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.

Cleveland Indians Charities Coordinator, Talks Indians Baseball to Uniontown Lions Club

By Bob Kendall and Sports Network

Cleveland Indians Charities Coordinator, Nate_JanosoAt the March 28 meeting of the Uniontown Lions Club the special guest speaker was Cleveland Indians Charities  Coordinator, Nate Janoso. Janoso has been with the tribe in a full-time capacity since 2003 and had several positions for the organization. In his current role Janoso, works the Cleveland Indians Charities and Alumni relations for the club.

The Cleveland Indians Charities works with Cleveland city Youth and the Girls and Boys Clubs in the area helping to to provide baseball and other sports opportunities for the the area children.

Janoso highlighted the alumni relations effort that is ongoing during the season and brings in fan favorites for weekend meet and greets and autograph signings. Next Nate gave us a preview of what the team projects from the upcoming season.

Janoso also highlighted the stadium events for the upcoming events including fireworks, giveaways and dollar hot dogs. The presentation concluded with a couple of raffle drawings for signed photos of past players.

 

 

 

 

Please note that the following comments should be attributed to Sports Network and not to the Cleveland Indians or Nate Janoso:

There wasn’t a better story through the first four months of the season than the Cleveland Indians. But the story didn’t end well as hoped for the Tribe as injuries mounted during the later part of the season.

Cleveland stormed out of the gate and into first place in the AL Central by opening with a 14-2 record at home and a 30-15 record through May 23.

It wasn’t just that they were winning, it was the way they were winning. Mixed throughout the season were 36 comeback wins and 18 victories in the last at- bat. The Indians enjoyed 12 walk-off wins, including seven that came courtesy of walk-off home runs. That marked the most walk-off blasts in one season for the Indians since the team had nine such shots in the 1995 campaign.

Injuries, though, started to take their toll and the team struggled mightily in the second half, before ending the year 80-82, up 11 wins from 2010, but still a whopping 15 games back of American League Central Division champion Detroit.

The club used the disabled list 22 times and only had Hafner, Choo, Cabrera and Grady Sizemore — Cleveland’s four most established hitters — in the same lineup for 17 games. In all, Tribe players lost 826 days due to time spent on the DL.

Injuries have already reared their ugly head this year, as Sizemore (of course), is out until June following back surgery, while closer Chris Perez might not be ready at the start of the season because of an oblique injury suffered early in spring training.

Hopefully that is not a sign of things to come for the rest of the team.

Below we take a capsule look at the 2012 edition of the Cleveland Indians, with a personnel evaluation and prognosis included therein:

2011 FINISH (80-82) – Second Place (AL Central)

KEY OFFSEASON ADDITIONS: Derek Lowe (RHP), Casey Kotchman (1B), Jose Lopez (INF), Kevin Slowey (RHP), Dan Wheeler (RHP), Aaron Cunningham (OF)

KEY OFFSEASON SUBTRACTIONS: Austin Kearns (OF), Jensen Lewis (RHP), Mitch Talbot (RHP), Luis Valbuena (INF)

PROJECTED LINEUP: Michael Brantley (CF); Asdrubal Cabrera (SS); Shin-Soo CHoo (RF); Carlos Santana (C); Travis Hafner (DH); Casey Kotchman (1B); Shelley Duncan (LF); Jason Kipnis (2B); Jack Hannahan (3B)

PROJECTED ROTATION: Justin Masterson (RHP); Ubaldo Jimenez (RHP); Derek Lowe (RHP); Josh Tomlin (RHP); Jeanmar Gomez (RHP)

PROJECTED CLOSER: Chris Perez (RHP)

MANAGER: Manny Acta

CAN UBALDO JIMENEZ GET BACK TO WHERE HE WAS IN 2010?

How serious were the Cleveland Indians last season? Well they went out and acquired the best starter on the market at the trade deadline, plucking flamethrowing right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez from the Colorado Rockies for a pair of blue chip prospects in a blockbuster deal.

After an amazing 2010 season in Colorado, Jimenez struggled in the first half of 2011 and never really got on track. His time in Cleveland was nothing special, either, as he went just 4-4 with a 5.10 ERA in 11 starts, a far cry from the 19 wins and 2.88 ERA he flashed the previous season.

How concerned were the Tribe with the way Jimenez finished? Well they sent a trainer to the Dominican Republic for the entire offseason to work with him.

