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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:  John Kobland
1st Vice President:  Pat Meehan
2nd Vice President:  Dave Cook
3rd Vice President:  Dave Shaffer
Secretary:  Bob Virgadamo
Treasurer:  Dean Koehler
Associate Treasurer:  Elaine Homoky
Immediate Past President:  Mike Kaiser
Membership Chairman:  Jon Goldstein
Information Technology Chairman:  Phyllis Johnson
Tail Twister:  Peter Turner

Directors - 1 Year:  Rick Burke
                                 Jeff Grundy
                                 George Smith
Directors - 2 Years:  Andy Jost
                                  Andre Mento
                                  Neal Wagman
Lion Tamer:  Frank Marlowe
Publicity Chairman:  Christine Thompson
Jargon Editor:  Bob Virgadamo

May, 2010

May 4 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

May 5 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Oriental Beef and Broccoli

Program: Peter Wise, former Director of TASK will speak about TASK and hunger in Trenton.

May 19 - Networking Meeting - 7AM, Teddy's; Breakfast: Choice

Program: Members to interact with each other as well as Cranbury residents in general.

June, 2010

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

June 2 - Student Affairs Meetings - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Sliced London Broil

Program: Wayne Wittman will speak to us on a topic TBA and the Club will present the Student Awards to the "winning" students.

June16 - Installation of Officers - Spouse Night - 7PM, Cranbury Station Restaurant; Dinner: Beef Stroganoff

Program: Installation of Officers in lieu of Speaker

Congratulations to Lion Jon Goldstein for being chosen the 2009-2010 Lion of the Year!


All dues are payable, in advance, on a quarterly basis after receipt of an invoice. Members may, but are not required, to pay dues annually or by the half year. There are a number of our Lions who are a quarter or two behind, however, some of our Members are seriously behind in the payment of dues by a year or more; these members have received letters requesting immediate payment in full. It is imperative that we close our year (June 30) "in the black", and are asking all Members to meet the fiscal responsibilities agreed to upon accepting membership in the Club. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN INVOICE, CONTACT SECRETARY BOB OR TREASURER DEAN KOEHLER ASAP!

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. Our next Spouse Night is our Lion of the Year Meeting, and our District Governor will be our Guest Speaker.

Under the direction of Lion Jeff Grundy, 14 members were on the streets of Cranbury and at the ShopRite, and collected $662 for the Spring White Cane Drive. Thank you Lion Jeff and your entire crew for your efforts. Jeff says we'll do it again in the Fall.

The Habitat for Humanity house is now in the construction phase; the house is in Hightstown and volunteers are needed for everything - little to big - from getting coffee to installing windows. Interested volunteers should contact Lion Dave Shaffer to become part of our construction team. Our next Team weekend will be in June.

President John & Lion Fay Kobland, President Elect Dave & Brenda Shaffer, and PDG Bob represented the Club at this year's District 16-D Charity Ball on Sunday, April 25, at the East Brunswick Chateau. It was a pleasant afternoon with dinner, dancing and an address by Governor Jim Dougherty, and over $3000 was raised for the Multiple District's camps for children.

Our Super 50/50 Spring Raffle should be in full swing by now, but returns are slow coming in. Lion Mahlon Thompson will set up a "ticket table" outside Teddy's sometime this month, and can use all the volunteers possible to man that table and sell tickets; last year, through Lion Mahlon's efforts, this table sold an "additional" 260 tickets that otherwise would have gone unsold. If you can give Mahlon an hour or two during the month, please contact him directly. This is one of our most important fundraisers for the year, and its success lies solely with the membership and how many tickets we sell. In a time when raffles are complex and expensive, we have kept the Spring Raffle simple and inexpensive: a $10 donation provides a chance to win one of three prizes, totaling up to $5000; if we sell all 1000 tickets the Club will make $5000 for our Charitable Budget. The Board of Directors asks that each member make every effort to sell your entire allotment of tickets, but would like to remind us that at least five (5) tickets per member must be sold to provide sustainable prizes. All cash and ticket stubs AND unsold tickets MUST be returned for accounting purposes; returns to either Raffle Chair Henry Behnke, Secretary Bob Virgadamo, or Treasurer Dean Koehler; all returns would be appreciated by Sunday, May 30, but returns may be made to the Raffle Table at the Parade on Memorial Day. As always the drawing will be held on Memorial Day.

And, speaking of Memorial Day, planning has begun for the Memorial Day Parade. Recently elected to the Township Committee, Lion Dave Cook has asked to stay on as Event Chair, but with a Co-Chair who can act as Parade Master, since Dave will march with the Township Committee; Lion Andre Mento has agreed to act as Co-Chair and Parade Master. A sign-up sheet is being passed at the meetings, but anyone who wishes to volunteer for Parade duty can contact Lion Dave or Lion Andre.

