A Happy and Safe Holiday Season
To All Lions, Their Family and Friends
December 2 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room
December 3 - Peace Poster Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Steak Orleans
Program: PDG Bob will
present Awards to the Peace Poster Winners, with comments from
Art Teacher Mrs. Tamara
Woronczuk and/or Chief Administrator, Lion John Haney
December 19 - Holiday Party - 7PM, Charlie Brown's, Princeton; Dinner: Choice
Program: In lieu
of speaker - Interactive meeting, featuring "The Magic of Music" DJ's for dancing.
January 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room
January 7 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Marsala
Program: John Ritter - former Township Committee
Candidate and "relative expert" on New Jersey affordable
housing regulations and legislation, will give a summary of the changes,
the factors and formulas that will affect how
many housing units Cranbury will be required to provide, the time scale, and
the variables that will affect the outcomes.
January 21 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Beef Burgundy
Things To Know
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. Our
next "Spouse Night" is October 15.
Some of you might have noticed that our Eyeglass
Recycling Box was sealed with packing tape for a couple of weeks.
Apparently, the kids don't pay much attention to "Eyeglasses Only" or the BIG
YELLOW Box and have been dropping Library returns in there; instead of telling
the Librarians (who have a key for just such an occasion), they have tried to
pry open the door to get their books and CD's back. Over time the lock snapped
and has had to be replaced. The hasps on commercial locks are not long enough
to lock the box (we had originally "jury-rigged" one), we had to have one made,
and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank Bill Kanawyer, a friend of the
Club, for fabricating a new lock hasp for us. Thank you, Bill!
A Message From OurTreasurer:
Lion Dean Koehler
has advised that he might be having a few minor problems with his computer, and
apologizes for any problems our members may have encountered.
Dean has also advised that the quarterly billing has gone out and asks that you
contact him if you have not received a dues invoice.
Last month's Wine Project Meeting at
the Grape Escape was a huge success; 49 people attended the meeting and 21 of
our members ordered a case or ½ case of "LionsPride". Due largely to the
efforts of Lion Frank Marlowe, we were able to make this a joint meeting with
the West Windsor Lion Club, who may join us for our next wine making venture. This
delicious Bordeaux Blend features a label designed by Lion Rick Burke.
hold the bottles in an upright position for 2-3 months before drinking,
then lay them down for storage; you should definitely try a bottle of you wine
now, but remember - this wine will taste better in 6 to 8 months, and will
get better with age for about 2-3 years (if properly stored).
working with the US Marines again this year and are running our ninth annual
Toys for Tots Collection Drive
in and around Cranbury. As always, we are collecting new, unwrapped toys which
will be distributed by the Marines to needy children in time for Christmas. Toy
donations can be deposited at one of our collection sites at the Cranbury Post
Office or any Branch of the 1st Constitution Bank; Members may also
drop toys directly at Lion Bob V's house. Cash donations are also appropriate,
acceptable and appreciated; checks may be made out to the Cranbury Lions
(please put Toys for Tots on the 'memo line' and may be mailed to our Post
Office Box (POB 365), or dropped off to Lion Bob. All donations must be
received no later than noon, December 18.
September the children in Mrs. Woronczuk's art classes had been busy creating
poster art for the Peace Poster
Contest. The Theme was "Peace
Begins With Me". Lions Don Jo Swanagan and Bob V were on hand at the
Library to jury the finished posters; of the 26 completed posters, they finally
narrowed them down to First, Second, Third, and three Honorable Mentions. The
winning poster has moved on to the District level competition, which will be
completed sometime early this month. We will host the 1st, 2nd,
and 3rd place winners, as well as Mrs. Woronczuk and School
Administrator (and Lion) John Haney at
our Annual Peace Poster Meeting on December 3. The winning posters were
completed by: Paige Metzheiser (1st Prize), Kate Sohn (2nd
Prize), and Haley DeSimone (3rd Prize), with Honorable Mention to
Monica Ransegnola, Phoebe Musier, and Vanessa Gonzalez. (see our website for
other posters). PostScript: Paige's
poster took Second in the District Competition.
"PEACE BEGINS WITH ME" - FIRST PRIZE POSTER by PAIGE METZHEISER
Past President Rick Burke will once again
chair the Poinsettia Sales Fundraiser.
We will "advertise" through some public service announcements in the Cranbury
Press, but word of mouth advertising never
hurts! If members are able to 'pre-sell' poinsettias for pick-up at the Pancake
Breakfast, it would help sales immensely. Lion Rick advises that the
poinsettias can be ordered in two sizes: 6" (@$10) and 7½" (@$20). Place all
orders directly with Lion Rick at 655-8757 or Lion Peter Turner at 378-5468, or
at http://www.cranbury.org/clubs/LionsStore/Ordering. All orders to be picked
up at the Pancake Breakfast on December 7.
