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The Jungle Jargon

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The Lions Club of Cranbury, New Jersey

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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

November, 2010

November 2 - Board of Directors Meeting -7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

November 3 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Salmon

Program: George Connolly IV, Fran Stewart and Laura Labassi will show and slide presentation and speak about the Presbyterian Church's annual medical mission to Guatemala.

November 17 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Teddy's Restaurant; Dinner: TBA

Program: Mr. Josh Anderson is a Search Engine Optimization Manger, dealing with over 350 major consumer-facing website properties, and will discuss on-line marketing.

December, 2010

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

December 1 - Peace Poster Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Beef Stroganoff

Program: President Dave & PDG Bob will present Awards to the Peace Poster Winners; the Cranbury School's Art Teacher and Program Mentor, Mrs. Tamara Woronczuk will be our Guest.

December 17 - Holiday Meeting - 7PM, Kobland Home; Dinner: Various

Program: Lions Fay & John have graciously invited the Club to participate at the Holiday Meeting in their home; Members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert (check with Lion Fay); there will be a Secret Santa.

Get Well Soon…

Beth and Lion Frank Brennan III have advised that Frank Brennan, Jr. is in Princeton Hospital for repair of an arterial aneurism. The Club will send flowers as soon as he is out of Intensive Care, and we are sure that, when appropriate, Lion Frank would appreciate calls and visits.

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.

The 2009-2010 Budget Audit has been completed by Lion Mal Bash, and he advises that he can find no discrepancies in the Profit and Loss Statement, Balance Sheet, Operations Account Budget vs. Actual, the Projects Account Budget vs. Actual, and the Bank Account Statements. He found material discrepancies, and in his opinion the financial statements are consistent with and fairly represent the operation of the Club. In other words, Attaboy, Lion Dean, and thanks, Lion Mal.

As in the past, the Halloween Pumpkin Carving Night was chaired by Lion Dave Cook and we shared the event with the PTO (under the direction of Clare Cuckier); the PTO brought in approximately 70 pumpkins (from Roy Reinhardt); Lion Dave arranged for a face painter - who was a BIG hit! Approximately 100 children, plus parents attended this year; it was virtually impossible to take an accurate count as the children stayed "in motion", and no one thought to count the number of completed pumpkins, which looked to be approximately 100+/-. As we have since 1932, the Club provided cider and donuts and gave prizes for the best three pumpkins and 15 runners-up. The winning Pumpkins were:
First Prize - Matthew Hillbron - for his "puking pumpkin" - a mean, scary faced demon with pumpkin guts emanating from the carved mouth.
Second Prize - Kate Wenzler - for her "Baby Elephant" pumpkin - she chose to paint her pumpkin, rather than carve it, and using the curved stem for a trunk and pipe cleaners for ears, she fashioned an elephant.
Third prize - Akhil & Nikhil C. - for their "Headless Horseman" pumpkin - they shared the work and the glory by using a stencil and carving the headless horseman throwing a pumpkin (unlike other carved pumpkins, theirs went all the way though, so that light shone out).

For the last few years we have tried to hold two breakfast meetings a year at Teddy's Restaurant. We have been asked to try a dinner meeting, and George (at Teddy's) has agreed to this change. As you can see above, we will be having a dinner meeting at Teddy's Restaurant on November 17. The restaurant will be closed to the public and we can begin seating at 6:30. Remember that Teddy's has no liquor license, so those who wish to partake of an alcoholic beverage may bring their own. The restaurant will remain open until 10PM for our convenience.

Our Annual Toys For Tots Drive Has begun. If they have not in place by the time you read this, posters will be placed with our Merchant Volunteers around Town shortly. As soon as boxes and barrels are in place, toys may be dropped off at any branch of 1st Constitution Bank or at the Cranbury Post Office. Of course, members are free to bring toys directly to PDG Bob. Unfortunately the Marines have placed an early December end date on the program this year, however we are discussing the possibility of adding a few extra days; the end date will be on the posters and, of course, we will publicize the end date here net month.

Last year's Winter Coat Collection was so successful, and so helpful to so many needy people, that the Board has decided to run it again. Please donate your clean, gently used coats, and ask your friends and neighbors to do the same. Although final arrangements have not been completed with the Library, at this writing, there will be a collection box at the Library beginning sometime in mid-November through December 5; there will also be a collection box at the Pancake Breakfast on December 5, which will be the end-date for the Coat Drive Collection. For any additional information, please contact the event chair, Lion Alex Johnson.

Our 63rd Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held, as always, on the first Sunday in December - December 5, 2010 - from 8AM - 1PM in the Cranbury School cafeteria. Lion Jerry Hanson has picked up a couple of Co-Chairs, Lions Christine Thompson and Andre Mento. The price will remain the same at $8 per person and $4 for children, under 10. As always, each member is being asked to take responsibility for the sale of at least 5 tickets; however, due to the fact that donations are down, the Board asks that you sell as many tickets as possible, to help make up shortfalls. As always Santa will be there and professional grade Pictures with Santa will be made available at a nominal cost.

