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.