The Indians were one of the feel-good stories last season and have a ton of young talent in their lineup. If they are really going to make some noise in the AL Central, though, Jimenez needs to be close to the pitcher he was two years ago in Colorado.

Cleveland did unload some of the burden from Jimenez’s shoulders this winter with the acquisition of innings-eater Derek Lowe. Though, he and the right- hander formerly known as Fausto Carmona combined to lose 32 games last season.

Jimenez’s struggles, though, have continued this spring. However, he insists that he is healthy. The Indians better hope so if they have any shot at all of unseating the Detroit Tigers.

CAN SHIN-SOO CHOO STAY ON THE FIELD?

It’s almost amazing that the Indians were able to accomplish so much with Shin-Soo Choo sidelined for the majority of the season with an assortment of ailments.

The Korean right-fielder, who is a free agent at season’s end, is healthy, though, now and is looking to pick up right where he left off in 2010 when he hit .300 and set career highs with 22 home runs and 90 RBI.

Last year, though, was a different story. It all started with a DUI, then Choo suffered a broken thumb and a left oblique injury. In all he only appeared in 85 games last season and hit just .259 with eight home runs and 36 RBI. He had hit .300 with at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in each of the previous two years.

Choo entered camp this year in the best shape of his life and 20 pounds lighter after a four-week basic training program with the South Korean army.

All Korean men are obligated to serve in the military for two years before they turn 30 years old. Choo became exempt by helping South Korea capture the gold medal in the Asian Games two winters ago.

IS ASDRUBAL CABRERA FOR REAL?

Everyone in Cleveland knew Asdrubal Cabrera was as good with the glove as anyone in baseball. What they didn’t know was just how good he was with the stick.

Cabrera broke out offensively last season, as he established career marks in homers (25), RBI (92), runs scored (87), hits (165), total bases (278) and slugging percentage (.460).

His 25 homers set a new franchise record for a shortstop, and his 92 RBI were the most by an Indians shortstop since Lou Boudreau collected 106 during the 1948 campaign. Among AL shortstops this past season, Cabrera ranked first in RBI and hits, and was second in homers, runs and doubles.

X-FACTOR: ROBERTO HERNADEZ HEREDIA: Who? Well that is the man formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Heredia, who is three years older (31) than previously thought, was arrested in January for using a false identity to secure a U.S. visa and since he is not yet in the country, will most certainly not be with the team when the Tribe breaks camp. Of course Carmona, or Heredia, won 19 games back in 2007, but since then he has combined to win just 33 times in four years. Heredia has showed flashes of brilliance at times, but overall was too inconsistent. Hopefully Heredia has more wins in his right arm than Carmona did.

OUTLOOK

The Indians have the talent to be a factor in the AL Central. They will need another solid season from their starters, especially Jimenez, and their key offensive players must stay healthy and perform at a high level. It’s almost impossible to count on Grady Sizemore anymore, but if Choo and Travis Hafner spend more time on the disabled list than on the active roster, this team is going to have a tough time winning. Even with the addition of another wild card the postseason may be a tough task, one that would probably require another double-digit leap in victories.

There wasn’t a better story through the first four months of the season than the Cleveland Indians. But the story didn’t end well.

Cleveland stormed out of the gate and into first place in the AL Central by opening with a 14-2 record at home and a 30-15 record through May 23.

It wasn’t just that they were winning, it was the way they were winning. Mixed throughout the season were 36 comeback wins and 18 victories in the last at- bat. The Indians enjoyed 12 walk-off wins, including seven that came courtesy of walk-off home runs. That marked the most walk-off blasts in one season for the Indians since the team had nine such shots in the 1995 campaign.

Injuries, though, started to take their toll and the team struggled mightily in the second half, before ending the year 80-82, up 11 wins from 2010, but still a whopping 15 games back of American League Central Division champion Detroit.

The club used the disabled list 22 times and only had Hafner, Choo, Cabrera and Grady Sizemore — Cleveland’s four most established hitters — in the same lineup for 17 games. In all, Tribe players lost 826 days due to time spent on the DL.

Injuries have already reared their ugly head this year, as Sizemore (of course), is out until June following back surgery, while closer Chris Perez might not be ready at the start of the season because of an oblique injury suffered early in spring training.

Hopefully that is not a sign of things to come for the rest of the team.

