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Wrestling coach speaks before Lions Club...
by Jim Resh

Lions Dennis Stephen and Jim Howell, former CHS principal, with coach Mike Day (center)

Centerville High School wrestling coach Mike Day spoke before members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, January 28.  Coach Day, whose 21 member team recently won the Wayne County Tourney, said their motto is "person, passion and pride."  They have won in 7 classes and have 11 members going to the Regionals this weekend.  They have also won five conference championships.  There is one girl on the squad.

Day has coached since 1990.  His coach in high school was Lion Dennis Stephen.  Day was introduced by program chair Bob Hobson.

Lion President Ty Farmer conducted the business meeting and read a letter from the Pickle Ball committee thanking the Lions Club for their recent donation. The annual Fish Fry was discussed and this year the event will be held on Saturday, June 8th from 11 am to 8 pm at the Christian Church Fellowship Hall in downtown Centerville.  Fish, Tenderloins, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs will be offered.

Leo Club sponsor Lion Holly Stiggleman related to the club members that the high school Leo members conducted a gift bag drive at the school for needy families at Christmas time.  She said the club is also planning to sponsor a Mother-Son dance party this spring.

The Lions Club will meet February 25th for its next meeting and new members are welcome.  The meetings are held in the Centerville Senior Center the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 pm.

Low Key Christmas Party This Year...

It doesn't take many Lions and friends to have a lot of fun  when they get together.  Described as a small crowd by Lion president Ty Farmer, Lions and their families and friends gathered at the Centerville Senior High School Cafetorium Monday evening, December 10, for its annual Christmas Banquet.

Lion Ty said those attending enjoyed a delicious meal and then sang Christmas carols and played a couple of games, including a Christmas Trivia game.

The Lions will begin the second half of the Lions year with a dinner meeting on January 28 at the Centerville Senior Center.

Liberty Lions Club President Dies in Motorcycle Accident...


Lions will honor Liberty Lions Club president Michael England Thursday evening at the Urban-Winkler Funeral Home in Liberty.  The 62 year old England died in a motorcycle accident with a deer on Sunday, December 2.  He is survived by his mother, wife, four sons, a daughter, two brothers and ten grandchildren.

Lions will gather at the funeral home Thursday evening at 7 pm during the 4-8 pm calling.  The funeral service will be Friday afternoon at 1 at the funeral home.
See the funeral home website for more information:

Lion Mike Spotts Seriouly Injured in Head-On Crash...


Lion Mike Spotts was seriously injured in a head-on crash Tuesday (Nov. 20) afternoon on Salisbury Road near its intersection with Rich Road. 

Police indicate a northbound car veered left of center striking the oncoming radio station van driven by Lion Spotts.  He was taken to Reid Healthcare and later airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.  The other driver was also seriously injured.

Lion Mike transferred his membership from the Richmond Lions Club to the Centerville club on February 24, 2014.

Lions Learn How to Keep Moving...
By Jim Resh

Program Chairman Bob Hobson welcomes guest speaker Kendra Busby

Members and guests of the Centerville Lions Club met Monday, November 12th at Centerville Senior Center for a regular dinner meeting.  Guest speaker was Kendra Busby of Journey Yoga in the Richmond Depot District.   She instructed the members how to breathe deeply and to sit up and declutter our thoughts.  Kendra also gives physical therapy at her business. She was introduced by Bob Hobson.

President Ty Farmer conducted the business meeting and received reports from the recent community Halloween party by chairperson Holly Stiggleman.  The Lions Club will sponsor a float in the Centerville Christmas Parade on December 1st and the annual Club Christmas banquet will be held December 10th at the school  cafetorium.

The Lions Club International Centennial Award was given to three Lions members:  Ty Farmer, Dennis Stephen, and Bill Felker.

Next meeting of the club will be Monday, November 26th at the Senior Center at 6:30 pm and guests are welcome.

Lions Hear About Hepatitis in Wayne County...


