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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





February, 2007


February 6 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Library Classroom

February 7 – Wine Project Meeting7PM, Off-site catering by Cranbury Station at Grape Escape in Dayton

Speaker: Wine Project in lieu of speaker – At this last Wine Meeting, the Club will bottle and affix the labels to our bottles of wine. Spouses are encouraged to attend.

February 21 – Boy Scout Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Broiled Tuna

Speaker: Lion Walt Caldwell – Lion Walt will narrate a slide presentation of his recent trip to Italy and the Mediterranean.


March,  2007


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

March 7 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Oriental Beef & Broccoli

Speaker: Rick Alcantara will speak to us about the Eden Institute’s program for Autistic Adults – W.E.R.C. (Work Education Resource Center).  

March 14 – Joint Regular Meeting with Hightstown Club – 7PM, Masonic Lodge, Hightstown

A buffet dinner will be provided by the Hightstown Lions Club and this will be an interactive meeting, in lieu of a speaker.


Something New About the 75th Celebration…


Lion Monty Hagerty is providing the Club with old photos of members, events and fundraisers from the last 30 years or so. ANY Member that has photos – old or new – of any and all members, Club events, projects, and fundraisers, please get them to Lion Dave Shaffer; and like Lion Monty’s photos, he will scan them and return them to you as quickly as possible. 



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.


President Rick & Deb Burke together with Lions Jeff & Donna Grundy, Glenn & Phyllis Johnson, Mike Kaiser & Neile Wright, John & Faye Kobland, and Bob Virgadamo & Mary Ellen Larson all attended the Edison Metro Lions Club Charter Night Dinner, and a wonderful time was had by all.


Because last year’s Valentines Day Roses FUNdraiser was so great a success, not only because it raised money, but because it served a need in the community, we are doing it again this year. Just like last year, the Club will pre-sell bouquets of long-stemmed red roses, by the dozen; the cost will be $35 per dozen. Anyone who purchased last year can vouch for the fact that these are high quality roses (mine lasted over two weeks!). Also like last year, our sale price will be substantially lower than the retail cost of roses at Valentines Day. If just our member’s purchase flowers, it is estimated we could raise over $1000. However, this is a fundraiser and the special pricing will be available to everyone who orders. As a fundraiser, everyone is reminded that this year’s flowers for your sweetheart are not only less expensive and less sales tax, these roses are tax deductible. Orders can be placed on the website at, or by contacting Lion Mike Kaiser at 609-860-1900.


New Jersey Lions Night at The New Jersey Devils, featuring the Devils v. the Buffalo Sabres, was Saturday, February 3.  The Devils will donate $7 per ticket back to the each Club; the Cranbury Lions Club sold 84 tickets to this event – thanks mostly to Lion Joe Carroll – and the Club will make $588. Lion Joe reports that it was a very exciting game and the Devils beat the Sabres, 3 to 2.


And speaking of scores… the winners of the 2007 Super Bowl XLI Pool 50/50 are:

Red Grid – 1st Quarter, Steve Sarlos; Half, Steve Sarlos; 3rd Quarter, Anthony Nichols; Final Score, Lorenzo Agostino.

Blue Grid – 1st Quarter, Marty Coffey; Half, Marty Coffey; 3rd Quarter, Mike & Clay Kaiser; Final Score, Mike Quinn.

The Cranbury Lions thanks everyone who played and supported this administrative fundraiser, and extends Congratulations to all the winners.


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 – she calls it Flourish Peru. As it has been explained to us, children may not attend school without the school uniform, and many children are too poor to purchase the uniform. Meghan has begun a program in an effort to provide the uniforms and meals to these children, and has approached us to ask if we would assist her with a donation of $100. Upon hearing that the total cost of the uniforms is only $300, the Board voted, unanimously, to provide the entire amount to Meghan. Additionally, we will try to contact the nearest Peruvian Lions Club to see if they will work jointly with us to help support Meghan’s efforts while in Peru. 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. Please join in commending Meghan Hayden for her genuine concern and her humanitarian efforts on behalf of the children of Peru!


For those who like and appreciate Frank Marlowe’s historical presentations, on the occasion of Black History Month, Lion Frank will be giving a talk in the Library on February 23 at 7PM, on the early civil rights movement. The abstract of the presentation are the events surrounding Martin Luther King’s well known struggles to end injustices following a much longer and larger struggle for equal rights that took place during the century following the Civil War. This is the story of the systematic suppression of black people in the South, enforced by violence, and of the efforts of a few heroic Americans, black and white, to end this suppression.


