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5/22/24                                                                                                                    

A few members of the Union City Lions Club planted some trees on May 22nd at Harter Park near the swimming pool. The Lions Club and the Rotary Club continue to accept donations for this tree fund to help purchase trees to be planted in the city. Trees have been planted in the past couple of years in the park and at the Union City Library. Special thanks to Banda's Landscaping and Construction for digging the holes!

If you want to donate to this tree fund, please contact Larry Amspaugh, any Lions Club member, or take your donation to the Union City, IN city building.

Pictured are: L-R Lions members Kevin Lehman, Larry Amspaugh, Rick Lacy, Troy Rose, Dean Coats, and Owen Griffith.
 
 

5/21/24

The Union City Lions Club held its Spring Fellowship Night on Tuesday evening, May 21, 2024.  The Lions and their guests enjoyed the meal catered by Bouser’s Barn of chicken, scalloped potatoes, green beans, and pie.  The group enjoyed a time of conversation and fellowship with other Lions and their spouses.  Lions President, Troy Rose presided over his final club meeting as he will be handing the gavel over to incoming president, Len Hindsley. The Union City Lions will have a busy summer as they will be involved in preparing the food at the Randolph County Airport Fly-in Breakfast, they will be helping in the food building at the Randolph County 4-H Fair, they will be involved at State Line Heritage Days in August, as well as the Rodeo in Harter Park.  A new year of club meetings will begin on the 2nd Tuesday in September.

On the left, Lions Treasurer David Lenkensdofer and his wife Mary Ann, on the right Lions President Troy Rose and his wife Kimberly, and standing behind them Lions Secretary Cheryl Marcum.

   

 

5/14/24

The Union City Lions Club met in the Union City Community Room on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, and were treated to an excellent Pork Chop supper prepared by Diane Dubeansky.  The guest and program for the evening was Winchester H.S. graduate Jackie Welch, Jackie is currently the interim CEO of Randolph United. Randolph United consists of Tourism, Economic Development, and Randolph County Chamber of Commerce of which Jackie is the Director.  As Chamber of Commerce Director, her goal is to help businesses grow and prosper through available Grants. These include REDI Grants These Grants have been received by The Union City Vision Corner, Randolph Eastern Preschool, and applied for by the Randolph County Airport. OCRA (Office of Community and Rural Services) through their Stellar Program partner with the Community Foundation with the goal to grow communities.  Thanks to Jackie for this excellent program.

Union City Lion Owen Griffith and Randolph United Interim CEO, Jackie Welch

 


4/29/24

The Union City Lions Club Blood Draw on April 29 was held in the UC Community Room in conjunction with the SOLVITA Blood Bank of Dayton, Ohio. The Lions Blood Draws are held every eight weeks and are credited with saving many lives throughout the Miami Valley. The Co-ordinator for SOLVITA is Melinda Frech of Centerville. Indiana. The Lions Blood Draw Co-chairs are Hoddy Speight and Doug LeMaster. 

Thanks to all who donated to make this draw a success.

The door prize for the Blood Draw was a beautiful hand-crafted cutting board won by Ashley Moore. The cutting board was donated by Doug LeMaster of Doug’s Workshop in Union City.

UC Lion Hoddy Speight presenting the cutting board to door prize winner Ashley Moore


4/23/24

The Union City Lions Club honored Union City’s first responders at their meeting on Tuesday, April 23, 2024.  The group included 17 of Union City’s police, fire, and EMS personnel. Union City’s Public Safety Director, Eric Hiatt, spoke briefly and praised the efforts of the entire group.  The Lions Club wants to thank this group for their work in the aftermath of the March 14th tornadoes in Randolph County.  The Lions Club appreciates their dedication to their job and their desire to keep us safe.

Union City’s Public Safety Director, Eric Hiatt

   


4/23/24

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday evening, April 23, 2024, in the Community Room in downtown Union City.  The evening started with a delicious fried chicken meal that included potato wedges, baked beans, fruit, and a cookie.  Thanks to Diana Dubeansky for the great food.  The 15 Lions members welcomed 17 of Union City’s first responders.  The club honored the police, fire, and EMS personnel for their work in the aftermath of the March 14th tornadoes in Randolph County.  Union City’s Public Safety Director, Eric Hiatt, spoke briefly and praised the efforts of the entire group.  The Union City Lions Club wants to express our sincere thanks to all first responders in our community.

The entire group enjoyed the program for the evening presented by three members of the Citizen CATE 2024 team from Randolph Eastern Schools.  The team consisted of 5 members, John Zakelj, a high school chemistry teacher, Treva Gough, a third grade teacher, Phil Williams, a technology/KISS assistant, Elizabeth Prinkey, a high school student, and Kevin Lehman, a retired jr high science teacher.  John, Phil, and Kevin explained what this group did during the total solar eclipse on April 8th.  Citizen Continental-America Telescope Eclipse 2024 consisted of 35 teams of citizen scientists that were spread across the United States in the path of totality.  Each group was given about $8,000 of equipment that RESC will be able to keep and use in their science department.  The equipment included a tripod, a motorized mount, a telescope, a polarizing solar filter, a camera that was mounted on the telescope, and a laptop computer with all the software to run everything.  This equipment allowed the group to track the sun as the solar eclipse progressed.  During the 4 minutes of totality, the camera took over 1000 pictures of the sun’s corona that were uploaded to the Southwest Research Institute.  SwRI is now in the process of taking data and images from all 35 sites and making a 60-minute video of the sun’s corona.  This will help in their study of the magnetic structure of the sun’s corona, hopefully revealing how magnetic energy is converted into heat and giving them data that will allow them to measure the strength of the solar wind more accurately.  After the presentation, the three team members answered questions about their experience.  Thanks to the Citizen CATE 2024 team for an informative program.

Citizen CATE team members from Randolph Eastern Schools are Phil Williams, John Zakelj, and Kevin Lehman. 
(Not pictured: Treva Gough and Elizabeth Prinkey)

4/9/24

The Union City Lions Club met at the Union City Community Room on Tuesday, April 9, and enjoyed a wonderful meal of Fried chicken and coleslaw prepared by Diane Dubeansky. The program for the evening was presented by Sgt. Brandon Barndollar of the Winchester Police Department. Sgt. Barndollar discussed the RANDOLPH COUNTY LAW ENFORCEMENT YOUTH LEADERSHIP CAMP and the many positive aspects of the camp, The camp which is free to the participants is sponsored by donations from local individuals and businesses. This program is open to 80 students ages 10-15, runs 4 days and 3 nights, and includes many aspects of law enforcement, as well as fun activities for the students. Camp applications can be obtained from their school or local police departments.  More information is available on Facebook or from local police departments.

   

Pictured are UC Lions Program Chair Michael Peden and Sgt. Barndollar


3/26/24

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, March 26, in the Union City Community Room.  The members were served a meal of sandwiches and soup prepared by Diana Dubeansky.  Union City Lion and Vice District Governor Elect, Jim Dubeansky, reported on the disaster relief grant that was applied for and used for tornado victims from Union City and Winchester.  Jim reported that the materials received were distributed and that more help was arriving from around Indiana.  The program was presented by UC Lion David Lenkensdofer.  David is working on the beginnings of a Union City Body Company Museum.  A building was donated to the Union City Development Corporation and the work has begun to develop that site.  David showed the club a watercolor picture depicting the future museum painted by UCHS art student Sylaris Denney.  There were also other pictures and pencil drawings that showed some of the vehicles made in Union City, including the earliest Auburn Cord Duesenberg.  Over the years the Body Company built school buses, theater chairs, buses, and delivery trucks.  The company changed hands a few times and today, known as Workhorse, is building all-electric delivery trucks.

Pictured are David Lenkensdofer with Union City Lion Club President, Troy Rose.

   

Artwork by Sylaris Denney

    

 UCBC Vehicle Artwork

Union City Lions who helped deliver relief supplies from The Lions Club International Foundation.  L-R, Doug LeMaster, Len Hindsley, Kevin Lehman, Gary Miller, Rick Lacy, and Jim Dubeansky.

 

3/12/24

The Union City Lions Club met on March 12, 2024, in the Community Room in Union City, IN.  The meeting started with a meal of Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, corn, and delicious pie.  The program for this meeting was presented by Marla Threewits, a Randolph County 2024 Eclipse Committee member.  On April 8, 2024, Randolph County will be in the direct path of totality for the Great American Eclipse.  The center line of totality will move through the county passing about a half mile south of Union City.  The sun will be completely blocked for about 4 minutes.  How many people will come to the county to view the eclipse is anybody's guess, but the committee is planning for many visitors.  The Randolph County Tourism Bureau started this committee in May of 2023, and they have been busy planning since then.  The committee has partnered with students from Purdue University who have designed signs and made “solar smores” kits for students in the county to put together. There will be activities all over the county that whole weekend into Monday the 8th. (Including our own Lions Club Spring Pancake Day on Saturday, April 6th from 6:00am until noon.)

