Speaker: Mike Casper of the Drug Enforcement Agency will talk
about polygraph testing andgive a
demonstration with a real polygraph.
Student Awards will be
June 16 – Installation of Officers Meeting
and Dinner Dance – the Bog Restaurant, Dinner: Choice – Cash Bar
Dinner and Dancing from .
Please join us in celebration and to congratulate the new Board of Directors.
July 18 – Board of Directors Meeting – , President Rick Burke’s house
19 – Regular Meeting – , Cranbury Station, Dinner:
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.
Good Luck and Best Wishes to President Rick Burke and the
new Cranbury Lions Board of Directors for Lion Year 2006-2007. Please plan on attending the
Installation of Officers Meeting and Dinner Dance at the BogRestaurant
to show your support for next year’s Board. A sign up sheet is being passed at the meetings, or contact Lion
Bob V for reservations.
Congratulations also go to Lion Bob Virgadamo on his
election to Vice District Governor for the Lion Year 2006-07.
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,
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. 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.
Tail Twister’s Corner – Our Tail
Twister advises that all members are to wear their name tags to all meetings
and Lion functions; members without a name tag will be fined. Lion Peter asks
that all members complete a “Member Bio”, and return it to him; these Bios will
be used in a “Name That Member” segment at each meeting, so that all members
can get to know about each other.
The Slate for the Board
of Directorsfor 2006-2007 was
read at both theMay Meetings, and
voted upon by the Membership on May 17. Next Year’s Board of Directors is as
follows: Rick Burke – President, Mike Kaiser – 1VP, Andre Mento
– 2VP, John Kobland – 3VP, Secretary – George Smith, Treasurer-Operations –
Glenn Johnson, Treasurer-Projects – Elaine Homoky,
Alex Johnson – Immediate Past President; One
Year Directors – Frank Brennan, Jr, Dave Cook,
Ray Dickey, Jeff Grundy; 2-Year Directors –
Walton Caldwell, Jon Goldstein, Tom Reilly, Peter Turner; Paul Hayden – Lion
Tamer, Dave Shaffer–
Information and Technology Chair, Mike Kaiser – Membership Chair, and Bob
Virgadamo – Jargon Editor. Once again, congratulations to our New Board of
The recipients of the Student
AffairsAwards will be presented
their awards at the June 7 meeting. This year’s winners are: Vrajesh Modi for
the Stan Thomas Award, Mario Fiorentini for the Doc Tudor Scholarship, Nicole
Yesalavage for the Todd Beamer Scholarship, and Patrick Finn will be going to
the World Affairs Seminar. Congratulations to all these young adults. In
addition, a check for $1000 will be presented to Lion Carol Malouf, Chief School
Administrator, for the Quest Program.
who came to the Club Project Meeting
on May 3 at the Grape Escape had a great time, especially being able to taste
the actual grapes before they were crushed. The 75th Anniversary
Committee would like to thank everyone who was able to come out for the wine
pressing on May 12. Normally, our August meeting is the third Wednesday: for this
year only, we will meet on the first Wednesday – August 2 – and, we will
meet at the Grape Escape for 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 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 last “wine meeting”
will be February 2, 2007;
this is when we will actually bottle our wine, and label the bottles. There
will be a sign-up sheet at the July meeting, or call Lions Andre
Mento or BobV.
The 8th Annual Golf Outing was
held at the Peddie Golf Course on Monday, May 15, 2006.Thanks to efforts of
Lion Doug Pearce and his committee (including the lovely Jody), this year’s
outing raised over $6400 from golfers, holes sponsors, donations from the
auctions, the beverage cart, 50/50. Special thanks to 1st Constitution Bank for
their donation of the Golf Balls, Minuteman Press for the Ad Book, and to our generous
Auction Sponsors: Continental Airlines, Silver Decoy Winery, the Portrait
Studio, Cranbury Station Restaurant, Charmed by Claire, Crate & Barrel, and
Peddie Golf Course. Well done, Lion
Doug, and thanks!
may have all noticed that your 4th
Quarter Dues invoice had a new look! You also may recall that last year the
Board of Directors and the Membership, approved the acquisition and use of
QuickBooks as a tool to keep track of both the Projects Budget and the
Administrative Budget, including dues. Treasurer Glenn has uploaded all the
information and is working out any bugs in the system, and with luck, the first
electronic transmission of dues invoicing will occur with the First Quarter
Dues for the Lion Year 2006-07 (July). The annual savings to our Administrative
Budget on postage, based on current membership, will be over $84. Currently we still
have19 members who have no e-mail capability; they will continue to receive their
dues in the mail (as with “The Jargon”).
As usual, the Memorial
Day Parade was a rousing success, thanks to the efforts of Lion Bob
Wood and his Parade Committee. Thanks also go to Float Chair,
Lion Doug Pearce and his family for their work on the float, with a special
thanks to Lion Jon Goldstein for single-handedly painting the float this year.
This year’s Decorated Bike winners were noteworthy in that we had two sets of
twins win! 1st Prize went to Shannon Romaine; 2nd Prize went to
twins Morgan & Meghan Mavoides; and, 3rd Prize was awarded to
twins Jack & Drew Staples. The Historical Society won First Prize in the
The Super 50/50 Spring Raffle went off on
schedule after the Memorial Day Parade and the winners were: First Prize went
to Barbara Hughes of Cranbury, Second
Prize went to Frank Brown of East Windsor, and Third
Prize went to Art Hasselbach of Cranbury. A laurel and Hardy handshake to Lions
Henry Behnke and George Smith for their
efforts in coordinating this fundraiser, with special thanks to Lions Mahlon
Thompson and Don Herr for the number of tickets
they sold! Unfortunately, we didn’t do as well this year as in previous years,
netting just under $3000. But there is always next year!
A Special Request
from Lion Bob V: As Club Historian, it is incumbent upon me to have a clear and
concise history of our Club. I am having a problem with the date the Club
started doing-producing-sponsoring the Memorial Day Parade. I know we started
our Post-Parade Ceremony in 1933, and that our first Spring Raffle was on
Memorial Day 1950 (a tractor and a TV, if anyone’s interested), but I have found
three conflicting dates for when we began sponsoring the actual Parade: 1933,
1937, and 1958.Can any of our long-term members give me some insight into which
(if any) of these dates may be correct?
The State Convention
was held May 18 – 20, 2006,
at the Doubletree Hotel and ConferenceCenter on Davidson
Avenue in Somerset.
Lion Bob V. wishes to thank Lion Walt Caldwell and
President Alex for his nomination and second, respectively, as Vice District
The Cranbury Drug
Free Fair was also on May 20, and the Club would like to thank Lion Jeff
Grundy who has stepped up as Chairperson for this event.
Further thanks to Lion Richard Stannard, who has chaired the event for the last
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 at their home. Anyone who
attended last year knows what a great time we had at the Carroll’s home, so
bring the family – and a potential Lion or two – to One McKnight Court at 6PM
on Saturday, July 15!
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
Mento and 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. As 2006
District Chairman for the Forum, Lion Bob V. will place Forum information in
the Jargon over the next few months. All Club members, especially Board members, should consider attending this highly
effective learning seminar. June 30 is the deadline for “early bird” pricing.
– 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 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 Alex, 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”, 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.