March 2 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
March 3 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Filet of Flounder
Pete Garnich, owner of Knapp's Cyclery in Lawrenceville; Knapp's may be opening
a new location in Cranbury and he will discuss the benefits of cycling.
March 17 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Corned Beef and Cabbage
Program: Lion Neal Wagman works for Cranbury-based Norland Products; he has just
returned from China and will discuss what his company does and how they manage to sell
to China and not buy from them.
April 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
April 7 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Alfredo
Program: Dan Mulligan, of Cranbury, will
talk about Ed Randall's "Bat for the Cure", which is an organization whose
main purpose is to increase the public's awareness of prostate cancer and to
educate the American people about cutting edge techniques in treatment,
prevention and detection. Ed Randall, the host of the radio
program "Ed Randall's Talking Baseball", is a prostate cancer survivor and founder and CEO
of "Bat for the Cure". Dan is the project's Chief Information Officer;
Ed Randall will attend the meeting, if he can.
April 21 - Annual Joint Zone Meeting and Lion of the Year - Spouse Night - 7PM,
Cranbury Station Restaurant; Dinner: TBA - Sign-Up Sheet will be circulated
Program: In addition to the Cranbury Lions
Club announcing our Lion of the Year, we will have the opportunity to meet,
greet, and discuss topics and solutions with the other Clubs in our Zone,
namely: Milltown and North Brunswick. District
Governor Jim Dougherty will be our Guest Speaker.
Things To Know
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 and participation. Please Note that Spouses are not only invited
to attend all meetings, but to become Members under the Family
Membership Initiative. In any event, Spouses are wholly encouraged to attend
our quarterly "Spouse Night" meetings. Our next Spouse Night is our Lion of the
Year Meeting, and our District Governor will be our Guest Speaker.
The preliminary Slate of Officers for
Lion Year 2010-11 has been completed and will be distributed and read at
the March 3rd meeting, then read again prior to a vote on March 17;
as always, Members may add write-in votes for any open Board position. The
nominations and a first reading of the Slate will occur at the March 3 meeting; after
all members have had an opportunity to nominate candidates, write-in
nominations, required voting and the final reading will occur at the March 17
Our new LEO Club advisors, Lions Tim Demarest and Fay
Kobland, have been doing all they can to get the word out
about the start of a new LEO Club
in our community. Posters or other advertising medium will be placed in Teddy's
and Cranbury Pizza; articles are being run in the Cranbury Press. The Board of
Directors asks that members - especially members with school age children -
offer their assistance on this LEO Club project. We will keep your informed of
Hockey Fans - the New Jersey Lions Night at
Prudential Arena with the Jersey Devils is Saturday, March 20; the
Devils will play the St. Louis Blues. This is a GREAT opportunity to raise
money for our Charitable Budget, and all Members are asked to actively promote
this project to neighbors, friends, and family - any hockey fan, or
would be hockey fan. A Regular Price ($56) ticket is only $45 for
Mezzanine / Balcony Seating. And, not only is the ticket price discounted, once
we reach 100 tickets (state-wide), the Devils will donate $10 back to
each participating Club for every ticket sold! What fundraiser could be
easier - or more fun? Buy a ticket, go to a very
exciting hockey game, get back $10 for the Club! For tickets contact
Lion Joe Carroll or PDG Bob. Time is short - Reserve your
A Lions roar of
thanks to all those who participated in our annual administrative fundraiser,
the Super Bowl 50/50, with an
Attaboy to Lion Mike Kaiser for
running the pool. Congratulations to the winners: for the 1st
Quarter, the "Oatmeal Man" (from Teddy's); the Half went to Michael McConnor;
the 3rd Quarter went to Brent Barlow; and, the winner at the final
score was Donnie (that's all we know, but
he got his winnings…).
Our Spring Raffle is coming up
and we expect to have tickets printed and distributed in mid- to late March. As
always the drawing will be held on Memorial Day.
And, speaking of Memorial Day, planning has begun for the Memorial Day Parade.
Lion Dave Cook has asked to stay on as
Event Chair, but with a Co-Chair who can act as Parade Master, since Dave will
march with the Township Committee; Lion Andre Mento has
agreed to act as Co-Chair and Parade Master. A sign-up sheet will be passed at
the meetings beginning in April, but anyone who wishes to volunteer for Parade
duty can contact Lion Dave or Lion Andre.
Mark your Calendars:
The Annual Golf Outing - Monday, June 7, 2010 at Peddie Golf Course
The Annual Trenton Thunder Super 50/50 will be held Saturday, June 12, 2010;
the Thunder will be playing the Binghamton Mets which usually insures a packed
house and better sales.
We have also made arrangements for the 11th Annual Trenton
Thunder Baseball Outing on Saturday, August 7, 2010; the Thunder will
be playing the Mets. Tickets will be $10 and will be available in January.
Membership - Membership - Membership
As we've said so
often, membership is the key to our survival! New members will rejuvenate
existing members and help to keep us ALL young-at-heart, active, and viable!
President John is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair
Jon Goldstein in attracting and bringing in new
members. Some of our members have said that the reason it took so long to
become Lions was that no one asked! Ask
your friends and neighbors if they would like to give a little of their time to
serve and to give back to the community, while having a good time doing it with
new friends. If every one of our 66 members asked just one person
to join and only 25% of those people joined this
year, we would increase our membership by 17 people! To get information
about membership options or to obtain membership applications contact
Membership Chair Jon, Secretary Bob, or President John. In any event, we
MUST begin a proactive campaign to
bring in new Members and keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury's "best kept
John is asking EVERY Cranbury Lion to provide suggestions on how we
might be able to make the meetings more appealing to a broader range of the
membership, in an effort to build a stronger Cranbury Lions Club. Since
attendance is such a problem,
there must be a reason or
reasons; please provide your suggestions to President John directly. We
can't fix it until we know what's broken!
As a reminder, the Club requires that all Members wear a Lion
Vest when we are at a fundraiser or Service Project. If
you do not have a vest please contact Club Secretary Bob to obtain a vest. You
may also order a baseball cap; these items are at "cost" to our members. Vests
@$40 (S-M-L) or $45 (XL, 2X); larger size vests (to 6X) are available as a
special order; hats are $12. Ladies Cut for vests are available, same pricing.
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 to 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 John as soon as possible. Riders:
please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.