There are T-shirts for sale at The Corner Cupboard and Kaups Pharmacy in Union City.  The committee also has an Eclipse Hotline up and running.  If you have questions about the eclipse or activities in Randolph County that weekend you can call toll-free: 1-844-978-6688.  Thanks, Marla, for an informative program.  Now all we need is a nice SUNNY day on April 8th.

    

Marla Threewits from the Randolph County 2024 Eclipse Committee and UC Lions President Troy Rose

 

 


3/12/24

The Union City Lions Club is starting a new fundraising initiative.  We will be selling TerriLynn nuts and snacks.  These can be purchased online ONLY from the website below.  The club gets a share of the profit for our use.

Enjoy delicious nuts and snacks and help the Union City Lions Club raise some money. Order from this website and a portion of your cost will come back to the Union City Lions. It's easy to do, helpful to the club, and tasty! Thank you in advance for your help and enjoy your snacks.

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3/6/24

Congratulations to Union City Lions Past President, Jim Dubeansky.
Indiana Lions Club District 25D Governor Julia Kozicki presented Union City Lions Club Past President Jim Dubeansky with the 2022-2023 President’s Excellence Award at the State Convention in Noblesville, Indiana on Saturday, March 3, 2024.
Union City Lions, Jim Dubeansky, also accepts the Position of First Vice of District 25 D for the 2024-2025 Lions year. Indiana Lion District 25D stretches from north of Indianapolis, through central Indiana, to the state line and includes 9 counties. The counties in District 25D are Blackford, Delaware, Grant, Hamilton, Howard, Jay, Madison, Randolph, and Tipton.

3/4/24

The Union City Lions in collaboration with SOLVITA Blood Bank of Dayton, Ohio hold a Blood Draw every eight weeks in The Union City Community Room. The Blood Draw on March 4th was very successful with with 30 donations.

Pictured L-R are Lions Co-chair Hoddy Speight, Yvette Hampton (Randolph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center) Malinda Frech (SOLVITA Account Manager), and Lions Co-Chair Doug LeMaster.

Union City Lions Club Blood Draw Co-Chair Doug LeMaster presents the Donor Door Prize to winner Linda Temple. The gift basket was donated by Yevette Hampton of the Randolph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Winchester, IN. 


2/27/24

The Union City Lions Club met on February 27th for its second regular meeting in February.  Sixteen members and one guest enjoyed the meal prepared by Diana Dubeansky.  The program for the evening was presented by Stacy Burk-Chesterfield.  Stacy has been the HR Manager at Workhorse in Union City since 2021.  Stacy talked about the path Workhorse has taken in the past few years as they navigated changes in management and vehicle production.  Workhorse invested in plant upgrades and has now focused its production on the W56 all-electric delivery vehicle it launched in August of 2023.   This vehicle has a range of around 120 miles which makes it ideal for delivery companies.  Stacy talked about the workforce they employ and said that 70% of their laborers live within a 20-minute drive of the plant.  Workhorse feels they are positioned to do well in the next few years as the push for electric vehicles moves forward.  Thanks to Stacy for a very informative program.

UC Lions Program Chairman Len Hindsley, and Workhorse HR Manager Stacy Burk Chesterfield


1/23/24

The Union City Lions regular meeting enjoyed a “Taco Bar” meal and dessert provided by Diana Dubeansky.  The program for the evening was presented by Jason Hawley (Union City H.S. Teacher), Kyle Woolston, (Randolph Eastern Schools (Vocational Agriculture Teacher), and Carter Sickels, (Junior Vo. Ag. Student).  Jason explained that they seek to help the community in the area of Food Insecurity by providing meals from the Agricultural products provided by the Ag Department and also training in the trades.  Kyle discussed food production through the Animal Science program. He also talked about the new building projects that are underway,  Carter, who has a great deal of experience with farming, talked about raising chickens and mentioned that he enjoys "raising chickens, watching chickens and eating chickens”. There were no chickens present for comment!  The program was well received by the club and an informative question and answer session followed. Open house for the new Ag building is Wed, Jan. 31 at 5:00 PM.

The Union City Lions Club meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month and anyone interested in attending may contact a Lions Club member.


 

Pictured are: L-R. Lions program chairman Len Hindsley, Jason Hawley, Carter Sickels, and Kyle Woolston


1/9/24

The Union City Lions Club met on January 8th for its first meeting of 2024.  Diana Dubeansky prepared a meal of chicken strips, mac and cheese, green beans, and cupcakes.  The program was presented by UC Lion Larry Amspaugh.  Larry spoke about the 2023 version of A Community Christmas in Harter Park.  He said that 7951 cars drove through the park this past Christmas season.  Many groups and organizations help by manning the gate and collecting donations. A Community Christmas allowed each group to take a percentage of the gate as a donation.  Our Lions Club worked two nights in December and received $1024 from the money collected on those nights.  Thanks to A Community Christmas for the great light display this season.

Larry Amspaugh
 
Harter Park, December 2023

12-12-23

The Union City Lions Club celebrated Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 12th.  Eighteen Lions and our special guests gathered in the Union City Community Room for good food and fellowship.  Diana Dubeansky prepared a meal of tossed salad, fried chicken or ham, cheesy potatoes, corn, pineapple upside-down cake, and cheesecake.  All enjoyed the cookies, candies, and other Christmas treats provided.  There were UC Lions trivia questions that led to prizes for the person who answered first, all the ladies received a small gift bag, and all of the centerpieces were given away with a drawing at the end.  The Union City Lions Club feels blessed to be able to serve such a great community.  Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to all!

 


11-28-23

Shanda Solomon, Director of the Randolph County Recycling District, presented the program at the November 28th Lions Club regular meeting held at the Union City Community Room. Shanda who is in her eleventh year as Director discussed the services available through the Recycling District to the residents of Randolph County. There are 29 Drop-Off Bins throughout the County which are managed by BEST WAY for items that can be recycled.

Shonda distributed a pamphlet (Green & Clean) explaining what can be recycled and what cannot and how the items should be disposed of.  POLLUTION SOLUTION located on East State Route 32 is the drop-off place for Household Hazardous Waste as well as used electronic items.

Residents can contact the Recycling District at 765-584-9816 for further information. Programs for organizations are available through the office at 105 W. Franklin St. in Winchester.

Shonda Solomon and Scott Flory (Union City Lions Program Chairman)


11-14-23

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, November 14, 2023.  A meal of mashed potatoes, chicken and dumplings, corn, and a brownie was enjoyed by the 21 members present.  The program for the evening was presented by Lion Mike Peden.  Mike works for the Jay County REMC and spoke about that organization.  The Jay County REMC was started in 1936 and serves all or parts of 6 counties in east central Indiana.  The counties include Jay, Adams, Delaware, Randolph, Blackford, and Wells.  The REMC buys its electricity from The Wabash Valley Power Alliance and supplies that energy to rural customers in their co-op.  All of the REMC districts in the state assist one another when help is needed.  Thanks to Mike for an interesting program.

UC Lion Mike Peden and Lion President Troy Rose

 

11-13-23

The winner of the drawing at the recent Union City Lions Club blood draw was Katherine Elliott. The gift card was provided by Randolph Nursing and Rehabilitation.  Presenting the gift card to Katherine is UC Lion Cheryl Marcum.  The next UC Lions blood draw will be held on Jan. 8, 2024.  If you are interested in donating blood you can schedule a time online at https://www.donortime.com/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/67760

UC Lion Cheryl Marcum presents a gift card to drawing winner Katherine Elliot


10-24-23

The Union City Lions held the second meeting for October on Tuesday evening, October 24th.  The meal prepared by Diana Dubeansky included a breakfast casserole, biscuits, and pie.  The program for this meeting was about Union City’s chapter of Brianna’s Hope and was presented by Kevin Lawrence.  Brianna’s Hope started in Union City 8 years ago when a group of people realized that there was a need for a program to help people struggling with drug abuse.  Brianna’s Hope has many chapters in Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky and the program takes its name from a young woman in Jay County who died of a drug overdose.  Kevin shared that many addicts would give anything to be released from the addiction they are suffering from.  Brianna’s Hope meets every Sunday evening at the Wesley United Methodist Church for a meal and the 12-20 people who attend are offered support from people in our community who care about them.  Kevin shared that many of the leaders in Union City’s chapter are success stories who have been helped through Brianna’s Hope.  Kevin brought Tyler Miller with him for the presentation.  Thanks for all you guys do for our community.

Tyler Miller and Kevin Lawrence from Brianna's Hope with UC Lion Scott Reagan

 

10-14-23

The Union City Lions Club hosted the Indiana Lions 25-D Cabinet meeting at the Community Room on Oct. 14. Lions from East Central Indiana attended and met for a time of socializing and District business.  The meeting was attended by Chad Spence, Mayor of Union City, Indiana who had kind words for the Union City Lions for all the services they provide for the community.
   
