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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

September, 2010

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

September 1 - Regular Meetings - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken & Broccoli

Program: Robert Kane will talk to us about spinach farming in Cranbury. He has worked for Don Patterson, Harvey Davidson, and Robert Barnes for many years. This year he and his daughter made a documentary video (10 minutes) of the spinach operations in Cranbury, which he will show at the meeting with live commentary and Q&A.

September 15 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Broiled Tilapia

Program: TBD

October, 2010

October 5 - Board of Directors Meeting - 7:30PM, Boy Scout Room (Town Hall)

October 6 - Regular Meetings - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Beef Stroganoff

Program: TBD

October 20 - Regular Meeting - 7PM, Cranbury Station; Dinner: Chicken Parmigiana

Program: Ms. Suzanne Carroll will tell us what projects the Cranbury Girl Scouts are doing.

Things To Know

Regular dress rules are back in effect beginning September 1. Members are asked to attend meetings in business attire; "Business Attire" consists of a jacket (with or without a tie) or reasonable "business casual".

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 is in October.

2010-2011 Budget - Treasurer Dean Koehler has completed 2010-2011 budget; it was presented to the Membership at both the July and August meetings. A vote was taken and the Membership approved the Budget at the August meeting. Please be reminded that we have undercharged guests for meals by $5 for the last 3-4 years; while we are being charged $20 per meal (a bargain for a four-course meal with coffee), the actual cost, with tax and tip is a few cents short of $25 per person. We will be charging $25 per guest from now on.

Something we forgot to mention in the last Jargon... The Cranbury Recreation Program and the Cranbury Library did a joint Movie Night on the grass outside the Library on July 23, and asked us if we would sell ice cream and soft drinks as we have in the past. President Dave and Lions Christine, Frank Vesci and Frank Marlowe manned the cart and kept everybody's thirst and sweet tooth satisfied. And a few dollars were collected to help our Projects Budget.

We had 40 lions and friends at the 11th Annual Trenton Thunder Baseball Outing on Saturday, August 7; As always it was beautiful night of Baseball and a great time was had by all. Hope to see you all next year.

We held our 2nd Annual Fundraising Evening at Gil & Bert's Ice Cream Stand, on August 25. Thanks to the efforts of Neile Wright, a Barber Shop Quartet donated their entertainment and made a donation. We also had entertainment by the Cranbury Arts Council Young Person's Theater Group, who, somewhat appropriately, did selections from "The Lion King", accompanied on piano by Andrew Goldstein. As we did last time, we sold chocolate chip cookies and brownies. Many thanks to Lions Jon Goldstein and Tim Demarest, and all the Members who were able to come out and help for the evening. A special note of thanks to Lions Fay Kobland and Phyllis Johnson created a YouTube video which can be seen at the following link: We sent this off to the NJ Lion and to The Lion Magazine, and the video will be mentioned in the "Highlights" section of the monthly magazine, so look for the Cranbury Lions in an upcoming issue.

This is the "last Call" for registering for the USA/Canada Lions Leadership Forum, being held September 23-25. As I've mentioned so often before, the Forum is one of the most interesting, informative, and exciting events during the Lion Year, and can be an enormous benefit to all those who attend. And, the more members from our Club who attend the Forum, the better, stronger and more progressive our Club can become. The seminar topics over the course of the two days (Friday & Saturday) are varied and helpful in such areas as Club or District positions. The motivational speakers are as good as can be found anywhere, and will leave you feeling that you can be a better person, as well as a better Lion. The Pin Traders and vendor areas are always interesting - and you get a chance to see part of Lion Judson Hagerty's massive pin collection! This year's Forum is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Home of Harley Davidson, some of the country's best beers, "Laverne & Shirley", and of course, "The Fonz". And, there will be a Motorcycle raffle drawing (a very cool, hot orange Harley). Do not miss out on this GREAT event! Contact PDG Bob for information and Registration, or see the Forum Newsletter on-line at

Cranbury Day is just around the corner - Saturday, September 11 - and volunteers are needed all day on the grill, the Ice Cream Cart, morning Set Up and Afternoon Clean Up. A sign-up sheet is circulating at the meetings, but you can volunteer by contacting Lion Pat Meehan or PDG Bob.

The Club will host the Golden Agers Luncheon on September 18. As always, we will need a few servers and a couple of cakes for dessert. Members who can provide the time for this event should contact 3VP Christine or Lion Frank Vesci, or sign up at the meeting.

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.

President Dave asked if the Membership would be willing to do another day at the Habitat for Humanity build in Hightstown and quite a few hands went up. The build is scheduled to go until October, and President Dave will set up another volunteer crew day; all members who are interested in helping complete this Habitat House should contact President Dave, directly (a new date has not yet been set).

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 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 62 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".

...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 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. 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)

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 Dave as soon as possible. Riders: please notify the assigned driver if you cannot make a meeting.