Below we take a capsule look at the 2012 edition of the Cleveland Indians, with a personnel evaluation and prognosis included therein:

2011 FINISH (80-82) – Second Place (AL Central)

KEY OFFSEASON ADDITIONS: Derek Lowe (RHP), Casey Kotchman (1B), Jose Lopez (INF), Kevin Slowey (RHP), Dan Wheeler (RHP), Aaron Cunningham (OF)

KEY OFFSEASON SUBTRACTIONS: Austin Kearns (OF), Jensen Lewis (RHP), Mitch Talbot (RHP), Luis Valbuena (INF)

PROJECTED LINEUP: Michael Brantley (CF); Asdrubal Cabrera (SS); Shin-Soo CHoo (RF); Carlos Santana (C); Travis Hafner (DH); Casey Kotchman (1B); Shelley Duncan (LF); Jason Kipnis (2B); Jack Hannahan (3B)

PROJECTED ROTATION: Justin Masterson (RHP); Ubaldo Jimenez (RHP); Derek Lowe (RHP); Josh Tomlin (RHP); Jeanmar Gomez (RHP)

PROJECTED CLOSER: Chris Perez (RHP)

MANAGER: Manny Acta

CAN UBALDO JIMENEZ GET BACK TO WHERE HE WAS IN 2010?

How serious were the Cleveland Indians last season? Well they went out and acquired the best starter on the market at the trade deadline, plucking flamethrowing right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez from the Colorado Rockies for a pair of blue chip prospects in a blockbuster deal.

After an amazing 2010 season in Colorado, Jimenez struggled in the first half of 2011 and never really got on track. His time in Cleveland was nothing special, either, as he went just 4-4 with a 5.10 ERA in 11 starts, a far cry from the 19 wins and 2.88 ERA he flashed the previous season.

How concerned were the Tribe with the way Jimenez finished? Well they sent a trainer to the Dominican Republic for the entire offseason to work with him.

The Indians were one of the feel-good stories last season and have a ton of young talent in their lineup. If they are really going to make some noise in the AL Central, though, Jimenez needs to be close to the pitcher he was two years ago in Colorado.

Cleveland did unload some of the burden from Jimenez’s shoulders this winter with the acquisition of innings-eater Derek Lowe. Though, he and the right- hander formerly known as Fausto Carmona combined to lose 32 games last season.

Jimenez’s struggles, though, have continued this spring. However, he insists that he is healthy. The Indians better hope so if they have any shot at all of unseating the Detroit Tigers.

CAN SHIN-SOO CHOO STAY ON THE FIELD?

It’s almost amazing that the Indians were able to accomplish so much with Shin-Soo Choo sidelined for the majority of the season with an assortment of ailments.

The Korean right-fielder, who is a free agent at season’s end, is healthy, though, now and is looking to pick up right where he left off in 2010 when he hit .300 and set career highs with 22 home runs and 90 RBI.

Last year, though, was a different story. It all started with a DUI, then Choo suffered a broken thumb and a left oblique injury. In all he only appeared in 85 games last season and hit just .259 with eight home runs and 36 RBI. He had hit .300 with at least 20 homers and 20 stolen bases in each of the previous two years.

Choo entered camp this year in the best shape of his life and 20 pounds lighter after a four-week basic training program with the South Korean army.

All Korean men are obligated to serve in the military for two years before they turn 30 years old. Choo became exempt by helping South Korea capture the gold medal in the Asian Games two winters ago.

IS ASDRUBAL CABRERA FOR REAL?

Everyone in Cleveland knew Asdrubal Cabrera was as good with the glove as anyone in baseball. What they didn’t know was just how good he was with the stick.

Cabrera broke out offensively last season, as he established career marks in homers (25), RBI (92), runs scored (87), hits (165), total bases (278) and slugging percentage (.460).

His 25 homers set a new franchise record for a shortstop, and his 92 RBI were the most by an Indians shortstop since Lou Boudreau collected 106 during the 1948 campaign. Among AL shortstops this past season, Cabrera ranked first in RBI and hits, and was second in homers, runs and doubles.

X-FACTOR: ROBERTO HERNADEZ HEREDIA: Who? Well that is the man formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Heredia, who is three years older (31) than previously thought, was arrested in January for using a false identity to secure a U.S. visa and since he is not yet in the country, will most certainly not be with the team when the Tribe breaks camp. Of course Carmona, or Heredia, won 19 games back in 2007, but since then he has combined to win just 33 times in four years. Heredia has showed flashes of brilliance at times, but overall was too inconsistent. Hopefully Heredia has more wins in his right arm than Carmona did.

OUTLOOK

The Indians have the talent to be a factor in the AL Central. They will need another solid season from their starters, especially Jimenez, and their key offensive players must stay healthy and perform at a high level. It’s almost impossible to count on Grady Sizemore anymore, but if Choo and Travis Hafner spend more time on the disabled list than on the active roster, this team is going to have a tough time winning. Even with the addition of another wild card the postseason may be a tough task, one that would probably require another double-digit leap in victories.

From the King Lions Notebook

 

Well, we are off to a fast start for sure. As usual the Uniontown Lions Club has a full calendar of events already scheduled for the year.

We just had a very successful Annual Family Picnic complete with $100.00 in door prizes.

Next up is the District 13D Zone Meeting in Sebring Ohio on the 20th of Sept. All clubs report their activities to the other clubs to share. A good time for clubs to share ideas. Looking forward- the next quarters (Oct-Nov-Dec)

Lions Calendars will be ready for our next meeting (09.28.11) and POOOF! There goes another year.

Stay safe

—until next time

King Lion Gary Holmes

Uniontown Lions Club Member Al Spigelmire Passes Away

Allan Spigelmire, 86, passed away April 13, 2010.

Born in Fairlawn, Allan worked as a diesel mechanic and was an area resident most of his life. He attended Uniontown Chapel of Faith and was a member of the Uniontown Lions. Allan also served as an attendent for Mace Park for many years, helping anyone in need.

Preceded in death by his parents, Orrin and Inez; wives, Sarah Jane and Lorraine; brothers, Ira, Orrin, Ralph; and nephew, Gary Spigelmire; he is survived by his wife, Mary; brothers, James (Sally), Michael (Betty); stepchildren, James (Deborah), Charles (Kim), and Billy Joe Harrison, Lorraina (Carlos) Eldridge, Nancy (James) Collins, Deborah P. Harrison, Dorothy (James) Grubbs, John and Skip Gary; sister-in-law, Mary Spigelmire; special niece, Joyce Meadows; and many other dear relatives and friends.

Visitation Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hecker Funeral Home in Uniontown, where funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m., with Pastor Jack Coontz officiating. Burial at Woods Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Uniontown Lions Club. (Hecker, 330 699-2600)

Published in Akron Beacon Journal on April 15, 2010

Uniontown Lion Paul Ruley bring clear vision to thousands each year

Longtime Uniontown resident, Paul Ruley, has been deeply involved with the Uniontown Lions club’s efforts to collect used eyeglasses, evaluate their prescriptions and match them up with those in need of glasses in third world countries.

Each Monday morning and Thursday evening you’ll find Paul and members of the Uniontown and neighboring Lions Clubs gathered together in the Uniontown Community Park building in an effort to bring clear vision to thousands of needy folks in Latin America.

“There are people in villages and towns in third world countries who cannot accomplish menial tasks without eyeglasses,” informed Steve Sinsabaugh, the club’s media representative. “Many can’t support themselves financially without our help,” he said.

The eyeglass recycling project began with Uniontown Lions in 2001 when Doctor Braden Kail visited the club to talk about his trip to Honduras to provide eyeglasses to the needy. Kail explained what his biggest challenge was the preparation and evaluation of the glasses for the trips. Ruley chaired the sight committee for the Lions in 2001 and led the club’s efforts to collect used glasses at several locations, including Goodwill stores. Instead of turning over unprocessed glasses, Paul began processing them so that they would be ready to be used by impaired citizens upon arrival.

The process involves sorting the glasses into plastic or metal frames, regular prescriptions or bifocals, sunglasses or safety glasses.

At this point the glasses are washed, prescriptions are evaluated and necessary repairs are made. With the help of analog and digital lensometers, Ruley’s technical expertise has impacted citizens from Peru, Mexico, Bolivia, El Salvador and Honduras. The prescription is recorded before shipment for an optician in the Third World country to match as closely as possible with each patient.

“Because of Paul’s leadership and with the help of members Bob Jones, Al Spigelmire, Dave Rhodes and Dom Trifero we took on this process here in Uniontown and it continues to grow,” said Sinsabaugh.

Processing the glasses has become easier since a digital lensometer was approved for purchase by District 13-D of the Lions Club. The analog versions are still in use by experts such as Paul Ruley, but the digital is easier for a novice to read. Glasses are beginning to come in from other districts for evaluation. Due to the foresight of Paul and the Uniontown Lions Club, between 200 and 400 pairs of glasses are collected each month for recycling, with over 26,000 pairs shipped thus far.