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The Jungle Jargon

A Monthly Broadcast to and from

The Lions Club of Cranbury, New Jersey

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Ideals in Government
Civic Betterment

Mutual Helpfulness

Social Progress

President:  Dave Shaffer
1st Vice President:  Andy Jost
2nd Vice President:  Neal Wagman
3rd Vice President:  Christine Thompson
Secretary:  Bob Virgadamo
Treasurer:  Dean Koehler
Associate Treasurer:  Elaine Homoky
Immediate Past President:  John Kobland
Membership Chairman:  Jon Goldstein
Information Technology Chairman:  Phyllis Johnson
Tail Twister:  Joe Carroll

Directors - 1 Year:  Dave Cook
                                 Pat Meehan
                                 Andre Mento
Directors - 2 Years:  Tim Demarest
                                  Mike Kaiser
                                  Frank Vesci
Lion Tamer:  Frank Marlowe
Publicity Chairman:  Neile Wright
Jargon Editor:  Bob Virgadamo

April, 2011

April 5 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

April 6 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Alfredo

Program: Tentative - Kirstie Venanzi, from the Library Board, will talk to the Club about the status of the Library, and upcoming plans.

April 13 - Lion of the Year Meeting - 7PM, Pierre's Restaurant, South Brunswick; Dinner: 4-entry Buffet

Program: Joint Zone Meeting at which we will announce our Lion of the Year.

May, 2011

May 3 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

May 4 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Oriental Beef and Broccoli

Program: TBA

May 18 - Regular Meeting - 7AM, Breakfast Meeting at Teddy's

Program: Social Interaction with the community.

~ ~ Welcome…To Our Newest Member, Lion George Andrews ~ ~
Get Well Soon

2VP Neal Wagman's wife, Bonnie, was recently hospitalized, but is home now, healing, and resting comfortably. Get well wishes may be sent to their Cranbury address.

Things To Know

Our Spring White Cane Days Event will be held on April 15 & 16. We will be collecting in front of Teddy's, Cranbury Pizza, and 1st Constitution Bank; we will also be collecting on Saturday (only) at ShopRite in East Windsor. With exceptions due to illness or being out of town, EVERY member is expected to participate; you may choose your time and location (based on availability) by calling Lion Neile Wright, who has agreed to Chair the event this year. All other members will be assigned and notified of their time and location. Fellow Lions, this is only one hour of your time on a Friday or Saturday; let's make this easy; please contact Lion Neile ASAP.

The Nominating Committee has brought the 2011-12 Slate of Officers to the Board of Directors, who has in turn, approved the Slate for submission to the Membership. In accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws, the Slate will be read to the membership at the meetings on April 6 and April 13; write in nominations may be made at the April 6 meeting; a final vote will be taken after the reading on April 13. The slate is attached for perusal by the Membership.

Applications for the Doc Tudor and Todd Beamer Scholarships and the Stan Thomas Citizenship Award are due NO LATER THAN April 15. If you have an eligible child, or know of an eligible child, please have them submit their application and paperwork by the cut-off date. Application information is available at

Well, as advertised, we held our Introductory Yoga Class at the Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon, March 12, and having attended the event, I can say that, also as advertised, the class was adapted to all levels of expertise from beginner to experienced, with age or infirmity not being a problem. Unfortunately, we did not draw a single resident, and even our member participation was very light. In any event, if you missed it, you lost out on a terrific experience, but the good news is, you can still "get healthy through Yoga" at Miss Madore's regular classes at Lyon's Plaza in North Brunswick. For information contact President Dave or Secretary Bob.

One of the most difficult jobs in our Club is the Program Chair, and the ability to get speakers for our meetings. Lion Tamer Frank Marlowe is our Speaker Chair and would be most appreciative of any and all speaker leads he is given. Do you know of an interesting speaker? You may be an interesting speaker! Please contact Lion Frank with any and all suggestions for speakers at our meetings.

On the evening of March 12, 135 Lions and friends from around the State went to the Prudential Arena in Newark to attend New Jersey Lions Night at the NJ Devils! What an exciting game! The Devils beat the Islanders 3-2 at less than 2 minutes into "Sudden Death" overtime. The Club, and the Multiple District, would like to thank Lions Joe Carroll, Dean Koehler, and Bob Virgadamo for managing this fundraiser at the state and Club level, but especially Lion Joe who sold 50 tickets to the event, bringing the Club $500 in charitable donations from the Devils.

Second Vice District Governor John Kobland hosted the "Festival of Hope" Showcase Event for District 16-D on February 5. During the event, President Dave used a photographic presentation board as an aid during his excellent presentation to show the attending clubs all that our Club does, currently, for the Community, including our "Signature Project" - the Barn Park. This event was well attended by our members and 2VDG John would like to thank them for their support. We, on the other hand, would like to thank 2VDG John for his tireless efforts to help the District and to assist in showing that the Cranbury Lions Club is THE Club for the 21st Century!

As we have for practically every year since we sponsored their Club in 1936, we held a Joint Meeting with the Hightstown Lions Club on March 23. Council Jim Hynes was the Guest Speaker and further explained the upcoming Statewide District reorganization. The program was interesting and camaraderie between clubs was enjoyable. Next year the Joint Meeting will be held in Cranbury.

PDG Bob is a Trustee for the Lions Eye Research Foundation (LERF), working with and in support of eye research at UMDNJ. For the last three years, LERF has held a "Hot Dog Crawl" as a fundraiser, wherein Trustees - or any volunteer - obtains "sponsors" who donate a small sum for each hot dog, soda or side order consumed; the "Crawlers" (who pay for their own food and beverages) gather at one of the myriad of North Jersey Hot Dog Stands, and using a pre-planned route and pre-arranged hot dog stands, spend 4-5 hours driving around North Jersey, consuming Texas Wieners, Coney Island Red Hots and other hot dog "styles". Thanks to his 10 sponsors and a 'cast-iron-stomach', PDG Bob was able to raise $232 for LERF.

Lion Fay Kobland is the District Liaison to the Jamesburg School for Boys, but more importantly, she has been working as the Cranbury Lions Club liaison with the School Administration for over a year to work out the details in getting a new LEO Club started at the facility. Through her diligence, Lion Fay has made the LEO Club a reality: the first meeting and election of officers is expected to be sometime this month, after which we will submit our sponsorship forms to LCI. Lion Alex Johnson will lend Fay a hand as Co-Coordinator; additional volunteers are welcome; if you can help out, please contact Lion Fay directly. It is expected that there will be a Charter Night Dinner and (formal) Installation of Officers within the next two months; ALL Cranbury Lions, and spouses, will be invited to the dinner to show support for the this new LEO Club; we will keep you informed of the date as soon as it is known. A laurel and hardy handshake to Lion Fay for the time and effort she has put into this project.

The Board of Directors has authorized this year's budgeted donation to LCIF to be earmarked for Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fund. Earmarking this donation has no direct impact on the Cranbury Lions Club or our charitable donations.

The Lions of District 16-D will be holding their Annual Charity Ball to benefit Lions approved projects on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $50 per person. The event will take place at The East Brunswick Chateau, 678 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816. It will be a special, fun-filled Saturday night, so please mark your calendar and plan to join us! Tickets are on sale now and will not be available at the door. For tickets or further information, please see 2VDG John.

This year's Annual Joint Zone Meeting with the East Brunswick, Milltown, North Brunswick, and South Brunswick Lions Clubs will be hosted by the South Brunswick Club on April 13, at Pierre's Restaurant, 582 Georges Road, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey 08852 (732-329-3219). Our Lion of the Year will be announced and presented at this Joint Zone meeting, which will also be a Spouse Night. The meeting will be chaired by the Zone Chairman, our own Lion Fay Kobland. So invite your spouse and come to this fun night of camaraderie to see and listen as last year's Cranbury Lion of the Year, Jon Goldstein, announces this year's winning recipient! So that the restaurant may properly prepare, we must RSVP our attendance; a sign-up sheet is circulating at the meetings, or just call Secretary PDG Bob. Please make every effort to attend to show your support and appreciation to our Lion of the Year.

An e-mail and phone tree notification has been released asking all members to attend our upcoming Charter Night and Installation of Officers Dinner. This meeting/event will be June 17, at Dolce & Clemente Restaurant, on Rte 33, Hamilton (15 minute drive). We would like to make the evening "special" by having all our members and their spouses attend at a different venue. However, in order to do so, we need a tentative headcount. The dinner will be a quality buffet; a "boom box" will be supplied with background music and dance music for those who wish to move. We expect the cost to be between $35 and $37 per person; we will, of course, try to keep it on the low end. This will be a meeting, so member dinners are credited to $25; guests would be extra. Please contact PDG Lion Bob to advise if you will be available to attend this evening of fun, camaraderie and support to our incoming Board of Directors.

The Club is planning a new fundraiser, which we hope will be as fun as it can be lucrative - a Rubber Ducky Duck Race. A committee chaired by Lion Jon Goldstein is currently working on the details, the first of which will be the Township's permission to run the ducks over the dam/spillway from the lake. If all goes well, we hope to start selling ducks in May, and have the 'race' on Cranbury Day. Details for this event will follow, after we have the necessary approvals.

