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Jungle Jargon

A Monthly Broadcast to


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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





October, 2006


October 3 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

October 4 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Broiled Pork Chops

Speaker: Ms. Sue Dunning, Executive Director of Big Brothers & Big Sisters

October 18 – Autumn Spouse Night Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Broiled Salmon

In lieu of a speaker, there will be an interactive discussion focusing on Female Members, Family Clubs, and the 75th Anniversary of the Cranbury Lions Club.


November,  2006


October 31 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

November 1 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Beef Stroganoff

Speaker: TBA

November 15 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station, Dinner: Turkey

Speaker: Paul Ritz, an expert on the Kennedy Assassination, and who spoke last year on the topic, will give us “Part 2”.


Chairperson Needed


Lion John Kobland was our Advertising Chair last year, and he did a spectacular job of cleaning up the program and placing it all on a database. Unfortunately, Lion John is conflicted at work and is unable to continue as Ad Chair. This is the time of year we solicit our annual advertising and we are in desperate need of an Advertising Chairperson. John has advised that the database allows the program to “run itself”, but a Chairman is required to form a committee who can make the necessary contacts. Any Lion who can step up to this position should contact President Rick or Lion John.



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 all meetings, but are encouraged to attend “Spouse Night” meetings.


Cranbury Day, under the direction of Lions Don Herr and Walt Caldwell, was a smashing success…we raised $2492, including $200 from the Ice Cream Cart, and $192 from the 50/50; the winner of the 50/50 was Matt Cashin of East Windsor. A laurel and hardy handshake to Lions Don and Walt and to all the Lions who worked throughout the day to make this event so successful.  


This year’s USA/Canada Forum was held in Columbus, OH, on September 14 –16. President Rick and VDG Bob attended and, a usual and as expected, brought back some terrific ideas for growth, including some of LCI’s newest MERL ideas (for those who have forgotten or are unfamiliar with term, MERL is an acronym for Membership, Extension, Retention, and Leadership). Among these are: building – and rebuilding – Clubs based on an understanding of new demographics; bringing women in as members (an interesting fact: 1 in 5 Lions, worldwide, are women); and, opening Clubs to Family Membership. In the coming months, president Rick will be having open discussions on these and other topics that were learned at the Forum, and he encourages ALL members to attend the meetings so that our Club can get the full benefit of this new and interesting information.  


Lion Mahlon Thompson advised the Golden Ager’s Luncheon, held on September 16th, was its usual success, but has suggested – rightly – that next year we should have a few more volunteers to help serve the luncheon. A heartfelt thanks to Lion Mahlon and his volunteers, with special thanks (as pointed out by IPP Alex at the last meeting) to Bonnie Thompson and Mary Reilly. Let us try to remember for this and all our projects – We Serve.


Did you know that the Cranbury Lions began the “Halloween Parade”, in 1933? The entire town participated in the parade, after which there was a party. The Parade continued until the onset of World War II, when it became the Children’s Halloween Party, which goes on to this day. The children’s Halloween Party will be in the old gymnasium of the school from 6-7PM on Halloween evening, registration will start at 5:30. Prizes will be awarded and refreshments served (in the cafeteria). A sign-up sheet for volunteers will be circulating during the October meetings.


By the way, Halloween is National Lions Sight Night, and we ask all Members to encourage their children, grandchildren, and friends of their children or grandchildren to hold out a second bag when Trick or Treating – to collect used eye glasses. We will attempt to get an article in the paper the week before Halloween to alert the public to this program; we will also attempt to have a flyer passed out at the school. All glasses collected can be deposited in the big, yellow, eyeglass collection box in front of the Library [Reminder: eye glasses (and hearing aids) only; plastic collection bags take up too much room].


Reminder…Hold the time and date for the Cranbury Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration 7PM to 11PM, Saturday, June 23, 2007, at the Forsgate Country Club. The following committees have been formed: Publicity (Rick Burke), Promotions (Jon Goldstein), Marketing (Pat Meehan), Ticket Sales (Walt Caldwell, Don Herr, Mahlon Thompson), Entertainment (Bob Virgadamo, Dave Shaffer), Program (Andre Mento, Bob Virgadamo), and Printing (Ray Dickey). Additional committees will be formed as we move toward June 23rd. We are now seeking Members (or Spouses) for the Decorations Committee. Any Lion (or Spouse) who wishes to assist in this, or any particular area, should contact either Lion Andre Mento or Lion Bob Virgadamo. Open discussions about the Anniversary Celebration are encouraged at ALL meetings.


Tickets for the 75th Anniversary Celebration are now available, and will be going out to all Lions in our dues envelope. The Committee and the Board are hoping that every Member will attend this historic event in our Club’s history, and now is a good time to start planning a table; tables will be set for 8, 10, or 12. But, if for any reason a Member can’t use the tickets sent to him or her, we ask that you try to sell them; if you are unable purchase them or sell them, please return them to the Ticket Committee within 60 days.



Membership – Membership – Membership


As always we are looking for new members. 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. 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”.


…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 quarter.




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.


Even though we have a few new fundraisers, 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.


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.