September 30 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room
October 1 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Pork Chops
Speakers: Lorraine & Bart Jackson
will speak about their Trip to Ghana, including their experiences
with "portable libraries" and diamond mines.
October 15 - Spouse Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Salmon
Speaker: Pete Melios,
physical trainer. This promises to be a popular talk, since all of us have
aches, pains, and health concerns - especially older folks, as Lions tend to be.
November 4 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room
November 5 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Grape Escape Wine School, Stults
Rd, Dayton; Dinner: Buffet
Speaker: In lieu
of a speaker we will be bottling and labeling the Club Project - LionsPride
November 19 - Regular Meeting - 7:30AM, Teddy's Restaurant for Breakfast (off the menu)
Speaker: Interactive networking meeting
Things To Know
Even though we send a revised "Calendar of
Events" with each dues mailing, 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 not only to attend
the meetings, but to become Members under the Family Membership Initiative. In
any event, Spouses are wholly encouraged to attend "Spouse Night" meetings. Our
next "Spouse Night is October 15.
Burke has designed a snazzy new label for our Club Project Wine,
which will continue to be known as
"LionsPride". The label will be unveiled at the November 5 meeting, which
will be held at the Grape Escape, where we will be bottling and labeling
this delicious Bordeaux Blend.
the first time in "history", it rained on Cranbury
Day - Boy, did we have rain! The weatherman said constant rain,
so we were prepared to cancel our fundraising
efforts if we had to, but luckily, after pouring through the night, it stopped
and held off until about 1:30 in the afternoon. Cranbury Day Chair, Lion Pat
Meehan, and his crew were out early, picked up food and beverages, and set up
the stand. And in spite of the grey skies, a crowd still streamed up and down Main Street. Our
Cranbury Day fundraising efforts were not as high as usual, but with no other
food vendors showing up, our primary objective was accomplished - serving the
community! Congratulations are extended to Rocco D'Armiento for winning the
50/50. The Board of Directors and Members of the Club would like to extend a
huge "thank you" to Lion Pat and ALL the Lions who came out to make this year's
Cranbury Day fundraiser a success.
have for more than 50 years, the Cranbury Lions hosted the
Cranbury Golden Agers Luncheon on Saturday, September 20. Usually,
the luncheon is on the Saturday, following Cranbury Day, but this year, they
wanted to have the Luncheon coincident with the First Anniversary of the
opening of the new Senior Center (which explains why last month, this column
advised that the event was on the 13th). A laurel and hardy
handshake to Event Chair Lion Mahlon Thompson, and his cadre of volunteers for
serving at the luncheon.
It was so
successful last year that, we will once again, be co-sponsoring the
Great Halloween Pumpkin Cutting Contest
at the school (with the PTO). The event will take place on Friday, October 24
at 7PM. As always, there will be cider & donuts, prizes for the best
cutting and decorating. Unfortunately (for us), our favorite young Magician, George
Murray III, who has been entertaining the kids for the last eight years has gone off to college and
will be unable to perform this year. However, 3VP Dave
Cook has come up with a new surprise twist that should
entertain both kids and adults, alike. Lion Dave is searching for volunteers,
so look for the sign-up sheet at the meetings.
The 61st Annual Pancake Breakfast
will be here before we know it - scheduled, as always on the first Sunday in
December - this year: December 7. However, due to the nature of the 'world
politics', the State of New Jersey now requires all food service and food
handling done in schools to be monitored by "licensed professionals". This
State requirement will seriously affect our bottom line for this fundraiser, as
we must pay an hourly fee for these "licensed professional(s)" for their
monitoring duties, which begin on Saturday as we prepare for the Breakfast, and
continue into Sunday from the moment they
unlock the doors until the moment we finish our clean-up and they
lock back up. A note of clarification
to our members: the cost of these professionals must also be borne, per event,
by the PTO and any other organization that uses the school cafeteria. It should
also be noted that this is a requirement from the State of New Jersey, NOT the
Cranbury School, and since the school has donated (and will continue to donate)
Janitorial Service for the event, they cannot, nor can we expect them to, pay
the additional tab for these "licensed professional".
of Directors has approved the Winter
Art Auction. Some of you may recall we did this a few years ago and the
event proved to be fairly successful. Due to the nature of the event, it was
decided to hold it every other year, but due to one snafu or another we were
unable to hold the auction last winter; we will, however, be having it this
February...look for more information in upcoming issues and at the meetings.
we're on the subject of fundraisers, we should mention that between the current
economic climate and the weather our "income stream" has been negatively and
somewhat radically affected: first, our golf outing was rained out, and even
though we were lucky enough to get another date at the course, it rained the
night before and the morning of, keeping nearly half the golfers away. The weather
also negatively impacted our sales on Cranbury Day. The fact is that, with both
of these events raising substantially less than they normally have in the past,
we will be hard-pressed to make our regular annual donations. That will, of
course, negatively impact the bottom-line on those organizations that depend on
of Directors has discussed ways of helping some of the shortfall, all of which
will require a concerted effort on the part of our membership:
Increased advertising revenue; the Art Auction, poinsettia
sales at the Pancake Breakfast, a Poker Run in the Spring (new!), and because
material donations have also slowed down - sponsorships where ever possible.
