Speaker: Paul Ritz, an
expert on the Kennedy Assassination, and who spoke last year on the topic, will
give us “Part 2”.
Lion John Kobland was our Advertising Chair last year, and
he did a spectacular job of cleaning up the program and placing it all on a
database. Unfortunately, Lion John is conflicted at work and is unable to
continue as Ad Chair. This is the time of year we solicit our annual
advertising and we are in desperate need of an Advertising Chairperson. John
has advised that the database allows the program to “run itself”, but a Chairman
is required to form a committee who can make the necessary contacts. Any Lion
who can step up to this position should contact President Rick or Lion John.
Things To Know
though we have begun sending a new “Calendar
of Events” with the dues mailings, 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 to attend
all meetings, but are encouraged to attend “Spouse Night” meetings.
under the direction of Lions Don Herr and Walt
Caldwell, was a smashing success…we raised $2492, including $200 from the Ice
Cream Cart, and $192 from the 50/50; the winner of the 50/50 was Matt Cashin of
East Windsor. A laurel and hardy handshake to Lions Don
and Walt and to all the Lions who worked throughout the day to make this event
This year’s USA/Canada
Forum was held in Columbus, OH,
on September 14 –16. President Rick and VDG Bob attended and, a usual and as
expected, brought back some terrific ideas for growth, including some of LCI’s
newest MERL ideas (for those who have forgotten or are unfamiliar with term,
MERL is an acronym for Membership, Extension, Retention, and Leadership). Among
these are: building – and rebuilding – Clubs based on an understanding of new
demographics; bringing women in as members (an interesting fact: 1 in 5 Lions,
worldwide, are women); and, opening Clubs to Family Membership. In the coming
months, president Rick will be having open discussions on these and other
topics that were learned at the Forum, and he encourages ALL members to attend
the meetings so that our Club can get the full benefit of this new and
Lion Mahlon Thompson advised the Golden Ager’s Luncheon, held on September 16th, was its
usual success, but has suggested – rightly – that next year we should have a
few more volunteers to help serve the luncheon. A heartfelt thanks to Lion
Mahlon and his volunteers, with special thanks (as pointed out by IPP Alex at
the last meeting) to Bonnie Thompson and Mary Reilly. Let us try to remember
for this and all our projects – We Serve.
Did you know that the Cranbury Lions began the “Halloween
Parade”, in 1933? The entire town participated in the parade, after which there
was a party. The Parade continued until the onset of World War II, when it
became the Children’s Halloween Party,
which goes on to this day. The children’s Halloween Party will be in the old gymnasium
of the school from on Halloween
evening, registration will start at .
Prizes will be awarded and refreshments served (in the cafeteria). A sign-up
sheet for volunteers will be circulating during the October meetings.
By the way, Halloween is National Lions Sight Night, and we ask all Members to encourage
their children, grandchildren, and friends of their children or grandchildren
to hold out a second bag when
Trick or Treating – to collect used eye glasses. We will attempt to get an article
in the paper the week before Halloween to alert the public to this program; we
will also attempt to have a flyer passed out at the school. All glasses
collected can be deposited in the big, yellow, eyeglass collection box in front
of the Library [Reminder: eye glasses (and hearing aids) only; plastic
collection bags take up too much room].
Reminder…Hold the time and date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration –
, Saturday, June 23,
2007, at the Forsgate Country Club. The following committees
have been formed: Publicity (Rick Burke), Promotions (Jon Goldstein), Marketing
(Pat Meehan), Ticket Sales (Walt Caldwell, Don Herr,
Mahlon Thompson), Entertainment (Bob Virgadamo, Dave Shaffer),
Program (Andre Mento, Bob Virgadamo), and Printing
(Ray Dickey). Additional committees will be
formed as we move toward June 23rd. We are now seeking Members (or
Spouses) for the Decorations Committee. Any Lion (or Spouse) who wishes to
assist in this, or any particular
area, should contact either Lion Andre Mentoor Lion Bob Virgadamo. Open discussions about the
Anniversary Celebration are encouraged at ALL meetings.
Tickets for the 75th Anniversary Celebration are
now available, and will be going out to all Lions in our dues envelope. The
Committee and the Board are hoping that every Member will attend this historic
event in our Club’s history, and now is a good time to start planning a table;
tables will be set for 8, 10, or 12. But, if for any reason a Member can’t use
the tickets sent to him or her, we ask that you try to sell them; if you are
unable purchase them or sell them, please return them to the Ticket Committee
within 60 days.
– Membership – Membership
always we are looking for new members. This year’s theme from International
President Jimmy Ross is
and President Rick has adopted this theme. With so many new homes in Cranbury,
there are many opportunities for new members. We ask all Cranbury Lions to try
to bring in New Members. Membership applications can be obtained from Secretary
George Smith or from membership Chairman Mike
Kaiser. Let’s try to keep our Lions Club from being
Cranbury’s “best kept secret”.
On the flip side of the membership coin, we also seem to be
having a problem with attendance. Over the last couple of years meeting
attendance has diminished from an average of 45+ members per meeting to an
average of plus or minus 25 members, per meeting. Our core volunteers have
always come from sign-ups at the meetings, and with meeting attendance down,
so are the number of volunteers. While we would love to see “a
packed house” at every meeting, it is understandable that many of our Members can’t
make every meeting due to the demands and obligations to their jobs and
families, however, the Board of Directors is asking every member to try to
attend at least one meeting per quarter.
Frank Marlowe has been our Program Chair for a few years
now, and has done quite an excellent job lining up speakers for each of our
meetings. You can all imagine how difficult it can be, finding 20 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 youdo, or if you have any
suggestions for speakers, please give Lion Frank a call.
Even though we have a few new fundraisers, the Cranbury
Lions Club is always in search of additional new fund raisers – different,
entertaining, and most importantly, fun. Any member who has a fundraising idea
should share the idea with President Rick, or bring it up at one of the
meetings. The list of potential fundraisers, and the input from interested
Lions, will be discussed at a Board of Directors meeting, and presented to the
general membership at a regular meeting.
While it is important that we increase our fundraising
capability, it is equally important that we do it without continually
requesting donations from our small community on a too frequent basis. 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 new advertiser per year.
Refer all advertising leads to Lions John Kobland, Ray Dickey,
or Dave Shaffer.
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 Frank Marlowe (Chair,
H&W) and/or Lion Dave Cookto activate the “phone tree”, and/or Lion Bob Virgadamo
(e-mail notifications) so that all members may be notified.
Ed Lawson (5 S. Main)
Lion George Smith
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.