August 31 - Board of Directors Meeting - Reorganization Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
September 1 - Regular Meetings - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken & Broccoli
Program: Robert Kane will talk to us about spinach farming in
Cranbury. He has worked for Don
Patterson, Harvey Davidson, and Robert Barnes for many years. This year he and
his daughter made a documentary video (10 minutes) of the spinach operations in
Cranbury, which he will show at the meeting with live commentary and Q&A.
September 15 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Tilapia
October 5 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
October 6 - Regular Meetings - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Beef Stroganoff
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.
Things To Know
Regular dress rules are back in
effect beginning September 1. Members are asked to attend meetings in business
attire; "Business Attire" consists of a jacket (with or without a tie) or reasonable
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
2010-2011 Budget - Treasurer Dean Koehler has completed 2010-2011 budget; it was
presented to the Membership at both the July and August meetings. A vote was
taken and the Membership approved the Budget at the August meeting. Please be
reminded that we have undercharged guests for meals by $5 for the last 3-4
years; while we are being charged $20 per meal (a
bargain for a four-course meal with coffee), the actual cost, with tax and tip
is a few cents short of $25 per person. We will be charging $25 per guest from
we forgot to mention in the last Jargon... The Cranbury Recreation Program and
the Cranbury Library did a joint Movie
Night on the grass outside the Library on July 23, and asked us if we
would sell ice cream and soft drinks as we have in the past. President Dave and
Lions Christine, Frank Vesci and
Frank Marlowe manned the cart and kept everybody's thirst and sweet tooth
satisfied. And a few dollars were collected to help our Projects Budget.
We had 40 lions and friends at the 11th Annual Trenton
Thunder Baseball Outing on Saturday, August 7; As always it was
beautiful night of Baseball and a great time was had by all. Hope to see you
all next year.
We held our 2nd Annual Fundraising
Evening at Gil & Bert's Ice Cream Stand, on August 25. Thanks to
the efforts of Neile Wright, a Barber Shop Quartet donated their entertainment
and made a donation. We also had entertainment by the Cranbury Arts Council Young
Person's Theater Group, who, somewhat appropriately, did selections from "The
Lion King", accompanied on piano by Andrew Goldstein. As we did last time, we
sold chocolate chip cookies and brownies. Many thanks to Lions Jon Goldstein and Tim Demarest, and all the Members
who were able to come out and help for the evening. A special note of thanks
to Lions Fay Kobland and Phyllis Johnson created a YouTube video which can be
seen at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_so0kgHpPAg.
We sent this off to the NJ Lion and to The Lion
Magazine, and the video will be mentioned in the "Highlights" section of the
monthly magazine, so look for the Cranbury Lions in an upcoming issue.
This is the "last Call" for registering for the USA/Canada
Lions Leadership Forum, being held September 23-25. As I've mentioned
so often before, the Forum is one of the most interesting, informative, and
exciting events during the Lion Year, and can be an enormous benefit to all
those who attend. And, the more members from our Club who attend the Forum, the
better, stronger and more progressive our Club can become. The seminar topics
over the course of the two days (Friday & Saturday) are varied and helpful
in such areas as Club or District positions. The motivational speakers are as
good as can be found anywhere, and will leave you feeling that you can be a
better person, as well as a better
Lion. The Pin Traders and vendor areas are always interesting - and you get a
chance to see part of Lion Judson Hagerty's
massive pin collection! This year's Forum is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Home of Harley Davidson, some of the country's best beers, "Laverne &
Shirley", and of course, "The Fonz". And, there will be a Motorcycle raffle
drawing (a very cool, hot orange Harley). Do not miss out on this GREAT event! Contact
PDG Bob for information and Registration, or see the Forum Newsletter on-line
Cranbury Day is just around the
corner - Saturday, September 11 - and volunteers are needed all day on the
grill, the Ice Cream Cart, morning Set Up and Afternoon Clean Up. A sign-up
sheet is circulating at the meetings, but you can volunteer by contacting Lion
Pat Meehan or PDG Bob.
The Club will host the Golden Agers
Luncheon on September 18. As always, we will need a few servers and a
couple of cakes for dessert. Members who can provide the time for this event
should contact 3VP Christine or Lion Frank Vesci, or sign up at the meeting.
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 requirement perfectly.
President Dave asked if the Membership would be willing to do another day at the Habitat for Humanity build in
Hightstown and quite a few hands went up. The build is scheduled to go until
October, and President Dave will set up another volunteer crew day; all members
who are interested in helping complete this Habitat House should contact
President Dave, directly (a new date has not yet been set).
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 62
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".
President 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!
The Club requires that all Members wear a Lion
Vest when we are at a fundraiser or Service Project. If you do not have
a vest please contact Club Secretary Bob to obtain one. You may also order a
baseball cap; 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.
There 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)
Lion George Smith has volunteered to 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 Dave as soon as possible. Riders:
please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.