A.J. Bussey will speak on Social Security
March 17 – Regular Meeting – ,
Cranbury Station, Dinner: Corned Beef and Cabbage
Member Interactive: Experience with Anyone Famous
Things To Know
The Annual Boys Scout meeting, normally held the first
Wednesday in February has been postponed until the second February Meeting on
We’d like to thank the many people who participated in our
Super Bowl Pool, the proceeds of which are used to bolster our Administrative budget.
The Pool winners were: 1st quarter ($50), Janine Agostino of
Marlboro; double congratulations to Marty Coffee, of Cranbury, for winning both
Half ($100) and the third quarter ($50). And finally for that hair raising
fourth quarter where Dave Cook thought he had it, but lost to Mike Kaiser, who
lost to Don Herr’s Sylvia, who then lost to Don Herr, but he lost it to Dave
Stout, who lost it to Sylvia again, but as we all know, the last few seconds
provided a final score change, and the $300 win went to Tom Hagerty, of
Cranbury. Congratulations to all our winners.
The Interactive Member Discussion Topic for February is
our last scheduled Hobby Night, when we will hear from Lions Bill Keller and
Alex Johnson. Our Interactive Member Discussion Topic for March is scheduled to
be “Experiences With Anyone Famous”. If you have spoken with, drank with,
partied with, or just plain bumped into any famous person, we would like to
hear your experience. 2-5 minutes per member should do it. (The Editor
apologizes for the misprint in last month’s Jargon advising that this latter
topic was scheduled for February)
As we all know, the Club voted to save at least one of the
Updike barns. The Club notified the Township, in writing, that we would be
interested in refurbishing at least one of the barns on the Updike property and
then use it for our storage needs. The Township Committee has, in turn, given
the Cranbury Lions Club a “Letter of Intent”, advising that as soon as the
property is actually deeded over to the Township, they will turn the barn over
to the Lions. As President Ray told the Cranbury Press: “Preserving the potato
barn is an important project that will not only benefit Cranbury by preserving
an historical structure right in the village (at no cost to the Town), but will
provide the Lions Club with a building to house over 75 years of equipment that
we use to serve the community. The commitment of the Township Committee allows
the Club to plan the project over the winter. Hopefully by the spring the
Township will own the property, and the club can start the actual restoration.”
Updates will be placed in the Jargon as the project moves forward.
In preparation of this project, the Board is trying to
determine what our storage needs are, exactly. Every member who has any
stored paraphernalia – the float, signs, boxes of records, historical
documents, pancake breakfast equipment…anything – should contact Lion Bob
Virgadamo or Lion Mike Kaiser, so proper planning can be done.
The District 16D Charity Ball will be held at the East
Brunswick Chateau, on Saturday, March
6, 2004. Tickets are $45 per person. There is a choice of beef,
chicken or fish entrée. Dancing to the sounds of the Gladys Bryant Orchestra.
In support of Lions who live a fair distance from the Chateau and especially
for those Lions who normally could not attend because they prefer not to drive
at night, this year’s Charity Ball will begin with cocktails at followed by dinner. RSVP by February 27 to
President Ray to make your reservation and meal choice.
The Board of Directors is still working with the School
Board to obtain a location for a display case for the Club’s historic
memorabilia. When the display case is finally installed, the Board has voted to
dedicate it to the memory of Lion Mason Blaich, who stored the historic items
in his home for nearly a quarter of a century.
Mason’s family has donated $10,000 to the Club, in his name,
to be placed as we see the need. Of course, a letter of thanks has been sent.
Mason was the Chairman of our Health and Welfare Committee,
which leaves us with a vacancy. The Club is looking for two Members to fill
these openings, preferably two retired Members, since in addition to getting
cards and flowers, the committee members make hospital visits, as necessary.
Any interested members should please contact President Ray.
We have now received dates for our annual visits to the
Trenton Thunder. The Thunder have, once again, granted us a spot on their 50/50
calendar. The game is Thunder v. Mets on Friday, June 25, 2004. For the uninitiated, there are some
300+ organizations applying for 71 spots (home games) in the 50/50 line-up.
This will be our fifth year as a 50/50 recipient. The Club will need at least
six volunteers to sell 50/50 tickets at the game, but the more volunteers we
have, the more tickets we can sell. Volunteers to sell tickets need not be
Lions, but must be over 18. All volunteers are admitted to the park free and
will be given vouchers for a hotdog and a beverage. Our Annual Trenton Thunder
Game Club Outing will be on Saturday,
August 14, 2004; tickets and additional information will be
available in February. Sign up sheets will begin circulating at the appropriate
Please remember that the Coupon Collection Project is still active.
Please deliver your cut manufacturer’s coupons to Lion Chris Thompson at the
meetings (or to Lion Bob Virgadamo, if Chris is unavailable), or drop them off
to one of the collection boxes in the Library or the Town Hall. Remember
that this very worthwhile project will cost each of us a mere 10-15 minutes per
week. And, let us not forget that these coupons are being collected to help
military families overseas, and that “We Serve”.
Frank Marlowe has been our Program Chair for a few years
now, and has done quite an excellent job lining up speakers for our bi-monthly
meetings. You can all imagine how difficult it can be, finding speakers 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, or e-mail him at email@example.com . Additionally,
Frank will take all members’ suggestions for interactive discussion nights.
It is important that we increase our fundraising capability
without requesting money from our small community over and over again. 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 advertiser per year. Refer all advertising leads to Lions
Gene Buckley, Dave Shaffer or Bob Virgadamo.
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 Dave Cook to activate the “phone tree”, so that all members
may be notified.
Ed Lawson (5 S. Main), Bob Meyers (95 N. Main) / Max Mesner (Rossmoor)
Lion Don Jo Swanagan
has volunteered to be the “permanent” pick up driver for Lion Bob
Lion Dennis Kennedy
has volunteered to be the “permanent” pick-up driver for Lion Ed
Lion Joe Addonizio
has volunteered to be the “permanent” back-up driver for both
Lion Frank Marlowe has volunteered to act as the
“regular” pick up driver for Lion Max, but additional volunteers are necessary
for this pick-up. Please contact Lion Rick Cusworth to be
placed on his list.
If you cannot make your pick-up, and/or if you switch (or
need to switch) with someone else, please notify Lion Rick as soon as possible.
Riders: please notify the assigned driver if you’re not going to make a
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