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“A Country Club Trying to Serve Its Country”


Ideals in Government

Mutual Helpfulness

Social Progress


Civic Betterment




Rick Burke


Directors – 1 year

Frank Brennan, Jr.

1st Vice President

Mike Kaiser



Dave Cook

2nd Vice President

Andre Mento



Ray Dickey

3rd Vice President

John Kobland



Jeff Grundy


George Smith




Treasurer – Operating/Projects

Glenn Johnson


Directors – 2 Years

Walt Caldwell

Assistant Treasurer - Projects

Elaine Homoky



Jon Goldstein





Tom Reilly

Immediate Past President

Alex Johnson



Peter Turner

Information Technology Chairman

Dave Shaffer




Lion Tamer

Paul Hayden


Jargon Editor

Bob Virgadamo

Tail Twister





Membership Chairman

Mike Kaiser





June, 2007


June 5 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

June 6 – Regular Meeting – Annual Student Affairs meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Chicken Alfredo

In lieu of Speaker: Presentation of Student Awards; Presentation of plaque to Carol Malouf; Installation of Officers.

June 23 – 75th Anniversary Celebration – 7PM, Forsgate Country Club, Dinner: Choice

Celebration of Service – Formal Passing of Gavel – Speakers include: President Rick Burke, Mayor and Lion Dave Stout, President-Elect Michael Kaiser


July, 2007


July 17 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, President Elect Mike Kaiser’s House, 165 N. Main St

July 18 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Broiled Lump Crab Cakes

Speaker: Tom Petrino – Appraisals of antiques with live appraisals of items brought to the meeting by members. A good night for spouses with treasured objects for appraisal.


… About the 75th Celebration…


All Cranbury Lions are asked to contact Lion Bob V,  to add their names to the 75th Anniversary Booster Sheet; one name per line; $5 per name; the $5 can be billed with your dues.


Things To Know


Even 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” meetings.


The Annual Spring Raffle Super 50/50 grossed $5540; the payout amounts were 25%, or $1385; 15%, or $831; and 10%, or $554 (Total 50%, or $2770). The winning tickets were drawn on Memorial Day, after the Parade, and the winners were: 1stJeff Morgan of Allentown. PA; 2nd – Sangliv Kanwar of Monroe Township; 3rd – Sandra Scea of Cranbury. Congratulations to the winners.


District Governor Elect Bob would like to thank all members who were able to attend his and Vice District Governor Abaño’s Hospitality Room and or the State Convention, held at the Clarion Conference Center in Cherry Hill from May 17-19.


The Barn Project…President Elect Mike Kaiser, who has chaired the Barn Project, has advised that they are ready for the storage of all our equipment. So as not to create another “project” all equipment will be relocated to the Carriage House as it used. 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. The Club would like to thank Lion Mike, as well as Lions Glenn, Bob, Frank III, and all the volunteers who helped bring this project to fruition. We Serve.


The 9th Annual Golf Outing was held at the Peddie Golf Club on Monday, May 14, 2007. In spite of poor weather factors in the weeks before the event (for golfers), and the possibility of it’s ‘close’ proximity to the 75th Anniversary Celebration (for Journal advertisers), the event grossed approximately $2600. The Club thanks Lion Doug (and of course, the lovely Jody), and his band of volunteers for their efforts in continuing to make this event a success.


The Drug Free Fair was held on May 19, and, we would like to Thank Lions Richard Stannard, Alex Johnson and Jeff Grundy for their efforts on this Community Service project.


This year’s Memorial Day Parade was helmed by Lions Andre Mento and Dave Cook, and a better parade was never produced. A laurel and hardy handshake to Lions Andre and Dave and their cadre of volunteers. For those who have commented on the “lack of veterans”: this was not an oversight on the part of the Chairs. The VFW Chapter that always marches in our parade backed out at the last minute for “lack of participation” on their end. If anyone has a suggestion for getting veterans to march in the future, please let Andre or Dave know.  It was a great day and masterfully handled. Thank you Dave and Andre.


We managed, once again, to get a spot in the schedule and will have our Annual Trenton Thunder Super 50/50 at Riverside Stadium on June 1st, and in spite of a “3-inning game, due to a massive rain delay, our volunteers raiser $360. Thanks Lion Bob and his perennial crew of ticket sellers.


The Middletown Lions, who have been big supporters of our 75th, are holding an Antique Auto Meet on July 1st, in Holmdel. Applications and information are available from Lion Mike Kaiser.


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. More information regarding time, costs, and a covered dish will be forthcoming.


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 7:05PM. Tickets are $10 per person. This event is open to ALL Lions, their families and friends and ALL residents of Cranbury. For Tickets, contact Lion Bob V.


…More about the 75th Anniversary…


Tables are being set for 8, 10, and 12, and ticket requests are staring to come in – do you have your table yet? If you need extra tickets, see Lions Walt Caldwell, Don Herr, or Mahlon Thompson.


Dinner Choices MUST be made before the event; we are required to provide numbers to Forsgate for planning purposes. Dinner Choices are: Prime Rib, Roast Stuffed Boneless Chicken Breast (w/Pecan Crusted Stuffing & Apricot Glaze), or Broiled Salmon. An e-mail will go out shortly asking for your dinner choices. Anyone with out e-mail capability should PLEASE contact Lion Bob V or Lion Andre to provide your Dinner choice and/or seating arrangements.


A Partial list of items that will be auctioned off at the fundraising portion of the event are:

a week in a Villa in Tuscany, Italy, Villa (sleeps 16); a Beach House on Anna Maria Island, Florida (sleeps 4/6); A pair of Continental Airline tickets to anywhere in North America including Caribbean; Matched pair of bicycles for a man and woman; Studio Portrait (8 x 10); Trenton Thunder tickets (4 game series of 4 tickets each, behind Home Plate, between Trenton Thunder & Harrisburg Senators 7/1, 2, 3, 4), including parking passes for each game; Luxury suite at Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton for 2007-08 hockey seasons - Games TBD, Package includes 12 tickets, plus 2 VIP parking passes, food, beverages, and wait service; Ruth Chris Steak House Gift Cards; Golf Foursome at Jumping Brook Country Club; McCarter Theater ticket voucher for 2 tickets; Golf Foursome at Commonwealth Golf Course; 2 Yankees Tickets; Golf Foursome at Forsgate Country Club; 15 Luxury Skybox tickets to July Trenton Thunder home game; and much, much more


Membership – Membership – Membership


As 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”.

…And Attendance…


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 you do, 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 Cook to activate the “phone tree”, and/or Lion Bob Virgadamo (e-mail notifications) so that all members may be notified as soon as possible.


Member Pick-Up

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.