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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




Alex Johnson


Directors – 1 year

Don Herr

1st Vice President

Mike Kaiser



Doug Pearce

2nd Vice President

David Cook



Jon Goldstein

3rd Vice President

Andre Mento



Bob Virgadamo


George Smith




Treasurer – Operating/Projects

Glenn Johnson


Directors – 2 Years

Frank Brennan, Jr.

Assistant Treasurer - Projects

Glenn Johnson



Jeff Grundy





Paul Hayden

Immediate Past President

Walt Caldwell



John Kobland

Information Technology Chairman

Dave Shaffer



Rick Cusworth

Lion Tamer

Rick Burke


Jargon Editor

Bob Virgadamo

Tail Twister

Peter Turner




Membership Chairman

Mike Kaiser





December, 2005


December 6 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

December 7 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Steak Orleans

    Speaker: Kim Irving, President of Cranbury First Aid (tentative)

December 16 – Spouse Night/Holiday Meeting – 7PM, Cocktails; 8PM Dinner Buffet – the Bog Restaurant

                            Speaker: Dinner Dance in lieu of Speaker; joint with Hightstown Lions


January, 2006


January 3 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

January 4 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Chicken Marsala

    Speaker: TBA

January 18 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Beef Burgundy

                 Joint Meeting with the West Windsor Lions Club

                             Speaker: TBA


Things To Know


Even 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. And on that note, please mark your calendars with the following change: the Installation of the Board of Directors Meeting will be at the Bog on June 16, 2006; the Trenton Thunder 50/50 Fundraiser will be on June 23rd.


Tail Twister’s Corner – Lion Peter advises that all members are to wear their name tags to all meetings and Lion functions; members without a name tag will be fined. And, beginning soon, our Tail Twister will be looking for Lions New Years Resolutions.


The participation in this year’s Peace Poster Contest was the best it had been in a number of years. The theme was “Peace Without Borders”, and we received and reviewed some fantastic artwork. As a matter of fact, the field was so good this year that the judges chose five runners up, instead of the usual three. Peace Poster Chair Bob Virgadamo would like to extend his thanks and appreciation to Lion Don Jo Swanagan and Lioness Wilma Shimer for acting as the jury. Judging was done not only on the artistic level, but also on adherence to the theme. The Cranbury Lions Club would like to congratulate the three winners: Jessica Zhang, First Place; Devin Chambers, Second Place; and, Angela Cao, Third Place. The First Place poster was displayed at the November 16 meeting, and is now being juried at the State level; the Second and Third Prize winners, as well as the Honorable Mention posters, will be on display at the December 7 meeting for all to see.


The Board of Directors would like to express their appreciation and thanks to Lion John Kobland for his great work these past few months as the Chair of the Advertising Committee. Thanks also to Lion Rick Burke for his excellent work on the Placemat, which will, from now on, be used at all meetings at all Lion (and, hopefully, non-Lion) functions at which food may be served. Advertising is critical for us, as it can be a lucrative fundraiser; we hope that all Members continue to work with Lion John by providing him with new advertisers throughout the year.


The Cranbury Lions’ 58th Annual Pancake Breakfast was held on Sunday December 4. “Attaboys!” to Co-Chair Gerry Hanson, his committee and crew for making this, one of our key fundraisers, such a great success, raising approximately $3000 (at “press time” the final numbers had not yet been tallied). A laurel and hardy handshake to Lion Richard Stannard for stepping in, at the ‘last moment’, as Santa this year (unfortunately, Lion Roy was unable to do his Santa gig, but hopefully will be back again). A note of thanks, of course, to Lion Jim Gerberich and his “Santa Elves” for wrangling the kids and taking all those Santa photos. And, congratulations to Lion Art Hasselbach’s wife Carol who won the 50/50.


The Board of Directors has approved two new fundraisers:


Valentines Day Roses – the Club may have the opportunity to pre-sell bunches of roses, by the dozen; our costs will be substantially lower than the retail cost of roses at Valentines Day, consequently, we will be able to sell them at a substantially lower price, the difference between our cost and our sale price being all profit. It is estimated we could make over $1000 with this fundraiser. Lion Mike Kaiser will obtain the details and information will be available in the next issue of the Jargon as well as at meetings.


Additional fund raisers have been discussed , and while excellent in concept, we have been unable to organize them at this point. Some of these, and the reasons we haven’t attempted the events, are an antique car rally (no one to organize it), a Halloween party (no venue), a casino night (no venue, Bingo, an art auction, a cruise, and a marathon;


The Club will hold an Art Auction on March 4th at Fellowship Hall in the Presbyterian Church. Local Artist Kathie Morolda will organize, promote and prepare the auction on our behalf. Club Members must pre-sell tickets to the event, provide ten volunteers to assist during the auction, help sell advertising in a program booklet, and assist in obtaining donated items (art or non-art related) items to be raffled off at the event.


As a result of the talk by Tom Nye, our speaker At the October Spouse Night, the Board is entertaining the idea of having a meeting, probably in May, at the Grape Escape in Dayton, at which time we will begin a Club Project – making wine which we can give away as a favor at our 75th Anniversary Gala. More information will follow.


As most of you know, or may remember, Lion Bob Virgadamo will be running for Vice District Governor in Lion Year 2006-2007. A Resolution to that effect was read at the December Board Meeting and will be read at the December 7, 2005 Regular Meeting, for Membership vote.


Just a quick mention…the 8th Annual Golf Outing will be held at the Peddie Golf Course on Monday, May 15, 2006


And, speaking of our 75th Anniversary…Hold the date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, June 23, 2007. A committee is being formed for this historic event; Co-Chairs Andre Mento and Bob Virgadamo will be seeking sub-chairs in the New Year for a myriad of committees, including advertising, promotions, marketing, donations, printing, ticket sales, entertainment, program, etc. All interested Lions should contact either Lion Andre or Lion Bob. Open discussions about the Anniversary Celebration are encouraged at ALL meetings.


What’s Happening In Other Clubs


The North Brunswick Lions Club will hold a lunch time fundraiser on December 8th & 9th at Maples Deli, 570 Georges Rd; 10% of the proceeds will go to the North Brunswick Lions Club.


The South Brunswick Lions Club They will hold a Tricky Tray Auction in April 2006 at South Brunswick High School. The exact date is to be announced, and, will hold a talent show June 2, 2006 at South Brunswick Middle School South. More information on this event will be forthcoming.




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. Additionally, Frank will take all members’ suggestions for interactive discussion nights.


Even though we have a few anticipated new fundraisers, the Cranbury Lions Club is still in search of additional new fund raisers – different, entertaining, and fun. Any member who has a fundraising idea should share the idea with President Alex. 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 advertiser per year. Refer all advertising leads to Lions John Kobland, Ray Dickey, Dave Shaffer or Bob Virgadamo.


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”, so that all members may be notified.



Member Pick-Up

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.