The 61st Annual Pancake Breakfast
is scheduled, as always for the first Sunday in December - this year: December
7. As usual, Lion Jim Gerberich will
be on hand to take professional photos of children (and adults!) with Santa;
pre-ordered poinsettias may be picked up at the event; the Cranbury Arts
Council will have a "kid table"; and, of course, the Lioness Club will have
their craft table of homemade Christmas gifts. Lion Jerry
Hanson is Chairing the event again and if, for some reason,
you have not already received your copy of the "Duty Roster", please contact
Lion Jerry to find out what shift you are on.
the nature of 'world politics', the State of New Jersey now requires all food
service and food handling done in schools to be monitored by "licensed
professionals". This State requirement will seriously affect our bottom line
for the Pancake Breakfast, as we must pay an hourly fee for this/these
"licensed professional(s)" for monitoring duties, which begin on Saturday as we
prepare for the Breakfast, and continues into Sunday from the moment
they unlock the doors until the
moment we finish our clean-up and they
lock back up. A note of clarification to our members: the cost of these
professionals must also be borne, per event, by the PTO and any other
organization that uses the school cafeteria for food preparation or service. It
should also be noted and stressed that this is a requirement from the State of
New Jersey, NOT the Cranbury School, and since the school has donated (and will
continue to donate) Janitorial Service for the event, they cannot, nor can we
expect them to, pay the additional tab for these "licensed professionals".
more than 20 years, Lions Don Jo Swanagan and Monty Hagerty have retired as
Co-Chairs of the Annual Holiday
Decoration Contest. The Club would like to thank them for their years
of service on this project and welcome the two new Co-Chairs...Lions Jon
Goldstein and Andre Mento! The "Drive
& Judge" for the Holiday Decoration Contest will be on December 18; if
anyone is interested in assisting in judging the homes throughout the town,
please contact Lions Jon or Andre directly. There will be a sign-up sheet at
the first December meeting.
The 2008 Christmas Party is right
around the corner! The 2008 Christmas Party Committee, chaired by Lion Neile
Wright, has advised that this year's party will be new, different, and exciting
none of that can happen without you being there!
The party will be held on Friday, December 19th,
2008, at "Charlie Brown's" in Kingston.
There will be a choice of meal; Entertainment will be provided by "The Magic of
Music" DJ's (the same DJ that played for PDG Bob's Testimonial); and there will
be a "Secret Santa". The cost of the event is $60 per person. Please contact
Lions Neile Wright, Bobbie Marlowe or Phyllis Johnson
with any questions, comments, or with your reservation.
REMEMBER, only with your help can we make
this a successful event. For additional Information, see the attached
flyer. Invite your friends and family... sell a table... be creative!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The Board of Directors has
approved the Winter Art Auction.
Some of you may recall we did this a few years ago and the event proved to be
fairly successful. Due to the nature of the event, it was decided to hold it
every other year, but due to one snafu or another we were unable to hold the
auction last winter; we will, however, be having it this February 21st...Lion
Frank Vesci has agreed to Chair the
event, and a sign-up sheet will start circulating soon. Look for more
information in upcoming issues and at the meetings.
Jersey Devils have again invited New Jersey Lions Multiple District 16 to
attend a game at the new Prudential Arena on New Jersey Lions Night.
Our own Lions Joe Carroll has agreed to Chair this State Event again - you may
all recall what a fantastic job Joe did last year! Game Night is Saturday,
February 7, 2009, Devils v. LA Kings. The $65 face value balcony
seats will be available for $45, and if we can sell 100 or more tickets
(State-wide), $10 per ticket will be donated back to the Club. This is a
GREAT way of raising money for our Projects Budget, go to a Hockey Game (and,
fan or not, the feeling at the game is contagious!), have fun...and the Devils
give our club money! Logistics for ticket orders are being worked out, and the
information will be posted here.
The Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley is once again
running their Gift of Sight Raffle.
Tickets are $30, $5 of which (per ticket) is returned to the selling Club;
there will be 4 drawings through the winter and each drawing is for a $1000.
Any one who wishes to sell or purchase a ticket(s) should contact President
Lions Clubs International is once again holding the Lions
Environmental Photo Contest. If you take pictures, enter
your best into the 2009 International Photo Contest. You can enter Black and
White or Color; photos may not be altered using Photo Shop or other program; no
people may appear in the photo; enter in any of the following categories:
● Animal Life
● Landscape- Urban or Natural
● Plant Life
● Weather Phenomenon
This year the special category is:
● Lions Environmental Miracle Workers - Lions In Action,
Implementing A Lions Environmental Project.
As implied by the title in
the, people may appear in photos entered under the 'special category'.
winning photo per District will be selected and one may be sent per Multiple
District to International. All pictures must be 8" x 10", on photo paper with
the Official Entry Form which can be downloaded from the International Web Site
Deadline: All Cranbury Photos must be to PDG Bob NLT January 26. Last year the
New Jersey Winner was in the Photo Contest Calendar. For complete rules or more
information, check the Lions Clubs International Web Site.
of Directors at the Jamesburg Home for Boys, an MD-16 State approved organization
and an organization that the Cranbury Club has closely supported throughout our
76 year history, has requested our assistance in forming a
new LEO Club at the facility. The Club will be open to
(rehabitable) non-violent offenders, who wish to render service to the
community; a service project is already being worked out between the facility
and the NJ Lions Eye glass recycling Center. Our Board of Directors has
approved this Club Service Project, and is seeking members who would be willing
to serve as LEO advisors to this Club. More information will be available next
month, pending a final vote by the Membership.
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.
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.
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
As a "bonus", all new members and their sponsors will be
personally invited by International President Al Brandell to attend the
Induction Ceremony under the Globe at Flushing Meadow Park (the site of the
1964 World's Fair) on World-Wide Induction Day - March 7, 2009 - and to be
inducted by International President Al, himself. There has also been a pin
designed just for the occasion, which will be given to each new member and each
sponsor; after the ceremony, all unused pins will be destroyed, creating
an instant "collector's item".
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 a 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.