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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





November, 2005


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

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

Speaker: Dr. Rich Aspenleider will discuss injuries, pain and recovery for return to activities,     sports and work.

November 16 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Turkey

                            Speaker: Paul Ritz will speak about the Kennedy Assassination


December, 2005


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

December 7 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Steak Orleans

    Speaker: Kim Irving, President of Cranbury First Aid (tentative)

December 16 – Spouse Night/Holiday Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Buffet at the Bog Restaurant

                            Speaker: Dinner Dance in lieu of Speaker; joint with Hightstown Lions


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. 


Tail Twister’s Corner – There is no “New Rule” this month, but Lion Peter has advised that all previous “rules” will be in effect. And for everyone’s information, sometime in the future, he will be administering “the Driver’s Challenge”, there will be another “Cartoon Contest”, and he will be looking for Lion New Years Resolutions.



Lion John Kobland has volunteered to Chair the Advertising Committee. Advertising is critical for us, as it can be a lucrative fundraiser. For those who have “assignments”, please see your advertisers and obtain their annual commitment NLT November 11. All Cranbury Lions are asked to do everything possible to bring in new advertisers, and to bring those new – or possible – advertisers to Lions John’s attention.


As a result of the talk by Tom Nye, our speaker on Spouse Night, the Board is entertaining the idea of having a meeting, probably in May, at the Grape Escape in Dayton, at which time we will begin a Club Project – making wine which we can give away as a favor at our 75th Anniversary Gala. More information will follow.


Many thanks to Lion Richard Stannard and his merry band of goblins and witches for once again making our Annual Children’s Halloween Party fun for the kids who came. Special thanks to the spouses who, as always pitched in, including Cookie Johnson, Mary Reilly, Peggy Brennan, and Bonnie Thompson.


Unfortunately, our plans for an Adult Halloween Party, as a fundraiser, fell through this year. The Updyke barn is not in our possession, and the “backup” barn was in use. We have been told that next year we will have a choice of barns, so plan your costume for the Adult Halloween Party Fundraiser in 2006.


The Cranbury Lions’ 58th Annual Pancake Breakfast will be, as usual on the first Sunday in December. Co-Chair Gerry Hanson has advised that the Member work schedule and tickets will be distributed to all Cranbury Lions by mid-November. Remember! Advance tickets sales are important to the success of the event, and all members are required to sell the tickets they receive. The Pancake Breakfast will be on December 4, 2005, from 8AM until 1PM; prices have remained the same, $6 for adults, $4 for children 10 and under.



The Cranbury Lions Barn Project is moving along – slowly, but still moving. Project Chairman Mike Kaiser has advised that he is still waiting for the Township to complete the document, so that we may begin our 75th Anniversary Project.


And, speaking of our 75th Anniversary…Hold the date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration Saturday, June 23, 2007. A committee is being formed for this historic event; the Co-Chairs are Lions Andre Mento and Bob Virgadamo; sub-chairs are being sought for a myriad of committees, including advertising, promotions, marketing, donations, printing, ticket sales, entertainment, program, etc. All interested Lions should contact either Lion Andre or Lion Bob. Open discussions about the Anniversary Celebration are encouraged at ALL meetings.


What’s Happening In Other Clubs


The South Brunswick Lions Club will hold their Annual Pancake Breakfast on November 6; and they have started selling Thanksgiving Raffles - $2 could win a $20 gift certificate. For information and tickets call Lion Barbara Hendrickson at (732) 297-1107.




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. Additionally, Frank will take all members’ suggestions for interactive discussion nights.


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, a cruise, and a marathon; the Board of Directors would appreciate input from our membership on these, or any new, ideas. 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.


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 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.