Member Interactive Discussion
Topic: Service to Your Country, or, “What did you do in the war, Daddy?”
Discussion can include any volunteer effort in lieu of military service, such
as Peace Corps, recycling drives (WWII), etc.
Message To All Cranbury Lions
For some reason, this year’s meeting attendance has been
unusually low. As Lions, we have agreed to help the community through
fundraising and volunteerism. In the past, our members have volunteered,
directly, at meetings. With attendance down, so is our volunteer corps. We
realize that the dynamics of our Club have changed and members have more
demanding roles with careers and family, but the Board has asked that all
members make every effort to attend as many meetings as possible throughout the
Things To Know
Our Interactive Member Discussion Topic for May is
scheduled to be “Service To Your Country”, or “What did you do in the war,
Daddy?” In addition to military service in peace or war, these short reminisces
can include service in the Peace Corps or any activity that benefited the war
effort such as USO service, recycling drives, etc. 2-5 minutes per member
should do it.
Update on Updike – As previously reported, the Township
Committee has given the Cranbury Lions Club a “Letter of Intent”, advising that
as soon as the property is actually deeded over to the Township, they will turn
the Updike barn over to the Lions. Additionally, Sharbell Construction, the
current owner of the property, has advised that they may provide us with
a donation, in form or substance, for the project. ALL Lions are asked to
promote this project to friends and neighbors in an effort to promote community
awareness, not only of the project itself, but of the fact that we are
approaching our 75th anniversary. Fundraising efforts will begin as
soon as the property is deeded to us. Lion Dave Shaffer,
our Technology Chair, has updated the Barn Project on the website. Project
Chair Mike Kaiser and his committee is trying to insure that the barn project
is reported on in the Cranbury Press as often as possible. Updates will be
placed in the Jargon as the project moves forward.
In preparation of this project, the Board is trying to
determine what our storage needs are, exactly. Every member who has any
stored paraphernalia – the float, signs, boxes of records, historical documents,
pancake breakfast equipment…anything – should make a list of the items
and give the lists to Lion Bob Virgadamo
or Lion Mike Kaiser, so proper planning can be done.
A display case housing our historic memorabilia, which was
to have been placed in the Community Room as consideration for our donation
towards the construction of the room, has been officially denied by the School
Board. Nonetheless, the Board of Directors is working with the Township to
obtain a location for a permanent display case for the Club’s historic
memorabilia. When the display case is finally installed, the Board has voted to
dedicate it to the memory of Lion Mason Blaich, who stored the historic items
in his home for nearly a quarter of a century.
Mason was the Chairman of our Health and Welfare Committee,
which leaves us with a vacancy. The Club is looking for two Members to fill
these openings, preferably two retired Members, since, in addition to getting
cards and flowers, the committee members make hospital visits, as necessary.
Any interested members should please contact President Ray.
The Annual Lion of the Year Joint Zone Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at the
East Brunswick Chateau. Dinner will be a choice of beef, chicken or fish. As
usual, this is also our Spring “Spouse Night” Meeting, so you are encouraged to
attend with your spouse or significant other to honor this year’s Lions of the
Year. A sign-up sheet is circulating at regular meetings, or contact Lion Bob
Virgadamo (395-7050) with your reservation, before April 14.
The Officer Slate for the Lion year 2004-2005 will be
released shortly, and will be read at the next meeting. Any member wishing to
volunteer for an officer or board position should contact President Ray ASAP.
The slate will be voted upon at the May
5, 2004 meeting.
The Cranbury Lions Sixth Annual Golf Outing, will take
place at the Peddie Golf Course in Hightstown on Monday, May 17, 2004. As in the past, a single golfer will
pay $125, which will include a golf cart, greens fees, lunch, dinner, awards
and prizes. Non-golfers may attend the dinner at a cost of $30 per person.
