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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




Rick Burke


Directors – 1 year

Frank Brennan, Jr.

1st Vice President

Mike Kaiser



Dave Cook

2nd Vice President

Andre Mento



Ray Dickey

3rd Vice President

John Kobland



Jeff Grundy


George Smith




Treasurer – Operating/Projects

Glenn Johnson


Directors – 2 Years

Walt Caldwell

Assistant Treasurer - Projects

Elaine Homoky



Jon Goldstein





Tom Reilly

Immediate Past President

Alex Johnson



Peter Turner

Information Technology Chairman

Dave Shaffer




Lion Tamer

Paul Hayden


Jargon Editor

Bob Virgadamo

Tail Twister





Membership Chairman

Mike Kaiser





May, 2007


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

May 2 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Sliced London Broil

Speaker: David Mercaldo, the author of "Seamstress"; this will his second appearance at our Club. His first appearance was about his earlier book, “Ferry”.

May 16 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Broiled Filet of Flounder

Speaker: Prof Angus Gillespie, a Full Professor at Rutgers in the Department of American Studies, will provide a talk folk lore in America and other countries in a discussion entitled: "The Unfortunate Rake: The Evolution of a Ballad."


June, 2007


June 5 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

June 6 – Regular Meeting – Annual Student Affairs meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Chicken Alfredo

In lieu of Speaker: Presentation of Student Awards; Presentation of plaque to Carol Malouf; Installation of Officers.

June 23 – 75th Anniversary Celebration – 7PM, Forsgate Country Club, Dinner: Choice

Celebration of Service – Formal Passing of Gavel – Speakers include: President Rick Burke, Mayor and Lion Dave Stout, President-Elect Michael Kaiser




On April 25th we held our Annual Joint Zone Meeting at which we awarded the Cranbury Lions Lion of the Year Award. This year’s honoree was Dave Shaffer, who was so honored for his consistent hard work and “ever present” status at each of our fundraisers and community events, not missing a one since he became a Lion. He has been a member of the Board for seven years as our Information & Technology Chairman, and acts as the webmaster for our website.  Not only has he attended every event we’ve held since he joined our Club, he has kept a photographic record of the events, as well as meeting speakers, awards received, and so on, and has placed the photos on the website and had some printed in the Cranbury Press. Congratulations, Dave, for all you have done for the Club. 


… About the 75th Celebration…


A letter has been sent to all Clubs in the District as well as to many dignitaries throughout the state requesting ads and or ticket sales. Not only are we anticipating these sales, we expect booster sheets ($5 per name, per line in the Ad Journal) from a number of Clubs. All Cranbury Lions are asked to contact President Rick to add their names to the Cranbury Booster Sheet; the $5 can be billed with your dues.


A plea to ALL MEMBERS: YOU are the Cranbury Lions Club; it is your Club – our Club – we are all here, together, so it would be more than appropriate for ALL Members to help, even in the slightest way, with the planning, execution, and especially the fundraising, of and for the biggest event in our History. We are asking every Member to attempt to obtain either an ad for the Journal or a low, middle or high ticket item for the Silent Auction. All donated items are appreciated; “smaller” items will be grouped as “baskets” (for example, two bottles of wine with a corkscrew and 2 glasses). Please do your part to make this not just the biggest event in our history, but the most successful.


A Note from the District Governor, Elect


As all Cranbury Lions are probably aware, I will be (formally) nominated and elected to the position of District Governor of New Jersey District 16-D at the State Convention on Saturday, May 19, 2007. My Term of Office will begin at the International Convention in Chicago on July 2, 2007, and run through the International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand in June 2008. I hope that I can count on your continued support through this coming year, and in that regard, to paraphrase, I’m looking for “a few good Lions”. As Governor, I may need to fill certain Committees at the District and State level. There are too many to mention here, but while some of them may require a meeting or three throughout the year, there are a few that take little or no time. If any Cranbury Lions are interested in volunteering for any of these committees, please contact me before May 15.


Slate of Officers – 2007-08


The first reading of the Slate of Officers for the 2007-08 Lion Year was read at the meeting held on April 25, 2007. In accordance with the By-Laws, voting will occur immediately following the second reading which will be/was read at the meeting held on May 2, 2007, and the printed copy of the slate is enclosed at the end of this Jargon issue. Open positions may be filled by a write-in vote or volunteer. Write–in positions should be brought to the attention of President Rick, ASAP.


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.


White Cane Days have been postponed and will be rescheduled in the Autumn; the new date will be announced at meetings, in e-mail and in the Jargon.


The Annual Spring Raffle Super 50/50 tickets have been mailed out to every member. All proceeds and any unsold tickets should be returned to Lion Mike Kaiser at 165 North Main St., by Sunday, May 27. Tickets may continue to be sold on Memorial Day, and ALL remaining tickets and ticket proceeds should be brought to the Lions Table at Memorial Park No Later Than 1:30 PM on Memorial Day, May 28. The winning tickets will be drawn at the Lions Table and the winner announced immediately following the Post Parade Ceremony in Memorial Park.


