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Jungle Jargon

A Monthly Broadcast to

THE LIONS CLUB OF CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY

Contact us at: http://cranburylions.org

 

“A Country Club Trying to Serve Its Country”

 

Ideals in Government

Mutual Helpfulness

Social Progress

Understanding

Civic Betterment

Fellowship

 

President

Walton Caldwell

 

Directors – 1 year

Dave Cook

1st Vice President

Richard Stannard

 

 

Andre Mento

2nd Vice President

David Stout

 

 

Steve Rush

3rd Vice President

Alex Johnson

 

 

Peter Turner

Secretary

George Smith

 

 

 

Treasurer – Operating/Projects

Dennis Kennedy

 

Directors – 2 Years

Don Herr

Assistant Treasurer - Projects

Dennis Kennedy

 

 

Doug Pearce

 

 

 

 

Jon Goldstein

Immediate Past President

Ray Dickey

 

 

Bob Virgadamo

Information Technology Chairman

Dave Shaffer

 

Publicity
Chairman

Rick Cusworth

Lion Tamer

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Jargon Editor

Bob Virgadamo

Tail Twister

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Web Master

Michele Hart

Membership Chairman

Mike Kaiser

 

 

 

 

March, 2005

 

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

March 2 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Beef Burgundy

     Speaker: Joe Bocklage; Past Council Chair for MD16, and the current Secretary/Treasurer for 16D.

Topic: MD16 has 3 candidates up for the position if International Director; Mr. Bocklage will   speak about the role and duties of an International Director and explain the process of electing the candidate at the State Convention.

March 16 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Corned Beef & Cabbage

 Speaker: Harry Kleinkauf, retired Cranbury Chief of Police, now associated with the NJ Department of Homeland Security and Antiterrorism.

 Topic: Mr. Kleinkauf, will report on the NJ Department of Antiterrorism

 

April, 2005

 

April 5 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

April 6 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Chicken & Broccoli

               Speaker: Karl Helstrom is the current President of the Historical Society and a marathon runner.

               Topic:  Mr. Helstrom will discuss marathon running and has a suggestion for a Lions fund raiser in Cranbury

April 27 – Lion Of The Year Meeting – 7PM, East Brunswick Chateau, Dinner: Choice

This is a Joint Meeting with the other Clubs in Zone 1

Speaker: Lion of the Year and Melvin Jones Fellow Presentations in lieu of speaker.

 

Things To Know

 

Welcome to our newest member, John Kobland.

 

The Cranbury Lions hold a 50/50 Super Bowl Pool every year; net proceeds go to the Club’s Administrative budget to help offset the costs for Forum attendance. This year’s winners of the Super Bowl Pool were:

   1st Quarter – Pete Turner, Cranbury (0/0) – $50; Half-time – Jeff Ranca, Hamilton (7/7) – $100;

   3rd Quarter – Bill Ranca, Hamilton (4/4) – $50; Final – Yianni Bardis, Marlboro (Patriots 4 / Eagles 1) – $300

The Club would like to thank everyone who participated in this fundraiser, and would like to give a laurel and hardy handshake to Lion Mike Kaiser for getting all the boxes filled.

 

On Friday, February 18, 2005, Cub Scout Pack 52, at their Annual Blue and Gold Dinner, presented the Cranbury Lions with a Certificate of Appreciation for being the Charter Organization for the Cub Scouts. 

Lion Frank Brennan III accepted this honor on behalf of the Club.

 

There may still be time to sign up for the 16-D Charity Ball which will be held this Saturday,  March 5th. This is the only fund raiser for the general fund of the 16-D Eye and Ear Foundation. It is important that this affair is financially successful, and to this end, the Board of Directors of the Cranbury Lions would like to be able to reserve at least two tables of ten for this worthwhile fundraising Dinner Dance. This year’s Charity Ball will be at McAteer’s Restaurant on Easton Avenue in Somerset. Tickets are $35 per person and include hors d’oeuvres for one hour, starting at 7PM, followed by dinner and dancing until 11 pm. Dinner selections are prime rib of beef, Chicken Francaise or broiled flounder. There will be a cash bar. Black Tie, optional. Any member who has not signed up, but wishes to attend should see Lion Bob Virgadamo at the regular meeting on March 2.

