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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

March, 2011

March 1 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

March 2 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Corned Beef & Cabbage

Program: Immediate Past President John Kobland. Lion John is a published poet, and member of the Delaware Valley Poets Society; he will entertain us with readings of his original work.

March 23 - Annual Joint Meeting w/ Hightstown - 7PM, Hightstown Masonic Lodge; Dinner: Buffet

Program: Council Chair Jim Hynes will speak about the new Redistricting Plan.

April, 2011

April 5 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

April 6 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Alfredo

Program: Tentative - A member of the Library Board will talk to the Club about the status of the Library, and upcoming plans.

April 13 - Lion of the Year Meeting - 7PM, Pierre's Restaurant, South Brunswick; Dinner: 4-entry Buffet

Program: Joint Zone Meeting at which we will announce our Lion of the Year.

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.

Second Vice District Governor John Kobland hosted the "Festival of Hope" Showcase Event for District 16-D on February 5. During the event, President Dave used a photographic presentation board as an aid during his excellent presentation to show the attending clubs all that our Club does currently for the Community, including our "Signature Project" - the Barn Park. This event was well attended by our members and 2VDG John would like to thank them for their support. We on the other hand would like to thank 2VDG John for his tireless efforts to help the District and to assist in showing that the Cranbury Lions Club is THE Club for the 21st Century!

…And the winners of the Super Bowl Pool 50/50, through which we help bolster our Administrative Budget, and which sells out every year, were: First Quarter - $50 - Jerry Kemper; At the Half - $150 - Steve K.; Third Quarter - $50 - Neile Wright; Final Score- $250 - Mike DeRosa. Congratulations to the winners and thanks you to all who participated.

Twenty-six people called the Cutting Garden Flower Shop to pre-order flowers through our Valentine's Day Roses Fundraiser. Those folks saved over $20 a dozen, plus got a coupon for their next purchase. And thanks to the efforts of Lion Neile Wright, we raised $260 for our Charitable Budget. We'd like to express our thanks and gratitude to Kathy Burke of the Cutting Garden for partnering with us on this fundraiser.

As we have for practically every year since we sponsored their Club in 1937, we will hold a Joint Meeting with the Hightstown Lions Club this month. We take turns hosting each other, and this year it's our turn to go to Hightstown. We will be meeting in the basement of the Masonic Temple on Main Street in Hightstown; for those of you who may never have been: take Main Street through the Circle, into Hightstown; you will see the Masonic Temple, on the left, about a quarter mile past the second traffic light; enter through the second driveway (after "passing" the building), and park in rear. Since we utilize different schedules, and Hightstown is hosting us, this meeting will be meeting on the fourth Wednesday, March 23; please note your calendars.

Lion Fay Kobland is the District liaison to the Jamesburg School for Boys, but more importantly, she has been working as the Cranbury Lions Club liaison with the School Administration for over a year to work out the details in getting a new LEO Club started at the facility. Through her diligence, Lion Fay has made the LEO Club a reality: the first meeting and election of officers is expected to be sometime this month, after which we will submit our sponsorship forms to LCI. Lion Alex Johnson will lend Fay a hand as Co-Coordinator, when he is in town; additional volunteers are welcome; if you can help out, please contact Lion Fay directly. It is expected that there will be a Charter Night Dinner and (formal) Installation of Officers within the next two months; ALL Cranbury Lions, and spouses, will be invited to the dinner to show support for the this new LEO Club; we will keep you informed of the date as soon as it is known. A laurel and hardy handshake to Lion Fay for the time and effort she has put into this project - Thanks, Fay.

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 four years, and has made arrangements with the Devils for $59 tickets at the discounted rate of $45 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 if you know someone who would like tickets, contact Lion Joe or PDG Bob; presuming these group tickets do not sell out, tickets will be available until March 11.

President Dave has been working with Tara Madore (the Yoga Instructor who spoke to us a few months ago), and she has agreed to do a fundraiser, using a Yoga Class. She will hold a class in Cranbury and donate the reduced fee of $10 back to the Club. This class will be adapted to all levels of expertise from beginner to experienced, and age or infirmity is not a factor. The class will be at 2pm on Saturday, March 12; in the Methodist Church, and there is a sign-up sheet circulating. Can't make the meeting, but want to attend? Call Secretary PDG Bob, or just show up!

The Lions of District 16-D will be holding their Annual Charity Ball to benefit Lions approved projects on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $50 per person. The event will take place at The East Brunswick Chateau, 678 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816. It will be a special, fun-filled Saturday night, so please mark your calendar and plan to join us!

This year's Annual Joint Zone Meeting with the East Brunswick, Milltown, North Brunswick, and South Brunswick Lions Clubs will be hosted by the South Brunswick Club on April 13, at Pierre's Restaurant, 582 Georges Road, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey 08852 (732-329-3219). Our Lion of the Year will be announced and presented at this Joint Zone meeting, which will also be a Spouse Night. The meeting will be chaired by the Zone Chairman, our own Lion Fay Kobland. So invite your spouse and come to this fun night of camaraderie to see and listen as last year's Cranbury Lion of the Year, Jon Goldstein, announces this year's winning recipient! So that the restaurant may properly prepare, we must RSVP our attendance; a sign-up sheet will begin at all meetings starting this month, or just call Secretary PDG Bob; we have been asked to respond by March 31. Please try to attend to show your support and appreciation to our Lion of the Year.

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 by April, and have the 'race' on Memorial Day. Details for this event will follow, after we have the necessary approvals.

Mark your calendars! Our Annual Golf Outing has been scheduled at the Peddie Golf Course for June 6, 2011.

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.


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! It is 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). A sign-up sheet will begin circulating in May.

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 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 PDG 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.