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The April 13th Blood Draw IS STILL ON.  

The Community Blood Center will bring a mobile unit to town to conduct the blood draw on Monday, April 13th.

If you are interested in donating blood go online to http://givingblood.org/ to schedule an appointment.


Union City Lions Club Spring Pancake Day Postponed

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Please note that the Union City Lions Club has postponed the April 4th Lions Pancake Day. Due to the health issues that we are all dealing with we are planning to postpone the Pancake Day until later in May. Please stay tuned for further updates about the Union City Lions Club Spring Pancake Day.

Union City Lions Club has also canceled the 2020 Easter Egg Hunt on April 11th.

We will NOT have our regular meetings on March 24 and April 14.  We hope to have the board meeting on April 21st and a regular meeting on April 28.


3/10/20

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, March 10th at the Union City Community Room. After another enjoyable meal prepared by D's Restaurant the Lions were presented a program about the UCHS Science Olympiad Team.  The Lions are the sponsor of the team that competed at Butler University on February 29th.  The team of eight students competed in 23 events.  The team talked to the club about the events they competed in and about some of the trials they had as they prepared for the competition.  The club saw what the students built for seven of their events.  The students showed some things that they had worked on and answered questions from the club.  For more information about the Science Olympiad program, go to  https://www.soinc.org/

Pictured above are Coach Kirk Schilling, Josiah Bowers, Gabe Fulton, Andrew Osornio, Sullivan Thomas, Christina Sowinski, and Coach Blake Clevenger.  Also competing, but not pictured, were David Bowers, Gabe Addington, Kyle Buckingham, and Kayla Shafer.

   

 


2/25/20

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, February 25th.  21 members enjoyed a meal prepared by D’s Restaurant of ham and beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, mixed fruit, and cake.  The meeting time was used to do some planning for upcoming events. Saturday, April 4th is the Lions Spring Pancake Day at the Union City Elks Club.  Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children. Pancakes and whole hog sausage will be served from 6:00 AM until noon. The Union City Lions Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Harter Park on April 11th.  The hunt starts at 1:00 PM. The Lions will host their second blood draw of 2020 on April 13 at the Union City Community Room. New Union City Lions signs were unveiled tonight. They will be placed at Harter Park to replace the older signs on the shelter houses.  It was also announced that the Union City Lions made a $100 donation to the Elks Cancer Fund.

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2/11/20

The Union City Lions Club met on Feb. 11, 2020.  20 members enjoyed a meal prepared by D’s Restaurant of Union City, IN.  The program for the evening was Paula Key of THE DIABETES LINK which is the Community Diabetes Education Services of Union City. Paula discussed the need for these services as well as risk factors, treatments, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and living with diabetes. It was noted that the Lions Club of Union City donates to The Lions Club International Diabetes Foundation.

Pictured are Paula Key of The Diabetes Link and

Lion program Chairman Len Hindsley

 

1/28/20

The Union City Lions Club met on January 28th for the second meeting of 2020.  The 22 Lions and one guest enjoyed a spaghetti meal. The speaker for the evening was Darla Erwin.  Darla is the Clinical Liaison for the Randolph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Part of her job is to market the facility to the community of Randolph County.  She has provided door prizes for some of the Lions Club Blood Draw events. Darla said that one of her goals is to “put smiles on the faces of the residents.” The Center includes a Memory Care Facility and provides Physical and Occupational Therapy for residents.  They are also one of the few places in the area to provide Respiratory Therapy. She likes to do events that support local businesses like their once a month movie at the Towne Square Cinema. Darla said that Randolph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has many long time employees and they have recently updated their facility.  Check out Randolph County Nursing and Rehabilitation online at Randolph Nursing and Rehabilitation | Skilled Health Care

Pictured are Darla Erwin from Randolph Nursing and Rehabilitation, and Union City Lion Owen Griffith


1/14/20

The Union City Lions Club got the year 2020 started on a great note with their first meeting of the year held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.  23 Lions and 3 guests enjoyed the meal and a very informative program by Lion Larry Amspaugh and Union City Mayor Chad Spence. Larry, Chad, and a group of people are the driving force behind A Community Christmas, Union City’s annual Christmas light display in Harter Park.  A Community Christmas had another record-breaking season in 2019. There were 6700 cars that drove through the park between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. That was an increase of over 1200 cars from 2018. Donations totaled $23,324.53 for 2019, up just over $5,000 from the year before.  The gift shop was a hit again bringing in about $7500 for the vendors who were there, and Santa and Mrs. Clause were enjoyed by many kids and parents alike Groups from the area manned the gates in the evening and were given 25% of the gate receipts from that night. The Union City Lions manned the gates on two different occasions and saw just over 1000 cars come through the park and raised $953 for the club.  The 3-D glasses that enhanced the lights were sold and were a hit, especially with the kids. Larry thanked many people and organizations that helped with the display. The Randolph County Tourism Bureau provided funds for a billboard along I 70. Larry said in the first 4 days after the sign went up A Community Christmas had 130,000 hits on social media. A group of people repainted all the “cards” in the park and a $4400 grant from the Community Foundation of Randolph County, Inc will help to fund a new sound system.