 

Because Lions International helped to write the UN Charter, there has always been a “Lions Day” at the United Nations; this year, it is Friday, March 11, 2005. If you are retired, or can get away for the day, bring the family to the UN. It is always a truly interesting experience, especially for the first 350 registrants, who are invited to attend a Council Session. At this writing there may still be reservations available at the Council Session. Any Lion who wishes to attend should contact President Walt or Regional Chairman Tom Reilly, ASAP.

 

The Cranbury Lions Barn Project is finally coming together. Project Chairman Lion Mike Kaiser has met with the Township, and negotiations are underway for the buildings to be placed into the Club’s care through a “long-term lease” situation. Lion Mike expects that work on the project will began this spring. More information will follow.

 

The Lion of the Year Dinner will be held on April 27, as a Joint Meeting with the other Clubs in our Zone: East Brunswick, Milltown, South Brunswick and Spotswood/Monroe. This year, in addition to the Lion of the Year, we will be awarding three Melvin Jones Fellowships; all Cranbury Lions, and their spouses, are strongly urged to attend. One of these prestigious awards could go to you. The LOTY awards dinner will be held at the East Brunswick Chateau; menu choices are Roast Beef, Chicken Francaise, or Broiled Tilapia. The cost is $20 per person. There will be a cash bar.

 

Thanks to the efforts of President Walt, and Hightstown Lions President Paul Cousineau, our annual Cranbury/Hightstown joint meeting has been set for May 25, 2005, at the Masonic Lodge (downstairs) in Hightstown. Historically, we have alternated hosting duties, and this year it is the Hightstown’s turn to host us, so we are on their schedule (2nd & 4th Wednesday). As in the past, the joint meeting will use the interactive discussion format; at this time, the suggested topic will be, “How can our two Clubs be more communicative at both the Club and the District levels.” As the date approaches, a sign-up sheet will be circulated at our meeting. All Cranbury Lions are encouraged to attend.

 

In addition to our Annual Joint Meeting, the Hightstown Lions Club has asked if they may join us for our Holiday Meeting/Party; the Board of Directors can see no reason why we cannot enjoy the company of other Lions at our Holiday Dinner Dance and have extended an invitation to the Hightstown Club to join us at the Bog in December.

 

Lion Doug Pearce, our Golf Committee Chair, has announced that Monday, May 16, 2005 marks the date of the Cranbury Lions 7th Annual Golf Outing, at the Peddie Golf Course in Hightstown. The $125 per player, includes cart and greens fees, lunch and dinner, team and individual prizes for play, door prizes, auction items and a registration gift. The event starts with lunch at 11:30, followed by a 1PM Shotgun Start. The Golf Outing is limited to the first 100 golfers. All members are encouraged to recruit as many Hole Sponsors, as possible; the hole sponsorships are $100 and $125, which, in addition to a sign on a hole, includes a business card ad or full page ad, respectively, in the program book. Spouses and non-golfing Lions may attend the dinner for $30; both lunch and dinner includes choice of beer or wine at the open bar. Beverages will be sold, at a nominal charge, from a cart on the course throughout the day…the cart driver will try not to get lost this year!

 

Every year, District 16D volunteers to help with the eye program at the Special Olympics. This annual event will be held on June 2, 3 & 5, 2005 (Thursday, Friday, & Sunday) at the College of New Jersey in Ewing Township. The Special Olympics allows physically/mentally challenged individuals to compete in a variety of athletic events.  The ages of participants range from 8 to mid forties.  As part of the event, there is a health center that allows professionals to examine the athletes for a variety of health issues. Lions International and Special Olympics developed a program called Special Olympics/ Lions International Opening Eyes Program.  Here we examine eyes for a range of functions.  Our part is to help set up (on Friday), give exams, register the Olympians, assist in helping select frames, take eye glass prescriptions to Lens Crafters for preparation, and ensuring the Olympians receive the glasses. All Lions and non-Lions are invited to volunteer for a flexible number of hours or days for the event.  If you can make the time to help in this worthwhile effort, please advise President Walt or Lions Tom Reilly or Bob Virgadamo; or use the sign-up sheet circulating at the meetings.