The State Convention, which will be held at the Clarion Conference Center in Cherry Hill from May 17-19, Vice District Governor Bob will become District Governor Bob. With 74 members, the Cranbury Lions may send 7 Delegates and 7 Alternates to the Convention. Lion Bob is also asking for the support of any Cranbury Lion that can attend the Friday Night Hospitality Room. Delegate forms, Friday or Saturday Banquet reservations and reduced hotel rate information is available from Lion George Smith.


The Hightstown Lions Club 70th Anniversary was held at Theo’s Lakeside Tavern on April 28; five Cranbury Lions and their spouses were able to attend, and a good time was had by all – especially President Rick who managed to win an item or two in the raffles. The Board would like to thank everyone who was able to attend.


The Barn Project…After more than four years, we have finally come to an agreement with the Town and have possession of the two of the Historic Updike Barns (the rearmost ‘potato barn’ is not part of the agreement). We will now begin the process of restoring these barns, and although we will retain the use of the Carriage House for storage of all our equipment and paraphernalia, we will be able to return the restored barns to the Town as a service project. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED for a clean-up detail (clean-up ONLY!) on Cranbury Clean-Up Weekend (Saturday, May 5). Contact Lions Mike Kaiser or Bob V to go on the Clean-Up Volunteer List and to get additional information.


For the General Information of the Club, here is the tentative schedule for the restoration, so far:

·        roofing repairs are schedule to be made during the week of May 7, but the metal roofing will be installed ASAP, and may already be installed by the time this issue is distributed.

·        Saturday5/5/07 - volunteers are needed to "clean out" the building.   This is not construction related work, but simple removal of ancient artifacts, etc.  Two trucks will be available to transport the trash to the public works yard in town.  Sat is the first of two Spring Cleanup days.  Volunteers should be able to load items into a truck and assist in transferring them from truck to dumpsters at the Dey Road location. We can use 6-8 volunteers.

·        In the following weeks, the floor will be dug out to accommodate a new gravel base with concrete floor.  At that time, we can use volunteers to help with some shovel work, if possible. 

·        Some time in May a carpenter will make repairs to the doors, etc. as needed, and install locks. 

·        Hopefully, by the end of May we will be able to bring in a concrete contractor to pour the floor and finish trowel it.


By early June we should be ready to use the building, and throughout the summer, will be asking everyone who has been storing Club materials to bring them to the Carriage House. If you have materials, please contact Lion Bob, so the necessary “space” arrangements can be configured. Please do not bring the material to Lion Bob or the Carriage House until asked. Thank you.


The 9th Annual Golf Outing will be held at the Peddie Golf Club on Monday, May 14, 2007. Costs have forced us to increase the price of play from $125 to $150, but we are still “comfortable” with this increase because we are still far below what most golf outings cost. Ad Journal costs remain the same. The per person cost includes greens fees, cart, lunch, dinner with open bar (beer and wine, only), and prizes. It isn’t too late to get an application in to play the Golf Outing; applications are available from Lions Doug Pearce, Walt Caldwell, Ray Dickey, and Bob Virgadamo. “Dinner only” tickets will still be available for any Member and/or spouse who doesn’t play the course; the cost of the dinner ticket is still $35 per person. We need a few volunteers to sit the “Par 3”, registration, 50/50 sales, etc…contact Lion Doug or Lion Bob.


The Drug Free Fair will be on May 19, and, as usual we will have a sponge toss game; We will need a few volunteers on the day to assist with the game and giving out prizes; available volunteers should contact Lion Jeff Grundy; a sign-up will begin circulating at the May meetings


Once again, the Club will host and produce the Memorial Day Parade; Lions Andre Mento and Dave Cook are handling all the arrangements, and will need a few volunteers on Parade Day for traffic duty, Bike Contest Judging, etc. Volunteers are asked to contact Lion Dave or Lion Andre for Parade Duty. And please stop by Memorial Park immediately following the parade Post Parade Ceremony, where we will hold a ceremony for those whom the Day honors, after which we will award the best float prize, best bike/trike prizes, and announce the 50/50 winners.


We had a very nice turnout for our Student Awards this year. This year’s applicants were all so closely qualified (in almost every area) that it was quite difficult making a final selection, however, all the candidates have been reviewed and recipients of the Student Awards have been chosen. Unfortunately, this edition will hit before the candidates themselves receive their acceptance letters, so awardees will be publicly  announced at the second meeting later in May, and the Awards will be given to the Students at the meeting on June 6.


