Hartville Summer Night Circus Kickoff!








Downtown Hartville (SR 619 & SR 43)

  • Hartville Lions Chicken Barbecue
  • Music & Entertainment by Briana’s Elite Dance Institute
  • Popcorn, cotton candy, hot dogs & more
  • Old-fashioned carnival games and crafts for children
  • Open House by participating merchants
  • Tickets for the Kelly Miller Circus coming to Hartville Marketplace July 31



Broadview Heights Lions Club helping postal workers with food drive

OH_Broadview_heightsBROADVIEW HEIGHTS: The Broadview Heights Lions Club and South Hills Lend-A-Hand are hoping to help the National Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” on May 12.

The food drive is the largest one-day event of its kind in the country. Area residents can participate by placing a bag of non-perishable food by their mailbox or dropping off a bag of non-perishable food at either Broadview Heights fire station (3591 Wallings Road or 9455 Broadview Road).

All of the food collected in Broadview Heights and Brecksville will be delivered to the South Hills Lend-A-Hand Program to help people in Broadview Heights, Brecksville, Seven Hills and Independence.

To volunteer, meet the Lions behind the Broadview Heights Post Office at 3 p.m. May 12. To make a tax deductible monetary donation, make checks payable to the South Hills Lend-A-Hand and mail to: South Hills Lend-A-Hand, PO Box 470972, Broadview Heights, OH, 44147.

For more information contact Ken Marshall at (440) 552-7713.

National White Cane Safety Day

White Cane DayThe Greencastle Lions and Lioness Clubs will team up Friday, Oct. 14 to raise funds for local sight projects through the White Cane Project. Members will be located at Tower Bank, Sunnyway Foods, Sunnyway Diner, Family Restaurant and Mikie’s Ice Cream throughout the day and evening.
The White Cane concept began with James Biggs, a photographer from Bristol, England.  In 1921, he became blind following an accident.  Because he was uncomfortable with the amount of traffic around his home, he painted his walking stick white to be more easily visible.  In 1930, George Bonham, president of the Peoria Lions Club in Illinois, introduced the idea of a white cane with a red band as a means of assisting the blind in independent mobility.  The Peoria Lions approved the idea.  White canes were made and distributed.  The Peoria City Council adopted an ordinance giving the bearers the right of way to cross the street.
News of the club’s activity spread quickly to other Lions Clubs throughout the United States.  Their friends, with visual handicaps, experimented with  the white canes. Overwhelming acceptance of the white cane idea by individuals, blind and sighted alike, quickly gave cane users a unique method of identifying their special needs for travel considerations among their sighted counterparts.
Today, White Cane Laws are on the books of every state in the US and many other countries, providing a person who is blind a legal status in traffic.  The white cane now universally acknowledges that the bearer is blind.
To make the American people more fully aware of the meaning of the white cane and the need for mororists to exercise special care for the person who carries it, on Oct. 6, 1964, the US Congress approved a resolution authorizing the President of the US to annually issue a proclamation designating Oct. 15 as National White Cane Safety Day.
The Greencastle Lions and Lioness clubs look forward to community support of this fundraiser. All donations received will be used toward local sight projects.

Massillon Lions Club eyes testing for children

MASSILLON —Massillon Lions Club members have a clear vision for the community.Beginning with the youngest students, the Lions Club is working to ensure that all children see the world around them as clearly as possible by providing proper eye screenings.
In the coming weeks, representatives of the Massillon Lions Club will visit each Massillon City elementary school to assist with testing for amblyopia, more commonly known as “lazy eye.”The condition, which hinges on the fact that one of the child’s eyes sees images far more sharply and clearly than the other, worsens quickly. As the child matures, the brain will begin to ignore the poorer image, and that could result in loss of vision in the eye not seeing clearly.

In partnership with the Lions Club, school nurses work with children to conduct the eye tests at the schools. They will make referrals for follow-up eye exams when needed.

