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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

February, 2011

February 1 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

February 2 - Boy Scout Meeting - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Pork Chops

Program: Bart Jackson will speak on a topic TBD

February 16 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Chicken Portobello

Program: Eliza Stasi of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce

March, 2011

March 1 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

March 2 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Corned Beef & Cabbage (tentative)

Speaker: Immediate Past President John Kobland. Lion John is a published poet, and member of the Delaware Valley Poets Society, and he will entertain us with readings of his original work.

March 23 - Annual Joint Meeting w/ Hightstown - 7PM, Hightstown Masonic Lodge; Dinner: Buffet TBD

Speaker: TBA

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.

Treasurer Dean Koehler has sent out the third quarter dues invoices, and he has informed the Board of Directors that there are some members who are in arrears two or more quarters. Our Administrative budget has become too tight for members to remain delinquent, so the Board has asked that all members pay whatever dues are owed, as soon as possible.

Lion Neile Wright has partnered us up with Kathy Burke of the Cutting Garden Flower Shop on Main Street, and has worked out a deal for our Valentine's Day Roses Fundraiser. Kathy will charge $50 for a dozen roses with filler, and the Club will get $10 per bouquet, but the customer has to mention the "Lions Bouquet". The customer will also get a $5 coupon off a later flower purchase at the Cutting Garden Flower Shop. This arrangement works out for everyone: the customer gets a dozen quality long-stemmed roses at a slightly reduced price, plus a $5 coupon; The Cutting Garden gets business and a larger customer base; and the club gets $10 for each bouquet purchased - everybody wins! Be sure to order your flowers before February 4!

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.

Second Vice District Governor John Kobland will be hosting the "Festival of Hope" Showcase Event for District 16-D at the FUJI Japanese Sushi and Seafood Buffet Restaurant, 1345 US Hwy 1 South, North Brunswick, NJ 08902, from 11am - 3 pm, on Saturday, February 5, which will include a buffet luncheon at a subsidized rate of only $10 per person. This event has been planned for clubs to show what they are doing regarding signature service projects completed or in-progress; to come and get ideas; or simply to attend, observe and enjoy. One of the main tenets of the Festival of Hope is to generate FUN, and it is hoped this Showcase Event will do just that - inject some fun into what we've done or are planning to do, inspire our creative juices and get us going! President Dave will attend the event and show a nicely designed "showcase Board" of the projects we have been doing. All our members are invited. Any member wishing to attend should contact 2VDG John or President Dave, directly.

It is time again for our annual New Jersey Lions Night at the NJ Devils! Lion Joe Carroll is chairing the event, as he has done for the past four years, and has made arrangements with the Devils for $59 tickets at the discounted rate of $45 per ticket. The game between the Devils and the New York Islanders will be on Saturday, March 12. The Devils will donate $10 back to our Club's Charitable Budget for every ticket sold; last year we collected $750 for our Charitable budget! What a great way to raise funds - just by watching a hockey game! So if you would like tickets, or if you know someone who would like tickets, contact Lion Joe or PDG Bob.

President Dave has been working with Tara Madore (the Yoga Instructor who spoke to us a few months ago), and she has agreed to do a fundraiser, using a Yoga Class. She will hold a class in Cranbury and donate the reduced fee of $10 back to the Club. This class will be adapted to all levels of expertise from beginner to experienced and age or infirmity is not a factor. The class will be at 2pm on Saturday, March 12; in the Methodist Church. We will have a sign-up sheet shortly.

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. As soon as we have more information concerning the build, a sign-up sheet will be circulated.

Lion Fay Kobland, who is the District liaison to the Jamesburg School for Boys has advised that the School is still interested in allowing a LEO Club (you all may recall that this project has been in the works for over a year), and reports that it is coming close to fruition. We will keep the membership apprised of the progress.

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


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! The actual tickets will be printed sometime in January, and we expect to have them by month's end, so please start talking up the game. It's 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).

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.

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.

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.