Speaker: : Nancy Houston, Director of Marketing and Development
for the Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valleywill talk about recent and current issues at the Lions Eye Bank.
April 19 – Lion of the Year Dinner – , East Brunswick
Chateau, Dinner: Choice
This is a joint meeting with the
other Clubs in our Zone: E. Brunswick, Milltown, North
Brunswick, South Brunswick, and
Lion of the Year Awards and Melvin Jones Fellowship Ceremonies in lieu of
Get Well Soon
Lion Edgar Lawson had a triple by-pass last month, and is now
home after a recovery period at St Lawrence Rehabilitation Facility Greetings
and well wishes can be sent to his home address. Feel better soon, Ed.
Paul Hayden was recently in the hospital for tests and treatment
of a possible arterial blockage. He is home now and doing fine.
Things To Know
though we have begun sending a new “Calendar
of Events” with the dues mailings, 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
the “off-premises” meeting at the Grape Escape, to assist in the Club Project
of making wine; the meeting date is tentative; see below.
Tail Twister’s Corner – Lion Peter
advises that all members are to wear their name tags to all meetings and Lion
functions; members without a name tag will be fined. Member Bios, without names
attached, will be handed out at the next few meetings and there will be a “Name
That Member” contest so that all members can get to know about each other.
The winners of the Super
BowlPool 50/50 were:1st
Quarter ($125) – Scott Applegate; Half ($250) – Jeff Ronca; 3rd
Quarter ($125) – Frank Marlowe; Final ($500) – Scott Applegate. Congratulations
Our Valentine’s Day Roses Sale was a
fair success, having raised over $400. Lion Mike Kaiser, the Committee
Chairperson, feels that through word of mouth, this could become one of our best
fundraisers and the Board of Directors has agreed to continue this event in the
future. A laurel and hardy handshake to Lion Mike for his ingenuity in coming
up with this fundraiser and the work he and his committee put in on behalf of
This year’s New
Jersey Devils Hockey game is, in part, the result of actions by Lion Joe
Carroll. Back in September, Lion Joe volunteered to run the New Jersey Lions
Night at the Meadowlands this year; his action acted as a reminder to MD16 that
Lions were looking forward to this popular event, and he was given the honor of
choosing the game. He chose a Devils – Bruins game, which was also Ken
Daneyko’s retirement game. More importantly, Lion Joe ordered the Lions share
of the Cranbury tickets, for which $7 of each ticket will be returned to the
Club as a fundraiser; thanks also to Lion Ray
Dickeyfor his order of tickets. This very
easy fundraiser has brought in $574. The game will be on Friday, March 24;
tickets are $35, and, at this writing may be sold out, but any Lion interested
in tickets may still contact Lion Bob V.
The Club will hold its first Art Auction on March 4th at Fellowship Hall in the
Presbyterian Church. Local Artist Kathie Morolda has
helped us organize, promote and prepare the auction. The auction will include
Original Works, Limited Editions, and Signed Prints from Regionally and
Nationally known artists. There will also be a small “Tricky Tray” Auction
Corner with works donated by local Artists. Members have been asked to sell at
least 4 tickets to the event; it is not required that members buy the tickets,
but without the help and efforts of the membership in selling tickets and
generally promoting this fundraiser, we may not have enough people in the room
to bid on the art which will be on sale. Members are needed to help sell
additional tickets, ads in the Program, and especially as volunteersto
help set up, clean up, serve refreshments, man the reception and sales tables,
and as art runners. A Sign-Up sheet is circulating at the regular meetings; no
“art experience” is required. Committee Co-Chairs Lions Bob Virgadamo and Andre
Mentohope you will be generous with your
time to help support this Club fundraiser. Tickets are $10 each (includes 3
“Tricky Tray” tickets), and refreshments will be served.
On Wednesday, March 8, The Cranbury Lions and the Cranbury
Woman’s Club will Co-Sponsor a talk and slideshow by Nicholas Polanin, a County
Agriculture Agent from Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension on “Maintaining the Health of Our Valuable
Trees”. The discussion will touch on general tree care and the threat to New
Jersey’s trees from the Asian Long-Horned Beetle and
Bacterial Leaf Scorch, which has become a problem in Cranbury. If you have
trees on your property, or if you have neighbors that have trees on their
property, this will be a most informative evening. This free event begins at in the Large Group Meeting Room in the CranburySchool (the old Industrial Arts
Ticket are still available for the Annual District 16D Charity Ball, which will be held on Saturday,
March 18, at the Forge Restaurant in Woodbridge; hors d’ouevres hour at 7PM,
dinner and dancing from 8-11PM. This is the District’s only fundraiser, with
all proceeds going to the Eye and Ear Foundation. Tickets are $35 per person,
choice of meal, cash bar; for reservations contact Regional Chairman Tom Reilly
or Zone Chairman Bob Virgadamo, ASAP.
with any celebratory or fundraising dinner, guests will be given a favor at our
75th Anniversary Dinner.
