Lionism alive and well in the area

It was cold and windy, and snow occasionally drifted down on the streets and parking lots, but the Mingo Lions Club offered warm surroundings, good company, a delicious dinner and news about Lionism from Jim Everson, Zone 5 chairman, at the meeting held at the Schuetz Funeral Home.

Jeffrey Schuetz of Tiltonsville is the new business owner and opened up the visitor rooms to the club for the dinner and zone meeting. He also is a member of the club.

The Rev. James Dunfee of St. Agnes Catholic Church gave the invocation, and Jim Freiling, president, gave the welcome and introduced guests.

Club members took part in providing the dinner with Clara Sue Milewsky and Schuetz serving the dinner. She and her hubby, Leroy, made the salad for the dinner. Jim Freiling provided the meatballs, Scheutz the sauce, and Terry Snyder made the delicious cream cake.

Along with Mingo, other Lions Club officers and members present were from Brilliant, Richmond, Steubenville and Toronto, with an officer from each club giving a report at the business session conducted by Jim Everson, Zone 5 chairman. No one from the Smithfield Lions was able to attend, but they gave two college scholarships in the summer and put up Christmas lights in the village.

Everson explained that a two-year term as zone chairman had extended to three and one-half years for him. “We need future zone chairmen. Younger members need to move up,” he said, noting that there are 467 members in Zone 5 now.

A.J. Abrams, president of the Steubenville Lions Club, was introduced as the new Zone 5 chairman effective July 1.

The zone chairman thanked the Mingo members for holding the dinner meeting and to Schuetz for hosting the event. This was one of three zone meetings that are held each year, it was noted.

Each club gave a report on projects and plans since the last meeting.

Some of the projects of the Steubenville Lions included a steak fry; donation to Urban Mission Ministries for food baskets; an Ohio State/Michigan auction donation; collection of 200 pairs of eyeglasses; and worked with the Steubenville Area Relay for Life.

The Toronto club held a Super Bowl fundraiser; participated in the Christmas parade; rang bells for the Salvation Army; sold sub sandwiches as a fundraiser; and gained a new member.

The Brilliant club had five members present at the dinner. It took in a new member and lost its oldest member, Malcolm Fellows, a dedicated member who died recently. They co-sponsored a blood drive; donated 11 coats for Coats for Kids; conducted a food drive; participated in the Christmas parade; helped with Christmas lights; put up shelves in the trustees office at the City Building; and donated 55 trees for the fourth grade at Brilliant Elementary School’s forestry program.

The Mingo club donated to the annual community Halloween party; held a white elephant sale at a meeting; sent Christmas cards to the local military; recycled newspapers; collected used eyeglasses for the Lions Sight program; worked at the Coats for Kids handout; and attended an open house in the village.

The Richmond club took part in the Festival in the Woods; held a fund- raiser; hosted a Christmas party; brought in four new members; and sponsored a golf outing.

Everson announced the district convention will be held on April 11-12 in New Philadelphia, where a parade of checks, necrology service and grand banquet will be held.

Leadership school will be in Uhrichsville on May 3. This is for officers and zone chairmen of the various clubs to attend,

A red and gold Lions Club scarf, made by Snyder, a Mingo club member, was given to Everson to take to Rita Shesler, second vice district governor, who was unable to attend.

Lamont and I were presented with Lion pins for our presence and my scribbling down notes for this column. We really enjoyed the fellowship and knew most of those in attendance.

The Lions clubs follow the tradition of their motto of “We Serve.” They do wonderous works for the communities they serve. Long may the clubs exist.


Do you ever get caught making a mistake or doing something embarrassing? If there were only the right answer or comeback to those moments.

For instance, just this week I was struggling to put the plug of my card reader into the computer, and it just did not seem to fit no matter how hard I struggled.

Shae Dalrymple, our new reporter who Summer Wallace Minger calls “Tater Tot,” sits across from me and got up to assist. She couldn’t do it either. Then I took a good, hard look at the piece of equipment in my hand and realized that it was my cell phone charger.

I told her to ask me if I had the right piece of equipment if she saw me struggling the next time.


March is bringing on some interesting events for the Jefferson County Farm Bureau promotion and education committee.

There will be a type of baby shower for the baby born during Agriculture Week, the week of March 16. The parents receive a few gifts, too.

Plans are in the works for the April 8 Rural-Urban Soiree as well. This was a nice event two years ago when everyone wore fancy hats and acted very dignified.

The breakfast meeting will be held at 9:30 a.m. March 11 at Zalenski’s, with Mary Ellen Grafton in charge. Members are asked to wear green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day for the breakfast.

(McCoy, a resident of Smithfield, is food editor and a staff columnist for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at