October 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
October 7 - Spouse Meeting - 7PM, The Grape Escape; Dinner: Beef Stroganoff
Program: the first of three meetings held
at TGE for the Club Wine Project - "The Crush"
October 21 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Parmigiana
Program: Police Chief Ed Kahler will give us an update on activities and
changes in the Cranbury
Police Department since the last time he spoke to us and provide information
about personal and home safety.
November 3 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
November 4 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Salmon
Program: David Stewart of Cranbury is a research engineer at Ocean Power Technologies.
He will talk
about the generation of electricity from ocean waves, a promising source of non-polluting
energy. Dave will explain how power is derived from waves, describe the electricity-producing
buoys that have been developed and discuss the status of prototype power
generating systems that have been installed and the future of the technology.
November 18 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Roast Turkey
Program: Marie Lockhart of Puppy PALS 4H Club, will describe the foster
home aspect of raising the dogs and how these foster "parents" train the puppies in a way to prepare
them to "go to school" at the Seeing Eye Dog School in Morristown; she will bring a puppy
or two) to show the levels of skill, and she will ask if anyone
would be willing to become a "foster parent".
Things To Know
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 quarterly
"Spouse Night" meetings. Our next Spouse Night is scheduled for October 7, at The Grape Escape.
As a reminder, the Club requires that all Members wear a Lion Vest
when we are at a fundraiser or Service Project,
and normally, we have vests in stock to sell to Members (straight cost).
However, we have depleted our stock and need to order vests. If you do not have
a vest or wish to order a vest in an additional color, please contact Club
Secretary Bob to place your order. You may also order a baseball cap in the
same or contrasting color. Vests are $40 (S-M-L) or $45 (XL, 2XL); hats are $12.
Ladies Cut for vests is available.
VIP - VIP - VIP - Treasurer Dean Koehler has brought a
problem concerning Member Dues to the Board of Directors. Apparently, we have a
number of delinquent members; some by only a quarter (3 months), some by much,
much more! Our Club dues are invoiced
and payable, in advance, each quarter, so that we may pay International,
State and District dues which are based on our membership numbers; we also need
to pay our normal, as well as any special, administrative costs as they occur.
We can only do that through the prompt payment of dues. The BOD would like to
remind every member that dues are due and payable upon receipt of your
quarterly invoice. If you have not yet received you Membership Card for
2009-10, it is an indication that you are at least two quarters delinquent in
the payment of your dues. The Board requests all delinquencies be settled by
the end of October, so that no further action need be taken. The Club would
like to thank all members who have paid their dues in accordance with their
Unfortunately, our attempt to host a PorchFest
wash rained out. We'd like to thank Lion Andre and Rosemarie Mento for offering
their home, and perhaps we can try it again next year - perhaps earlier in the
In spite of the weather - it didn't really rain - Cranbury Day
was held on September 12, and Co-Chairs Jeff Grundy and Pat Meehan, were out there with their
cadre of volunteers. We would like to give a giant Attaboy to every
volunteer, especially those that slaved over the grills for 5-6 hours! It
appears that the ice cream cart needs some work, so we are looking for a
volunteer that can clean it up and take the necessary steps to see if it needs
any kind of mechanical check-up. Contact Lion Pat.
It would appear that a laurel and hardy handshake goes out to Program Chair Lion
Christine Thompson and her crew as they hosted the Golden Agers Luncheon
on behalf of the Club, in September.
Christine advised that there were enough cakes, so we'd like to thank our Lion
bakers; she also advises that Teddy's meatloaf was it's usual hit and Matthew Sager's
musical program was a huge success. Thanks, Christine.
The Board of Directors and the Membership have approved another Wine Making
Club Project at The Grape Escape (TGE) in Dayton.
We will produce a barrel of Suisun Valley (California)
Cabernet, which promises to be a rich Cabernet Sauvignon, with full fruit notes
of blackberry, currant and cassis. It will be "drinkable" within a year of
bottling and will improve with age over the next 5-7 years, if cellared
properly. Please note that at this writing the barrel is already more than half
sold; a 12-bottle case of wine is priced at $120 each ($10 per bottle); $60 for
a half case. This is a direct cost; there is no fundraising for the Club.
Members may split a case with other members. We will hold our October 7 meeting
at TGE for the Grape Crush. Case sign-ups are being accepted. This is a regular meeting - you do not
have to purchase wine to attend! If you did not sign up on the
reservation sheet, or more information, please contact IPP Mike Kaiser or PDG Bob.
It's Pumpkin Carving time again! Event Chair Lion Dave Cook is
putting together another fun evening of pumpkin carving for children at the
Cranbury School on Friday, October 23, from
7-9PM. Lion Monty Hagerty is putting
a crew together to serve cider and donuts. If you can volunteer to help either
Dave or Monty, please contact them directly.
For quite a few years we have been "threatening" to have a fundraiser with a twist:
an Adult Halloween Party. If
we can find a barn, this may be the year. Watch your e-mail and the Cranbury
Press; as soon as we are able to confirm this event, will start publicizing it.
The New Jamesburg LEO Club at the
Jamesburg Home for Boys is still "in process", but hopefully moving forward!
