May 9 – Regular Meeting – , Cranbury
Station, Dinner: Broiled Filet of Flounder
Prof Angus Gillespie, a Full Professor at Rutgers
in the Department of American Studies, will discuss folk lore in America and other countries.
… About the 75th Celebration…
A plea to ALL MEMBERS:
YOU are the Cranbury Lions
Club; it is your Club – our Club – we
are all here, together, so it would be more than appropriate for all
Members to help, even in the slightest way, with the planning, execution, and
especially the fundraising, of and for the biggest event in our History. We are
asking every Member to attempt to obtain either an ad for the Journal or
a low, middle or high ticket item for the Silent Auction (the donor will get an
ad of appropriate size). All donated items are appreciated; “smaller” items
will be grouped as “baskets” (for example, two bottles of wine with a corkscrew
and 2 glasses). Please do your part to make this not just the biggest event in
our history, but the most successful.
Things To Know
though we have begun sending a revised “Calendar
of Events” with each dues mailing, 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
all meetings, but are wholly encouraged to attend “Spouse Night”
And, with that in mind, our Annual Lion of the Year Joint
Zone Meeting is also our (official) Spring Spouse Meeting. See below for
In the true spirit of Lionism, Meghan Hayden – daughter of
Lion Paul Hayden – has started a charitable organization in Peru
to help poor children attend school –it is called Flourish Peru, and as reported last month, the Club provided Meg
with a $300 donation for school uniforms and food. District Governor (elect)
Bob has contacted the local (Peruvian) District Governors in an attempt to
create a joint charitable effort for the children of Ventanilla,
Peru. We have not yet
heard from the Peruvian Lions, as we go to press, but will keep the members of
the Cranbury Lions informed as toany
progress made on this “joint venture”. Meg will visit with us at some future
date to explain the program in more depth to the Membership, tell us how the
program is progressing, and do a PowerPoint presentation for us to see how our
donation was used. Once again, we ask that you please join in commending Meghan
Hayden for her genuine concern and her humanitarian efforts on behalf of the
children of Peru!
With only three Members, and their spouses attending,
Cranbury’s support of theat the 16-DCharity Ball this year was somewhat
disappointing, especially when we consider that President Rick was on the
Committee, Lion Bob is Vice District Governor and Lion Tom is a Regional Chair.
Hopefully, our Club’s participation will be increased for next year’s event.
White Cane Days will
be in April, but a date has not been decided at this writing. The Committee
Co-Chairs, Lions Mahlon Thompson and Jeff Grundy will
choose a date and make assignments. Any member that has a preference should
contact either Co-chair.
The State Convention,
which will be held at the ClarionConferenceCenter in Cherry Hill
from May 17-19, Vice District Governor Bob will become District Governor Bob. With 74 members, the Cranbury Lions may send
7 Delegates and 7 Alternates to the Convention. Lion Bob is also asking for the
support of any Cranbury Lion that can attend the Friday Night Hospitality Room.
Delegate forms, Banquet reservations and reduced hotel rate information is
available from Lion George Smith. Additionally, as District Governor, Lion Bob
is required to fill both his cabinet positions and some 30 or 40 State
Committee Chairperson positions (many of which are “figurehead” positions and
require little or no action). Any Cranbury Lion who may be interested in
serving on the Governor’s Cabinet or as a Committee Chair is asked to speak
with VDG Bob as soon as possible.
calendars – Because some of the Clubs in our Zone meet on the 2nd
& 4th Wednesdays, we alternate the hosting duties each year;
this year, the hosts will be the South Brunswick Lions Club, and the Annual
Joint Zone Meeting for Lion of the Year
will be April 25th, and will take the place of our second monthly
meeting which would normally have been held onApril 18. As always, the Lion of the Year Dinner is also our Spring
Spouse Night. The meeting will be held at the East Brunswick Chateau. And there
will be a beef chicken, or fish choice. We hope that everyone will attend to
show support and honor this year’s Lion of the Year recipient; and, we hope
that you will attend with your spouse, because the Lion of the Year could be
you. A sign-up sheet is circulating at the meetings, or contact President Rick
with your reservation.
