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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

October, 2011

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

October 5 - Regular/Joint Meeting - 6:00PM, Jamesburg School For Boys; Dinner: TBD

Program: TBA

October 12 - Wine Crafting Meeting & Spouse Night - 7PM, The Grape Escape Wine School; Dinner: Chicken Parmigiana - catered and donated by Station Bar & Grill.

Program: Meeting held at TGE, on Stults Road in Dayton; we will be doing "The Grape Crushing" (no feet will be used) and there will be a short discussion on the process by TGE owner, Tom Nye.

November, 2011

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

November 2 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Station Bar & Grill; Dinner: Broiled Salmon

Program: Rev. Lou Mitchel of the First Presbyterian Church will provide a discussion on the programs of, and activities available, through the Church (non-sectarian discussion).

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

Program: Social Interaction with local residents

Things To Know

Please note that our October 5 Meeting will be a Joint Meeting with the Jamesburg Leo Club, held at the Jamesburg School for Boys. Members MUST have signed up for the meeting; Please make note that the meeting will start at 6PM; due to the screening, it is highly recommended you arrive at 5:30. In terms of the security access, think "airport security", only a little more stringent. You may not enter with a cell phone; for ease of access, we recommend that you empty your pockets, or leave your purse, in the car and arrive at the checkpoint with ONLY your photo ID and car keys. Directions: Take Forsgate Drive into Jamesburg; cross tracks and make a right on Buckelew Avenue / C.R.522; travel approximately one mile to Grace Hill Road and turn left. Grace Hill Road will lead you directly into the entry arch of the New Jersey Training School; parking is down the drive, on the left.

Our October 19 meeting has been rescheduled to accommodate the delivery of the grapes for our Wine Crafting Meeting; the new meeting date is Wednesday, October 12, and it will be held at The Grape Escape in Dayton. Cases of wine are still available. This is a regular meeting - you do not have to be enrolled for wine to attend the meeting. Spouses are welcome. For those of you who have not been to the location, directions: north on 130 to Stults Rd.; turn right; turn right into the driveway just before the railroad tracks; parking is along that drive and further back in a lot; The Grape Escape is on the rear corner of the building.

The changes to our Constitution & By-Laws were approved by the Membership at the last meeting and Treasurer Dean is working on the necessary forms to create the Cranbury Lions Club Foundation. We will keep the Membership informed, during each step of the procedure.

Membership Cards have been distributed. If you have not receive a Membership Card, at the meeting or in the mail, it is an indication that your dues may be delinquent. In such a case, please check your e-mail (or the regular mail on your desk) for a copy of your dues invoice and forward your payment to the Club Treasurer, at P.O Box 375, Cranbury NJ, 08512, ASAP. Questions? Contact Treasurer Dean. Thank you.

We now have the tickets, in hand, for our new $10,000 raffle. Ladies and Gentlemen, the Membership voted for this new fundraiser and we are depending upon our Membership to sell all 250 tickets. In spite of the $100 per ticket cost, the $10,000 payout with 250 to 1 odds is a major selling point; 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, the ticket practically sells itself. Members may obtain tickets from Lion PDG Bob Virgadamo; have the money in hand, or send to PDG Bob and tickets will be distributed immediately or by return mail. Winning Tickets will be drawn at the Pancake Breakfast. Checks should be made payable to the Cranbury Lions Club.

Cranbury Day 2011 was pretty disappointing all the way around; we did not have enough volunteers, so the members that worked the food stand, worked ALL day, and should be commended for their dedication. Unfortunately, while our space behind the Methodist Church was roomy for tables and lines of customers, it turned out to be a bad location…in spite of the signs along Main Street, no one knew we were there, which resulted in us only selling half of our inventory. After expenses, our net profit was only approximately $1400 - a full $300 below budget and a minimum of $1K below our "usual" net. We have asked to be moved back to Main Street next year.

We hosted our Annual Luncheon for the Golden Agers of Cranbury on September 17, and we would like to thank our Chairperson, President Christine, and her volunteers, but especially Stephen Homoky, who filled in for Lion Elaine when she had to work, as well as those who baked for the luncheon (including Lions Christine, Elaine, Neile Wright, and Mrs. Mary Reilly). A laurel and hardy handshake to Lion Jon Goldstein for jumping in and giving an impromptu presentation on bicycles, and of course, thanks go to Teddy's Restaurant, who supplied the meatloaf which is always such a hit with the seniors!

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 2.3 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.

As reported last month, the Membership has approved another "Wine-Making Project", as one of our 8oth Anniversary Projects, and, not unlike our 75th Anniversary, we will sponsor a Label Design Contest hopefully engaging and involving the People of Cranbury. As you have already read, our first Wine Meeting with be at The Grape Escape on October 12; the next will be tentatively scheduled for January 4, and the last will be sometime next July. We are looking for Barrel Sponsors, with the intent of perhaps creating a small fundraising opportunity, here. However, we are hoping that not only Members, but our 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.

As you all know, every year the District holds a Charity Ball, usually in March. This year, however, District Governor Doug Reeder is attempting to breathe some new energy into the party/fundraiser, by holding the 16-D Charitable Foundation's BBQ and Family Picnic. As the name implies, this event will be family oriented, and will include swimming, ball fields, volleyball, horseshoes, bocce, and more. The meal includes ribs, chicken, burgers, dogs, salad, beer and soda (a cash bar is available). There will also be music and dancing to a DJ. The event will be held on Sunday, October 16, from 11AM to 4PM (rain or shine - there is an indoor area, if needed), at the Forest Lodge, 11 Reinman Rd, Warren, NJ 07059. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children (4-11). We need to get back to the District with our RSVP relatively quickly, so if anyone would like to attend, use the sign-up sheet at the meeting or contact PDG Bob, directly.

Our Annual Children's Halloween Party and Pumpkin Carving will take place on Friday, October 28, from 7-8:30PM in the School Cafeteria. Event Chair Lion Dave Cook needs volunteers to help monitor the event and to judge the pumpkins for prizes, as well as to help Lion Alex Johnson at the Cider & Donuts table. A sign-up sheet is circulating at meetings, or contact Lion Dave or Lion Alex, directly.

And speaking of our 80th Anniversary…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 PDG Bob or Event Chair Lions Neal Wagman, directly. Lion Neal is also looking for committee volunteers, and a sign-up sheet will be circulating at all meetings.

It's actually that time of year again! 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.

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 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".

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 58 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. Our next scheduled Spouse Night will be October 19.

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.

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 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.