Speaker: Joe Bocklage;Past
Council Chair for MD16, and the current Secretary/Treasurer for 16D.
Topic: MD16 has 3 candidates up for the
position if International Director; Mr. Bocklage will speak about the role and duties of an
International Director and explain the process of electing the candidate at the
Speaker: Karl Helstrom is the current President of the
Historical Society and a marathon runner.
Topic:Mr. Helstrom will discuss marathon running
and has a suggestion for a Lions fund raiser in Cranbury
April 27 – Lion Of The Year Meeting – , East Brunswick Chateau,
This is a Joint Meeting with the
other Clubs in Zone 1
Speaker: Lion of the Year and Melvin
Jones Fellow Presentations in lieu of speaker.
Things To Know
Welcome to our newest member, John Kobland.
The Cranbury Lions hold a 50/50 Super Bowl Pool every year;
net proceeds go to the Club’s Administrative budget to help offset the costs
for Forum attendance. This year’s winners of the Super Bowl Pool were:
Quarter – Pete Turner, Cranbury (0/0) – $50; Half-time – Jeff Ranca, Hamilton
(7/7) – $100;
– Bill Ranca, Hamilton (4/4) – $50;
Final – Yianni Bardis, Marlboro (Patriots 4 / Eagles 1) – $300
The Club would like to thank everyone who participated in
this fundraiser, and would like to give a laurel and hardy handshake to Lion Mike
Kaiser for getting all the boxes filled.
On Friday, February
18, 2005, Cub Scout Pack 52, at their Annual Blue and Gold Dinner,
presented the Cranbury Lions with a Certificate of Appreciation for being the
Charter Organization for the Cub Scouts.
Lion Frank Brennan III accepted this honor on behalf of the
may still be time to sign up for the 16-D Charity Ball which will be held this
Saturday, March 5th. This is the only fund raiser for the general fund of the
16-D Eye and Ear Foundation. It is important that this affair is financially
successful, and to this end, the Board of Directors of the Cranbury Lions would
like to be able to reserve at least two tables of ten for this worthwhile
fundraising Dinner Dance. This year’s Charity Ball will be at McAteer’s
Restaurant on Easton
Avenue in Somerset. Tickets are $35 per person and include hors
d’oeuvres for one hour, starting at ,
followed by dinner and dancing until
Dinner selections are prime rib of beef, Chicken Francaise or broiled flounder.
There will be a cash bar. Black Tie, optional. Any member who has not signed
up, but wishes to attend should see Lion Bob Virgadamo at the regular meeting on March 2.
Lions International helped to write the UN Charter, there has always been a “Lions
Day” at the United Nations; this year, it is Friday, March 11, 2005. If you are retired, or can get
away for the day, bring the family to the UN. It is always a truly interesting
experience, especially for the first 350 registrants, who are invited to attend
a Council Session. At this writing there may still be reservations available at
the Council Session. Any Lion who wishes to attend should contact President
Walt or Regional Chairman Tom Reilly, ASAP.
Cranbury Lions Barn Project is finally coming together. Project Chairman Lion Mike
Kaiser has met with the Township, and negotiations are
underway for the buildings to be placed into the Club’s care through a
“long-term lease” situation. Lion Mike expects that work on the project will
began this spring. More information will follow.
Lion of the Year Dinner will be held on April 27, as a Joint Meeting with the
other Clubs in our Zone: East Brunswick, Milltown, South
Brunswick and Spotswood/Monroe. This year, in addition to the Lion
of the Year, we will be awarding three Melvin
Jones Fellowships; all Cranbury Lions, and their spouses, are strongly urged to
attend. One of these prestigious awards could go to you. The LOTY awards dinner
will be held at the East Brunswick Chateau; menu choices are Roast Beef,
Chicken Francaise, or Broiled Tilapia. The cost is $20 per person. There will
be a cash bar.
to the efforts of President Walt, and Hightstown Lions President Paul Cousineau,our annual
Cranbury/Hightstown joint meeting has been set for May 25, 2005, at the Masonic Lodge (downstairs)
in Hightstown. Historically, we have alternated hosting duties, and this year
it is the Hightstown’s turn to host us, so we are on their schedule (2nd
& 4th Wednesday). As in the past, the joint meeting will use the
interactive discussion format; at this time, the suggested topic will be, “How
can our two Clubs be more communicative at both the Club and the District
levels.” As the date approaches, a sign-up sheet will be circulated at our
meeting. All Cranbury Lions are encouraged to attend.
addition to our Annual Joint Meeting, the Hightstown Lions Club has asked if
they may join us for our Holiday Meeting/Party; the Board of Directors can see
no reason why we cannot enjoy the company of other Lions at our Holiday Dinner
Dance and have extended an invitation to the Hightstown Club to join us at the
Bog in December.