Mayor Chad Spence spoke of the “humble beginnings” of A Community Christmas 15 years ago and how it has grown and informed the Lions Club that there is an effort underway to turn the bridge in the park into a covered bridge.  Mayor Spence would like the bridge to be dedicated to all former and current Lions Club members in Union City.

Pictured to the right are Jarrod Ramos, Union City Mayor Chad Spence, Larry Amspaugh, and Kyle Ramos

 

12/10/19

Union City Lions Fellowship Night was held on Tuesday, December 10th at Roots in Union City.  A good crowd enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Roots and good entertainment by Amanda Livingston along with Kelly Holmes.  Merry Christmas!


11/26/19

The Union City Lions met on Tuesday the 26th for the second meeting of November.  After the meal prepared by D’s Restaurant the program for the evening was presented by UC Lion Dan Green.  Dan graduated from Union City and went into the airforce. He went into aircraft maintenance and once he was trained he started working on C141 cargo planes.  Dan was stationed in California and continued to work and take more training. His expertise in aircraft maintenance started his rise up the promotion track and he spent time in The Philippines inspecting transport planes, and in Alabama where he worked to help design a computer system that tracked the flights and maintenance of aircraft.  He continued his career in Guam, Germany, and Alaska where he reached the level of Chief Master Sergeant. Dan spent time in Afganistan and Hawaii before retiring from the Airforce. After a short time, Dan took a job in the Research Lab at Wright Patterson Airforce Base in Dayton, Ohio. His job now is to help develop solutions for the Airforce.  They have worked on solutions for hypersonic aircraft, weapons, and satellites to name just a few. Dan emphasized the need for more students to be educated in the fields of Science and Technology. He stressed that STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is vitally important for this country to stay competitive around the world.

Pictured are UC Lions Doug LeMaster and Dan Green


11/12/19

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday evening for our regular meeting.  After a meal served by D’s Restaurant the program for the evening was presented by Mike Wickersham, President, and CEO of Wick’s Pies in Winchester.  Mr. Wickersham talked about the history of Wick’s Pies and then spoke of the current manufacturing process and what they are looking for in the future.  Wick’s Pies was founded in 1944 by Duane Wickersham (Mike’s father). It started as a small cantina in Anchor Hocking, a factory in Winchester, IN. The business was moved to the Rainbow Restaurant and in the mid 50’s they were making and selling about 20-30 pies/day.  They realized that to grow the business they needed to freeze the pies. After their move to the current location, they did just that. After a fire in the mid 60’s they increased the size of the operation and installed a 100 ft oven that is capable of making 1,500 pies/hr.  Mrs. Wicks was opened in 1984 the same year that Mike took over the leadership of the pie company. Today they produce 1,000,000 pies/year and 17,000,000 pie shells/year. Their pies come in 7 flavors, and Sugar Cream is the most produced pie. In 2009 the Wick’s Sugar Cream Pie was named the State Pie of Indiana (unofficially)  Wick’s sells pies and shells in 35-40 states to about 250 customers, including many grocery store chains and foodservice companies. You can also buy Wick’s pies online. Just go to https://www.wickspies.com/  The future looks bright for Wick’s Pies and one goal is to keep the business in the family.  Mike said his father told him that if you use the best ingredients, the best packaging, and the best people you will have a successful business.  The Union City Lions are proud to be able to tell people that Wick’s Pies are from Randolph County! And, thanks for the free pie coupons!

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UC Lion David Lenkensdofer and Wick's President/CEO Mike Wickersham


10/23/19

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, October 22nd in the Union City Community Room.  The meal of beef and noodles, mashed potatoes and corn was prepared by Ds restaurant and enjoyed by the 20 members present. The meeting time was used to do some planning for our Halloween Parade that will be held on October 26, at 5:00 pm.  The parade will take place at Artisan Park in downtown Union City.  Any person who participates in the costume parade and judging will receive a money prize and some candy.  We also spent some of our time planning our upcoming Fall Pancake Day.  The Pancake Day will be on November 2nd in the morning from 6:00 until noon and will be held at the Union City Elks.  All you can eat pancakes and whole hog sausage will be available throughout the morning at the cost of $7 for adults and $4 for children age 12 and under.  It takes many hands to make this event successful and many Lions are involved.  We also welcomed two new members to our club.  The new Union City Lions are Rob Myers and Dean Coats.  

