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Jungle Jargon

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“A Country Club Trying to Serve Its Country”


Ideals in Government

Mutual Helpfulness

Social Progress


Civic Betterment




Rick Burke


Directors – 1 year

Frank Brennan, Jr.

1st Vice President

Mike Kaiser



Dave Cook

2nd Vice President

Andre Mento



Ray Dickey

3rd Vice President

John Kobland



Jeff Grundy


George Smith




Treasurer – Operating/Projects

Glenn Johnson


Directors – 2 Years

Walt Caldwell

Assistant Treasurer - Projects

Elaine Homoky



Jon Goldstein





Tom Reilly

Immediate Past President

Alex Johnson



Peter Turner

Information Technology Chairman

Dave Shaffer




Lion Tamer

Paul Hayden


Jargon Editor

Bob Virgadamo

Tail Twister





Membership Chairman

Mike Kaiser





April, 2007


April 3 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Library Classroom or Tom Gambino Room

April 4 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Chicken Portobello

Speaker: Dina Toth of the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association will speak about their transportation program for senior citizens.

April 25 – Lion of the Year Meeting – 7PM, East Brunswick Chateau, Dinner: Choice

In lieu of Speaker – Joint Zone meeting and Presentation of the Lion of the Year


May, 2007


May1 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

May2 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Sliced London Broil

Speaker: TBA  

May 9 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Broiled Filet of Flounder

Speaker: Prof Angus Gillespie, a Full Professor at Rutgers in the Department of American Studies, will discuss folk lore in America and other countries.


… About the 75th Celebration…


A plea to ALL MEMBERS: YOU are the Cranbury Lions Club; it is your Club – our Club – we are all here, together, so it would be more than appropriate for all Members to help, even in the slightest way, with the planning, execution, and especially the fundraising, of and for the biggest event in our History. We are asking every Member to attempt to obtain either an ad for the Journal or a low, middle or high ticket item for the Silent Auction (the donor will get an ad of appropriate size). All donated items are appreciated; “smaller” items will be grouped as “baskets” (for example, two bottles of wine with a corkscrew and 2 glasses). Please do your part to make this not just the biggest event in our history, but the most successful.


Things To Know


Even 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” meetings.


And, with that in mind, our Annual Lion of the Year Joint Zone Meeting is also our (official) Spring Spouse Meeting. See below for additional information.


In the true spirit of Lionism, Meghan Hayden – daughter of Lion Paul Hayden – has started a charitable organization in Peru to help poor children attend school –it is called Flourish Peru, and as reported last month, the Club provided Meg with a $300 donation for school uniforms and food. District Governor (elect) Bob has contacted the local (Peruvian) District Governors in an attempt to create a joint charitable effort for the children of Ventanilla, Peru. We have not yet heard from the Peruvian Lions, as we go to press, but will keep the members of the Cranbury Lions informed as to  any progress made on this “joint venture”. Meg will visit with us at some future date to explain the program in more depth to the Membership, tell us how the program is progressing, and do a PowerPoint presentation for us to see how our donation was used. Once again, we ask that you please join in commending Meghan Hayden for her genuine concern and her humanitarian efforts on behalf of the children of Peru!


With only three Members, and their spouses attending, Cranbury’s support of the  at the 16-DCharity Ball this year was somewhat disappointing, especially when we consider that President Rick was on the Committee, Lion Bob is Vice District Governor and Lion Tom is a Regional Chair. Hopefully, our Club’s participation will be increased for next year’s event.


White Cane Days will be in April, but a date has not been decided at this writing. The Committee Co-Chairs, Lions Mahlon Thompson and Jeff Grundy will choose a date and make assignments. Any member that has a preference should contact either Co-chair.


The State Convention, which will be held at the Clarion Conference Center in Cherry Hill from May 17-19, Vice District Governor Bob will become District Governor Bob. With 74 members, the Cranbury Lions may send 7 Delegates and 7 Alternates to the Convention. Lion Bob is also asking for the support of any Cranbury Lion that can attend the Friday Night Hospitality Room. Delegate forms, Banquet reservations and reduced hotel rate information is available from Lion George Smith. Additionally, as District Governor, Lion Bob is required to fill both his cabinet positions and some 30 or 40 State Committee Chairperson positions (many of which are “figurehead” positions and require little or no action). Any Cranbury Lion who may be interested in serving on the Governor’s Cabinet or as a Committee Chair is asked to speak with VDG Bob as soon as possible.


