October 19 – Autumn
Spouse Meeting – , Cranbury
Station, Dinner: Broiled Filet of Flounder
Speaker: Mr. Thomas Nye, Winemaster at the Grape Escape in Dayton who will speak to us about the art of
The Cranbury Lions mourn the passing of Maryminta Konrad on August 13, 2005. Lion Joe, our
thoughts are with you.
Passion To Excel
International President Ashok Mehta has themed this year as
a Passion to Excel because Lions are passionate about serving humanity. A
Lion’s Passion to excel is manifested through our many activities and the
assistance we provide to the community. The Presidential program invites Lions to revitalize their passion for excellence in five key
areas: service, growth, leadership, promotion, and performance.
The passion of a Lion is not to be underestimated. It is
passion that drives Lions to give so freely of themselves, their time, and
their resources in deference to others. It is passion that has made Lions
Clubs International the world’s largest service organization. And it is
the goal of the 2005-2006 International Program that passion may continue to
unite Lions throughout the world in a common mission, a quest for unparalleled
excellence, a Passion to Excel.
Things To Know
CRANBURY LIONS; we must update the Club
Directory, please go to Cranburylions.org and check your information. If
any information is missing, or needs to be corrected, please notify Lion Dave
Lions without internet access may use the Library computer or may update their
information on the hard copy of the Directory that will be available at the
September meetings. The new Directory will be available on October 1st;
Lions without e-mail capability may request a hard copy from Lion Dave or Lion
Bob V. Additionally, Lions who need pins, name tags, hats, or vests should
speak to our Club Secretary, Lion George Smith,
Reminder: the normal Dress
Code is back in effect – the dress code for our regular, bi-monthly
Business meetings is business attire, which includes “business casual”.
Our Annual Trenton
Thunder Baseball Game Outing was its usual success. Forty-four people attended
the game on Saturday, August 27th, between the Thunder (Yankees) and
the Binghamton Mets, and a good time was had by all. Well, except for the
Thunder who were “slaughtered” by the Mets. We will do it again next year. See
severe floodingand resultant damage
that occurred in Jamesburg on July
17th, prompted District
Governor Eddie Hui to apply to LCIF for a Flood Relief Grant, and on August 27th
the Lions of District 16D met at the Jamesburg Borough Hall and distributed
gift certificates from Pathmark Stores to all the flood victims with
catastrophic losses. Participating Clubs were Cranbury, Milltown, Spotswood,
Highland Park Phil-Am, Edison Chinese, FranklinTownship, and West
Milford. Special thanks to Regional Chairman Tom Reilly, Zone
Chairman Bob Virgadamo, and Cranbury Lions Mike
Kaiser, Dave Shaffer, George
Smith, and Peter Turner for
The Projects Budget has been completed and
will be available for Membership review and vote at the September meetings.
Cranbury Day is September10. Co-Chairs Don
Herr and Walt Caldwell will
need as many volunteers as there are Club Members. Volunteers are needed for
early set-up (7:30A), cooking, table sales, the ice cream cart, 50/50, and
clean-up. Please use the sign-up sheet at the September 7 meeting, or contact
Lion Walt by phone or e-mail.
speaking of Cranbury Day, thanks to Lion Walt we will have a new, smaller
banner that can be used at our Food Stand, as well as all of our other
Cranbury Lions will be hosting the Golden
Agers Club Luncheon on September
17, 2005. As always, we need at least six volunteers to host and
serve at the luncheon. We also need a few cakes or other desserts to be donated
to the luncheon. A sign-up Sheet will be circulated on September 7, or
volunteers can contact Lion Mahlon Thompson. Additionally, we need a Co-chair
for this event; any member who would like to take this open position should
contact President Alex.
speaking of Committee Chairs, anyone who is interested and able to help with
the Collection of Advertising Revenue
should contact President Alex ASAP.
Don’t forget – our September 21st
meeting is our Annual “Bring-A-Guest”
Meeting; all members should try to bring a prospective member to this
meeting. And, of course, our October 19th meeting has been
designated as the “Autumn Spouse Night”
Meeting. Wine enthusiasts should thoroughly enjoy the evening, as our Guest
Speaker will be Tom Nye, the winemaker from the Grape Escape in Dayton.
Board of Directors voted to donate funds to Katrina Relief, through
LCIF. We are trying to arrange a “Donation Specific” Fundraiser in the
form of a Halloween Costume Party.
As soon as we can obtain a location, we will advise the Membership, via e-mail
and phone tree, and advertise to the public.
have been seeking answers to the questions, “Why has attendance dropped off?”
and “Why have spouses not been showing up at events?” A number of Members and a
significant number of spouses have stated the same basic “problem” and “solution”.
It would seem that spouses used to read the Jargon when it came in the mail,
and since spouses, for the most part, kept the family calendars, meetings and
events were scheduled at the “family level”. Since we “went electronic”,
members have been forgetful about telling spouses about specific dates, and
apparently, spouses, for the most part, still
keep family calendars. More than a dozen individuals have come up with the same
basic solution – mail a
calendar a few times a year! So, beginning with this next quarter’s dues, a Calendar of Events will be mailed to
each member, to be shared with his or her spouse.
Lions Barn Project is moving along –
slowly, but still moving. Lion Frank Brennan III has helped with the lease
wording and Project Chairman Mike Kaiser
expects that we will have a completed document in time for the October Board
Hold the date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration – Saturday, June 23, 2007. A committee is being
formed for this historic event; the Co-Chairs are Lions Andre
Mentoand Bob Virgadamo;
sub-chairs are being sought for a myriad of committees, including advertising,
promotions, marketing, donations, printing, ticket sales, entertainment,
program, etc. All interested Lions should contact either Andre or Bob. Open
discussions about the Anniversary Celebration are encouraged at ALL meetings.
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 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 you
do, or if you have any
suggestions for speakers, please give Frank a call. Additionally, Frank
will take all members’ suggestions for interactive discussion nights.
The 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, Bingo,
an art auction, a cruise, and a marathon; the Board of Directors would
appreciate input from our membership on these, or any new, ideas. Any member
who has a fundraising idea should share the idea with President Alex. 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.
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 Frank Marlowe (Chair, H&W) and/or Lion Dave
Cook to activate the “phone tree”, so that all members may be
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.