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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





Happy New Year!


January, 2008


January 2 – Governor’s Visitation Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Marsala

Speaker: District Governor Bob Virgadamo will speak about Lionism in 2007 and the International focus of Change.

January 15 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

January 16 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Beef Burgundy

                        Speaker: To Be Announced


February, 2007


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

February 6 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Parmigiana

                        Speaker: To Be Announced

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

                        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.


Please Note: the January Board Meeting will be held on January 15, or the Tuesday before the second meeting, in the Tom Gambino Room in the Library.


Thanks to all who participated in the Toys for Tots Program this year. Together we collected just under 700 toys, which were picked up from Lion Bob’s house, by the Marines, the Friday before Christmas. A special thanks to the Branches of the 1st Constitution Bank, the US Post Office, and BBL, Inc, for collecting toys at their locations. Thanks also to Lion Pat Meehan for his invaluable assistance in getting the posters to the drop locations.


This year’s Cranbury Lions Holiday Party was held one week earlier than usual, on Friday, December 7, 2007, at Charlie Brown’s Restaurant in Kingston (due to the unexpected winter closing of the Bog), and a good time was had by all who attended. This event will need a new Chair next year; anyone interested in running the Christmas Party should contact President Mike or DG Bob.


It’s time for our annual Super Bowl Pool 50/50. This fundraiser benefits the Administrative budget of the Cranbury Lions. There are TWO grids circulating for two pools. Both are $10 per box. See President Mike at the meeting.


There is a lot of excitement over the new home of the New Jersey Devils, the Prudential Center Arena near Penn Station in downtown Newark. And, beginning this year, Lion Joe Carroll is the State Chair for the New Jersey Lions Hockey Night at the New Jersey Devils. The game will be Saturday, February 9th, 2008 at 7:00 PM.  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.  If you can go on-line, look for the “Light Blue” seating sections: 101-107, 116-124, 133-134 in the on-line seating chart.  Depending on how many tickets are sold, overall, the clubs will receive between $5 and $17 per ticket as a donation back to the Club. A sign-up sheet will begin circulating shortly, or you can contact Lion Joe to order tickets for yourself, your family, your business or any group.


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.


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. At the time, Lions Clubs International was already an established worldwide service organization. During the ensuing years, the two organizations have cooperated on many humanitarian ventures. Lions have provided aid and manpower for UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), and UNESCO projects. 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; there are two price points (one with lunch with the UN Ambassadors, and one without lunch). This will be the LAST time tours of the present UN Headquarters Building will be available for the next 6-7 years while renovations are being performed. For Information and Reservations please contact President Mike or DG Bob.


Membership – Membership – Membership


Last Month we lost three Members!


This year’s theme from International President Mahendra Amarasuriya is “the Challenge To Change”, and how, through change, we can increase 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 Jon Goldstein, our new Membership Chair, in attracting and bringing in new members. With so many new homes in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for new members. For more information about Family Membership, or membership in general, or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Jon Goldstein, 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…


On the flip side of the membership coin, we also seem to be having a problem with 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.