 
Pic #1 - Union City’s Lion Mascot “Gus”
Pic #2 - R-L  - Kathy Lozier, Cabinet Treasurer; Betty Weist, Cabinet Secretary; David Simpson, First Vice Governor; Julia Kozicki, District 25-D Governor; Jeff Kozicki, Global Membership Team; Diana Dubeansky, wife of Jim Dubeansky; Jim Dubeansky, Second Vice Governor and UC Club Past President

 


10-10-23

The Lions Club of Union City met on Tuesday, Oct. 10th in the Community Room in downtown Union City.  The meeting started with a meal of ham and beans, fried potatoes, and cornbread that was enjoyed by the 20 members in attendance.  The program for the evening was a tour of Vision Corner directed by Union City Mayor Chad Spence.  Vision Corner (the old Apothecary Shoppe building) is located on the corner of Columbia St. and Pearl St. in downtown Union City and is a big piece of Union City’s efforts to revitalize its downtown area.  Mayor Spence led the group through the building explaining how the concept got its start, where funding has come from, and explained what would be housed in the different spaces in the building.  He answered the club member’s many other questions about the building's history and its future uses.  Funding for Vision Corner has come from many directions including the State of Indiana, Randolph County, and local businesses.   

Vision Corner will become the home of two RESC school-based enterprises, KISS TV and Apache Design.  Kiss is one of only 4 school-based TV stations in the state of Indiana and Apache is a student-run printing business.  Other space in Vision Corner will be used as classroom space for small business development.  Upstairs will have a room to house RESC’s E-Sports program and classroom space for Ivy Tech Community College.  Also included will be an EMT training room and a Medical Assistant Training room facilitated by Ivy Tech and Reid Health.

Mayor Spence shared that Vision Corner is a “work in progress’ and what is contained in the facility may very well change over the years as community needs change.  Hopes are to have a ribbon cutting in April to officially open Vision Corner.  Thanks to Union City Mayor, Chad Spence, for a very informative program.

 
Pictured are Union City Lions President Troy Rose and Union City, IN Mayor Chad Spence.
 
 

9-26-23

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, September 26th at the Community Room in Union City.  16 members and 3 guests enjoyed a meal of lasagna, green beans, and salad.  The program for the meeting was presented by Julie Kozicki, Lions District 25D Governor.  Julie is a member of the Noblesville Lions Club and is serving as our district governor this year.  Her theme for this year is “What is a Lion?”  She encouraged the club to have fun as they serve, do an environmental service project, and celebrate success. She told us how important it is to participate in the Lions International Foundation and help with the many state projects of the Indiana Lions.  Joe Wyant was inducted into the Union City Lions Club.  A big welcome to Joe and thanks to Julie for visiting Union City.

Union City Lions Club President Troy Rose, Indiana District 25D Governor Julie Kozicki, and 2nd Vice District Governor Jim Dubeansky

Joe Wyant is receiving his pin as a new member from his sponsor, UC Lion Jim Dubeansky


8-8-23

The Union City Lions Club was active at State Line Heritage Days in Union City this summer.  We were involved in selling brats and corn on the cob, running the disc golf tournament, and being a part of the parade.  We want to thank everyone who supported the Lions at our food booth and would like to thank the SLHD committee for their hard work in putting together this summer celebration.  We are looking forward to a great 2023-2024 Union City Lions Club year as we continue to serve our community.

 

 

 

 

 


7-30-23

Union City Lions 3rd Annual

State Line Heritage Days Disc Golf Tournament

Held at Harter Park in Union City, IN

Registration starts at 8:00 AM and the tournament starts at 9:00 AM, on Saturday, August 5th

$25 Entry Fee

Cash prizes to the top three disc golfers


7-19-23

The Union City Lions Club does not officially meet in the summer months but does stay active.  On Monday, July 17th, the club sponsored one of its every-other-month blood draws in the Community Room in Union City.  The winner of the door prize was Stacy Stubblefield.  Stacy won a cutting board donated by Doug’s Woodworking of Union City.  The next UC Lions blood draw is scheduled for September 11, 2023.  If you are interested in donating blood go to  https://www.donortime.com/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/67756 to schedule a time.

The Lions also volunteered at the Randolph County 4-H Fair on Monday.  A group of Union City Lions members helped serve lunch to attendees at the 4-H Fair.

On August 3-5, we will be busy at Union City’s State Line Heritage Days.  We will be serving corn on the cob and brats downtown during the festival.  We will also be sponsoring a Disc Golf Tournament on Saturday, August 5th, in Harter Park.  And just a week later, on Saturday, Aug. 12th, we will be serving brats at the Rodeo in Harter Park.

There is a lot going on in Union City this summer.  Come out and enjoy the activities.

 
UC Lion David Lenkensdofer presents the blood draw door prize to Stacy Stubblefield
 
 
UC Lions serving lunch at the Randolph County 4-H Fair

5-23-23

The Union City Lions Club enjoyed its Spring Fellowship Night on Tuesday, May 23rd.  Club members and their guests were served a delicious meal in the Community Room in downtown Union City.  Following the meal, there were comments by outgoing president, Jim Dubeansky.  Jim thanked the club for a great year of service.  President Jim then awarded the first annual Union City Lions Club Person of the Year Award.  This year’s recipient is Ted Leahey.  Ted was a teacher at UCCHS for 35 years and when he retired he became an instructor at Indiana University and at IU East in Richmond.  Ted was instrumental in starting the Union City Preservation Society which helps to preserve historic buildings around Union City.  Congratulations Ted, thanks for all you do for the Union City community.  Owen Griffith was recognized for his service to the club as secretary for 10+ years.  Cheryl Marcum will assume the club's secretarial duties next year.  The gavel was passed from Outgoing Club President, Jim Dubeansky to the club’s 2023-24 president, Lion Troy Rose.  We are all looking forward to another great year.  All of the ladies received a small gift, and the eight centerpieces were raffled off as the evening ended.

Ted Leahey receives the 2023 Person of the Year Award from Lions President Jim Dubeansky

   

   

  


The Union City Lions donated $500 to help start a Jr High baseball team in Union City.

Jeff Wendell from Carts and Parts in Union City accepts a $500 check from UC Lions Treasurer, Troy Rose. 


Three groups of students from Union City Jr/Sr High School helped out at the Spring Pancake Day.  The Union City Lions Club presented a donation to each group for their help.  Presenting the checks is UC Lion, Blake Clevenger.

Check presented to Alec Spence and Kolson Clemons representing the UCHS Football Team

Check presented to Jude Connor representing the UCHS National Honor Society (NHS)

Check presented to Audrey Black representing the UCJSHS Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)


5/9/23

The Union City Lions Club met on May 9th to install 2023-24 Club Year officers.  The meeting started with a meal prepared by Diana Dubeansky and a discussion of the many events/meetings planned for this summer.  The Installation of Officers was conducted by UC Lions Club Secretary, Owen Griffith.  Listed are the club officers for the coming Lions year.

President        Troy Rose

1st Vice President    Len Hindsley

2nd Vice President    David Lenkensdofer

3rd Vice President    Dan Green

Secretary        Cheryl Marcum

Treasurer        David Lenkensdofer

One-Year Director    Rick Lacy

One-Year Director    Gary Miller

Two-Year Director    David Hsia

Two-Year Director    Chad Enicks

Lion Tamer        Mike Peden

Tail Twister        Scott Flory

Membership Chair.    Larry Amspaugh

Past President        Jim Dubeansky

UC Lions Secretary, Owen Griffith installing the 2023-24 club officers.

front row L-R: David Lenkendsofer, Jim Dubeansky, Cheryl Marcum,         Troy Rose, Gary Miller

back row L-R: Scott Flory, Mike Peden, Chad Enicks, Len Hindsley,          Rick Lacy, Larry Amspaugh, David Hsia


 

4/25/23

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, April 25th at the Union City Community Room.  The evening started with a meal prepared by Diana Dubeansky.  The program was presented by Union City Lion, David Hsia.  David is a new member of the club and the owner of Bear’s Rootbeer in Union City, Ohio.  David shared with the club his background and his work in Biotechnology.  David's high school chemistry teacher in Taiwan encouraged him to study Biochemistry.  He attended U.C. Berkeley and became a research assistant.  Much of his work was in the field of Monoclonal Antibodies.  They are instrumental in the development of vaccines, and antigen tests like pregnancy tests and COVID tests. David established the GE Healthcare Life Sciences Tech Center in Shanghai, China where they developed a purification process for inactivated viruses that allowed high-quality vaccines to be produced.  He also helped Korean LG Life Science build a recombinant flu vaccine plant.  We are very glad to welcome David Hsia to our club and the Union City community.

