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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




Alex Johnson


Directors – 1 year

Don Herr

1st Vice President

Mike Kaiser



Doug Pearce

2nd Vice President

David Cook



Jon Goldstein

3rd Vice President

Andre Mento



Bob Virgadamo


George Smith




Treasurer – Operating/Projects

Glenn Johnson


Directors – 2 Years

Frank Brennan, Jr.

Assistant Treasurer - Projects

Glenn Johnson



Jeff Grundy





Paul Hayden

Immediate Past President

Walt Caldwell



John Kobland

Information Technology Chairman

Dave Shaffer



Rick Cusworth

Lion Tamer

Rick Burke


Jargon Editor

Bob Virgadamo

Tail Twister

Peter Turner




Membership Chairman

Mike Kaiser





May, 2006


May 2 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

May 3 – Special Meeting7PM, at The Grape Escape in Dayton, Dinner: catered by Cranbury Station –

Buffet Dinner choices; no soup, no dessert or coffee; bring your own beverage.

This “special” meeting will be the first of four meetings which will be held at the Grape Escape; in addition to regular business, the purpose of this meeting is to begin the “Club Project” of making wine for our 75th Anniversary Celebration. Spouses are invited to attend.

May 17 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Sliced London Broil

Speaker TBA


June, 2006


June 6 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

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

Speaker: Mike Casper of the Drug Enforcement Agency will talk about polygraph testing and     give a demonstration with a real polygraph.

June 16 – Installation of Officers Meeting and Dinner Dance – the Bog Restaurant, Dinner: Choice – Cash Bar

at 7PM, Dinner and Dancing from 8 – 11PM. Please join us in celebration and to congratulate the new Board of Directors.


In Memoriam


This past month we lost a member of our Lion Family, Midge Paul. Midge was long a fixture in Cranbury and well-liked by everyone who knew her. She was a Charter Member of the Cranbury Lioness Club, and remained an active member until her passing on April 5. Midge was the widow of Cranbury Past President and two-times District Governor Jim Paul. We mourn her passing and she will be missed.


Things To Know


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.


Tail Twister’s Corner – Our Tail Twister advises that all members are to wear their name tags to all meetings and Lion functions; members without a name tag will be fined. Lion Peter asks that all members complete a “Member Bio”, and return it to him; these Bios will be used in a “Name That Member” segment at each meeting, so that all members can get to know about each other.


The Nominating Committee presented the 2006-2007 Slate of Officers to the Board of Directors at the May Board Meeting; although the Slate was incomplete, the Board approved the slate as submitted. The Slate will be presented to the membership for review at the May 3rd meeting and for second review and final vote at the May 17th meeting. Members may do a write in ballot for any position on the Board. We also need to fill the position of Tail Twister and Publicity Chair, which the Board hopes will be filled by volunteers at the regular meetings.


The Student Affairs Committee received applications from quite a number of very qualified candidates for the Doc Tudor and Todd Beamer Scholarships, the Stan Thomas Award, and the World Affairs Seminar, and, after some deliberation, chose appropriate students for each award. The winners of the aforementioned awards are Mario Fiorentini, Nicole Yesalavage, Vrajesh Modi, and Patrick Finn, respectively. The awards will be presented to these young adults at our Student Affairs meeting on June 7.


The Cranbury Lions hosted the Annual Lion of the Year Dinner and Joint Zone Meeting on April 19th at the East Brunswick Chateau. Congratulations to our Lion of the Year, Mike Kaiser, and to our newest Melvin Jones Fellows: Walt Caldwell, Don Herr, and Andre Mento.


The Annual White Cane Days were held on April 28 &29, and thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, under the direction and guidance of Co-Chairs Mahlon Thompson and Jeff Grundy, the Club raised over $825. Of course, Lions Mahlon and Jeff get the traditional laurel and hardy handshake. 


The Club Project Meeting at the Grape Escape which was supposed to be held as our second May meeting is, instead, being held on May 3. The change was a result of the grapes arriving a few weeks early, and since they are fresh and need to be crushed within days of their arrival, the meetings were switched around. Lions Andre and Bob hope that everyone received their notification either by e-mail, phone, or word of mouth. The date for the next Club Project Meeting at the Grape Escape will be announced shortly.


