April 21 – Lion of
the Year Meeting – , East Brunswick Chateau,
Dinner: as reserved
Joint meeting with the other
Clubs in our Zone to award Lions of the Year, in lieu of speaker.
Things To Know
For those that didn’t know, President Ray had a bit of a
close call a couple of weeks ago…he lives in one of the town’s older homes, and
unbeknownst to him, there were some serious age-cracks in his fireplace, which
became filled with a creosote-type of resin, which began to smolder and spread
into his walls. Luckily he was home when he “smelled something burning” and called
the Cranbury Fire Company, who quickly responded and put out the wall fire with
minimal damage to the house. Most importantly, no one was hurt.
Our Interactive Member Discussion Topic for March is
scheduled to be “Experiences With Anyone Famous”. If you have spoken with,
drank with, partied with, or just plain bumped into any famous person, we would
like to hear your experience. 2-5 minutes per member should do it.
Update on the Updike barns. As previously reported, the
Township Committee has given the Cranbury Lions Club a “Letter of Intent”,
advising that as soon as the property is actually deeded over to the Township,
they will turn the Updike barn over to the Lions. Project Chair Mike Kaiser,
has advised that we will soon see an article or two about the restoration in
the Cranbury Press in an effort to promote community awareness, not only of the
project itself, but of the fact that we are approaching our 75th
anniversary. Fundraising efforts will begin shortly, with separate mailings
going to both the Community and to potential Corporate Sponsors. In the near
future, Lion Dave Shaffer, our Technology Chair, will be updating the Barn
Project on the website. Updates will be placed in the Jargon as the project
In preparation of this project, the Board is trying to
determine what our storage needs are, exactly. Every member who has any
stored paraphernalia – the float, signs, boxes of records, historical
documents, pancake breakfast equipment…anything – should make a list of
the items and give the lists to Lion Bob Virgadamo or Lion Mike Kaiser,
so proper planning can be done.
The Board of Directors is still working with the School
Board to obtain a location for a display case for the Club’s historic
memorabilia. When the display case is finally installed, the Board has voted to
dedicate it to the memory of Lion Mason Blaich, who stored the historic items
in his home for nearly a quarter of a century.
Mason was the Chairman of our Health and Welfare Committee,
which leaves us with a vacancy. The Club is looking for two Members to fill
these openings, preferably two retired Members, since in addition to getting
cards and flowers, the committee members make hospital visits, as necessary.
Any interested members should please contact President Ray.
The West Windsor Lions Club will hold their Annual Art
Auction on March 13, at the West Windsor-Plainsboro HS, South; 7PM; $5 per
person Seniors, free. Please show your support for this neighboring Club.
The Board of Directors is pleased to report that the
Entertainment Book Fundraiser, Chaired by Lion Joe Addonizio, raised $282. The
new books (2005) will come out in August, and the Board has voted to continue
The Annual Lion of the Year Joint Zone Meeting will be on Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at the
East Brunswick Chateau. Dinner will be a choice of beef, chicken or fish. As
usual, this is also our Spring “Spouse Night” Meeting, so you are encouraged to
attend with your spouse or significant other to honor this year’s Lions of the
Year. A sign-up sheet will begin circulating at the March 17th
The Cranbury Lions Sixth Annual Golf Outing, which will
take place on Monday, May 17, 2004,
has been relocated to the Peddie Golf Course in Hightstown. As in the past, a
single golfer will pay $125, which will include a golf cart, greens fees,
lunch, dinner, awards and prizes. Non-golfers may attend the dinner at a cost
of $30 per person. Lunch will be burgers, ‘dogs, chips, beer and soft drinks;
dinner, with a two-hour open bar (
– beer and wine, only) will be steaks, B-B-Q Chicken, and ziti, with salad.
Golf Chairman Doug Pearce, has asked that everyone try to bring in at least one
golfer and one advertising sponsor. Applications will be available at our
meeting on March 17th.
We have now received dates for our annual visits to the
Trenton Thunder. The Thunder have, once again, granted us a spot on their 50/50
calendar. The game is Thunder v. Mets on Friday, June 25, 2004. For the uninitiated, there are some
300+ organizations applying for 71 spots (home games) in the 50/50 line-up.
This will be our fifth year as a 50/50 recipient. The Club will need at least
six volunteers to sell 50/50 tickets at the game, but the more volunteers we
have, the more tickets we can sell. Volunteers who sell tickets need not be
Lions, but must be over 18. All volunteers are admitted to the park free and
will be given vouchers for a hotdog and a beverage.
Our Annual Trenton Thunder Game Club Outing will be on Saturday, August 14, 2004, between
the Trenton Thunder and New Britain,
the double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Tickets are $10, each and are
now available. Sign up sheets will begin circulating at the appropriate time,
but members are encouraged to sell as many tickets as possible to friends and
relatives early on so that additional seats can be obtained if needed.
Please remember that the Coupon Collection Project is still
active. Please deliver your cut manufacturer’s coupons to Lion Chris Thompson
at the meetings (or to Lion Bob Virgadamo, if Chris is unavailable), or drop
them off to one of the collection boxes in the Library or the Town Hall. Remember
that this very worthwhile project will cost each of us a mere 10-15 minutes per
week. And, let us not forget that these coupons are being collected to help
military families overseas, and that “We Serve”.
Frank Marlowe has been our Program Chair for a few years
now, and has done quite an excellent job lining up speakers for our bi-monthly
meetings. You can all imagine how difficult it can be, finding speakers 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, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org . Additionally,
Frank will take all members’ suggestions for interactive discussion nights.
It is important that we increase our fundraising capability
without requesting money from our small community over and over again. 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 advertiser per year. Refer all advertising leads to Lions
Gene Buckley, Dave Shaffer or Bob Virgadamo.
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 Dave Cook to activate the “phone tree”, so that all members
may be notified.
Ed Lawson (5 S.
Meyers (95 N. Main) / Max Mesner (Rossmoor)
Lion Don Jo Swanagan
has volunteered to be the “permanent” pick up driver for Lion Bob
Lion Dennis Kennedy
has volunteered to be the “permanent” pick-up driver for Lion Ed
Lion Joe Addonizio
has volunteered to be the “permanent” back-up driver for both
Lion Frank Marlowe has volunteered to act as the
“regular” pick up driver for Lion Max, but additional volunteers are necessary
for this pick-up. Please contact Lion Rick Cusworth to be
placed on his list.
If you cannot make your pick-up, and/or if you switch (or
need to switch) with someone else, please notify Lion Rick as soon as possible.
Riders: please notify the assigned driver if you’re not going to make a
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