2VDG John Kobland is organizing group of Cranbury Lions, including President Dave and PDG Bob, who, on May 1st, will try to start the "foundation work" to organize a new club in Plainsboro, at their Founder's Day Celebration. John has arranged to have the District Eyemobile to be at the event, and is looking to have a few volunteers help man the table at the event, in an effort to promote Lionism. The event goes from noon to 4:30PM; any member who can help at the event for an hour or so should contact 2VDG John, directly.

Mark your calendars! Our Annual Golf Outing has been scheduled at the Peddie Golf Course for June 6, 2011.

Habitat for Humanity will be doing another build this summer, and the Board of Directors has voted to keep this as a Club Service Project; attending members provided an affirmative vote at the February 2 meeting. As soon as we have more information concerning the build, a sign-up sheet will be circulated.


As has been explained in this space for the last few months, without objection from the Membership, and in order to retain one of our major FUNdraisers, the Trenton Thunder Super 50/50, we have guaranteed the sale of 125 tickets for our Annual Trenton Thunder Game. Fellow Lions, this fun event is open to ALL Lions and ALL Cranbury residents, and ALL Cranbury Merchants, as well as their friends and family. At $10 per ticket ($1 cheaper than the printed value), these tickets are a good deal and a great - and affordable - family outing! It is not too early to start selling these tickets, and "get a leg up" on our guaranteed commitment. Thanks for your participation and help.

The date for our Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Outing is Saturday, August 20, 2011; Thunder v. Bowie Baysox, the AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

FYI, the Super 50/50 at the Trenton Thunder game will be on Saturday, July 2, 2011 (Thunder v. Altoona Curve - AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates). A sign-up sheet will begin circulating in May.

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 and participation. Please Note that Spouses are not only invited to attend all meetings, but to become Members under the Family Membership Initiative. In any event, Spouses are wholly encouraged to attend our quarterly "Spouse Night" meetings. Our next scheduled Spouse Night is the Annual Joint Zone Meeting on April 13.

Membership - Membership - Membership

We always need new members who will help to raise the charitable funds which we need to complete our mission, and to help "broaden" our charitable collection base. But we are about to face a new problem…

Our Administrative Budget is becoming increasingly tight, and our Administrative "back-up fund" has become alarmingly low. Ladies and Gentlemen…Fellow Lions, WE ARE IN NEED OF NEW MEMBERSHIP, and while all are welcome, we need some "youth" so that we won't face the ever continuing possibility of becoming "an old persons' club".

As we've said so often, membership is the key to our survival! New members will rejuvenate existing members and help to keep us ALL young-at-heart, active, and viable! President Dave is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair Jon Goldstein in attracting and bringing in new members.

Some of our members have said that the reason it took so long to become Lions was that no one asked! Ask your friends and neighbors if they would like to give a little of their time to serve and to give back to the community, while having a good time doing it with new friends. If every one of our 61 members asked just one person to join and only 25% of those people joined this year, we would increase our membership by 15 people! To get information about membership options or to obtain membership applications contact Membership Chair Jon, Secretary PDG Bob, or President Dave. In any event, we cannot complete our Mission without a Membership Pool so we MUST maintain a proactive campaign to bring in new Members and keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury's "best kept secret"…or worse.

...And Attendance...

President Dave is asking EVERY Cranbury Lion to provide suggestions on how we might be able to make the meetings more appealing to a broader range of the membership, in an effort to build a stronger Cranbury Lions Club. Since attendance is such a problem, there must be a reason or reasons; please provide your suggestions to President Dave directly. We can't fix it until we know what's broken!


The Club requires that all Members wear a Lion Vest, Shirt or Hat when we are at a fundraiser or Service Project. If you do not have one of these items, please contact Club Secretary Bob to obtain one. These items are at "cost" to our members. Vests @$40 (S-M-L) or $45 (XL, 2X); larger size vests (to 6X) are available as a special order; hats are $12. Ladies Cut for vests are available, same pricing. We also have a couple of "T-Shirts" left (large), $10 each.

Members can access the Club Directory on-line with the required logon and password. Members without internet capability may contact Lion Phyllis Johnson for a hard copy of the Directory.

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 Lions Frank Marlowe (Chair, H&W) and/or Christine Johnson ("phone tree"), and/or Bob Virgadamo (e-mail notifications) so that all members may be notified as soon as possible.

Member Pick-Up

The Club will arrange a ride for any member who is unable to drive to the meeting(s); Lion George Smith has volunteered to be the "permanent" pick-up driver for Lion Ed Lawson (Lion Frank Marlowe is the back-up driver). If a Member needs a ride, please contact President Dave or Secretary Bob to arrange for a pick-up. Drivers: if you cannot make your pick-up, please notify President Dave as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.