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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

Ray Dickey

 

Directors – 2 years

Joe Addonizio

1st Vice President

Walton Caldwell

 

 

Dave Cook

2nd Vice President

Richard Stannard

 

 

Andre Mento

3rd Vice President

David Stout

 

 

Peter Turner

Secretary

George Smith

 

 

 

Treasurer – Operating/Projects

Dennis Kennedy

 

Directors – 1 Year

Don Herr

Assistant Treasurer - Projects

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Alex Johnson

 

 

 

 

Mike Kaiser

Immediate Past President

Bob Virgadamo

 

 

Rick Cusworth

Information Technology Chairman

Dave Shaffer

 

Publicity
Chairman

Jon Goldstein

Lion Tamer

Jeff Caldwell

 

Jargon Editor

Bob Virgadamo

Tail Twister

Joe Carroll

 

Web Master

Michele Hart

 

May, 2004

 

May 4– Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

May 5 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Beef & Mushroom Marsala

Speaker: Richard West agreed to speak to us May 5. His membership dates back to 1955. He will share recollections of past events, traditions, and activities of the club and of Cranbury over the past 40+ years

May 19 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station – Dinner: Chicken Parmigiana

Member Interactive Discussion Topic: Service to Your Country, or, “What did you do in the war, Daddy?” Discussion can include any volunteer effort in lieu of military service, such as Peace Corps, recycling drives (WWII), etc.

 

June, 2004

 

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

June 2 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station – Dinner: Beef Stroganoff

Speaker: TBA

June 18 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Good Time Charley’s – Dinner: Choice

Interactive Program: Installation Dinner Dance in lieu of speaker

 


Things To Know

The Annual Lion of the Year Joint Zone Meeting was held on Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at the East Brunswick Chateau. Thirty-four of our members and their spouses were on hand to applaud as Lion Edgar Lawson received the 2004 Lion of the year Award. Lion Ed is the first Cranbury Lion in our 72-year history to receive the Lion of the Year twice (his first was ten years ago, in 1994), and was honored thusly for his efforts with the eyeglass collection, his tireless leadership of our annual Pancake Breakfast, his attendance at District level meetings (not to mention near perfect attendance at our regular meetings). Congratulations, Lion Ed!

Our Interactive Member Discussion Topic for May is scheduled to be “Service To Your Country” (or “What did you do in the war, Daddy?”). In addition to military service in peace or war, these short reminisces can include service in the Peace Corps or any activity that benefited the war effort such as USO service, recycling drives, etc. 2-5 minutes per member should do it. The June Interactive Meeting will be the Installation Dinner Dance, and the Board of Directors looks forward to seeing all our members and their spouses at this event.

On behalf of the Cranbury Lions Club, the Board of Directors would like to thank Lion Alex Johnson, who has volunteered to Chair of the Health and Welfare Committee. Members should notify Lion Alex of any instance where a member or a member’s family is ill or hospitalized.

The Officer Slate for the Lion year 2004-2005 was read for the first time at the last meeting; the second reading and final vote will take place at the meeting on May 5, 2004. Additional nominations for an officer or board position may be made to the slate for ballot at the aforementioned meeting. Unless changes are suggested and made at the May 5th meeting, the Slate of Nominations for the 2004-2005 Board of Directors is as follows:


Walton Caldwell, President
Richard Stannard, 1st Vice President
David Stout, 2nd Vice President
Alex Johnson, 3rd Vice President          
George Smith, Secretary        
Dennis Kennedy, Treasurer
Ray Dickey, Immediate Past President                        
Dave Shaffer, Information & Technology
Mike Kaiser, Membership
Paul Hayden, Lion Tamer
Don Herr, Two-Year Director
Jon Goldstein, Two-Year Director
Doug Pearce, Two-Year Director
Bob Virgadamo, Two-Year Director
Joe Addonizio, One-Year Director
Dave Cook, One-Year Director
Andre Mento, One-Year Director
Peter Turner, One-Year Director
NO NOMINEE-Tail Twister


The Cranbury Lions Sixth Annual Golf Outing will take place at the Peddie Golf Course in Hightstown on Monday, May 17, 2004. As in the past, a single golfer will pay $125, which will include a golf cart, greens fees, lunch, dinner, awards and prizes. Non-golfers may attend the dinner at a cost of $30 per person. Lunch will be burgers, ‘dogs, chips, beer and soft drinks; dinner, with a two-hour open bar (5:30-7:30 – beer and wine, only), will be steaks, B-B-Q Chicken, and ziti, with salad. This is our biggest fundraiser! Each member of the Cranbury Lions is asked to try to bring in at least one golfer and one advertising sponsor. Applications are available at the regular meetings or from the Golf Committee (Lions Doug Pearce, Walt Caldwell, Jon Goldstein, or Bob Virgadamo). 

The State Convention will be at the Doubletree Hotel in Somerset on Friday and Saturday, May 14-15, 2004. Any member who wishes to attend the banquet or other events may contact Lion Tom Reilly for a schedule, and the costs of attendance. Although any number of members may attend the convention (all or in part), with a total of nearly eighty members, the Cranbury Club is eligible to send sixteen “officials” to the Convention (8 voting delegates and 8 alternates). The Club will pay the Saturday entrance fee for any member who volunteers to attend. Please contact President Ray, ASAP, if you would like to attend as a delegate or alternate.

The Cranbury School Drug Free Fair, sponsored by Lions Quest will be on Saturday May 15th. Any Lion that can spend some time manning the Lions’ Booth at the Fair should contact Lion Richard Stannard, or sign up at the May 5th Meeting.

