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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:  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

July, 2010

July 20 - Board of Directors Meeting - Reorganization Meeting - 7:30PM, President Dave Shaffer's House

July 21 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, The Grape Escape; Dinner:Buffet TBD

Program: The Club Project Wine is ready for bottling and labeling, which will be done at this meeting. Also, Club Treasurer Dean Kohler will review the 2010-2011 budget and ask for a vote.

August, 2010

August 17 - Board of Directors Meeting - Reorganization Meeting - 7:30PM, President Dave Shaffer's House

August 18 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner:Baby Back Ribs

Program: Dr. Blase Toto was the chiropractor member of the USA Medical Team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and will speak to us about the experience.

Things To Know

Congratulations and Welcome to our New Officers and Board of Directors

The July 2010 Issue of the Jargon will be printed in two parts; this first part, which hopefully provides our members (and advertisers) with timely information; and, the second part, which will be released after President Dave's Reorganization meeting on July 20.

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.

The Cranbury Lions will host PorchFest; it will be on Friday, July 9, at the home of Lion Andre & Rosemarie Mento. All Members are being asked to participate, in this "passive" recruiting forum. Bring a desert to share and your own beverage. No sign-up...just come.

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 Spouse Night is the Installation of Officers and presentation of Awards at the meeting on June 16.

As an update, the Installation Dinner meeting was well attended, and we would like to congratulate our 2010-11 Board and thank them for volunteering to serve our Club. We would also like to congratulate those members who received longevity awards, but especially Lion Don Herr on his 25th Anniversary, Lions Bill Eller and Don Jo Swanagan for 50 years of service to Cranbury, and Lion Bub Danser for 58 years of service.

President Dave Shaffer headed up the Habitat for Humanity crew at the Hightstown house build on June 27, and our thanks go to Lions Dave, Frank Marlowe, Andre Mento, Alex Johnson, Peter Turner, John and Fay Kobland, and a friend that accompanied Andre, Ricky Puleio. If our services continue to be needed, we will announce the next Team weekend here and at our meetings.

Our 12th Annual Golf Outing on Monday, June 7, 2010 at Peddie Golf Course, was a rousing success. A laurel and hardy handshake goes to Lion Co-Chairs Mike Kaiser and Dean Koehler for their dedication to the event, and to members of the committee, Lions Christine Thompson, Bob Virgadamo and Frank Marlowe for their invaluable assistance in obtaining prizes and sponsors. Of course, thanks go to all those members who helped at the event as hole-in-one judges, 50/50 sales, and other assorted odd jobs. Final numbers are not yet available, but Lion Dean advises that we made over $3000 on the event. Thanks and congratulations to all!

The 11th Annual Trenton Thunder Super 50/50 was held Saturday, June 12 when the Thunder played playing the Binghamton Mets in a sold out game. Due to the efforts of the ticket selling crew, the Club made $550. Thanks go to Lions John & Fay Kobland, Dean Koehler, Mike Kaiser, Phyllis Johnson, Dave Shaffer, Neile Wright, and Dave's daughter, Rebecca, who sold like a wildman let loose! Thanks, Rebecca.

If you have been thinking of going to the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum, now is the time to get Early Bird pricing, the hotel of your choice, and cheaper airline fares. The Forum is one of the most interesting, informative - and yes, exciting! - events during the Lion Year, and can be enormous benefit to all those who attend. Better yet, the more members from our Club who attend the Forum, the better, stronger and more progressive the Club can become. The seminar topics over the course of the two days (Friday & Saturday) are varied and helpful in such areas as Club or District positions. The motivational speakers are as good as can be found anywhere, and will leave you feeling that you can be a better person, as well as a better Lion. The Pin Traders and vendor areas are always interesting - and you get a chance to see part of Lion Judson Hagerty's massive pin collection!). This year's Forum is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Home of Harley Davidson, some of the country's best beers, "Laverne & Shirley", and of course, "The Fonz". And, there will be a Motorcycle raffle drawing (a very cool, hot orange Harley). This year, we have a larger group than normal planning to attend...why don't you join us. Don't miss out on this GREAT event! Contact PDG Bob for information and Registration, or see the Forum Newsletter on-line at

Our LEO Club advisors, Lions Tim Demarest and Fay Kobland, have worked this past year to get the word out about the start of a new LEO Club in our community. The effort may (or may not) go dormant for the summer, but the Board of Directors asks that our members - especially members with school age children - offer their assistance on this LEO Club project. As an interesting note, for those who are not aware of it, ALL high school age children MUST perform a few score hours of volunteer service to graduate, and a LEO Club fits that requirement perfectly.

Let's Get Together As Friends This Summer...

The Annual Club BBQ Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 24, at the home of Lion Joe and Suzanne Carroll, rain or shine. If you haven't made it before, please try to attend, as this has been a really fun event each year, and "the more the merrier". Hot dogs, hamburgers and salads, with all the fixin's, are being provided, as well as beer, wine, soda, and coffee. Adults are $20, kids are $5; the party starts at 6PM and goes until 10PM. Bring a friend or a potential member! A head count is needed for food and beverage purchase, so please call Joe with your reservation. Joe also needs volunteers for set-up, grilling, games and clean-up.

We have also made arrangements for the 11th Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Outing on Saturday, August 7, 2010; the Thunder will be playing the Mets. Tickets are for all Lions, their families and friends. Tickets are $10 and are available now. Contact PDG Bob, NLT July 29.

Membership - Membership - Membership

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 66 members asked just one person to join and only 25% of those people joined this year, we would increase our membership by 17 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 MUST maintain a proactive campaign to bring in new Members and keep our Lions Club from being Cranbury's "best kept secret".

Member Pick-Up - Ed Lawson (5 S. Main)

Lion George Smith has volunteered to be the "permanent" pick up driver for Lion Ed; Lion Frank Marlowe has volunteered to be the "permanent" back-up driver. 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.