Interactive Member Discussion – Topic:
Hobbies, Part 2 – The last Hobby night was
well received and because time ran out for the many Members who wished
to speak, a
second Hobby Night has been added.
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
Things To Know
Welcome to our newest Members, Jerry Hanson, Paul Hayden,
and Larry Leson.
The Board of Directors has updated and revised the Club’s
Constitution and By-Laws. The By-Laws had not been changed since 1976, and were
somewhat antiquated. For those members who receive this via e-mail, there is a
file attachment of the new By-Laws; for those who receive the Jargon in the
mail, the revision follows the Advertiser section. A membership vote on the
revised Constitution and By-Laws will take place at the November 19 meeting.
The Interactive Member Discussion Topic for October was on
“Hobbies”. Lion Judson Hagerty brought in two of his hand-made dollhouses, and
spoke about how he built and furnished them; Lion Judson also touched briefly
on another hobby of his, collecting Lions pins; he will bring a portion of his
collection to another meeting and discuss that hobby. Our members were so
interested in Judson’s hobby that his talk, and related questions, took the
entire allotted time, and since there are additional members who would like to
talk about their hobbies, it was decided that there would be a second hobby
night in November to allow these members to speak for a few minutes on their
hobbies.Kudos to Lion Frank Marlowe who
directed the format for this new program form, and for making it interesting to
all those who attended. All members are encouraged to participate in these
discussions. The December discussion will be “replaced” by Member interaction
at our Holiday Meeting and Dinner Dance.
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”.
Our Annual Children’s Halloween Party took place at the CranburySchool on Friday, October 31. As
usual, this was a wonderful little event, and the kids were adorable. We were
able to procure the services of young Mr. George Murray III who provided a
magic show that entranced both children and adults, alike. George is only 13
and is already a great showman; if you missed his act this year, we will try to
have him again next year; his feats of prestidigitation and levitation are well
worth seeing. Due to the warm weather on Halloween, most of the kids were out
‘Trick or Treating’, so turnout was lower than usual, however, we were able to
give prizes to all the children that attended. The Costume Parade, once again
led by the lovely Katie Stannard, produced“Honorable Mention” prizes that went to Morgan and Megan Maroides (sp?), Jack and Drew Staples, Timmy Yesalavage
(sp?) and Rebecca Saul, in the pre-school group; Paige McGuire, Brittany Hidalgo,
and Hayden Reyes in grades K&1; Alden Reyes, Wally Allikas, Tim Brennan,
and Emily Toplin for grades 2&3; Derek Colaizzo and Reed Devany in the
4th&5th grade group; and, Guy Blackburn in the 6th grade to adult group.A loud Lion roar of thanks to our Master of Ceremonies,
the startlingly scary Lion Richard Stannard, and his equally frightening band
of volunteers, including perennial snack servers and donut donators Lions Monty
Hagerty and Rich Pape, who were in turn assisted by their winsome wives, or as
Lion Rich has observed, we had a pair of Papes and a Full Monty.
The Board of Directors suggested a new Community Service
Project, which was ratified by a vote of the membership at the first meeting in
October. The Cranbury Lions will be renovating at least one of the barns on the
Updike Property (NOT to be confused with the barn that the Town may move
to the Updike Property). This barn, once preserved, will act as
our storage facility for the parade float, the ice cream cart, the griddle, all
the signs for the golf outing, and the boxes of supplies for our fundraisers.
It can (may) ultimately hold our archives, so that Lions George Smith, Mason
Blaich, and Mahlon Thompson can reclaim some personal space by storing
historical records in a “Club facility”.
Two years ago, the Club donated $2000 to the Cranbury
Educational Foundation for their fundraising efforts toward the new Community
Room; as a consideration for our donation, we were promised, at that time, that
we would be able to use of the room for our Board of Director meetings, and
that we could place a “trophy case” in the room to display our charter, the
president’s plaque, the Stan Thomas plaque, our sponsorship plaques (Little
League, et al), and other assorted historical memorabilia from the 30’s to the
present. The room is now in use, and President Ray is working with the school
to obtain the use of the Community Room, or some other room, and the trophy
case. Lion Pete Turner is investigating trophy cases for size, function and
The Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on December 7, 2003. Co-Chairs Ed Lawson
and George Smith have begun their preparations, which, this year will include
an advertisement in the Cranbury Press about our ‘Pictures with Santa’ Service.
Lion Joe Addonizio will man a separate table to sell Entertainment Books. Lion
Ed will have the assignment list ready before the day of the breakfast. Lion Ed
has chaired the breakfast for a few decades, now, and would like to step down.
If any of our younger members would like to try and fill his shoes, please
contact Lion Ed or President Ray.
Lion Bob Virgadamo has been trying to contact the U.S.
Marines in Ewing, who operate and coordinate the Toys
for Tots Program in this area. So far, he has not heard back from them, but anticipates
a response. Assuming a response from the Marine Company, there will be boxes
set up in the First Constitution Bank, PNC Bank and the Post Office, as in
previous years. Lion Bob will keep the Members, as well as the rest of the
town, informed through Lorraine Sedor’s weekly column.
In recent weeks, we have had a number of inquiries about
whether the Multiple District would sponsor another Devil’s Hockey Game.
President Ray just received word that there will be a NJ Multiple District 16 sponsored
hockey game between the NJ Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday, December 12, 2003. Each
ticket will be $35 (regular price $52), and $5 from each ticket will be donated
back to our Club. Last year the Cranbury Lions led the State with 67 attendees,
which netted a donation to the Club of $335. Anyone interested in attending
this game should notify President Ray or Lion Bob Virgadamo of the number of
tickets you would like. All reservations and payment (checks made out to
‘Cranbury Lions’) must be in no later than November 25, 2003.
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. After the dinner dance,
Lion Bob Virgadamo would appreciate hearing you’re your comments on this new
DJ. Reservations need to be made and confirmed in early December, so we will
start a sign up sheet at the November 19th meeting.
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 a year’s supply
of speakers 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.
Don’t forget about our new Eyeglass Collection Box, at its new
location in front of the Library.
Ed Lawson (5 S. Main), Bob Meyers (95 N. Main) / Max Mesner (Rossmoor)
(Don Jo Swanagan will
be the “permanent” pick up driver for Bob Meyers)
11/5 – Dennis Kennedy
/Rich Pape ; 11/19 – Joe Addonizio/Frank Marlowe
12/3 – Joe Addonizio
/ Frank Marlowe
For those already on the list, if you cannot make your
pick-up, and/or if you switch (or need to switch) with someone else, please
notify Lion Rick as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the assigned driver
if you are unable to make a meeting.
THE LIONS CLUB, CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY Asks that you PLEASE SUPPORT OUR