John Woodside elected District 13D Governor

John_Woodside_District_GovenorJackson TWP, Ohio —John Woodside was elected to the position of district governor.  District 13D is comprised of 53 clubs located in the Northeastern Ohio counties of Columbiana, Mahoning, Portage, Stark and Trumbull at the Lions Clubs International District 13D Convention at the McKinley Grande Hotel in Canton, Jackson Township Lions Club.

Woodside has been involved in Lions Clubs for over 47 years.  He was a member five years in Shadyside, Ohio and 18 years in Toronto, Ohio.

He was transferred by First Energy to the Canton community in 1989 where he then joined the Jackson Township Lions Club.  He retired from First Energy in 1995.

Woodside and his wife Midge reside in Jackson Township. They have been married more than 52 years and have three grown children and two grandchildren.

Woodside was Toronto, Ohio Lions Club president in 1987-1988. He was Jackson Township Lions Club secretary for six years and Jackson Township Lions Club president in 2004-2005.

He has received the following major awards: 1988 Lion of the Year- Toronto club; 1988 International President Certificate of Appreciation; 1993 International President Award; 1999 Jackson Township Lion of Year; Melvin E. Jones Fellowship Award 2000 and progressive award 2008 and 2001 Knight of the Blind Award.

John Woodside was district cabinet secretary/ treasurer in 2005-2006.

He currently is District 13D, first vice district governor.  He has been the Jackson Township Club representative to the district’s Melvin Jones Eye Care Foundation since 1999.

He is currently Treasurer of this Foundation.  He has led the Jackson Township Lions in sight projects. He has helped the Jackson Township Lions Club be a leader in ‘Kid Sight’ eye screening of preschoolers and kindergarten students.

43rd annual Lions Clubs of District 13-D Convention

HUDSON — During the 43rd annual Lions Clubs of District 13-D Convention at the Clarion Hotel, Don Crockroff, former kicker with the Cleveland Browns Football Team, was a special guest at a tailgate party on March 13 and the speaker at a noon luncheon on March 14.

During the business session, the following members of various clubs were elected to district offices: Donald Heldman of East Liverpool, district governor; Jeff Snyder of Magnolia, first vice governor; and David Gauch of Crestwood, second vice governor.

Past International Director Scott Storms from Windsor Locks, Conn., was the speaker at the grand banquet on March 15.

The three-day event included entertainment by Miller South Junior High Choir; by Mike Hemmelgarn, juggler and ventriloquist; and by Carole Starre-Kmieck, who presented a “Famous American Women” program.

Convention co-chairs were Past District Governor Tom Kirkbride and his wife, Nancy, of Lisbon Lions Club.

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.

District 13-D Convention

District Govenor Harold UllmanDistrict Governor, Harold Ullman invites all Lions, Lioness and Leos of District 13-D to attend the 43rd annual District Convention. There will be good fellowship, educational forums, elections, entertainment, hospitality rooms, banquets, luncheons and a lot of FUN.

We will begin on Friday, March 13, 2009 with registration from 3:00 PM till 6:30 PM. The Convention will open at 6:00 PM with the opening ceremonies, a Tailgate Party and Entertainment in the Grand Ball Room. This will allow you the opportunity to meet new friends and renew old acquaintances. The Hospitality rooms will be open after the entertainment.

Saturday will be devoted to Educational Forums, District Business Meeting and Eye Screening. There will be a Model Luncheon for all Lions and Spouses. There will be a separate program on Saturday morning for the spouses that do not want to attend the Forums. Saturday supper will be on your own.

Entertainment and an opportunity to visit the Hospitality Rooms will begin at 8:00 PM. Sunday there will be a Memorial Service, election of Officers and the Grand Banquet with our International speaker Scott Storms  and his lovely wife Lion Dale. International Director Scott and Dale are from Windsor Locks, Connecticut