April 30 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
May 1 - Regular Meeting - 7:30AM, Breakfast at Teddy's $12
Program: John Davisson dressed in Colonial Attire to speak on Historical Signs in Cranbury
May 15 - Regular Meeting - 6PM, New Jersey Training School; Dinner Buffet; Joint Meeting with Jamesburg Leo Club, Installation of New Leo Members
Program: Bob Cenker, scientist and astronaut on the Space Shuttle
June 4 - Board of Directors Workshop - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)
June 5 - Student Awards Meeting - 7PM, the Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Hamburger and Fries $20
Program: Presentation of Scholarships and Community Service Award
June 19 - Charter & Installation Meeting - 7PM, Teddy's Dinner Choice
Program: Installation of Officers and Presentation of Awards
My experience as president of the
Club for the past two years I found to be very rewarding and at times most
interesting. As I reflect back... there is one project, which I was involved
with which was extremely rewarding to me, the Sandy Relief projects.
I was present on both trips to South River to deliver our gifts and experienced
in person the extreme appreciation and gratitude that these homeowners had for
our generosity. It was very heartwarming, but also eye opening to witness
the reality of the loss and devastation these folks experienced as a result of
Sandy. Our donations, to these people in need, is an example of the
good work our Lions Club does and I am pleased to be involved. We look
forward to a busy month with our Spring Raffle and Memorial Day Parade, and I
certainly hope that everyone gets involved as we are once again serving
the community of Cranbury and it residents. Join our efforts, sell
tickets, volunteer to help with the float and/or the parade and let's have some
Yours in service, Christine
Things To Know
Cranbury Lions Scholarship Programs and Community Service Award
Cranbury Lions Student Affairs Committee members, Lions Mal Bash, Walton Caldwell,
Pramod Chivate, Susan Genco and Chairman, Fay Kobland met on April 24, 2013 at
the Cranbury School to review the record number of applications and made the
following recommended awards to the Board of Directors. For the Dr. David Tudor Memorial Scholarship
award to a high school senior accepted into a science program at an accredited
college goes to Matthew Ko. Matthew
excels in science, has won awards and plans to pursue his affinity for physics. The Todd Beamer Memorial Scholarship goes to
Amelia Ann Whaley who plans to attend Keystone College and major in Outdoor
Recreational Management, aspiring to be a Park Ranger. Come to the Student Awards Meeting on June 5th
to see her accomplishments in community service and leadership. Lastly the Stan Thomas Community Service
Award goes to someone familiar to the Cranbury Lions, Clay Kaiser. Most all Cranbury Lions have met Clay at one
of all the many times he's volunteered for the Lions service projects. He's most famous for the new "from scratch"
pancake recipe for the pancake breakfast the last two years. Clay excels with the scouts and in school and
volunteers for a variety of Cranbury organizations in town. Most memorable is Clay's orchestrating of his
Eagle project of planting 80 trees for Cranbury Lions' 80th
anniversary, which turned into 120 trees and $200 donation to the Lions. Great job Clay! Don't miss our June 5th meeting to
get a chance to meet these accomplished fine young people!
Club Field Trips
The Cranbury Lions took a field trip
on a beautiful spring day to Arthur Avenue "Little Italy" of the Bronx on
Saturday, April 27th. John
Ryan was the main organizer for this event enjoyed by the seven Lions that
attended. Lions dined a delicious (huge)
Italian lunch, followed by strolling and shopping, which included the Cigar
Rollers of Arthur Avenue, Italian farmer's market, meats, cheeses, olives,
pastries and much, much more. You get
the idea - Italian! See pictures on the
Cranbury Lions Facebook page. See DG
John's short video clip of the cigar rolling by following this link:
The next field trip will be on Saturday, May 11th to an early dinner
(4:45 PM) at Harold's Restaurant in Woodbridge. Harold's is known for their huge sandwiches. Another field trip is an easy bike ride up
the Raritan Canal, fun lunch and easy return on June 1st (details to
follow). Feel free to invite friends
with you on one of these field trips. Thanks to Lions Jon Goldstein and John Ryan for organizing the field
trips. Let us know if you have an idea
for a field trip.
Club Excellence/Renewal Process
As a follow up to the April 3rd meeting about the club renewal process,
Jon Goldstein moderated another work session for Lions who were interested in
attending on April 25th. The Lions took
the data generated from all the members and designed a path to implement this
improvement process. From the consensus of the Lions recommendations were given
to the Board on how to proceed. See how
the Lions are bringing back the fun and fellowship into the service the
Cranbury Lions provide their community.
Tickets will be distributed at the meeting
at Teddy's this Wednesday and also mailed to members not in attendance.
May 17th and 18th and May 24th and 25th,
there will be opportunity to sell tickets in front of Teddy's. Sign up
sheet will be at the meeting on Wednesday morning. Additional tickets are
available from Elaine Homoky at NJ Community Bank and Christine.
Memorial Day Parade
Dave Cook and Frank Vesci are underway with planning for the Memorial Day Parade,
obtaining bands and groups to march in the parade. DG John Kobland is arranging the post parade
District Governor John Kobland's Testimonial Dinner
Jon Goldstein, Jeff Grundy and Andre Mento
chair the committee for DG John's testimonial Dinner. The Cranbury Lions Club hosts the District
Governor's Testimonial dinner on Saturday,
June 15, 2013 from 7-11 PM at the Mercer County Park Marina Boathouse. Please mark your calendar for this special
event that's sure to be fun for all. It's a great opportunity to meet and have fun with Lions from around the
District and to show your support for DG John. In order to plan for the right amount of food we need to know if you
will be attending by June 1st.
Annual Trenton Thunder Super 50/50
is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, 2013 evening game against the Portland Sea
Dogs (Double A Red Sox). Phyllis
Johnson, chairperson is requesting Lions put the date on their calendar and
sign up for this important fundraiser.
The Lions will provide a community social event at the Annual
Trenton Thunder Baseball Game. We will once again have tickets to the Yankee
Skybox; the game, against Portland (Double-A Red Sox) will be on Sunday,
August 25, 2013. Tickets are $38 each, which includes dinner.
For those of you who are not Lions -
Lions are the world's largest service organization and lives up to its motto of
"We Serve" at the local, state, country and international level. Much of Lions work is done at the local level
in Lions Clubs across New Jersey and the USA.
Cranbury Lions has made, and continues to make, important contributions to Cranbury in
the form of financial support to worthy causes, physical gifts to the town and
support to other organizations. We are
men and women of Cranbury and are always open to those who wish to look us over
and make a decision to join and carry on the 80 plus years of service legacy to
Cranbury. You may join us for a dinner
meeting, work with us on a project or talk with another Lion.
The legacy of the Lions is all over Cranbury. Consider the service
you can provide in a spirit of fellowship and fun
with the Cranbury Lions. Lions consider
why you joined the Cranbury Lions and spread the word of the rewards and value
of serving others.
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 call or e-mail Lion Frank Marlowe (Chair,
H&W) and/or President Christine Thompson and/or Secretary John Ryan so that
all members may be notified as soon as possible.
The Club will arrange a ride for any member who is unable to drive
to the meeting(s). If a Member needs a ride, please contact President Christine
or Lion Frank Marlowe to arrange for a pick-up.