Registered Nurse Martha Smith from the Wayne County Health Department spoke to Centerville Lions Monday evening, October 8, about the problem of Hepatitis in Wayne County.   Smith said Hepatitis A is virulent in our area.  She said alerts are put out if a worker comes in sick and aren't following hygiene procedures.  Smith says there has been a big response to vaccines.  There are vaccines for Hepatitis A and B, but not type C.

Wayne County ranks number one in Indiana and 9th nationwide for Hepatitis A cases, although she said it's been slowing down recently.

Lions Discuss Halloween Party and Other Items...

Lion Holly Stiggleman discussed the Community Halloween Party on October 31.  She urged members to bring cakes, cookies and other goodies for the event to be held at the Centerville Elementary gymnasium from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.  Centerville High School Leos will be giving out candy.  Lions Ty Farmer, Joe and Paul Elstro are in charge of set up at 4 pm.

Members also discussed the Dictionary Program in the schools and the cost of providing them depending on the type.  Members can give donations for the project to reduce the amount taken from the Projects Account.  And it was announced that one-thousand dollars has been set aside for spring scholarships at Centerville High School.

Lions Hold Annual Steak Fry...

Lions Scott Bevington, Jim Resh, Steve Sheckles and guests Carole & Bill McDonald

Centerville Lions held their annual streak fry at the Log Cabin at the Mansion House Monday evening, September 24.  Members and several guests attended the dinner including Carole and Bill McDonald of Apopka, Florida.

Following the meal, some of the group headed for the Mansion House to entertain themselves with card games.

Marie and Paul Elstro prepared the fixings as they have now for several years.

Lions Hear About Veterans Christmas Appreciation Dinner...

Centerville Lions learned about the Veterans Christmas Appreciation Dinner at its first meeting of the year Monday evening at the Centerville Senior Center.

Lisa Creech

Lisa Creech, the director of the program, said it will be held at the Kuhlman Center on the Wayne County Fairgrounds on December 8.  She was joined by board member Steve McFarland.

Creech said the dinner was the idea of her daughter Rebekah who wanted to do something to give back to the community and decided on the dinner for veterans. 

Steve McFarland

This will be the 5th year for the dinner.  Only 30 veterans and families were recognized the first year;  over 400 last year.  All veterans and their families are welcome to attend.  A ceremony will be held to honor the veterans and then dinner and entertainment will follow.  The fiscal sponsor for this event is the Chamber Center for Excellence.

Doors will open at 3 pm for veterans to interact will local businesses to see available services within the community.  Flag ceremony and dinner will begin at 5 pm.

Reservations are required by November 17 by calling Lisa Creech at 765-914-7367.  Reservations may also be made on their Facebook page (Veterans Christmas Appreciation Dinner) or e-mailing

The Lions voted to help sponsor the event by contributing $125 toward its costs.

Lion Joe Elsto Receives Award...

Lion Joe Elstro (left) recieved Key from President Ty Farmer

Lion Joe Elstro received an award at the first meeting of the new Lions year Monday evening, September 10.

President Ty Farmer presented Lion Joe with the Key award for two new memberships in the organization this past year.

Lions also heard from Leo Club sponsor Holly Stiggleman.  She reported 28 students at Centerville High School have signed up for the club.  She said they are working on projects for the year.  The students will also be assisting with the annual Halloween Party on October 31.


Upcoming Events...
Our next event:
February 25 - Dinner meeting with guest speaker Tim McDivitt from Recovery Works in Cambridge City

Upcoming Programs:
March 11- Dinner meeting with program
March 25 - Dinner, nomination of officers
April 8 - Dinner, election of officers
April 22 - Community Awards Banquet
May 13 - Dinner meeting with program
May 27 - Memorial Day - No meeting
June 3 - Fish Fry Preparation meeting with pizza
June 8 - Fish Fry
June 10 - Installation of officers
July 15 - Family Picnic at Maplewood Park

New Pickle Ball Courts to be Constructed...
Club to Have Float in Christmas Parade...
Fish Fry to be One Day Affair...

