Topic: Mr. Kuserow is the current
President of the Cranbury Historical Society, and he will tell the Club about
the past, present and future of CHS
December 17 – Holiday Meeting –
Cocktails at , Buffet Dinner at at The Bog
Interactive Member Discussion: Dinner
Dance in lieu.
Lion Max Mesner, 92, while in PrincetonHospital, passed away on October 23rd.
Max was a key member of the team of engineers at
RCA Laboratories in Princeton who worked under David Sarnoff in the late forties
and early fifties to develop the color television system that became the
standard for broadcasting in the United States. He went on to join the new RCA Astro Space division
in East Windsor where he did pioneering development of high
resolution electronic imaging systems for the US space program. Lion Max became a Cranbury Lion
on November 1, 1967, and
was Club President in 1974-75, during which the Cranbury Club began collecting
the White Cane fundraiser. In spite of his failing health, Lion Max, until
recently, attended meetings regularly, and still volunteered for the pancake
breakfast. Max is survived by his wife Ethel and daughter, Susan. Condolences
may be sent to his home address.
Things To Know
Welcome to our two newest Members – Jeff Grundy and Glenn
Lion Rick Cusworth’s wife, Karen, has been diagnosed with
breast cancer. It's not a secret - a lot of people already know. Rick
would like us to know that while it is cancer and it is serious, Karen's
prognosis is good. He would also like us to know, however, that because she's
going to be feeling poorly for next few months his general availability toward
his Lions duties will vary accordingly. Everyone in the Club wishes Karen a
Our Interactive Member Discussion Topic scheduled for November
17th has yet to be determined. All Members are asked to suggest topics for
future discussions; please give your suggestions to President Walt, or Lion
District Governor Al Brewer visited with us at our October
6th meeting and personally recognized and thanked the Cranbury Lions
with twenty years or more of service. He then gave an interesting presentation
on LCIF, and the many ways that “local donations” come back to help Lions
locally; of the many examples cited were the new District 16D Eye-mobile and
the donations given to help local victims of 9-11. We would like to thank
Governor Al for taking the time to visit with us.
Like any organization, the Cranbury Lions must evolve to
reflect the times in which we live; among the many things that show this…the
Jargon is on-line, Website advertising is a primary fundraiser, a golf outing
has “replaced” the turkey dinner, broom sales are quaintly archaic and barely
remembered, and our members are given a choice as to how they may dress when
they attend regular meetings. The Cranbury Lions has a “dress code” which
follows the dress code recommended by
Lions International; it is important to note that Lions International does not
have a dress code standard, nor has any dress code ever been written
into the International By-Laws. Traditionally, members of the Cranbury Lions
have always been required to wear business attire to our “regular” bi-monthly
meetings. Lions International, in 1998, recommended that (U.S.)
Clubs amend existing dress codes to allow for, what is termed, in every
workplace, as “Business Casual”. This recommendation was based on the fact that
American businesses, for the most part, had adopted a more casual standard of
dress in the workplace. Approximately one year after the recommendation from
Lions International, a majority vote of the Cranbury Lions’ Board of Directors
approved a modification in the “dress code”, to wit, the traditional dress for
business meetings, being jackets and ties, would remain in effect, but would
not be mandatory, since so many of our members spent their days in a “business
casual” workplace, and many members came to the meetings directly from work.
Because the issue of “dress code” was brought to the floor at a recent meeting,
the matter was again discussed by the Board, who unanimously agreed to continue
to include “business casual” as part of the Club’s “dress code”. Because “dress
code” is not referenced in our By-Laws, a membership vote on this issue is not
required. The Cranbury Lions Club has adopted “business casual” as a co-standard
to the more formal jacket and tie, and members are free to choose either
standard of business dress, when attending regular meetings.
At 6PM on October 31st, in spite of the great
weather, scores of Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins, Witches ‘n’ Warriors, Dinosaurs and
Dancers, arrived at the school gymnasium for the Annual Halloween Party, hosted
by “old Abe” himself, Lion Richard Stannard. Both children and adults, alike,
were treated to feats of prestidigitation from our young magician, George
Murray III, who, for the third year in a row, volunteered to entertain. This
year the 15-year old magician amazed us all by “disappearing” from a locked bag,
and reappearing from behind the crown of on-lookers. Bravo, George! We’d like
to thank Lion Richard and his Committee for making the event special for all
the kids, with special thanks to Mary Reilly for her usual hand at registration.
And of course, a laurel and hardy handshake goes to Lion Bill Keller and his
crew for providing and serving the cider and donuts and Lion Roy Reinhardt for
providing the pumpkins and other decorations.
Annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser will be on December 5th. Co-Chairs
Ed Lawson and Rich Pape have
gone into semi-retirement, but will stay on in an advisory capacity to the new
Co-Chairs, Lions Gerry Hanson, Paul Hayden and
Larry Leson. We will again be featuring pictures with Santa, done by Lion Jim
Gerberich. As usual every Cranbury Lion is expected to be
available for this fundraiser; individual assignments will be completed by the
end of November.
have already begun working with the US Marines for this year’s ‘Toys for Tots’
Drive. You can expect to see boxes and barrels go out at the usual locations
within the next few weeks. The actual locations will be announced shortly.
Cranbury Lions Club is in search of new fund raisers – different, entertaining,
and fun. Some excellent ideas have been presented, among which are an antique
car rally, a Halloween party, a casino night and Bingo. Any member who has a
fundraising idea should share the idea with President Walt. The list of
potential fundraisers will be discussed at a Board of Directors meeting, and
presented to the membership at a regular meeting.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Club needs a Chairman and Co-Chairman for
the Spring Raffle; we also need to know who will be interested in holding a can
for the White Cane Days. All interested members, should please contact
President Walt, ASAP.
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 12 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 discussion nights.
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
Ray Dickey, Dave Shafferor
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)
Lion Dennis Kennedy
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.
THE LIONS CLUB, CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY Asks that you PLEASE SUPPORT OUR