Speaker: Lion Rick Burke–
President Rick will discuss upcoming
Projects, especially the Wine Project and the 75th Anniversary Gala
Something New About the 75th Celebration…
The Anniversary Committee is happy to announce that we have
volunteers as Co-Chairs for the Decorations Committee, and wish to thank
Rosemarie Mento and Bobbie Marlowe for stepping up to this creative challenge.
Anyone wishing to participate on this committee should contact either of them
(see your directory for numbers)
Things To Know
though we have begun sending a revised “Calendar
of Events” with each 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
all meetings, but are encouraged to attend “Spouse Night” meetings.
This year’s Peace
Poster Contest theme was “Celebrate Peace, and the winner’s will be
presented with their awards at the December 6th meeting, during
which the winning posters, and the runners-up, will be on display. The winning
poster(s) were selected based on theme, artistic merit, and “poster-like” appearance.
As previously announced, the winners are: First Prize ($100) – Natalie Cassidy;
Second Prize ($50) – Emma Laurach; Third Prize ($25) – Madison Andres. Peace
Poster Chairman, Lion Bob Virgadamo would, once again, like to thank Cranbury
School Art Teacher Tamara Woronczuk for her dedication and help in making the
Peace Poster Program such an incredible success in Cranbury, and of course,
thanks go to Chief Administrator (and Lion) Carol Malouf,
for keeping the Peace Poster Contest a part of the Art Program.
We have begun this year’s Toys For Tots Program; we will have collection points at the
Post Office, all 1st Constitution Bank Branches, two PNC Bank
Branches, BBL (on South River Rd.), Seanjohn, Inc (at 2 Capital Way – a new
collection point this year), and BV’s house. Toys
will be collected at these locations until Thursday, December 14. Barring any
unforeseen (military) problems, a Marine delegate will be at our January 3rd
meeting to present President Rick with a certificate for our work with Toys for
Tots.If anyone knows of a business
that would like to participate in this worthwhile program for needy children,
please notify Lion Bob V, ASAP.
Due to the preparations by event chairman Jerry
Hanson and his crew, this year’s Pancake Breakfast was a fabulous success. And, without a
doubt, a laurel and hardy handshake goes to nearly every active member who came
out to cook, serve or bus tables, and perform the necessary set-up and
clean-up, as well as the members at “the gate” who sold 50/50 tickets (won by
the Stigliz Family), Entertainment Books, poinsettias, and 75th
Anniversary T-shirts. Of course, thanks must also go to “Santa Stannard” and
his Lion elves, Jim Gerberich and Dave Stout,
for their efforts on our Pictures with Santa portion of the event. This year,
additional thanks should probably go to Lion Pat Meehan and his wife, Joanne,
for their efforts in coordinating a Cranbury Business and Professional
Association flier, which was mailed to every resident in Cranbury just days
before our event. Due to the cooperation, coordination and effort by the
Pancake Breakfast Committee and the entire membership, this was our most
successful Pancake breakfast event, ever, making a grand total of $3,674.00.
Please take note that Entertainment
Books will be available at First Constitution Bank (see Lion Elaine) until
mid- December; there are two editions available – both North Central and South
Central New Jersey. Books are $30 each.
The USO of PA and NJ is distributing donated AT&T phone cards to our Troops for
the holidays. [All cards must be AT&T cards.]The USO has suggested the
cards be donated in 100 minute increments, due to the fact that (these)
international calls can sometimes take an hour or more to connect. The Board of
Directors approved $100 toward the purchase of 100-minute phone cards, which
will cost approximately $9 apiece.
The Annual Cranbury Lions Holiday Party, held jointly with the Hightstown Lions Club,
will be at The Bog Restaurant on Friday, December 15; (cash bar) cocktails and
hors d’ouvres at 7PM, dinner at 8PM. A sign-up sheet is circulating at the meetings;
or, contact Lion Bob V. Based on the preliminary results of an on-line Poll and
comments received from Members without e-mail access, we are discontinuing the
DJ, however, with thanks to Lion Joe Carroll, there will be “boxed music” at
the party. The party will be a sit down buffet, featuring a roast beef carving
station, chicken with an herb demi-glaze, salmon with a citrus glaze, and
rigatoni with vodka sauce, as well as potato, and an assortment of vegetables.
A couple of “questions” have arisen about our two perennial
Dinner Dances. The first is: Do we have to always have it at the Bog? The
second statement/question heard most often is: Only two or three people dance –
Do we really need a DJ? As mentioned in last month Jargon, an On-Line Poll went out about the
Holiday Party (and by extension, our Installation Dinner); In order to save
postage, the poll is printed here for Members without e-mail capability, who
have not already provided their input to Lion Bob at a meeting or by phone.
At this writing, we have had limited e-mail response, and even more limited
response from the “elder Members” without e-mail. Lion Bob would appreciate
receiving your replies by December 14. The questions asked in the poll were:
the Cranbury Lions continue to have the Annual Holiday Party at the Bog?
answered “no”, please suggest an alternative location.
the DJ be discontinued?
an “essay question”: What can we do to increase attendance at the Holiday
For those of you who don’t know, Lion John
Kobland is an accomplished poet, and you can hear his aural
artistry at our January 3, 2007
meeting. This will be an entertaining and enlightening episode and it is
suggested that Members invite their Spouses to enjoy the evening.
Lion John Kobland was our
Advertising Chair last year, and he did a spectacular job of organizing the
program and placing it all on a database. Unfortunately, Lion John is
conflicted at work and is unable to continue as Ad Chair. This is the time of
year we solicit our annual advertising and we are in desperate need of an
Advertising Chairperson. John has advised that the database allows the program
to “run itself”, but a Chairman is required to form a committee who can make
the necessary contacts. Any Lion who can step up to this position should
contact President Rick or Lion John.
…More about the 75th
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.
The Promotions and Ad Journal Committees have met and worked
out an excellent program for obtaining 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. The Promotions Package, which every Member recently
received, may have been missing the Ad
Journal Price List. It is included with this month’s Jargon.
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.
Mark you calendars! The February 7, 2007 Meeting will be at
the Grape Escape. All members and their spouses are invited to this last Club Project Meeting, where we
will be bottling and labeling our Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. [The Boy Scout
meeting, usually reserved for the first February meeting, will be held on
All Members should have received their tickets for the 75th Anniversary Celebration
in the mail. Additional tickets are available. The Committee and the Board are
hoping that every Member will attend this historic event in our Club’s history,
and now is a good time to start planning a table; tables will be set for 8, 10,
or 12. If for any reason a Member can’t use the tickets sent to him or her, we
ask that you try to sell them; if you are unable to purchase them or sell them,
please return them to Walt Caldwell within 30
– Membership – Membership
always we are looking for new members. This year’s theme from International
President Jimmy Ross is
and President Rick has adopted this theme. 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 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. The Membership Committee is preparing a
survey, which will be distributed to all Members in January, which we hope will
allow Members to answer such questions as: why is attendance low? What can we
do to increase attendance? If it’s a ”problem”, what can we do to make meetings
more interesting? When the survey arrives, please take a few minutes to
complete it; if you would like to help the Membership Committee help the Club
(before the survey goes out), members are encouraged to speak out at all
meetings, or, if preferred, to any Board Member, about their concerns.
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.
Even though we have a few new fundraisers, 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)
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.