September 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
September 7 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken & Broccoli
Program: Rev. Ron Sager, Pastor of the Cranbury Methodist Church, will speak.
September 21 - Bring-A-Guest Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Tilapia
Harry Fini of LifeSaver Living Solutions, a company that deals with keeping
seniors independent in their own homes, will discuss how such independence can
October 4 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
October 5 - Regular/Joint Meeting - 6:30PM, Jamesburg School For Boys; Dinner: TBD
October 19 - Girl Scout Meeting & Spouse Night - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Parmigiana
Program: Susan Mavoides will talk about
what the different Cranbury Girl Scout Troops have been and are doing.
~ In Memoriam ~
Although he was never an 'actual' member of the Cranbury Lions,
Teddy Nikitiades had been a friend and a constant supporter of the Cranbury
Lions Club for nearly 40 years. The Members of the Cranbury Lions Club join
with every resident, business owner and regular visitor to town in expressing our
deepest sympathy to the family for their loss.
To all our Members who were seriously impacted by Hurricane Irene;
as Lions We Serve…not just the Community, but each other. If any of our members
are in need of help, the Membership will be there to assist in some way.
Things To Know
Summer dress rules are over for the year; please resume business attire, either
jacket (with or without a tie) or Business Casual.
Please note that our October 5 Meeting will be a Joint Meeting with the Jamesburg Leo
Club, held at the Jamesburg School for Boys. Members MUST sign up for
the meeting; it is important to note that the name on the sign-up sheet MUST be
your name, as shown on your Driver's License.
The Board of Directors had recommended that the Club become a
Foundation and apply for 501(c)(3) status through the IRS; Treasurer Dean
Koehler has been working on this transition. However, in order to complete the
application, certain clarifications had to be made in our Constitution & By-Laws and wording changes made or
added. In reviewing the C&B-L's, and considering that our Constitution and
By-Laws is a "living" document, additional items were discovered and changes
suggested. In addition to the changes required for our tax-exempt status, said
changes concern Board Positions and Perfect Attendance. The changes and or additions
shall be made to Article IV (7), Article VI (1), and Article VII (2), (3), and
(4). The changes shall be
read and voted upon by the Membership at the September 21, 2011 meeting at The
Station Restaurant; we suggest that you bring a copy of the
changes/additions to this meeting, as copies will not be distributed for cost
containment reasons. Thank You.
Our Annual Trenton
Thunder Baseball Outing was on Saturday, August 20, 2011; Thunder v.
Bowie Baysox, the AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. First, the Board would
like to thank the Membership for their efforts in selling the tickets to
friends and family; of the 125 tickets that we were required to take for the
game, we sold 99, which left us "whole" on the cost of tickets. We attempted to
donate the remaining tickets to a needy youth group, but were unable to find
such a group; at the last minute a decision was made to split the tickets
between the two ever-constant supporters of our Club, Teddy's Restaurant and
The Station Restaurant. The outing
turned into a "bonus", as the Baysox game from the night before had been rained
out, so we were treated to a double header. The Thunder won one, and lost the
second, but a great time was had by all who attended. Since the "required
ticket sales for Super 50/50 eligibility" seemed to work out okay, the Board
will consider a "13th Annual Thunder Outing" next year, and present
the item to the membership at the appropriate time.
Cards will be distributed at the September 7 meeting to all members
present, "In Good Standing". Members not present will receive their cards in
the mail. PLEASE NOTE: If you do not receive a Membership Card by or before
September 21, it is an indication that your dues are delinquent. In such a
case, please check your e-mail (or the regular mail on your desk) for a copy of
your dues invoice and forward your payment to the Treasurer ASAP. Thank you.
As reported last month, Board of Directors brought a new fundraiser
to the July Business Meeting and after a vote by show of hands, the Membership
approved a $100 per ticket Super
50/50 Fundraiser. We plan to sell only 250 tickets. There will be SEVEN
winners. If we sell ALL 250 tickets*,
there will be 2 - 2% winners (*$500, each), 4 - 1½% winners (*$375, each), and
a Grand Prize Winner of 40%, or $10,000 if all 250 tickets are sold.