New Union City Lions Club Members Rob Myers and Dean Coats with their sponsor Lion Larry Amspaugh


Oct. 21st Blood Draw

The Union City Lions Club sponsored a Blood Draw on October 21st.  A few people won prizes during the blood draw. The Community Blood Center of Dayton, OH gave away a gift certificate that was won by Toni Griffith.  There were also two tickets given away by the Lions Club for the Union City Lions Club Fall Pancake Day on November 2nd. The winners of the Pancake Day tickets were Jesse Lea and Sarah Jefferis.  Congratulations to all three winners. The next Lions Club Blood Draw will be held on Monday, December 16th, at the Union City Community Room from 2:30 until 6:30. If you are interested in donating blood you can contact Doug LeMaster or go online at www.donortime.com to schedule an appointment.

            Pancake Day Ticket Winner    Pancake Day Ticket Winner                  Jesse Lea and Lion Hoddy        Sarah Jefferis and Lion                                     Speight                            Hoddy Speight

Lion Doug LeMaster and Community Blood Center Gift Certificate Winner Toni Griffith 


10/8/19

The first Union City Lions Club meeting for the month of October was held at the UC Community Room on Tuesday, October 8th.  As always, a delicious meal prepared by D’s Restaurant was served to 22 members and 3 guests. The program for the evening was presented by Coach Tom Byrum, Union City’s new Varsity Boys Basketball Coach.  Tom graduated from UCCHS and IU East and is in his 27th year of coaching. Tom started his coaching career at West Side Middle School as the 8th-grade coach, coaching alongside Charlie Haviza. Tom coached 8th grade and 9th grade while at UC.  He moved on to Coldwater, OH and coach 9th and JV Boys while he was there. Monroe Central was his next stop as he coached 7th grade, 9th grade JV, and finally the varsity boys basketball teams. The past 5 years Tom has been the varsity boys basketball coach at Randolph Southern.  During that time Randolph Southern won a sectional championship. Coach Byrum said that it is nice to be home. He expressed that in his early coaching days it was always all about the wins. Now he realizes that the relationships with his players and working to get them ready for life is the really important thing.  He said one of his primary goals for Union City Basketball is a Sectional Championship.  We wish Coach Byrum good luck this winter.

Pictured are Union City Lion Scott Reagan and Union City new Varsity Boys Basketball Coach Tom Byrum


9/24/19

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, September 24 at the Union City Community Center.  Following a meal served by D’s Restaurant, the 24 members and 3 guests listened to Darby Livingston from Tree Hill Farms.  Tree Hill Farms is a local business that specializes in ‘Farm to Table’ food. Darby said that their business model focuses on ‘Real Food Simple’ and wants to reach people with 100 miles of Union City.  Most of their business now is filling online orders for high-quality beef, pork, chicken and other meats. People can place an order online and pick it up at one of several pick-up locations in the area.  Tree Hill Farms opened Roots in Union City, at 208 N. Howard St., and serves food during events at Artisan Park and also holds special ticketed food events at that location.  They are also getting into the catering business and are exploring the possibility of Grab-n-Go meals that are fully prepared and would be picked up at Roots.  The food is awesome, the business is family-run, and their desire to get real high-quality food on our plates makes this a great Union City Business! Check out Tree Hill Farms at https://treehillfarms.com/ and on Facebook by searching for Tree Hill Farms, or Roots by Tree Hill Farms.  Thank you, Darby, for a great program.

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Darby Livingston from Tree Hill farms and Lion Joe Wyant

These Lions were honored because they had perfect attendance during the 2018-19 year.

Our newest Union City Lion

Pictured are Scott Flory and Lion Doug LeMaster

We welcome Scott Flory in the Union City Lions Club!


9/10/19

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, Sept. 10th to start off a new Lions Year.  The meal for the evening, enjoyed by 18 members and one guest, was prepared by D’s Restaurant in Union City.  The program was introduced by the new Union City Lions President Ed Speight and presented by Jeff Manning from Manning Service Inc. in Saratoga, IN.  Jeff is our Lions Zone Chairman this year. Jeff let the club know that he was here to help in any way he could and to be our connection to our District 25-D Governor, Dan Wilcox.  Dan is a member of the Westfield, Indiana, Lions Club. Jeff shared with us how important it is for our clubs to grow. Our district has set a goal for 100 new members this fall. If you are interested in becoming a Union City Lion and serving our community please get in touch with any club member.