The nominations period for our Student Affairs Scholarships and Awards has been closed. The Student Affairs Committee is choosing this year’s recipients for the Stan Thomas Award, and the Todd Beamer and Doc Tudor Scholarships; recipients will be notified and announced in next month’s Jargon. The awards will be given at the June 2nd meeting.

Tickets for the Annual Super 50/50 have been distributed to each member. Lion Henry Behnke advises that additional tickets can be obtained from him, upon request. This is one of our sustaining fundraisers, and members are asked to sell ALL the tickets they are supplied with, and are encouraged to sell as many more as possible. As usual, the drawing will be held at the Memorial Day Parade.

And, speaking of Memorial Day, Parade Chairman Bob Wood will need volunteers for Parade Day, and Lions Jon Goldstein, Doug Pearce, and Richard Stannard may need assistance with sprucing up the float; sign-up sheets will begin circulating at the May 5th meeting. As usual, the Club will host the Post Parade Ceremony at Memorial Park, immediately following the parade, and provide cold drinks for the parade marchers as they finish up; beverages will be in the Firehouse.

We have the dates for our annual visits to the Trenton Thunder. The Thunder have, once again, granted us a spot on their 50/50 calendar. The game is Thunder v. Mets on Friday, June 25, 2004. For the uninitiated, there are some 300+ organizations applying for 71 spots (home games) in the 50/50 line-up. This will be our fifth year as a 50/50 recipient. The Club will need at least six volunteers to sell 50/50 tickets at the game, but the more volunteers we have, the more tickets we can sell. Volunteers who sell tickets need not be Lions, but must be over 18. All volunteers are admitted to the park free and will be given vouchers for a hotdog and a beverage.

 

Our Annual Trenton Thunder Game Club Outing will be on Saturday, August 14, 2004, between the Trenton Thunder and New Britain, the double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. Tickets are $10, each and are now available. Sign up sheets will begin circulating at the appropriate time, but members are encouraged to sell as many tickets as possible to friends and relatives early on so that additional seats can be obtained if needed.

 

Update on Updike – As previously reported, the Township Committee has given the Cranbury Lions Club a “Letter of Intent”, advising that as soon as the property is actually deeded over to the Township, they will turn the Updike barn over to the Lions. Additionally, Sharbell Construction, the current owner of the property, has advised that they may provide us with a donation, in form or substance, for the project. ALL Lions are asked to promote this project to friends and neighbors in an effort to promote community awareness, not only of the project itself, but of the fact that we are approaching our 75th anniversary. Fundraising efforts will begin as soon as the property is deeded to us, which may be as early as this month, May 2004. Lion Dave Shaffer, our Technology Chair, has updated the Barn Project on the website. Project Chair Mike Kaiser and his committee are trying to insure that the barn project is reported on in the Cranbury Press as often as possible. Updates will be placed in the Jargon as the project moves forward.

 

In preparation of this project, the Board is trying to determine what our storage needs are, exactly. Every member who has any stored paraphernalia – the float, signs, boxes of records, historical documents, pancake breakfast equipment…anything – should make a list of the items and give the lists to Lion Bob Virgadamo or Lion Mike Kaiser, so proper planning can be done.

 

 
A Message To All Cranbury Lions

For some reason, this year’s meeting attendance has been unusually low. As Lions, we have agreed to help the community through fundraising and volunteerism. In the past, our members have volunteered, directly, at meetings. With attendance down, so is our volunteer corps. We realize that the dynamics of our Club have changed and members have more demanding roles with careers and family, but the Board has asked that all members make every effort to attend as many meetings as possible throughout the year.

Reminders

 

Please remember that the Coupon Collection Project is still active. Please deliver your cut manufacturer’s coupons to Lion Chris Thompson at the meetings (or to Lion Bob Virgadamo, if Chris is unavailable), or drop them off to one of the collection boxes in the Library or the Town Hall. Remember that this very worthwhile project will cost each of us a mere 10-15 minutes per week. And, let us not forget that these coupons are being collected to help military families overseas, and that “We Serve”.

 

Frank Marlowe has been our Program Chair for a few years now, and has done quite an excellent job lining up speakers for our bi-monthly meetings. You can all imagine how difficult it can be, finding speakers 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, any member who has a suggestion for interactive discussion nights, may give their suggestions to Frank, as well as any Board member.

 

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 Joe Addonizio, 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), Max Mesner (Rossmoor)

 

Lion Don Jo Swanagan has volunteered to be the “permanent” pick up driver for Lion Bob

Lion Dennis Kennedy has volunteered to be the “permanent” pick-up driver for Lion Ed

Lion Joe Addonizio has volunteered to be the “permanent” back-up driver for both

 


Lion Frank Marlowe has volunteered to act as the “regular” pick up driver for Lion Max, but additional volunteers are necessary for this pick-up. Please contact Lion Rick Cusworth to be placed on his list.

 

If you cannot make your pick-up, and/or if you switch (or need to switch) with someone else, please notify Lion Rick 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

A&A COMPUTER PRODUCTS

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

Elaine Homoky, Br. Mgr.

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)

SUSAN M. HAGERTY
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

M. DAVID DEMARCO FUNERAL HOME
Family Owned and Operated
205 Rhode Hall Rd.
Monroe Twp, NJ 08831

(732) 521-0555 (M)

R&H LANDSCAPING
Complete Landscaping Services
Roy Reinhardt
P.O. Box 647
Cranbury, NJ 08512
395-1441 (M)

MAIN STREET INTERIORS
Distinctive Interior Design
Beth G. Brennan
57 South Main St
Cranbury, NJ 08512

395-0125

RUE INSURANCE
William M. Rue, CPCU, ARM, AIS
3812 Quakerbridge Rd.
PO Box 3006
Trenton, NJ 08619-0006
(800) 272-4RUE

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