Program Chairman, Rick Lacy with David Hsia

Cheryl Marcum was inducted into the club and becomes the newest member of the Union City Lions Club.  Pictured are her sponsor, UC Lion Larry Amspaugh, Cheryl, and UC Lion Secretary, Owen Griffith.

 

4/15/23

Union City Lions President successfully completed the class for Leadership at the Indiana Leadership Conference in Indianapolis April 13-15, 2023.  The Class was instructed by Lions’ District Officers and Lions International Dignitaries. 

L-R. Past District Governor Charlie Scott; Past District Governor Marty Juel; Union City Lions’ President Jim Dubeansky; Past International Director Doug Lozier; Past District Governor Tom Robins.


4/8/23

The Union City Lions Club held its annual Lions Easter Egg Hunt at Harter Park on April 8th.  It was a cool but sunny day and a big crowd of kids and adults came out to enjoy the weather and the hunt.  Even Gus, the UC Lions mascot, made an appearance.  There were age divisions for all kids 1-12 years of age and plenty of eggs.  At 1:00 the signal was given and at least 150 kids started collecting the plastic eggs that were spread around the east end of the park.  There were many numbered eggs that were traded in for a nice $1.00 bill and all of the kids received a candy bar from the Lions Club.  For the first time this year, the Wesley UMC partnered with the Lions Club and provided hotdogs, chips, and drinks for all who attended.  They also had a raffle for some larger prizes including bicycles, a mini basketball hoop, 10 Lego sets, and other items.  Any child that was not fortunate enough to win one of the raffle drawings was allowed to select from a large group of assorted toys.  The whole event was a huge success and everyone had a great time.

   

 

4/1/23

Our Spring 2023 Pancake Day was a great time for our community to come out and connect with each other at the same time they were supporting our Lions Club. 

     


4/1/23

On Saturday, April 1, 2023, Jim Dubeansky was honored at the District 25-D Convention in Greentown, Indiana. Jim received the Governor’s Award for outstanding leadership as President of the Union City, Lions Club. Jim was also presented with the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for Dedication to Humanitarian Services. Melvin Jones was the founder of the Lions Club International for which this award was named. The Melvin Jones Award is one of the highest Lions Club International Awards and is a great honor for Jim Dubeansky and the Union City Indiana/Ohio Club.
Pictured: From L-R International Director, Allen Snider, from Niagra on the Lake Canada, Jim Dubeansky, District 25-D Governor Eric Schuman, Deanna Schuman, wife of Eric Schuman.

3/28/23

The Union City Lions Club met at the Community Room on Tuesday, March 28th, for their regular meeting. Once again a delicious meal was prepared for the club by Diana Dubeansky. The club enjoyed a meal of breakfast casserole, potatoes, and a biscuit. The program for the evening was presented by UC Lion Blake Clevenger. Blake is the Technology Coordinator at Randolph Eastern School Corporation and the coach of the newly formed UCHS E-Sports team. This new program offers students the opportunity to compete in online gaming with E-Sports teams from other schools. The team had some success this year and now they are looking forward to next year when they can compete in the league. The high school’s KISS-TV program even broadcast some of the E-Sports competitions this past year. The Lions also welcomed two new members. Joining the Union City Lions Club are Chad Enicks and Terry Dowler.

Pictured is UCJSHS E-Sports Coach Blake Clevenger.

New UC Lions Club members, Chad Enicks and Terry Dowler are being welcomed by Lions President Jim Dubeansky.


3/27/23

The Union City Lions Club in coordination with the Community Blood Bank of Dayton, Ohio sponsored a Blood Draw on March 27, 2023, at the Community Room in Union City. 30 donations were received which exceeded the goal of 27. Thanks to all who donated at the Blood Draw.

A door prize is given at each draw. This Month’s winner was James Magee, The door prize was donated by Doug LeMaster of Doug’s workshop in Union City, IN.

Pictured are Lion Scott Flory and the door prize winner James Magee.

 

 

2/28/23

The  Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, in the Community Room in downtown Union City.  Eleven Lions and seven guests enjoyed a delicious meal of fried chicken, potato wedges, corn, and pineapple upside-down cake prepared and served by Diana Dubeansky.  The club welcomed three prospective new members to the meeting who were visiting for the first time.  The club also welcomed some guests from our Indiana Lions Zone and from our Indiana Lions District.  1st Vice District Governor, Julia Kozicki, spoke for a few minutes and emphasized that working together for service makes for an enjoyable time.  Julia also presented Union City Lion, Curt Brooks, a pin for being a Lions Club member for 30 years.  2nd Vice District Governor, Rocky Simpson, also spoke and told the club this bit of advice:  If you want to be happy for 1 hour - go to a movie, if you want to be happy for 1 day - go to an amusement park, if you want to be happy for 1 week - go on a vacation.  But if you want to be happy in life - give yourself to others.  Also in attendance were our Zone Chairman, Jeff Manning from the Saratoga, IN Lions Club, and Anita Hines, secretary of the Saratoga Lions Club.

Pictured are Rocky Simpson, Julia Kozicki, UC Lions President Jim Dubeansky, Anita Hines, and Jeff Manning

UC Lion Curt Brooks received his 30-year membership pin from 1st Vice District Governor, Julia Kozicki.


3/14/23

The Union City Lions Club met for its first regular meeting of February on the 14th, Valentine's Day, in the Community Room in Union City. A meal of lasagna, garlic bread, and lettuce salad prepared by Diana Dubeansky was served to the members present. Tyler Dubeansky presented the program for this meeting. Tyler works for NewPark Resources. The company is based in Louisiana and has an office in Portland, IN. NewPark places Dura-Base mats for companies like AEP to give heavy equipment access to their power poles for replacement or repair. Tyler said the patented mats are made of composite plastic and are rented to companies that need to use them. The mats weigh about 1000 lbs each, are 8 feet by 14 feet in size, and are all manufactured in Louisiana. The mats are completely recyclable and when they are worn out or damaged they are sent to Louisiana where they grind them up and make new mats. Thanks for a great program, Tyler.
 
 
Picture: UC Lions program chairman Mike Peden with Tyler Dubeansky from NewPark Resources
 

2/21/23

Amy Roessner, Third Grade Teacher at Mississinawa Valley School, and Brody the Therapy Dog made a presentation to the Union City Lions Club Board of Directors on Tuesday, Feb. 21.  Mississinawa Valley is excited to announce that an Animal-Assisted Intervention (AAI) program is coming to the school to promote social/emotional well-being. AAI is designed to promote improvement in human physical, social, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive functioning. Amy is the handler of Brody, a Bernadoodle, who is being trained to be a Certified Therapy Dog.  The Union City Lions Board of Directors, after hearing Amy's presentation, voted to donate $500.00 to help with the expenses involved with Brody.

MV Elementary Principal, Stephanie Kemp; Amy Roessner, UC Lions President, Jim Dubeansky; along with Brody, the Therapy Dog.

 

Union City Lions Club President Jim Dubeansky was selected to be the Chairman of Region 3, Zone A&B for District 25-D of the Lions Club International. The District Governor and his wife (Eric and Deanna Schuman) awarded Jim with the Pin indicating his Chairmanship at the Cabinet Meeting in Tipton, IN on Sat. Feb. 4.  Jim has been a Union City Lion since 2018 and has served as President and Vice President, and has been active on the following committees: Fellowship Night; Pancake Day; State Line Heritage Days; 75th Anniversary program; Fly-In; Rodeo Food booth, and the Constitution and ByLaws. 

Pictured are Union City Lions Club President, Jim Dubeansky being presented his Region 3 Chairman Pin by Deanna Schuman and District Governor, Eric Schuman.


2/14/23

The Union City Lions Club met for its first regular meeting of February on the 14th, Valentine's Day, in the Community Room in Union City.  A meal of lasagna, garlic bread, and lettuce salad prepared by Diana Dubeansky was served to the members present.  Tyler Dubeansky presented the program for this meeting.  Tyler works for NewPark Resources.  The company is based in Louisiana and has an office in Portland, IN.  NewPark places Dura-Base mats for companies like AEP to give heavy equipment access to their power poles for replacement or repair.  Tyler said the patented mats are made of composite plastic and are rented to companies that need to use them.  The mats weigh about 1000 lbs each, are 8 feet by 14 feet in size, and are all manufactured in Louisiana.  The mats are completely recyclable and when they are worn out or damaged they are sent to Louisiana where they grind them up and make new mats.  Thanks for a great program, Tyler.

UC Lions program chairman Mike Peden with Tyler Dubeansky from NewPark Resources

 
 

1/24/23

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, Jan 24th in the Union City Community Room.  The meal prepared by Diana Dubeansky consisted of creamed beef, mashed potatoes, and cookies.  The program for the evening was presented by Melinda Frech from the Community Blood Center. The Union City Lions Club sponsors 6 blood draw dates each year.  Melinda informed the club that in 2022 their blood draws registered 210 donors and collected 192 units of blood.  Each pint of blood donated can impact three people so the club's blood draws in 2022 impacted 576 people.  Melinda told the club that each unit of blood collected is tested for multiple things to keep the blood supply safe.  The UC Lion's next scheduled blood draw is March 27th.  If you would like to be scheduled to donate blood you can visit https://www.givingblood.org/ to schedule a time.

