Speaker: : Nancy Houston, Director of Marketing and Development
for the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valleywill talk about recent and current issues at the Lions Eye Bank.
April 19 – Lion of the Year Dinner – , East Brunswick
Chateau, Dinner: Choice
This is a joint meeting with the
other Clubs in our Zone: E. Brunswick, Milltown, North
Brunswick, South Brunswick, and
Lion of the Year Awards and Melvin Jones Fellowship Ceremonies in lieu of
May 2 – Board of Directors Meeting – , Tom Gambino Library Room
May 3 – Regular Meeting – ,
Cranbury Station, Dinner: Sliced London Broil
Speaker: Mike Casper of the Drug Enforcement Agency will talk
about polygraph testing and give a
demonstration with a real polygraph.
TBA – Special Meeting – , Grape Escape in Dayton,
This “special” meeting will be the first of four meetings
which will be held at the Grape Escape; in addition to regular business, the
purpose of this meeting is to begin the “Club Project” of making wine for the
75th Anniversary Celebration. Spouses
are invited to attend. The actual date of this meeting will be
dependent upon the date the grapes are received from Chile;
Members will be advised of the date ASAP.
Things To Know
though we have begun sending a new “Calendar
of Events” with the dues mailings, 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. Please Note that Spouses are invited to attend
the “off-premises” meeting at the Grape Escape, to assist in the Club Project
of making wine; the meeting date is tentative; see below.
Tail Twister’s Corner – Our Tail
Twister advises that all members are to wear their name tags to all meetings
and Lion functions; members without a name tag will be fined. Lion Peter asks
that all members complete a “Member Bio”, and return it to him; these Bios will
be used in a “Name That Member” segment at each meeting, so that all members
can get to know about each other.
Lion Joe Carroll reported
that the New Jersey Devils Hockey
game was an incredible amount of fun, and recommends it to everyone for next
year, especially since the cut price tickets help raise funds for the Club! Oh,
and by the way, it was a sold out game and the Devils beat the Bruins 4 to 3
On Wednesday, March 8, The Cranbury Lions and the Cranbury
Woman’s Club Co-Sponsored a talk and slideshow on “Maintaining the Health of Our Valuable Trees”, by Nicholas
Polanin, a County Agriculture Agent from Rutgers Cooperative Research and
Extension and one of the foremost tree experts in the State. The discussion was
on general tree care but the focus was on the threat to New
Jersey’s trees from the Asian Long-Horned Beetle and
Bacterial Leaf Scorch, both of which have or will become a problem in Cranbury.
If you missed the lecture and would like information, please contact Ms. Norma
Swale for brochure information.
The Student Affairs
Committee has advised that the cutoff for applications for the Doc Tudor and
Todd Beamer Scholarships, the Stan Thomas Award, and the World Affairs Seminar
is April 15th. Any member who has a candidate – or knows of a
candidate – for any of these awards should have the candidates apply by the
The Cranbury Lions will host the Annual Lion of the Year Dinner and Joint ZoneMeeting on April 19th at the East Brunswick Chateau. This is also our Spring Spouse Night, which makes it so much nicer as we honor our
Lion of the Year. We will also announce our newest Melvin Jones Fellows, and present those awards
at this meeting. A Sign-up sheet will circulate at the first April meeting;
members who don’t make the meeting may make reservations through Lion Bob
Virgadamo before April 12.Dinner choices are Roast Beef, Chicken Francaise, or
Broiled; meal charges are $20 per guest.
The Annual White Cane
Days are coming! As always, generous participation is expected from members
for this “Signature Lions Fundraiser”. The White Cane Days will be on Friday
April 28 and Saturday April 29. This year’s White Cane Co-Chairs, Lions
Mahlon Thompson, Jeff Grundy, and Andre Mento,
are looking for volunteers to fill available time periods. A sign-up sheet
will be available at the April meetings, or Members can contact either Lion Mahlon
at 609-655-3925 or Lion Jeff at 609-655-4999. Collection locations are
being determined. Volunteers will be advised of their location closer to April
28 and 29.
with any celebratory or fundraising dinner, guests will be given a favor at our
75th Anniversary Dinner.
Instead of providing a trinket that will ultimately find its way to the trash
basket, we will give splits of wine with our own label, as favors to each
ticket holder. The wine, a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, will be madeby the Members of the Cranbury Lions
in four installments over the course of 9 months, at the Grape Escape in Dayton
as a Club Project. All members
and their spouses are invited and encouraged to attend the “working meetings”
which will be held at the Grape Escape.The first “working meeting” for this project will be in May. This May event
will be considered our second regular May meeting, but may not occur on
the third Wednesday of May, as this will be the “Grape Crushing” meeting, and
the crushing must occur within 5 days of the arrival of the grapes; the exact
date of the arrival of the grapes is not yet known. Although more information
will follow, you can be assured that you will not have to remove your shoes to
crush the grapes… Because we are having the meeting catered (by Cranbury
Station Restaurant), we will need a head count; a sign-up sheet will be
circulating beginning with the first April meeting.
The 8th Annual Golf Outing will
be held at the Peddie Golf Course on Monday, May 15, 2006.As in past years, we
have held the price to $125 per player, which includes cart and greens fees,
lunch and dinner, team and individual prizes for play, door prizes, auction
items and a registration gift. The event starts with lunch at , followed by a Shotgun Start. Spouses and non-golfing Lions may
attend the dinner for $30; both lunch and dinner includes choice of beer or
wine at the open bar. Beverages will be sold, at a nominal charge, from a cart
on the course throughout the day. As this is one of our biggest fundraisers,
all members are encouraged to recruit as many Hole Sponsors, as possible; the
hole sponsorships are $100 and $125, which, in addition to a sign on a hole,
includes a business card ad or full page ad, respectively, in the program book
hope to have our Super 50/50 Spring
Raffle tickets by the end of this month, and all members will be receiving
tickets in the mail. As one of our largest (and oldest) fundraisers, each
member is asked to sell every ticket they receive, and make every possible
effort to sell additional tickets. Volunteers will be needed, by the Raffle
Committee, to sell tickets along Main Street
during the Memorial Day Parade. A sign-up sheet will be circulating at the
meetings during May.
