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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:  OPEN

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

September, 2012

September 4 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

September 5 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken and Broccoli

Program: Mr. Mark Jones is the president of the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. He will give us an overview of the medical center and tell us about its new operations in Plainsboro. His talk will include a description of innovations in the building and physical facilities and of services offered.

September 19 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Broiled Tilapia

Program: Lion Pramod Chivate will talk about how 'Social Styles' affect our relationships both in the business world and in our daily lives.

October, 2012

October 2 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

October 3 - Regular 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: TBA

Program: Lion Dr. Susan Genco, Cranbury School Administrator, will discuss the "State of the Cranbury School"

Something New

At the July Board of Directors Meeting, it was pointed out that the name of the monthly Newsletter had been "Lions Tales" from its inception in 1939 until sometime in the 1950's, when it was changed to "The Jungle Jargon". While the former name made sense and had a certain je ne sais quoi, the latter neither referred to Lions nor Cranbury, and as Club Historian, CC Bob has been unable to find "rhyme nor reason" for the change. The Board approved a change back to the original Banner Name, and the change was unanimously voted upon by the Membership at the July Meeting. Our newsletter is now officially changed to "Lions Tales".

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.

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.

The 80th Anniversary Exhibit at the Cranbury Museum will close effective with Cranbury Day. Any Lion who has lent material for the exhibit is asked to come and collect them during the following times, on one of the following dates: Wednesday, September 12, between 11AM-Noon & 6:30P-8:30P; or, Thursday, September 13, between 9:30A-Noon & 6:30P-8:30P. All our materials must be removed on these dates.

We held our Annual Thunder Game on August 19; the Thunder played the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles), and it was one of the best comeback games anyone has seen. Very Exciting! We had such a great time in the Yankee Club SkyBox that the Board has agreed do it again next year. If you missed this year, you not only missed a great game, but you missed a really great time and you may want to join us next year. We will have dates and tickets will be available within the near future.

As you all know, we have begun a new fundraiser this year - The Rubber Duck Race. Chaired by Lion Jon Goldstein, this fundraiser promises to become a lucrative staple in years to come if we all chip in and help Lion Jon and his Committee sell Duck Tickets; the committee also needs a few more volunteers, especially on Cranbury Day, the day of the event; contact Lion Jon if you can help out. Despite what you have seen or read regarding our "empty lake", Lion Jon has arranged for the Duck Race to happen, on the bridge at 1:30PM on Cranbury Day, and he wants everyone to know how much help and cooperation he has received from our Fire Department and Public Safety Department. The actual event, as the ducks are dumped from the bridge into the creek with people cheering for a winner, will be FUN! As advertised, the top three winners will receive Visa Gift Cards. By now, you have been contacted by "Team Captains" to turn in your stubs and unsold tickets; PLEASE return all IMMEDIATELY, if you have not yet done so. Oh…and don't forget to stop by Gil & Bert's for your Lions' Lemonade Ice…a portion of the profit will be donated back to the Club for our Charitable Budget.

Fellow Lions, we have also begun selling our $100 Raffle Fundraiser and we are depending upon our Membership to sell all 250 tickets. 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 7 winners on 250 tickets. Last year, with a short "sell-season", we made over $6000! This is an opportunity for the Club to make up the Charitable Budget shortfall we have experienced in recent years. 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.

With all this "new stuff", let's not forget one of our staple projects - Cranbury Day is September 8, and as always, we need our membership to come out and help! Last year, between our location and the lack of member participation, we did not do well. We'd like to turn that around this year; we have been promised a better location - hopefully in front of the Methodist Church…now all we need is member assistance. Cranbury Day goes from 10AM to 4PM; we have a set-up crew and a clean-up crew in place already, but we NEED members to come out to cook and serve. If every member gave 2 hours, we'd have more than enough help. Please be generous with your time - it's why we became Lions. A sign-up sheet is at meetings or you can call Lion Pat Meehan or CC Bob directly.

Our Annual hosting of the Golden Age Luncheon will be at 11AM on September 15, 2012. A sign-up sheet for volunteers is circulating at meetings, or contact President Christine directly.

Our "Autumn" White Cane Day was scheduled last year for Saturday, September 15. As it is a Holiday weekend (Roshashana), it promises to be a lucrative collection. The White Cane Drive is the quintessential Lion's Fundraiser, and ALL Cranbury Lions are being asked to participate in this fundraiser. For this particular event, we are ONLY collecting at ShopRite in East Windsor. There will be six 2-hour shifts from 7AM to 7PM; on most shifts we can use up to 6 Volunteers. Please sign-up at the September meeting or contact President Christine with a time you can help collect. Please Be Generous With Your Time.

Due to an oversight, Council Chair Bob did not include any information about the USA/Canada Leadership Forum in the last two issues. The Forum will take place from September 13-15 in Tampa, Florida. For those who have never been, it is THE best thing that Lions International does for the Association! Over the course of these amazing 2 days and nights - from Thursday afternoon (with the "official" start at dinner Thursday) through Saturday Night Dinner - there are over 70 exciting seminars, moving motivational speakers, and the opportunity to meet many new friends from all over the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas! Obviously, if you are interested, there will be no Early Bird Discount; the cost of the three days, including Seminars, 2 Luncheons and 2 dinners, and airport transfers is $305; airfare and hotel costs are not covered by Lions. Yes, the Forum begins next week, but if there are any Cranbury Lions interested in attending, please call me and I will make sure you're your application is accepted and will work with the National Forum Coordinator to arrange for a hotel room.

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. But we are about to face a new problem…

Our 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"….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 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 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.

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 are available, 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.