 

We have received our dates for our annual Trenton Thunder Baseball fundraiser and Club Outing:

We were, once again, lucky enough to get a game to hold a 50/50 fundraiser. While it may be a bit early for us to ask for volunteers for this fundraiser, we hope that many of you will consider coming to Riverside Stadium to help sell 50/50 tickets. The more ticket sellers we have, the more tickets we can sell; Cranbury Lions may bring anyone over 18 to sell tickets. Entry into the stadium is free; the Club provides each ticket seller with a hot dog and a beverage; and, while you raise money for the community, you get to watch a baseball game. For your information, we have been given a Friday night game (7:05) between the Thunder and the Reading Phillies, on June 24, 2005. This is a good “rivalry” game, and with enough volunteers selling tickets in the park, we can raise quite a bit on this 50/50. Additional information will be announced at the regular meetings, or you can call Lion Bob Virgadamo.

 

Our Annual Trenton Thunder Outing will be Saturday, August 27th, between the Thunder (Yankees) and the Binghamton Mets. We have limited seating, on the first base side, but can add tickets if our allotment sells out early enough. It is NOT too early to reserve these tickets. And remember, the tickets are available to all Lions, their families, friends and neighbors. For reservations, contact Lion Bob Virgadamo

 

At the last District 16D Cabinet Meeting we learned about the following projects by other Clubs in our Zone. The Milltown Lions will be having a Pancake Breakfast on March 20; the South Brunswick Lions are having a “Tricky Tray Auction” in April, they’re sponsoring the Cole Bros. Circus on May 21 & 22, and will be holding a Spaghetti Dinner on June 3rd. For Milltown Information contact Joan Trent at 732-297-5236; for South Brunswick information call Jack Hendrickson at 732-297-1107. All Cranbury Lions are encouraged to support the activities and projects of other Lions Clubs, especially in our Zone.

 

The Cranbury Lions Club is in search of new fund raisers – different, entertaining, and fun. Some excellent ideas have been presented, among which are an antique car rally, a Halloween party, a casino night, Bingo, an art auction, and a cruise; the Board of Directors would appreciate input from our membership on these ideas. Any member who has a fundraising idea should share the idea with President Walt. 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.

 

This year’s White Cane Days will be held in April. All members will be required to collect for the White Cane, and a sheet with your assignment location and time will be distributed shortly. Any member who needs to switch a time or day, or may have a legitimate reason for not being able to participate should please contact either of the Committee Co-Chairs, Lions Mahlon Thompson or Andre Mento, or President Walt, as soon as the list is released.

 

There has been a severe drop off in meeting attendance. Members are reminded that our meetings are necessary as a means of disseminating information, obtaining a volunteer corps, and maintain an esprit de corps among our membership. The Board realizes that there are other “time demands”, especially among our younger members, but asks that every effort be made to make the meetings.

 

Reminders

 

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, or e-mail him at marlowe@cranburynj.com . Additionally, Frank will take all members’ suggestions for interactive discussion nights.

 

It is important that we increase our fundraising capability without requesting money from our small community over and over again. 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 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 Dave Cook to activate the “phone tree”, so that all members may be notified.

 

Member Pick-Up

Ed Lawson (5 S. Main)

 

Lion Dennis Kennedy 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.

 

 

THE LIONS CLUB, CRANBURY, NEW JERSEY Asks that you PLEASE SUPPORT OUR ADVERTISERS

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Joe Addonizio

Hardware/Software – Sales/Service

aaproductscc@hotmail.com

409-0226

409- 0223 (M)

1ST CONSTITUTION BANK

Main Branch

2650 Route 130,North

Cranbury, NJ 08512

JOE’S CHEESECAKES

20 Different Flavors – We Deliver

104 Plainsboro Road

Cranbury, N.J. 08512

409-0226

409-0223 (M)

ALLEN & STULTS
Charles Stults, III
Main Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
609-448-0110

BETA CRAFTS, INC.
Art Hasselbach, Proprietor
Rte 130
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-655-1940  (M)

LAW OFFICES OF
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73 North Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-395-5533/FAX 395-0999 (M)

