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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





March, 2008


March 4 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

March 5 – Joint Meeting with Hightstown – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Oriental Beef & Broccoli

Speaker: The Hon. Linda Greenstein will speak to us about Legislative Matters facing New Jersey.

March 19 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Corned Beef & Cabbage

                        Speaker: To Be Announced


April, 2008


April1 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

April 2 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Portobello


April 16 – Lion of the Year Dinner – 7PM, East Brunswick Chateau; Dinner: Choice

Program: Annual Zone Meeting; Announcement of Lion of the Year; Melvin Jones Awards; District Governor’s Group Meeting (DG Visitation)


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.


The 2008-2009 Slate of Officers is being prepared by the Nominating Committee; any member that wishes to participate as a member of the Board of Directors should contact 1VP Andre Mento, immediately, to have their name(s) placed on the ballot.


With the advent of Family Membership, it has been necessary for the Cranbury Lions to amend the membership wording in our Constitution and By-Laws. Since the University of Wisconsin has suspended the World Affairs Seminar, we have also taken this opportunity to amend the wording for our Student Affairs Provisions. In accordance with Article XI, Paragraphs 1 and 2, the amendments are herewith published and attached to this copy of the Jargon. The Amendments shall be read at the March 5 meeting and again at the March 19 meeting. A membership vote will be taken at the March 19 meeting.


Usually we would be done with our Super Bowl Pool 50/50, however, it is our pleasure to announce that our “End of Game” winner this year, Jim Lalli, donated his winnings back to the Club. Thank you, Jim.


On February 22, President Mike attended the Cub Scout Blue and Gold Dinner and presented the pack with our Annual Donation ($750); the Pack presented us with a very nice certificate.


Once again, thanks to the efforts of Lion Joe Carroll, the Cranbury Lions Club came in “first in the state” for ticket sales to the New Jersey Lions Hockey Night at the New Jersey Devils. With 75 tickets, Lion Joe made $750 for the Club. Perhaps next year, we can get a larger group of Lions to participate, and have fun as a group, while making money for our charitable efforts. Because Cranbury had the greatest amount of sales – and since Lion Joe is a member here – the State asked us to distribute the “rebated” donation checks to all the other clubs in the state that participated, a project in itself, which was undertaken by Treasurer Glenn Johnson. A grand and hearty Attaboy to both Lion Joe and Lion Glenn!!


Lions Day at the United Nations is coming up on March 14, and in accordance with our Student Affairs provisions, the Board voted to invite up to 10 Scouts (and an accompanying Leader) to attend this “nearly historic” event – it will be the last time the original building will be able to be visited by the public; renovations will begin shortly and no visitors will be allowed at the UN for the next 7-8 years, during the renovation period.


The Club’s second biennial Art Auction had been scheduled for March 8, however, so as not to be in competition with the Cranbury Crafts Fair, the date was cancelled. We still plan to have the Art Auction, but a date needs to be determined.


It is time to develop a label for our wine bottles in the Club Wine Project at the Grape Escape. 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. The contest will only be mentioned at the meetings and in the Jargon, but is open to all Lions, family members and friends. Judging will take place on March 31. If anyone is still interested in splitting a case, please speak with President Mike.


Under the direction of Governor Bob and Vice Governor Tony Abaño, District 16D is planning on starting a new Club in Plainsboro; on behalf of the Club, the Board of Directors has agreed that Cranbury should be the Sponsoring Club, and provide the Guiding Lions for the new Club. There will be a free 2- or 3-day workshop on “How to Start a New Club” which will also include the Certified Guiding Lion course. The workshop will be in March or April and all Cranbury Lions are encouraged to attend. Governor Bob will provide the dates as soon as they are received from Lions Clubs International.


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 District 16-D Charity Ball will be at the Forge Inn on Route 9 in Woodbridge on Saturday, March 29. This black tie optional dinner is the District Charitable Foundation’s main source of funding and the only (actual) fundraiser for the benefit of the 16-D Eye & Ear Foundation. The mission of the Eye & Ear Foundation is to assist the Clubs in 16-D in any charitable endeavor that the Club can’t afford, for example, a corneal transplant for a local person who can’t afford the operation, etc. In keeping with the “Challenge to Change”, the evening promises to be a lot of fun. Tickets are $45 each, and in addition to a 50/50 drawing, there will be an assortment of goods and services which may be bid upon at the event. President Mike is hoping that the Cranbury Club will show their support for this event, and for Governor Bob, with at least two tables of 10; interested Members can see President Mike, or use the sign-up sheet at the meetings.


The annual Joint Zone Meeting will be held at the East Brunswick Chateau on April 16. As has been done in the past, this will also be our Lion of the Year Dinner and Presentation. Spouses are encouraged to attend, especially since the Lion of the Year is a secret ballot and the winner is not revealed until that evening. This will also be Governor Bob’s Group Visit Presentation.


The Multiple District16 State Convention is coming up – May 1-3 – and we will need 6 Delegates to vote on issues at both the State portion on the Saturday morning and the District 16-D breakout meeting after lunch, also on Saturday. [In addition to other voting items, an amendment to the 16-D By-Laws has been proposed by Governor Bob.] The Governor hopes the Cranbury Lions Club will be able to show support by filling at least one table at the Governor’s Banquet on Saturday, May 3; more information will follow.


Mark your calendars! The 10th Annual Cranbury Lions Golf Classic will be on Monday, May 12 at the Peddie School.


Mark your Calendars! The Memorial Day Parade and the Spring Raffle are coming up!


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. The Board of Directors has agreed to participate in the picnic, which will be on June 7, 2008 in Village Park.


As an early “heads up”…December dates for our Holiday Party have filled quickly; in keeping with the “Challenge to Change”, the Board of Directors has approved moving the Holiday Party from its “traditional” Friday slot to Saturday, December 13. Everything about the party is being changed, so we hope you will ALL consider joining in the festivities! More information will be provided at a later date.


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.