“If there is a significant difference (in the clarity of vision) between the two eyes, the children are referred for further examination,” Jim Thomas, Lions Club immediate past president, said. “If the condition goes undetected — even for a year or so — that eye can lose its vision.”

Thomas noted that if children are prescribed glasses during the follow-up exam, the Lions will provide assistance with the purchase cost of the prescribed lenses if the child’s family cannot afford them.

Last year, the Lions Club received a $10,000 grant from the Massillon Rotary Foundation to purchase a special PediaVision camera that allows for quick and easy diagnosis of children’s sight. The device, Thomas said, helps tremendously when eye tests are done with younger children. Often, preschoolers would struggle with the eye tests because they did not understand what information they were supposed to gather from the charts and, sometimes, children would be referred for additional testing when it wasn’t needed.

“The camera has taken that problem away,” Thomas said. “All we have to do is get them to sit still for two seconds.”

At the end of the month, the Massillon Lions Club will partner with Lions Clubs in Canal Fulton, Beach City, Tuslaw and Northwest to offer screenings to even more children. On Oct. 22, preschoolers and their families are invited to attend a free movie at the Lions Lincoln Theatre. Preschoolers in attendance can receive free eye screenings.

“We are trying to reach more preschoolers,” Thomas said. “We want to make sure they all have the same opportunity for testing.”

The Pickerington Lions Club will celebrate 65 years Nov. 5

by Nate Ellis 

pickerington LionsThe Pickerington Lions Club will celebrate 65 years of service to the local community with a commemorative banquet next month.

In September 1946, 38 charter members officially formed the Pickerington Lions Club.

Sixty-five years later, the club remains a fixture in Pickerington, and it continues many of the same traditions of its original members, including helping provide eyeglasses and eye exams to those in need in the community.

On Nov. 5, the approximately 45-member club will celebrate its 65th anniversary with a banquet at the Pickerington Senior Center, 150 Hereford Drive.

The event will begin with a social hour at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. It also will serve as an opportunity to look back on the history of the Lions Club in Pickerington.

“Every five years, we do a little celebration,” club president Brian Fox said. “What’s interesting about it to me is the club has been here for 65 continuous years.

“They’ve been doing the same things we do today — the eyeglasses, paying for eye exams and just anything that needs to be done in the community.”

The Lions currently are taking reservations for the anniversary dinner, which will include salad, roast pork tenderloin, lasagna, mashed potatoes, vegetables and birthday cake. The cost of the dinner is $20 per person. Reservations can be made by calling Fox at (614) 833-4728 or by sending an email to bfox1964@aol.com.

In addition to dinner and drinks, attendees will receive a limited-edition pin commemorating the Pickerington Lions Club’s 65th anniversary.

“It’s kind of neat to know you’re part of something that stretches way back and continues to do things that need to be done,” Fox said.

In 1946, the Canal Winchester Lions Club was integral in the establishment of the Pickerington Lions because it served as Pickerington’s sponsor.

At next month’s banquet, Jackie Christensen, president of the Canal Winchester Lions Club, will serve as the event’s guest speaker. He will present and comment on Helen Keller’s famous 1925 speech to the Lions International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, in which she asked Lions to adopt the cause of the blind.

The banquet also will allow the Pickerington Lions Club to roll out its newly published official history. Written by Fox after extensive research of records going back to the beginning of the club, the book looks at the club’s activities and service to the community from the beginning to present times.

It also contains a historical roster of club members. The club is publishing it through Ancestry.com and will print only the number of books ordered. The book can be ordered for $38 through the club.

“We have had a footlocker at the senior center filled with old records and papers and this and that,” Fox said. “It was chock-full with stuff, but nobody really knew what we had.

“One day, I decided to take it home. It had minutes from past meetings, correspondences and old newsletters going all the way back to the beginning of the club. I started going back and it really was tremendously interesting to me.”

Fox said the book highlights the formation of the Pickerington Lions Club, as well as its decisions to focus on helping the sight-deprived and upgrading what now is known as Victory Park. It also speaks to the club’s commitment to annually provide Pickerington’s Labor Day parade and fish fry, and its adoption of local families in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In addition to the keynote address, dinner and the unveiling of the book, the Lions Club will present its annual “Distinguished Service Award” to a member at the banquet, and Fox said Lions Club members from throughout Ohio are expected to attend.

“We are a service organization and our motto is, ‘We Serve,’” he said. “We take that seriously and we serve the communiity in a number of ways.

“Our members are excited about (the 65th anniversary). It’s like a birthday. You’re happy you’re still around, but there’s plenty of work still to be done.”



Jackson Township Lions Club celebrates 51st Charter Night

The Suburbanite

51 JacksonT ownship Charter NightThe Jackson Township Lions Club recently celebrated its 51st Charter Night at the 356th Fighter Group Restaurant at Akron Canton Airport. The Club was chartered by Lions Clubs International in September 1960.

Guest speaker was new Jackson Local Schools Superintendent Chris DiLoreto. In his remarks to the Lions Club, he said Jackson Local Schools’ 5,800 student district is ranked 18th in the state, ahead of all other school districts in the county. His goal is to improve upon this state ranking. He plans to use his 24 years of educational experience in the three interacting quantities of student performance, resource management and communication with the residences to lead the school system in continued excellence.

District 13-D Governor Dave Gauch, a member of the Crestwood Lions Club, was in attendance. The Jackson Township Lions Club is well respected in the District for its involvement in service to the community.

“It is great to be Governor of the District the Jackson Township Lions Club is a member,” he said.

Members who had Perfect Attendance include first year member Gary Wenning, three year members Don Dorkoff, Jim Leib and John Summers ; seven year member Chuck Cignetti; 10 year member John Whitmer; 14 year member Lou Kropff; 15 year members Joe Slade, Larry Wallman and Jim Zwick; 21 year members Bill Duell and Herb Snyder; 22 year year member Bill Burger; 25 year member Jarry Persinger; 31 year member Bill Hamill; 35 year members Rich Bowers and Ralph Manning; 37 year memeber Chuck Julian; 41 year member Ed Bachtel and 47 year member John Woodside.

The next fund raiser project of the Jackson Township Lions Club is Saturday, Oct. 8. This event is a Reverse Raffle at Massillon Eagles on Weirich Blvd NW.  Grand Prize is $2500. $100 tickets are available from any Lions Club member or call Ted Stuhldreher at 330-832-8133. The winner need not be present to win.

Ada Lions Club Punkin chunkin

Ada ohio lions clubAda, Ohio — As Ada, Ohio celebrates its’ 25th Annual Harvest and Herb Festival, one recent addition to the fun, is getting lots of attention.

It’s the relatively new sport of Punkin’ Chunkin’.

One might wonder what motivates grown men to build catapults, or as they ‘re properly called “trebuchets”.

They’re built with one purpose in mind, to launch a pumpkin further than anybody else.

Ada Mayor Dave Retterer, who is also a professor of math and computer science at Ohio Northern University, is part of “Team Agent Orange”.

With his educational background, you might expect their team’s contraption was designed on a super-computer and was tested in a highly scientific environment, but that wasn’t the case.

They just sort of winged it.

Agent Orange teammate Winn Hauenstein says the event is the result of an escalating competitive spirit.

Last year they lost and they wanted the bragging rights back.

The Punkin’ Chunkin’ competition is now in its third year.

This year’s competition pitted Team Agent Orange against the Ada Lions Club.

Team Agent Orange completely decimated the Ada Lions Club after launching their pumpkins over the fence three times, with the longest throw of more than 550 feet.

Lions Club conducts vision screening at OakPark Pre-schools

Jackson TWP, Ohio —

The Jackson Township Lions Club, in cooperation with OakPark Pre-schools in Jackson Township, Massillon and Waynesburg, offered a free eye screening of the children at these facilities.  Eye exams of children under the age of 6 years old are often not done.

The KidSight Project used in conjunction with the Ohio Lions Melvin Jones 13D Eye Care Foundation provides a simple non-invasive photographic system that over comes the verbal abilities of that age child.

KidSight screening provides instant photographs of the child’s eye pupils to determine eye disorders when later read by a trained individual. This screening is rated a 85-to-90 percent effective in detecting problems that can cause decreases in vision. This screening may detect the presence of such eye disorders as far and nearsightedness, amblyopic (lazy eye), media opacities (i.e. cataracts), etc. A full eye exam with an eye doctor will be recommended if these vision problems are found in this screening.

Complete details of this service Club are available at www.jacksontownshiplions.org.

Chillicothe High school seniors receive Chillicothe Lions Club Scholarship

The Chillicothe Evening Lions Club honored four area high school graduates and their families at its May 10 meeting at the Lions clubhouse. The recipients are Kelsey Bixler, Danielle Graham, Andrew Weisen-berger and Paige Hagley. A large Lions membership was on hand to meet the winners of the $1,000 scholarships.

Bixler is a senior at Chillicothe High School. Her mother, Jody Bixler, and her grandmother, Cindy Bixler, accompanied her. Bixler will be attending The Ohio State University in the fall, majoring in radiation therapy.

dena High School. She was accompanied by her mother, Nancy Graham, and will attend Indiana Wesleyan University, majoring in nursing.

Weisenberger is a senior at Zane Trace High School. His parents, Laura and Leon Weisenberger, and his sister, Mary Weisenberger, accompanied him.
Weisenberger will attend Wright State University, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Hagley is a senior at Chillicothe High School. She was accompanied by her mother, Kim Hagley, and will attend The Ohio State University, majoring in environmental science.

The four recipients and their comments impressed Lions President Alan Hamburger, Scholarship Chairman Richard Cox and a Lions group of 50 as they spoke to the club members.

Each of the scholarship winners has an outstanding record of achievement in school, with high academic grades, many extracurricular activities and excellent community service. They all had superb references from their schools and communities.

The Lions Club supports the scholarship program, along with other school related programs by using funds made through fish fries, posting hundreds of American flags around Chillicothe for holidays and special occasions and operating the Lions food booth at the Ross County Fair.

Cooper County farmer wins $2,500 for Bunceton Lions Club

by: Boonville Daily News

Bunceton —

Keith Bail of Boonville has been selected as a winner in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program, which gave farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations.

The Monsanto Fund sponsors the program, and winning farmers designate a local nonprofit organization to benefit from the donations. Bail has designated Bunceton Lions Club Building Project, located in Bunceton, to receive the donation.

Bail said he is very excited to have been selected as the winner for Cooper County. “We’re excited that we can better our rural community through the Grow Communities program.”

Brian Emde, Bunceton Lions Club President, said, “Being in a small rural community, the Bunceton Lions Club has to have many fundraising events over several years to provide funds needed for a major project. These funds will be used to help us provide handicap access to our facility, so we can be an even greater community resource. Our thanks to the Monsanto Fund and Keith Bail who provided the opportunity. The Bunceton Lions Club is both honored and grateful.”

The $2,500 donation was awarded at a ceremony held April 11 at the Bunceton Lions Club.

In more than 1,200 eligible counties, farmers can win $2,500 for their favorite community non-profit. The Monsanto Fund expects to invest more than $3 million in local communities. Previous Grow Communities projects resulted in the donation of nearly $1.2 million in 477 counties in Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, and South Dakota. In total, more than $320,000 has been donated to nonprofits in Missouri.

The America’s Farmers Grow Communities program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of Monsanto Company, to highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society by helping them grow their local communities. To date, more than 60,000 farmers participated in the program, which is designed to benefit nonprofit groups such as ag youth, schools and other civic organizations. Visit www.growcommunities.com to view a complete list of winners.