Pictures of Lions Club Members

These are some pictures of Cranbury Lions during some of their events. Click on a picture to see it in full size

Meeting 4/5/06

Nancy Houston told the Lions about the activities at the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley ( one of the major Lions funded organizations.

This is a link to a 7 Minute Video - "The Miracle of Sight":

Meeting 3/1/06

Author David Mercaldo gave the Cranbury Lions a talk about the writing experience and read an excerpt from his novel "Ferry"

Meeting 2/15/06

Tonight, Allan Stefanowitz, Robert Murdock, and Lee Howard of the Robert Murdock Band ( talked to the Lions regarding a new fundraising opportunity.

Meeting 2/1/06

This was Boy Scout night at the Lions meeting.  Mike Kaiser presents donation checks to Cranbury Scout Representatives Jerry Yochelson and Joe Kirkenir.

Matt Long, Scoutmaster, gave the Lions a fascinating talk about his High Adventure Trek to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa.

Meeting 1/18/06

The Lions held a joint meeting with the West Windsor Lions Club tonight.

Richard Bezub of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance ( gave the Lions a multimedia presentation on the state of the New Jersey Pinelands.

Meeting 12/16/05

Tonight was the annual Cranbury Lions Holiday party held at the Bog.  It was a joint party with the Hightstown Lions.

Meeting 12/7/05

The Cranbury School artists came through in a big way this year in the Lions-sponsored Peace Poster contest.  The theme this year was "Peace Without Borders".

First Place overall was Jessica Zhang (Lions President Alex Johnson congratulates the winners):

Second place was Devin Chambers:

Third place was Angela Cao:

There were also an unprecedented 5 Honorable Mentions:

Finally, the Captain of the Cranbury First-Aid Squad, Kim Irving, gave a talk to the Lions:

Meeting 11/16/05

Lion Bob Virgadamo shows off the winning entry in this year's Peace Poster contest in Cranbury:

The Lions heard a talk from Paul Ritz on the Kennedy assassination. He is described as being one of the countryís foremost experts on the subject:

Meeting 11/02/05

Lion Don Jo Swanagan receives a membership key from President Alex Johnson:

A number of members showed up to receive the award for showing up (perfect attendance for the previous year):

The Lions heard a talk from Christopher Blessing and Richard Aspenleider regarding the vocation of Physical Therapy ( )

Halloween 10/31/05

The Cranbury Lions held the annual party for children in the Township.  Many Lions helped out - but special thanks go to Lion Rich Stannard for his MC duties.

Meeting 10/19/05

Tonight was spouse night at the Lions meeting.  Tail-twister Peter Turner arranged a song for the spouses, brilliantly performed by Lions Frank Marlowe, Peter Turner, Richard Stannard, and Rusty Hankin (not pictured):

The Speaker was Thomas Nye who is the co-owner of "The Grape Escape" - the first and only wine-making school in Middlesex County.  He told us about how the school works, and what is involved in making wine.  The website is:

Meeting 10/05/05

District Governor Eddie Hui visited the Cranbury Lions tonight and presented Cranbury Lions president Alex Johnson with a District scroll:

Ann Wooley told the Lions about the Princeton Hub - a place for adults with developmental challenges to socialize in a relaxed, informal manner. See

Meeting 9/21/05

Assembly member Linda Greenstein addressed the Cranbury Lions tonight to explain her point of view concerning issues of interest to NJ citizens:

Cranbury Day 9/10/05

The Cranbury Lions did our traditional fundraising at the Cranbury Day Village Street fair:

Meeting 9/7/05

President Alex Johnson presented certificates to Lions Walt Caldwell, Mike Kaiser, and Frank Marlowe for bringing in new members in the past year:

Alex Johnson presents a plaque to Walt Caldwell in recognition of Walt's service as Club President last year

Jane Venanzi gave a readout of her trip to the World Affairs Seminar last June

Jamesburg Flood Relief 8/27/05

Lions of the 16D District joined together today to provide residents of Jamesburg funds they can use for food:

Meeting 8/17/05

Fritz Hagen gave the members a cool talk on a very cool topic - Antarctica:

Meeting 7/20/05

We began tonight's meeting by recognizing two members:

President Alex Johnson presents a Lions Certificate to Bob Virgadamo to recognize Bob for bringing in new Lions Members.

