November 1 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Reading Room - Cranbury Library
November 2 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, The Station Restaurant; Dinner: Broiled Salmon
Lou Mitchel of the First Presbyterian Church will provide an historic
discussion about David Brainerd.
November 16 - Regular Meeting - 7:30AM, Teddy's Restaurant; Breakfast: Choice
Program: Social Interaction with local residents.
December 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
December 7 - Peace Poster Meeting - 7PM, The Station Restaurant; Dinner: Steak Orleans
Program: President Christine
& PDG Bob will present Awards to the Peace Poster Winners and distribution
of awards; possible speech from the new Art Teacher, Ms. Erica Katz, and or Dr.
Susan Genco, the Chief Administrator.
December 16 - Holiday Meeting & Party - 7PM,
Home of Immediate Past President Dave & Brenda Shaffer; Dinner: Buffet; Lions
are asked to bring a dish - appetizer or dessert; contact Brenda for
Program: necessary business; social; Secret Santa
Welcome A New Member
We have a new Member among us. Lion John Ryan was
welcomed into the Cranbury lions Club with a short ceremony at the Grape escape
meeting last month. John transferred to us from the East Brunswick Club where
he has been a member for the past 22 years. Welcome, Lion John!
Things To Know
Fellow Lions, the
Membership voted for our new
fundraiser and we are depending
upon our Membership to sell all 250 tickets. We have been finding that the
$10,000 payout with 250 to 1 odds is a major selling point, in spite of the
$100 per ticket cost. It also doesn't hurt when we tell people that there are
six additional prizes of $500 (2) and $375 (4). 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 all you meet - if you mention the
Grand Prize and the terrific odds first, the ticket practically sells
itself. Winning Tickets will be drawn at the Pancake Breakfast. Checks should
be made payable to the Cranbury Lions Club. Please contact PDG Bob or Lion
Phyllis Johnson for your ticket allotment, ASAP.
Our Joint Meeting with
the Jamesburg Leo Club, was a fantastic success! The boys were
extremely happy to host us, and in spite of a small snafu with dinner, everyone
had a great time. A good part of that was due to a Team Building exercise that
was provided by Lion Jon Goldstein, who had all Leos and Lions working
together, without exception, and laughing all the way to the end. Many thanks
to Lion Fay Kobland for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Leo Club, and to
Lion Jon for his fun exercise, and to all Club members who were able to attend
and spend time with the Leos.
We held our first Wine
Meeting - "the Crush" - on October 19 at the Grape Escape; "The Press"
was held on October 30; The next wine meeting ("The Racking") is tentatively
scheduled for November 4, 2012. Please
note your calendars. We are seeking Barrel Sponsors, with the intent of perhaps
creating a small fundraising opportunity, here. However, we are hoping that not
only Members, but our sponsors, friends and neighbors will be interested in
hand-crafting this wine with us. Members are encouraged to enroll others in our
winemaking project. Anyone interested should contact Lion Mike Kaiser or PDG
We have begun to move forward on International President Tam's Tree Planting Program for Lion
Year 2011-2012. IP Tam's goal was to plant One Million Trees, worldwide; at
last count the Lions of the world had planted 2.5 million trees! We will
be meeting with the Township's Shade Tree Commission, shortly, but are
simultaneously dealing with local growers in an attempt to get some or all of
the trees donated. We have approached Troop 52 and one of the upcoming Eagles
would like to take this on as his Eagle Project. More on this, as the project
We held our Annual
Children's Halloween Party and Pumpkin Carving jointly with the PTO on
Friday, October 28, and hosted more than 100 children and their parents. Thanks
to Event Chair Lion Dave Cook and his volunteers for selling pumpkins, manning
the Ice Cream Cart, working the cider & donuts, and judging the pumpkin
We will be celebrating our 80th
Anniversary next June…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 Event Co-Chairs Lions Neal Wagman or
Neile Wright, directly. Any Member who can volunteer for a committee should
contact one of the Co-Chairs or sign-up on the sheet which will soon begin
circulating at meetings.
