Speaker: Lion Rick Burke–
President Rick will discuss upcoming
Projects, especially the Wine Project and the 75th Anniversary Gala
February 6 – Board of Directors Meeting – , Tom Gambino Library Room
February 7 – Wine
Project Meeting – , Off-site catering by Cranbury Station at
Grape Escape in Dayton
Wine Project in lieu of speaker – At this last Wine Meeting, the Club
will bottle and affix the labels to our bottles of wine. Spouses are encouraged
February 21 – Boy Scout Meeting – , Cranbury Station, Dinner: Chicken Parmigiana
Speaker: Lion Walt Caldwell
– Lion Walt will narrate a slide
presentation of his recent trip to Italy and the Mediterranean.
Welcome To Our Newest Member…
The Board of Directors has approved the membership
application for Ruth Holroyd, who recently moved into Cranbury. Ruth, who lives
on Main Street was
sponsored by Lion Jon Goldstein, and will be inducted into the Club at the
regular meeting on January 3, 2007.
Something New About the 75th Celebration…
The Anniversary Committee is happy to announce that we have
volunteers as Co-Chairs for the Decorations Committee, and wish to thank
Rosemarie Mento, Mary Ellen Larson and Bobbie Marlowe for taking up this
creative challenge. Anyone wishing to participate on this committee should
contact either of them (see your directory for numbers)
Things To Know
though we have begun sending a revised “Calendar
of Events” with each 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. Please Note that Spouses are invited to attend
all meetings, but are encouraged to attend “Spouse Night” meetings.
Detective Paul Lindenfeld of the Cranbury Police spoke about
the Department’s CERT Program at our
December 6 meeting. In addition to acting as a “neighborhood watch” this
program also trains residents to help the police, locally, both in times of an
emergency and for non-emergency procedures. Anyone wishing more information, or
wishing to take the training course may contact Detective Lindenfeld at 395-7209
We collected 786 toys during this year’s Toys For Tots Drive. This program is a
successdue to the efforts of our
“Collection Point Volunteers” at 1st Constitution Bank, Seanjohn
Inc, BBL, the Post Office, and PNC Bank. And of course, thanks to all Lions,
their families and friends for depositing a toy for a needy child. Barring any
unforeseen (military) problems, a Marine delegate will be at our January 3rd
meeting to present President Rick with a certificate for our work with Toys for
1st Constitution Bank acted as sales location of Entertainment Books for the Club this
year, and we would like to thank the Bank, and especially Lion Elaine
Homoky, for helping us raise approximately $150 through this
The Annual Cranbury Lions Holiday Party, held jointly with the Hightstown Lions Club, was
at The Bog on Friday, December 15. Sixty-three people attended, including 15
from Hightstown. A note of thanks to Lion Joe Carroll, who brought a small
sound system so that “mood music” would prevail. Even without the DJ, a
wonderful time was had by all.
last year’s Valentines Day Roses Fundraiser
was so great a success, not only because it raised money, but because serves
the needs of the community, we are doing it again this year. Just like last
year, the Club will pre-sell bunches of medium stemmed roses, by the
dozen; the cost will be $35 per dozen. Anyone who purchased last year can vouch
for the fact that these are high quality roses (mine lasted over two weeks!). Also
like last year, our sale price will be substantially lower than the
retail cost of roses at Valentines Day. 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
at 609-977-6160, or place your order through the website at www.cranbury.org, and follow the links to
Cranbury Lions Valentine’s Day Roses.
Super Bowl is February 4th, and we are once again running Super BowlPool 50/50. The Pool is circulating at meetings, or contact Lion Mike
Kaiser. There are two grids – a red and a blue – each $10 per
box. Because we are running two grids, there will be four winners on each grid:
1st Quarter (2@$50), Half (2@$150), 3rd Quarter (2@$50) and Final
Score (2@$250). This Administrative Fundraiser is for the benefit of the
Cranbury Lions Club Operating Budget.
Night at The New Jersey Devils is
coming up! The game is Devils v. Buffalo,
Saturday, February 3, 2007
at . Lion Joe
Carroll tell us that this game will be one of hockey’s
“hottest tickets” this year. Tickets are $35 (usually $52!), and at least $5
from every ticket we sell is donated back to the Club. Last year we
received a donation of $560 from the Devils (The donation may be as much as $7
per ticket, however, we hadn’t gotten the final word by the time we went to
print).Tickets are available to anyone; if you know a hockey fan, let ‘em know!