President Alex Johnson presents Lion Ray Dickey with a Membership key for outstanding contributions to the Club.

Lion Frank Marlowe discussed the 60th Anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic bomb during WWII.

Meeting 6/17/05

Tonight was the annual Installation Dinner, held at Good Time Charley's in Kingston, NJ.  Following are pictures (courtesy of Lion Bob Virgadamo):

President Walt Caldwell congratulates President-Elect Alex Johnson

Walt Caldwell has "pinned"
Alex Johnson

President Alex and his Officers

President Alex and the Officers and Directors in attendance


Meeting 6/1/05

It was a very busy meeting tonight. 

First, we inducted a new Cranbury Lion -  Pat Meehan.  Congratulations Pat!  Sponsor Frank Marlowe gives Pat his Lions pin:

Next - Madeline Lightman from the Princeton Blood Bank,, talked to the Lions about blood donation:

The Cranbury Lions announced a number of its annual honors for high-school students.  Lion Mike Kaiser presented the honors.

Brooke Hansen was awarded the Todd Beamer Scholarship:

Laurel Kanawyer was awarded the Stan Thomas award and the Dr. David Tudor Scholarship (a rare double!)

The Lions selected Jane Venanzi to attend the annual World Affairs Seminar.  She will attend a Lions meeting later in the year to report on her experiences:

This is a picture of all three award winners:

Last (but not least!) Lion Joe Konrad was recognized for 55 years of Lions service!

Memorial Day Parade 5/30/05

For a change, the annual Cranbury Memorial Day parade was marched in beautiful weather.  Click here to see pictures:

Memorial Day 2005

Meeting 5/25/05

Tonight was a Cranbury - Hightstown/E. Windsor joint meeting, held at the Masonic Lodge in Hightstown.

The two club presidents preside over the meeting:

Frank Marlowe gave a presentation on the Cranbury Lions Club history:

7th Annual Golf Outing 5/16/05

The Cranbury Lions Golf Outing was held on a beautiful day this year.  Following are some pictures from the event:

Golf 2005

Meeting 4/6/05

Tonight, the Cranbury Lions recognized several of the Honorary Members of the Club for their decades of service to the Club and the Community.  Lion Wayne Stahl was also recognized - his certificate will be delivered at a later time.

President Walt Caldwell presented a certificate to John Bloom.  In addition John Bloom received a 50(!)-year pin.

Lion Craig Gilbert receives his certificate:

Lion Dick West is recognized by President Walt Caldwell:

Bob Moore, candidate for International Director, talked to the Lions about his Lionism:

Carl and Jane Helstrom talked to the Lions tonight about their running lifestyle, and also about how the Lions Club could potentially sponsor a local Race:

Finally, Frank Marlowe presented Carl Helstrom a donation from the Lions Club to the Cranbury Historical Society:

Meeting 3/2/05

Joseph Bocklage, Secretary of District 16D, talked to the Lions about his experiences as a Lions International Director:

Meeting 2/16/05

Bart Jackson gave the Lions a talk about his travels in Argentina, but the highlight was the Tango dance with the Cranbury Station staff member, Cindy:

Meeting 2/2/05

It was Boy Scout night at the Lions meeting. 

Scout Master Wayne Whitman accepts a Lions donation on behalf of the Cranbury Boy Scouts from Club President Walt Caldwell:

Cub Master Fran Stewart accepts a Lions donation on behalf of the Cranbury Cub Scouts from Club President Walt Caldwell:

Bill Baroni, New Jersey State Assemblyman of the 14th District ( gave a talk to the Lions and Boy Scouts about his trip to Liberia and the meaning of hope:

Ray Dickey receives past president award from Walt Caldwell:

George Smith and Walt Caldwell induct John Kobland into the Cranbury Lions

Meeting 1/19/05

Tonight, the Cranbury Lions welcomed a new member - Dean Koehler. 

Sponsor Mike Kaiser gives Dean his new Lions pin:

Our speaker tonight was Joe Russo from LBM Consulting on the topic of Emergency Preparedness:

Meeting 1/5/05

Betty Paris of the Florida Lehigh Nites Lions Club came up to visit the Cranbury Lions - Welcome!