Pictured are Melinda Frech from the Community Blood Center and      UC Lion Len Hindsley

  

 


1/2/23

Congratulations to Union City Lions Club President

Jim Dubeansky

ATTENTION all 25-D Lions!  It is my honor and privilege to announce that I have appointed Lion President James Dubeansky of the Union City Lions Club as Region 3 Region Chair.  I offer my heartiest congratulations to Lion Jim and have full faith that he will carry out his duties for Region 3.  

Yours in Lionism,

Eric Schuman, PDG

District Governor, District 25-D

Lions of Indiana - 2022-2023

 

New Indiana Lions Region 3 Chair, Jim Dubeansky


President Jim Dubeansky of the Union City Lions Club presents a check for $500 to the Union City Football Club.  The money will be used to help with the purchase of new uniforms.  Pictured are Lions Club president Jim Dubeansky and Wendy McDavid with her two grandsons Aydence and Kamdyn McDavid.

 

12/13/22

The Union City Lions Club celebrated the season with its Fellowship Night on Dec. 13, 2022.   27 members and guests were served a delicious meal prepared by Diana Dubeansky.  While Christmas music played in the background, those in attendance enjoyed a salad, fried chicken, ham, scalloped potatoes, and green beans, along with cheesecake, and cookies for dessert.  Union City Lions President, Jim Dubeansky took a few minutes to highlight the activities the club was involved in during 2022.  Each lady was given a small gift bag of candy and wine and a number of beautiful centerpieces were given away as door prizes.

  

  

  

 

11/22/22

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, November 22, at the Community Room in Union City.  The meeting began with a great meal of fried chicken, potatoes, corn, and pie.  The program was presented by Chris Shaneyfelt, Randolph County’s 911 Director.  Chris is also our Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director.  Chris has worked in emergency services since 1984.  Chris talked about the upgrade in the communication system in Randolph County.  The upgrade started in 2016 and has included a remodel of the 911 call center in Winchester.  The new equipment also consists of a new radio system and three, 300ft towers.  The towers are located just outside of Deerfield, at the new Randolph County Highway Garage, and along highway 36 in the southern part of the county and cover our county much better than the old system.  The system went live in July 2022 and is making the job of first responder more efficient. Thank you Chris for a very informative presentation.

The Union City Lions welcomed its newest member, David Hsia.  David runs Bear’s Rootbeer (formerly A&W) in Union City

UC Lions President Jim Dubeansky, and Randolph County 911 Director, Chris Shaneyfelt.

 
 
 New Lions member, David Hsia, and UC Lion Owen Griffith.

11/8/22

The Union City Lions Club met on Nov. 8th for the first regular meeting in November. The meal was again served by Diana Dubeansky and consisted of a delicious breakfast casserole and a biscuit.  The program for the evening was presented by Mr. Neal Adams, the Randolph Eastern School’s Director of Grant Management and STEM Integration.  Neal said the grant management part of his job consists of finding needs, finding funding, writing grants, budget planning, and reporting to the school board.  As the director of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math)  integration, he works with Project Based Learning integration and professional development.  He spoke of the grant money that RESC has earned in the past two years.  RESC has been awarded $4,263,529 in competitive grants and an overall grant total of $8,154,861,32.  The grant money comes from a variety of sources and is used in a variety of ways.  Money from 16 local, state, and national competitive grants helps RESC fund many things including the School Resource Officer, Project Lead the Way, the Alternative School at UCJSHS, programs that help the staff teach employability skills at all grade levels, digital learning, the DECA and KISS programs, and many other things.  RESC was awarded $425,000 with the Indiana Excellence in Leading and Learning Award.  They were the only school corporation in the state of Indiana to win this award. And most recently RESC was awarded $3.3 million in The Next Generation School Grant which is designed to allow a school to “rethink how we do school.”  Thanks for a good program, Neal.  Keep up the good work.

 
Pictured are UC Lion Kevin Lehman and Neal Adams, RESC Director of Grant Management and STEM Integration.
 
 

11/5/22

Our Fall Pancake Day was a big success! We had a big indoor crowd and a steady stream of drive-through customers all morning. Thanks to all who came and supported the Union City Lions Club. A big thanks to the committee (Rick Lacy, Blake Clevenger, Scott Flory, Len Hindsley, and Mike Peden). Special thanks to HomeTown Coffee for supplying the coffee for this event and to all the students who helped us. We will see you again on April 1, 2023, for the spring version of our pancake day.


10/25/22

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, October 25th in the Community Room in downtown Union City.  The meal was served by Diana Dubeansky, and consisted of hamburger goulash, garlic bread, tossed salad, and peach cobbler.  The program for the meeting was presented by Steve Shoemaker, the City Manager of Union City, Indiana.  Steve talked to the Lions about the collaboration between the Public Safety Directors from both Indiana and Ohio.  The Public Safety Directors oversee the Police and Fire Departments.  Union City Indiana recently appointed Eric Hiatt as their Public Safety Director.  Eric has been involved in public service on both sides of the state line for many years and his new role is basically an administrative role.  Steve said that both sides have figured out that we need to work together to be more efficient and effective and that the move toward collaboration is progressing very fast.  Steve said, “We won’t have to duplicate each other if we work together more.”  He emphasized that the focus of this collaboration is to “do what’s right for our citizens.”   Steve also talked a bit about some new endeavors in Union City including Vision Corner, HomeTown Coffee, Roots Deli, the Union City Body Company Museum, and the Governor Grey Estates housing development just off North Plum street.  Thanks for the interesting update, Steve.  There are some fantastic things happening in Union City.

The Lions also discussed three upcoming events.  The Halloween Parade is on Saturday, Oct. 29th, the Lions Fall Pancake Day is on Nov. 5th and the Lion's Blood Draw is on November 7th.

Pictured are UC Lions President, Jim Dubeansky and Union City Indiana's City Manager, Steve Shoemaker.

 

10/11/22

The Union City Lions Club welcomed Indiana Lions District Governor, Eric Schuman to our October 11th meeting.  The Lions enjoyed beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, corn, and a cookie all prepared by Diana Dubeansky.  Lions Governor Schuman has been a Lion for over 40 years and is a member of the Greentown, Indiana Lions Club.  Lion Eric talked to the club about his goals for our district during this Lions year.  His talk focused on the phrase, “Together We Can Serve More,” and he told us, “It’s a great day to be a Lion.”  Global goals for Lions International are (1) Membership - Share the Joy of Being a Lion, (2) Service - Think Big When We Serve, (3) Lions Club International Foundation - Keep Our Foundation Strong, and (4) Be Community Leaders - Be a Local Advocate.  Eric encouraged us to think outside the box when it comes to programs, activities, and membership.  Thanks to Lion Schuman for coming to our meeting and for his service as our District Governor this year.

Union City Lions President, Jim Dubeansky, and Indiana District 25-C Governor, Eric Schuman.

Union City Lion President, Jim Dubeansky, accepts a friendship banner from Indiana District 25-C Governor, Eric Schuman

 

9/27/22

The Union City Lions Club met on Sept. 27th at the Union City Community Room.  The evening started with a great meal of meatloaf, scalloped potatoes, corn, and pineapple upside-down cake prepared by Diana Dubeansky.  The program for the evening was presented by Steve James, the president, and CEO of Frank Miller Lumber in Union City.  Mike grew up in Flint, Michigan, and worked in management at General Motors until 2011.  He joined FML as CFO, and 7 years ago assumed his current position.  FML is a 119-year-old global business that sells rough-cut white oak in 35 countries.  Most of the logs they cut are 8 to 120 years old and most are harvested within a 450 mile radius of Union City.  Frank Miller Lumber uses the entire log and produces 0% waste.  The logs yield boards, bark that is turned into mulch, wood chips that are sold to a paper factory, and sawdust that is burned in the boilers that make heat to dry the lumber.  They plant two trees for each tree they harvest.  Steve believes in servant leadership and works hard to make FML a great place for its employees to work.  They are fully employed right now with 152 employees.  Thank you Steve for a very informative program.  Thank you to Frank Miller Lumber for being a great community partner.

The Union City Lions Club accepted Mike King as a new member during their meeting.  A big Lions welcome to Mike.

 
Pictured are Frank Miller Lumber President and CEO, Steve James, and UC Lion Doug LeMaster
 
The newest Union City Lion is Mike King. Inducting Mike into the club is Lion Owen Griffith
 

Union City Lions Club 2022 Summer Events

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Fly-in Breakfast

June 11th at the Randolph County Airport

Serving from 6:00am - Noon

**Set up is on Friday (6/10/22) at 1:00 pm

Contact:  Larry Amspaugh

Summer Lions Meetings

(We are trying something NEW!)

