Speaker: Meghan Hayden will give a PowerPoint Presentation and
speak about her work with Flourish Peru.
August 14 – Board of Directors Meeting – , Tom
Gambino Library Room
August 15 – Regular
Meeting – , Cranbury Station, Dinner: Baby Back Ribs
Speaker: Laurel Kanawyer, a
science major student specializing in sea life and the recipient of our Doc
Tudor Scholarship, will speak to us about her work at the Seattle Aquarium.
Things To Know
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”
will be the ONLY Jargon for the Summer, and will include events for July and
August. As always, reminders will be sent via e-mail, when necessary and
appropriate. The next Jargon will be delivered to your “In Box” on September 5;
‘snail mail’ recipients can expect it shortly thereafter.
Summer “dress code” remains in effect through July and
August…shorts and appropriate shirts are acceptable (no sleeveless “T”s ,
Congratulations to Lion Ray Dickey for becoming the Club’s
newest Melvin Jones Fellow. Lion Ray has consistently
served the community and show a level of humanitarian commitment, quietly and
in a low-key fashion, both as a Lion and as a member of the First Aid Squad. If
asked to do something for the benefit of others, he will immediately take on
the task or project, despite his tendency toward downplaying his roles on his
many avenues of service. He has been a member of the Board for 7 years, and was
Club President in 2003-04. Among his recent accomplishments, he was
instrumental in beginning the process of restoring the barns, and played a big
part in helping to make the 75th Anniversary a success.
Congratulations, Lion Ray!
International President Mahendra Amarasuriya (Sri
Lanka) announced his International Program
at the International Convention in Chicago
– “Challenge to Change”, and
President Mike and the Board of Directors are looking for ways to make change
in the Club to attract new members, retain existing members and make meetings
and projects more up to date. “Watch this space” for future announcements and
how we will take on the “Challenge to Change”.
Lion Bob V was inducted at the 90th International
Convention in Chicago as District
Governor of NJ Multiple District 16-D. Lion Bob is the 4th Cranbury
Lion to hold this prestigious office, and thanks the Club for their past,
present and future support in this endeavor. Congratulations, Governor Bob!
President Mike Kaiser has
advised that the Carriage House
is ready for the storage of all our equipment. Any Lion who has any
stored items is asked to purchase a watertight plastic storage box, or boxes,
as needed, transfer all material to the box and contact either Lion Mike or
Lion Bob V to schedule a drop off to the barn.
Lion Joe and Suzanne Carroll will host the Annual Club Picnic at their home
again this year; anyone who has attended this event in the past knows what
marvelous hosts the Carrolls are and what a great time is had at the picnic.
The picnic is open to all Members and their families, as well as any potential members
(and families). The Cranbury Lions Club Picnic will be on Saturday, July 21, at
One McKnight Court. Food
and beverage will be provided, and all families are asked to provide a dessert
to share. Cost for the picnic: $12 per person, $5 Children; children under 5
free. Joe will also need a few volunteers for set-up, grilling, games, and
clean-up. RSVP directly to Lion Joe at 609-409-9682.
Sunday, July 22,
2007 is the District 16D “going Away” Party for Past Council Chair Joe
Bocklage at the East Brunswick Chateau. This afternoon event
will cost $45 per persona nd includes hors d’ouevres, choice of dinner and a
Venetian table. Due to the short time frame, call Lion Debbie
Roedel at (732) 297-2051 to see if reservations can still be
Our annual Trenton
Thunder Baseball Game is planned and ready. It will be Thunder (NY
Yankees) v. Binghamton Mets on Saturday, August 25. The game starts at . Tickets are $10 per person. This event
is open to ALL Lions, their families and friends, as well as our supporters and
ALL residents of Cranbury, their friends and families. For Tickets, contact Lion Bob V.
President Mike’s Company is preparing a Designer Show House at 103 North
Main Street and will be showing the house on
weekends during September. All proceeds from the tickets will be donated to the
Cranbury Lions Club. Members are needed to volunteer to collect tickets and
guide parking at the house during these weekend visits. Please contact
President Mike or DG Bob to sign up for this volunteer assignment.
Anniversary and Gala Celebration took place on Saturday, July 23, and
while it may not have had the attendance the Committee would have liked, the donations,
therefore, being below expectations, the event still make a handsome profit of
over $4000. After a full accounting can be completed, checks will be
distributed to the Cranbury First Aid Squad, Cranbury Scouts, CampHappiness, CampMarcella, and LCIF for Campaign
SightFirst II. The Club would like to thank the Event Co-Chairs Andre
Mento and Bob Virgadamo for their efforts in this massive
project. But lest we forget, “Attaboys” to all the Sub-Committee Chairs and their committees for making all the
pieces work. We hope to see you all again at the century mark!
– Membership – Membership
always we are looking for new members. New Members help to keep the Club young,
active, and viable! This year’s theme from International President Jimmy Ross
is ‘Renewal’, and President Rick has adopted this theme. With so many new homes
in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for new members. Additionally, there
is a new Initiative from LCI called “Family
Membership”. For more information about Family Membership, or membership in
general, or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Mike
Kaiser, Secretary George Smith, or VDG Bob V. 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.
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
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); Ruth Holroyd (45 S. Main)
Lion George Smith has
volunteered be the “permanent” pick up driver for Lions Ed & Ruth.
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 Lion Rick Cusworth as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the
assigned driver if you’re not going to make a meeting.