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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





January,  2007


January 2 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

January 3 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Chicken Marsala

Speaker: Lion John Kobland Lion John is an accomplished poet and will entertain us with a few of his compositions.


January 17 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Beef Burgundy

Speaker: Lion Rick Burke President Rick will discuss upcoming Projects, especially the Wine Project and the 75th Anniversary Gala


February, 2007


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

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: Chicken Parmigiana

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


Welcome To Our Newest Member…


The Board of Directors has approved the membership application for Ruth Holroyd, who recently moved into Cranbury. Ruth, who lives on Main Street was sponsored by Lion Jon Goldstein, and will be inducted into the Club at the regular meeting on January 3, 2007.



Something New About the 75th Celebration…


The Anniversary Committee is happy to announce that we have volunteers as Co-Chairs for the Decorations Committee, and wish to thank Rosemarie Mento, Mary Ellen Larson and Bobbie Marlowe for taking up this creative challenge. Anyone wishing to participate on this committee should contact either of them (see your directory for numbers)


Things To Know


Even though we have begun sending a revised “Calendar of Events” with each 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. Please Note that Spouses are invited to attend all meetings, but are encouraged to attend “Spouse Night” meetings.


Detective Paul Lindenfeld of the Cranbury Police spoke about the Department’s CERT Program at our December 6 meeting. In addition to acting as a “neighborhood watch” this program also trains residents to help the police, locally, both in times of an emergency and for non-emergency procedures. Anyone wishing more information, or wishing to take the training course may contact Detective Lindenfeld at 395-7209


We collected 786 toys during this year’s Toys For Tots Drive. This program is a success due to the efforts of our “Collection Point Volunteers” at 1st Constitution Bank, Seanjohn Inc, BBL, the Post Office, and PNC Bank. And of course, thanks to all Lions, their families and friends for depositing a toy for a needy child. Barring any unforeseen (military) problems, a Marine delegate will be at our January 3rd meeting to present President Rick with a certificate for our work with Toys for Tots.


1st Constitution Bank acted as sales location of Entertainment Books for the Club this year, and we would like to thank the Bank, and especially Lion Elaine Homoky, for helping us raise approximately $150 through this sale.


The Annual Cranbury Lions Holiday Party, held jointly with the Hightstown Lions Club, was at The Bog on Friday, December 15. Sixty-three people attended, including 15 from Hightstown. A note of thanks to Lion Joe Carroll, who brought a small sound system so that “mood music” would prevail. Even without the DJ, 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 serves the needs of the community, we are doing it again this year. Just like last year, the Club will pre-sell bunches of medium stemmed 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 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 at 609-977-6160, or place your order through the website at, and follow the links to Cranbury Lions Valentine’s Day Roses. 


The Super Bowl is February 4th, and we are once again running Super Bowl Pool 50/50. The Pool is circulating at meetings, or contact Lion Mike Kaiser. There are two grids – a red and a blue – each $10 per box. Because we are running two grids, there will be four winners on each grid: 1st Quarter (2@$50), Half (2@$150), 3rd Quarter (2@$50) and Final Score (2@$250). This Administrative Fundraiser is for the benefit of the Cranbury Lions Club Operating Budget.


New Jersey Lions Night at The New Jersey Devils is coming up! The game is Devils v. Buffalo, Saturday, February 3, 2007 at 7:30.  Lion Joe Carroll tell us that this game will be one of hockey’s “hottest tickets” this year. Tickets are $35 (usually $52!), and at least $5 from every ticket we sell is donated back to the Club. Last year we received a donation of $560 from the Devils (The donation may be as much as $7 per ticket, however, we hadn’t gotten the final word by the time we went to print).Tickets are available to anyone; if you know a hockey fan, let ‘em know! For tickets contact Lion Joe Carroll.


Our Annual Cranbury Lions – Hightstown Lions Joint Meeting with be hosted by Hightstown, 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.


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.


And a word about the Poll we tried to conduct with regard to the Holiday Party venue and attendance: with a total of 72 Members, we received 16 responses. As a courtesy to those who took the time to respond, the “results” follow:

Stay at the Bog:            Yes 12; No 2; Undecided XX

Keep the DJ:                Yes 1; No 10; Undecided 3

A sincere thank you to those who took the time to respond.


…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.


The Promotions and Ad Journal Committees have provided us with an excellent tool for obtaining 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. [The Boy Scout meeting, usually reserved for the first February meeting, will be held 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 historic 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 within 30 days.


Membership – Membership – Membership


As always we are looking for new members. 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. 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”.


…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. The Membership Committee is preparing a survey, which will be distributed to all Members in January, which we hope will allow Members to answer such questions as: why is attendance low? What can we do to increase attendance? If it’s a ”problem”, what can we do to make meetings more interesting? When the survey arrives, please take a few minutes to complete it; if you would like to help the Membership Committee help the Club (before the survey goes out), members are encouraged to speak out at all meetings, or, if preferred, to any Board Member, about their concerns.




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.