September 2 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room
September 3 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken and Broccoli
Speaker: Mary Ann Rivell, form the NJ Lottery Commission will speak to us about the NJ Lottery.
September 17 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Stuffed Flounder
September 30 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room
October 1 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Pork Chops
October 15 - Spouse Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Salmon
Things To Know
Summer is over and "Regular Dress Code" is back in effect starting with the
September 3rd meeting. The "Dress Code" for Regular Meetings, for
those who may be unfamiliar with it, is business attire. Business attire may be
a jacket and tie or appropriate Business Casual. Please remember your name
badge and Lions Pin - anyone not wearing both is subject to a fine.
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.
Lion Rick 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, when we will be bottling and labeling this
delicious Bordeaux Blend.
and for some unknown reason, the Annual Trenton
Thunder Baseball Outing, was not well attended this year. We can only
hope that next year will be better. The twenty people who did come had a great
time watching the Thunder trounce the Reading Phillies, 7 to 1.
Cranbury Day is September 6, and ALL Cranbury
Lions are asked to come out and help for at least a part of the day. This year,
in addition to our regular food vendor table, the ice cream cart and the
"rolling 50/50 sales", President Mike has donated a table for Membership (and
additional 50/50 Sales), so we need a few members to sit at the Membership
table throughout the day. So that we are not in competition with the Gil &
Bert's, the Board of Directors has agreed that we will not sell ice cream from
the cart this year, but, weather permitting, we will sell beverages from the
cart. A sign-up sheet has been circulating and will be at the September 3
meeting, or you can call Lion Pat Meehan directly to volunteer for a couple of hours.
As we have for more than 50 years, the Cranbury Lions will host the
Cranbury Golden Agers Luncheon
on Saturday, September 13. Event Chair, Lion Mahlon Thompson, needs a few
servers for the luncheon in the school cafeteria, and again for dessert at Senior
Center. There is a sign-up sheet going around, or contact Lion Mahlon directly. Please
be generous with your time.
The Lions Eye Bank of Delaware Valley is again hosting a day at the Auburn Heights Preserve.
Tickets may still be available for the Family Day at this beautiful
Victorian Estate in Auburn Heights, Delaware. This is a limited
admission tour for families on September 13th, from 1-4:30 P.M.
Adults $10.00, Children $7.00. This is a chance to step back in history and see
the largest Stanley Steamer collection east of the Mississippi, ride the 1/8th
size steam railway and the 1915 Stanley Mountain Wagon and to tour the museum. LEBDV
has a limit of 500 tickets. The last time they hosted an Auburn Heights
visit, it sold out and there was a waiting list. For information contact the
Eye Bank at 800-743-6667. For directions and information on Auburn Heights
go to their website - www.auburnheights.org
It was so successful last year that, next month we will once again be
sponsoring the Halloween Pumpkin Cutting Contest
at the school. There will be music and refreshments, and hopefully we will get
the services of young George Murray, our favorite young magician. VP Dave Cook
will begin searching for volunteers after Cranbury Day, so look for the sign-up
sheet at the meetings.
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 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, and 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... be creative!
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
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 a broader range of the
membership, in an effort to build a stronger Cranbury Lions Club. Please
provide your suggestions to him directly.
Do you 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.
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 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