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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





February, 2008


February 5 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

February 6 – Annual Scout Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Parmigiana & Flounder – Buffet

Speaker: Dr. Greg Olsen, Scientist and Civilian Astronaut – Dr. Olsen will speak to us about his preparation for space flight and his 10 days in orbit, with some comments on why children should learn science.

February 20 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: TBD

Speaker: Mayor David Stout – Mayor and Lion Dave Stout will provide us with a State of the Town commentary.


March, 2008


March 4 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

March 5 – Joint Meeting with Hightstown – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Oriental Beef & Broccoli

Speaker: Senator Bill Baroni

March 19 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Corned Beef & Cabbage

                        Speaker: To Be Announced


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.


The 2008-2009 Slate of Officers is being prepared by the Nominating Committee; any member that wishes to participate as a member of the Board of Directors should contact 1VP Andre Mento, immediately, to have their name(s) placed on the ballot.


The winners of our Super Bowl Pool 50/50, which benefits the Administrative budget of the Cranbury Lions are:

First Quarter Winner – Elaine Homoky, Second Quarter Winner – Ray Dickey, Third Quarter Winner – Ray Dickey, End of Game Winner – Jim Lalli


Tickets are still available for the New Jersey Lions Hockey Night at the New Jersey Devils, on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 7:00 PM at the Prudential Center Arena near Penn Station in downtown Newark. The Devils will be hosting the Carolina Hurricanes.  According to hockey fans this should be an exciting game.  We are getting $65 face value balcony seats for $45.  Depending on how many tickets are sold, throughout the State, the clubs will receive between $5 and $14 per ticket as a donation back to the Club. To order tickets for yourself, your family, your business or any group contact Lion Joe Carroll or President Mike.


The Club will host our second biennial Art Auction at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 8. Co-Chairs Andre Mento and Bob Virgadamo are looking for a committee of volunteers to help obtain Tricky Tray donations, ad journal ads, and to work on the evening of the auction. As she did last time, local artist and gallery owner Kathie Morolda will provide the art and run the actual auction. A Sign-Up sheet will be circulating at the meetings.


The Club Wine Project at the Grape Escape is on hold until the Racking Process takes place, probably sometime in March. President Mike advises that there is still at least one case available; members may purchase a case of wine or split a case with another member at a cost of $110 per case (12 bottle cases, less than $10 per bottle); if you are interested in purchasing (or splitting) a case, please speak with President Mike, or DG Bob.


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 2- or 3-day workshop on “How to Start a New Club” which will also include the Certified Guiding Lion course. The workshop will be in March or 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 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 30th Annual Lions Day at the UN is Friday, March 14, 2008. The relationship between Lions Clubs International and the UN began in 1945, when Lions founder Melvin Jones and other Past International Presidents were asked to help develop the non-governmental organization (NGO) charter for the new global organization. From the beginning, the relationship between LCI and the UN has been limited to humanitarian endeavors. In keeping with its stated purposes, Lions Clubs International has no involvement in the political or security affairs of the UN. Reservations for the day MUST be made. This will be the LAST time tours of the present UN Headquarters Building will be available for the next 7 years while renovations are being performed. Due to the cancellation of the World Affairs Seminar, the Club has a budget, within our Education Fund, to allow us to send a few children to the UN; because of our special relationship with the Boy Scouts, we have offered the opportunity to them and they are sending approximately 10 Scouts to the UN. If any Lions wish to attend, please contact President Mike or DG Bob for information and reservations (Note: reservations MUST be made no later than February 15).


The District 16-D Charity Ball will be at the Forge Inn on Route 9 in Woodbridge on Saturday, March 29.This black tie optional dinner is the District Charitable Foundation’s main source of funding and the only (actual) fundraiser for the benefit of the 16-D Eye & Ear Foundation. The mission of the Eye & Ear Foundation is to assist the Clubs in 16-D in any charitable endeavor that the Club can’t afford, for example, a corneal transplant for a local person who can’t afford the operation, etc. Tickets are $45 each, and in addition to a 50/50 drawing, there will be an assortment of goods and services which may be bid upon at the event.


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.


Mark your calendars! The 10th Annual Cranbury Lions Golf Classic will be on Monday, May 12 at the Peddie School.


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.


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.