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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

January, 2011

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

January 5 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; 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, Station Bar & Grill; 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'.

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

Get Well Soon…

Lion Don Jo Swanagan would like everyone to know that his condition has stabilized. He is still on a respirator, but is communicating through "sign" language and spelling words out. His spirits seem to be good. The family hopes that he can be transferred from Robert Wood Johnson to the Lakewood Respiratory Rehabilitation Center shortly.

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 Annual Toys For Tots Drive, in association with the U.S. Marines, began in mid-November. PDG Bob made the rounds and picked up a total of 612 toys from the various collection points. We would like to thank the Main Office and Branches of the 1st Constitution Bank, the Management and Employees of Arcadis, and the Cranbury Post Office for volunteering as collection sites and helping us collect the toys for needy children. We would also like to thank all the people in and around Cranbury who donated toys for this annual drive.

Our Winter Coat Collection was quite successful and through it we were able to distribute 120 coats to those who were in need of physical warmth, through Peter Wise, formerly of TASK. The Board of Directors would like to commend Lions Alex Johnson, Christine Thompson, Bob Virgadamo, and Dave Shaffer for coordinating this effort, and to all those Lions and non-Lions who brought in those gently used coats which will make someone a little more comfortable this Holiday Season and through the winter. Special thanks to Library Director Marilynn Mullen for letting us place our collection box in the library.

Our 63rd Annual Pancake Breakfast was held on December 5, and the Committee is happy to announce that from Breakfast ticket and Poinsettia Sales, Santa Pictures, and a 50/50 we have raised a net of $4280. A laurel and hardy handshake goes to the Co-Chairs, Lions Jerry Hanson, Christine Thompson, and Andre Mento, to all the Lions who worked the various shifts and jobs, and to all the non-Lions who volunteered to help the Club raise money for Charity.

The West Windsor Lions Club invited our Club to attend an Intra-Club Holiday Party together with the Hightstown East Windsor, West Windsor, Lawrence, Hopewell Valley, Ewing, and White Horse Lions Clubs. President Dave & Brenda, 2VDG John & Lion Fay, and PDG Bob attended the party which was held at the Bog at the Cranbury Golf Course on December 8, It was fun catching up with old friends and making new friends from Clubs with which we have not had a chance for interaction. Over 60 Lions and spouses attended, and from the laughter it is safe to say a good time was had by all. Hopefully, more of our members will attend this Joint party next year.

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. The meeting & party was held at the home of Immediate Past President John and Lion Fay Kobland on December 17. The Secret Santa was great fun, and we all look forward to next year's party. Of course, the Board and Members want to thank Lions Fay & John for their hospitality.

Thanks to Lion Andre and a crew of volunteers for braving the cold on December 15, and doing our Annual Holiday Decoration Contest. Poinsettias were awarded to the township residents living at 19 Scottsdale Court, 24 Scottsdale Court, 9 Monroe Pl, 40 Station Rd, 48 Washington Dr, 24 Washington Dr, 31 North Main, 10 S Main St, 73 Petty Rd, 54 Petty Rd, 7 Cubberly Ct, 2 Labaw Dr, 1 Applegate, 20 Evans Dr, 9 Griggs Rd. 13 S Main St, 5 Wynnewood Dr, 21 Cranbury Neck Rd, 88 Cranbury Neck Rd, 15 Shady Brook Ln, 28 Shady Brook Ln, 2 Handley Ct, 102 Bergen Dr., and 15 Labaw Dr. Congratulations to the winners!

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 Harbor Seafood Restaurant in Piscataway 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. Any member wishing to attend should contact 2VDG John or President Dave, directly.

PDG Bob is hosting the District 16-D Cabinet Meeting at the Spain Inn in Piscataway on Monday, January 24. The meeting runs from 7-9PM and costs $20 per head; the Club will pay for attending members. Please try to attend to show support for our Club. Any member wishing to attend should contact PDG Bob, 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 few years, and has made arrangements with the Devils for $60+ tickets at the discounted rate of $48 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 you know someone who would like tickets, contact Lion Joe or PDG Bob.

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).

Oops! Your 'esteemed' Jargon Editor forgot to include the top three winners of the Peace Poster Contest last month, so they are included in this issue. First Prize was won by Linsdey Lim, whose poster is shown below; Second and Third Prize winners were Stephanie Tam and Ellie Whaley, respectively. The Club awarded cash prizes to the three winners at our Peace Poster Meeting on December 1st. At that meeting President Dave and PDG Bob presented Mrs. Woronczuk with a desk award for her 22 years of service to the Peace Poster Program; Mrs. Woronczuk will be retiring this June after 30+ years at the Cranbury School.

Peace Poster 2010

Peace Poster 2010

"Vision Of Peace"
1st Place Winner, Lindsey Lim

PDG Bob & President Dave Present Award To
Mrs. Woronczuk

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.