July 15 – Board of Directors Meeting – , President
Mike Kaiser’s house, 165
N. Main St. (back porch);
Members are requested and encouraged to attend this reorganization meeting.
July 16 – Regular Meeting – ,
Cranbury Station; Dinner:
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 not only
to attend the meetings, but to become Members under the Family Membership
Initiative. In any event, Spouses are wholly encouraged to attend “Spouse
Mark Your Calendars
– There Has Been A Change: We will be bottling the wine from the Club Wine Project at the Grape
Escape at our first meeting in November 4.
We still need to develop a label for our wine bottles. The
Board of Directors has approved a Wine
Label Contest, and the winner will receive a prize, undetermined at
this time. The label should depict a relationship to Lions (or lions), and must
incorporate the official Lions Logo. The artwork and/or wine name may be
serious or humorous in nature. Although the contest will only be mentioned at
the meetings and in the Jargon, it is open to all Lions, family members and
friends. Judging will take place at the end of June. If anyone is still
interested in splitting a case, please speak with President Mike.
Since we already have a few volunteers from Cranbury, we
should follow through on our commitment and plan to sponsor a new Club in Plainsboro. To
accomplish this, we need a few committed Lions to contact local businesses,
local government employees, and perhaps run a membership drive in the shopping
plazas and the new “downtown” area to gather local residents as members. This
would not be unprecedented; the Cranbury Lions sponsored the Hightstown Club,
as well as the (now defunct) Hamilton, Jamesburg, and (former) Plainsboro
Clubs. There’s no doubt that this will be a large undertaking, but the
satisfaction obtained at the other end will make every Cranbury Lion proud!
Interested Lions should contact President Mike or Governor Bob ASAP.
It has been recommended that a member of the Club be totally
familiar with the Lions Clubs International Insurance Policy, which covers us
under its umbrella, and be available to inspect our event sites and complete a
form as it may apply to any particular event or fundraiser, as the new Club “Safety Officer”. Anyone
interested in this position should contact President Mike.
Our game booth at the Drug
Free Fair was popular and successful, thanks to the efforts of Lions
Alex Johnson, Andy Johnson, Mike Kaiser…and Mike’s son and future Lion Clay.
The Student Affairs Committee received a number of
applications for our two scholarship awards and our Community Service Award,
and after some very tough deliberations reviewing some amazing applicants, came
up with the winners of these awards, which will be/were awarded at our Annual Student Affairs Meeting
on June 4:
The Todd Beamer Scholarship will be awarded to Sarah Gordon
The Dr. David Tudor Science Scholarship will be awarded to Thomas
The Stan Thomas Community Service Award will be presented to
Well, as you all know, the 10th Annual Cranbury Lions Golf Classic was
rained out! The Golf Outing has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 24 at the PeddieSchool. The Shotgun Format will
begin after lunch; at the end of the day, prizes will be awarded at the golf
dinner; there will be an open bar at dinner (all included in the price of
play). Lion Ray Dickey and his Golf Committee have done a phenomenal job of
organizing and restructuring the Outing. We think you’ll have a great time. If
you couldn’t make the May date, perhaps you can make the July date; anyone who
wishes to play should contact Lion Ray Dickey; non-Golfers are invited to
attend the dinner after play is through; around ,
$30 per person. The sign-up sheet will continue to be passed around at the
The winners of the
Spring Raffle were drawn after the Memorial Day Parade, and they were:
1st Prize – Bob Flanagan; 2nd Prize – Sanjin Kanwar; and,
3rd Prize – George Smudin. We
sold a total 507 tickets, and our net profit, added to our Projects
(Charitable) Account is approximately $2400. The Board of Directors would like
to especially thank Lions Mahlon Thompson, Walt Caldwell, Christine Thompson, and
Don Herr for selling the majority of the
Three different people came up to us and said that they have
been watching the parade for decades, and that this was the best Memorial Day Parade and Post Parade Ceremonies they
could ever remember. So a laurel and hardy handshake goes to our Parade Master,
Lion Dave Cook and his illustrious committee for providing a fantastic event
for the town!