June 14th and July 12th

6:00 pm

At the shelter house in Harter Park by the horse arena.

Contact: Jim Dubeansky

Blood Draw

July 18th

Community Room

2:30-6:30

Contact: Hoddy Speight or Doug LeMaster

Work at the 4-H Fair

Monday, July 18th       from10:00am—4:00pm

Helping to serve lunch

Randolph County 4-H Fair Grounds

Contact: Owen Griffith

Lions Disc Golf Tournament (2nd Annual)

Saturday, August 6th

Big shelter house by the pool at Harter Park

8:00 am

Contact: Larry Amspaugh or Hoddy Speight

Heritage Days Parade

We are the Grand Marshals

Parade - Afternoon of August 6th

Þ We will drive golf carts in the parade

Contact: Larry Amspaugh

75th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, August 7th

12:00 Noon . . .  Covered Bridge Dedication at Harter Park

1:00-2:30 . . .  Music, Food, and at 1:30 a short program at Artisan Park

Contact: Owen Griffith

UC Rodeo Food

Saturday, August 13th

Selling Sausage Sandwiches and Biscuits & Sausage Gravy

During breakfast time and during the rodeo in the evening

By the Horse Arena in Harter Park

Contact: Larry Amspaugh

August Board Meeting

Aug. 23rd (4th Tuesday)

6:00

Contact: Jim Dubeansky

September Regular Meetings

Sept. 13th and 27th

Community Room

6:00

Contact: Jim Dubeansky

 


5/24/22

The Union City Lions officially ended the 2021-2022 Lions year on Tuesday with our Spring Friendship Night.  Lions and their guests enjoyed a meal of shredded chicken, Mac and Cheese, tossed salad, and chocolate cake.  The meal was catered by Roots and was held in the soon-to-open Roots Deli on Columbia St. in Union City.  The entertainment for the evening was provided by Amanda Livingston.  All in attendance enjoyed the music as Amanda played the guitar and sang.  Even though that is the end of our official year, the Union City Lions have BIG PLANS for a busy summer.

Amanda Livingston

 


 

5/10/22

The Union City Lions held the annual installation of officers at its meeting on May 10th.  The installation meeting began with a great lasagna meal prepared by Diana Dubeansky.  After the meal, the Union City Lions Officers for the 2022-23 Lions year were installed.  These are the Lions that will lead our club through this coming year.

Officers for 2022-23 are

    President                      Jim Dubeansky

    1st Vice President         Troy Rose

    2nd Vice President        David Lenkensdofer

    3rd Vice President         Len Hindsley

    Secretary                       Owen Griffith

    Treasurer                       Troy Rose

    Tail Twister                      Dan Green

    Lion Tamer                      Ed Speight

    1 Year Director                 Len Hindsley

    1 Year Director                 Tom Cline

    2 Year Director                  Rick Lacy

    2 Year Director                  Gary Miller

    Past President                   Doug LeMaster

    Membership Chairman      Larry Amspaugh    

We are looking forward to another great year led by these dedicated Lions members.  That will start with our Union City Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration on August 7, 2022, at Artisan Park.  Come join us as we celebrate 75 years as an active service club in Union City.

This is the last regular meeting of the 2021-22 LIons year as May 24th will be our Spring Friendship Night. That meeting will include Lions members and significant others and will be held at the location of the soon-to-open Roots Deli on Columbia Street in downtown Union City.

Union City Lions Club 2022-2023 Officers

(front l-r), President Jim Dubeansky, Troy Rose, Doug LeMaster,        and Owen Griffith

(back l-r), Larry Amspaugh, Gary Miller, Len Hindsley, Tom Cline,         Ed Speight, and Rick Lacy.

Not pictured: David Lenkensdofer

Outgoing Lions President, Doug LeMaster accepts a plaque for his dedicated service to the Union City Lions Club from incoming Lions President, Jim Dubeansky. 

 

4/26/22

Our Lion Has a Name . . . 

Introducing GUS

The Union City Lions Club had its regular meeting on April 26th at the Community Room in Union City, IN.  It was an exciting night with many guests present to witness the naming of our mascot.  The 27 people in attendance enjoyed fried chicken, au gratin potatoes, green beans, and pie prepared and served by Diana Dubeansky.  The focus of the evening was on our Lions Club mascot.  The mascot costume was the idea of Jim and Diana Dubeansky with Diana doing the sewing of the suit.  For the past few weeks, there has been a contest to name our mascot.  Local elementary school children participated in a coloring contest and suggested names for the lion.  The winning entry was submitted by Ava Nieport, a 2nd grader at Mississinawa Valley Elementary.  She suggested the lion be named Gus.  As her family watched, Ava was introduced to the club, signed Gus’ birth certificate, and received a McDonald's Gift Card, a check for $25 from the Union City Lions Club, and a Lions pin from Lions District 25D Governor Scott Smith.  Witnessing this event were Union City Indiana Mayor Chad Spence, and Union City, Ohio Mayor Duane Pouder, our Lions Zone Chairman, Jeff Manning from Saratoga, and Anita Hines, also from the Saratoga Lions Club.  

You should start to see Gus out and about at Lions functions and other city activities.  Gus also has some trips planned to other Lions Clubs around our district and across the State of Indiana. Please help us welcome Gus to Union City.

 
 
 
Club President, Doug LeMaster, Ava Nieport, Contest Winner, and “Gus” the UC Lion.
 
   
 
   
 
   

4/12/22

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, April 12th at the Community Room in downtown Union City.  Diana Dubeansky, prepared a meal of turkey and noodles, mashed potatoes, corn, and pie that was enjoyed by the 20 members and two guests.  The program for the evening was presented by the City Manager of Union City, Steve Shoemaker.  Steve also serves Union City as its Fire Chief. Mr. Shoemaker spoke about the progress that is being made on some of the many projects going on in Union City right now.  His comments included information about Vision Corner and the collaboration between the city, Randolph Eastern Schools, Ball State University, and Ivy Tech.  BSU students and professors are working with RESC students on various projects.  Ivy Tech hopes to be able to offer some classes in Union City by 2023.  Steve talked about the Governor Issac P Gray housing edition located off of N. Plum street.  They are ready to start moving dirt in the new edition that will eventually include 60 homes.  He also mentioned that Group Therapy will be open soon and so will Roots Deli located beside HomeTown Coffee, all in downtown Union City.  A new cantina-style restaurant is planned for the corner of Columbia and Oak streets.  The rail tower was moved to Artisan Park last year and should have handicap accessible restrooms available in the next couple of months.  The city is building three new soccer fields on the west end of Harter Park and hopes to get some funding to update the swimming pool and the playground equipment in the park.  Mr. Shoemaker also talked about Workhorse and the positive news coming from them about creating jobs and building electric delivery vehicles.  Thank you, Steve, for a very informative program.

 
 
Pictured are UC Lion Rick Lacy and Union City's City Manager, Steve Shoemaker. 
 

2022 Union City Lions Easter Egg Hunt

April 16th at Harter Park


Spring Pancake Day is Saturday, April 2


Union City Main Site


Thanks to Blake Clevenger and Union City Jr/Sr High School's KISS TV for highlighting the Union City Lions Club on Cable Chatter.

Click HERE to watch the program.

 


3/22/22

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday evening, March 22 at the Union City Community Room.  The 15 members and 1 guest enjoyed a meal of sausage gravy, biscuits, and fried potatoes prepared by Diana Dubeansky.  The program for the evening was presented by Lawrence Sexton, the librarian at the Union City Public Library.  Mr. Sexton spoke about all the things provided by the public library from books (obviously) to wifi access, computer use, research, historical newspaper archives, meeting spaces, crafts, and instructional sessions.  Larry said they are working hard to grow their youth programs with craft kits, videos, and many other things.  The library is working to grow the outside of the building also.  They are working to plant more trees and shrubs, add more benches and make the library yard a true park area.  The library is completely funded by local taxes.  The Union City public library is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11-6, and on Saturday from 11 until 3.  Larry encouraged everyone to get a library card and use the public library.

Pictured are Lawrence Sexton from the Union City Public Library, and UC Lions 1st Vice President Jim Dubeansky.


3/8/22

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, March 8th at the Union City Community Center.  A meal of ham and beans, fried potatoes, cornbread, and a cupcake was enjoyed by the 20 members present.  The program for the evening was presented by the UCJSHS Science Olympiad Team.  Team members talked about the events they competed in when they went to the Science Olympiad Regional at Butler University on Saturday, February 26th.  The team competed in the 22 events and placed in the top 5 in 3 events.  The students explained their events and showed and demonstrated what they did.  UCJSHS Science Olympiad coach, Blake Clevenger also explained his role and made sure we knew he was extremely proud of the effort the students gave this year.


Pictured are Coach Blake Clevenger, Sullivan Thomas, Andrew Osornia-Machuca, Sylaris Denney, Josiah Bowers, Christina Sowinski.
Not pictured: Kalam Denney and Kayla Shafer.

       

        


Name The Lion

The Union City Lions Club has a new mascot and it needs a name.
 
The Union City Lions members visited the Mississinawa Valley Elementary School and the North Side Elementary in Union City, Indiana. The Lions club is promoting a contest of coloring the lion and giving the lion a name. The contest is having the First, Second, and Third grades at Mississinawa Valley submit their drawings and name for the lion. The North Side Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grades will submit their drawings and name for the lion. Each school will have the teachers evaluate all drawings and submit ten students’ drawings from each school. The Lions Club will then judge the drawings and names to determine the winner of the contest. The winner will receive $25.00 and a Kids' meal at McDonald's. All other finalists will receive $5.00 and a Kid's meal at McDonald's. Assisting the Lions Club was Diana Dubeansky.
Mississinawa Valley Elementary
Pictured in the photo are; Larry Amspaugh, The Lion, Principal Stephanie Kemp, President Douglas LeMaster, Jack Anderson. Photographer Jim Dubeansky.
North Side Elementary
Pictured in the photo are; Jack Anderson President Douglas LeMaster, The Lion, Principal Mark Winkle, and Larry Amsbaugh. Photographer Jim Dubeansky.
 

3 Exciting Union City Lions Club Announcements

Our Spring Pancake Day is April 2, 2022, at the Union City Elks.  It will be INSIDE this spring.  Drive-through/carry-out will also be available.  Plan to come and enjoy the pancakes and whole hog sausage.  We are excited to be back inside for this event!

 

The annual Union City Lions Easter Egg Hunt will be held at Harter Park on April 16th at 1:00 PM.  Age groups for kids from 1-12 years old.

 

Keep this date open . . . Sunday, August 7, 2022

The Union City Lions Club will be celebrating our 75th Anniversary.  Activities are being planned at Artisan Park and at Harter Park.  Plan to come and celebrate with us.


2-22-22

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday at the new Roots Deli building next door to Home Town Coffee.  Diana Dubeansky served a delicious meal of tossed salad, shredded chicken sandwiches, mac & cheese, and pineapple upsidedown cake.  The program was presented by Jeff Manning from Manning Service in Saratoga, IN.  Jeff told us that the station was started in 1948 by his dad.  At that time they did automobile service with Jeff’s uncle Bob as the head mechanic.  Manning Service no longer works on cars and has had to find new and creative ways to make some income.  They sell kerosene heaters and wicks, mostly online.  Their main source of income right now is food in the form of pizzas and subs.  Mannings is also the location of the Saratoga Village Post Office.  Jeff is also our Lions Zone Chairman and he is the current president of the Saratoga Lions Club.  Jeff was accompanied by Anita Hines who is the secretary of the Saratoga Lions Club.

Pictured are Lions Zone Chair and owner of Mannings Service in Saratoga, IN, Jeff Manning, Saratoga Lions Secretary Anita Hines, and Union City Lion Troy Rose.


2-8-22

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, February 8th at the Community Room in Union City.  Beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, and green beans were on the menu for the first meeting in February.  The program for the evening was presented by UC Lion Dan Green.  Dan spoke to the club members about his experiences as he served in the United States Air Force.  Dan graduated from UCCHS in 1983 and joined the Air Force.  He became an aircraft mechanic which took him all over the world during his 27-year career. Dan spent time in Texas, California, Alabama, and Illinois in the states, and overseas in the Philippines, Germany, and Afghanistan.  Dan progressed to training maintenance workers and then managing maintenance jobs and finally, he got involved in computer programs that track the maintenance on specific aircraft.  Thank you for your service to our country, Dan.  We are very proud of you.

 
Pictured are Lion Dan Green and UC Lion'sPresedent, Doug LeMaster

1-25-22

The program for the Jan. 25th Lions Club meeting was "Route 47 Auto Sales and Service" of Union City, Ohio. Owner Lion Eugene Thomason introduced his head mechanic, Andy Sanders, and explained that complete service is available.  A lasagna meal was served by Diane Dubeansky.

Pictured is L-R is Lions program chairman Len Hindsley, Route 47 head mechanic Andy Sanders and Route 47 owner Eugene Thomason. 


1-11-22

At the Union City Lion's first meeting of 2022 on Jan. 11, Lion Larry Amspaugh presented the program. Larry, who is the Chairman of the Community Christmas in Harter Park, discussed the event and provide information regarding the attendance, donations, and the new Covered Bridge. Hundreds of cars attended the Community Christmas, over $9.000.00 was received in donations and the New Covered Bridge was decorated and lighted. 25% of the donations go to the organizations that helped with the gates and the remainder goes back to the Community Christmas committee to maintain the event and for additional decorations next year. Larry also mentioned that the Covered Bridge will be dedicated to Lions members both past and present this summer at the Union City Lions 75th Anniversary Celebration this summer. Larry thanked all those who helped with this project. This is the 16th year for the Community Christmas and Larry was congratulated for all of his hard work.

Pictured with Larry (left) is Union City Lions Club President, Doug LeMaster

The Union City Lions welcomed new member Lovie Farrington to the Club. Lovie was sponsored by Lion, and her husband, Sam Farrington. Pictured is Lovie receiving her Certificate of Membership from Lion President Doug LeMaster.


12-14-21

We met in December with our significant others for our fall Friendship Night. Good food from Roots and good entertainment from Amanda Livingston made for an enjoyable evening and a nice way to end 2021 and get ready for what is in store for the Union City Lions Club in 2022.

    


11-23-21

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, November 23rd.  A traditional Thanksgiving meal was prepared by Diana Dubeansky.  The members enjoyed the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, and pumpkin pie.  The program was presented by Jeannette McIntire a sister to UC Lion Scott Flory.  Jeannette is a Quality Manager at 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics in Bluffton, IN.  20/20 Custom Molded Plastics employs 230 people in their Bluffton facility and their company headquarters is located in Holiday City, OH.  They manufacture a wide variety of custom plastic items for their customers.  The customer provides the mold and 20/20 Custom Molded Plastics uses plastic resin and stamps everything from small plastic gears, cart shelves, plastic storage tubs, port-a-pot bases, to burial vaults.  They also use some recycled plastic in the manufacturing of their products.

The Union City Lions also welcomed a new member to the club at the meeting.  Joining our great organization is Mike Peden.  Mike was sponsored by Len Hindsley and we would like to welcome Mike into the club.

 

Pictured are Jeannette McIntire and UC Lion Scott Flory
 
Welcoming Our Newest Member
Mike Peden is being welcomed into the Union City Lions Club by UC Lions President Doug LeMaster

11-9-21

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday evening, November 9th at the Community Room in Union City.  The evening started with a wonderful meal of ham and beans, cornbread, fried potatoes, and a cookie prepared by Diana Dubeansky.  The program was about the Art Hub which is located in downtown Union City, IN next to The Corner Cupboard.  Brent Cotter, Mary Boettger, and Susan Judelle took some time and explained what the Art Hub does and how it functions and displayed many pieces of various types of art.  It was founded with support from the City of Union City and from Frank Miller Lumber Co.  Brent explained that the Art Hub is an Art Co-op.  The member artists are either working artists or nonworking artists and a working artist is required to work at the Art Hub at least one day/month.  High-quality art is produced, displayed, and sold at the Art Hub in Union City.  The club was challenged to buy local art because there are many one-of-a-kind pieces for sale.  We were also encouraged to use the Art Hub in Union City for gift shopping, not only for Christmas but all year round.  Make sure you check out the Art Hub Union City on Facebook or stop by in person. (https://www.facebook.com/arthubunioncityindiana/ The Union City Art Hub is open on Wednesday from 12-4, Thursday and Friday from 11-5, and Saturday from 10-2.  Thanks to Lion Jack Anderson for arranging the program.  Jack is also involved at the Art Hub and sells some of his woodworking projects there.

 
Pictured are Brent Cotter, Mary Boettger, and Susan Judelle from The Art Hub Union City, and Lion Jack Anderson.

 

 

10/26/21

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, for the second meeting of October.  The meal for the evening of fried chicken, scalloped potatoes, corn, and peach cobbler was prepared by Diana Dubeansky, and enjoyed by the 20 members present along with 7 guests.  The UC Lions welcomed Indiana District 25D Governor Scott Smith from the Marion, Indiana Lions Club to the meeting.  Governor Smith brought words of encouragement to the club as he spoke of the importance of Lions and complimented the club for being a great, active organization.  He said that he feels that the “small Lions Clubs in small communities are the backbone of Lionism.”  He thanked the Union City club for all they do for the community.  Governor Smith also presented two membership pins, one to David Lenkensdofer (10 years) and one to Owen Griffith (15 years).  The Governor also presented a District Governor’s pin to UC Lions President, Doug LeMaster, and to our newest member, Jeremy Hart, and his sponsor, Dean Coats.  Other guests at the meeting included 1st Vice District Governor, Erick Schuman from Kokomo, District Governor from district 25F Jeff Locke, and his wife Angela.  Other guests were Zone Chairman Jeff Manning and Lions member Jim Nunez both from the Saratoga Lions Club.