We managed, once again, to get a spot in the schedule and will have our Annual Trenton Thunder Super 50/50 at Riverside Stadium on June 1st. This Friday night game, against the Akron Aeros (the Cleveland Indians), is a great income opportunity for the Club, and we need at least six volunteers in order to sell, but the more volunteers we have in the stands, the more tickets we can sell during the game. Admission for ticket sellers is free, and the Club will pick up the cost of a hot dog and a beverage. Anyone over 18 may sell tickets for us, but must wear a Lions hat or vest. Volunteers may use the sign-up sheet circulating at meetings, or contact Lion Bob.


Lion Joe and Suzanne Carroll will host the Annual Club Picnic at their home again this year; anyone who has attended this event in the past knows what marvelous hosts the Carrolls are and what a great time is had at the picnic. The picnic is open to all Members and their families, as well as any potential members (and families). The Cranbury Lions Club Picnic will be on Saturday, July 21, at One McKnight Court. More information regarding costs and a covered dish will be forthcoming.


…More about the 75th Anniversary…


 It would appear that we have an excellent Membership attendance commitment of about 90% of the Club, however, we have only received payment for the tickets from about 70%. Please send your payment in ASAP, and let us know if you have table preferences; at this time, only full tables may be reserved, although we will TRY to reserve tables where there are at least six people who would like to sit together.


Tables are being set for 8, 10, and 12, and ticket requests are staring to come in – do you have your table yet? If you need extra tickets, see Lions Walt Caldwell, Don Herr, or Mahlon Thompson.


Dinner Choices MUST be made before the event; we are required to provide numbers to Forsgate for planning purposes. Dinner Choices are: Prime Rib, Roast Stuffed Boneless Chicken Breast (w/Pecan Crusted Stuffing & Apricot Glaze), or Broiled Salmon. An e-mail will go out shortly asking for your dinner choices. Anyone with out e-mail capability should PLEASE contact Lion Bob V or Lion Andre to provide your Dinner choice and/or seating arrangements.


Any Lion (or Spouse) who wishes to assist on any committee should contact either Lion Andre Mento or Lion Bob Virgadamo. Open discussions about the Anniversary Celebration are encouraged at ALL meetings.


Fundraising efforts are underway through the Promotions and Ad Journal Committees by trying to obtain both goods and services for a Silent Auction (at the Celebration) and cash donations (as Journal Ads)…but they need the help of every member. Remember that the cost of the ticket is the cost of the event – we make NO money on the ticket; all FUNdraising will be via the Ad Journal, the Silent Auction, and the evening’s 50/50. ALL CRANBURY LIONS are asked to PLEASE do what YOU can to procure goods or services for the Silent Auction, and ads for the Journal.


Membership – Membership – Membership


As always we are looking for new members. New Members help to keep the Club young, active, and viable! This year’s theme from International President Jimmy Ross is ‘Renewal’, and President Rick has adopted this theme. With so many new homes in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for new members. Additionally, there is a new Initiative from LCI called “Family Membership”. For more information about Family Membership, or membership in general, or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Mike Kaiser, Secretary George Smith, or VDG Bob V. Let’s try to keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury’s “best kept secret”.

…And Attendance…


On the flip side of the membership coin, we also seem to be having 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 plus or minus 25 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.




Frank Marlowe has been our Program Chair for a few years now, and has done quite an excellent job lining up speakers for each of our meetings. 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 Lion Frank a call.


The Cranbury Lions Club is always in search of additional new fund raisers – different, entertaining, and most importantly, fun. Any member who has a FUNdraising idea should share the idea with President Rick, or bring it up at one of the meetings. 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”, and/or Lion Bob Virgadamo (e-mail notifications) so that all members may be notified as soon as possible.

Member Pick-Up

Ed Lawson (5 S. Main); Ruth Holroyd (45 S. Main)


Lion George Smith has volunteered be the “permanent” pick up driver for Lions Ed & Ruth. 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 Lion Rick Cusworth (655-2426) as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the assigned driver if you’re not going to make a meeting.


The Slate of Officers and Directors Of The Cranbury Lions Club For 2007 - 2008

President:                                                         Michael Kaiser

1st Vice President:                                             Andre Mento

2nd Vice President:                                            John Kobland

3rd Vice President:                                            Dave Cook

Secretary:                                                         George Smith

Treasurer – Operating:                                      Glenn Johnson

Assistant Treasurer – Projects:              Elaine Homoky

Immediate Past President:                                 Rick Burke

Directors – 1Year:                                            Walt Caldwell,

Jon Goldstein,

Tom Reilly,

Peter Turner

Directors – 2 years:                                          Frank Brennan Jr

Ray Dickey

Pat Meehan

Bob Virgadamo           

Tail Twister:                                                      OPEN POSITION

Information & Technology Chairman:    Dave Shaffer

Lion Tamer:                                                      OPEN POSITION

Membership Chairman:                                     Jon Goldstein

Publicity Chairman:                                           Rick Burke

Jargon Editor:                                                   Bob Virgadamo