May 6 – Board of Directors Meeting – , Tom
Gambino Library Room
May 7 – Regular Meeting – ,
Cranbury Station; Dinner: London Broil
Speaker: George Arpagian –
who will talk about living and functioning with a severe hearing impairment,
and will explain and demonstrate how an implanted hearing aid works. He will
also bring his hearing guide dog.
May 21 – Breakfast
Meeting – 7:30AM, Teddy’s Restaurant; Breakfast:
From the menu
Speaker: Semi-Social meeting;
June 3 – Board of Directors Meeting – , Tom
Gambino Library Room
… To our newest Lions – Doug Diamond, John Gartner, and John
Haney, the Cranbury School’s Chief Administrator.
For his unselfish commitment of Service to the Community, by
unanimous vote of the LOTY Committee, the Cranbury Lions Club Lion of the Year is Jeff Grundy. Way
to go, Jeff!
But, congratulations also go to the Club’s newest Melvin Jones Fellowes – Jeff Grundy, Jon Goldstein,
and Elaine Homoky.
And, bringing the Club’s total Progressive
Melvin Jones Fellowes to three: Lion Ed Lawson and DG Bob Virgadamo.
Congratulations to all for your unwavering service in the spirit of Lionism!
Things To Know
though we have begun sending a revised “Calendar
of Events” with each dues mailing, 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 not only
to attend the meetings, but to become Members under the Family Membership
Initiative. In any event, Spouses are wholly encouraged to attend “Spouse
Mark you Calendars:
We will be bottling the wine from the Club
Wine Project at the Grape Escape at our first meeting in September 3.
We still need to develop a label for our wine bottles. The
Board of Directors has approved a Wine
Label Contest, and the winner will receive a prize, undetermined at
this time. The label should depict a relationship to Lions (or lions), and must
incorporate the official Lions Logo. The artwork and/or wine name may be serious
or humorous in nature. Although the contest will only be mentioned at the
meetings and in the Jargon, it is open to all Lions, family members and
friends. Judging will take place at the end of June. If anyone is still
interested in splitting a case, please speak with President Mike.
Due to a lack of volunteers, the LCI Extension Team will not
be visiting New Jersey before the
end of this Lion Year, as planned by District Governor Bob and District
Governor-Elect Tony; but plans are still in effect to bring the Extension Team
to NJ during the Summer or Autumn. However, since we already have our
volunteers from Cranbury, we should follow through on our commitment and plan
to sponsor a new Club in Plainsboro.
To accomplish this, we need a few committed Lions to contact local businesses,
local government employees, and perhaps run a membership drive in one (or all)
of the shopping plazas to gather local residents as members. This would not be
unprecedented; the Cranbury Lions sponsored the Hightstown Club, as well as the
(now defunct) Hamilton, Jamesburg, and (former) Plainsboro Clubs. There’s no
doubt that this will be a large undertaking, but the satisfaction obtained at
the other end will make every Cranbury Lion proud! Interested Lions should
contact President Mike or Governor Bob ASAP.
Lion Neile Wright, one of our newest Members, has taken on
the job of Advertising Chair
and has already streamlined the existing program through a letter campaign;
Lion Neile has already collected over $1000 and brought in a few new
advertisers. A laurel, and hardy handshake to Lion Neile for her outstanding
It has been recommended that a member of the Club be totally
familiar with the Lions Clubs International Insurance Policy, which covers us
under its umbrella, and be available to inspect our event sites and complete a
form as it may apply to any particular event or fundraiser, as the new Club “Safety Officer”. Anyone
interested in this position should contact President Mike.
The Student Affairs Committee received a number of
applications for our two scholarship awards and our Community Service Award,
and after some very tough deliberations reviewing some amazing applicants, came
up with the winners of these awards:
The Todd Beamer Scholarship will be awarded to Sarah Gordon
The Dr. David Tudor Science Scholarship will be awarded to Thomas
The Stan Thomas Community Service Award will be presented to
The annual Joint
Zone Meeting was held at the East Brunswick Chateau on April 16. As has
been done in the past, this was also our Lion
of the Year Dinner and Presentation of Melvin
Jones Awards. We had a good turnout, and many Spouses attended. As indicated
above, Lion Jeff
Grundywas awarded the honor of Lion of the
Year, and the prestigious Melvin Jones Award
was presented to Lions Jon Goldstein, Jeff
Grundy, and DG Bob Virgadamo; this is Governor Bob’s first
Progressive Award. A couple of other awards were to be presented, but the Lions
were unfortunately unable to attend the LOTY Dinner; Lions Elaine
Homoky and Ed Lawson were presented with their Melvin
Jones Awards at our May 7th meeting; this is Lion Ed’s first
Progressive Award. [This makes a total of three Progressive Awards in the
Cranbury Club; the first was Nick Altieri, awarded in 1994.]
Governor Bob made his Governor’s
Visitation Presentation at the R4Z1 Zone Meeting and Lion of the Year
Dinner. He discussed International President Amasuriya’s Initiative, “The Challenge
to Change”, and how we (the Clubs) can help create positive change by
redoubling our efforts of participation – not only at the Club level, but at
the District and State levels; by changing our meeting structures, and
fundraising and Public Relations methods; and, by actively pursuing new
members…not just in our Club, but via extension in our local areas (new clubs).