Indiana Lions District 25D Governor Scott Smith

   

   Pictured L-R:                                                  Pictured L-R:

   Richmond Lion Angela Locke                    UC LIon David Lenkensdofer (10 years)

   District 25F Governor Jeff Locke                District 25D Governor Scott Smith

   UC Lions President Doug LeMaster           UC LIon Owen Griffith (15 years)

   District 25D Governor Scott Smith                       

   1st Vice District 25D Governor Eric Schuman

Pictured L-R

UC Lion Jeremy Hart

Indiana Lions District 25D Governor Scott Smith

UC Lion Dean Coats

 


10/12/21

The Union City Lions Club met on October 12th.  The 16 members and one guest enjoyed a tasty meal prepared by Diana Dubeansky.  The program for the evening was presented by Mr. Dick Webster.  Representing the Wesley United Methodist Church in Union City, Dick told us about Agape West.  Agape West is a non-profit that serves other non-profits in this area.  For a fee of $100/year, a non-profit can partner with Agape West and designate registered shoppers who may come and shop at the store located in the former Eagles building in Union City at 860 W. Chestnut St.  The store gets two semi loads of overstock or returned merchandise each month from Agape Distribution of Sidney, Ohio.  The items come from all Indianapolis area Amazon Distribution Centers plus some at Monroe and Euclid, Ohio.  The items are sorted and priced at about 20% (or less) of the lowest retail price they can find online.  The items are priced so that Agape West is able to recover its administrative costs.  The items purchased at Agape West can not be resold but must be used by the purchaser or given away.  The Wesley United Methodist Church uses any revenue generated by Agape West to fund ministries in and around our local community and beyond.  They are currently open for members to shop on Wednesdays from 3-6 pm and on Saturdays from 9-12 noon.

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Pictured here are Lion Scott Reagan and

Agape West Volunteer Dick Webster


9/28/21

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday, September 28th.  The members enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Diana Dubeansky.  Following the meal, the Lions listened as Union City Police Officer Mason Wine and Winchester Police Officer Anthony Fodrea talked about their K-9 officers.  Union City’s K-9 officer is a female dog named Yahzi.  The 3½ year old has been with Officer Wine for a year now.  Yahzi is trained mainly to search for drugs.  Winchesters K-9 officer is a 2 year old male named Harry.  K-9 officer Harry is trained to search for drugs and to stop a person with a bite.  Officer Wine and Officer Fodrea, along with the two dogs, demonstrated their ability to find drugs, and K-9 officer Harry showed how he can stop a person with a bite.  

The Lions members were informed that the dogs listen to many of their handler’s commands in German and they both have an impressive sense of smell.  These dogs usually work 7-8 years as police dogs and cost between $10,000 and $15,000.  This cost includes not only the dog but all of its training, the handler’s training, food, vet visits, and toys.  The cost of a K-9 is funded through grants and donations.  Winchester has one dog and is expecting to add another one next spring.  Union City, Indiana has one dog and Union City, Ohio has two.  Thanks to both officers for a great program and thanks to Zahzi and Harry for making our city streets a bit safer.

Pictured are Union City Police Officer Mason Wine with Yahzi, Lions program Chairman Jim Dubeansky, and Winchester Police Officer Anthony Fodrea with Harry. 

   
                                      Harry                                      Yahzi
    

9/14/21

The Union City Lions Club started off the 2021-2022 Lions year with our 1st regular meeting of the year.  19 members and 1 guest enjoyed the meal prepared by Diane Dubeansky.  Our program for the evening was Union City Mayor Chad Spence.  Mayor Spence talked about the many projects going on in our community right now.  He said when he came into office he had two main goals, one was the downtown restoration and the other was housing.

With excitement in his voice, Mayor Spence quickly mentioned many things happening in downtown UC.  Hometown Coffee opening on 9/30, Roots Deli to open this fall, the mural and tables in the alley, Group Therapy planning to open soon, Luz Tacos restaurant to build on the corner of Oak and Columbia, The Motley Shoppe, Abby’s Crazy Snacks to open soon in downtown, and Vision Corner which they have started work on.  He also talked about other possibilities in the downtown area. There are still some empty buildings that the city is working to fill.  Much of the money to do these projects comes from grants obtained by the city.

Mayor Spence also talked about Workhorse, the Rail Tower, The Depot, Backstay Lofts, and other new construction that is in the future.  He told the Lions that it is important for Union City to “tell its story.”  He talked about drawing people to the community and how ‘A Community Christmas’ has brought thousands of people into UC the past few years.

Thank you, Mayor Spence.  It is evident from listening to you speak that you have a love for this community and a desire to see it get better.

Union City Mayor Chad Spence, and Lion Gary Miller

The Union City Lions welcome two returning members back into our club.  Welcome back Dan Green and Jack Anderson!

UC Lions Membership Chairman Larry Amspaugh and our two returning members, Dan Green and Jack Anderson

 

1st Annual UC Lions State Line Heritage Days  Disc Golf Tournament

On Saturday morning, August 7th, the Union City Lions Club sponsored the 1st Annual Heritage Days Disc Golf Tournament at Harter Park.  Twenty-three participants started at 9:00 AM and played 18 holes of disc golf.  The top three places won prize money and gift certificates.  Winning the event was Dillon Howard with an 11-under score of 47.  Dillon won $160 and a $40 gift certificate from Gray House Games.  Second place went to Logan White with a score of 48. Logan won $100 and a $20 gift certificate from Gray House Games.  And third place went to Gabe Loesch with a score of 50.  Gabe won $65 in prize money and a $10 gift certificate from Gray House Games.


Thanks to all participants, and all Lions members who helped.  A special thanks to Rodney Fisher from Gray House Games who helped advertise the event and supplied the gift certificates for the winners.  Gray House Games is located at 125A 12th Street in Greenville, OH.  Phone: (937) 459-0778

      

  1st Place - Dillon Howard        2nd Place - Logan White

                             

                            3rd Place - Gabe Loesch

 


May 11, 2021

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday night, May 11th, at the Union City Community Room.  

Melinda Frech of the Community Blood Center was the guest speaker.  Melinda complimented the Club for sponsoring Blood Draws for the past 18 months. During that time 164 Units of Blood were donated which saved up to 492 lives. 

Melinda had gifts for the club members.  The Lions Club members will return to the Blood Draw on June 7 from 2:30 - 6:30. (During the pandemic the Lions members were not directly involved in the draws at Union City.)

 
 
Pictured above are UC Lions President Doug LeMaster and Community Blood Center representative Melinda Frech. 

April 13, 2021

We are slowly coming back!

The Union City Lions Club met on Tuesday evening, April 13th.  Even though things still look a bit different it was good to be together.  No meal was served and many members still used masks, but we all enjoyed a nice program and took care of some Lions Club business.  Reports were given on two very successful events the past two weeks.  We had a great turnout for our Lions Easter Egg Hunt on April 3rd and our Spring Pancake Day on April 10th was enjoyed by many.  Ashley Austerman, an Art teacher at Mississinawa Valley Schools, presented her plans for a large mural to be displayed in Union City.  With the help of a grant, she was able to get an artist associated with the Ohio State Arts Council to spend 100 days in her class this year helping students design and produce this mural.  The project will include many scenes from around Union City.  The plan is to produce the artwork on 5-foot x 10-foot metal sheets and place them together to form the mural.  The mural will be placed on the side of the railroad overpass (tracks aren't there anymore) on Deerfield Road close to Hwy 571 in Union City, Ohio.  Ashley said she is still in need of funding to complete the project and hopes to have the mural up by graduation this spring.  Anyone interested in helping with a donation can contact Ashley at Mississinawa Valley Schools.

Mississinawa Valley Art Teacher, Ashley Austerman, and Union City Lions Club President, Doug LeMaster


January 2021


October 31, 2020

The 2020 Lions Halloween Parade was held on Oct. 31.  The organization of the event was taken care of by the UC Police Dept. this year.  The UC Lions supplied the candy and the prize money but many of the Lions members were not in attendance for safety reasons.  Two Lions that were in attendance were Lion Larry Amspaugh and our new mascot.  The weather was beautiful and we hope that everyone who participated had a good time.

Lions Larry Amspaugh and our new Lions Club Mascot.


October 13, 2020

Here is the 2020 Fall Pancake Day information . . . see you then!