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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




Mike Kaiser


Directors – 1 year

Walt Caldwell

1st Vice President

Andre Mento



Jon Goldstein

2nd Vice President

John Kobland



Tom Reilly

3rd Vice President

Dave Cook



Peter Turner


George Smith




Treasurer – Operating/Projects

Glenn Johnson


Directors – 2 Years

Ray Dickey

Assistant Treasurer - Projects

Elaine Homoky



Pat Meehan





Dave Shaffer

Immediate Past President

Rick Burke



Bob Virgadamo

Information Technology Chairman

Dave Shaffer



Rick Burke

Lion Tamer

Frank Marlowe


Jargon Editor

Bob Virgadamo

Tail Twister

Peter Turner




Membership Chairman

Jon Goldstein





September, 2007


September 4 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

September 5 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken & Broccoli

Speaker: John Haney, The New School Administrator will discuss the school and what he hopes

               to accomplish

September 19 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Stuffed Flounder

                        Speaker: Zara Stassi, who we sponsored for the World Affairs Seminar at the University of

                                        Wisconsin – Whitewater, will tell us about the event.


October, 2007


October 2 – Board of Directors Meeting – 7:00PM, Tom Gambino Library Room

October 3 – Regular Meeting7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Pork Chops

Speaker: Tom Petrino

October 17 – Regular Meeting – 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Salmon

                        Speaker: Will talk to us about antiques and will do one appraisal for each person who attends


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.


The  “normal” Dress Code will resume effective with the September 5 meeting. The dress code for the Cranbury Lions is Business Casual; jackets and ties may be worn, but are optional.


International President Mahendra Amarasuriya (Sri Lanka) announced his International Program at the International Convention in Chicago – Challenge to Change”, and President Mike and the Board of Directors are looking for ways to make change in the Club to attract new members, retain existing members and make meetings and projects more up to date. “Watch this space” for future announcements and how we will take on the “Challenge to Change”.


President Mike Kaiser has advised that the Carriage House is ready for the storage of all our equipment. Any Lion who has any stored items is asked to purchase a watertight plastic storage box, or boxes, as needed, transfer all material to the box and contact either Lion Mike or Lion Bob V to schedule a drop off to the barn.


Our annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Game at a game between the Thunder (NY Yankees) and the  Binghamton Mets was on Saturday, August 25. This year’s outing was pretty successful, as we had 51 people attending. And the Thunder won! Hope to see you there next year.


Cranbury Day is coming up this weekend (Saturday, September 8), and we have two new Co-Chairs-In-Training. After more than 10 years as Co-Chairs, Lions Don Herr and Walt Caldwell, would like to “just work” on Cranbury Day, and Lions Jeff Grundy and Pat Meehan have volunteered to take the reins on this important fundraiser. A sign-up sheet will be at the September 5th meeting, and assignments are being made for work details during the day. Anyone who has a preference of assignment should contact Lion Pat or Lion Jeff ASAP.


As always, the week after Cranbury Day is the Golden Ager’s Luncheon (Saturday, September 15), and the new Senior Center is being “officially opened” at the event. Five or six volunteers are needed to act as servers, and as always, a few cakes need to be donated for the event. To volunteer, please sign-up at the meeting or contact Lion Mahlon Thompson or 2VP John Kobland.


President Mike’s Company is preparing a Designer Show House at 103 North Main Street and will be showing the house on the last three weekends during September. The net proceeds from the tickets will be donated to the Cranbury Lions Club. Members are needed as volunteers to collect tickets at the house during these weekend visits. Please contact the Event Chair, Lion Christine Thompson, or, President Mike to sign up for this volunteer assignment.


Membership – Membership – Membership


As always we are looking for new members. However, this year’s theme from International President Mahendra Amarasuriya is “the Challenge To Change”, and how, through change, we can increase Membership while rejuvenating existing members to help to keep the Club young, active, and viable! Cranbury Lions Club President Mike has adopted this theme, and is asking ALL members to assist Jon Goldstein, our new Membership Chair, in attracting and bringing in new members. With so many new homes in Cranbury, there are many opportunities for new members. For more information about Family Membership, or membership in general, or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Jon Goldstein, Secretary George Smith, or President Mike. 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. Using the tag-line, “If you build it, they will come”, President Mike is asking EVERY Cranbury Lion to provide suggestions on how we might be able to CHANGE the meetings to appeal to broader range of the membership, in an effort to build a stronger Cranbury Lions Club.




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 Mike, 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)


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 as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the assigned driver if you’re not going to make a meeting.