Uniontown Lion Dominick Joseph Trifero, age 87, passed away Thursday evening (Obituary)

Dominick Joseph Trifero

Dominick Joseph Trifero, age 87, of Uniontown, passed away Thursday evening after an extended illness.

Born in Barnesboro, Pa. to the late Angelo and Rose (Romano) Trifero, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Trifero-Gillespie; special niece, Debra Monastra-Gaicki; brothers, Frank and Michael; sisters, Margaret Trifero, Jeanette Palmer, Mary Petush and Sarah Cutropia. Dominick graduated from Akron University with a Masters Degree in Education and was a Jennings Scholar. He taught for one year in Naples, Italy for N.A.T.O., and for 35 years he was the advanced math teacher at Ellet High School. He also taught math at Akron University. After retirement Dominick taught math at Walsh University. An Army veteran of World War II, he served in five pacific theaters and received five Bronze Stars. He was a member of Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, Uniontown Lions Club, National Education Association and the Ohio Education Association.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Anne (Monastra) Trifero; daughter and son-in-law, Rosemarie and Bruce Giffen of Hartville; son-in-law, John Gillespie of Richmond, Ky.; five grandchildren and spouses, Emily (Gus) Schneider, Sean (Amanda) Gillespie, Elise (Taylor) Russell, Brent (Margie) Giffen, Eric (Tiffany) Giffen; great-grandchildren, Rachel, Brooke and Dylan Giffen. Family and friends will be received on Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Rossi Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday at 10 a.m. in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, with Rev. Fr. David Durkee as celebrant. Entombment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum in Akron. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Nancy Trifero-Gillespie Scholarship Fund at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to the staff at Altercare of Hartville for their kindness and compassion shown Dominick

(ROSSI, Canton, Ohio, 330-492-5830)

Uniontown, Ohio LIons Club Inducts Three New Members

Last night we held our first regular meeting of year. Our special Guests were Deputy District Governor Jeff Snyder and his wife Lion Carol Snyder. The Deputy District Governor was on hand to induct and introduce out three newest members to the Uniontown Lions Club. Our newest members are Duane Clark, Bill Katzenmeyer, and Doug Mckita.  Lion John Birk was the sponsor of all three new members.

King Lion Bob was also allowed the privilege of making a special presentation to Lion Bud Bourn. Lion Bud was awarded the Golden Chevron for fifty years of service to the lions Club. Bourn first joined the lions on October 1st 1958.  He was awarded a certificate of service and a letter of congratulations from Lions International President Albert F. Brandel.

During committee reports, Lion Bob Moffat gave the wrap up of the 2008 Christmas party which was a huge success and a great time was had by all. Lion Jon Thomas announced that the deate for the first swiss steak dinner would be February 27th. This first event will be dinner only since it has taken longer to secure the bingo license than initially planned.

Lion Wade Miller announced that there has been some changes in the annual spouses night. Since the Carousel Dinner Theater has closed we are planning on attending Lolly’s Dinner show instead. The proposed date will be February 21st and we will have more information and a sign up form after the next regular meeting.

Uniontown, Ohio Lions Club Distrubutes Annual Christmas Baskets

Lake Local Middle SchoolEach year the Lions distribute Christmas baskets to people in Lake township who are in need during the holidays.

This year we were able to purchase $1200 dollars in Giant Eagle gift cards in $50 increments.

For the past two years the Lions club has worked with Wendy Stephens at Lake Middle School who coordinates the distribution on the last day of school before Christmas break.

Ms. Stephens said that there are seventy-five families this year that will receive help and she is always thankful for help that the Uniontown Lions club is able to provide this time of the year.

We have 3 Fun Calendars still available for 2009

If you are interested please identify which number you would like. The 3 digit number on the calendar will be used to determine if you are a winner based on the Ohio Lottery 3 digit evening number. If your number is drawn you will receive at least $30 Monday thru Friday and on Saturday it is worth $50. There are some other days that will pay more. You could win more than once during 2009. The money collected will support the District 13-D Eye Care Foundation.

The following numbers are available: 196, 430, & 590.

Please contact King Lion Bob Tornow or leave a comment below if you would like one of the last three calendars.

Santa and the Wizard of Yo make the annual Uniontown Lions Christmas party a success

Club members enjoying the evening festivitiesThe 2008 Uniontown Lions Club Christmas party (photo album)was held last night at the Uniontown Community Park. The park and clubhouse was festively decorated with wreaths and Christmas lights and we were treated with Hors d’œuvre before the festivities.

Our Christmas party chairman, Bob Moffat was the evening’s emcee and had Lion Bud Bourn lead the club in a verse of “Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer”.



Eric Monroe, The Wizard of Yo



After dinner the kids all ran to the front pf the club to secure their seats for the entertainment and course arrival of the big man. The evening entertainment was provided by the Wizard of Yo AKA Eric Monroe.

Eric began playing with a classic wooden Yo Yo at the age of twelve and said it was winning a playground competition that gave him the passion to keep throwing and eventually landed him a job with Sports Illustrated and Universal. Eric said one of his inspirations had been the Smothers Brothers who was responsible for at least one of the resurgences of the yo yo.



Eric showed several tricks and had the club joining in laughing and clapping along, even from the back of the room I could her my daughters and niece and nephew howling at various tricks like shoot the moon, which Eric nicknamed the black eye. Monroe finished by having Spot, his imaginary yo yo dog, jump into his pocket. Moffat then led the club in a chorus of Jungle Bells in usher in Santa Claus.

Lion Jim and Marlene Raker with SantaSanta visited with the children on his way up the front of the room and joked about sitting on one child’s lap.  As I looked across the room I saw wide-eyed gazes from all of the children, this was indeed the moment that they had been waiting for. The children waited for their names to be called and then went to the front to visit with Santa.

It was a great night for children and adults alike.




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Lions Club is devoted to an important cause

I am writing to tell your readers about my experience with the Lions Club.

The direct reason I became involved with this volunteer group is because of its work to help better the lives of people with vision impairment and blindness, and to help them better integrate into the community around them.

Over 125 years ago, Helen Keller, deaf and blind from infancy, played a leading role in many of the significant political, social and cultural movements of the 20th century, working unceasingly to improve the lives of people who were blind and deaf. In 1925, Helen Keller addressed the Lions International Convention, challenging members to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” From that time, Lions clubs have been actively involved in service to the blind and visually impaired.

I found my way to the Lions Club three years ago. Being a member has provided me the opportunity to share my story of being a visually impaired member of the community. It was through the Lions Club and its generous support of the Guide Dog Foundation that I received my guide dog, Fia. Through the Voluntary Service for the Blind, another program supported by the Lions, I am helped weekly by a volunteer to do my grocery shopping.

The Lions Club helps support scientific research efforts at Yale and the University of Connecticut to eradicate blindness in our lifetime by our contributions to the Connecticut Lions Eye Research Foundation. The Lions Low Vision Center at Greenwich Hospital, of which I am a client, helps people with vision loss deal with a visual world by offering adaptive devices like magnifiers and electronic readers.

Through the support of the Lions Club, I am able to lead a fulfilling life. I have a civic involvement in my community, contributing wherever I can help. It has given me great personal satisfaction to look the world straight in the face while holding my head high.

Causes to support this time of year are many. Remembering the Lions Club would assuredly help expand our reach.

Alan Gunzburg, Greenwich Lions
The writer is president of the Greenwich Lions Club.