Mike is asking all Cranbury Lions bring in at least one advertiser for the
placemat, Jargon, and/or website; and to help market these events, when the
time comes, in an effort to boost attendance and maximize our fundraising capabilities.
service to the Woman's Club of Cranbury, we are announcing here that the
Election Night Supper is back!
After a hiatus of a few years, the
tradition continues...the Supper will be held, as it always was, at the
Presbyterian Church on Election Day, November 4. Serving at 5PM and 6:30PM, or you
can have Take Out. The menu will be baked chicken, potato, carrots, coleslaw,
roll, dessert and a beverage; $15 adults, $6 kids; proceeds benefit the Woman's
Club Scholarship Fund. There is a ticket order form attached to the back of
this issue; to reserve a table, call 860-0125.
already have a few volunteers from Cranbury, we should follow through on our
commitment and plan to sponsor a new
Club in Plainsboro. To accomplish this, we need a few committed Lions
to contact local businesses, local government employees, and perhaps run a
membership drive in the shopping plazas and the new "downtown" area to gather
local residents as members. This would not be unprecedented; the Cranbury Lions
sponsored the Hightstown Club, as well as the (now defunct) Hamilton,
Jamesburg, and (former) Plainsboro Clubs. There's no doubt that this
will be a large undertaking, but the satisfaction obtained at the completion of
this project will make every Cranbury Lion proud! As it is with all our
projects, the more volunteers we can get, the easier the task! Interested
Lions should contact President Mike.
been recommended that a member of the Club be totally familiar with the Lions
Clubs International Insurance Policy, which covers us under its umbrella, and
be available to inspect our event sites and complete a form as it may apply to
any particular event or fundraiser, as the new Club "Safety Officer".
It is interesting to note that, other
than being familiar with the policy, and completing any form that may ever
become necessary (but only if
necessary), this Club Position is about as easy as anything could be. Anyone
interested in this position - especially
members with insurance-related backgrounds - should contact President Mike.
Forget the 2008 Christmas Party!
This year the party will be held on Friday, December 19th, 2008,
at "Charlie Brown's" in Princeton. Entertainment will be provided by "The Magic
of Music" DJ's. This is the same DJ that
played for PDG Bob Virgadamo's Testimonial. They provide dancing lessons and
are very good at getting everyone involved. The 2008 Christmas Party Committee
has a lot of great ideas and would love for you to join us and/or contribute
any of your own ideas for the party. So far some ideas are; door prizes, secret Santa, astrologist, as well
as inviting other clubs to join us. Please contact Lions Neile Wright, Bobbie
Marlowe or Phyllis Johnson with any
questions, comments, or with your reservation.
REMEMBER, only with your help can we make this a successful event.
Invite your friends and family... sell a table...
Membership - Membership - Membership
Last year's theme was "the Challenge
to Change", and, through change, we can increase our Membership while
rejuvenating existing members to help to keep the Club young-at-heart, active,
and viable! Cranbury Lions Club President Mike will continue to accept the
Challenge to Change, and is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair
Jon Goldstein in attracting and bringing in new
members. To get information about membership options or to obtain membership
applications contact Membership Chair Jon, Secretary Bob Virgadamo, or
President Mike. In any event, we MUST begin a proactive campaign to bring in
new Members! Let's try to keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury's "best kept
tag-line, "If you build it, they will come", President Mike is asking EVERY
Cranbury Lion to provide suggestions on
how we might be able to CHANGE the meetings to appeal to a broader range of the
membership, in an effort to build a stronger Cranbury Lions Club. Please
provide your suggestions to him directly.
know of an interesting speaker? You
may be an interesting speaker! Please
advise Program Chair Frank Marlowe with any and all suggestions for
speakers at our meetings.
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 Lions Frank
Marlowe (Chair, H&W) and/or Dave Cook ("phone tree"),
and/or Bob Virgadamo (e-mail notifications) so that all members may be notified
as soon as possible.
Member Pick-Up - Ed Lawson (5 S. Main)
Lion George Smith has volunteered 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, please notify President Mike as soon as possible. Riders:
please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting