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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

November, 2011

November 1 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Tom Gambino Reading Room - Cranbury Library

November 2 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, The Station Restaurant; Dinner: Broiled Salmon

Program: Rev. Lou Mitchel of the First Presbyterian Church will provide an historic discussion about David Brainerd.

November 16 - Regular Meeting - 7:30AM, Teddy's Restaurant; Breakfast: Choice

Program: Social Interaction with local residents.

December, 2011

December 6 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

December 7 - Peace Poster Meeting - 7PM, The Station Restaurant; Dinner: Steak Orleans

Program: President Christine & PDG Bob will present Awards to the Peace Poster Winners and distribution of awards; possible speech from the new Art Teacher, Ms. Erica Katz, and or Dr. Susan Genco, the Chief Administrator.

December 16 - Holiday Meeting & Party - 7PM, Home of Immediate Past President Dave & Brenda Shaffer; Dinner: Buffet; Lions are asked to bring a dish - appetizer or dessert; contact Brenda for details.

Program: necessary business; social; Secret Santa

Welcome A New Member

We have a new Member among us. Lion John Ryan was welcomed into the Cranbury lions Club with a short ceremony at the Grape escape meeting last month. John transferred to us from the East Brunswick Club where he has been a member for the past 22 years. Welcome, Lion John!

Things To Know

Fellow Lions, the Membership voted for our new $10,000 raffle fundraiser and we are depending upon our Membership to sell all 250 tickets. We have been finding that the $10,000 payout with 250 to 1 odds is a major selling point, in spite of the $100 per ticket cost. It also doesn't hurt when we tell people that there are six additional prizes of $500 (2) and $375 (4). This is an opportunity for the Club to make up the Charitable Budget shortfall we have experienced in recent years. What's more, if we can successfully sell all 250 tickets, we will have a "built-in" donor pool for years to come! Please make every effort to sell these tickets - at work, to your neighbors, to all you meet - if you mention the Grand Prize and the terrific odds first, the ticket practically sells itself. Winning Tickets will be drawn at the Pancake Breakfast. Checks should be made payable to the Cranbury Lions Club. Please contact PDG Bob or Lion Phyllis Johnson for your ticket allotment, ASAP.

Our Joint Meeting with the Jamesburg Leo Club, was a fantastic success! The boys were extremely happy to host us, and in spite of a small snafu with dinner, everyone had a great time. A good part of that was due to a Team Building exercise that was provided by Lion Jon Goldstein, who had all Leos and Lions working together, without exception, and laughing all the way to the end. Many thanks to Lion Fay Kobland for her tireless efforts on behalf of the Leo Club, and to Lion Jon for his fun exercise, and to all Club members who were able to attend and spend time with the Leos.

We held our first Wine Meeting - "the Crush" - on October 19 at the Grape Escape; "The Press" was held on October 30; The next wine meeting ("The Racking") is tentatively scheduled for November 4, 2012. Please note your calendars. We are seeking Barrel Sponsors, with the intent of perhaps creating a small fundraising opportunity, here. However, we are hoping that not only Members, but our sponsors, friends and neighbors will be interested in hand-crafting this wine with us. Members are encouraged to enroll others in our winemaking project. Anyone interested should contact Lion Mike Kaiser or PDG Bob.

We have begun to move forward on International President Tam's Tree Planting Program for Lion Year 2011-2012. IP Tam's goal was to plant One Million Trees, worldwide; at last count the Lions of the world had planted 2.5 million trees! We will be meeting with the Township's Shade Tree Commission, shortly, but are simultaneously dealing with local growers in an attempt to get some or all of the trees donated. We have approached Troop 52 and one of the upcoming Eagles would like to take this on as his Eagle Project. More on this, as the project develops.

We held our Annual Children's Halloween Party and Pumpkin Carving jointly with the PTO on Friday, October 28, and hosted more than 100 children and their parents. Thanks to Event Chair Lion Dave Cook and his volunteers for selling pumpkins, manning the Ice Cream Cart, working the cider & donuts, and judging the pumpkin decorations.