Lion Doug Pearce, our Golf Committee Chair, has announced
that Monday, May 16, 2005
marks the date of the Cranbury Lions 7th Annual Golf Outing, at the
Peddie Golf Course in Hightstown. The $125 per player, includes cart and greens
fees, lunch and dinner, team and individual prizes for play, door prizes,
auction items and a registration gift. The event starts with lunch at , followed by a Shotgun Start. The Golf Outing is limited to the first
100 golfers. All members are encouraged to recruit as many Hole Sponsors, as
possible; the hole sponsorships are $100 and $125, which, in addition to a sign
on a hole, includes a business card ad or full page ad, respectively, in the
program book. Spouses and non-golfing Lions may attend the dinner for $30; both
lunch and dinner includes choice of beer or wine at the open bar. Beverages
will be sold, at a nominal charge, from a cart on the course throughout the day…the
cart driver will try not to get lost this year!
Every year, District 16D volunteers to help with the
eye program at the Special Olympics. This annual event will be held on June 2,
3 & 5, 2005 (Thursday, Friday, & Sunday) at the College of New
Jersey in EwingTownship. The Special Olympics allows physically/mentally
challenged individuals to compete in a variety of athletic events.The ages of participants range from 8 to mid
forties.As part of the event, there is
a health center that allows professionals to examine the athletes for a variety
of health issues. Lions International and Special Olympics developed a program
called Special Olympics/ Lions International Opening Eyes Program.Here we examine eyes for a range of
functions.Our part is to help set up
(on Friday), give exams, register the Olympians, assist in helping select
frames, take eye glass prescriptions to Lens Crafters for preparation, and
ensuring the Olympians receive the glasses. All Lions and non-Lions are invited
to volunteer for a flexible number of hours or days for the event.If you can make the time to help in this
worthwhile effort, please advise President Walt or Lions Tom Reilly or Bob Virgadamo; or use the sign-up sheet circulating at the
We have received our dates for our annual Trenton Thunder
Baseball fundraiser and Club Outing:
We were, once again, lucky enough to get a game to hold a
50/50 fundraiser. While it may be a bit early for us to ask for volunteers for
this fundraiser, we hope that many of you will consider coming to Riverside
Stadium to help sell 50/50 tickets. The more ticket sellers we have, the more
tickets we can sell; Cranbury Lions may bring anyone over 18 to sell tickets.
Entry into the stadium is free; the Club provides each ticket seller with a hot
dog and a beverage; and, while you raise money for the community, you get to
watch a baseball game. For your information, we have been given a Friday night
game () between the Thunder and
the Reading Phillies, on June 24, 2005.
This is a good “rivalry” game, and with enough volunteers selling tickets in
the park, we can raise quite a bit on this 50/50. Additional information will
be announced at the regular meetings, or you can call Lion Bob
Our Annual Trenton Thunder Outing will be Saturday, August
27th, between the Thunder (Yankees) and the Binghamton Mets. We have
limited seating, on the first base side, but can add tickets if our
allotment sells out early enough. It is NOT too early to reserve these tickets.
And remember, the tickets are available to all Lions, their families, friends
and neighbors. For reservations, contact Lion Bob Virgadamo
the last District 16D Cabinet Meeting we learned about the following projects
by other Clubs in our Zone. The Milltown Lions will be having a Pancake
Breakfast on March 20; the South Brunswick Lions are having a “Tricky Tray
Auction” in April, they’re sponsoring the Cole Bros. Circus on May 21 & 22,
and will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner on June 3rd. For Milltown
Information contact Joan Trent at 732-297-5236; for South Brunswick
information call Jack Hendrickson at 732-297-1107. All Cranbury Lions are
encouraged to support the activities and projects of other Lions Clubs, especially
in our Zone.
Cranbury Lions Club is in search of new fund raisers – different, entertaining,
and fun. Some excellent ideas have been presented, among which are an antique
car rally, a Halloween party, a casino night, Bingo, an art auction, and a cruise;
the Board of Directors would appreciate input from our membership on these
ideas. Any member who has a fundraising idea should share the idea with
President Walt. 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.
year’sWhite Cane Days will be held
in April. All members will be required to collect for the White Cane, and
a sheet with your assignment location and time will be distributed shortly. Any
member who needs to switch a time or day, or may have a legitimate reason for
not being able to participate should please contact either of the Committee
Co-Chairs, Lions Mahlon Thompson or Andre Mento,
or President Walt, as soon as the list is released.
has been a severe drop off in meeting attendance. Members are reminded that our
meetings are necessary as a means of disseminating information, obtaining a
volunteer corps, and maintain an esprit de
corps among our membership. The Board realizes that there are other “time
demands”, especially among our younger members, but asks that every effort be
made to make the meetings.
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, or e-mail him at email@example.com . 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
Ray Dickey, Dave Shafferor
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. Main)
Kennedy 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
THE LIONS CLUB, CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY Asks that you PLEASE SUPPORT OUR