New Lions President Ed Speight and our Lions Zone Chairman, Jeff Manning 



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5/28/19

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday evening, May 28th for the last meeting of the 2018-19 Lions year.  Once again the meal was prepared by D's Restaurant and enjoyed by the club.  The main focus of the meeting was the installation of officers for 2019-2020.  The new officers are President: Ed Speight, 1st VP: Doug LeMaster, 2nd VP: Gary Miller, 3rd VP: TBD, Secretary: Owen Griffith, Treasurer: Troy Rose, Tail Twister: Mick Carpenter, Lion Tamer: Doug LeMaster, 1 Year Director: Hoddy Speight, 1 Year Director: Dan Green, 2 Year Director: George Green, 2 Year Director: Rick Lacy, Membership Chairman: Larry Amspaugh, and Immediate Past President: Joe Wyant.  We want to thank Past President Joe Wyant for his leadership this past year.  We as a club had a good year and look forward to next fall.  The Lions don't have regular meetings during the summer but don't completely take the summer off.  The Union City Lions serve at the Fly-In Breakfast at the Randolph County Airport on June 8th, we help out at the Randolph County 4-H Fair on July 22nd, and we are involved in the Union City State Line Heritage Days Parade on August 3rd. 

2019-2020 Lions Officers include (front row L-R) Gary Miller, Troy Rose, Mick Carpenter, and EdSpeight, (back row L-R) Larry Amspaugh. Rick Lacy, Hoddy Speight, Doug LeMaster, Jow Wyant, and Owen Griffith.

Union City Lions President, Joe Wyant, passing the gavel to Incoming President, Ed Speight.


5/14/19

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, May 14th for its Spring Ladies Night.  The group enjoyed a delicious meal followed by entertainment provided by Amanda Livingston.  Amanda, a Union City resident, played the guitar and sang a variety of songs.  Amanda is very talented and the entertainment was enjoyed by all in attendance.  Thanks to Ladies Night co-chairman Doug LeMaster and David Lenkensdofer.

Amanda Livingston performing for the Union City Lions.

During the meeting, Blood Draw co-chairman Doug LeMaster and Hoddy Speight presented a framed certificate to the club from the Community Blood Bank.  The Union City Lions Club partners with the Community Blood Bank to sponsor 7 blood draws in 2019.  The club received the certificate for being a Platinum Partner.  This award represents the highest award an organization can receive for assisting in a blood collection event.  The UC Lions are proud of their efforts at hosting blood draw events knowing that approximately 32,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States and each pint donated can save up to three lives.

Pictured are Union City Lions Club President, Joe Wyant - receiving the Platinum Partner award from the Community Blood Bank - and Blood Draw Co-Chairman, Hoddy Speight and Doug LeMaster.

Karen Carpenter receives recognition for supplying our Blood Draw Events with delicious cookies!

Pictured are Karen, Hoddy Speight, and Doug LeMaster


 

6/24/19

The Union City Lions Club holds a Blood Draw every eight weeks for the Community Blood Center of the Miami Valley in Dayton, Ohio. Monday, April 29, 2019, blood donor Ronald Galway was the winner of a $25.00 gift certificate for Bouser’s Barn donated by Darla Erwin of the Randolph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Winchester.

A great big THANK YOU is extended to all of those who donated and saved many lives in doing so.

Pictured are Melinda Frech, Community Blood Center Representative; Ronald Galway; and Darla Erwin.


April 23, 2019

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Community Room in Union City.  We welcomed two special guests to our meeting. First, we heard from our Indiana District 25-D Governor, Isabel Atcheson from Marion, IN.  She talked to the club about Indiana State Projects including Cancer Research Funding, Sight Preservation, Leader Dogs, Speech and Hearing, and the School for the Blind.  The Union City Lions support many of our Indiana State Projects each year. Governor Isabel also presented Years of Service awards to Union City Lions Gary Miller (30 years), Rick Lacy (30 years), Troy Rose (10 years), and Larry Amspaugh (10 years).  Congratulations guys!

We were also joined tonight by Union City resident, Angie Armstrong.  Angie represented the Buckeye Firearms Foundation and talked about the “Faster Saves Lives” program they are involved with.  This is a program for educators and seeks to train teachers to react to school violence with armed response and emergency medical aid.   Angie explained to the group about how a program like this could be beneficial to our local school systems.