Campaign Sight First II (CSFII) is the biggest and most encompassing program Lions Clubs International has ever sponsored. The Campaign goal is to wipe out preventable blindness by the year 2020, through research and action, both of which cost money. Each Club, around the world, has been asked to provide a ‘goal donation amount’ during the first phase of the program – 2005-2008. We had already donated $1000 during the last Lion Year, and including that donation, the Board of Directors approved a “Goal Amount” of $5000 through the end of 2008. More information on CSFII will be available at meetings or individually – see Lion Bob.


President Rick was tapped, and accepted a position on this year’s 16D Charity Ball Committee. Congratulations President Rick! This year’s Charity Ball Dinner Dance will be on March 24 at the Forge Restaurant in Woodbridge. Tickets are $40 each. The Charity Ball is the District’s ONLY fundraiser for the year, benefiting the 16D Eye & Ear Foundation. [A Ticket cost covers the event, only; fundraising is done through the Ad Journal, and raffles at the event.]. Additionally, the Board voted to take a full page ad in the Ad Journal. All members are asked to consider attending this black tie optional event, but we would like to be able to fill at least two tables – especially since Lion Bob is now 16D’s Vice District Governor.


Nice segue…at 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, and, 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.


Please note the changes in the schedule – due to the fact that our February 21 meeting is Ash Wednesday, we have substituted a non-meat meal for the Chicken Parmesan that was originally planned.


Also, as listed above, our Annual Cranbury Lions – Hightstown Lions Joint Meeting will be hosted by Hightstown this year, and therefore, will be on their schedule. The meeting will be at the Hightstown Masonic Lodge on March 14. Please note that our first scheduled meeting on March 7 will be at Cranbury Station; our second normally scheduled meeting on March 21 is cancelled, and being “replaced” with the Joint Meeting.


And speaking of the Hightstown Lions, they have a big anniversary coming up this year, too – 70 Years! For the benefit of our newer members, the Hightstown Lions Club was the first of five clubs sponsored by the Cranbury Lions. This is only one of the reasons that we have had such a close and enduring friendship with the Hightstown Club over all these years; in years past not only did we have an Annual Joint Meeting, but, among other events, we had an annual picnic (at which there was the ‘annual softball game’, of true rivalry); our Clubs played basketball “against” each other, and there were Bowling Tournaments. The Board voted to take a full page ad in their Ad Journal and for our 70 years of friendship and camaraderie, the Board of Directors would like to see the Membership fill at least two tables at this black tie optional dinner dance Celebration on April 28, at Theo’s Lakeside Tavern (Main St, Hightstown).Tickets are $60 each. A sign-up sheet will begin circulating at the meetings immediately.


The Barn Project…no, it’s not a dead issue… Members may recall that in 2002 the Club voted to restore the Updike barns and that the town would let us store all our equipment in one of the barns. This project has been “on the books” for nearly 5 years, and has been delayed due to one problem or another along the way, not the least of which was the collapse of one barn and the further deterioration of the others. Lion Glenn Johnson has taken up the mantle of Project Chair this past year and has done an excellent job of bringing this project to near completion; however, due to yet even more unforeseen problems the project is still stalled, and upon completion of an agreement, will be brought to the membership for another vote.


Get ready for our 9th Annual Golf Outing, which will be held at the Peddie Golf Club on Monday, May 14, 2007. More information will be available in the next Jargon.


…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. Please do what YOU can to procure goods, services, or ads for the event.


Mark you calendars! The February 7, 2007 Meeting will be at the Grape Escape. All members and their spouses are invited to this last Club Project Meeting, where we will be bottling and labeling our Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon – and it’s a chance to preview the GREAT label that won the label contest! [The Boy Scout meeting, usually reserved for the first February meeting, will be held, this year only, on February 21st]


All Members have received their tickets for the 75th Anniversary Celebration in the mail. Additional tickets are available. The Committee and the Board are hoping that every Member will attend this momentous event in our Club’s history, and now is a good time to start planning a table; tables will be set for 8, 10, or 12. If for any reason a Member can’t use the tickets sent to him or her, we ask that you try to sell them; if you are unable to purchase them or sell them, please return them to Walt Caldwell.


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)


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.