We will be celebrating our 80th Anniversary next June…if any member has a suggestion for our celebratory meeting next June, or any ideas how to publicize our Club and our involvement in Cranbury, please contact Event Co-Chairs Lions Neal Wagman or Neile Wright, directly. Any Member who can volunteer for a committee should contact one of the Co-Chairs or sign-up on the sheet which will soon begin circulating at meetings.

Our Annual Toys For Tots Collection will begin throughout Cranbury shortly. If they have not been placed 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, unwrapped toys may be dropped off at any branch of 1st Constitution Bank, New Jersey Community Bank, or at the Cranbury Post Office. Of course, members are free to bring toys directly to PDG Bob. If we get additional "drop points" we will let you know.

Our Annual Winter Coat Collection will also begin shortly. Please donate your clean, gently used coats, and ask your friends and neighbors to do the same; this particular project is so important because it is so helpful to so many needful people. 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 3; there will also be a collection box at the Pancake Breakfast on December 4, which will be the end-date for the Coat Drive Collection. For any additional information, please contact the event chair, Lion Dave Shaffer.

Our 64th Annual Pancake Breakfast will be held, as always, on the first Sunday in December - December 4, 2011 - from 8AM - 1PM in the Cranbury School cafeteria. 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. For additional information or extra tickets, please contact one of the Co-Chairs, President Christine Thompson or Lion Andre Mento. 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'. Lion Rick 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.

Because it has been so successful - and fun - we will continue our "new tradition" of having our Holiday Meeting and Party at the Immediate Past President's. Immediate Past President Dave and Brenda Shaffer have offered the use of their home for the Meeting and Holiday Party, on Friday, December 16. Members are asked to bring a dish; please coordinate with Brenda (609-860-2542), 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.

TIME IS SHORT! The Jersey Devils will host New Jersey Lions Night at the Devils Game on Saturday, January 21, 2012. This year, all weekend games start at one in the afternoon. This year's game will be a "Hockey Spectacular", as the Devils will face off against the Philadelphia Flyers! Tickets are $50 - that's a $19 savings over the face value of $69, and the Devils will donate $10 per ticket back for every ticket the Club purchases - what a great way to raise money for our Charitable Budget! And with the game so close after the Holidays, tickets would make a fantastic stocking stuffer or Chanukah gift. For tickets, contact PDG Bob.

We have also received our "Trenton Thunder dates" for the 2012: PDG Bob was not only able to obtain a Saturday game for our Trenton Thunder 50/50, but it's the (NY Yankees) Thunder v. the Binghamton Mets; this rivalry game is almost always a capacity game! Our 50/50 game day will be June 9, 2012. More about that in a few months.

As always, we will do our Annual Thunder Game in August; 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). This year, however, instead of selling 125 tickets on the field (to be eligible for the 50/50), the Board of Directors has recommended that we try the program where we only have to sell a minimum of 35 tickets, at $38 per ticket, in the Yankee Club SkyBox. This ticket includes upscale dining and non-alcoholic beverages for 90 minutes (6:30 to 8PM); additional tickets may be available, but only on a first come first served basis, so if you plan on going to this game, buy your tickets early! You may want to consider this as another Holiday Gift. See PDG Bob for more information.

Help Support the Century of Service Commemorative Coin. Lions Clubs International is leading efforts to mint 400,000 U.S. silver dollars in recognition of Lions Clubs International's 100th Anniversary in 2017. And, this coin is the first step to commemorate our Association's centennial - while raising millions to support our projects for the visually impaired, youth and those affected by disaster. Find out how you can get involved in this campaign at

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.

Through the years, some of our members have said that the reason it took so long to become a Lion was that no one asked! 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. If every one of our 59 members asked just one person to join and only 25% of those people joined this year, we would increase our membership by 14 people! 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 $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.

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); 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 Christine or Secretary PDG Bob to arrange for a pick-up. Drivers: if you cannot make your pick-up, please notify President Christine as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.