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.

Lions Club Central continues to serve the community after 32 years

By Kerri Gooding

lions Club Barbados CentralThe Barbadian society has been the benefactor of the service provided by the Lions Club of Barbados Central for the past 32 years.

Under the motto ‘We serve’, the Lions Central Club has been doing precisely that, achieving their goal one individual, charity or community at a time. Through donations, contributions of time and effort, and community outreach, the Lions have been delivering service of the highest standard.

Since last year’s mid-year church service, this Lions Club has expanded their projects and programmes to include the hosting of their annual Language Arts quiz in the schools, sight and visual conservation, providing scholarship and prize awards, organising outreach and youth programmes and conducting life skill training, to name a few.

President, Jocelyn King said at this year’s mid-year service held at St. Barnabas Church that in 2012 the Lions will continue to serve under the theme, ‘Serving with Gratitude’.

In the future as the charitable organisation continues to grow from strength to strength, King pledged that they will seek to work with more members of the society who are underprivileged and less fortunate.

They will also proceed with providing assistance to children who require expensive medical treatment and forge bonds with more organisations such as the Thelma Vaughn Home, HIV/AIDS Food Bank and the Welfare Department, which they have partnered with in the past.

Sharing in the occasion for celebration were members and presidents of the sister Lion Clubs in Barbados. Lions Club of Barbados Central accepts that to serve is their ultimate goal and have plans to expand their reach even more to mitigate and satisfy the growing need which exists in the society.

Nixa, MO. student advances in Lions Club poster contest

By: Headliner News staff,

Lions Poster Tanner ThompsonTanner Thompson, a seventh-grade student at Nixa Junior High School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the Christian County Lions Club.

Thompson’s poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 24th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere.

Posters were judged by the Nixa High School Art Department and Thompson’s poster was chosen for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Children Know Peace.”  Chuck Mercer at Nixa Junior High was the sponsor for the contest.

Christian County Lions Club President Fred Ravenscroft said he was impressed by the expression and creativity of the students.

“It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them,” he said. “I’m so proud we were able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions. Thompson’s poster will advance to face stiff competition through the district, multiple district and international rounds of competition if he is to be declared the international grand prize winner.  Our club is cheering for Tanner as his poster advances in the competition, and we hope that his vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world.”

One grand-prize winner and 23 merit-award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to the awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.

At a club meeting on Oct. 18, Rick Boyce, Peace Poster contest chairperson, displayed all 34 poster entries and Thompson, with his parents watching, was presented with a $25 gift certificate as the winner on Nov. 1, by club vice-president Kevin Baker.

The first runner up, Maggie Wright, received a $15 gift certificate and Mesa Green received a $10 gift certificate for honorable mention.

View the international grand prize and merit award winners at  The remaining posters from this contest were exhibited at the November Board of Education meeting and now are being exhibited at Nixa Junior High School.

Former N.Y. detective got Lions involved in disaster relief

by: April Cunningham

leftAl Brandel was a police detective working on missing persons cases in New York City after 9-11 when he realized his work as a Lions Club member could help first responders in need.

Retired New York police detective Al Brandel was guest speaker at the Lions International conference in Saint John.

“I was sort of decompressing for a day or two, and I got calls from Lions Club members in our areas, and they said ‘You’re the leader in this area for Lions. We’ve got to do something,’ ” he said.

“That was the first time we got involved in disaster relief.”

He mobilized his club to build shelters for police and fire personnel, providing food, water and resting places at Ground Zero, as the search for missing people continued into the colder months.

Since then, Brandel – the former president of Lions Clubs International – has worked on first-response in countries around the world, including Haiti and China. The retired detective has visited 60 of the 206 countries where the Lions operate.

“We wrote the book, pretty much, on disaster relief, then after that, the book was used to help me when some of these natural or man-made disasters came along.”

Brandel, who has won prestigious awards for his work in Haiti, was the keynote speaker at the Atlantic Canadian district conference for Lions Clubs International on Saturday. More than 150 people from across the Maritimes, Newfoundland and Maine attended the conference at the Delta Brunswick in Saint John.

Brandel said he wanted to share some of his international experiences with local volunteers, and encourage them to continue helping out their communities.

“I’m here to say thank you to them for what they do in their own communities,” Brandel said in an interview Saturday. “I want to make them feel good about being members of our organization.”

George Mitton, the council chair of the local district – called Multiple District N – said he heard Brandel speak at a Lions conference in Saskatchewan in 2007 and knew it would be worthwhile to bring him to New Brunswick.

The conference also works to train leaders and provide information they can bring back to their clubs. There are 242 Lions clubs in Atlantic Canada, with about 5,700 members.

“It’s also a great opportunity for the Lions to get together, share new ideas and new strategies to provide more community service, and that’s what it’s all about,” Mitton said.

The Lions Club is a leading provider of humanitarian service worldwide, Mitton said. It has also helped local disaster relief in the flooding along the St. John River in 2008, and in Newfoundland after Hurricane Igor last year.

The club is also a strong supporter of youth programs, including its Lions Quest Canada educational program, which provides resources for teachers to provide social and emotional learning.

