Speaker: Will talk to us about
antiques and will do one appraisal for each person who attends
Things To Know
though we have begun sending 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 to attend
all meetings, but are wholly encouraged to attend “Spouse Night”
The “normal” Dress
Code will resume effective with the September 5 meeting. The dress code for the
Cranbury Lions is Business Casual; jackets and ties may be worn, but are
International President Mahendra Amarasuriya (Sri
Lanka) announced his International Program
at the International Convention in Chicago – “Challenge to Change”, and President Mike and the Board of
Directors are looking for ways to make change in the Club to attract new
members, retain existing members and make meetings and projects more up to
date. “Watch this space” for future announcements and how we will take on the
“Challenge to Change”.
President Mike Kaiser has
advised that the Carriage House
is ready for the storage of all our equipment. Any Lion who has any
stored items is asked to purchase a watertight plastic storage box, or boxes,
as needed, transfer all material to the box and contact either Lion Mike or
Lion Bob V to schedule a drop off to the barn.
Our annual Trenton
Thunder Baseball Game at a game between the Thunder (NY Yankees) and
the Binghamton Mets was on Saturday,
August 25. This year’s outing was pretty successful, as we had 51 people
attending. And the Thunder won! Hope to see you there next year.
is coming up this weekend (Saturday, September 8), and we have two new
Co-Chairs-In-Training. After more than 10 years as Co-Chairs, Lions Don
Herr and Walt Caldwell, would like to “just work” on Cranbury
Day, and Lions Jeff Grundy and
Pat Meehan have volunteered to take the reins on this important fundraiser. A
sign-up sheet will be at the September 5th meeting, and assignments
are being made for work details during the day. Anyone who has a preference of
assignment should contact Lion Pat or Lion Jeff
As always, the week after Cranbury Day is the Golden Ager’s Luncheon
(Saturday, September 15), and the new SeniorCenter is being “officially opened”
at the event. Five or six volunteers are needed to act as servers, and as
always, a few cakes need to be donated for the event. To volunteer, please
sign-up at the meeting or contact Lion Mahlon Thompson or 2VP John Kobland.
President Mike’s Company is preparing a Designer Show House at 103 North
Main Street and will be showing the house on the
last three weekends during September. The net proceeds from the tickets will be
donated to the Cranbury Lions Club. Members are needed as volunteers to collect
tickets at the house during these weekend visits. Please contact the Event
Chair, Lion Christine Thompson, or, President Mike to sign up for this volunteer
– Membership – Membership
always we are looking for new members. However, this year’s theme from
International President Mahendra Amarasuriya is “the Challenge To Change”, and
how, through change, we can increase Membership while rejuvenating existing
members to help to keep the Club young, active, and viable! Cranbury Lions Club
President Mike has adopted this theme, and is asking ALL members to assist Jon
Goldstein, our new Membership Chair, in attracting and bringing in new members.
With so many new homes in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for new
members. For more information about Family Membership, or membership in
general, or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Jon
Goldstein, Secretary George Smith, or President Mike. 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 month. Using the 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 broader range of the membership, in an effort to build a
stronger Cranbury Lions Club.
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.
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 Mike, 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 as soon as possible.
Member Pick-Up – Ed Lawson
(5 S. Main)
Smith has volunteered be the “permanent” pick up driver for
Lions Ed & Ruth. 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 Lion Rick Cusworth as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the
assigned driver if you’re not going to make a meeting.