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
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”
The Annual Spring Raffle Super 50/50 grossed
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: 1st – Jeff
Morgan of Allentown. PA; 2nd
– Sangliv Kanwar of MonroeTownship;
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 ClarionConferenceCenter 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.
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 Mentoand 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 . 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:
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
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 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 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.