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
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 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.
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"
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 2½
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,
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.
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.
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.