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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





July, 2006


July 18 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, President Rick Burke’s house

July 19 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Baby Back Ribs

Speaker: Tim Brennan – Tim will discuss how athletes progress from high school sports to the Olympics, including how athletes are sponsored, the types of professional and amateur competitions, and the role of drugs in sports.


August, 2006

August 1– Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

August 2– Regular Meeting – This is the third “Wine Meeting” – this meeting will be held at the Grape Escape

on Stults Rd, Dayton – We will be “racking” our wine – Dinner will be catered by Cranbury Station – Spouses are welcome.


Member Ill


Lion Scott Applegate is recently returned from a stay at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania. He is gravely ill and would appreciate hearing from his fellow Lions. You may send your wishes to him at home at

32 Washington Drive, Cranbury, NJ 08512



Congratulations and best wishes to Regional Chairman Tom & Mary Elizabeth Reilly, as they “go for the gold” this month and celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary on July 7, 2006.


Things To Know


As it has in the past, the “summer schedule” for the Jargon will be a bit “off”; since the Board meeting will not occur until mid-month, this issue may be light. The August issue will go out after the July Board meeting, and unless there is information of “vital importance”, the September issue will go out on the normal schedule, after the September Board meeting.


REMINDER: Summer Dress Rules are in effect during July and August. For those who are unaware of the “Summer dress rules”, Members may wear appropriate summer attire, including shorts, to regular meetings.


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. Please Note that Spouses are invited to attend the “off-premises” meeting at the Grape Escape, to assist in the Club Project of making wine; the meeting date is tentative; see below.



 It was pretty amazing…getting there took an hour and there were torrential rains everywhere – but not a drop fell on Riverside Stadium until after the 9th inning. The Thunder won 4-0, and, Thunder Pitcher Phil Hughes carried a No Hitter into the 8th inning – wound up with a “one-hitter”. And, thanks to six intrepid volunteers, the Trenton Thunder Super 50/50 was a success as we sold nearly one thousand tickets and collected $476 for our Projects Account. A special thanks to Neile Wright for coming out to help and helping us hit the “magic number” of six volunteers.


Lion Joe Carroll, the Chairman of the Cranbury Lions Club Annual Family Picnic has advised that, like last year, he and Suzanne will hold the picnic, as a barbeque, at their home. Anyone who attended last year knows what a great time we had at the Carroll’s house, so bring the family – and a potential Lion or two – to One McKnight Court from 6 to 10 PM on Saturday, July 15! Burgers, hot dogs, salads, soda, coffee, beer and wine will be provided; bring your favorite dessert to share. The cost of the evening is $12 per adult, $5 for children; kids 5 and under are free. There will be no sign-up sheet for this event because the picnic is the weekend before our July meeting; RSVP Lion Joe, directly, at 409-9682. Joe is also looking for committee help for Set-up, Grilling, Clean-up, and Games.


The August meeting, normally held on the third Wednesday, will be on the first Wednesday, August 2, due to the scheduling for the Club Project Meeting; same time as usual. This is the third meeting in our wine making project. In this part of the process we will “Rack” our wine which entails emptying and cleaning our barrel, then we will put the wine back in the barrel for aging. But the ‘exciting’ part is that we have an opportunity to taste the wine at that point! For your calendar: the fourth “wine meeting” will be Friday, February 2, 2007; this is when we will actually bottle our wine, and label the bottles. Since we need to cater the meeting, reservations are required; there will be a sign-up sheet at the July meeting, or call Lions Andre Mento or Bob V.


As you can see from the top of the Jargon, two positions have not been filled on the Board; Tail Twister and Publicity Chairman. Any Member interested in either of these positions should contact President Rick.


Reminder…Hold the date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, June 23, 2007. Committees are 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 Past Presidents are encouraged to act as a Sub-Committee Chair; but ALL interested Lions should contact either Lion Andre or Lion Bob. Open discussions about the Anniversary Celebration are encouraged at ALL meetings.


The 2006 USA-Canada Leadership Forum will be in Columbus, OH, September 14 –16, 2006. The Forum is an excellent learning tool, and can have enormous benefit to the Club if a number of Members attended. All Club members, especially Board members, should consider attending this highly effective learning seminar. Lion Bob V is 2006 District Chairman for the Forum, and has applications for any Member that wishes to attend the Forum.

Membership – Membership – Membership


As always we are looking for new members. The Lion year just ending was not an exemplary membership year. 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.


What’s Happening In Other Clubs



The South Brunswick Lions Club will hold their Annual Cole Beatty Circus Fundraiser on Labor Day Weekend. 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.


Even though we have a few new fundraisers, 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.



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.