Speaker: Matt Long will speak about his
mountain climbing adventure in Tanzania
February 15 –
Regular Meeting – ,
Cranbury Station, Dinner: Oriental Beef and Broccoli
Speaker: Al Stefanowicz – Using the Robert Murdock Band as a fundraising tool
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Things To Know
though we have begun sending a new “Calendar
of Events” with the 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.
And on that note, please mark your calendars with the following change: the
Installation of the Board of Directors Meeting will be at the Bog on June 16, 2006; the Trenton Thunder
50/50 Fundraiser will be on June 23rd.
Tail Twister’s Corner – Lion Peter
advises that all members are to wear their name tags to all meetings and Lion
functions; members without a name tag will be fined. And at the January
meetings, our Tail Twister will be looking for Lions New Years Resolutions.
Lion Don Jo Swanagan and his Holiday Decorations Committee completed their Annual Rounds and
chose the best decorated house in each Cranbury Neighborhood; each winner was
presented with a large poinsettia. A special thanks to Lion Monty Hagerty for
arranging for the poinsettias for both the Holiday Decoration winners and as
favors for the Holiday Party
This year’s Holiday Party was a grand success, and well
attended, especially since we were joined by the members of the Hightstown
Lions Club. The Hightstown Club has asked if they can join us again next year
that time of year, the Super Bowl is around the corner and Cranbury Lions Super
Bowl Pool 50/50 will be bigger and better than ever before. Due to popular
demand, a box on the pool will now be $20; as usual, there will be four winners:1st
Quarter ($125), Half ($250), 3rd Quarter ($125) and Final Score
($500). This Administrative Fundraiser is for the benefit of the Cranbury Lions
Club Operating Budget.
Valentines Day Roses – the Club will pre-sell
bunches of roses, by the dozen. Unfortunately, at press time, we didn’t have
the actual costs, however, we have been assured that our costs will be substantially
lower than the retail cost of roses at Valentines Day, consequently, we will be
able to sell them at a substantially lower price, the difference between our
cost and our sale price being all profit. If just our member’s purchase
flowers, it is estimated we could make over $1000 with this fundraiser.
However, this is a fundraiser and the special pricing will be available to
everyone who orders. As a fundraiser, everyone is reminded that this year’s
flowers for your sweetheart are not only less expensive and less sales tax,
these roses are tax deductible. Orders can be placed by contacting Lion Mike
Kaiser, or place your order through the website at www.cranbury.org, and follow the links to
Cranbury Lions Valentine’s Day Roses.
Club will hold its first Art Auction
on March 4th at Fellowship Hall in the Presbyterian Church. Local
Artist Kathie Morolda will organize, promote and prepare the auction on our
behalf. Club Members must pre-sell tickets to the event, provide at least ten
volunteers to assist during the auction, help sell advertising in a program
booklet, and assist in obtaining donated items (art or non-art related) items
to be raffled off at the event. A Sign-Up sheet will begin circulating at the
January 4th meeting.
with any celebratory or fundraising dinner, guests will be given a favor at our
75th Anniversary Dinner. Instead of providing a useless trinket that
will ultimately find its way to the trash basket, the Anniversary Committee
recommended, and the Board approved, giving splits of wine, made by the Club
Members, with our own label, as favors to each ticket holder. The wine, a
Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, will be made at the Grape Escape in Dayton
as a Club Project, beginning in May.
More information will follow.
The Resolution nominating Lion Bob
Virgadamo to the position of Vice District Governor in Lion
Year 2006-2007 was read at the December 7, 2005 Regular Meeting; the Membership
voted unanimously for the nomination. The Resolution has been sent to all
District Officers, Presidents of the Clubs in 16D, and all other interested
parties and will be read into the record, and voted upon, at the 16D Cabinet
meeting on January 23, 2006.
Cranbury Lions are encouraged to attend this Cabinet meeting to show their
your calendars…the 8th Annual
Golf Outing will be held at the Peddie Golf Course on Monday, May 15, 2006
Reminder…Hold the date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration –
Saturday, June 23, 2007. A
committee is being formed for this historic event; Co-Chairs Andre
Mentoand Bob Virgadamo
are seeking Chairs for the sub-committees that will be necessary to make this
project a success, including advertising, promotions, marketing, donations,
printing, ticket sales, entertainment, program, etc. All interested Lions
should contact either Lion Andre or Lion Bob. Open discussions about the
Anniversary Celebration are encouraged at ALL meetings.
– Membership – Membership
always we are looking for new members. 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
What’s Happening In Other Clubs
The Milltown Lions Club will hold a Spaghetti Dinner on January
anyone interested in attending can contact Regional Chair Tom Reilly or Zone
The South Brunswick Lions
Club They will hold a Tricky Tray Auction in April 2006 at SouthBrunswickHigh School.
The exact date is to be announced, and,
will hold a talent show June 2,
2006 at South Brunswick
Middle School South. More information on this event will be forthcoming.
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. Additionally, Frank
will take all members’ suggestions for interactive discussion nights.
Even though we have a few new fundraisers, the Cranbury
Lions Club is still in search of additional new fund raisers – different,
entertaining, and fun. Any member who has a fundraising idea should share the
idea with President Alex. 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 advertiser per year. Refer all advertising leads to Lions
John Kobland, Ray Dickey, Dave
Shafferor 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 Frank Marlowe (Chair,
H&W) and/or Lion Dave Cookto activate the “phone tree”, so that all members may be
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.