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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:  Andre Mento
2nd Vice President:  Fay Kobland
3rd Vice President:  Frank Vesci
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:  OPEN

Directors - 1 Year:  Phyllis Johnson
                                 John Kobland
                                 Neal Wagman
Directors - 2 Years:  Mike Kaiser
                                  John Ryan
Lion Tamer:  Frank Marlowe
Publicity Chairman:  Elaine Homoky
Jargon Editor:  Bob Virgadamo

July, 2012

July 10 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:00PM, at President Christine's house.

July 18 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Restaurant; Dinner: Baked Crab Cakes

Program: Treasurer Dean Koehler will present the financial State of the Club and present the 2012-13 Budgets. Lion Jon Goldstein will make a short presentation on our new "Duck Race" Fundraiser which will go active, officially, at the meeting.

August, 2012

August 14 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

August 15 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Restaurant; Dinner: Rack of Ribs

Program: C. J. Johnson, of the Trenton Thunder will talk baseball. Not bad timing, since we will be having our annual Trenton Thunder Ball game in the Yankee Skybox on August 19.

CONGRATULATIONS! TO OUR 2011-2012 Officers & Board of Directors!
Welcome Our New Member

We have a new Member among us. Lion Kim Borden was welcomed into the Cranbury lions Club with a short ceremony during our 80th Anniversary Charter Celebration. Kim and her husband Bruce have been Cranbury residents since 1998; they have two children. Kim has been very active in the community and has served as a trustee on the boards of the Cranbury Education Foundation, the Cranbury Public Library and Princeton Alliance Church. She helped run the Cranbury Craft Show for a number of years. She is currently the Girl Scout leader for her daughter Emma's troop and is the Outdoor Activities Coordinator for Boy Scout Troop 52, of which her son Jake is a member. Kim helps run the summer camp for Cranbury Arts Council every year and she also is a member of the Cranbury School PTO where she volunteers in several areas. Kim is really looking forward to getting involved with the Cranbury Lions Club and helping whenever needed! Welcome, Lion Kim!

Things To Know

Summer dress rules are in effect through July and August. Members are permitted to wear appropriate summer attire, including shorts for men or sundresses for women, to the meetings. Remember that we meet in a restaurant and a little decorum is still required. No tank tops or sleeveless shirts, please.

We held our Annual Trenton Thunder 50/50 Fundraiser on June 9, the same night the Thunder hosted the Members from the Special Olympics. It was a great night for the Special Olympics folks, but the nature of the audience made it a "lower than normal" donation night for us. Even though we had ten volunteers to work the stands, we only netted $365. But that's $395 more than we had when we got there, so it was a good night! The Club would like to thank our member volunteers, but would especially like to thank our non-Lion volunteers: Kyle and Michelle Niederer, Kim Sarik, and Brenda Shaffer for coming out with us to bravely and boldly sell tickets.

As you all know, we crafted a barrel of wine as part of our 80th Anniversary Celebration, and we held a Wine Label Design Contest. The bottling and labeling occurred at The Grape Escape on June 13, and as always it was a fun time. The labels were displayed (on the bottle, of course) at our 80th Anniversary Celebration on June 30, when we presented the prizes to our winner and two runners up: First prize to Casey Koehler; Second Prize to Katie Gavenda, and Third Prize to Devon Langdon Chambers.

The 80th Anniversary Exhibit is still in the Cranbury Museum and will run through August 26, 2012. It is a very clever presentation and quite educational. We still have a great need for Sunday afternoon Docents, during the exhibit; if you would like to volunteer to help in any way, please contact Lions Fay Kobland or Neal Wagman, or use the sign-up Sheet at the meetings.