CMI PLASTICS
Custom Thermo-Forming
Art Hasselbach &
Steve Hasselbach
Rte 130
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-395-1920 (M)

A. S. COLE & SON & COMPANY
Mahlon M Thompson,
Director Emeritus
Christine Thompson, Manager
“Your Golden Rule Funeral Home”
609-655-3600  (M)

GEORGE CONLEY , IV
Electrical Contractor
All Types  of Work
47-H Station Rd.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-395-0513

DANSER & BLOOM
Alan Danser & Arthur Danser
190 Plainsboro Rd.
Cranbury, NJ 08512  (M)

THE ELMS OF CRANBURY
61 Maplewood Ave
Cranbury, NJ 08512

1ST CONSTITUTION BANK

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74 North Main St

Cranbury, NJ 0851

395-0605  (M)

1ST CONSTITUTION BANK
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74 North Main St
Cranbury, NJ 08512
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HAGERTY THE FLORIST
PLANT & GARDEN CENTER
Judson Hagerty & Monty Hagerty
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-0660 (M)

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Attorney at Law
101 North Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-655-2181

HERR’S PLUMBING &
HEATING SERVICES, INC.
Donald Herr
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-395-0638 (M)

HUFF, MORAN AND ORRON
Attorneys at Law
Wills, Estates & Real Estate
1246 South River Rd.
Cranbury, NJ 08512  (M)

JAMIESON, MOORE, PESKIN
& SPICER, ATTORNEYS
300 Alexander Rd
Princeton, NJ 08540

KAISER BUILDING CO.

Michael Kaiser

1260 South River Rd.

Cranbury, NJ 08512

860-1900

www.kaiser-building.com

PRINCETON BALLET
Official School of the
American Repertory Ballet
29 North Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
655-2420/FAX 655-4377
www.arballet.org

CRANBURY PIZZA
Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512

409-9930/409-9980FAX

RICHARD A. PAPE
Certified Public Accountant
142 Plainsboro Rd.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-395-0467

PAT’S DÉCOR
50 North Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512

PNC BANK, N.A.
Cranbury Office
32 North Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-860-1283

SIECK-WRIGHT
FLORAL PRODUCTS
15 Bunker Hill
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-395-0395

SHANGLE & HUNT
Complete Line of Building Materials,
Hardware & Paint
133 Broad St.
Hightstown, NJ 08620
609-448-1212

STULTS REALTY
Gordon Stults
37 North Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-395-0444 (M)

TEDDY’S RESTAURANT
49 North Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-395-3120

DENNIS WHITE, D.M.D.
41 North Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-395-0764 (M)

WRIGHT TRAVEL
30 North Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-655-4900 (M)

CRANBURY SERVICE CENTER
24-Hour Towing & Recovery
Full Service Repairs on Cars, Ttucks, Tractors & Trailers
2734 Route 130
Cranbury, NJ 08512

448-2002

THE CRANBURY INN
Fine American Cuisine
Tom & Gay Ingegneri
21 South Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512

655-5595

CRANBURY STATION RESTAURANT
Seafood, Steaks & Pasta
2625 Rote 130, South
Cranbury, NJ 08512
655-5550

GEORGE’S GARAGE & TOWING
Complete Auto Repair &
24-Hour Service
George Nobile
Rte 130 @ Half Acre Rd.
Cranbury, NJ 08512

655-3334

CRANBURY MANOR EXXON
George Smudin,
ASE Certified Technician
Route 130
Cranbury, NJ 08512
448-6429

CROCKADELLI
Patti & Nick Riggi
137 Old Cranbury Rd.
Cranbury, NJ 08512

443-8988

CRANBURY PAINT& HARDWARE
Rocco D’ArmientoIII
33 North Main St.
Cranbury, NJ 08512
395-0632

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Family Owned and Operated
205 Rhode Hall Rd.
Monroe Twp, NJ 08831

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R&H LANDSCAPING
Complete Landscaping Services
Roy Reinhardt
P.O. Box 647
Cranbury, NJ 08512
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Distinctive Interior Design
Beth G. Brennan
57 South Main St
Cranbury, NJ 08512

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3812 Quakerbridge Rd.
PO Box 3006
Trenton, NJ 08619-0006
(800) 272-4RUE

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