By and large, to quote one of our members who attended, “… it was an
interesting and enlightening presentation.”
District 16 State Convention was held from May 1-3. Under the
“Challenge to Change” initiative, there were numerous positive changes made to
the Convention for the benefit of the Delegates, non-voting Lions, and spouses;
the business portion of the convention was fairly interesting. For an outline
of the weekend, see the attachment about the convention at the end of the
Annual Cranbury Lions Golf Classic will be on Monday, May 12 at the PeddieSchool. The Shotgun Format will
begin after lunch; at the end of the day, prizes will be awarded at the golf
dinner; there will be an open bar at dinner (all included in the price of
play). Lion Ray Dickey and his Golf Committee have done a phenomenal job of
organizing and restructuring the Outing. We think you’ll have a great time.
Non-Golfers are invited to attend the dinner after play is through; around , $30 per person. There is a sign-up sheet
going around at the meeting, or contact Lion Ray if you plan to attend. Oh, by
the way…we could use a few more players. An application to play has been
attached at the back of the Jargon.
Tickets have been mailed out to all Club Members. All the tickets sent to you
must be sold, but we ask that you please make every effort to sell as many
tickets as you can.
And of course, The
Memorial Day Parade and Post Parade Ceremonies are coming up! 3rd
Vice President Dave Cook will reprise his role as Parade Chair and he needs
some help. As usual, we need traffic assistance, strolling Super 50/50 Sellers,
and help with the float. A sign-up sheet is being circulated at the meetings,
but, if you can’t make the meeting, please call Lion Dave and offer to help.
The Cranbury Lions have been asked to participate in a Town Picnic Event in conjunction
with the First Aid Company, the Fire Company, and the Police Department. This
is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about what we do, and
perhaps to gather a few new members. It will be held from to on
June 7, 2008 in VillagePark. This will be a BIG event
in Cranbury and we are going to need quite a few volunteers – think
“Pancake Breakfast” and “Cranbury Day” big. In addition to members manning the
Lions table and the ice cream cart, we need one member to help form at least
12-15 teams (Per Team: 1 Lion, 1 Cop, 1 Fireman, 1 First Aider). Please don’t
forget why you joined the Lions…to help serve the Community; and this, Cranbury
Day and the Pancake Breakfast, is as close as it gets. There is a sign-up sheet
going around at the meeting, or contact Lion Andre Mento
to offer assistance.
Every June for the first twenty-five years or so of our
Club’s existence, we had a “Charter Night Dinner Dance” (always formal and
always at the Forsgate Country Club); in the early 50’s, the dinner dance was
moved to April and re-named the “Spring Fling”; during this time it was still
formal, but at a number of different venues. By the late 1990’s the “Spring
Fling” had slowly crept back into mid-June, and was re-named the “Installation
Dinner Dance”. Now, with both hindsight and foresight – and a little knowledge
of what nearly every other Club does – the Board of Directors has voted to
re-name the event, going back to our roots. Unfortunately, due to lack of
interest, there will be no Charter Night Dinner Dance this year; the Installation of Officers will
take place at a regular meeting, on June 18.
Baseball Season is Upon Us! Our Trenton Thunder Super 50/50 will be
held at Riverside Stadium at the Trenton Thunder v. Reading Phillies game on
Friday, June 6. We need a MINIMUM of six volunteers to sell tickets, but the
more volunteers we have the more tickets we can sell. This is a great
fundraiser for us, and all we have to do is walk around while watching a
baseball game – how good can it get? Tickets can be sold by anyone over the age
of 18, bring your spouse…bring you older children…bring your next door neighbor
and/or his the kid, but they must wear a hat or vest (we have extras). Entrance
into the Park is free and the Club will buy each ticket seller a hot dog and a
And, mark your calendars…Our Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Outing is scheduled for
Saturday, August 23. The came starts at ,
and coincidentally, is Thunder v. Reading Phillies! Tickets are $10 each and
are for sale to all Lions, their family and friends – and any Cranbury
resident. Tickets are available now. For Tickets call DG Bob or any Cranbury
– Membership – Membership
year’s theme is “the Challenge to Change”, and, through change, we can increase
our Membership while rejuvenating existing members to help to keep the Club
young, active, and viable! Cranbury Lions Club President Mike has adopted this
theme, and is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair Jon
Goldsteinin attracting and bringing in new
members. With so many new homes in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for
new members. To get information about membership options (Family membership,
etc) or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Jon,
Secretary George Smith, or President Mike. In any event, we MUST begin a
proactive campaign to bring in new Members! Let’s try to keep our Lions Club
from being Cranbury’s “best kept secret”.
Using the tag-line, “If you build it, they will come”, President Mike is asking EVERY Cranbury Lion to provide suggestions on
how we might be able to CHANGE the meetings to appeal to broader range of the
membership, in an effort to build a stronger Cranbury Lions Club.
Please provide your suggestions to him directly.
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 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 Mike as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the assigned driver
if you cannot make a meeting.