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”
Please Note: the January Board Meeting will be
held on January 15, or the Tuesday before the second meeting, in the Tom Gambino Room in the Library.
Thanks to all who participated in the Toys for Tots Program this year. Together we collected just
under 700 toys, which were picked up from Lion Bob’s house, by the Marines, the
Friday before Christmas. A special thanks to the Branches of the 1st
Constitution Bank, the US Post Office, and BBL, Inc, for collecting toys at
their locations. Thanks also to Lion Pat Meehan for his invaluable assistance
in getting the posters to the drop locations.
This year’s Cranbury
Lions Holiday Party was held one week earlier than usual, on Friday,
December 7, 2007, at Charlie Brown’s Restaurant in Kingston (due to the
unexpected winter closing of the Bog), and a good time was had by all who
attended. This event will need a new Chair next year; anyone interested in
running the Christmas Party should contact President Mike or DG Bob.
It’s time for our annual Super Bowl Pool 50/50. This fundraiser benefits the
Administrative budget of the Cranbury Lions. There are TWO grids circulating
for two pools. Both are $10 per box. See President Mike at the meeting.
There is a lot of excitement over the new home of the New
Jersey Devils, the Prudential Center Arena near Penn Station in downtown Newark.
And, beginning this year, Lion Joe Carroll is
the State Chair for the New Jersey
Lions Hockey Night at the New Jersey Devils. The game will be Saturday, February 9th, 2008
at . 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. If you can go on-line, look for the “Light Blue” seating sections:
101-107, 116-124, 133-134 in the on-line seating chart. Depending on how
many tickets are sold, overall, the clubs will receive between $5 and
$17 per ticket as a donation back to the Club. A sign-up sheet will begin
circulating shortly, or you can contact Lion Joe to order tickets for yourself,
your family, your business or any group.
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.
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. At
the time, Lions Clubs International was already an established worldwide
service organization. During the ensuing years, the two organizations have
cooperated on many humanitarian ventures. Lions have provided aid and manpower
for UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and UNESCO projects. 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; there are two price points (one with
lunch with the UN Ambassadors, and one without lunch). This will be the LAST
time tours of the present UN Headquarters Building will be available for the
next 6-7 years while renovations are being performed. For Information and
Reservations please contact President Mike or DG Bob.
– Membership – Membership
Month we lost three Members!
year’s theme from International President Mahendra Amarasuriya is “the
Challenge To Change”, and how, through change, we can increase 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 Jon Goldstein, our new Membership Chair, in attracting
and bringing in new members. With so many new homes in Cranbury, there are many
opportunities for new members. For more information about Family Membership, or
membership in general, or to obtain membership applications contact Membership
Chair Jon Goldstein, Secretary George Smith, or President Mike. In any event,
we MUST begin a proactive campaign to bring in new Members!
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. 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.