The 8th Annual Golf Outing will be held at the Peddie Golf Course on Monday, May 15, 2006.As in past years, we have held the price to $125 per player, which 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. 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. As this is one of our biggest fundraisers, 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. Golfers may sign up as late as the weekend before the event, but hole sponsors must be in no later than May 6.


Your Super 50/50 Spring Raffle tickets are in the mail, and all members should receive them by or before May 6th. Raffle Chairman, Lion Henry Behnke, advised that there was a delay, but, as a Club we still have time to sell as many tickets as we have in the past. As one of our largest (and oldest) fundraisers, each member is asked to sell every ticket they receive, and make every possible effort to sell additional tickets. Volunteers will be needed, by the Raffle Committee, to sell tickets along Main Street during the Memorial Day Parade. A sign-up sheet will be circulating at the meetings during May.


The Memorial Day Parade will be upon us soon, and as a reminder, the Parade Committee will need volunteers for the day. Sign up sheets for both the Parade and “Float Repair” will be available at the May meetings.


The State Convention will be held May 18 – 20, 2006, at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center on Davidson Avenue in Somerset. We are entitled to send 8 delegates and 8 Alternates to the Convention. The resolution nominating Lion Bob Virgadamo as Vice District Governor will be read, and voted upon at this convention, and an ‘eight-vote-block’ could be quite helpful. Only Delegates may vote; alternates are listed in case an approved Delegate can not be present for a vote. Any Member that wishes to attend the Convention as a Delegate or Alternate should speak to Club Secretary George Smith or President Alex, ASAP – Delegate forms are required to be in the hands of the State Office by May 5th.


May 20 turned out to be a “big day” for Lionism in and around Cranbury. In addition to the State Convention, The Club will need volunteers to man our game booth at the Cranbury Drug Free Fair. The Club would like to thank Lion Jeff Grundy who has stepped up as Chairperson for this event. Further thanks to Lion Richard Stannard, who has chaired the event for the last few years. A sign-up sheet will begin circulating for volunteers at the Drug Free Fair at the beginning of April. 


The 49th Annual Meeting of the Eye Bank of Delaware will be held at a Luncheon on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at the East Brunswick Chateau.  The cost of the affair is $25 per person and will begin with a cash bar and reception at 11:30AM, Luncheon begins at 12:45PM, immediately followed by the program. Meal choices are Roast Beef or Broiled Salmon. Anyone interested in attending may contact President Alex, regional Chairman Tom Reilly, or Zone Chairman Bob Virgadamo.


The Annual Joint Meeting for the New Jersey Lions District 16D Eye and Ear Foundation will be held on Monday May 22, 2006 at 7PM at the Willows Restaurant in Greenbrook. Meal choices are Roast Beef, Chicken Fricassee, or broiled Salmon; the cost is $18 per person. Anyone interested in attending should contact Lion Bob V, ASAP.


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. As 2006 District Chairman for the Forum, Lion Bob V. will place Forum information in the Jargon over the next few months. All Club members, especially Board members, should consider attending this highly effective learning seminar.


Last Call! The International Convention will be held in Boston from June 30 through July 6, 2006. If anyone is interested in attending, you can obtain an applications from Lion George Smith, or on-line at


Membership – Membership – Membership


As always we are looking for new members. 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”.


On the flip side of the membership coin, we also seem to have 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 less than 29 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 North Brunswick Lions Club will hold a Pancake Breakfast on May 14, 2006 (Mother’s Day).


The South Brunswick Lions Club will hold a talent show June 2, 2006 at South Brunswick Middle School South; and are making plans for their Annual Cole Beatty Circus Fundraiser. More information on this event will be forthcoming.


Anyone interested in attending these events can contact Regional Chair Tom Reilly or Zone Chair Bob V.




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 still in search of additional new fund raisers – different, entertaining, and fun. Any member who has a fundraising idea should share the idea with President Alex. 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”, 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.