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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




Mike Kaiser


Directors – 1 year

Walt Caldwell

1st Vice President

Andre Mento



Jon Goldstein

2nd Vice President

John Kobland



Tom Reilly

3rd Vice President

Dave Cook



Peter Turner


George Smith




Treasurer – Operating/Projects

Glenn Johnson


Directors – 2 Years

Ray Dickey

Assistant Treasurer - Projects

Elaine Homoky



Pat Meehan





Dave Shaffer

Immediate Past President

Rick Burke



Bob Virgadamo

Information Technology Chairman

Dave Shaffer



Rick Burke

Lion Tamer

Frank Marlowe


Jargon Editor

Bob Virgadamo

Tail Twister

Peter Turner




Membership Chairman

Jon Goldstein





April, 2008


April1 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

April 2 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Portobello

In Lieu of Speaker: Club Budget Discussion

April 16 – Lion of the Year Dinner – 7PM, East Brunswick Chateau; Dinner: Choice

Program: Annual Zone Meeting; Announcement of Lion of the Year; Melvin Jones Awards; District Governor’s Group Meeting (DG Visitation)


May, 2008


May 6 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

May 7 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: London Broil

Speaker: To Be Named

May 21 – Breakfast Meeting – 7:30AM, Teddy’s Restaurant; Breakfast: From the menu

Speaker: Semi-Social meeting; general discussion.





…to our newest Members: Phyllis Johnson, Mary Ellen Larson, Bobbie Marlowe, and Neile Wright. All four were inducted on the new Family Membership Initiative…and are already on active committees.


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 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.


The first reading of the 2008-2009 Slate of Officers was completed at the March 19th meeting; the second reading will be the April 2nd meeting.


With the advent of Family Membership, it has been necessary for the Cranbury Lions to amend the membership wording in our Constitution and By-Laws. Since the University of Wisconsin has suspended the World Affairs Seminar, we have also taken this opportunity to amend the wording for our Student Affairs Provisions. In accordance with Article XI, Paragraphs 1 and 2, the amendments were published in the Jargon and, additionally, read at the March 5 and March 19 meetings. The Amendments were passed by vote at the March 19 meeting.


Lions Day at the United Nations was March 14, and in accordance with our Student Affairs provisions, the Board invited 10 Scouts to attend this “nearly historic” event – it will be the last time the original building will be able to be visited by the public; renovations will begin shortly and no visitors will be allowed at the UN for the next 7-8 years, during the renovation period. The Scouts were truly amazed at how the United Nations worked, and even the (five) Leader/Chaperones who came with Troop 52 were enlightened as to how much the Lions do world-wide. It was an interesting and educational day for all.


The Club’s second biennial Art Auction has been postponed We still plan to have the Art Auction, but a date needs to be determined.


We will be bottling the wine from the Club Wine Project at the Grape Escape in the Fall, but we need to develop a label for our wine bottles. The Board of Directors has approved a Wine Label Contest, and the winner will receive a prize, undetermined at this time. The label should depict a relationship to Lions (or lions), and must incorporate the official Lions Logo. The artwork and/or wine name may be serious or humorous in nature. The contest will only be mentioned at the meetings and in the Jargon, but is open to all Lions, family members and friends. Judging will take place at the end of May. If anyone is still interested in splitting a case, please speak with President Mike.


Under the direction of Governor Bob and Vice Governor Tony Abaño, District 16D is planning on starting a new Club in Plainsboro; on behalf of the Club, the Board of Directors has agreed that Cranbury should be the Sponsoring Club, and provide the Guiding Lions for the new Club. There will be a free 3-day workshop on “How to Start a New Club” which will also include the Certified Guiding Lion course. The workshop will be in April and all Cranbury Lions are encouraged to attend. Governor Bob will provide the dates as soon as they are received from Lions Clubs International.


The Board is looking for a Member who can work as “Advertising Chair” and direct a committee to call existing boosters and/or obtain new advertisers for our placemat, Jargon and the website. If you can provide this valuable service to the Club, please contact President Mike or Lion Rick Burke.


It has 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”. Anyone interested in this position should contact President Mike.


The annual Joint Zone Meeting will be held at the East Brunswick Chateau on April 16. As has been done in the past, this will also be our Lion of the Year Dinner and Presentation. Spouses are encouraged to attend, especially since the Lion of the Year is a secret ballot and the winner is not revealed until that evening. This will also be Governor Bob’s Group Visit Presentation.


The Multiple District 16 State Convention is coming up – May 1-3 – and we will need 6 Delegates to vote on issues at both the State portion on the Saturday morning and the District 16-D breakout meeting after lunch, also on Saturday. [In addition to other voting items, an amendment to the 16-D By-Laws has been proposed by Governor Bob.] The Governor advises that under the “Challenge to Change” initiative, there have been numerous and positive changes made to the Convention for the benefit of the Delegates, non-voting Lions, and spouses, including such things as a hole-in-one car at the Golf Outing; and at the Convention… a shopping trip, a fashion show, new and different vendor tables, a talent show, and more. Governor Bob, on behalf of the Convention Committee, invites you to experience the changes, and to see how good the convention can be. Additionally, and most importantly, the Governor hopes the Cranbury Lions Club will be able to show their support by filling at least one table at the Governor’s Banquet on Saturday, May 3; more information will follow.


Mark your calendars! The 10th Annual Cranbury Lions Golf Classic will be on Monday, May 12 at the Peddie School. We need players. The Shotgun Format will begin after lunch; at the end of the day, prizes will be awarded at the golf dinner; there will be an open bar at dinner (all included in the price of play). An application to play has been attached at the back of the Jargon.


Spring Raffle Tickets have been mailed out to all Club Members. All the tickets sent to you must be sold, but we ask that you please make every effort to sell as many tickets as you can.


And of course, The Memorial Day Parade and Post Parade Ceremonies are coming up!


The Cranbury Lions have been asked to participate in a Town Picnic Event in conjunction with the First Aid Company, the Fire Company, and the Police Department. This is an excellent opportunity for the public to learn about what we do, and perhaps to gather a few new members. The Board of Directors has agreed to participate in the picnic, which will be on June 7, 2008 in Village Park.


Every June for the first twenty-five years or so of our Club’s existence, we had a “Charter Night Dinner Dance” (always at the Forsgate Country Club); in the early 50’s, the dinner dance was moved to April and re-named the “Spring Fling”; during this time it was at a number of different venues. By the late 1990’s the “Spring Fling” had slowly crept back into mid-June, and was re-named the “Installation Dinner Dance”. Now, with both hindsight and foresight – and a little knowledge of what nearly every other Club does – the Board of Directors has voted to re-name the event, going back to our roots. Unfortunately, due to lack of interest, there will be no Charter Night Dinner Dance  this year; the Installation of Officers will take place at a regular meeting, on June 18.


As an early “heads up”…December dates for our Holiday Party have filled quickly; in keeping with the “Challenge to Change”, the Board of Directors has approved moving the Holiday Party from its “traditional” 2nd Friday slot to the third Friday, December 19. Everything about the party is being changed, so we hope you will ALL consider joining in the festivities! More information will be provided at a later date.


Membership – Membership – Membership


This year’s theme is “the Challenge to Change”, and, through change, we can increase our 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 Membership Chair Jon Goldstein in attracting and bringing in new members. With so many new homes in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for new members. To get information about membership options (Family membership, etc) or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Jon, Secretary George Smith, 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 secret”.


…And Attendance…


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. 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.