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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

May, 2011

May 3 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

May 4 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Oriental Beef and Broccoli

Program: Rev. Karen Mitchell, Rector of St. David's Episcopal Church of Cranbury

May 18 - Regular Meeting - 7AM, Breakfast Meeting at Teddy's

Program: Social Interaction with the community

June, 2011

May 31 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

June 1 - Student Awards Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Sliced London Broil

Program: Wayne Wittman will speak to the Students on their future as students, volunteers and citizens

June 17 - Charter Night & Installation of Officers - 7PM, Dolce & Clemente, Rte 33, Hamilton; Dinner: Buffet

Program: Installation of Officers and Presentation of Awards.


Things To Know

Our Spring White Cane Days Event was held on April 15 & 16. In spite of the cold, ugly weather, our volunteers collected over $1180. Event Chair Lion Neile Wright would like to thank everyone who came out to collect for this White Cane collection. The next White Cane Days will be in October.

The 2011-12 Slate of Officers was read and seconded at the April 6 meeting, then read, again at the April 13 meeting; there were no write in candidates; after the second meeting a vote was held and the Slate, as submitted to the membership, was approved.

Slate of Officers - Lion Year 2011-12


1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President
Associate Treasurer
Past President
Director - 1 Year
Director - 1 Year
Director - 1 Year

Christine Thompson
Neal Wagman
Andre Mento
Pat Meehan
Bob Virgadamo
Dean Koehler
Elaine Homoky
Dave Shaffer
Dave Cook
Mike Kaiser
Frank Vesci

Director - 2 Year
Directors - 2 Year
Directors - 2 Year
Tail Twister
Lion Tamer
Info-Tech. Chair
Publicity Chair
Membership Chairman
Jargon Editor

Phyllis Johnson
Fay Kobland
John Kobland
Joe Carroll
Frank Marlowe
Phyllis Johnson
Neile Wright
Jon Goldstein
Bob Virgadamo

The Doc Tudor and Todd Beamer Scholarships and the Stan Thomas Citizenship Award applications have been reviewed and will be presented to the winners at our June 1st meeting.

Just an update: PDG Bob, as a Trustee for the Lions Eye Research Foundation (LERF), was a participant in the 3rd Annual "Hot Dog Crawl", and using a pre-planned route and pre-arranged hot dog stands, spend 4-5 hours driving around North Jersey, consuming Texas Wieners, Coney Island Red Hots and other hot dog "styles". Thanks to his 'cast-iron-stomach', Bob was able to eat 9 hot dogs (urp!); and with a nod of thanks for the donations from the 12 who sponsored him in "the Crawl", we raised $275 for LERF.

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 and perseverance, Lion Fay has made the LEO Club a reality: the first meeting was held on April 12, and election of officers was completed by the end of April. Secretary Bob has sent in the completed LEO -51 Form to register the Club with LCI and has ordered the Club banner which our Club, as sponsor, will donate to the Jamesburg Leo Club. Lion Alex Johnson will lend Fay a hand as Co-Coordinator, but 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.

The Board of Directors has authorized this year's budgeted donation to LCIF to be earmarked for Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Fund. Earmarking this donation has no direct impact on the Cranbury Lions Club or our charitable donations.

This year's Annual Joint Zone Meeting with the East Brunswick, Milltown, North Brunswick, and South Brunswick Lions Clubs, hosted by the latter, and MC'd by Zone Chair Fay Kobland, was on April 13. We announced our Lion of the Year at this Joint Zone meeting, and the Board of Directors would like to thank the membership for their support and attendance on this special night. In case you missed the "Banner Headline", for her work on the Board of Directors, her nearly perfect attendance at Business Meetings, her habit of volunteering for nearly every fundraiser and service project - and chairing a few; for her volunteer spirit and generosity, not just with the Lions, but with her church and throughout the community…for being there whenever she was needed for Club and Community, the LOTY Committee chose Lion Christine as this year's recipient. And for those who were unable to attend the Zone meeting, her father, Lion Mahlon Thompson, our Club's LOTY 28 years ago, had the honor of presenting the Lion of the Year plaque to Christine. Congratulations, once again, Christine!

Due to the passing of our brother Lion, Don Jo Swanagan, the Club is facing a "time dilemma"; Don Jo's Memorial Service will be held at the Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 14, and after his 51 years of service, we hope that all our members will attend to pay their respects to the family. However May 14 is also the State Convention, and since many of the Board of Directors will be attending the memorial service, we are in need of at least three (more) Convention Delegates. If anyone can attend the convention on Saturday, as a delegate, please contact Secretary PDG Bob, ASAP.

The "ownership" of the Cranbury School Drug Free Fair has passed this year from the school to the Cranbury Municipal Alliance, and they have instituted a change. The fair will be on Saturday, May 21; but instead of "the usual" 9AM-2PM, the event has been changed to 3PM-6PM. We will be doing a basketball hoop toss, and volunteers are need to staff the event. A sign-up is circulating, or you may call PDG Bob, directly.

May 30th marks our 61st Spring Raffle and 53rd Annual Memorial Day Parade is coming up, and as always we will need volunteers to help prepare the float, traffic control, bicycle judging, and Spring Raffle street sales. A sign-up sheet is being circulated at the meetings. Please be generous with your time; volunteers may also call Lion Dave Cook or Secretary PDG Bob, directly.

Our Charter Night and Installation of Officers Dinner will be Friday, June 17, at Dolce & Clemente Restaurant, on Rte 33, Hamilton (a 15 minute drive). We wanted to make the evening "special" by having all our members and their spouses attend at a different venue, and we would like to thank everyone who "pre-registered" so we could reserve the space. The dinner will be a quality buffet with appetizer, 2 entrees, pasta, salad, dessert and coffee; a "boom box" will be supplied with background music and dance music for those who wish to busta move. We expect the cost to be between $35 and $37 per person, depending on the actual number of people who attend. This will be a meeting, so member dinners are credited to $25; guests would be extra. All are welcome, so if you haven't signed up yet for this evening of fun, camaraderie and support to our incoming Board of Directors, a sheet will be circulating at meetings through June, or contact Lion Neile Wright or Secretary PDG Bob to advise if you will attend.

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.

2VDG John Kobland organized group of Cranbury Lions, including President Dave and PDG Bob, who, on May 1st, attended Plainsboro Founder's Day to set the "foundation work" to organize a new club in Plainsboro. John has arranged to have the District Eyemobile at the event, and we had an optometrist (Dr. Sun) on-site to provide the 30 or so examinations that day. We'd like to thank Lion Mahesh Chitnis of the Edison Visionary Club for assisting us in the area of multi-cultural relations.

Mark your calendars! Our Annual Golf Outing has been scheduled at the Peddie Golf Course for June 6, 2011. We are asking our members to try and bring in as many golfers as possible…foursomes would be phenomenal! We can also use Event Day volunteers, and sponsorships for the Ad Journal and prizes. As always, non-golfers are encouraged to attend the prize dinner to take advantage of the auction items, door prizes and the 50/50. A sign-up sheet for Volunteers, Golfers and Dinner is circulating at meetings, or call Secretary PDG Bob or Lion Dean, directly.

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.

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 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.

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 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.