A Happy and Safe Holiday Season
To All Lions, Their Family and Friends
August 19 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room
August 20 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Baby Back Ribs
Speaker: Frank Marlowe - Lion Frank has prepared an
interesting talk about U.S. Presidential Trivia
September 2 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room
September 3 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken and Broccoli
September 17 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Stuffed Flounder
Get Well Wishes...
...to Lion Richard Stannard who spent a few scary
days in the hospital, but is coming along nicely at home these days...
Please Welcome Our Newest Member...
...Lion Frank Vesci. Lion Frank, who was sponsored by Lion Christine Thompson,
operates the (new) Cranbury Limousine Service, so if you need a car or want to
travel in style call him or Lion Christine.
...And Welcome Back Some Old Fiends
Andy and Ruth Jost and their boys have moved back into town. Lion Andy will have to
"commute" for a few months, but once he is settled back in, he'll be back on
Active status. Welcome back Andy and Ruth!
Things To Know
Summer dress rules are in effect through July and August; Members
are permitted to wear appropriate summer attire, including shorts, to the meetings.
Remember that we still meet in a restaurant and a little decorum is still
required. No tank tops or sleeveless shirts, please.
Even though we send 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 not only to attend
the meetings, but to become Members under the Family Membership Initiative. In
any event, Spouses are wholly encouraged to attend "Spouse Night" meetings.
The Cranbury Lions Club has not had a dues
increase since around 1990, and while the Board of Directors has tried to keep
ahead of the inflationary spiral (especially through negotiation of dinner
costs), the Board found it necessary to increase our Club Dues, and formed a
committee to investigate best scenarios. The Committee presented its findings and
recommendations to the Board at the July Board Meeting, and after some
discussion, the Board approved an increase of $15 per quarter ($5.00 per month);
the Members present at the July meeting ratified the dues increase. The
New Dues Structure is effective
immediately, with this first quarter of the 2008-2009 Fiscal year. As in the
past, and in accordance with the Constitution & By-Laws, Members will be
for entries into the Wine Label
Contest for the Club Wine Project. The label should depict a
relationship to Lions (or lions), and must incorporate the official
Lions Logo (see above and available for download from www.lionsclubs.org). The
artwork and/or wine name may be serious or humorous in nature. Although the
contest has only been mentioned at the meetings and in the Jargon, it is open
to all Lions, family members and friends. Judging will take place before
the August Meeting.
Lion Joe and Suzanne Carroll hosted our Annual
Club Picnic at their home, and as usual, friendship and camaraderie was
promoted and a great time was had by all. The Board hopes that more members
will be able to attend next year's event.
The Club's 10th Annual
Cranbury Lions Golf Classic was held on Thursday, July 24 at the
There were some really nice give-away door prizes consisting of Cranbury Lions
umbrellas, chairs, tote bags, golf balls, and a few 92-point wines ("Wine
Spectator"). We had a few new sponsors at the outing including Rolly's - An
American Bistro (which will soon open next to the new PNC location on Rte 130)
and Wells Fargo Bank. We raised an "unofficial" net total of approximately
$6500 for our charities! A laurel and hardy handshake to the Golf Co-Chair,
Lion Ray Dickey, and to his entire crew for a job well done!
already have a few volunteers from Cranbury, we should follow through on our
commitment and plan to sponsor a new
Club in Plainsboro. To accomplish this, we need a few committed Lions
to contact local businesses, local government employees, and perhaps run a
membership drive in the shopping plazas and the new "downtown" area to gather
local residents as members. This would not be unprecedented; the Cranbury Lions
sponsored the Hightstown Club, as well as the (now defunct) Hamilton,
Jamesburg, and (former) Plainsboro Clubs. There's no doubt that this
will be a large undertaking, but the satisfaction obtained at the completion of
this project will make every Cranbury Lion proud! As it is with all our
projects, the more volunteers we can get, the easier the task! Interested
Lions should contact President Mike.
It has been
recommended that a member of the Club be totally familiar with the Lions Clubs
International Insurance Policy, which covers us under its umbrella, and be
available to inspect our event sites and complete a form as it may apply to any
particular event or fundraiser, as the new Club
"Safety Officer". It is interesting to note that, other than being
familiar with the policy, and completing any form that may ever become
necessary (but only if necessary),
this Club Position is about as easy as anything could be. Anyone interested in
this position - especially members with
insurance-related backgrounds - should contact President Mike.
a couple of tickets left...If you plan on going to the Annual
Trenton Thunder Baseball Outing, you MUST contact Lion Bob V. ASAP.
This great local rivalry game between the Trenton Thunder and the Reading
Phillies is Saturday, August 23. The game starts at 7:05PM. Tickets are $10
each and are for sale to all Lions, their family and friends - and any
Membership - Membership - Membership
Last year's theme was "the
Challenge to Change", and, through change, we can increase our Membership while
rejuvenating existing members to help to keep the Club young-at-heart, active,
and viable! Cranbury Lions Club President Mike will continue to accept the
Challenge to Change, and is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair
Jon Goldstein in attracting and bringing in new
members. To get information about membership options or to obtain membership
applications contact Membership Chair Jon, Secretary Bob Virgadamo, or
President Mike. In any event, we MUST begin a proactive campaign to bring in
new Members! Let's try to keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury's "best kept
Using the tag-line, "If you build it, they will come",
President Mike is asking EVERY Cranbury Lion to provide suggestions on
how we might be able to CHANGE the meetings to appeal to broader range of the
membership, in an effort to build a stronger Cranbury Lions Club. Please
provide your suggestions to him directly.
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.