As listed above, our Annual Cranbury Lions – Hightstown LionsJoint Meeting was hosted by Hightstown this year, on their meeting schedule
(2nd & 4th). The meeting was at the Mom’s Diner on
Route 33 on March 14, and, as usual we enjoyed each others company and renewed
our camaraderie. One of the topics of conversation was the Hightstown 70th Anniversary which they will be
celebrating on April 28, at Theo’s Lakeside Tavern (Main
St, Hightstown). Because of the fact that Cranbury
sponsored the Hightstown Club, and due to our friendship and camaraderie
through the years, our Board of Directors would like to see the Cranbury Lions
fill at least two tables at this black tie optional dinner dance.
Tickets are $60 each. A sign-up sheet has begun circulating at our meetings, or
contact President Rick with your reservation.
The Barn Project…the
stories you may have read in the Cranbury Press, were, in part, incorrect, but
because the agreement is so near completion, we will hold off on the “whole
story” until the we can actually begin the project.
Get ready for our 9th
Annual Golf Outing, which will be held at the Peddie Golf Club on Monday, May 14, 2007. Costs have
forced us to increase the price of play from $125 to $150, but we are still
“comfortable” with this increase because we are still far below what most golf outings cost. Ad Journal costs
remain the same. The per person cost includes greens fees, cart, lunch, dinner
with open bar (beer and wine, only), and prizes. Applications have already been
sent out to players from previous years; additional applications are available
from Lions Doug Pearce, Walt Caldwell, Ray
Dickey, and Bob Virgadamo. “Dinner only” tickets will still
be available for any Member and/or spouse who doesn’t play the course; the cost
of the dinner ticket is still $35 per person.
The Student Affairs Committee is actively seeking applicants
for the Student Awards. Any member who is aware of a candidate for any of the
awards should submit the name or names to Lion Mike Kaiser for review by the
Committee. Recommendations (including any paperwork required by or on the
student’s behalf) should be submitted by April 15, and no later than April 27.
…More about the 75th Anniversary…
Reminder…Hold the time and date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration –
, Saturday, June 23,
2007, at the Forsgate Country Club. Any Lion (or Spouse) who
wishes to assist on anycommittee
should contact either Lion Andre Mentoor Lion Bob Virgadamo. Open discussions about the
Anniversary Celebration are encouraged at ALL meetings.
are underway through the Promotions and Ad Journal Committees by trying to
obtain both goods and services for a Silent Auction (at the Celebration) and
cash donations (as Journal Ads)…but they need the help of every member.
Remember that the cost of the ticket is the cost of the event – we make NO money
on the ticket; all FUNdraising will be via the Ad Journal, the Silent Auction,
and the evening’s 50/50. ALL CRANBURY LIONS ARE ASKED TO please do what YOU
can to procure goods or services for the Silent Auction, and ads for the Journal.
Tables are being set for 8, 10, and 12, and ticket requests
are staring to come in – do you have your table yet? Need extra tickets, see Lions
Walt Caldwell, Don Herr, or Mahlon Thompson.
– Membership – Membership
always we are looking for new members. New Members help to keep the Club young,
active, and viable! This year’s theme from International President Jimmy Ross
is ‘Renewal’, and President Rick has adopted this theme. With so many new homes
in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for new members. Additionally, there
is a new Initiative from LCI called “Family
Membership”. For more information about Family Membership, or membership in
general, or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Mike
Kaiser, Secretary George Smith, or VDG Bob V. 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 be
having 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 plus or minus 25 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 per month.
Frank Marlowe has been our Program Chair for a few years
now, and has done quite an excellent job lining up speakers for each of our
meetings. 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 youdo, or if you have any
suggestions for speakers, please give Lion Frank a call.
The Cranbury Lions Club is always in search of additional new
fund raisers – different, entertaining, and most importantly, fun. Any member
who has a FUNdraising idea should share the idea with President Rick, or bring
it up at one of the meetings. 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 Shaffer.
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”, and/or Lion Bob Virgadamo
(e-mail notifications) so that all members may be notified as soon as possible.
Ed Lawson (5 S. Main); Ruth Holroyd (45 S. Main)
Smith has volunteered be the “permanent” pick up driver for
Lions Ed & Ruth. 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 Lion Rick Cusworth as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the
assigned driver if you’re not going to make a meeting.