We also welcomed two new members to our club.  Len Hindsley and Tom Cline became the newest UC Lions.  Welcome to the club!

Our District 25-D Governor, Isabel Atcheson

Pictured are the Years of Service Award Recipients and District Governor, Isabel Atcheson.  Left to right are Troy Rose, Gary Miller, District Governor Isabel Atcheson, Larry Amspaugh, and Rick Lacy.
 
Pictured are UC Lion Dan Green and Angie Miller from
Buckeye Firearms Foundation
 
 
Our two newest Lions - Len Hindsley and Tom Cline
 

April 9, 2019

The Union City Lions Club extends a big THANK YOU to all of the supporters of the Spring Pancake Day held on April 6 at the Union City Elks Club. The support of the public is greatly appreciated as many organizations and individuals in the Union City Indiana and Ohio communities benefit from the Lions club.
 
There were 499 Pancake and Sausage meals served. Students from Mississinawa Valley and Union City High Schools assisted with the breakfast. The UCHS Football team and coaches helped move equipment in and out of the Elks Club. Special thanks to Mike Lumpkin of the Elks Club for helping to facilitate this event. 
 
 Fountain City Lions Club members worked with the UC Lions in preparation for a Fountain City Pancake Day next month.
 
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This is a picture of Lion Gary Miller making PERFECT Pancakes!

March 26, 2019

The Union City Club met on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Union City Community Room.  The meeting started with a delicious meal of chicken and noodles / mashed potatoes prepared by D’s Restaurant.  The program for the evening was presented by new Union City High School Varsity Football Coach, Keith Maloy. Keith’s football coaching started in 1996 when he was hired as an assistant coach in Union City.  This will be his second stint as head coach of the Indians. When asked why he returned he said he sees it as an opportunity to be a part of the players' lives and to pour into their lives in a positive way. Keith was the youth pastor at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Union City and is currently the pastor at the Spartanburg Christian Church here in Randolph County.  Keith wants to change the culture in athletics at Union City. The program he will be using is called Indians 360 and focuses on the mind, body, and soul of each athlete. He wants his athletes to be able to contribute to society in a positive way when they leave school. We wish Keith and his team good luck this fall.

Pictured here are Lion President, Joe Wyant and Union City High School Football Coach, Keith Maloy


March 12, 2019

The Union City Lions held their regular meeting on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  The meal was again prepared by D’s Restaurant and was enjoyed by the 20 members and one guest attending the meeting.  The program was presented by The Union City HS Science Olympiad Team. This year the team consisted of 12 students in grades 7-12 and they competed at the Butler University Science Olympiad Regional on February 23rd.  The team is coached by RESC staff members Blake Clevenger and Kirk Schilling. Science Olympiad is a national competition where 15 member teams compete in 23 science related events. Some events involve building something and competing at the regional with it, some are study events where the students take a test over a topic, and some of the events are ones where students must prepare and then use equipment and materials at the event to compete.  Our team competed against some much larger schools from Indianapolis, Bloomington, and other places in Indiana. The team did well bring home a couple of medals, and many memories of a very worthwhile experience. Blake and Kirk had three team members with them and they show the club some of the things that they built for the competition. The Union City Lions Club is the financial sponsor for this team and is very proud of it. Congratulations to the team and coaches for a job well done.  Team members include David Bowers, Josiah Bowers, Kyle Buckingham, Kalam Denny, Sylaris Denny, Paula Gallegos. Antonio Jasso, Shelby King, Collin Perry, Hunter Reagan, Christina Sowinski, and Sullivan Thomas.

 
Pictured here are (L-R) Coach Blake Clevenger, Josiah Bowers,
Shelby King, Paula Gallegos, and Coach Kirk Schilling.
 
 

3/11/19 Blood Draw Gift Certificate Winner.

The Union City Lions host a Blood Draw every eight weeks for the Community Blood Center of Dayton, Ohio. Melinda Frech is the Blood Center representative for Randolph County. Doug LeMaster is the Lions Blood Draw chairman.

Darla Erwin, of the Randolph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, furnished the Union City Lions Club Blood Draw with a gift card for Bouser’s Barn to be awarded to one lucky blood donor. In a drawing, Carrie Adams was the winner.

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Pictured are Lion Hoddy Speight and
gift card winner Carrie Adams.

