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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





January, 2006


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

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

     Interactive: Lion Tamer Peter Turner & Lion Rich Pape will lead us in “Name That Tune”

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

                 Joint Meeting with the West Windsor Lions Club

Speaker: Richard Bizub of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, will present an overview of the Pinelands, the status of the efforts to preserve them, and role of the Preservation Alliance


February, 2006


January 31 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

February 1 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Chicken Parmigiana

    Speaker: Matt Long will speak about his mountain climbing adventure in Tanzania

February 15 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Oriental Beef and Broccoli

                            Speaker: Al Stefanowicz – Using the Robert Murdock Band as a fundraising tool




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 at the January meetings, our Tail Twister will be looking for Lions New Years Resolutions.


Lion Don Jo Swanagan and his Holiday Decorations Committee completed their Annual Rounds and chose the best decorated house in each Cranbury Neighborhood; each winner was presented with a large poinsettia. A special thanks to Lion Monty Hagerty for arranging for the poinsettias for both the Holiday Decoration winners and as favors for the Holiday Party


This year’s Holiday Party was a grand success, and well attended, especially since we were joined by the members of the Hightstown Lions Club. The Hightstown Club has asked if they can join us again next year


It’s that time of year, the Super Bowl is around the corner and Cranbury Lions Super Bowl Pool 50/50 will be bigger and better than ever before. Due to popular demand, a box on the pool will now be $20; as usual, there will be four winners:1st Quarter ($125), Half ($250), 3rd Quarter ($125) and Final Score ($500). This Administrative Fundraiser is for the benefit of the Cranbury Lions Club Operating Budget.


Valentines Day Roses – the Club will pre-sell bunches of roses, by the dozen. Unfortunately, at press time, we didn’t have the actual costs, however, we have been assured that 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. If just our member’s purchase flowers, it is estimated we could make over $1000 with this fundraiser. 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 by contacting Lion Mike Kaiser, or place your order through the website at, and follow the links to Cranbury Lions Valentine’s Day Roses.  


The Club will hold its first 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 at least 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. A Sign-Up sheet will begin circulating at the January 4th meeting.


As with any celebratory or fundraising dinner, guests will be given a favor at our 75th Anniversary Dinner. Instead of providing a useless trinket that will ultimately find its way to the trash basket, the Anniversary Committee recommended, and the Board approved, giving splits of wine, made by the Club Members, with our own label, as favors to each ticket holder. The wine, a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, will be made at the Grape Escape in Dayton as a Club Project, beginning in May. More information will follow.


The Resolution nominating Lion Bob Virgadamo to the position of Vice District Governor in Lion Year 2006-2007 was read at the December 7, 2005 Regular Meeting; the Membership voted unanimously for the nomination. The Resolution has been sent to all District Officers, Presidents of the Clubs in 16D, and all other interested parties and will be read into the record, and voted upon, at the 16D Cabinet meeting on January 23, 2006. Cranbury Lions are encouraged to attend this Cabinet meeting to show their support.


Mark your calendars…the 8th Annual Golf Outing will be held at the Peddie Golf Course on Monday, May 15, 2006


Reminder…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 are seeking Chairs for the sub-committees that will be necessary to make this project a success, 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.


Membership – Membership – Membership


As always we are looking for new members. With so many new homes in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for new members. We ask all Cranbury Lions to try to bring in New Members. Membership applications can be obtained from Secretary George Smith or from membership Chairman Mike Kaiser. Let’s try to keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury’s “best kept secret”.


What’s Happening In Other Clubs


The Milltown Lions Club will hold a Spaghetti Dinner on January 20, 2006; anyone interested in attending can contact Regional Chair Tom Reilly or Zone Chair Bob Virgadamo.


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 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.