Greg Olsen, Scientist and Civilian Astronaut – Dr. Olsen will speak to us about
his preparation for space flight and his
10 days in orbit, with some comments on why children should learn science.
though we have begun sending 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 to attend
all meetings, but are wholly encouraged to attend “Spouse Night” meetings.
The 2008-2009 Slate of Officers is being prepared by the
Nominating Committee; any member that wishes to participate as a member of the
Board of Directors should contact 1VP Andre Mento, immediately, to have their name(s)
placed on the ballot.
The winners of our Super Bowl Pool 50/50, which
benefits the Administrative budget of the Cranbury Lions are:
First Quarter Winner – Elaine Homoky,
Second Quarter Winner – Ray Dickey, Third Quarter Winner – Ray Dickey, End of
Game Winner – Jim Lalli
Tickets are still available for the New Jersey Lions Hockey Night at the New Jersey Devils, on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at at the Prudential Center Arena near
Penn Station in downtown Newark. The
Devils will be hosting the Carolina Hurricanes. According to hockey fans
this should be an exciting game. We are getting $65 face value
balcony seats for $45. Depending on how many tickets are sold, throughout
the State, the clubs will receive between $5 and $14 per ticket as a
donation back to the Club. To order tickets for yourself, your family, your
business or any group contact Lion Joe Carroll or President Mike.
The Club will host our second biennial Art Auction at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 8.
Co-Chairs Andre Mentoand
Bob Virgadamo are looking for a committee of volunteers to help obtain Tricky
Tray donations, ad journal ads, and to work on the evening of the auction. As
she did last time, local artist and gallery owner Kathie Morolda will provide
the art and run the actual auction. A Sign-Up sheet will be circulating at the
The Club Wine
Project at the Grape Escape is on hold until the Racking Process takes
place, probably sometime in March. President Mike advises that there is still
at least one case available; members may purchase a case of wine or split a
case with another member at a cost of $110 per case (12 bottle cases, less than
$10 per bottle); if you are interested in purchasing (or splitting) a case,
please speak with President Mike, or DG Bob.
Under the direction of Governor Bob and Vice Governor Tony
Abaño, District 16D is planning on starting a new Club in Plainsboro; on behalf of the Club, the Board of
Directors has agreed that Cranbury should be the Sponsoring Club, and provide
the Guiding Lions for the new Club. There will be a free 2- or 3-day workshop
on “How to Start a New Club” which will also include the Certified Guiding Lion
course. The workshop will be in March or April and all Cranbury Lions are
encouraged to attend. Governor Bob will provide the dates as soon as they are
received from Lions Clubs International.
The Board is looking for a Member who can work as “Advertising Chair” and direct a
committee to call existing boosters and/or obtain new advertisers for our
placemat, Jargon and the website. If you can provide this valuable service to
the Club, please contact Lion Rick Burke.
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”. Anyone
interested in this position should contact President Mike.
The 30th Annual Lions Day at the UN is Friday, March 14, 2008. The relationship between Lions
Clubs International and the UN began in 1945, when Lions founder Melvin
Jones and other Past International Presidents were asked to help develop the
non-governmental organization (NGO) charter for the new global organization.
From the beginning, the relationship between LCI and the UN has been limited to
humanitarian endeavors. In keeping with its stated purposes, Lions Clubs
International has no involvement in the political or security affairs of the
UN. Reservations for the day MUST be made. This will be the LAST time tours of
the present UN Headquarters Building will be available for the next 7 years
while renovations are being performed. Due to the cancellation of the World
Affairs Seminar, the Club has a budget, within our Education Fund, to allow us
to send a few children to the UN; because of our special relationship with the
Boy Scouts, we have offered the opportunity to them and they are sending
approximately 10 Scouts to the UN. If any Lions wish to attend, please contact
President Mike or DG Bob for information and reservations (Note: reservations
MUST be made no later than February 15).
The District 16-D
Charity Ball will be at the Forge Inn on Route 9 in Woodbridge on
Saturday, March 29.This black tie optional dinner is the District Charitable
Foundation’s main source of funding and the only (actual) fundraiser for the
benefit of the 16-D Eye & Ear Foundation. The mission of the Eye & Ear
Foundation is to assist the Clubs in 16-D in any charitable endeavor that the
Club can’t afford, for example, a corneal transplant for a local person who
can’t afford the operation, etc. Tickets are $45 each, and in addition to a
50/50 drawing, there will be an assortment of goods and services which may be
bid upon at the event.
The annual Joint
Zone Meeting will be held at the East Brunswick Chateau on April 16. As
has been done in the past, this will also be our Lion of the Year Dinner and Presentation. Spouses are
encouraged to attend, especially since the Lion of the Year is a secret ballot
and the winner is not revealed until that evening.
Mark your calendars! The 10th Annual Cranbury Lions Golf Classic will be
on Monday, May 12 at the PeddieSchool.
The Cranbury Lions have been asked to participate in a Town Picnic Event in conjunction
with the First Aid Company, the Fire Company and the Police Department. This is
an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about what we do, and perhaps
to gather a few new members. The Board of Directors has agreed to participate
in the picnic, which will be on June 7,
2008 in VillagePark.
– Membership – Membership
year’s theme is “the Challenge to Change”, and, through change, we can increase
our Membership while rejuvenating existing members to help to keep the Club
young, active, and viable! Cranbury Lions Club President Mike has adopted this
theme, and is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair Jon
Goldstein in attracting and bringing in new members. With so
many new homes in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for new members. To get
information about membership options (Family membership, etc) or to obtain
membership applications contact Membership Chair Jon, Secretary George Smith,
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.