Speaker: Hank Kalet, Editor of the Cranbury Press (tentative)
Lion W. Scott Applegate, 38, passed away on August 27, 2006. He had been a
Cranbury Lions since August 10, 2000,
and even before he became a member was one of our “go to guys” for, among other
things, the Annual Pancake Breakfast. We mourn his passing and wish peace for
his family. Memorial contributions may be made to the "Scott Applegate
Children's Fund" c/o CranburyPresbyterianNursery School.
The calendar that went out with the last dues bill apparently
had a typographical error, showing the second September meeting as the 21st
(a Thursday). Please note that the meeting is as regularly scheduled on the
third Wednesday, September 20.
Things To Know
Beginning with the first September meeting, our regular
“Dress Code” is back in effect: Business attire or Business Casual, please.
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
the “off-premises” meeting at the Grape Escape, to assist in the Club Project
of making wine as a table favor for our 75th Anniversary
August meeting, was held onAugust 2, at the Grape Escape; we had very
good attendance and quite a few spouses attended. During this third meeting in
our wine making project we “Racked” our wine which entailed emptying and
cleaning our barrel, then we will put the wine back in the barrel for aging. We were encouraged to taste
our wine, which had strong coffee notes, with plum and berry after tastes,
indicating the opposite on the finished product: that our wine will have
pleasant berry and plum notes, with a light coffee, possibly chocolate, finish.
But the ‘exciting’ part is that we have an opportunity to taste the wine at
that point! For your calendar: the fourth “wine meeting” will be Wednesday, February 7, 2007; this is
when we will actually bottle and label our wine.
We had 37 people attend our Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Game. The Thunder (AA
affiliate of the NY Yankees) beat the Portland Sea Dogs (AA affiliate of the
Boston Red Sox) putting them in first place (by the time this issue breaks they
will either still be in first place, or will have slipped to second, but in any
event, they will be in the Eastern League Playoffs beginning September 6th.
Cranbury Day is
September 9, and Lions Don Herr and Walt Caldwell, are looking for additional
volunteers to cook, serve, act as cashiers, sell 50/50, work the Ice Cream
Cart, and sell 75th Anniversary Celebration Tickets. If you were
unable to make the September 6 meeting and haven’t signed the volunteer sheet,
please contact Don or Walt and let them know what time you’ll be able to work.
The USA/Canada Forum
will be in Columbus, OH,
September 14 –16, 2006. The Forum is an excellent learning tool, and can
have enormous benefit to the Club if a number of Members attended. All Club
members, especially Board members,
should consider attending this highly effective learning seminar. Lion Bob V is
2006 District Chairman for the Forum, and has applications for any Member that
wishes to attend the Forum, even at this late date.
The Golden Ager’s
Luncheon will be on September 16th; Co-Chairs Mahlon Thompson
and Jeff Grundy need volunteers to help serve
at the luncheon, and also need a few home-baked cakes. A sign up sheet will be
at the September 6th meeting; if you miss the meeting and would like
to help, please contact Lion Mahlon at 655-3925
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 (and Chairs selected) in an
effort to makethis milestone historic
event a successful event: Publicity (Rick Burke), Promotions (Jon Goldstein),
Marketing (Pat Meehan), Ticket Sales (Walt Caldwell, Don Herr,
Mahlon Thompson), Entertainment (Bob Virgadamo, Dave Shaffer),
Program and Printing (Ray Dickey, Dave
Shaffer, Andre Mento, Bob Virgadamo). In addition to the Lions
who have volunteered for Chair Positions, Lions Andre and Bob, on behalf of the
Club, would like to thank the following Lions who have already stepped up as
volunteers is various positions on these committees: Frank Brennan Jr, Frank
Brennan III, Dave Cook, Jeff Grundy, Paul
Hayden, Elaine Homoky, Alex Johnson,John Kobland, Frank Marlowe, and Peter
Turner. Any Lion who wishes to assist in a particular area should contact one
of the Chairpersons mentioned above. 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.
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
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.
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.