Lion Alan Woodhouse serves Ideal Industries Plant Manager Charlie Sumner. Sumner estimates it took about 30 hours of time from eight or nine members of his crew to complete the interior cutting and welding of the trailer retrofit.

Vinton Lions Club took 35 volunteers to lunch at Ideal Industries last Thursday.


Lions Charlie Garwood, Marlyn Jorgensen, Robin Martin, Dean Schminke and others prepare sandwiches for the thank-you lunch on the grounds of Ideal Industries.

“Tenderloins, tater tots and funnel cakes were a small way to thank those who helped get our new concession trailer finished inside and out,” said Lion Alan Woodhouse, who served the food prepared by a team of Lions using the Lions concession trailer in Ideal Industries’ parking lot. “People and businesses generously volunteered their time and expertise with electrical, plumbing and gas hookups, installing a new exhaust hood/vent and supplying and installing plumbing and propane hookups.”

Edwards Plumbing at Ideal

Edwards Plumbing and Heating staff grabs lunch as a thank you for their assistance in retrofitting the new Lions concession trailer. From left, Leah Edwards, (Lion) Nate Edwards, Bryan Edwards, Matt Clevenger and Stephen Kalina.

Woodhouse credited (Lion) Rick Ohrt with all the electrical wiring, doing all the electrical work on his own time. The trailer was parked outside Ohrt’s house for weeks.

He credited (Lion) Pat Lyons and his Ideal Industries crew for fabricating and installing necessities, like the new and improved vent/hood over the fryers, carts for the fryers and other items, from scratch. Woodhouse also redited Brian and (Lion) Nate Edwards and their crew from Edwards Plumbing and Heating for water and gas installation; and Tom Pingenot and employees at TJ Gas for years of support with on-site hookups, help maintaining the fryers, and supplying the propane to run machines.

“We are so grateful for the time and energy these groups and individuals expend to make our fundraising possible,” Woodhouse added.


Jim Williams turns from inspecting the new vent in operation and heads around the corner to order lunch at the concession window. Ideal Industries volunteered the time of willing employees to help retrofit the Vinton Lions’ new fundraising trailer. The Lions thanked businesses and about 35 individuals for their work with a Nov 17 open-air lunch prepared and served from the trailer. Lions Mike Elwick and Matt Johnson use the fryer in the background to prepare the lunches.



TJ Gas supplies fuel for cooking in the new trailer and helped with propane setup. “TJ Gas keeps us Cooking” and that is the truth,” commented Woodhouse.


Volunteers from Vinton businesses line up for a thank-you lunch outside the new trailer.


Lion Alan Woodhouse takes lunch orders from Ideal Industries employees at the window of the new concession trailer, thanking those who welded, wired, fueled and plumbed the new trailer this last spring