The aim is to prevent such issues as bullying, and give children tools for better conflict management.

Peterborough Lions Club roars into 75th year with anniversary gala

By KENNEDY GORDON, Examiner Staff Writer

Lions International LogoPeterborough’s Lions Club turns 75 this year and members are ready to roar in celebration.

More than 150 Lions from clubs in eastern Ontario — Kingston to Peterborough, Lakeshore to Denby — will head to the Trentwinds on Saturday night for a gala dinner marking three-quarters of a century in the Electric City.

“It’s going to be big,” said Lion Graham Lewis, chairman of the organizing committee.

“We’ve got people coming from all over this part of the province.”

He said 75 years is a long time for one club to be operating. The Peterborough Lions held their first meeting in 1936, with 24 members.

Now based in the Lions Community Centre on Burnham St. in East City — once the site of a popular outdoor pool run by the club — the Lions have 39 members and continue to carry out community work in the area.

“It’s going to be big. We’ve got people coming from all over this part of the province.”organizing committee chairman Graham Lewis

Saturday night’s dinner will include several service awards for members, Lewis said.

Members of other Lions Clubs and the general public are welcome to attend, he said, and there’s still space. Tickets are $30, with cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m., followed by dinner.

“We’re looking forward to a good night and a good time,” Lewis said.

Lions clubs were launched in 1917 as a secular service club in the U.S. and has since spread to close to 200 countries, boasting 1.3 million members.

Morris Lions Club Fall Car Show Celebrates 25 Years

Morris Lions Club’s annual Fall Classic Car Show  1971 Chevrolet CamaroThe Morris Lions Club annual Fall Classic Car Show started off as a small collection of 100 cars at the Grundy County Fairgrounds.

Now, on the 25th anniversary of its creation, it stands as the largest car show in the area and is expected to bring in 1,000 cars and thousands of spectators.

The Morris Lions Club, a volunteer organization dedicated to leadership development through community service, will host its Car Show, Swap Meet, and Car Corral on Sunday, Oct. 9.

The Morris Lions Club helps maintain the Morris Lions City Park, and has provided pavilions for every park in the city that currently has one. They take pride in the fact that 100 percent of the profits from the show and all of the events go back into the community.

Spectators can expect to see 43 different classes, and cars ranging from 1900 through the latest hot rods, including classic Chevys and Mustangs by the dozen.

In addition to the car show, there will be a swap meet where people can find car parts, decorations, toys, and about anything car related. The car corral had more than 200 cars for sale last year, some rough and some ready to drive off to show at the next car show.

Owners can register their cars from 7 a.m. until noon Sunday, Oct. 9 to be ready for judging and awards at 3:30 p.m. The show will take place at LyondellBasell Recreation Area, five miles East of Morris on U.S. 6 at Tabler Road.

Spectators can attend for $5 per person or $10 per family. In addition to the more than 1,000 cars expected to be present, the event will have lots of great food, door prizes, a free shuttle service provided by Illinois Central School Bus, free parking, music and commentary by 3D Sound of Dixon, Ill., and a 50/50 drawing.

Every 25th show car gets in free, and dash plaques by Screwball’s T-Shirts and signs are given to the first 650 show cars. Additional special awards include the LyondellBasell Manager’s Choice, Lions Club Choice, Lions Truck Choice, Lady Lions Choice, Judge’s Choice, Club Participation, Longest Distance to Show and Best Display.

“You can also get in on the raffle to win a beautiful 1971 Chevrolet Camaro, which will be given away at 3:15 p.m. It is the 15th car we’ve raffled off,” says Doug Linn, an organizer of the event. “The proceeds will go towards eyeglasses and hearing aids for the community.”

“The proceeds from the car show go to our sight and hearing programs and to the many community projects we do in Morris,” he added. “The show is our main source of income and is so large that we get help from a number of organizations to work the show, including Boy Scouts and American Legion. We also contribute to them for their help.”

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Wayne Homes rated as one of the area’s best workplaces for top-tier talent.

Uniontown, OH (MMD Newswire) September 23, 2011 – – It was a splendid affair. Among the companies honored at The NorthCoast 99 Awards, Wayne Homes was the only Homebuilder recognized as a destination for top talent.

“We’re proud of this achievement and to be in such good company.” says Mike Leckie-Ewing, Wayne Homes Vice President of Organizational Development.

The event wrapped up with a formal dinner and ceremony Wednesday night, September 14, at the LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility in Westlake. Think of it as the Oscars for HR departments, where 99 of the region’s companies were recognized for their ability to attract and retain the region’s best talent.

Wayne Homes, headquartered in Uniontown, Ohio, has for many years focused on taking good care of its customers, including the ones on the payroll.

“What it comes down to is if you create a great work environment, great culture and build great products, people want to work for you,” Leckie-Ewing adds. “And that’s why Wayne Homes has such a wonderful team. It shows in the satisfaction of our customers and in our bottom line. Wayne really is a special place to work.”

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The task of constructing a home from the ground up is made less daunting thanks to Wayne Homes’ four decades of experience, streamlined process and exceptional personal service. They help customers through every step — from home-site prep and financing to choosing from numerous combinations of floorplans, features and finishes. The result is a home of extremely high quality that perfectly suits the homeowner’s needs. Homes range from 1,300 to 3,500 square feet and from the $80s to $200s (plus land cost). Learn more about building a custom, energy-efficient home by dropping by one of the company’s eight model home centers or by visiting

California Lions honored

POMONA – The Pomona Host Lions Club won District Club of the Year at the recent District 4-L4 Convention held in Palm Springs.

The 43-member Pomona club competed against all Division B clubs, which have 26 to 50 members.

Club of the Year was also awarded in two other divisions: Diamond Bar Breakfast Lions Club, which won Division A for clubs with 25 or fewer members, and Seal Beach, which received the prize for Division C, clubs with more than 50 members.

Lions District 4-L4 is comprised of Orange County and parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

The Club of the Year Award is based on a wide range of criteria, which measure a club’s success.

Points are awarded for participation in community and Lions International projects, attendance at meetings, conventions and training, membership increases, administrative functions, publication of newspaper articles, the chartering of new Lions and Leo clubs, district and international visitations, the recycling of eyeglasses, club newsletter, club website, Proud Lion program, new member orientations, service to the district and charitable donations.

Pomona Host President Jack Lightfoot accepted the award from District 4-L4 Governor Norm MacKenzie.

He later reflected upon the award, “It’s a tribute to the leaders and general members of our club to be named club of the year by our district. This is a highly competitive award, given to the Pomona Host Lions by one
of the top four Lions districts in North America.

“Countless hours of dedicated service by many members brought about this recognition.”

The club also won two other awards: the district-wide Bimonthly Bulletin Award and the Visitation Award for Division B. The Pomona Host Lions Bulletin, under editor Barbara Smith, has received the award for five consecutive years. The Visitation Award, under first vice president Amanda Gonzalez, marked its second consecutive win.

At the convention, club president Jack Lightfoot was recognized for his work as chairman of the District Budget and Audit Committee. Gil and Barbara Smith were recognized as chairs of the Disaster Preparedness Committee.

Firefighters honored for courageous rescue

Lake TWP, Ohio —Everyday heroes were honored at the Mar. 14 board of trustees meeting in Lake Township. Firefighters from three different departments – Uniontown, Greentown and Hartville – gathered there to receive awards for their bravery in rescuing an elderly woman from her burning home.

On Feb. 16, firefighters from the three different departments received a call to a structural fire at a Cleveland Avenue home. An elderly woman, Nelda Kinsley, was trapped in her home by the flames and was unable to reach an exit without assistance.

Thanks to the quick and courageous response of firefighters and paramedics, however, Kinsley was brought to safety. It was reported at the meeting that Kinsley was to be moved out of the hospital and into a nursing home on Wednesday, March 16, having made great strides in her recovery.

Firefighters were honored with plaques, and received medals in the shape of the Maltese Cross, a symbol of the heroism and dedication of firefighters everywhere. The fire chiefs from each department were present to help distribute the awards, and those who were awarded are as follows: Greentown Fire Department’s Lieutenant Doug Stevens, along with firefighters/paramedics Paul Weigand and Christopher Snyder.  From the Hartville Fire Department Captain Mike Lorentz, firefighters/ paramedics Brandon Smith and John Ellwood, and firefighter/EMT-A Kristopher Woodward were honored. Finally, from the Uniontown Fire Department, Lieutenant Nicholas Hoffman and firefighter/paramedic Ryan Falch were also awarded.

All of the firefighters who spoke during the meeting insisted that they were happy to receive the awards, but that they were only doing their duty.

“If anyone wants to know what their fire department does, and who they are, this is what they are,” said Greentown’s Fire Chief Vince Harris.

“They are deserving of our community’s praise,” said trustee Ellis Erb, who personally knows the woman they rescued. “She was lucky to get that quick of service and to get out alive.”

Other business during the meeting included the consideration of a request made by Lake Center Christian School for the township to waive the zoning fee on a sign the school wants to put up for their 25th Annual Benefit Auction, which they approved. In addition, Erb publicly thanked the school for their help and support with the funeral of Uniontown Police Captain Dan Stiles.

They considered and approved a request by the Lake Local School District to build a warm-up pitcher’s mound in the Lake Township Community Park.

A road open permit was executed for Dominion East Ohio Gas to put in a new service line on Larch Avenue, and a cemetery deed was also executed for the Uniontown Greenlawn Cemetery.

The zoning administrator and Hall Law Firm were given the green light to use legal action to address zoning issues and bring into compliance a State Street facility.
The trustees authorized the forwarding of correspondence to the Ohio Township Association, in which they will encourage legislators to keep the Local Government Funds.

During the public’s opportunity to speak out, a representative of several concerned Lake Township citizens sought support from the trustees concerning water drainage problems along Gulf Street and Waterfall Avenue.  Because the township doesn’t have jurisdiction to work on the ditches,  the trustees directed them to work with the county government on this issue.