For tickets contact Lion Joe Carroll.
Our Annual Cranbury Lions – Hightstown Lions Joint Meeting
with be hosted by Hightstown, and therefore will be on their schedule. The
meeting will be at the Hightstown Masonic Lodge on March 14. Please note that
our first scheduled meeting on March 7 will be at Cranbury Station; our
secondnormally scheduled meeting
on March 21 is cancelled, and being “replaced” with the Joint Meeting.
Get ready for our 9th
Annual Golf Outing, which will be held at the Peddie Golf Club on Monday, May 14, 2007. More
information will be available in the next Jargon.
And a word about the
Poll we tried to conduct with regard to the Holiday Party venue and
attendance: with a total of 72 Members, we received 16 responses. As a courtesy
to those who took the time to respond, the “results” follow:
Stay at the Bog: Yes 12; No 2; Undecided
Keep the DJ:Yes 1; No 10; Undecided 3
A sincere thank you to those who took the time to respond.
…More about the 75th Anniversary…
Reminder…Hold the time and date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration –
, Saturday, June 23,
2007, at the Forsgate Country Club. Any Lion (or Spouse) who
wishes to assist on anycommittee
should contact either Lion Andre Mentoor Lion Bob Virgadamo. Open discussions about the
Anniversary Celebration are encouraged at ALL meetings.
The Promotions and Ad Journal Committees have provided us
with an excellent tool for obtaining both goods and services for a Silent
Auction (at the Celebration) and cash donations (as Journal Ads)…but they need
the help of every member. Remember that the cost of the ticket is the cost of
the event – we make NO money on the ticket; all FUNdraising will be via the Ad
Journal, the Silent Auction, and the evening’s 50/50. Please do what YOU can to
procure goods, services, or ads for the event.
Mark you calendars! The February 7, 2007 Meeting will be at
the Grape Escape. All members and their spouses are invited to this last Club Project Meeting, where we
will be bottling and labeling our Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. [The Boy Scout
meeting, usually reserved for the first February meeting, will be held on
All Members have received their tickets for the 75th Anniversary Celebration
in the mail. Additional tickets are available. The Committee and the Board are
hoping that every Member will attend this historic event in our Club’s history,
and now is a good time to start planning a table; tables will be set for 8, 10,
or 12. If for any reason a Member can’t use the tickets sent to him or her, we
ask that you try to sell them; if you are unable to purchase them or sell them,
please return them to Walt Caldwell within 30
– Membership – Membership
always we are looking for new members. This year’s theme from International
President Jimmy Ross is
and President Rick has adopted this theme. 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 secret”.
On the flip side of the membership coin, we also seem to be
having a problem with attendance. Over the last couple of years meeting
attendance has diminished from an average of 45+ members per meeting to an
average of plus or minus 25 members, per meeting. Our core volunteers have
always come from sign-ups at the meetings, and with meeting attendance down,
so are the number of volunteers. While we would love to see “a
packed house” at every meeting, it is understandable that many of our Members can’t
make every meeting due to the demands and obligations to their jobs and
families, however, the Board of Directors is asking every member to try to
attend at least one meeting per month. The Membership Committee is preparing a
survey, which will be distributed to all Members in January, which we hope will
allow Members to answer such questions as: why is attendance low? What can we
do to increase attendance? If it’s a ”problem”, what can we do to make meetings
more interesting? When the survey arrives, please take a few minutes to
complete it; if you would like to help the Membership Committee help the Club
(before the survey goes out), members are encouraged to speak out at all meetings,
or, if preferred, to any Board Member, about their concerns.
Frank Marlowe has been our Program Chair for a few years
now, and has done quite an excellent job lining up speakers for each of our
meetings. 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 youdo, or if you have any
suggestions for speakers, please give Lion Frank a call.
The Cranbury Lions Club is always in search of additional new
fund raisers – different, entertaining, and most importantly, fun. Any member
who has a FUNdraising idea should share the idea with President Rick, or bring
it up at one of the meetings. 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 new advertiser per year.
Refer all advertising leads to Lions John Kobland, Ray Dickey,
or Dave Shaffer.
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”, and/or Lion Bob Virgadamo
(e-mail notifications) so that all members may be notified as soon as possible.
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.