 


February 26, 2019

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, February 26 for its regular meeting.  The meal of ham and beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, and fruit, provided by D’s Restaurant, was enjoyed by the 19 members and two guests that were present.  The program for the evening was Mr. Aaron Black.  Mr. Black was recently named the new Superintendent of the Randolph Eastern School Corporation.  Mr. Black grew up in Union City, attended UCCHS, and graduated in 2000. He graduated from Ball State University and started his education career at Monroe Central Schools.  Since then he has been on the missions field in Haiti, was the Principal at Anderson Preparatory Academy, he was the Athletic Director/Assistant Principal here in Union City, and the Principal of Union City Junior/Senior High School.  He told us that RESC is doing well. The school system has good working relationships with the community and the county, students can graduate from high school with 36 college credits, and students from Union City and the rest of Randolph County can be involved in programs like our Radio/TV program (KISS), Criminal Justice class, and Apache Design.  Mr. Black feels it is important to tell our story as much as possible. He did say that one of the biggest challenges over the next few years will be finding quality employees. About 50% of the employees at RESC have 24 years of experience or more and who we hire to replace them when they leave is very important. Mr. Black's presentation was followed by a question and answer time with many topics covered. Thank you, Mr. Black, for a good program and we wish well as you lead RESC.

Pictured are RESC Superintendent Mr. Aaron Black and Lion Program Chairman, Jack Anderson. 

Also at our meeting . . . 

Jan Aukerman shared information to the club about the Dancing For The Stars fundraiser planned for April 13th at 6:30.  The event will be held at the Union City Jr/Sr High School and will be a tribute to our Veterans. The cost will be $10 and all of the proceeds will be given to the Union City Elks Club Cancer Fund.  If you need more information about this fundraiser call 937-968-5911 or 765-964-5409.

Mr. Jan Aukerman and Lion Owen Griffith


February 12, 2019

The Union City Lions Club held a regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb 12th in the UC Community Room in downtown Union City.  Once again the meal was prepared by D's Restaurant in Union City.  The program for the evening was presented by Jason Blunk.  Jason is the president of the Richmond Civic Theatre in Richmond, Indiana.  The RCT is completing it's 78th season this year.  Mr. Blunk talked about the many activities at the theatre throughout the year and also gave away two sets of tickets to the Richmond Civic Theatre.  Jason told us that the RCT puts on about 20 productions each year which this year included Sister Act and A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Coming up in March will be a presentation of Young Frankenstein, in May it will be Leading Ladies, and looking forward to next season the musical Mamma Mia is in the plans.  The RCT also has a Radio Theatre and a Youth Theatre.  They also plan shows for school groups and had about 1,000 students visit the theater over the past year.  The Richmond Civic Theatre is truly a gem in East Central Indiana from the beautiful facility to great productions for every interest and age group.  For information about RCT, including scheduled performances, ticket prices, and memberships, go to http://www.gorct.org/  Thank you, Jason, for a great program.

 

Pictured are Richmond Civic Theatre President, Jason Blunk and Union City Lion, Sam Davenport.  


January 22, 2019

The Union City Lions Club had its second meeting for the month of January on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.  The club enjoyed the meal prepared by D's Restaurant of Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, and mixed fruit.  The program for the evening was North Side Elementary Assistant Principal, Mr. Andy Stover.  Andy spoke about the character education program going on at the school called, Leader in Me.  North Side was involved last year with a study of the book, "7 Habits of Highly Successful People" by Sean Covey. 

The staff and students studied the 7 habits through the school year last year.  This year they have taken the next step and are involved in the Leader in Me program.  The leader in Me uses the information from the 7 Habits book and teaches kids about good character traits.  Andy emphasized how important character education is for our students in this day and age.  Thanks, Andy for an informative program.

Mr. Andy Stover and Lion Blake Clevenger 


January 8, 2019

The Union City Lions Club started 2019 with their first January meeting.  Once again the meal was provided by D's Restaurant.  Our program was an update by Larry Amspaugh on the past Christmas Season's activities at Harter Park.  A Community Christmas had a spectacular run in December with the Christmas lights at the park.  Larry shared that A Community Christmas had a Facebook page that had 37,000 hits.  From Thanksgiving until Christmas night there were 5474 cars that drove through the park and $18,314.62 in donations was collected.  WOW!  Organizations that manned the gates kept 25% of the gate receipts each night.  The two nights the Union City Lions worked the gates there were 782 cars and our 25% was $681.  Thanks to a Community Christmas for supporting organizations in Union City.  Larry also shared that the light display in the park brings people from all around during December.  On one night (Dec. 15th) there were people who came through the park from over 30 communities around Union City.  Lights and Flights (airplane rides from the airport in Winchester over Harter Park and back) had a great year also.  A fundraiser for PAWS in Union City, there were 139 flights with three people/flight.  We would like to thank Larry, Chad Spence, and all the volunteers that make this possible each year.