Lion Rick Burke is heading up the Poinsettia Sales again this year. You may recall that the poinsettias we had last year were as full and beautiful as the plants we once received from 'Hagerty the Florist'. He has arranged to obtain the same fantastic, top quality poinsettia plants that we had last year, from a local grower, and will have them for sale - as we have for decades - at the Pancake Breakfast. These first quality, middle or late growth plants will stay red for the entire season, and, if properly maintained, will last throughout the year and beyond. Pre-ordered plants help us to better plan for our needs, so Lions who wish to pre-order their poinsettias, may contact Lion Rick with that information.

Having last year's Holiday Meeting and Party at a member's home was so successful - and fun - that the Board has decided to do the meeting at a member's home again. Immediate Past President John and Lion Fay Kobland have offered the use of their home for the Meeting and Holiday Party, on Friday, December 17. Members are asked to bring a dish; please coordinate with Lion Fay (609-395-0339), or use the sign-up sheet at the meetings. As we have done for the last few years, we will have a "Secret Santa". We look forward to seeing everyone there.

And speaking of Holiday Parties…the West Windsor Lions Club has invited our Club to attend a Joint Club Holiday Party together with the Hightstown East Windsor, West Windsor, Lawrence, Hopewell Valley, Ewing, and White Horse Lions Clubs. This will be in addition to our Club Party, mentioned above. The Joint meeting/party will be held at Charlie Brown's Restaurant in Kingston, on Wednesday, December 8; the cost is $25 per person. The Board would like to see a contingent of Cranbury Lions (and spouses, if possible) attend this event to maintain a closeness and camaraderie with our fellow Lions in these adjacent Clubs, and we would like to fill at least one table. Any member who wishes to attend should contact PDG Bob, ASAP, as we need to provide tentative numbers so that restaurant arrangements can be confirmed.

Our LEO Club advisors, Lions Tim Demarest and Fay Kobland, have worked this past year to get the word out about the start of a new LEO Club in our community. They will still try to get a start in Cranbury, but plan to try to start the Club at Princeton High School. The Board of Directors asks that our members - especially members with school age children - offer their assistance on this LEO Club project. As an interesting note, for those who are not aware of it, ALL high school age children MUST perform a few score hours of volunteer service to graduate, and a LEO Club fits that requirement perfectly.

Both International President Sid Scruggs and District Governor Michael Hsing have asked Clubs to come up with a "Signature Project", something that a club can give to their community that will say "Lions" in perpetuity. We are not a stranger to this concept; in the past our Club has planted the trees on Main Street;  cleaned the lake - even provided a swimming beach in the 30's and 40's; donated the land for Village Park; built the Park Pavilion, the Boat Dock, and installed the benches; planted a tree and laid the 9/11 memorial to Todd Beamer. It is time, once again, for us to provide something "physical" to Cranbury. President Dave has brought this concept to the Board of Directors and has suggested we use the barns and the Barn Park as our Signature Project. The Board has made no decision on this yet, and is looking to the Membership for input on what the Club can do as a "Signature Project". Please provide your suggestions to President Dave or PDG Bob.

Thank You

IP Sid has also asked all Clubs to become a Beacon of Hope in the Community through our service projects. First Vice District Governor Doug Reeder has suggested that all Clubs (in 16-D) find a service project, if they don't already have one, that can help feed the hungry during this holiday season. As a reminder to all our Members, the Club gives to Skeet's Pantry in contribution for Food Baskets at Thanksgiving and Christmas; additionally, we hold our Coat Drive which helps those in need stay warm during the cold of winter, and we are a major collector for the Marines' Toys for Tots Program, which ensures that needy children get something for Christmas. Fellow Cranbury Lions, as always, we are "ahead of the curve" and act as a "Model Club" when it comes to the spirit of Lionism. We are, as a Club, a Beacon of Hope, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, and as a members of the Governor's Cabinet, together with Second Vice District Governor John Kobland, I would like to thank you all for your service to our Club and to our Community. BV, PDG


Last month, in this space, the Board of Directors explained that the Trenton Thunder had changed their policy for the 50/50 fundraiser, requiring a guarantee of 125 tickets at the annual Thunder game, and asked if the Members would agree to promote the (August) game to their friends and neighbors, and participate in selling (not necessarily buying) from 2-5 tickets (per member) to the game? President Dave brought the matter to the Membership at the October 6 and October 20 meeting, and even after one member pointed out that while he was NOT against the project or the idea, it was only fair to point out that we have never had that type of participation, there was no objection or dissent from the Membership, even after president Dave called the question, yet again. Since the last Jargon was published, we have not heard from any member by phone or e-mail, objecting to this proposal.

Therefore, we have gone ahead with scheduling a Super 50/50 at the Trenton Thunder game on Saturday, July 2, 2011 (Thunder v. Altoona Curve - AA affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates), at which we will need at least 6 volunteers to sell tickets. In accordance with the Thunder's new policy, we have guaranteed 125 tickets for our Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Outing for the game on Saturday, August 20, 2011 (Thunder v. Bowie Baysox AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles). The tickets for the August game will be available in January, and we are asking EVERY member to start talking about the game to their friends and neighbors, in an effort to sell as many tickets as possible. Thanks for your participation and help.

Membership - Membership - Membership

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 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.

There is a glitch on our website with the Club Directory, but as soon as it is fixed, members can access the Club Directory on-line, using the case-sensitive pass codes which were printed here in 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)

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.