Program chair Bob Hobson with Mark Miller (right)

Mark Miller of the Wayne County Pickle Ball program told Lions Club members of a new Pickle Ball facility being planned.  He told members Monday evening, November 26, the new eight-court facility will be constructed in Clear Creek Park in Richmond.  He said they plan to install lights so anyone can play after dark.

Pickle Ball started in the 1950s and is the fastest growing racket sport.  All ages can play and Miller said it's a very inexpensive sport to get into.  Wood rackets start at $15.  Groups play same sex, mixed and by different skill levels.  He said there's a lot of body movement, thus you are exercising while having fun.

The group is currently fund raising for a matching grant.  The Club voted to donate $100 to the endeavor.

Club president Ty Farmer said he was pleased to announce the club will enter a float in the Centerville Christmas parade.  The Club will have its Christmas Banquet on December 10th at the Centerville High School Cafetorium.

After discussing the recent Fish Fry, the club voted to hold the 2019 event for only one day in the first part of June.

Over 125 Attend Halloween Party...
By Jim Resh

Jeff Jenkins and Jim Resh call out winners in the Cake Walk

The annual Lions Club Halloween party for the Town of Centerville was held on a rainy October 31st in the Centerville Elementary gymnasium.  Over 125 persons attended and prizes were awarded to the costumed winners.

Everyone enjoyed games, refreshments and the annual cake walk.  Fifteen Lions Club members helped with the party along with several high school Leo Club members, who also judged the costumes.

A big thank you to Richmond Baking Company for a donation of cookies and to all members who provided treats for the cake walk.

The Lions Club has conducted this Halloween Party since 1950.

Final Plans Made for Halloween Party...

Lions Jeff Jenkins and Wendy Cox help prepare for dinner meeting

Members of the Centerville Lions Club made final plans for the annual Community Halloween Party at its meeting Monday evening, October 22.  The free event will be held at the Centerville Elementary Gymnasium on Wednesday, October 31 from 6 to 8 pm.  Games and the popular Cake Walk will be held with a costume judging contest with prizes.  Refreshments will also be available.

President Ty Farmer urged members to set up for the party at 4 pm.  Lion Holly Stiggleman is project chairperson this year.  Members of the Leo Club will help.

Wife of Former Member Dies...


74 year old Toni Benedict, wife of former Lion Phil Benedict, died Wednesday, October 10 at Friends Fellowship Community.  They had been married 52 years.  Survivors include twin sons and several grandchildren.

A graduate of Miami Valley Nursing School, Toni retired from Richmond State Hospital in 2008 , after 38 years of service.

Services will be held Wednesday, October 17 at 6 pm at the the Doan and Mills Funeral Home in Richmond, following visitation from 4 to 6 pm.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Friends Fellowship Community Endowment Fund, 2030 Chester Blvd., Richmond, IN 47374 or Alzheimer's Association, 50 East 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

Board of Directors Set Dates for Meetings, Events and Programs...

President Ty Farmer

The board of directors of the Centerville Lions Club met Monday, August 13 to plan for the upcoming Lions year.  Dates were set for meetings, events and programs for the 2018-2019 Lions year.

The board approved switching the annual steak fry to September 24 instead of September 10, the first meeting of the year.  Members are being encouraged to bring a prospective member to the steak fry.

Other major dates approved were:  Community Halloween Party to be held on the same night the Town of Centerville sets, October 31;  Christmas Banquet on December 10;  Nomination of Officers for March 25;  Election of Officers on April 8;  Community Awards Banquet on April 22;  Fish Fry on Saturday, June 8;  Installation of Officers on June 10;  and Lions Family Picnic on July 15.

They also approved participation in the Archway Days Parade on August 24 and the Centerville High School Homecoming Parade on September 7.

The meeting was conducted by President Ty Farmer at the Centerville Senior Center.




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