Gordon Stults receives award for 40 years of Lions Service

Robert Morris from the Brennan Law Firm gave the Lions a talk on estate planning

Meeting 12/1/04

Pictures of the Cranbury Lions Peace Poster contest are below:

Carl Cussero, President of the Cranbury Historical Society gave a talk to the Lions regarding the activities of the Society


Meeting 11/17/04

Gladys Frisch accepts a check from Lions president Walt Caldwell on behalf of Skeet's Food Pantry.  Skeetís Food Pantry provides local needy families with food and warm clothing.


Meeting 11/3/04

New members of the Cranbury Lions were inducted tonight:

Jeff Grundy with sponsor Bob Virgadamo


Glenn Johnson with sponsor Frank Marlowe


Tonight we heard from 2 speakers regarding cruises:

Avo Simsonson - AAA Route 130

Robert Kershner - Holland Cruises

Halloween 2004

The Cranbury Lions held their annual Halloween Party at the Cranbury School.  This year we had about 60 kids showing their costumes off.

Lion Rich Stannard did his usual fine job as MC

Lions work the registration before the event

Magician George wowed the crowd

Lions Rich Stannard and Walt Gregory watch over the costume contest

Lions also provided refreshments after the party


Meeting 10/20/04

Lion Bob Virgadamo provided a report on his trip to the Leadership Forum

Meeting 10/6/04

District governor Al Brewer 16D introduced a video on LCIF

Guest speaker Patti Long showed the Cranbury Lions pictures from "Whispers From the Grave" - a village event held by the Historical Society to commemorate the Battle of Monmouth. Village residents dressed in period clothing and portrayed Revolutionary War veterans buried at the Presbyterian Church.

Meeting 9/15/04

Tonight was Guest Night.  Several Lions brought prospective members to the meeting.  Lion Mahlon Thompson gave a talk on Lionism

Cranbury Day 9/11/04

This year's Cranbury Day was another success - great weather and great food, and a great fund-raiser.  Below are some pictures from the Lions' Food Stand:

Dennis Kennedy, Andre Mento, and Alan Danser prepare food for the stand

Dave Cook and Dennis Kennedy

Andre Mento and Don Herr calling for some Chinese food

Lion Wayne Stahl comes by the check on the stand

Don't know who this is, but I'm a sucker for people on stilts

Rich Stannard is having too much fun

Alan Danser is cooking

Rick Cusworth was working all day at the stand

Meeting 9/1/04

Lion Mike Marrazzo of Housing and United Services ( talked to the Cranbury Lions about the work the organization performs for New Jersey.  Emphasis was given on services for the visually impaired.  Below, Lion Rich Stannard presents Mr. Marrazzo's organization a check on behalf of the Cranbury Lions.


Meeting 7/21/04

Laurel Kanawyer gave a talk to the Lions regarding her experiences at the World Affairs Seminar.  (

Trenton Thunder 50/50

The Cranbury Lions performed their annual sale of 50/50 tickets at Waterfront Park during a Trenton Thunder game.  Pictured are Frank Marlowe, Walt Caldwell, Bob Virgadamo, Mel, Ranade Overstreet, and Dennis Kennedy.

Meeting 6/18/04

Tonight was the annual Spring Fling and induction of new officers.

Outgoing President Ray Dickey hands over the Presidential pin to incoming President Walt Caldwell

As a surprise, Ray announced to the club that Bonnie and Mahlon Thompson were celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary!

Tom Reilly and Alex Johnson

An overhead view of the party

Meeting 6/2/04

Cranbury Lion (and Cranbury School Chief Administrator) Carol Malouf receives a check on behalf of the Quest program:

Tonight many of the Cranbury Lions sponsored awards and scholarships were awarded:

The Cranbury Lions annually send a local incoming HS senior to the World Affairs Seminar in Wisconsin (  This year, Princeton High School senior Laurel Kanawyer will represent Cranbury:

The Cranbury Lions awarded the Stan Thomas Community Service Award to John Kirkenir:

The Cranbury Lions awarded the David Tudor Scholarship to Thomas Krall:

The Cranbury Lions awarded the Todd Beamer Scholarship to Eliza Stasi:

Finallly, Cranbury Lion (and Cranbury Mayor) Rich Stannard
gave an update on the state of Cranbury Township:

Memorial Day Parade 5/31/04

These are some scenes from this year's parade.  It did rain on our parade, but it was a fine tribute to our fallen veterans.

Meeting 5/5/04

Ed Lawson finally gets his plaque for his Lion of the Year honor:

Tonight's speaker was Dick West, a Cranbury Lion since 1956.  The topic was a look back on his experiences in the Lions Club, along with additional remembrances on his time on the township committee.

Meeting 4/21/04

This was the Lion of the Year Meeting with spouse night at the East Brunswick Chateau.

Here is a table full of partiers:

Congratulations to Lion Ed Lawson - Lion of the Year 2003-2004!

Meeting 4/7/04

Larry Leson talked to the Lions tonight about his career with the Leigh Bureau -

Some of the speakers he has worked with are:

Alex Haley
* Find the good and praise it

Arno Penzias
* Managers get paid to be embarrassed

Jack Welch
* Work the problem not the people
* Be number 1 or number 2 or get out of the business
* Tell the truth no matter how painful


Meeting 3/17/04

Tonight's meeting was a joint meeting between the Cranbury Lions and the Hightstown-East Windsor Lions.  The presidents pf the two clubs address the attendees:

Meeting 3/3/04

Steve Rush joined the Cranbury Lions tonight.  He is pinned by his sponsor Ray Dickey.

Tonight, our speaker was Alex Bussey, formerly of the Social Security department, now volunteering for the "National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare" (

16D District Meeting 2/9/04

Tom Reilly presents to Walt Caldwell a banner from the Lions Club in Malta

Bob Virgadamo presents a check from the Cranbury Lions to District 16D

Meeting 2/4/04

Larry Leson was inducted as a Cranbury Lion tonight.  George Smith performs the induction while President Ray Dickey, Bob Virgadamo, and Larry mostly pay attention. 

Here is his sponsor, Bob Virgadamo, "pinning" Larry.

Dave Stout provided a multi-media presentation of his blues record collection hobby.

Below are some audio links to hear samples of some of Dave's records.




Meeting 1/7/04

Nancy in picture mating with Bart Jackson (a freelance travel writer) who proceeded to talk about his experiences in the Galapagos islands.

Holiday Party 12/19/04

The annual Cranbury Lions Holiday party was held at the Bog at the Cranbury Golf Club.  Below are pictures of the dining scene:

Five Lions were honored with the Melvin Jones Fellowship (see for a description):

Mike Kaiser Bob Wood Dave Stout Dave Shaffer Bob Virgadamo

Pancake Breakfast 12/14/03

The weather outside was frightful, but the food inside was delightful, as the Cranbury Lions held their annual pancake breakfast at the Cranbury School cafeteria.  Below are some pictures of the event:

Meeting 12/3/03

The annual Lions Peace Poster contest winners were announced tonight.

Lions president Ray Dickey showed two of the winners' art work, and presented the awards to the recipients:

Special thanks to Cranbury School Chief Administrator Carol Malouf and Cranbury School Art teacher Tamara Woronczuk

Cranbury Chief of Police, Harry Kleinkauf addessed the Cranbury Lions.  This will be his final address in his capacity as the Police Chief owing to his upcoming retirement.

Meeting 11/19/03

The Cranbury Lions held a hobby night, where members present their avocational interests.  Tonight, Bob Virgadamo showed his picture frame collection:

Walt Caldwell talked about Amateur Radio:

Meeting 11/5/03

Kendrick Li, chosen by the Cranbury Lions to represent Cranbury at the annual "World Affairs Seminar" at the University of Wisconsin, gave a report to the Lions about the seminar, centered on World Peace:


Halloween 10/31/03

The Lions held their annual Halloween party in the Cranbury School gymnasium.  Everyone had a frightfully good time!

Meeting 9/17/03

Peter Turner gave the Lions a talk on "Keys to Effective Presentations"

Cranbury Day 9/6/03

It was the usual perfect weather for the Cranbury Day festival in downtown Cranbury.  The Lions ran the traditional hamburger and chicken stand, raising a lot of money for the good works.  Some pictures of the hard work:

Meeting 9/3/03

Norma Swale discussed local gardening

Click here for pictures May 2002 through August 2003

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