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The Jungle Jargon

A Monthly Broadcast to and from

The Lions Club of Cranbury, New Jersey

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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

December, 2011

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

December 7 - Peace Poster Meeting - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Steak Orleans

Program: President Christine & PDG Bob will present Awards to the Peace Poster Winners and distribution of awards; possible speech from the new Art Teacher, Ms. Erica Katz, and or Dr. Susan Genco, the Chief Administrator

December 16 - Holiday Meeting & Party - 7PM, Home of Immediate Past President Dave & Brenda Shaffer; Dinner: Buffet; Lions are asked to bring a dish - appetizer or dessert; contact Brenda

Program: necessary business; social; Secret Santa

January, 2012

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

January 4 - Wine Meeting - 7PM, The Grape Escape; Dinner: provided by Fiddleheads Restaurant.

Program: This is the "Racking" phase of this project.

January 18 - Girl Scout Meeting & Spouse Night - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Beef Stroganoff

Program: Susan Mavoides will talk about what the different Cranbury Troops have been and are doing; this is the GSA Meeting which is normally held in October, but had to be postponed due to our winemaking event.

Welcome our Newest Member…

… Dr. Susan Genco. Lion Susan is the Chief Administrator for the Cranbury School and looking forward to working as a Cranbury Lion to help serve our community. Lion Susan's application was approved by the Board of Directors on December 6, 2011, and she will be (was) inducted at the Peace Poster Meeting on December 7, 2011. Welcome, Lion Susan, it will be a pleasure to serve with you.

Things To Know

Although we did not reach our goal of 250 tickets, as you will see, we feel our new $100 Raffle Fundraiser was a success. We sold 117 tickets, giving us a gross of $11,700; the Club's half would have been $5850, however, since we felt we needed to provide a reasonable "win" for a $100 tickets cost, it was decided to provide the 6 lesser winners with more than the advertised percentages, a portion of which ($230) came from the Club's 50%, leaving us with a net gain to our Charitable Budget of $5,620.

The "lesser winners" were supposed to get either 1% (4 winners) or 2% (2 winners), but having sold "only" 117 tickets, those percentages would have only provided $175.50 and $234.00, respectively. As mentioned above, we didn't think these were reasonable winning amounts on a $100 ticket price, and since we wanted to boost our marketing for next year, we allowed the slightly higher dollar amounts of $200 (4 winners) and $300 (2 winners). The jackpot winner will receive the advertised 40% of the gross, in this case $4,680.

The ticket notated that we would pay 1% - or in this case, $200 - on the 40th, 80th, 120th, and 160th tickets drawn; since we only sold 117 tickets, we "field changed" that to the 40th, 60th, 80th, and 115th tickets drawn. The "2%" winners, or in this case the $300 winners, were paid as advertised: "First Ticket Drawn" and "Next to Last Ticket Drawn".

The first and next to last tickets drawn each won $300; those winners were: Alan Brewer and Tom DeMarco; tickets sold by John Kobland and Christine Thompson, respectively. The $200 winners were: Madeline Kaiser, John Jackson, Dave Mauger, Bonnie Seward; these tickets were sold by Mike Kaiser, John Jackson, Bob Virgadamo, and Christine Thompson, respectively.

The last ticket drawn and our Jackpot Winner of $4,680.00, was Michele Bennett; the winning ticket was sold by Bub Danser.

We are convinced we can and will do better with this fundraiser next year, and will have the tickets available for sale at least five months before next year's Pancake Breakfast, to give us plenty of time to sell and reach our goal of 250 tickets. We would like to thank all the Members of the Club who participated by either buying or selling tickets, and assisted in making this a successful new fundraiser.

Our 64th Annual Pancake Breakfast was not only a financial success, but also a critical success. Between the quality items donated by some of our sponsors, in particular: Station Bar & Grill, Zinna's, McCaffrey's and Cream-o-Land Dairy, and Cranbury Inn; and, the return to Mason Blaiche's pancake batter formula, tweaked by Lion Mike Kaiser, the pancakes, sausage and coffee was excellent! Rick Burke and Jon Goldstein did a great job selling the poinsettias - and Jon created a fantastic Membership Table at the front of the room that got a few nibbles, but no new members…yet. Special Thanks to our new Santa, Bob Homoky, and his elves, as well as Bill Persons who acted as our photographer and donated his time and material. Co-Chairs Christine Thompson and Andre Mento would like to thank all the Members who worked as servers, cooks, in sales, and the great Set-Up and Clean Up Crews. We would also like to thank our other "non-Lion" volunteers, Joanne Meehan and Kyle Koehler, but especially Lion Mike Kaiser's boys for their help: Clay for providing and maintaining the Holiday Music for this event as well as his kitchen help; Finn for his help in the kitchen; and Leif for his invaluable assistance in helping to draw the winning 50/50 ticket. Through all the areas of our Pancake Breakfast, including ticket sales, Santa Photos, poinsettia sales, and the 50/50, our Charitable Budget netted $3325. Thanks to all the members and non-members alike who helped to make this a successful day.

Since September the children in Ms. Erica Katz' Art Club at the Cranbury School had been busy creating poster art for the 2011 Peace Poster Contest. The theme was "Children Know Peace". The 14 completed posters were juried by Lion PDG Bob V and Mrs. Tamara Woronczuk who narrowed them down to First, Second, and Third Place. The winning poster moved on to the District level competition, which was juried on November 21; Cranbury's winning poster, unfortunately, will not move forward to the International competition, but did take third place among the 9 posters submitted throughout the District. We will present awards to and host the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners and their parents, as well as Ms. Katz and School Administrator, Lion Dr. Susan Genco at our Annual Peace Poster Meeting on December 7. The winning posters were completed by: Avery Hom, (1st Prize), Lawrence "Trip" Guidi (2nd Prize), and Hannah Colaizzo (3rd Prize); see our website for the posters.

As was reported at our October 5 meeting, the Board of Directors recommended that we obtain a Memorial Bench for Teddy Nikitiades; a vote was cast and the motion approved and carried. We have purchased and are ready to install a park-type bench in front of Teddy's Restaurant, in memory of our good friend and constant benefactor. The bench will be dedicated at a gathering of Lions, Family, and Friends, in front of the Restaurant, at 2:30PM on Tuesday, December 13th. The Club wishes to thank Lions Andre Mento, Bob Virgadamo and Mike Kaiser for their efforts on this project.

We will hold our next Wine Meeting at the Grape Escape on January 4, 2012, when we will be in "The Racking" phase of the project; "Racking" is when we transfer the fermenting wine from the Oak Barrel into a Stainless Steel tub, clean the barrel and replace the wine for an additional 6 months when we will bottle it. We are seeking Barrel Sponsors, with the intent of perhaps creating a small fundraising opportunity, here. However, we are hoping that not only Members, but our sponsors, friends and neighbors will be interested in hand-crafting this wine with us; at this writing we have only 1 cases available for sale. Members are encouraged to enroll others in our winemaking project. Anyone interested should contact PDG Bob.

We have begun to move forward on International President Tam's Tree Planting Program for Lion Year 2011-2012. IP Tam's goal was to plant One Million Trees, worldwide; at last count the Lions of the world had planted over 2.5 million trees! We will be meeting with the Township's Shade Tree Commission, shortly, but are simultaneously dealing with local growers in an attempt to get some or all of the trees donated. We have approached Troop 52 and one of the upcoming Eagles would like to take this on as his Eagle Project. More on this, as the project develops.

Mark Your Calendars: We will be celebrating our 80th Anniversary on June 30, 2012. Event Co-Chairs Lions Neal Wagman or Neile Wright are looking for about 8 volunteers to help with decorations, publicity and "day of" help. Any Member who can volunteer for this committee should contact one of the Co-Chairs or sign-up on the sheet which will soon begin circulating at meetings. Details on venue and activities will follow.

Our Annual Toys For Tots Collection is in full swing. Unwrapped toys may be dropped off at any 1st Constitution Branch, the NJ Community Bank, and the Post Office. Of course, members are free to bring toys directly to PDG Bob. The last day that we can accept donations is Thursday, December 15.