The Club will retain 50% of the proceeds (less expenses) for our Charitable
Budget; again, if all tickets are sold, that would equal $12,500! Unfortunately,
due to Township vacation schedules, the submission of our permit application to
the State Gaming Commission was delayed by 12 days, and we will not be able to
begin ticket sales on Cranbury Day. In any event, tickets will be printed showing
percentages of net proceeds, only, in case we are unable to sell all 250
tickets. However, due to the huge Grand Prize payout, we are confident that we
can sell the 250 tickets. We will be asking every Member to attempt to
sell as many tickets as possible, as maximum participation is a big part of the
models we are using, which have all been so
successful that there are "waiting lists" to get to buy a ticket from those
clubs that already do this type of fundraiser. We hope that every Member
will participate in this fantastic opportunity to raise charitable dollars.
Cranbury Day is Saturday, September 10, and we will need volunteers for our
Food Stand and Ice Cream Cart. Fellow Lions, like the Pancake Breakfast, this
is one of the quintessential fundraisers of our Club, and we need EVERY
member to provide at least two hours of time for the grill, the
serving line, the ice cream cart, set-up, and /or clean-up. A sign-up Sheet is
being passed at meetings, or you can contact Lions Pat Meehan, Jeff Grundy, or
PDG Bob to volunteer.
International President Wing-Kun Tam's Program for Lion Year
2011-2012 is "I Believe"…the
Cranbury Lions Club will participate in IP Tam's program because we BELIEVE we
can increase membership, we BELIEVE we can make a difference in Cranbury. In an
effort to participate in President Tam's International Service Project Goal of
planting 1,000,000 trees world-wide, The Board of Directors would like the Club
to take on the task of planting 80 trees throughout the Township: they can be
on the street, in our parks, or in our own backyards. A committee will be
appointed to speak with the Township's Shade Tree Commission, Parks Department
and the Township Committee in an effort to accomplish this goal. Why 80 trees?
Next June, our Club will celebrate its 80th Anniversary, and 80
seemed to be the right number! More on this in the future.
And speaking of our 80th
Anniversary…if any member has a suggestion for our celebratory meeting
next June, or any ideas how to publicize our Club and our involvement in
Cranbury, please contact PDG Bob or Event Chair Lions Andre Mento, directly.
The Board of Directors and the Membership have approved another
"Wine-Making Project", and we
thought it would make a good 80th Anniversary Project; not unlike
the 75th Anniversary, we will sponsor a Label Design Contest
hopefully engaging and involving the People of Cranbury. We are currently
working with the owner of the Grape Escape and will have particulars on the
wine type, costs, meeting dates (at the Grape Escape),etc in the next week or
There is a new Exhibit/Show at the South Street Seaport, in New
York City, called "Dialogue in the
Dark", which should be of special interest to Lions: it is a specially
built and totally dark exhibition where visitors, guided by blind docent
guides, poke their way through the blackness with canes, experiencing the city
as the blind do, using all their senses except sight. It is an exceptional
experience and all information is on the attached flier.
Support the Century of Service Commemorative Coin. Lions
Clubs International is leading efforts to mint 400,000 U.S. silver dollars in
recognition of Lions Clubs International's 100th Anniversary in 2017. And, this
coin is the first step to commemorate our Association's centennial - while
raising millions to support our projects for the visually impaired, youth and
those affected by disaster. Find out how you can get involved in this campaign at
Membership - Membership - Membership
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. But we are about to face a new problem…
Administrative Budget is becoming increasingly tight, and our Administrative
"back-up fund" has become alarmingly low. 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".
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.
the years, some of our members have said that the reason it took so long to
become a Lion was that no one asked! 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. If every one of our 58 members asked just one person to join and
only 25% of those people joined this year, we would increase our membership by
14 people! To get information about membership options or to obtain
membership applications contact Membership Chair Jon, Secretary PDG 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 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 will be October 19.
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 $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.
Members can access the Club Directory on-line with
the required logon and password. 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 at our
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);
Lion George Smith has volunteered to be the "permanent" pick-up driver for Lion Ed Lawson (Lion Frank Marlowe
is the back-up driver). If a Member needs a ride, please contact President Christine or Secretary PDG Bob
to arrange for a pick-up. Drivers: if you cannot
make your pick-up, please notify President Christine as soon as possible. Riders:
please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.