The 89th Annual Multiple District 16 - New Jersey State Convention will be at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center in Somerset on May14 and 15. With 66 members we are allowed 7 Delegates and 7 Alternates for voting at the Convention; being one of the larger Clubs in the State, our delegation has always been a powerful voting block. Last year we saw a change in how the Hospitality Suites were handled; this will continue this year - all Sub-Districts will be in one large area, which we saw last year, makes the Friday Night Hospitality Event much more fun. The Board of Directors would like to have "decent" representation at the Saturday Night Reception and Ball; members who plan to attend the convention, and especially the Saturday Night Dinner, should advise President John or Secretary Bob. All members who plan to attend - even just as a delegate for the Saturday AM & PM voting sessions - MUST complete a Convention Form for a badge; If you have not received a form in the mail, please contact Secretary Bob ASAP. To obtain a room discount at the DoubleTree, reservations must be made before May 1, 2010 (deadline extended).

The Drug Free Fair, sponsored by Lions Quest, will take place on May 8 at the Cranbury School. Lion Alex Johnson will once again Chair this project and needs 4 or 5 volunteers to help out with the game booth and prizes distribution. A sign-up sheet is circulating at meetings.

The Club's 12th Annual Golf Outing will be on Monday, June 7, 2010 at Peddie Golf Course. Registration and Lunch will begin at 11AM; Shotgun Scramble at Noon; Open Bar Cocktails from 4:30PM to 6:30PM; Awards Dinner from 6PM - 7PM. Individual Golfers are $140; Foursomes are $500. Fees include 18 holes, carts, grounds fees, BBQ Lunch, snacks, beverages, door prizes, and Awards. There will be a 50/50 in addition to other prizes. In addition to Members signing up to play, the Committee is asking the Membership to canvas for both players and Sponsorship donations; from $50 (Business Card Ads) up to $1250 (Super Sponsor, which includes a Foursome) - see brochure/registration Form for tier prices and benefits. A sign-up sheet for dinner reservations only is circulating at meetings. Send golf reservations and/or donations to: PO Box 365, Cranbury, NJ 08512. For additional Information, contact Golf Co-Chair Dean Koehler or PDG Bob.

The 11th Annual Trenton Thunder Super 50/50 will be held Saturday, June 12, 2010; the Thunder will be playing the Binghamton Mets which usually insures a packed house and better sales. This is truly a fun night: sell tickets, collect donations, watch a ball game…build camaraderie. And, we can bring friends (and potential Lions) to help us sell tickets, just so long as they're over 18. Ticket sellers get in the stadium for free and the Club will provide each volunteer with a hot dog and beverage. A sign-up sheet will circulate at meetings this month, or contact PDG Bob, directly.

In an effort to thank Members for their continued years of service to the Club and the community, the Board of Directors has voted to bring back Longevity Award Chevrons for our Members with ten or more years. According to LCI rules, Longevity Awards are given starting with ten years of continuous service and we will be giving these Chevrons and other awards to our members at the Installation Dinner in June. Since the awards have not been given for the past few years, we are awarding the chevrons (or other awards) to all members who have had a "5-year anniversary", within the last 4 years. By way of example, a 15 year member may get an award this year for his/her anniversary 4 years ago, and will be eligible for a 20-year award next year. The Board of Directors are requesting the presence of ALL these members to the Installation Dinner, but particularly ask that Members who don't usually make meeting to attend - especially our more Elder Members - to meet and greet newer Members. Longevity Awards shall only be given to members in good standing, but, in alphabetical order by year, have been ordered for:
10-Year Lions: Bartoletti, Behnke, Carroll, Cook, Hasselbach, Jost, Kaiser, Reilly, Shaffer, Stannard, Stout, Virgadamo;
15-Year Lions: Caldwell, Homoky, Jackson, Keller, Marlowe, Reinhardt;
20-Year Lions: Frank Brennan III, Hankin;
25-Year Lion: Herr;
30-Year Lions: Alan Danser, Demarco, George Smith, White;
35-Year Lions: Lawson, Mahlon Thompson;
40-Year Lions: Monty Hagerty, Swanagan;
45-Year Lions: Gilbert, Stults;
50-Year Lions: Eller, West;
55-Year Lion: Bub Danser
(NOTE: the Club honored Judson Hagerty, last year on the occasion of his 65th anniversary)

Our new LEO Club advisors, Lions Tim Demarest and Fay Kobland, have been doing all they can to get the word out about the start of a new LEO Club in our community. Posters or other advertising medium will be placed in Teddy's and Cranbury Pizza; articles are being run in the Cranbury Press. The Board of Directors asks that members - especially members with school age children - offer their assistance on this LEO Club project. We will keep your informed of the progress.

Coming Soon...

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.

The Annual Club Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 24, at the home of Lion Joe and Suzanne Carroll.

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 $10 and are available now.

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 John 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 John. 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".

...And Attendance...

President John 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 John directly. We can't fix it until we know what's broken!


The Club requires that all Members wear a Lion Vest when we are at a fundraiser or Service Project. If you do not have a vest please contact Club Secretary Bob to obtain one. You may also order a baseball cap; 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.

To access the Club Directory on-line, use the case-sensitive pass codes which were printed herein past issues, or contact Lion Phyllis Johnson for the pass codes.

Do you know of an interesting speaker? You may be an interesting speaker! Please advise 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 - 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 John as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.