We had donation boxes for our Annual Winter Coat Collection at the Library and at Teddy's, and brought it for the final day to the Pancake Breakfast. In the end, we collected 75 coats, and we would like to thank everyone who made a donation this year. A lot of people will be warmer this winter and the Club would like to thank Lion Dave Shaffer for his efforts in organizing this collection and delivering the coats to TASK.

We are continuing the tradition and doing our Annual Holiday Decoration Contest, but due to cost considerations, we have had to modify the number of poinsettia prizes awarded from 24 down to five. Lion Andre Mento will continue on as Chair, and he is looking for a couple or two to cruise through the township on December 15, and help select the best decorated homes. There is a sign-up sheet at meetings, or you can call Lion Andre direct. The winning homes will be printed in the next "Jargon".

Because it has been so successful - and fun - we will continue our "new tradition" of having our Holiday Meeting and Party at the Immediate Past President's. Immediate Past President Dave and Brenda Shaffer have offered the use of their home for the Meeting and Holiday Party, on Friday, December 16. Members are asked to bring a dish; please coordinate with Brenda (609-860-2542), or use the sign-up sheet at the meetings. As we have done for the last few years, we will have a "Secret Santa" ($15 limit). We look forward to seeing everyone there.

TIME IS SHORT! The Jersey Devils will host New Jersey Lions Night at the Devils Game on Saturday, January 21, 2012. This year, all weekend games start at one in the afternoon. This year's game will be a "Hockey Spectacular", as the Devils will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers! Tickets are $50 - that's a $19 savings over the face value of $69, and the Devils will donate $10 per ticket back for every ticket the Club purchases - what a great way to raise money for our Charitable Budget! And with the game so close after the Holidays, tickets would make a fantastic stocking stuffer or Chanukah gift. For tickets and information, contact PDG Bob.

The Jamesburg Leo Club made 0ver $700 from a Home-Baked Cookie Sale, and was able to donate over $500 to a fund for two sisters, both of whom have Multiple Dystrophy. In time for the holidays, the Boys of the Club will be collecting food to donate to the Freehold Food Bank. Lion Fay Kobland reports that the boys would like to meet more often with our Club, but, she has explained to them that our schedule doesn't allow for too many meetings to be held at the Jamesburg Training School. The boys would like some interaction on our part when possible, and a "Game Day" is being discussed. Any members who are able to, and would like to donate 2-3 hours of time to play board games with the boys on a weekend day (probably a Sunday) should contact Lion Fay or PDG Bob.

We have also received our "Trenton Thunder dates" for the 2012:
PDG Bob was not only able to obtain a Saturday game for our Trenton Thunder 50/50, but it's the (NY Yankees) Thunder v. the Binghamton Mets; this rivalry game is almost always a capacity game! Our 50/50 game day will be June 9, 2012. More about that in a few months.

As always, we will do our Annual Thunder Game in August; the Thunder will only play one weekend at home in August, and we have arranged our game date to be Sunday afternoon (5PM), August 19, 2012, when the Thunder plays the Bowie Baysox (Baltimore Orioles). This year, however, instead of selling 125 tickets on the field (to be eligible for the 50/50), the Board of Directors has recommended that we try the program where we only have to sell a minimum of 35 tickets, at $38 per ticket, in the Yankee Club SkyBox. This ticket includes upscale dining and non-alcoholic beverages for 90 minutes (6:30 to 8PM); additional tickets may be available, but only on a first come first served basis, so if you plan on going to this game, buy your tickets early! You may want to consider this as another Holiday Gift. Contact PDG Bob tickets.

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

A quick word about the 2012 Multiple District 16 State Convention…It will be held this year on May 17-20 at the Bridgewater Marriot. The format for the Saturday evening formal is being changed; after the procession of elected incoming Governors, and other necessary protocols, the room will be changed into a night club setting. Topping the bill will be "Uncle Floyd".

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"…but don't forget "Empty Nesters".

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 59 members asked just one person to join and only 25% of those people joined this year, we would increase our membership by 14 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.

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.

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.