Instead of providing a trinket that will ultimately find its way to the trash
basket, the Anniversary Committee recommended, and the Board approved, giving
splits of wine with our own label, as favors to each ticket holder. The wine, a
Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, will be madeby the Members of the Cranbury Lions in four installments over the
course of 9 months, at the Grape Escape in Dayton
as a Club Project. All members and
their spouses are invited and encouraged to attend the “working meetings” which
will be held at the Grape Escape.The
first “working meeting” for this project will be in May. This May event will be
considered our second regular May meeting, but may not occur on the
third Wednesday of May, as this will be the “Grape Crushing” meeting, and the
crushing must occur within 5 days of the arrival of the grapes; the exact date
of the arrival of the grapes is not yet known. Although more information will
follow, you can be assured that you will not have to remove your shoes to crush
have for so many years now, the Cranbury Lions Club will again sponsor a Cranbury-Plainsboro Little League Team.
your calendars…the 8th Annual
Golf Outing will be held at the Peddie Golf Course on Monday, May 15, 2006.
The State Convention
will be held May 18 – 20, 2006,
at the Doubletree Hotel and ConferenceCenter on Davidson
Avenue in Somerset.
We are entitled to send 8 delegates and 8 Alternates to the Convention. The
resolution nominating Lion Bob Virgadamo as Vice District Governor will be
read, and voted upon at this convention, and an ‘eight-vote-block’ could be
quite helpful. Only Delegates may vote; alternates are listed in case an
approved Delegate can not be present for a vote. Any Member that wishes to
attend the Convention as a Delegate or Alternate should speak to President Alex
or Club Secretary George Smith, ASAP
May 20 turned out to be a “big day” for Lionism in and
around Cranbury. In addition to the State Convention, The Club will need
volunteers to man out game booth at the Cranbury
Drug Free Fair. The Chairperson for this event for the last few years, Lion
Richard Stannard, finds it necessary to stand down due to a conflict, so we are
also looking for a new Chairperson, whose duties will also include presenting
the Club’s donation to Quest. Any Members interested in filling this position
should speak to Lion Richard or President Alex. A sign-up sheet will begin
circulating for volunteers at the Drug Free Fair at the beginning of April.
The Club had hoped to participate in the West Windsor Lions’
very successful annual Renaissance Faire,
but due to our manpower needs for the State Convention, the Drug Free Fair, and
our Golf Outing (on the previous Monday), we could not expect Cranbury Lions to
fulfill the manpower requirements for a two-day food booth at the RenFaire. We
have advised the West Windsor Lions that we cannot participate in the Faire
this year and they have graciously invited us to join them next year.
Due to the tragedy of Katrina, the International Convention, originally scheduled to be in New
Orleans, will be held in Boston
this year – June 30 through July 4 – this would be a good opportunity for
members to attend an International Convention at a limited cost. Applications
are available from our Club Secretary, Lion George Smith, or on line at http://www.lionsclubs.org/EN/content/news_conv_register.shtml.
PDG Earl Groendyke has advised there will be a golf outing associated with the
convention. It will be $40 per player, and held at the Bunker Hill Golf Course
nearby the convention sites in Boston.
The Cranbury Lions is entitled to send three Delegates to the International
Convention; members who plan on attending and wish to vote on LCIF issues
(District Governor elections, Constitutional Amendments, etc.) should get a
Delegate application from Lion George.
Reminder…Hold the date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration –
Saturday, June 23, 2007.
Committees are being formed for this historic event; Co-Chairs Andre
Mentoand Bob Virgadamo are seeking Chairs
for the sub-committees that will be necessary to make this project a success,
including advertising, promotions, marketing, donations, printing, ticket
sales, entertainment, program, etc. All Past Presidents are encouraged to act
as a Sub-Committee Chair; but ALL interested Lions should contact either Lion
Andre or Lion Bob. Open discussions about the Anniversary Celebration are
encouraged at ALL meetings.
– Membership – Membership
always we are looking for new members. With so many new homes in Cranbury,
there are many opportunities for new members. We ask all Cranbury Lions to try
to bring in New Members. Membership applications can be obtained from Secretary
George Smith or from membership Chairman Mike
Kaiser. 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
have 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 less than 29 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
What’s Happening In Other Clubs
The North Brunswick Lions Club will hold a Pancake Breakfast
on May 14, 2006 (Mother’s Day).
The South Brunswick Lions
Club will hold a Tricky Tray Auction on April 7, 2006 at SouthBrunswickHigh School;
a talent show June 2, 2006
at South Brunswick Middle School South; and are making plans for their Annual
Cole Beatty Circus Fundraiser. More information on this event will be
Anyone interested in attending these events can contact
Regional Chair Tom Reilly or Zone Chair Bob V.
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.
Even though we have a few new fundraisers, the Cranbury
Lions Club is still in search of additional new fund raisers – different,
entertaining, and fun. Any member who has a fundraising idea should share the
idea with President Alex. 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
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”, so that all members may be
Ed Lawson (5 S. Main)
Lion George Smith
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 a meeting.