As we have all come to learn, the devastation caused by
the tsunami in Southeast Asia is the worst disaster in history.
The Board of Directors appropriated $2000 from our Disaster Relief Fund, and
the amount was approved by a unanimous vote of the General Membership at the
January 5th meeting. This donation has been forwarded to LCIF, which
has already mounted a relief effort in Southeast Asia.
LCIF has pledged $5 Million toward the relief efforts to help with this
tragedy; at this writing, LCIF has already spent over $820,000.
It would seem that no one has any suggestions for topics
for future Interactive Member Discussions; we will resume our guest speaker
program until such time as additional discussion topics can be identified. All
Members are asked to suggest discussion topics to President Walt, or Program
Chair, Lion Frank Marlowe.
16-D Charity Ball will be held on March 5th. This is the only fund raiser for the general fund of the
16-D Eye and Ear Foundation. It is important that this affair is financially
successful, and to this end, the Board of Directors of the Cranbury Lions would
like to be able to reserve at least two tables of ten for this worthwhile
fundraising Dinner Dance. This year’s Charity Ball will be at McAteer’s
Restaurant on Easton
Avenue in Somerset. Tickets are $35 per person and include hors
d’oeuvres for one hour, starting at ,
followed by dinner and dancing until
Dinner selections are prime rib of beef, Chicken Francaise or broiled flounder.
There will be a cash bar. Black Tie, optional. Reservations can be made by sign
up sheet at the regular meetings or by contacting President Walt.
As an adjunct to the Charity Ball, the organizers are
planning a large raffle and have asked all member Lions to look around the
house for new items for which you have no use and donate them for the Charity
Ball Raffle. Sounds like a better idea than “re-gifting”. Anyone who can donate
an item should contact President Walt or Lion Bob V.
Due to scheduling conflicts
and a general lack of enthusiasm, the sports outings for the Princeton
hockey and/or basketball games, that were being planned, have been cancelled.
Lions International helped to write the UN Charter, there has always been a Lions
Day at the United Nations; this year, it is Friday, March 11, 2005. If you are retired, or can get
away for the day, bring the family to the UN. It is always a truly interesting
experience, especially for the first 350 registrants, who are invited to attend
a Council Session. At this writing there are still reservations available at
the Council Session. Any Lion who wishes to attend should contact President
Walt or Regional Chairman Tom Reilly.
Lion of the Year Dinner will be held on April 27, as a Joint Meeting with the
other Clubs in our Zone: East Brunswick, Milltown, South
Brunswick and Spotswood/Monroe. This year, in addition to the Lion
of the Year, we will be awarding three Melvin
Jones Fellowships; all Cranbury Lions, and their spouses, are strongly urged to
attend. One of these prestigious awards could go to you. The LOTY awards dinner
will be held at the East Brunswick Chateau; menu choices are Roast Beef,
Chicken Francaise, or Broiled Tilapia. The cost is $20 per person. There will be
a cash bar.
to the efforts of President Walt, and Hightstown Lions President Paul Cousineau,our annual Cranbury/Hightstown
joint meeting has been set for May 25,
2005, at the Masonic Lodge (downstairs) in Hightstown.
Historically, we have alternated hosting duties, and this year it is the
Hightstown’s turn to host us, so we are on their schedule (2nd &
4th Wednesday). As in the past, the joint meeting will use the
interactive discussion format; at this time, the suggested topic will be, “How
can our two Clubs be more communicative at both the Club and the District
levels.” As the date approaches, a sign-up sheet will be circulated at our meeting.
All Cranbury Lions are encouraged to attend.
addition to this our Annual Joint Meeting, the Hightstown Lions Club have asked
if they may join us for our Holiday Meeting/Party; the Board of Directors can
see no reason why we cannot enjoy the company of other Lions at our Holiday
Dinner Dance and have extended an invitation to the Hightstown Club to join us
at the Bog in December.
Lion Doug Pearce, the Chairperson of the Golf Committee, has
announced that the Cranbury Lions’ Seventh Annual Golf Outing will be at the
Peddie Golf Course on Monday, May 16,
2005. Additional Information will be available shortly.
We have received our dates for our annual Trenton Thunder
Baseball fundraiser and Club Outing:
We were, once again, lucky enough to get a game to hold a
50/50 fundraiser. While it may be a bit early for us to ask for volunteers for
this fundraiser, we hope that many of you will consider coming to Riverside
Stadium to help sell 50/50 tickets. The more ticket sellers we have, the more
tickets we can sell; Cranbury Lions may bring anyone over 18 to sell tickets.
Entry into the stadium is free; the Club provides each ticket seller with a hot
dog and a beverage; and, while you raise money for the community, you get to
watch a baseball game. For your information, we have been given a Friday night
game () between the Thunder and
the Reading Phillies, on June 24, 2005.
This is a good “rivalry” game, and with enough volunteers selling tickets in
the park, we can raise quite a bit on this 50/50. Additional information will
be announced at the regular meetings, or you can call Lion Bob
Our Annual Trenton Thunder Outing will be Saturday, August
27th, between the Thunder (Yankees) and the Binghamton Mets. We have
limited seating, on the first base side, but can add tickets if our
allotment sells out early enough. It is NOT too early to reserve these tickets.
And remember, the tickets are available to all Lions, their families, friends
and neighbors. For reservations, contact Lion Bob Virgadamo
the last District 16D Cabinet Meeting we learned about the following projects
by other Clubs in our Zone. The Milltown Lions will be having a Pancake
Breakfast on March 20; the South Brunswick Lions are having a “Tricky Tray
Auction” in April, they’re sponsoring the Cole Bros. Circus on May 21 & 22,
and will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner on June 3rd. For Milltown
Information contact Joan Trent at 732-297-5236; for South Brunswick
information call Jack Hendrickson at 732-297-1107. All Cranbury Lions are encouraged
to support the activities and projects of other Lions Clubs, especially in our
Cranbury Lions Club is in search of new fund raisers – different, entertaining,
and fun. Some excellent ideas have been presented, among which are an antique
car rally, a Halloween party, a casino night, Bingo, an art auction, and a
cruise; the Board of Directors would appreciate input from our membership on
these ideas. Any member who has a fundraising idea should share the idea with
President Walt. 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.
year’sWhite Cane Days will be held
in April. All members will be required to collect for the White Cane, and a
sheet with your assignment location and time will be distributed next month. Any
member who needs to switch a time or day, or have a legitimate reason for not
being able to participate should please contact either of the Committee
Co-Chairs, Lions Mahlon Thompson or Andre Mento,
or President Walt, as soon as the list is released.
has been a severe drop off in meeting attendance. Members are reminded that our
meetings are necessary as a means of disseminating information, obtaining a
volunteer corps, and maintain a corps
d’esprit among our membership. The Board realizes that there are other
“time demands”, especially among our younger members, but asks that every
effort be made to make the meetings.
Frank Marlowe has been our Program Chair for a few years
now, and has done quite an excellent job lining up speakers for our meetings
each month. 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 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
Ray Dickey, Dave Shafferor
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)
Kennedy 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
THE LIONS CLUB, CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY Asks that you PLEASE SUPPORT OUR