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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

June, 2012

June 5 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Reading Room (Cranbury Library)

June 6 - Semi-Annual Teddy's Meeting - Breakfast at Teddy's - choice of meal

Program: Social Meeting with residents

June 30 - 80th Anniversary Charter Night Celebration - 3-6PM, Zinna's Restaurant; Passed Hors d'Oeuvres; BYOB.

Program: Installation of Officers; presentation of Melvin Jones Award; presentation of Longevity Awards; presentation of Label Contest Prize(s); distribution of Club History; More

July, 2012

July 17 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

July 18 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Restaurant; Dinner: Oriental Beef and Broccoli

Program: Treasurer Dean Koehler will present the financial State of the Club and present the 2012-13 Budgets.

August, 2012

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

August 15 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, the Station Restaurant; Dinner: Oriental Beef and Broccoli

Program: TBD

A Note For Posterity…

Our Student Affairs Meeting, which is usually held on the first Wednesday of June had to be switched to the third Wednesday in May; we discovered (after the last Jargon was published) the Cranbury School was holding their Student Awards presentations on the same evening, which would preclude having both Dr. Genco and one of our awardees from attending our meeting. Eagle Scout Ian Pulz spoke about his journey to and up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Once again, the Student awards recipients were:
The Doctor David Tudor Science Scholarship awarded to Elizabeth Gerberich;
The Todd Beamer Scholarship awarded to Ian Pulz;
The Stan Thomas Citizenship Award presented to Kelley Coyle, an 8th Grader at the Cranbury School.

Things To Know

Our Cranbury Lions Club 80th Anniversary Charter Celebration will be a cocktail party at Zinna's Restaurant on June 30, 2012. See details below.

Our Annual Trenton Thunder 50/50 will be June 9, 2012. CCE Bob was not only able to obtain a Saturday game, but it's the (NY Yankees) Thunder v. the Binghamton Mets; this rivalry game is almost always a capacity game which means better sales. We must have at least six (6) members in order to sell; the more we have at the stadium the better our coverage and the more we are able to sell; the more we sell the more we make. This is one of our best Fundraisers as all we have to do is watch a baseball game and walk around for 2 hours to make money for our charitable budget. We need volunteers! Please call CCE Bob to put your name on the list.

The 2012 Multiple District 16 State Convention was an excellent Convention; the Patriots baseball game on Thursday Night was a great time to meet with Lions from all over the State as well as with our International Guest, International Director Carolyn Messier; Vice District Governor John Kobland had a fun Hospitality Room on Friday after the LCIF Dinner; and, after the Sub-District elections, District Governor Elect John was introduced to the Membership, along with Council Chair Elect Bob Virgadamo, at the Saturday Banquet. Uncle Floyd, of TV fame, was the entertainment for the evening and hew was hysterically funny. Both DGE John & CCE Bob would like to thank all the Cranbury Members who attended the Convention, in any form, for the show of support as we go into this landmark year for our Club.

The Memorial Day Parade, under the direction of Lion Dave Cook, was another great success this year. The Board would like to thank all the Members who gave their time to help with the float, stage marchers, direct traffic, and sell Spring Raffle Tickets along the parade route. We would also like to thank Scout Leader Jerry Yochelson for his usual aplomb in arranging for the Scout Band, the Color Guard and the singing of the National Anthem. After 10 years as Chair, CCE Bob handed the reins of the Post Parade Ceremony over to DGE John Kobland, John, like BV is a Vietnam Combat Veteran, and did a fantastic job on our 79th Annual Post Parade Ceremony. Lion Dave has advised that he plans to retire as Chair after this year, so we will be looking for a Parade Chair; volunteers may contact Dave, President Christine or Secretary CCE Bob.

And speaking of our 62nd Annual Spring Raffle, the Membership did not sell as many tickets as we did last year, so after "the split" and our fees to the State, we made just over $2800. However, even though the prize amounts were down a bit, we were still able to award a reasonably 'healthy' first, second, and third prize to Ken Pape, Ed Alberty, and Katie Turner, respectively. The good news is that Mr. Pape is donating half his winnings back to the Club! Thank you Mr. Pape!

The Drug Free Fair, sponsored by the Municipal Alliance, was held on Saturday, May 19. Lion Alex Johnson Chaired this event, and with the help of Lions Frank Brennan Jr, and Elaine Homoky (and her husband Bob) it was a great success.

As you all know, we are crafting a barrel of wine as part of our 80th Anniversary Celebration, and we held a Wine Label Design Contest. We received a number of labels and judged for the top three. The winners of our Label Contest were: First prize to Casey Koehler; Second Prize to Katie Gavenda, and Third Prize to Devon Langdon Chambers. The winning labels will be displayed when we give out the prizes at the 80th Anniversary Charter celebration on June 30.

The 80th Anniversary Committee worked with the Cranbury Historical and Preservation Society, and the history of our Club is currently being featured as an exhibit in the Cranbury Museum. It is a very clever presentation and quite educational. The exhibit will run through August 26, 2012. This Jargon did not make it out in time for the Reception on Sunday, August 3, but we hope you all attended. 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 either Lions Fay Kobland or Lion Neal Wagman, or use the sign-up Sheet at the meetings.

We will have our 80th Anniversary Charter Celebration on Saturday, June 30, 2012. The Party will be at Zinna's Restaurant from 3-6PM. There will be passed hors d'ouevres and desserts. It is a BYO establishment, so we have managed to keep the price at $25 per person. Since this will take the place of our second June meeting, members will only have to pay for guests. Our Sponsors are invited to attend this very special meeting. In addition to the Installation of Officers, and the presentation of a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, the Committee is planning a few special fun surprises, and we will keep you updated. This is a celebration of our Club's 80 Years of Service to Cranbury; we hope that every member and all our sponsors will consider attending this auspicious occasion.

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 PDG Bob.

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.


President - Christine Thompson
1st Vice President - Andre Mento
2nd Vice President - Fay Kobland
3rd Vice President - Frank Vesci
Secretary - Bob Virgadamo
Treasurer - Dean Koehler
Asst. Treasurer - Elaine Homoky
Past President - Dave Shaffer
1-Year Directors (3) - Phyllis Johnson, John Kobland, Neal Wagman
2-Year Directors (3) - Mike Kaiser, John Ryan, Neile Wright
Tail Twister - OPEN POSITION
Lion Tamer - Frank Marlowe
Information &Technology Chair - Phyllis Johnson
Publicity & Advertising Chair - Neile Wright
Membership Chair - Jon Goldstein
Jargon Editor - Bob Virgadamo