May 2 – Board of Directors Meeting – , Tom Gambino Library Room
– Special Meeting – , at The Grape Escape in Dayton,
Dinner: catered by Cranbury Station –
Buffet Dinner choices; no soup, no dessert or coffee;
bring your own beverage.
This “special” meeting will be the first of four meetings
which will be held at the Grape Escape; in addition to regular business, the
purpose of this meeting is to begin the “Club Project” of making wine for our
75th Anniversary Celebration. Spouses
are invited to attend.
May 17 – Regular
Meeting – , Cranbury Station,
Dinner: Sliced London Broil
June 6 – Board of Directors Meeting – , Tom Gambino Library Room
Speaker: Mike Casper of the Drug Enforcement Agency will talk
about polygraph testing andgive a
demonstration with a real polygraph.
June 16 – Installation of Officers Meeting
and Dinner Dance – the Bog Restaurant, Dinner: Choice – Cash Bar
Dinner and Dancing from .
Please join us in celebration and to congratulate the new Board of Directors.
This past month we lost a member of our Lion Family, Midge
Paul. Midge was long a fixture in Cranbury and well-liked by everyone who knew
her. She was a Charter Member of the Cranbury Lioness Club, and remained an
active member until her passing on April 5. Midge was the widow of Cranbury
Past President and two-times District Governor Jim Paul. We mourn her passing
and she will be missed.
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 – Our Tail Twister
advises that all members are to wear their name tags to all meetings and Lion
functions; members without a name tag will be fined. Lion Peter asks that all
members complete a “Member Bio”, and return it to him; these Bios will be used
in a “Name That Member” segment at each meeting, so that all members can get to
know about each other.
The Nominating Committee presented the 2006-2007 Slate of Officers to the Board of Directors at the May
Board Meeting; although the Slate was incomplete, the Board approved the slate
as submitted. The Slate will be presented to the membership for review at the
May 3rd meeting and for second review and final vote at the May 17th
meeting. Members may do a write in ballot for any position on the Board. We
also need to fill the position of Tail Twister and Publicity Chair, which the
Board hopes will be filled by volunteers at the regular meetings.
The Student Affairs
Committee received applications from quite a number of very qualified
candidates for the Doc Tudor and Todd Beamer Scholarships, the Stan Thomas
Award, and the World Affairs Seminar, and, after some deliberation, chose
appropriate students for each award. The winners of the aforementioned awards
are Mario Fiorentini, Nicole Yesalavage, Vrajesh Modi, and Patrick Finn,
respectively. The awards will be presented to these young adults at our Student
Affairs meeting on June 7.
The Cranbury Lions hosted the Annual Lion of the Year Dinner and Joint ZoneMeeting on April 19th at the East Brunswick Chateau. Congratulations
to our Lion of the Year, Mike Kaiser, and to our newest Melvin
Jones Fellows: Walt Caldwell, Don Herr, and
The Annual White Cane
Days were held on April 28 &29, and thanks to the efforts of our
volunteers, under the direction and guidance of Co-Chairs Mahlon Thompson and
Jeff Grundy, the Club raised over $825. Of course, Lions Mahlon and Jeff get
the traditional laurel and hardy handshake.
The Club Project Meeting at the Grape
Escape which was supposed to be held as our second May meeting is, instead,
being held on May 3. The change was a result of the grapes arriving a few weeks
early, and since they are fresh and need to be crushed within days of their
arrival, the meetings were switched around. Lions Andre and Bob hope that
everyone received their notification either by e-mail, phone, or word of mouth.
The date for the next Club Project Meeting at the Grape Escape will be
The 8th Annual Golf Outing will
be held at the Peddie Golf Course on Monday, May 15, 2006.As in past years, we
have held the price to $125 per player, which 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. 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. As this is one of our biggest fundraisers,
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.
Golfers may sign up as late as the weekend before the event, but hole sponsors
must be in no later than May 6.
Your Super 50/50 Spring Raffle tickets are
in the mail, and all members should receive them by or before May 6th.
Raffle Chairman, Lion Henry Behnke, advised that there was a delay, but, as a
Club we still have time to sell as many tickets as we have in the past. As one
of our largest (and oldest) fundraisers, each member is asked to sell every
ticket they receive, and make every possible effort to sell additional tickets.
Volunteers will be needed, by the Raffle Committee, to sell tickets along Main
Street during the Memorial Day Parade. A sign-up
sheet will be circulating at the meetings during May.
The Memorial Day
Parade will be upon us soon, and as a reminder, the Parade Committee will need
volunteers for the day. Sign up sheets for both the Parade and “Float Repair”
will be available at the May meetings.
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 Club Secretary
George Smith or President Alex, ASAP – Delegate
forms are required to be in the hands of the State Office by May 5th.
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 our game booth at the Cranbury
Drug Free Fair. The Club would like to thank Lion Jeff
Grundy who has stepped up as Chairperson for this event.
Further thanks to Lion Richard Stannard, who has chaired the event for the last
few years. A sign-up sheet will begin circulating for volunteers at the Drug
Free Fair at the beginning of April.
The 49th Annual Meeting of the Eye Bank of Delaware
will be held at a Luncheon on Saturday,
June 17, 2006 at the East Brunswick Chateau.The cost of the affair is $25 per person and
will begin with a cash bar and reception at ,
Luncheon begins at ,
immediately followed by the program. Meal choices are Roast Beef or Broiled
Salmon. Anyone interested in attending may contact President Alex, regional
Chairman Tom Reilly, or Zone Chairman Bob Virgadamo.
The Annual Joint Meeting for the New Jersey Lions District
16D Eye and Ear Foundation will be held on Monday May 22, 2006 at
at the Willows Restaurant in Greenbrook. Meal choices are Roast Beef, Chicken
Fricassee, or broiled Salmon; the cost is $18 per person. Anyone interested in
attending should contact Lion Bob V, ASAP.
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
Mento and 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.
The 2006 USA-Canada
Leadership Forum will be in Columbus, OH,
September 14 –16, 2006. The Forum is an excellent learning tool, and can
have enormous benefit to the Club if a number of Members attended. As 2006
District Chairman for the Forum, Lion Bob V. will place Forum information in
the Jargon over the next few months. All Club members, especially Board
members, should consider attending this highly effective learning seminar.
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 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 forthcoming.
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.