Lunch will be burgers, ‘dogs, chips, beer and soft drinks; dinner, with a
two-hour open bar ( – beer
and wine, only) will be steaks, B-B-Q Chicken, and ziti, with salad. Golf
Chairman Doug Pearce, has asked that everyone try to bring in at least one
golfer and one advertising sponsor. Applications are available at the regular
meetings or from the Golf Committee (Lions Doug,Walt Caldwell, Jon Goldstein, or Bob
The Annual Super 50/50 is coming! Lion Henry Behnke
advises that tickets will be made available to all Lions at the April 7th
meeting; members who are unable to attend will receive theirs in the mail. This
is one of our sustaining fundraisers, and members are asked to sell ALL the
tickets they are supplied with, and are encouraged to sell as many more as
possible. As usual, the drawing will be held at the Memorial Day Parade.
And, speaking of Memorial Day, Parade Chairman Bob
Wood will need volunteers for Parade Day, and Lions Jon
Goldstein, Doug Pearce, and Richard Stannard may need assistance with sprucing
up the float; sign-up sheets will begin circulating shortly.
We have the dates for our annual visits to the Trenton
Thunder. The Thunder have, once again, granted us a spot on their 50/50
calendar. The game is Thunder v. Mets on Friday, June 25, 2004. For the uninitiated, there are some
300+ organizations applying for 71 spots (home games) in the 50/50 line-up.
This will be our fifth year as a 50/50 recipient. The Club will need at least
six volunteers to sell 50/50 tickets at the game, but the more volunteers we
have, the more tickets we can sell. Volunteers who sell tickets need not be
Lions, but must be over 18. All volunteers are admitted to the park free and
will be given vouchers for a hotdog and a beverage.
Our Annual Trenton Thunder Game Club Outing will be on Saturday, August 14, 2004, between
the Trenton Thunder and New Britain,
the double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Tickets are $10, each and are
now available. Sign up sheets will begin circulating at the appropriate time,
but members are encouraged to sell as many tickets as possible to friends and
relatives early on so that additional seats can be obtained if needed.
Please remember that the Coupon Collection Project is still
active. Please deliver your cut manufacturer’s coupons to Lion Chris Thompson
at the meetings (or to Lion Bob Virgadamo, if
Chris is unavailable), or drop them off to one of the collection boxes in the
Library or the Town Hall. Remember that this very worthwhile project will
cost each of us a mere 10-15 minutes per week. And, let us not forget that
these coupons are being collected to help military families overseas, and that
Frank Marlowe has been our Program Chair for a few years
now, and has done quite an excellent job lining up speakers for our bi-monthly
meetings. You can all imagine how difficult it can be, finding speakers that
will be of relative interest to all our Members!We all come in contact with someone
interesting on a regular basis. When you do, or if you have any suggestions for speakers,
please give Frank a call, or e-mail him at email@example.com . Additionally,
any member who has a suggestion for interactive discussion nights, may give
their suggestions to Frank, as well as any Board member.
It is important that we increase our fundraising capability
without requesting money from our small community over and over again. With
over 300 commercial locations in our immediate area, the website is one of the
easiest and best fundraisers we have. We ask every member to please try to
bring in at least one advertiser per year. Refer all advertising leads to
Lions Joe Addonizio, Dave Shaffer or Bob
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 Lion Dave Cook to activate the “phone tree”, so that all members
may be notified.
Ed Lawson (5 S.
Meyers (95 N. Main) / Max Mesner (Rossmoor)
Lion Don Jo Swanagan
has volunteered to be the “permanent” pick up driver for Lion Bob
Lion Dennis Kennedy
has volunteered to be the “permanent” pick-up driver for Lion Ed
Lion Joe Addonizio
has volunteered to be the “permanent” back-up driver for both
Lion Frank Marlowe has volunteered to act as the
“regular” pick up driver for Lion Max, but additional volunteers are necessary
for this pick-up. Please contact Lion Rick Cusworth to be
placed on his list.
If you cannot make your pick-up, and/or if you switch (or
need to switch) with someone else, please notify Lion Rick (655-2426) as soon as
possible. Riders: please notify the assigned driver if you’re not going to make
THE LIONS CLUB, CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY Asks that you PLEASE SUPPORT OUR