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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

December, 2010

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

December 1 - Peace Poster Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Steak Orleans

Program: President Dave & PDG Bob will present Awards to the Peace Poster Winners; the Cranbury School's Art Teacher and Program Mentor, Mrs. Tamara Woronczuk will be our Guest.

December 17 - Holiday Meeting - 7PM, Kobland Home; Dinner: Various

Program: Lions Fay & John have graciously invited the Club to participate at the Holiday Meeting in their home; Members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert (check with Lion Fay); there will be a Secret Santa - please keep the gift price at around $15.

January, 2011

January 4 - Board of Directors Meeting -7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

January 5 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Marsala

Speaker: Karl Dentino, a Ragtime Blues Guitarist who not only plays, but speaks about the Blues and its cultural influence.

January 19 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Swordfish or Tuna Steak (Mkt.cond.)

Speaker: District Governor Michael Hsing, who will make his annual visitation and talk to us about International President Sid Scruggs' program, 'Beacon of Hope'.

Get Well Soon…

As many of you may have heard, Don Jo Swanagan was rushed to Princeton Hospital with a heart attack; he is currently in the Intensive Care Unit and cannot receive visitors; cards may be sent to his home. As soon as we have additional information it will be sent to the Membership.

Lion Neile Wright was hospitalized for an emergency procedure and is recovering well at home.

Lion Frank Brennan, Jr. has been released from Princeton Hospital following the repair of an arterial aneurism, and is recovering nicely at home. He has sent his thanks and reports that he enjoyed the flowers sent by the Club.

Things To Know

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 Holiday Party on December 17.

Our Annual Toys For Tots Drive is in full swing. There are toy collection boxes at all branches of 1st Constitution Bank and at the Cranbury Post Office. Toys must be new and unwrapped. Cash donations may also be made for the purchase of or toward toys; make checks payable to the Cranbury Lions (please put "Toys for Tots" in the memo space); all cash donations will be forwarded to the Marines. Members may bring toys directly to PDG Bob. The Marines had placed an early end date on the program this year, however we have been able to extend the date to December 16, adding a few extra days for our collection efforts.

The Marines are a bit short-handed this years, and we have offered to help them in their packing and (possible) delivery efforts. Anyone who would like to help on this detail as a Toys For Tots Volunteer should contact PDG Bob to get your name on the list. The Marines may not need our services, but if they do, it will be on Saturday, December 11 and Bob will call the volunteers on the list.

Last year's Winter Coat Collection was so successful, and so helpful to so many needy people, that the Board has decided to run it again. Please donate your clean, gently used coats, and ask your friends and neighbors to do the same. There have been collection boxes at the Library and at Teddy's Restaurant, and those collection boxes will remain in place until December 3 (or 4); we will be accepting coats at the Pancake Breakfast on December 5, which is the last date for the Coat Drive. For any additional information, please contact Event Chair Lion Alex Johnson.

Our 63rd Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held, as always, on the first Sunday in December - December 5, 2010 - from 8AM - 1PM in the Cranbury School cafeteria. Lion Jerry Hanson has picked up a couple of Co-Chairs, Lions Christine Thompson and Andre Mento. The price will remain the same at $8 per person and $4 for children, under 10. As always, each member is being asked to take responsibility for the sale of at least 5 tickets; however, due to the fact that donations are down, the Board asks that you sell as many tickets as possible, to help make up shortfalls. As always Santa will be there and professional grade Pictures with Santa will be made available at a nominal cost.

Lion Rick Burke is heading up the Poinsettia Sales again this year. You may recall that the poinsettias we had last year were as full and beautiful as the plants we once received from 'Hagerty the Florist'. He has arranged to obtain the same fantastic, top quality poinsettia plants that we had last year, from a local grower, and will have them for sale - as we have for decades - at the Pancake Breakfast. These first quality, middle or late growth plants will stay red for the entire season, and, if properly maintained, will last throughout the year and beyond. Pre-ordered plants help us to better plan for our needs, so Lions who wish to pre-order their poinsettias, may contact Lion Rick with that information.

Having last year's Holiday Meeting and Party at a member's home was so successful - and fun - that the Board has decided to do the meeting at a member's home again. Immediate Past President John and Lion Fay Kobland have offered the use of their home for the Meeting and Holiday Party, on Friday, December 17. Members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert; please coordinate with Lion Fay. As we have done for the last few years, we will have a "Secret Santa"; please keep the price of your gift to $15+/-. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

And speaking of Holiday Parties...the West Windsor Lions Club has invited our Club to attend a Joint Club Holiday Party together with the Hightstown East Windsor, West Windsor, Lawrence, Hopewell Valley, Ewing, and White Horse Lions Clubs. This will be in addition to our Club Party, mentioned above. The Joint meeting/party will be held at The Bog Restaurant at the Cranbury Golf Course, on Wednesday, December 8; the cost is $35 per person. The Board would like to see a contingent of Cranbury Lions (and spouses, if possible) attend this event to maintain a closeness and camaraderie with our fellow Lions in these adjacent Clubs, and we would like to fill at least one table. Any member who wishes to attend should contact President Dave or PDG Bob, ASAP, as we need to provide RSVP numbers so that restaurant arrangements can be confirmed by the Host Club (West Windsor).

Both International President Sid Scruggs and District Governor Michael Hsing have asked Clubs to come up with a "Signature Project", something that a club can give to their community that will say "Lions" in perpetuity. We are not a stranger to this concept; in the past our Club has planted the trees on Main Street; cleaned the lake - even provided a swimming beach with sand in the 30's and 40's; donated the land for Village Park; built the Park Pavilion, the Boat Dock, and installed the benches; and, most recently, planted a tree and laid the 9/11 memorial to Todd Beamer. It is time, once again, for us to provide something "physical" to Cranbury. President Dave has brought this concept to the Board of Directors and has suggested we use the barns and the Barn Park as our Signature Project. The restoration, which has already begun, will be a major undertaking and would require the help of all our Members in one form or another. Additional discussions will be held at our meetings, as plans are formulated.


As has been explained in this space for the last two 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 would make GREAT stocking stuffers for the holidays. The actual tickets will not be printed until sometime in January, but a "mock" ticket and an official (printed) game schedule can be provided to anyone who sells tickets for the holidays. It's not too early to start selling these game 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).

Membership - Membership - Membership

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 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.

There is a glitch on our website with the Club Directory, but as soon as it is fixed, members can access the Club Directory on-line, using the case-sensitive pass codes which were printed here in past issues, or contact Lion Phyllis Johnson for the pass codes.

Do you know of an interesting speaker? You may be an interesting speaker! Please contact Program Chair Frank Marlowe 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 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.