The Memorial Day
Parade will be upon us soon, and as a reminder, the Parade Committee will
need volunteers for the day. A sign up sheet will be available at the meetings
The State Convention
will be held May 18 – 20, 2006,
at the Doubletree Hotel and ConferenceCenter on Davidson
Avenue in Somerset.
We are entitled to send 8 delegates and 8 Alternates to the Convention. The
resolution nominating Lion Bob Virgadamo as Vice District Governor will be
read, and voted upon at this convention, and an ‘eight-vote-block’ could be
quite helpful. Only Delegates may vote; alternates are listed in case an approved
Delegate can not be present for a vote. Any Member that wishes to attend the
Convention as a Delegate or Alternate should speak to President Alex or Club
Secretary George Smith, ASAP
May 20 turned out to be a “big day” for Lionism in and
around Cranbury. In addition to the State Convention, The Club will need
volunteers to man our game booth at the Cranbury
Drug Free Fair. The Club would like to thank Lion Ray
Dickeywho has stepped up as Chairperson
for this event. Further thanks to Lion Richard Stannard, who has chaired the
event for the last few years. A sign-up sheet will begin circulating for
volunteers at the Drug Free Fair at the beginning of April.
Due to the tragedy of Katrina, the International Convention, originally scheduled to be in New
Orleans, will be held in Boston
this year – June 30 through July 4 – this would be a good opportunity for
members to attend an International Convention at a limited cost. Applications
are available from our Club Secretary, Lion George Smith, or on line at http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/content/news_conv_register.shtml.
PDG Earl Groendyke has advised there will be a golf outing associated with the
convention. It will be $40 per player, and held at the Bunker Hill Golf Course
nearby the convention sites in Boston.
The Cranbury Lions is entitled to send three Delegates to the International
Convention; members who plan on attending and wish to vote on LCIF issues
(District Governor elections, Constitutional Amendments, etc.) should get a
Delegate application from Lion George.
Reminder…Hold the date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration –
Saturday, June 23, 2007.
Committees are being formed for this historic event; Co-Chairs Andre
Mentoand Bob Virgadamo are seeking Chairs
for the sub-committees that will be necessary to make this project a success,
including advertising, promotions, marketing, donations, printing, ticket
sales, entertainment, program, etc. All Past Presidents are encouraged to act
as a Sub-Committee Chair; but ALL interested Lions should contact either Lion
Andre or Lion Bob. Open discussions about the Anniversary Celebration are
encouraged at ALL meetings.
The 2006 USA-Canada
Leadership Forum will be in Columbus, OH,
September 14 –16, 2006. The Forum is an excellent learning tool, and can
have enormous benefit to the Club if a number of Members attended. As 2006
District Chairman for the Forum, Lion Bob V. will place Forum information in
the Jargon over the next few months. All Club members, especially Board
members, should consider attending this highly effective learning seminar.
– Membership – Membership
always we are looking for new members. With so many new homes in Cranbury,
there are many opportunities for new members. We ask all Cranbury Lions to try
to bring in New Members. Membership applications can be obtained from Secretary
George Smith or from membership Chairman Mike
Kaiser. Let’s try to keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury’s
“best kept secret”.
On the flip side of the membership coin, we also seem to
have a problem with attendance. Over the last couple of years meeting
attendance has diminished from an average of 45+ members per meeting to an
average of less than 29 members per meeting. Our core volunteers have always
come from sign-ups at the meetings, and with meeting attendance down, so are
the number of volunteers. While we would love to see “a packed house” at every
meeting, it is understandable that many of our Members can’t make every meeting
due to the demands and obligations to their jobs and families, however, the
Board of Directors is asking every member to try to attend at least one meeting
What’s Happening In Other Clubs
The North Brunswick Lions Club will hold a Pancake Breakfast
on May 14, 2006 (Mother’s Day).
The South Brunswick Lions
Club will hold a Tricky Tray Auction on April 7, 2006 at SouthBrunswickHigh School;
a talent show June 2, 2006
at South Brunswick Middle School South; and are making plans for their Annual
Cole Beatty Circus Fundraiser. More information on this event will be
Anyone interested in attending these events can contact
Regional Chair Tom Reilly or Zone Chair Bob V.
Frank Marlowe has been our Program Chair for a few years
now, and has done quite an excellent job lining up speakers for our meetings
each month. You can all imagine how difficult it can be, finding 20 speakers
per year 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.
Even though we have a few new fundraisers, the Cranbury
Lions Club is still in search of additional new fund raisers – different,
entertaining, and fun. Any member who has a fundraising idea should share the
idea with President Alex. The list of potential fundraisers, and the input from
interested Lions, will be discussed at a Board of Directors meeting, and
presented to the general membership at a regular meeting.
While it is important that we increase our fundraising
capability, it is equally important that we do it without continually
requesting donations from our small community on a too frequent basis. 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 new advertiser per year. Refer all advertising leads to
Lions John Kobland, Ray Dickey, or Dave
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 Frank Marlowe (Chair,
H&W) and/or Lion Dave Cookto activate the “phone tree”, so that all members may be
Ed Lawson (5 S. Main)
Lion George Smith
will 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, or need to switch,
please notify Rick Cusworth as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the
assigned driver if you’re not going to make a meeting.