A program for the school has not been finalized, as Jamesburg
needs to get approval from the State. We will be kept informed as to the status
of this proposal. A LEO Club must be chartered by a Lions club, but due to security
precautions, most, if not all, of the Club's advisory work will be done
off-site, with an on-site employee/advisor who will work with a "Contributing
Club Contact". Our newest Lions, Fay Kobland and Tim Demarest,
have volunteered as the LEO
Advisors, so that we can "hit the ground running" when the project finally
comes to fruition.
We are also proud to announce that Lion Fay Kobland has volunteered to be the
District 16-D Liaison to the Jamesburg Committee. Congratulations, Fay, on your appointment.
Our new LEO Club advisors have asked if they could try to start additional
LEO Clubs in both the Cranbury School and the Princeton High School. The Board of
Directors has approved this project, and asks that members - especially members
with school age children - offer their assistance in these projects.
The USA/Canada Leadership Forum was held from September 24-26,
in Memphis, Tennessee. It was a great place
for a Forum: everything was easy to get to, transportation was as smooth as
glass, the seminars were terrific and informing (as usual); the speakers were
fantastic. Everyone that attended had a fun time and would recommend it to
everyone else! Don't believe me? Ask President John or Lion Mike Kaiser, who
attended this year - or Lion Alex or Lion Rick who attended in recent years.
The Forum continues to be the best thing that Lions
International does for the individual Lion, and so many members would find
benefit there, if they decided to attend, especially those who would like to
help us bring the Club into the 21st Century. You can "recharge your
batteries" next year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and perhaps win a
Harley Davidson Motorcycle. The "early bird" price of the Forum will be $240
(until June 30th - pricing will be reconfirmed at a later date).
Future Forums will be in Anchorage, AK (2011), Tampa, FL (2012),
Overland Park, KS (2013), and just announced, San Juan, Puerto Rico (2014).
The Forum is always a good investment - and a lot
of fun. Applications (for Milwaukee)
will not be available until January, but if you have any questions, contact
16-D Forum Chair, PDG Bob Virgadamo, or go directly to the Forum website at
Our Annual Golf Outing will be on
Thursday, October 15, at the Peddie Golf Course. Apparently, we are still in
dire need of Golfers! All Members are being asked to promote the Golf Outing
and to try to bring in as many golfers as possible. For an application,
please contact Lion Ray Dickey.
White Cane Days are coming! The Board of Directors has approved a
White Cane Collection Drive
on October 23 & 24. The BOD would like to remind all members that the White Cane Drive is
the quintessential Lion's Fundraiser, and in addition to raising charitable
dollars, provides us with much needed visibility in town. Our last White Cane
Collection, under the direction of Lion Jeff Grundy, netted over $900. Lion
Jeff is asking for two hours of your time on either Friday or Saturday - more
if you can spare it. We always hear the same "complaint", but all we can say is,
no one likes shaking a can, but if there are two or three
of us at any given location, we can still enjoy
ourselves while we raise a few bucks - and while it's true that your two
hours might only bring in $20 ... it could also bring in $100. And the more of us
that are out there, the more visible we are to the public, which in turn, helps
us raise the money we need to raise to complete our mission. Lion Jeff
Grundy has a sign-up sheet going around at
meetings, so please sign up for a date and time. If you are unable to make the
meetings, please contact Lion Jeff.
The new fundraising effort at Gil &
Bert's Ice Cream Shoppe, is scheduled for Saturday, October 10. We will
set up at the back of their (side) patio, and sell homemade brownies and
cookies, and all proceeds will go toward local projects. There is a sign-up
sheet going around at the meetings, or, if you can't make the meeting, please
contact Lion Jon Goldstein or Lion Tim Demarest.
By The Way:
the September 16 meeting was dedicated to an interactive discussion among the
membership on new ideas for
new service projects and fundraisers; it was supposed to be led by Tail Twister
Peter Turner, but Peter was ill and Lion Fay Kobland led the discussion. Fay
did a great job of running this symposium, and as a Club, we came up with quite
a few good ideas for the future. The ideas were brought to the Board of
Directors at the October Board meeting, and we will report the results. Every
member had been encouraged to attend this meeting to air 'grievances' and/or
discuss new ideas to make meetings less "stodgy", and to make old projects and
fundraisers more modern, while bringing in new, more "up-dated" projects. We
would like to thank those who attended the meeting and provided their feedback;
those of you who didn't attend, why are you still complaining?
The Cranbury Lions are planning to hold a new and exciting fundraising event that
we hope will be able to be repeated every year - or at least every other year,
for years to come. Our new Casino
Night Fundraiser is being planned for February 2010. Details will be
available shortly. However, as time and MANPOWER are of the essence here,
anyone interested in working on the is fundraiser should contact PDG Bob or IPP
Mike Kaiser, ASAP.
Habitat For Humanity
is preparing to begin a new 'project house' in Hightstown; the BOD and
Membership have approved a "Service Day" to help with this project. Discussions
will continue after we have obtained additional details.
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 John 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 67 members asked just one person
to join and only 25% of those people joined this
year, we would increase our membership by 17 people! To get information
about membership options or to obtain membership applications contact
Membership Chair Jon, Secretary Bob, or President John. In any event, we
MUST begin a proactive campaign to
bring in new Members and keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury's "best kept
President John 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 John directly. We can't
fix it until we know what's broken!
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 Dave Cook ("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 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 Mike as soon as possible. Riders:
please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting