From the King lions Notebook – A great weekend in March!

Friday evening the Uniontown Lions got together and set up for the 26th Reverse Raffle fund raiser. Lots of logistics here but well thought out. It went smoothly.  Saturday Bob Jones, Mike Miller, with Dr Kail and me, did a presentation in one of the Break-Out rooms for the District Lions Convention in Canton. This is our opportunity to show to other clubs in our district what and how we do the eyeglass recycling.  Then more important Dr Kail shared his efforts in Third World countries dispensing our glasses that we have processed and others have collected.  This was our second convention that we have been ask to participate in.  We welcomed the opportunity.

Then on to Saturday evening and the Reverse Raffle.  What a night!  Over 170 prizes were awarded to ticket holders. The food was great.  And the beverages as well.  A lot of work by the committee but very rewarding when we see the results raising money for our community.  Special thanks to the co-chair Lions, Mindy and Ron for organizing a flawless event enjoyed by all.

More Later

King Lion Gary

From the King Lion’s notebook 02.03.12

We just had a great spouse’s night out yesterday (Thursday) Thanks to Jack Miller and his committee for a great evening with a group called: The Isaacs performing at the Hartville Kitchen. A very spiritual family, performing both gospel and blue grass music. Very exciting musical evening enjoyed by all.





John Birk and his committee have just released details on this year’s Uniontown Lions sponsored Bus Trips. The first one is scheduled April 21-27 to Nashville Tennessee. Many attractions on the way like: Opryland, Ashville and Charlotte. This is promises to be a great ‘Spring Break’ trip. The second trip for 2012 is scheduled for Niagara Fall Ontario, September 30-October 6, 2012. Many attractions of interest on the way including: Toronto, Lake George, Ottawa, Lake Placid, Maid of the Mist, casinos, CN Tower to name just a few.

Interested? Contact John Birk: 330.699.2333

That’s it for now
King Lion Gary

Lake Township FISH: November News

lake Township FISHThe community that supports Lake Township FISH has to be one of the most joyous around because of its generosity! It seems we hear so much about greed in the world today at every level. In contrast, it is refreshing and uplifting to see the dedication of the donors to FISH who totally support it by giving time and resources to help those in need. During the last two months we have seen an exceptional outpouring of sharing.

Several businesses in our community continue to take the opportunity to give to FISH on a regular basis. The following donated items to FISH pantry: Giant Eagle-grocery bags, Dave Valentine and Senior Sitters-sugar, Pizza Hut-weekly pizzas and pastas, Twice Is Nice-assorted groceries, Agape Ministries and Richard Kinsley-bakery items, Neo-Fill-laundry detergent and cookbooks and Lake Community Credit Union-hundreds of grocery items.
Over the Labor Day weekend, Lake High student, Sarah Van DeWeert from Grace United Church of Christ in Uniontown, collected groceries for FISH for a National Honor Society service project. She collected and deliv-ered $15 in cash and 953 items to the pantry!
The Fourth Annual FISH Benefit Dinner was well at-tended. Two hundred thirty people attended and the fund-raiser resulted in a gain of $6,000 in funds for the organi-zation. FISH sponsors for this event were: Rembrandt Homes, Hartville Kitchen, Hartville Hardware, Yoder-Bontrager Insurance and Financial Services, Dutcher Doors, Inc., Ramsburg Insurance and Financial Insur-ances, Uniontown Lions, Advent Lutheran and Adventure Place. Because the sponsors paid for the food for the din-ners, entertainment and labor costs, 100% of the proceeds was given to FISH.
Weight Watchers of Hartville conducted a campaign, “Lose For Good” which resulted in the FISH pantry in-creasing by 300 pounds of groceries matching the 300 pounds lost by Weight Watchers members.

Other organizations in Lake Township collected groceries for FISH and these included: AARP, Girl School Troop 532 and Daisy Troop 61057. Several of the churches in Lake Township and Lake Center Christian School held “Brown Bag Food Drives” throughout September and October which added hundreds of much needed products to the pantry.
It may seem that there were a lot of donations during these last two months and indeed there were.

We are most grateful for this benevolent spirit shown. For the first 8 months of 2011, we have seen a marked increase from 2010 of 23% for food orders and 35% for other emergency assistance requested. Perhaps more signifi-cantly, the cost of groceries has increased dramatically. The groceries FISH distributes are now valued at 49% more than last year. Part of the increase was due to the bakery items, pizzas, eggs and fresh produce that were added to the food orders.

As a reminder, FISH pays for two items in each food order: a Giant Eagle gift card for $10 or $15 (depending on the size of the family) and ground beef. All other contents in the orders, including food, toiletries, paper products and soaps are donated. To all who have chosen to be a part of this organization to help the needy in our community, we extend heartfelt thanks.

From the King Lion’s Notebook

Branson MissouriWell, after nearly 1,800 miles, 300 gallons of diesel fuel, 67,000 calories, (we grazed all the way out and back) all are back from the latest Uniontown Lions sponsored bus trip to Branson MO.  Lion John Birk and his committee, once again put together a great 7 day 6 night trip to the Ozarks.

This may be the first time in any of the bus trips Lion John has put together- where we came home with fewer guests than we left with! (2 guests got off in Indianapolis and will be returning with relatives)  otherwise we are all accounted for.

We were treated to 9 great shows, a trip to the St. Louis MO. Arch, a visit to the Indianapolis Speedway Museum, Lincoln Library, Bass Pro Shop and many, many fabulous dinners.

This was our first bus trip with this great committee’s projects – and I assure you not our last. If you are interested in any additional information on the next planned trip, let us know and I’ll pass on the information to you.

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.

Uniontown, Ohio Lions Club Distrubutes Annual Christmas Baskets

Lake Local Middle SchoolEach year the Lions distribute Christmas baskets to people in Lake township who are in need during the holidays.

This year we were able to purchase $1200 dollars in Giant Eagle gift cards in $50 increments.

For the past two years the Lions club has worked with Wendy Stephens at Lake Middle School who coordinates the distribution on the last day of school before Christmas break.

Ms. Stephens said that there are seventy-five families this year that will receive help and she is always thankful for help that the Uniontown Lions club is able to provide this time of the year.

Charitable Eyeglass Recycling

Adapted from Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: An Easy Household Guide by Nicky Scott

Lions Recycle for Sight Drop-Off BoxWho doesn’t keep old eyeglasses as a backup when they get a new pair—and end up with an overflowing drawer of dated glasses we wouldn’t be caught dead in now. If you find yourself in a drawer-cleaning frenzy, you might turn to our favorite recycling guide for advice on what to do with that pile of old glasses. We also stumbled across what to do with printer cartridges (also in a drawer) and mobile phones (yes, they usually have a drawer too). Read here for tips on how to recycle eyeglasses, printer cartridges and mobile phones—those junk drawer items it just doesn’t feel right to throw away—and learn how to contribute to charity at the same time.

Our municipal recycling charts tell us all about juice cartons and newspapers, but eyeglasses and mobile phones? No.

Take eyeglasses to retailers for use in the third world. The Lions Club has a huge eyeglass recycling program. In 2005 they collected more than 5 million pairs of eyeglasses, distributing them to more than 3 million people in developing nations.

Give your old eyeglasses to any Uniontown Lions member or leave a comment below and I will be happy to email you an address so that you may mail your donation to us.