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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





June, 2008


June 3 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

June 4 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Portobello

Speaker: State Senator, the Hon. Bill Baroni

June 18 – Regular meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Beef Stroganoff

Program: Installation of Officers


July, 2008


July 15 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, President Mike Kaiser’s house, 165 N. Main St. (back porch);

                                    ALL Board Members are requested and encouraged to attend this reorganization meeting.

July 16 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner:



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 not only to attend the meetings, but to become Members under the Family Membership Initiative. In any event, Spouses are wholly encouraged to attend “Spouse Night” meetings.


Mark Your Calendars – There Has Been A Change: We will be bottling the wine from the Club Wine Project at the Grape Escape at our first meeting in November 4.


We still need to develop a label for our wine bottles. The Board of Directors has approved a Wine Label Contest, and the winner will receive a prize, undetermined at this time. The label should depict a relationship to Lions (or lions), and must incorporate the official Lions Logo. The artwork and/or wine name may be serious or humorous in nature. Although the contest will only be mentioned at the meetings and in the Jargon, it is open to all Lions, family members and friends. Judging will take place at the end of June. If anyone is still interested in splitting a case, please speak with President Mike.


Since we already have a few volunteers from Cranbury, we should follow through on our commitment and plan to sponsor a new Club in Plainsboro. To accomplish this, we need a few committed Lions to contact local businesses, local government employees, and perhaps run a membership drive in the shopping plazas and the new “downtown” area to gather local residents as members. This would not be unprecedented; the Cranbury Lions sponsored the Hightstown Club, as well as the (now defunct) Hamilton, Jamesburg, and (former) Plainsboro Clubs. There’s no doubt that this will be a large undertaking, but the satisfaction obtained at the other end will make every Cranbury Lion proud! Interested Lions should contact President Mike or Governor Bob ASAP.


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.


Our game booth at the Drug Free Fair was popular and successful, thanks to the efforts of Lions Alex Johnson, Andy Johnson, Mike Kaiser…and Mike’s son and future Lion Clay.


The Student Affairs Committee received a number of applications for our two scholarship awards and our Community Service Award, and after some very tough deliberations reviewing some amazing applicants, came up with the winners of these awards, which will be/were awarded at our Annual Student Affairs Meeting on June 4:

The Todd Beamer Scholarship will be awarded to Sarah Gordon

The Dr. David Tudor Science Scholarship will be awarded to Thomas Hellstern

The Stan Thomas Community Service Award will be presented to Sarah Gordon.


Well, as you all know, the 10th Annual Cranbury Lions Golf Classic was rained out! The Golf Outing has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 24 at the Peddie School. The Shotgun Format will begin after lunch; at the end of the day, prizes will be awarded at the golf dinner; there will be an open bar at dinner (all included in the price of play). Lion Ray Dickey and his Golf Committee have done a phenomenal job of organizing and restructuring the Outing. We think you’ll have a great time. If you couldn’t make the May date, perhaps you can make the July date; anyone who wishes to play should contact Lion Ray Dickey; non-Golfers are invited to attend the dinner after play is through; around 5PM, $30 per person. The sign-up sheet will continue to be passed around at the meeting.


The winners of the Spring Raffle were drawn after the Memorial Day Parade, and they were: 1st Prize – Bob Flanagan; 2nd Prize – Sanjin Kanwar; and, 3rd Prize – George Smudin.  We sold a total 507 tickets, and our net profit, added to our Projects (Charitable) Account is approximately $2400. The Board of Directors would like to especially thank Lions Mahlon Thompson, Walt Caldwell, Christine Thompson, and Don Herr for selling the majority of the tickets.


Three different people came up to us and said that they have been watching the parade for decades, and that this was the best  Memorial Day Parade and Post Parade Ceremonies they could ever remember. So a laurel and hardy handshake goes to our Parade Master, Lion Dave Cook and his illustrious committee for providing a fantastic event for the town!


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. It will be held from 11 AM to 3 PM on June 7, 2008 in Village Park. The Club will be sponsoring the “Moonwalk”. Everyone hopes that this will be a BIG event in Cranbury and we are going to need quite a few volunteers – think “Pancake Breakfast” and “Cranbury Day” big. In addition to members manning the Lions table and the ice cream cart, we need one member to help form at least 10-12 teams (Per Team: 1 Lion, 1 Cop, 1 Fireman, 1 First Aider). Please don’t forget why you joined the Lions…to help serve the Community; and this, Cranbury Day and the Pancake Breakfast, is as close as it gets. There is a sign-up sheet going around at the meeting, or contact Lions Ray Dickey or Andre Mento to offer assistance.


Every June for the first twenty-five years or so of our Club’s existence, we had a “Charter Night Dinner Dance” (always formal and always at the Forsgate Country Club); in the early 50’s, the dinner dance was moved to April and re-named the “Spring Fling”; during this time it was still formal, but was held at a number of different venues. By the late 1990’s the “Spring Fling” had slowly crept back into mid-June, and was re-named the “Installation Dinner Dance” in 2000. Now, with both hindsight and foresight – and a little knowledge of what nearly every other Club does – the Board of Directors has voted to re-name the event – Charter Night Dinner Dance, going back to our roots. Unfortunately, this little history lesson is for naught because due to lack of interest, there will be no Charter Night Dinner Dance this year; the Installation of Officers will take place at a regular meeting, on June 18. It is hoped that the Club will bring back this important social function next year.


The Club is sponsoring a Testimonial Dinner for Governor Bob at the Imperia on Easton on Sunday, June 8 from 2-6PM; tickets are $55, which includes a DJ that will provide line dancing and dance instruction. All Cranbury Lions and spouses are invited and encouraged to attend to thank Lion Bob for his service on behalf of the Cranbury Lions Club. Contact President Mike for tickets. 


Baseball Season is Upon Us! Our Trenton Thunder Super 50/50 will be held at Riverside Stadium at the Trenton Thunder v. Reading Phillies game on Friday, June 6. This is a GREAT rivalry game, so the stadium should be full. We have our minimum of six volunteers to sell tickets, but the more volunteers we have the more tickets we can sell. This is a great fundraiser for us, and all we have to do is walk around while watching a baseball game – how good can it get? Tickets can be sold by anyone over the age of 18, bring your spouse…bring you older children…bring your next door neighbor and/or his kid, but they must wear a hat or vest (we have extras). Entrance into the Park is free and the Club will buy each ticket seller a hot dog and a beverage. A sheet is going around at meetings, or contact Lion Bob V.


Lion Joe and Suzanne Carroll have once again agreed to host our Annual Club Picnic at their home (1 McKnight Ct). The picnic will be on July 19; additional details will be e-mailed in July and printed in the July Jargon. As always, feel free to bring a prospective member (and family) as a guest. A sign up sheet will be going around in June and July.


And, mark your calendars…Our Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Outing is scheduled for Saturday, August 23. The came starts at 7:05PM, and coincidentally, is Thunder v. Reading Phillies! Tickets are $10 each and are for sale to all Lions, their family and friends – and any Cranbury resident. Tickets are available now. For tickets call President Mike or DG Bob.


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.