogs will be brought into the institution for training as Assist Dogs. The
dog training could serve as a service project for this proposed LEO Club. This
program has not been finalized, as Jamesburg needs to get approval from
the State. We will be kept informed as to the status of this proposal. A
LEO Club must be chartered by a Lions club, but due to security precautions, most,
if not all, of the Club's advisory work will be done off-site, with an on-site
employee/advisor who will work with a "Contributing Club Contact". Our newest Lions,
Fay Kobland and Tim Demarest, have volunteered as the LEO Advisors, so
that we can "hit the ground running" when the project finally comes to
Our new LEO Club advisors have asked if they could try to start additional LEO Clubs in both the
Cranbury School and the Princeton High School. The Board of
Directors has approved this project, and asks that members - especially members
with school age children - offer their assistance in these projects.
It is not too late to register for the USA/Canada
Leadership Forum this coming September 24-26. If, in addition to
learning more about our Association, learn new methods for increasing
Membership, and, generally, discover how to become a better Lion, you'd like to
ride a Mississippi Riverboat, visit the birthplace of Rock 'n' Roll, catch the
Blues at a hot club, see Graceland, visit the National Civil Rights Museum,
check out pandas at the zoo, or just have the "World's Best Barbeque", you are
invited to join President John, PDG Bob and Past President Mike at this year's
Forum in Memphis, TN ...especially since it is expected to be one of the best Forums on the 33 year
list of great Forums. For more
information and an application, see PDG Bob.
Please Note Your Calendars. Our Annual Golf
Outing has been changed. The new date is Thursday, October 15. It will
still be at the Peddie Golf Course. All Members are being asked to promote the
Golf Outing and to try to bring in as many golfers as possible. For an
application, please contact Lion Ray Dickey.
White Cane Days are coming! The Board of Directors
has approved a White Cane Collection Drive
on October 23 & 24. The BOD would like to remind all members that the
White Cane Drive is
the quintessential Lion's Fundraiser, and in addition to raising charitable
dollars, provides us with much needed visibility in town. Our last White Cane
Collection, under the direction of Lion Jeff Grundy, netted over $900. Jeff is
asking for two hours of your time on either Friday or Saturday - more if you
can spare it. We always hear the same "complaint", but all we can say is, no
one likes shaking a can, but if there are two or three of us
at any given location, we can still enjoy
ourselves while we raise a few bucks - and while it's true that your two
hours might only bring in $20 ... it could also bring in $100. And the more of us
that are out there, the more visible we are to the public, which in turn, helps
us raise the money we need to raise to complete our mission. Lion Jeff Grundy
has a sign-up sheet going around at meetings, so please sign up for a date and
time. If you are unable to make the meetings, please contact
The new fundraising effort at Gil &
Bert's Ice Cream Shoppe, is scheduled for Saturday, October 10. We will
set up at the back of their (side) patio, and sell homemade brownies and
cookies, and all proceeds will go toward local projects. There is a sign-up
sheet going around at the meetings, or, if you can't make the meeting,
please contact Lion Jon Goldstein.
REMINDER: the September 16
meeting will be dedicated to an interactive discussion among the membership,
led by Tail Twister Peter Turner, on new ideas for new service projects and
fundraisers. Everyone is encouraged to attend to provide your input to this
Cranbury Lions are planning to hold a new and exciting fundraising event that
we hope will be able to be repeated every year - or at least every other year,
for years to come. Our new Casino
Night Fundraiser is being planned for February 2010. Details will be
available shortly. However, as time and MANPOWER are of the essence here,
anyone interested in working on the is fundraiser should contact PDG Bob or IPP
Mike Kaiser, ASAP.
Habitat For Humanity
is preparing to begin a new "project house" in Hightstown, the BOD has
discussed having a warm weather "Service Day" by helping with this project.
Discussions will continue after we have obtained additional details.
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 John 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. To get information about membership options or to obtain
membership applications contact Membership Chair Jon, Secretary Bob, or
President John. In any event, we MUST begin a proactive campaign to bring in
new Members and keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury's "best kept secret".
President John 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 John directly. We
can't fix it until we know what's broken!
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 Dave Cook ("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)
Lion George Smith has volunteered be the "permanent" pick up driver for Lion Ed; Lion Frank Marlowe
has volunteered to be the "permanent" back-up driver. Drivers: if you cannot
make your pick-up, please notify President John as soon as possible. Riders:
please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.