Pictured are Lion Larry Amspaugh and program chairman, Lion Ed Speight.

 

Our newest Union City Lion.  Welcome, Jim Dubeansky

to the Lions Club.

 


November 27, 2018

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, November 27th for its second regular meeting of the month.  The 19 members and 1 guest enjoyed pizza from Casey's in Union City.  The program for the evening was presented by Wesley United Methodist Church Pastor, Geoff Grow.  Pastor Grow talked about some of the ministries that their church uses to serve the Union City Community.  Wesley ministries include fellowship ministries, ministries for children and youth, and many outreach ministries.  Pastor Grow also updated the club about the progress on the building on the edge of Union City that will house the new daycare facility.  The building, formerly the Fraternal Order of Eagles, will house the daycare that will be run by the Randolph County YMCA.  Funding to transform the building has come from many state and county grants and also donations from the church here in Union City.  Pastor Grow said that the hope is to have the daycare operational by the 1st of the year.  He also said that the daycare will occupy half of the building and the other half will hold the new facility for the Steps Ministry in Union City.  The Steps is a ministry that focuses on school-age kids and now uses a storefront downtown Union City.  Pastor Grow also said that the new Alive Church will hold it's services on Sunday evening in that facility.  The Alive Church Services are organized by Wesley and are designed to appeal to millennials (a person reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century) in the Union City area.  If you would like more information about Wesley United Methodist Church in Union City, and their ministries, feel free to call the church at 765-964-4792 or check out their website at https://ucwesley.com/

Pictured are Pastor Geoff Grow and Lions program chairman, David Lenkensdofer.


Congratulations to the newest Union City Lion, Len Hindsley.  Len was inducted into the club on Tuesday evening.  Len was sponsored by Lion Kevin Lehman.

Pictured are Lion Kevin Lehman, new Lion member Len Hindsley, and Lions Secretary, Owen Griffith.

 


November 13, 2018

The Union City Lions Club held its 1st  meeting in November on Tuesday, November 13th.  A meal, prepared by D's Restaurant, of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, and fruit was enjoyed by the members and guest present.  The program for the evening was presented by Penny Brunk, manager of Casey's General Store in Union City.  Casey's has been open in Union City now for about 10 months.  Penny told the club that the first Casey's was started in Boone, Iowa in a garage in 1968.  Today Casey's has over 2,000 locations in 16 midwest states.  Casey's is the 5th largest pizza chain in the US and the 4th largest convenience store chain in the US.  Casey's in Union City is open 24 hrs/day and in addition to gasoline and regular convenience store items, it has a full kitchen and an extensive line of food items.  Starting with donuts, made fresh between midnight and 4 AM every day, and a large selection of drinks and snacks, Casey's also has many types of pizza (very delicious pizza I might add) and sandwiches.  The kitchen in Casey's of Union City is also open 24 hrs/day.  The store also has ice cream and many types of coffee.  Nationally, Casey's prides itself in its many partnerships in the communities they serve.  The Union City Casey's partners with clubs, school events, athletic teams, groups doing fundraisers, and Casey's supplies coupons for schools and churches to give out as rewards for many different things.  This past year Casey's celebrated 50 years in business.  The Lions Club would like to thank Penny for a good program and wish Casey's of Union City the best in the future.

Pictured are (L-R) Penny Brunk, Manager at Casey's in Union City, and Lion Program Chairman, Doug LeMaster 

 


October 23, 2018

The Union City Lion Club held its regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23rd.  The Lions in attendance listened to a presentation by Union City business owners, Jim and Diana Dubeansky.  Jim and Diana are owners of Jim's Auto Detailing.  Jim explained how the business got started and talked about the many services they offer.  Jim's Auto Detailing offers Washes, Leather Treatments, Window Glaze, Paint Sealers, Tar removal, Carpet and Upholstery Extraction, Fabric Guard, Vehicle Pick up and delivery, as well as custom services.  Jim's is located at 920 N. Plum Street and can be contacted at (260) 224-9178.  Thanks for an informative program, Jim.

Pictured are L-R: Ed Raszkowski (Program Chair), Jim and Diana Dubeansky.

Our Newest Member - Scott Reagan

Pictured are Union City Lions Secretary Owen Griffith, and new Union City Lions Club member, Scott Reagan.


