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

Directors - 1 Year:  Dave Cook
                                 Mike Kaiser
                                 Frank Vesci
Directors - 2 Years:  Phyllis Johnson
                                  Fay Kobland
                                  John Kobland
Lion Tamer:  Frank Marlowe
Publicity Chairman:  Neile Wright
Jargon Editor:  Bob Virgadamo

August, 2011

August 16 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

August 17 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Baby Back Ribs

Program: Lion Treasurer Dean Koehler will present the 2011-12 Budget for information, discussion and approval.

September, 2011

September 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

September 7 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken & Broccoli

Program: (Tentative) Rev. Ron Sager, Pastor of the Cranbury Methodist Church, will speak.

September 21 - Bring-A-Guest Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Tilapia

Program: Mr. Harry Fini of LifeSaver Living Solutions, a company that deals with keeping seniors independent in their own homes, will discuss how such independence can be accommodated.

Get Well Soon

Fellow Lions, Lion Joe Carroll is in the middle of chemo therapy, and he might appreciate a call or a card from his many friends in the Club.

Things To Know

Summer dress rules are in effect through July and August. Members are permitted to wear appropriate summer attire, including shorts, to the meetings. Remember that we meet in a restaurant and a little decorum is still required. No tank tops or sleeveless shirts, please.

Our Annual Super 50/50 at the Trenton Thunder game was on Saturday, July 2, when the Thunder played the Altoona Curve (AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates). We "lucked out" in that Derek Jeter had been 'sent down' for injuries and was playing with the Thunder on the night we were there; his appearance caused a totally sold out stadium (more than 8000 fans); with this occurrence and the fact that we had 14 sales people in the stands selling tickets, we sold 2586 tickets, which provided the Club with $1293 for our Projects Budget. We would like to thank all those Members who volunteered for their efforts, and PDG Bob for bringing a few friends whose efforts helped the Club raise this money.

President Christine and Lion Frank Vesci manned the Ice Cream Cart at the Annual 5th of July Fireworks Display, and made $60 selling ice cream on the bridge (Main Street). Not a bad "take" for a quick, "no-prep" fundraiser! Thanks Christine and Frank!

Our 3rd Annual Gil & Bert's Ice Cream Fundraiser Lion Jon Goldstein created an extremely well crafted event with live music by a numerous artists. The event was so popular that people started calling friends to come into town and enjoy the festivities, and the crowd was huge; the line for ice cream stretched down the block and everyone was into the music! Unfortunately, people were not as generous with their tips as we would have hoped, but we still received $339 in donations. In addition to an ATTABOY for Lion Jon, we would like to thank all the Lions who volunteered to lend a hand.

The Annual Club Picnic was held on July 30, at Lion Dean and Ellen Koehler's home, where everyone was treated to a tour of Ellen's beautiful gardens…and the kids had a great time petting the horses out in the barn! A laurel and hardy handshake to Ellen & Dean for the great food and ambiance.

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. To date, we have not heard back from Habitat, however, as soon as we have more information concerning the build, a sign-up sheet will be circulated.

Due to a series of logistical problems, our new Duck Race fundraiser is being postponed until Cranbury Day 2012. However…

The Board of Directors brought a new fundraiser to the July Business Meeting and after a vote by show of hands, the Membership approved a $100 per ticket Super 50/50 Fundraiser. We plan to sell only 250 tickets. There will be SEVEN winners. If we sell ALL 250 tickets*, there will be 2 - 2% winners (*$500, each), 4 - 1% winners (*$375, each), and a Grand Prize Winner of 40%, or $10,000 if all 250 tickets are sold. The Club will retain 50% of the proceeds (less expenses) for our Charitable Budget; again, if all tickets are sold, that would equal $12,500! Tickets will be printed showing percentages of net proceeds, only, in case we are unable to sell all 250 tickets. However, due to the huge Grand Prize payout, we are confident that we can sell the 250 tickets. We will be asking every Member to attempt to sell as many tickets as possible, as maximum participation is a big part of the models we are using, which have all been so successful that there are "waiting lists" to get to buy a ticket from those clubs that already do this type of fundraiser. We hope that every Member will participate in this fantastic opportunity to raise charitable dollars.

Our Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Outing is Saturday, August 20, 2011; Thunder v. Bowie Baysox, the AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. Unfortunately, ticket sales for the Game have not been very brisk. Fellow Lions, this fun event is open to ALL Lions and ALL Cranbury residents, and ALL Cranbury Merchants and Supporters, as well as their friends and family, and we need your help to sell all 125 tickets. At $10 per ticket ($1 off the printed value), these tickets are a good deal and a great - and affordable - family outing! Or, they can be given to business staff as a "thank you". We still have some 60+ tickets left to sell, and we need all the help we can get! Please remember that our future Trenton Thunder 50/50 Event is dependent on the sale of these tickets. To obtain tickets, contact Secretary PDG Bob. Thanks for your participation and help.

Cranbury Day is Saturday, September 10, and we will need volunteers for our Food Stand and Ice Cream Cart. Fellow Lions, like the Pancake Breakfast, this is one of the quintessential fundraisers of our Club, and we need EVERY member to provide at least two hours of time for the grill, the serving line, the ice cream cart, set-up, and/or clean-up. A sign-up Sheet is being passed at meetings, or you can contact Lions Pat Meehan, Jeff Grundy, or PDG Bob to volunteer.

Help Support the Century of Service Commemorative Coin. Lions Clubs International is leading efforts to mint 400,000 U.S. silver dollars in recognition of Lions Clubs International's 100th Anniversary in 2017. And, this coin is the first step to commemorate our Association's centennial - while raising millions to support our projects for the visually impaired, youth and those affected by disaster. Find out how you can get involved in this campaign at

International President Wing-Kun Tam's Program for Lion Year 2011-2012 is "I Believe"…the Cranbury Lions Club will participate in IP Tam's program because we BELIEVE we can increase membership, we BELIEVE we can make a difference in Cranbury. In an effort to participate in President Tam's International Service Project Goal of planting 1,000,000 trees world-wide, The Board of Directors would like the Club to take on the task of planting 80 trees throughout the Township: they can be on the street, in our parks, or in our own backyards. A committee will be appointed to speak with the Township's Parks Department and the Township Committee in an effort to accomplish this goal. Why 80 trees? Next June, our Club will celebrate its 80th Anniversary, and 80 seemed to be the right number! More on this in the future.

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 Christine is asking ALL members to assist Membership Chair Jon Goldstein in attracting and bringing in new members.

Through the years, some of our members have said that the reason it took so long to become a Lion was that no one asked! Ask your friends and neighbors if they can 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 60 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 Christine. 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.


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 will be October 19.

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.

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.

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 call or e-mail Lion Frank Marlowe (Chair, H&W) and/or President Christine ("phone tree"), and/or Secretary PDG Bob 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 Christine or Secretary PDG Bob to arrange for a pick-up. Drivers: if you cannot make your pick-up, please notify President Christine as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.