December 2 – Board of Directors Meeting – , Tom Gambino Room
December 3 – Regular Meeting – ,
Cranbury Station, Dinner: Sliced London Broil
Speakers: Harry Kleinkauf – Chief Kleinkauf, who will retire from the
Cranbury Police Department at the end of this year, will give us an update on
things going on in the department, including the new police station, and
possibly make some observations about his career with the Cranbury Police.
December 19 – Holiday Meeting –
Annual Holiday Dinner Dance at the Bog – Buffet Dinner
Ultimate Sounds DJ’s
January 6 – Board of Directors Meeting – , Tom Gambino Library Room
Lion Mason Blaich was involved in an automobile collision on
November 15, and was taken, by ambulance, to Capitol Health Systems’ Helen Fuld
Campus, and placed in the hospital’s intensive care unit. At this writing, he
is still in the ICU in “guarded condition.”
Lion Joe Addonizio’s wife, Ilene, and their newborn son,
James, were hospitalized after serious complications following the birth, but
are now home and doing well.
We wish these Lions and their families the best and hope
for their speedy recovery.
The Interactive Member Discussion for December will be preempted by the
Holiday Dinner Dance. When the Board chose “Hobbies” as an Interactive Member
Discussion topic, no one expected it would be such a popular choice. The
November topic was Hobby Night – Part 2, and we learned more about Lions Bob
Virgadamo and Walt Caldwell, through their hobbies of watercolor painting and
ham radio work, respectively. Because there is still a list of members who
would like to discuss their hobbies, the Interactive Member Discussion Topic
for January will be Hobby Night – Part 3. A laurel and hardy handshake
to Lion Frank Marlowe for keeping these evenings interesting through the use of
his probing and intelligent questions.
The judging for the Peace Poster Contest was held on
November 18th, and the top three winning posters were selected. The
first, second, and third prizes went to Dana Sahli, Maddy O’Meara, and Jessica
Charwin, respectively. The three young artists have been invited to our
December 3rd meeting to accept their awards, and their posters, as
well as the posters from the ‘runners-up’, will be on display. The Club would
like to thank this year’s judges, Virginia Swanagan, Lisa Walsh, and Cindy
The Community Room, which apparently is now known by another
name, and to which we donated a large sum of money, is no longer available for
our use, neither for Board meetings (due to an apparent scheduling conflict),
nor for a trophy case (which was to be used for our historic memorabilia).
President Ray and Lion Andre Mento are pursuing other alternatives, especially
for the trophy case. The Membership will be kept informed along the way, and of
the eventual outcome.
The Cranbury Lions Annual Pancake Breakfast will be Sunday,
December 7. By now all members should have received their assignments and
tickets to sell. If anyone has questions about their assignments, or needs more
tickets, please contact Lion Ed Lawson. As usual, Santa will arrive at , and pictures with Santa (available for a
nominal charge) will be taken by Santa’s elf, Lion Jim Gerberich.
The Cranbury Lions is once again sponsoring a Toys for Tots
Drive, in cooperation with the U. S. Marines.
There are collection boxes at the Post Office, The First Constitution Bank and
PNC Bank. The Marines have asked that we have all the collections done on or
about December 12th; they will be picking up the toys on December
13. If you wish to participate in this program, please deliver a new, unwrapped
toy to one of the collection points for ages 0-16. The Marines are also
soliciting cash donations to make up for the lack of toys donated in the 0-3
and 13-16 age groups (USMC uses the cash donations to buy these toys from Wall
Mart and Best Buys). The Board of Directors has voted to donate $100 to be used
by the Marines for this purpose.
NJ Multiple District 16 is sponsoring a hockey game between
the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, December 12, 2003. Each second tier
ticket, regularly priced at $52, cost members and their guests $35; $5 from
each ticket will be donated back to our Club. Last year the Cranbury Lions led
the State with 47 attendees, this year we will have 62, in large part through
the efforts of Lion Joe Carroll. These tickets will net a $310 donation to the
Everyone should get their holiday decorations up soon – and
tell your neighbors. The Holiday Decoration Committee will be traveling around
town to determine the best decorated house in each neighborhood on Thursday
December 18. As in past years, winners will receive a poinsettia, and will be
listed here and in the Cranbury Press.
The Cranbury Lions Holiday Meeting and Dinner Dance will be
at the Bog Restaurant on Friday,
December 19, 2003. The cash bar cocktail hour will begin at , followed by a buffet dinner with three
main course choices, including a carving station. Our regular DJ, Fred
Campbell, has retired to Florida,
so we have contracted a new DJ – Ultimate Sounds DJ’s. Fred knew what our
members liked, and always had an eclectic mix of music. While this new DJ comes
highly recommended, we would like to make sure that the musical needs of all
our members are met, so, if anyone has any particular songs, era, or types of
music that they would like at the Holiday Party, please contact Lion Bob ASAP.
After the dinner dance, Lion Bob Virgadamo would appreciate hearing your
comments on this new DJ. Reservations need to be made and confirmed in early
December, so please use the sign-up sheet going around at the meeting, or
contact Lion Bob.
The Coupon Collection Project is in full swing! Please
deliver your cut manufacturer’s coupons to Lion Chris Thompson at the meetings (or
to Lion Bob Virgadamo, if Chris is unavailable), or drop them off to one of the
collection boxes in the Library or the Town Hall. Remember that this very
worthwhile project will cost each of us a mere 10-15 minutes per week. And,
let us not forget that these coupons are being collected to help military
families overseas and that “We Serve”.
We have now received dates for our annual visits to the
Trenton Thunder. The Thunder have, once again, granted us a spot on their 50/50
calendar. The game is Thunder v. Mets on Friday, June 25, 2004. For the uninitiated, there are some
300+ organizations applying for 71 spots (home games) in the 50/50 line-up.
This will be our fifth year as a 50/50 recipient. The Club will need at least
six volunteers to sell tickets at the game, but the more volunteers we have,
the more tickets we can sell. Our Annual Trenton Thunder Game Club Outing will
be on Saturday, August 14, 2004;
tickets and additional information will be available in February.
PRESIDENT RAY AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
WISHES ALL OUR MEMBERS, OUR ADVERTISERS, AND ALL THEIR FAMILIES A HEALTHY AND
HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON.
Frank Marlowe has been our Program Chair for a few years
now, and has done quite an excellent job lining up speakers for our bi-monthly
meetings. You can all imagine how difficult it can be, finding more than a
dozen 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, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Additionally, Frank will take all members’ suggestions for interactive
It is important that we increase our fundraising capability
without requesting money from our small community over and over again. 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 advertiser per year. Refer all advertising leads to Lions
Gene Buckley, Dave Shaffer or Bob Virgadamo.
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 Dave Cook to activate the “phone tree”, so that all members
may be notified.
Ed Lawson (5 S. Main), Bob Meyers (95 N. Main) / Max Mesner (Rossmoor)
Lion Don Jo Swanagan
has volunteered to be the “permanent” pick up driver for Lion Bob
Lion Dennis Kennedy
has volunteered to be the “permanent” pick-up driver for Lion Ed
Lion Joe Addonizio
has volunteered to be the “permanent” back-up driver for both
Lion Frank Marlowe has volunteered to act as the “regular” pick up driver for
Lion Max, but additional volunteers are necessary for this pick-up.
Please contact Lion Rick Cusworth to be placed on his list of volunteer
THE LIONS CLUB, CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY Asks that you PLEASE SUPPORT OUR