October 9, 2018

The Union City Lions held its 1st meeting for October at the Community Room in Union City, Indiana on Tuesday, October 9th.  23 members and 3 guests enjoyed a delicious meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, and chocolate pudding.  The program for the evening was presented by Errol Klem from Winchester, Indiana.  Errol spoke about the new Bicentennial Plaza on the south side of the Courthouse in Winchester.  The idea of a "Gathering Place" was first brought forward in the summer of 2016.  After much discussion and many meetings with community and county leaders, the idea finally started to become a reality.  Many individuals were instrumental in coming up with the plan, the design, and the funding of this project.  Scottie Harvey, our own Union City Lion Owen Griffith, Courthouse Architect Bob Taylor, Dustin Nealeigh (a Greenville HS Student), Dane Starbuck, Chris Talley, Mike Wickersham, and of course Errol Klem were all very helpful with this project.

Groundbreaking for the plaza was in April and it was dedicated on Sunday, September 23, 2018.  The Plaza contains many historical plaques fill with Randolph County history, a map of the county, and busts of the two Indiana Governors from Randolph County, Issac P. Gray from Union City, and James P Goodrich from Winchester.  Thanks to Errol and the many people who worked on this project to make it a reality.  The pictures of the plaza included below are from the Internet with credit to the News-Gazette.

Pictures are Errol Klem and Lion Owen Griffith


Update on the Bob Gard Golf Outing:

The Bob Gard Golf Outing was held on September 29th at the Winchester Golf Club.  It was a GREAT SUCCESS as 22 teams participated.  The money raised was given to two organizations, The Journey Home in Winchester, and the Union city Lions Club.  The Journey Home is a place were homeless Veterans can find temporary housing and help.  Over $1300 was raised in the golf outing and donated to these two organizations.  The Journey Home and the Union City Lions Club each received $667.  Thank you to the individuals who organized this fundraiser and to the people who donated money and paid to play.


Sept. 25, 2018

At our meeting on Tuesday evening, we started with a delicious meal prepared by D's Restaurant in Union City.  The members enjoyed chicken, mac and cheese, green beans, mixed fruit, and a roll.  Among the items on the agenda for this meeting was to honor the club members who had perfect attendance last year.  Pictured below are Union City Lions Club members who had perfect attendance during the 2017-18 Lions year.  Thank you for your dedication to the Lions Club of Union City.

Front Row l-r:  Larry Amspaugh, Mick Carpenter, Larry Applegate, George Green, David Lenkensdofer, Owen Griffith, Joe Wyant

Back Row l-r:  Dan Green, Gary Miller, Doug LeMaster, Jack Anderson, Troy Rose, Sam Davenport, Ed Speight, Harold (Hoddy) Speight, Blake Clevenger, Kevin Lehman


Sept. 11, 2018

The Union City Lions Club held the first meeting of the 2018-19 Lions Year on Tuesday, Sept. 11.  A delicious meal served by D's Restaurant here in Union City was enjoyed by the members and three guests.  After the meal, Mike Grimm and Larry Carpenter shared some information about a golf scramble being held in honor of Bob Gard.  Bob worked for 21 years at the Winchester Golf Club and was a Union City Lions Club member for many years. The golf outing will be at 1:00 on Saturday, September 29th, at the Winchester Golf Club.  Proceeds from the outing will go to the Journey Home in Winchester and to the Union City Lions Club.  

The program for the evening was presented by Darby Livingston from Tree Hill Farms.  Darby along with his mother and brother are transforming the family grain farm into a farm that produces what Darby calls "Real Food."  Tree Hill Farms produces vegetables and meats that are chemical, antibiotic, and hormone free.  Their products include many types of produce and meats including pork, beef, chicken, even ducks, geese, and eggs.  Tree Hill Farms want to become the local "one-stop shop for real food."  The goal of Tree Hill is Real Food Made Simple.  Darby told us that Tree Hill Farms has purchased the old Pit Stop Grill building in Union City.  They want to use the facility as a kitchen to process their food and to hold farm to table events.  They do not have plans to open it as a restaurant but would like to bring in guest chefs to prepare meals and to have teaching events that deal with food preparation.  If you are interested in food from Tree Hill Farms the best way to access that is on their website.  They have pick-up locations around the area and will deliver to your door for a $9.00 delivery charge. Their web address is https://treehillfarms.com/   Thank you, Darby, for a great program.

Pictured are Union City Lions Club President Joe Wyant and Darby Livingston from Tree Hill Farms in Union City, IN.

 

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