Mark your calendars – Because some of the Clubs in our Zone meet on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, we alternate the hosting duties each year; this year, the hosts will be the South Brunswick Lions Club, and the Annual Joint Zone Meeting for Lion of the Year will be April 25th, and will take the place of our second monthly meeting which would normally have been held on  April 18. As always, the Lion of the Year Dinner is also our Spring Spouse Night. The meeting will be held at the East Brunswick Chateau. And there will be a beef chicken, or fish choice. We hope that everyone will attend to show support and honor this year’s Lion of the Year recipient; and, we hope that you will attend with your spouse, because the Lion of the Year could be you. A sign-up sheet is circulating at the meetings, or contact President Rick with your reservation.


As listed above, our Annual Cranbury Lions – Hightstown Lions Joint Meeting was hosted by Hightstown this year, on their meeting schedule (2nd & 4th). The meeting was at the Mom’s Diner on Route 33 on March 14, and, as usual we enjoyed each others company and renewed our camaraderie. One of the topics of conversation was the Hightstown 70th Anniversary which they will be celebrating on April 28, at Theo’s Lakeside Tavern (Main St, Hightstown). Because of the fact that Cranbury sponsored the Hightstown Club, and due to our friendship and camaraderie through the years, our Board of Directors would like to see the Cranbury Lions fill at least two tables at this black tie optional dinner dance. Tickets are $60 each. A sign-up sheet has begun circulating at our meetings, or contact President Rick with your reservation.


The Barn Project…the stories you may have read in the Cranbury Press, were, in part, incorrect, but because the agreement is so near completion, we will hold off on the “whole story” until the we can actually begin the project.


Get ready for our 9th Annual Golf Outing, which will be held at the Peddie Golf Club on Monday, May 14, 2007. Costs have forced us to increase the price of play from $125 to $150, but we are still “comfortable” with this increase because we are still far below what most golf outings cost. Ad Journal costs remain the same. The per person cost includes greens fees, cart, lunch, dinner with open bar (beer and wine, only), and prizes. Applications have already been sent out to players from previous years; additional applications are available from Lions Doug Pearce, Walt Caldwell, Ray Dickey, and Bob Virgadamo. “Dinner only” tickets will still be available for any Member and/or spouse who doesn’t play the course; the cost of the dinner ticket is still $35 per person.


The Student Affairs Committee is actively seeking applicants for the Student Awards. Any member who is aware of a candidate for any of the awards should submit the name or names to Lion Mike Kaiser for review by the Committee. Recommendations (including any paperwork required by or on the student’s behalf) should be submitted by April 15, and no later than April 27.


…More about the 75th Anniversary…


Reminder…Hold the time and date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration 7PM to 11PM, Saturday, June 23, 2007, at the Forsgate Country Club. Any Lion (or Spouse) who wishes to assist on any committee should contact either Lion Andre Mento or Lion Bob Virgadamo. Open discussions about the Anniversary Celebration are encouraged at ALL meetings.


Fundraising efforts are underway through the Promotions and Ad Journal Committees by trying to obtain both goods and services for a Silent Auction (at the Celebration) and cash donations (as Journal Ads)…but they need the help of every member. Remember that the cost of the ticket is the cost of the event – we make NO money on the ticket; all FUNdraising will be via the Ad Journal, the Silent Auction, and the evening’s 50/50. ALL CRANBURY LIONS ARE ASKED TO please do what YOU can to procure goods or services for the Silent Auction, and ads for the Journal.


Tables are being set for 8, 10, and 12, and ticket requests are staring to come in – do you have your table yet? Need extra tickets, see Lions Walt Caldwell, Don Herr, or Mahlon Thompson.


Membership – Membership – Membership


As always we are looking for new members. New Members help to keep the Club young, active, and viable! This year’s theme from International President Jimmy Ross is ‘Renewal’, and President Rick has adopted this theme. With so many new homes in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for new members. Additionally, there is a new Initiative from LCI called “Family Membership”. For more information about Family Membership, or membership in general, or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Mike Kaiser, Secretary George Smith, or VDG Bob V. Let’s try to keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury’s “best kept secret”.


…And Attendance…


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.




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 you do, 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 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 Cook to 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); Ruth Holroyd (45 S. Main)


Lion George 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.