June 24 was the actual date of our Charter Anniversary, but in order to allow Lions John & Fay Kobland to get back from Busan, Korea, where John was installed as District Governor, we held our 80th Anniversary Charter Celebration at Zinna's Bistro on Saturday, June 30, 2012. Forty-four members and guests attended this fantastic party. After President Christine welcomed all the attending dignitaries, including Past International Director Bob Moore, Council Chair Bob Virgadamo, District Governor John Kobland, State Advisor Elspeth Moore, Region Chair Dave Shaffer, and Zone Chair Fay Kobland, DG John performed his first induction of a new member as Governor when he inducted Lion Kim Borden into our Club. Additional highlights of the afternoon included:

  • The presentation of Longevity Awards to Members, and of note to both Lions Craig Gilbert and Gordon Stults, each celebrating 50 years; and to Bub Danser who has been a Cranbury Lion for SIXTY years!
  • Past President and Region Chair Dave Shaffer was awarded his first Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship Award; Council Chair Bob Virgadamo was presented a pin for his 10th PMJFA;
  • Lion Fay Kobland was awarded a "Special Award for Service" for her tireless efforts this year with the LEO Club, the 80th Anniversary Exhibit, and her many various other services to the Club and community;
  • Small awards were presented to all those supporters who sponsored some part of the celebration;
  • A professionally printed "magazine-style" copy of our history was distributed to each attendee; copies of this magazine will be available to members on a first come/first served basis at the July meeting.
  • And, of course, the Officers and Directors of the 2012-13 Cranbury Lions Club Board of Directors were installed.

The Township will be holding their 13th 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 19. Any member who can volunteer for an hour or few should contact Lion Christine Thompson, directly, and ASAP!

In a repeat performance from last year, the Annual Club Picnic will be held on July 21, 2012 at the home of Lion Dean & Ellen Koehler's home. We will be serving Chicken/Shrimp/Beef Kabobs, Sweet Corn, Grilled Vegetables and Potatoes. BYOB, plus an appetizer or dessert (Please - coordinate with Ellen). The picnic will be $20 per person. We expect this year's picnic to be just as much fun as last year's and, as a bonus, we get to enjoy Ellen's beautiful garden. Prospective Lions & guests are welcome. RSVP NLT July 18th with number of attendees & App/Dessert.

Once again, we would like to remind all members, supporters, and residents that, as always, we will hold our Annual Thunder Game in August; we have a limited amount of seating in the Yankee Club SkyBox. In addition to those Members who have already signed-up, quite a few Members have mentioned that they plan to attend this game; there are only 16 tickets left for this game - please don't get "shut out" of the game by waiting until "the last minute" to reserve your ticket. 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). Yankee Club SkyBox tickets are $38 per ticket, and include upscale dining and non-alcoholic beverages for 90 minutes; for tickets contact CC Bob.

Fellow Lions, we have begun selling our $100 raffle fundraiser and we are depending upon our Membership to sell all 250 tickets. Last year, we found that the (up to) $10,000 payout with 250 to 1 odds is THE major selling point, despite the $100 per ticket cost. It also worked well to mention to potential sales people of the six additional prizes of up to $500 (2) and $375 (4). Last year, with a short "sell-season", we made over $6000! This is an opportunity for the Club to make up the Charitable Budget shortfall we have experienced in recent years. What's more, if we can successfully sell all 250 tickets, we will have a "built-in" donor pool for years to come! Please make every effort to sell these tickets - at work, to your neighbors, to all you meet - if you mention the Grand Prize and the terrific odds FIRST, the ticket practically sells itself. Winning Tickets will be drawn at this year's Pancake Breakfast on December 2. Checks should be made payable to the Cranbury Lions Club. Please contact CC Bob or Lion Phyllis Johnson for your ticket allotment, ASAP.

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.

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. 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 $50 (XL, 2X); larger size vests (to 6X) are available as a special order; hats are $12. Ladies Cut for vests are available, same pricing.

Members can access the Club Directory on-line with the required logon and password (that information can be obtained from Lion Phyllis or CCE BV). 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). If a Member needs a ride, please contact President Christine or Secretary PDG Bob to arrange for a pick-up.