Our Annual Toys For Tots
Collection will begin throughout Cranbury shortly. If they have not been
placed by the time you read this, posters will be placed with our Merchant
Volunteers around Town shortly. As soon as boxes and barrels are in place, unwrapped
toys may be dropped off at any branch of 1st Constitution Bank, New Jersey
Community Bank, or at the Cranbury Post Office. Of course, members are free to
bring toys directly to PDG Bob. If we get additional "drop points" we will let
Our Annual Winter Coat
Collection will also begin shortly. Please donate your clean, gently
used coats, and ask your friends and neighbors to do the same; this particular
project is so important because it is so helpful to so many needful people. Although final arrangements have not been
completed with the Library, at this writing, there will be a collection box at
the Library beginning sometime in mid-November through December 3; there will
also be a collection box at the Pancake Breakfast on December 4, which will be
the end-date for the Coat Drive Collection. For any additional information,
please contact the event chair, Lion Dave Shaffer.
Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held, as always, on the first Sunday
in December - December 4, 2011 - from 8AM - 1PM in the Cranbury School
cafeteria. The price will remain the same at $8 per person and $4 for children,
under 10. As always, each member is being asked to take responsibility for the
sale of at least 5 tickets; however, due to the fact that donations are down,
the Board asks that you sell as many tickets as possible, to help make up
shortfalls. For additional information or extra tickets, please contact one of
the Co-Chairs, President Christine Thompson or Lion Andre Mento. As always
Santa will be there and professional grade Pictures with Santa will be made
available at a nominal cost.
Lion Rick Burke is heading up the Poinsettia Sales
again this year. You may recall that the poinsettias we had last year were as
full and beautiful as the plants we once received from 'Hagerty the Florist'. Lion
Rick has arranged to obtain the same fantastic, top quality poinsettia plants
that we had last year, from a local grower, and will have them for sale - as we
have for decades - at the Pancake Breakfast. These first quality, middle or
late growth plants will stay red for the entire season, and, if properly
maintained, will last throughout the year and beyond. Pre-ordered plants help
us to better plan for our needs, so Lions who wish to pre-order their
poinsettias, may contact Lion Rick with that information.
Because it has been so successful - and fun - we will continue our
"new tradition" of having our Holiday
Meeting and Party at the Immediate Past President's. Immediate Past
President Dave and Brenda Shaffer have offered the use of their home for the
Meeting and Holiday Party, on Friday, December 16. Members are asked to bring a
dish; please coordinate with Brenda (609-860-2542), or use the sign-up
sheet at the meetings. As we have done for the last few years, we will have a
"Secret Santa". We look forward to seeing everyone there.
TIME IS SHORT! The
Jersey Devils will host New Jersey Lions Night at the
Devils Game on Saturday, January 21, 2012. This year, all
weekend games start at one in the afternoon. This year's game will be a "Hockey
Spectacular", as the Devils will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers!
Tickets are $50 - that's a $19 savings over the face value of $69, and the Devils will donate $10
per ticket back for every ticket the Club purchases - what a great way to raise
money for our Charitable Budget! And with
the game so close after the Holidays, tickets would make a fantastic stocking
stuffer or Chanukah gift. For tickets, contact PDG Bob.
We have also received our "Trenton Thunder dates" for the 2012:
PDG Bob was not only able to obtain a Saturday game for our Trenton Thunder 50/50, but it's
the (NY Yankees) Thunder v. the Binghamton Mets; this rivalry game is almost
always a capacity game! Our 50/50 game day will be June 9, 2012. More about
that in a few months.
As always, we will do our Annual Thunder Game in August;
the Thunder will only play one weekend at home in August, and we have arranged
our game date to be Sunday afternoon (5PM), August 19, 2012, when the Thunder
plays the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles). This year, however, instead of
selling 125 tickets on the field (to be eligible for the 50/50), the Board of
Directors has recommended that we try the program where we only have to sell a
minimum of 35 tickets, at $38 per ticket, in the Yankee Club SkyBox. This
ticket includes upscale dining and non-alcoholic beverages for 90 minutes (6:30
to 8PM); additional tickets may be available, but only on a first come first served basis, so if you plan
on going to this game, buy
your tickets early! You may want to consider this as another Holiday Gift. See PDG Bob for
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"…but don't
forget "Empty Nesters".
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 59 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 worse.
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.
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.
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.