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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

Walton Caldwell

 

Directors – 1 year

Dave Cook

1st Vice President

Richard Stannard

 

 

Andre Mento

2nd Vice President

David Stout

 

 

Peter Turner

3rd Vice President

Alex Johnson

 

 

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Secretary

George Smith

 

 

 

Treasurer – Operating/Projects

Dennis Kennedy

 

Directors – 2 Years

Don Herr

Assistant Treasurer - Projects

Dennis Kennedy

 

 

Doug Pearce

 

 

 

 

Jon Goldstein

Immediate Past President

Ray Dickey

 

 

Bob Virgadamo

Information Technology Chairman

Dave Shaffer

 

Publicity
Chairman

Rick Cusworth

Lion Tamer

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Jargon Editor

Bob Virgadamo

Tail Twister

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Web Master

Michele Hart

Membership Chairman

Mike Kaiser

 

 

 

 

October, 2004

October 5 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

October 6 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Broiled Pork Chops

Speakers: 16D DG Al Brewer; and, Patti Long

Ms. Long, who will present her slide show about the Historical Society’s recent presentation called “Whispers From the Grave.”

October 20 – Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Broiled Filet of Flounder

Interactive Member Discussion: Lion Bob Virgadamo will present a discussion of topics covered at the 2004 Lions USA – Canada Forum.

 

November, 2004

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

November 3 – “Spouse Night” Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Chicken Francaise

                                Speaker: Avo Simonson

Topic: Mr. Simonson is with Carnival Cruises, and he will discuss the different types of cruises

available.

November 17 – Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Roast Turkey

                     Interactive Member Discussion: TBA

 

The 2004 USA/Canada Forum

 

Lions Bob Virgadamo, Judson Hagerty and Monty Hagerty attended this 28th Annual Forum held in Reno, Nevada. The focus of this year’s Forum centered around International President Clem Kusiak’s  theme for the year: Sharing Success through Service. This Service Program has seven key elements:

  1. Share Success Through Service to Youth and Children in Need
  2. Share Success Through Peace 
  3. Share Success Through Leadership
  4. Share Success Through Recognition
  5. Share Success Through Public Relations
  6. Share Success Through membership Development
  7. Share Success Through LCIF

 

Of the forty-five possible Seminars, held over two days, eight were attended, and at the next, or next couple of, Interactive meetings, Lion Bob will share with Club the information learned from the seminars, as well as to help explain the points of the Share Success Program.

 

Things To Know

Our Interactive Member Discussion Topic scheduled for October 20th will be a discussion of some of the seminar topics from the 2004 USA/Canada Forum, led by Lion Bob Virgadamo. A few of the Seminar Topics concern Tail Twisting, Fund Raising, and Developing an Involved Lion. Members are encouraged to join in these discussions to help formulate Club policies from the information brought back from the seminars. All Members are asked to suggest topics for future discussions; please give your suggestions to President Walt, Lion Frank Marlowe, or Lion Bob Virgadamo.

Unfortunately, there was not enough positive commitment from the Club towards the fishing trip that Lion Joe Carroll put together. Lion Joe says that the trip did happen and the fish were biting; he says that he will attempt to pull a fishing trip together again next year. The Club would like to thank Lion Joe for his efforts.

 

Cranbury Day was Saturday, September 11, and thanks to the efforts of Co-Chairs Don Herr and Dennis Kennedy, and the Lions that helped out this year, the Club raised $2000.

 

Our Annual Golden Agers Luncheon, held on September 18, was, as always, a smashing success, thanks to the efforts of  Co-Chairs Mahlon Thompson and Joe Addonizio, and all the Lions that donated cakes and/or served as hosts at the luncheon. We would like to give a special thanks to Lion wives Bonnie Thompson and Mary Reilly for their help at the luncheon.

 

The November 3rd meeting has been designated as our Autumn “Spouse Night”. Mr. Avo Simonson, our Guest Speaker, will tell us about the availability of cruises, and the different ships and Ports of Call. Please advise Lion Bob Virgadamo if you plan on bringing your significant other, so he can make arrangements with the restaurant. A sign-up sheet is circulating at the regular meetings.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – The Club needs a Chairman and Co-Chairman for the Spring Raffle; we also need to know who will be interested in holding a can for the White Cane Days. All interested members, should please contact President Walt, ASAP.

 

Editorial

 

A number of items were mentioned at the last meeting, and because it was inferred that there are serious concerns from the membership, but especially by the experienced, long-time Lions, these items need to be addressed  and clarified.

 

The first, and most important, being that the Board of Directors is “running” the Club without any say from the Membership.  Fellow Lions, our Board of Directors has eighteen available positions, which should provide a diverse enough group to be able to work towards the wishes of each and every member. I have been a member of this Club for 7 years, on the Board for six and President for two, and have seen how the Board operates under six Presidents. Each of these Presidents have led the Board and reported to the Club, using their own individual styles, but without deviation, in accordance with the By-Laws of the Cranbury Lions. At the first meeting of every month, each of these Presidents have paraphrased the topics covered during the Board of Directors Meeting of the previous evening; each of these Presidents have asked the members present, at each of these first monthly meetings, if there was agreement or disagreement, suggestions, or just general comments about the covered topics, and, through these last seven years, with perhaps one or two exceptions, not one hand has gone up; not one comment has been made. Fellow Lions, one of the legal definitions of silence is acceptance; if you don’t disagree, then you agree.

 

The Cranbury Lions Club is every Member’s Club – and every Member has a say in it’s operation and governance. But, as previously stated, there are eighteen positions on the Board, and for this Lion year (2004-2005), the slate was passed around and a call for volunteers continued for six weeks (and in two issues of The Jargon); the Club, through the Board, was only able to fill sixteen of the eighteen positions. Our Club currently has 76 Members, of which 24, or more than 30%, have been Lions for fifteen years or more. One of these experienced, long-time Lions is a member of the Board. At 30% representation, we should have at least 5 long-time Lions on the Board of Directors.

 

Every Member of the Cranbury Lions is free to attend the monthly Board meeting. Every member of the Cranbury Lions is free to request a printed copy of the Minutes of the Board Meetings, when each one becomes available. It was stated at the last meeting that the Board Meeting Minutes “used to be read at the Business (Regular) meetings after every Board Meeting”. To the best of nearly everyone’s recollection, this procedure was done for less than one full year, in 1979. It is impractical, and unfair to ask the Secretary to complete these minutes within 24 hours, especially when all the members have to do is listen to what is being said from the podium. If questions arise, ask! If you disagree with an action of the Board, say something!

 

Additionally, the Jargon is not published until after each month’s Board meeting, and for the last five years, I have tried to include most of the items covered at the Board Meetings within these pages.

 

Past Boards of Directors have, this Board of Directors has, and future Boards of Directors will always operate based on the needs of the Club and the wishes of it’s members, and always within the parameters of the our By-Laws.

 

Reminders

 

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 12 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, or e-mail him at marlowe@cranburynj.com . Additionally, Frank will take all members’ suggestions for interactive discussion nights.

 

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.

 

 

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
FRANCIS J. BRENNAN III,P.C.
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
Elaine Homoky, Br. Mgr.
74 North Main St
Cranbury, NJ 08512
(M)

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

586-7474

 

 

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