July 18 – Board of Directors Meeting – , President Rick Burke’s house
19 – Regular Meeting – , Cranbury Station, Dinner: Baby Back Ribs
Speaker: Tim Brennan – Tim willdiscuss how athletes progress from high school sports
to the Olympics, including how athletes are sponsored, the types of
professional and amateur competitions, and the role of drugs in sports.
August 1– Board
of Directors Meeting – , Tom
Gambino Library Room
August 2– Regular Meeting – This is
the third “Wine Meeting” – this meeting will be held at the Grape Escape
on Stults Rd, Dayton
– We will be “racking” our wine – Dinner will be catered by Cranbury Station –
Spouses are welcome.
Lion Scott Applegate is recently returned from a stay at the
Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is gravely ill and would appreciate hearing from his fellow Lions. You may
send your wishes to him at home at
32 Washington Drive, Cranbury,
Congratulations and best wishes to Regional Chairman Tom
& Mary Elizabeth Reilly, as they “go for the gold” this month and celebrate
their 50th Wedding Anniversary on July 7, 2006.
Things To Know
As it has in the past, the “summer schedule” for the Jargon
will be a bit “off”; since the Board meeting will not occur until mid-month,
this issue may be light. The August issue will go out after the July Board
meeting, and unless there is information of “vital importance”, the September
issue will go out on the normal schedule, after the September Board meeting.
Dress Rules are in effect during July and August. For those who are unaware
of the “Summer dress rules”, Members may wear appropriate summer attire,
including shorts, to regular meetings.
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. Please Note that Spouses are invited to attend
the “off-premises” meeting at the Grape Escape, to assist in the Club Project
of making wine; the meeting date is tentative; see below.
It was pretty amazing…getting there took an
hour and there were torrential rains everywhere
– but not a drop fell on Riverside Stadium until after the 9th
inning. The Thunder won 4-0, and, Thunder Pitcher Phil Hughes carried a No
Hitter into the 8th inning – wound up with a “one-hitter”. And,
thanks to six intrepid volunteers, the Trenton Thunder Super 50/50 was a success as
we sold nearly one thousand tickets and collected $476 for our Projects
Account. A special thanks to Neile Wright for coming out to help and helping us
hit the “magic number” of six volunteers.
Lion Joe Carroll, the Chairman of the Cranbury Lions Club Annual Family Picnic has advised that,
like last year, he and Suzanne will hold the picnic, as a barbeque, at their
home. Anyone who attended last year knows what a great time we had at the
Carroll’s house, so bring the family – and a potential Lion or two – to One McKnight
Court from 6 to 10 PM on Saturday, July 15! Burgers, hot dogs, salads, soda,
coffee, beer and wine will be provided; bring your favorite dessert to share.
The cost of the evening is $12 per adult, $5 for children; kids 5 and under are
free. There will be no sign-up sheet for this event because the picnic is the
weekend before our July meeting; RSVP
Lion Joe, directly, at 409-9682. Joe is
also looking for committee help for Set-up, Grilling, Clean-up, and Games.
August meeting, normally held on the third Wednesday, will be on the first
Wednesday, August 2, due to the scheduling for the Club Project Meeting; same time as usual. This is the third meeting
in our wine making project. In this part of the process we will “Rack” our wine
which entails emptying and cleaning our barrel, then we will put the wine back in the barrel for aging. But
the ‘exciting’ part is that we have an opportunity to taste the wine at that
point! For your calendar: the fourth “wine meeting” will be Friday, February 2, 2007; this is when
we will actually bottle our wine, and label the bottles. Since we need to
cater the meeting, reservations are required; there will be a sign-up sheet at
the July meeting, or call Lions Andre Mento
or Bob V.
As you can see from the top of the Jargon, two positions
have not been filled on the Board; Tail
Twister and Publicity Chairman. Any Member interested in either of these
positions should contact President Rick.
Reminder…Hold the date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration –
Saturday, June 23, 2007.
Committees are 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 Past Presidents are encouraged to act
as a Sub-Committee Chair; but ALL interested Lions should contact either Lion
Andre or Lion Bob. Open discussions about the Anniversary Celebration are
encouraged at ALL meetings.
The 2006 USA-Canada
Leadership Forum will be in Columbus, OH,
September 14 –16, 2006. The Forum is an excellent learning tool, and can
have enormous benefit to the Club if a number of Members attended. All Club
members, especially Board members,
should consider attending this highly effective learning seminar. Lion Bob V is
2006 District Chairman for the Forum, and has applications for any Member that
wishes to attend the Forum.
– Membership – Membership
always we are looking for new members. The Lion year just ending was not an
exemplary membership year. 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.
What’s Happening In Other Clubs
The South Brunswick Lions
Club will hold their Annual Cole Beatty Circus Fundraiser on Labor Day
Weekend. 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.
Even though we have a few new fundraisers, 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.
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.