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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:  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

July, 2011

July 19 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:00PM, PDG Bob's House; President Christine presiding

July 20 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Maryland Crab Cakes

Program: There will be a review of the 2011-12 budget, after which a vote will be taken on the new budget. An open discussion will ensue on the serious decline in donations, and how we might affect an increase.

August, 2011

August 16 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

August 17 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Baby Back Ribs

Program: Mr. Harry Fini of LifeSaver Living Solutions, a company that deals with keeping seniors independent in their own homes, will discuss how such independence can be accommodated.

Things To Know

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.

Our 79th Charter Night Dinner and Officer Installation, was held on June 17, at Dolce & Clemente restaurant in Hamilton. Cash bar cocktails hour at 7PM; dinner at 8PM. We welcomed our 2011-12 Board of Directors and honored Lion Fay Kobland for her work in forming the Jamesburg Leo Club. We would like to plan a 100% attendance 80th Anniversary Celebration next June for Club Members and guests; the Board hopes everyone will plan to attend this milestone event. More information will be forthcoming during the year.

Our Annual 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). New York Yankee Super Star Derek Jeter has been "sent down" to recover from injuries and will be playing at the July 2nd game; at this writing the game is 100% sold out including SRO's. It promises to be a GREAT game and quite lucrative for the Club. The Board would like to thank those Lions and non-Lions who volunteered to sell tickets in the stands. This issue is being published the day before the event, so we will report the results in the August issue.

The Township will be holding their 12th (?) Annual 5th of July Fireworks Display, and the Board of Directors has agreed to place our ice cream cart in the park, from which we will sell ice cream and tickets to our Annual Thunder Baseball Game on August 20. Any member who can volunteer for an hour or few should contact Lion Christine Thompson, directly.

Our 3rd Annual Gil & Bert's Ice Cream Fundraiser will take place on July 9; at this point, volunteers may sign up by contacting Lion Jon Goldstein, directly; this has always proved to be a fun event and at this time, we are still in need of a few volunteers. PLEASE BE GENEROUS WITH YOUR TIME.

The Annual Club Picnic will be held on July 30, 2011; it is tentatively scheduled to be held at the home of Lion Dean & Ellen Koehler's home. A sign-up sheet will be circulated at the July Meeting, or RSVP to Secretary Bob.

The Club is planning a new fundraiser, which we hope will be as fun as it can be lucrative - a Rubber Ducky Duck Race. A committee chaired by Lion Jon Goldstein is currently working on the details, the first of which will be the Township's permission to run the ducks over the dam/spillway from the lake. If all goes well, we hope to start selling ducks in May, and have the 'race' on Cranbury Day. Details for this event will follow, after we have the necessary approvals.

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; attending members provided an affirmative vote at the February 2 meeting. As soon as we have more information concerning the build, a sign-up sheet will be circulated.

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


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. At this time, ticket sales for the Game have not been very brisk. 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, and we need your help to sell all 125 tickets. At $10 per ticket ($1 cheaper than the printed value), these tickets are a good deal and a great - and affordable - family outing! Or, they can be given to business staff as a "thank you". We still have some 70+ tickets left to sell, and we need the help of ALL our membership! Please remember that our future Trenton Thunder Super 50/50 Event is dependent on the sale of these tickets. To obtain tickets, contact Secretary Bob or Lion Jon Goldstein. Thanks for your participation and help.

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.

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".

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.

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 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 60 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 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.

…And Attendance…

President Christine 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 Christine 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.

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 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 call or e-mail Lion Frank Marlowe (Chair, H&W) and/or President Christine ("phone tree"), and/or 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 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.