The Cranbury Lions have been asked to participate in a Town Picnic Event in conjunction
with the First Aid Company, the Fire Company, and the Police Department. This
is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about what we do, and
perhaps to gather a few new members. It will be held from to on
June 7, 2008 in VillagePark. The Club will be sponsoring
the “Moonwalk”. Everyone hopes that this will be a BIG event in Cranbury
and we are going to need quite a few volunteers – think “Pancake
Breakfast” and “Cranbury Day” big. In addition to members manning the Lions
table and the ice cream cart, we need one member to help form at least 10-12 teams
(Per Team: 1 Lion, 1 Cop, 1 Fireman, 1 First Aider). Please don’t forget why
you joined the Lions…to help serve the Community; and this, Cranbury Day and
the Pancake Breakfast, is as close as it gets. There is a sign-up sheet going
around at the meeting, or contact Lions Ray Dickey or Andre
Mento to offer assistance.
Every June for the first twenty-five years or so of our
Club’s existence, we had a “Charter Night Dinner Dance” (always formal and
always at the Forsgate Country Club); in the early 50’s, the dinner dance was
moved to April and re-named the “Spring Fling”; during this time it was still
formal, but was held at a number of different venues. By the late 1990’s the
“Spring Fling” had slowly crept back into mid-June, and was re-named the
“Installation Dinner Dance” in 2000. Now, with both hindsight and foresight –
and a little knowledge of what nearly every other Club does – the Board of
Directors has voted to re-name the event – Charter Night Dinner Dance, going
back to our roots. Unfortunately, this little history lesson is for naught
because due to lack of interest, there will be no Charter Night Dinner Dance
this year; the Installation of
Officers will take place at a regular meeting, on June 18. It is hoped
that the Club will bring back this important social function next year.
The Club is sponsoring a Testimonial Dinner for Governor Bob at the Imperia on Easton
on Sunday, June 8 from ; tickets
are $55, which includes a DJ that will provide line dancing and dance
instruction. All Cranbury Lions and spouses are invited and encouraged to
attend to thank Lion Bob for his service on behalf of the Cranbury Lions Club.
Contact President Mike for tickets.
Baseball Season is Upon Us! Our Trenton Thunder Super 50/50 will be
held at Riverside Stadium at the Trenton Thunder v. Reading Phillies game on
Friday, June 6. This is a GREAT rivalry game, so the stadium should be full. We
have our minimum of six volunteers to sell tickets, but the more volunteers we
have the more tickets we can sell. This is a great fundraiser for us, and all
we have to do is walk around while watching a baseball game – how good can it
get? Tickets can be sold by anyone over the age of 18, bring your spouse…bring
you older children…bring your next door neighbor and/or his kid, but they must
wear a hat or vest (we have extras). Entrance into the Park is free and the
Club will buy each ticket seller a hot dog and a beverage. A sheet is going
around at meetings, or contact Lion Bob V.
Lion Joe and Suzanne Carroll have once again agreed to host
our Annual Club Picnic at
their home (1 McKnight Ct).
The picnic will be on July 19; additional details will be e-mailed in July and
printed in the July Jargon. As always, feel free to bring a prospective member
(and family) as a guest. A sign up sheet will be going around in June and July.
And, mark your calendars…Our Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Outing is scheduled for
Saturday, August 23. The came starts at ,
and coincidentally, is Thunder v. Reading Phillies! Tickets are $10 each and
are for sale to all Lions, their family and friends – and any Cranbury
resident. Tickets are available now. For tickets call President Mike or DG Bob.
– Membership – Membership
year’s theme is “the Challenge to Change”, and, through change, we can increase
our Membership while rejuvenating existing members to help to keep the Club
young, active, and viable! Cranbury Lions Club President Mike has adopted this
theme, and is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair Jon
Goldsteinin attracting and bringing in new
members. With so many new homes in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for
new members. To get information about membership options (Family membership,
etc) or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Jon,
Secretary George Smith, or President Mike. In any event, we MUST begin a
proactive campaign to bring in new Members! Let’s try to keep our Lions Club
from being Cranbury’s “best kept secret”.
Using the tag-line, “If you build it, they will come”, President Mike is asking EVERY Cranbury
Lion to provide suggestions on how we might be able to CHANGE the meetings to
appeal to broader range of the membership, in an effort to build a stronger
Cranbury Lions Club. Please provide your suggestions to him directly.
Do you know of an interesting speaker? You may be an interesting speaker! Please advise Program Chair
Frank Marlowe with any and all suggestions for speakers at our meetings.
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 Lions Frank
Marlowe (Chair, H&W) and/or Dave Cook (“phone tree”), and/or
Bob Virgadamo (e-mail notifications) so that all members may be notified as
soon as possible.
Member Pick-Up – Ed Lawson
(5 S. Main)
Lion George Smith has volunteered 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, please notify
President Mike as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the assigned driver
if you cannot make a meeting.