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Wayne County 4-H STEM program explained...



The Wayne County 4-H STEM program was explained to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening at the Centerville Senior Center.  STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) was recently adopted by the Wayne County Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

Extension Educator Alicia Criswell told Lions one of the exciting programs is the evGrandPrix program.  She said they learned about the program last November and were approved in January with 50% funding.  Criswell said a team of high school 4-H members will build an electric go-cart and participate in racing competition as well as business aspects.  Learn more about the program at: htttp://   The evGrandPrix finals will be May 15-16 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The club voted to contribute $200 towards the program.

Wayne and Marion Counties were the only areas in Indiana to be approved to take part.

The local 4-H STEM program includes numerous other categories for students.

Lions learn about Sunrise, Inc...


Stephanie McCurdy, executive director of Sunrise, Inc. spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, February 26, at the Senior Center in Centerville.  Sunrise is Therapeutic Riding Center located on Minneman Road, southeast of Richmond.

McCurdy said they have nine horses ranging from a large Percheron to a pony.  The center, which includes both indoor and outdoor arenas, is comprised of 104 acres of farm ground, woods and a creek, including 80 acres of hayfield.  They serve people of all ages with conditions that can benefit from therapeutic riding including physical, mental and emotional needs. 

The center is funded through fees and donations.  They have a budget of $140,000 of which $100,000 is raised each year mostly through donations.  She said they also accept donations of horses which are put through a 6 to 8 week trial period to see if they will work out.

The club voted to donate $200 to the organization.

Lions begin 2018 playing games...

Lions Bill Felker and Joe Elstro welcome Dale Delay (center)

When a speaker canceled at the last minute, members of the Centerville Lions Club produced their own program... by playing a game.  Each member told three stories... two of which were to be true and the third false.  Other members had to pick the false story.  It was fun and members were able to get know each other better.

Leos Club adviser Holly Stiggleman reported the club has been busy.  They participated in the Centerville Christmas parade and are involved in several projects including collecting eye glasses.

Treasurer Dennis Stephen said he has been studying annual dues and will have a report for the club soon.  Members who pay on an annual basis should make sure they are up to date.

Club president Joe Elstro introduced prospective member Dale Delay, owner of a Centerville insurance agency.

Coaches speak to Lions...

Supt. Phil Stevenson, coaches Beach and Padgett

Centerville High School basketball and football coaches spoke to the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, November 17 at the Centerville Senior Center.

Basketball coach Steve Beach said he has a good team this and looks forward to the schedule this year.  Beach is from Ferdinand, Indiana.

Football coach Kyle Padgett is from Cloverdale and played football at Valparaiso University.  He says "the future is very bright and he is excited about that."

Christmas Banquet chair Dennis Stephen said persons attending this year are being asked to bring some canned goods for the Food Pantry in Centerville.  Pianist Tom Walker will play again at the December 11 banquet.  It will be held at the Centerville High School Cafetorium beginning at 6 pm.

Halloween Party enjoyed by community...

The annual Community Halloween Party sponsered by the Centerville Lions Club was enjoyed by many in the community Monday evening, October 31.  Although it was a school night, the little gremlins started pouring into the Centerville Elementary gymnasium around 6 o'clock after making their rounds throughout the community.  They were able to play games and win prizes as well as take home some cookies and cakes along with many donuts given away during the popular cake walk.


MC Jim Resh announced the cake walk with new Lion Scott Bevington, dressed as Daddy Warbucks, gave out  goodies to the winners.  The goodies were provided by members of the Lions Club and their families.

Near the end of the evening, prizes were given out for costumes in several age catagories.  Winners were:  Ages 1 throught 3 - Grayson Kearney dressed as Captain America, Justin Schnitzius as Popcorn Boy and Joanna Conner as Troll;  Ages 4 throught 6 - Taylor Tice as Little Red Riding Hood, Lla W ildey as Genie and Charleigh Schnitzius as Cupcake;  Ages 7 through 10 - Peyton White as Camo Army, Mhleigh Hartman as Minnie and Haille Shaffer as Fire Dragon;  11 through 14 - Gavin Stiggleman as Bob Plyley as the painter, Graci Plyley as Grandma and Cameron Stiggleman as Harry Potter; Ages 15 through adult - Chris Evrard as Brawny, Matthew Burch as Pumpkin Head and Emma Callahan and Trinitee Wood as Dead People.

It was esstmated that around 150 persons attended the party.  Members of the Centerville High School Leos Club, an affiliate of the Centerville Lions Club, helped with the games and judged the costume contest.

The event is one of the major projects of the Centerville Lions Club.

Lions present $1,000 to Centerville Police...


The Centerville Lions Club presented the Centerville Police Department $1,000 in observance of the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International Monday evening, October 9.  The presentation was made to Police Commissioner Dan Wandersee and Sgt. Matt Alexander by club treasurer Dennis Stephen.


Program chair Ty Farmer presented a plaque to Sgt. Matt Alexander in memory of K9 officer Kendra who died a couple of weeks ago.  Alexander said it is not out of the picture to replace the dog sometime in the future.


Centerville Police Commissioner Dan Wandersee updated club members on what has been happening at the police department recently.  He said the police force has been increased to six officers which helps with rotation.  They have also purchased a 4wd Ford pickup truck as an additional vehicle for the department. 

Wandersee also invited Lions to visit the new department which is located in the old INDOT building east of Centerville.  He said it provides a new training room, interrogation room and spaces for the officers.

Wandersee said drugs is the biggest challenge they have, although they have not seen the increase as other surrounding communities.

Centerville Lions gains five new members...

Carl Sharp, Mike McCoy, Scott Bevington, Cameron Felker, Crystal Kaulen, Jeff Jenkins, Joe Elstro

Five new members were inducted into the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, September 25, at the Senior Center in Centerville.  They are Mike McCoy of Greens Fork, Scott Bevington of Connersville, Cameron Felker of Richmond, Crystal Kaulen of Centerville and Jeff Jenkins of Richmond.  Past District Governor Carl Sharp of the Liberty Lions Club inducted the new Lions.  It is the most Lions inducted at one time in many years.  It brings total membership to 23. 

Upcoming Events...
Our next meeting:
March 26 - Dinner/program/Nomination of officers
Other scheduled programs coming up:
April 9 - Community Awards Banquet
April 23 - Dinner/Election of Officers
May 14 - Dinner/Program
May 28 - Fish Fry Preparation
June 8-9 - Annual Fish Fry
June 11 - Dinner/Installation of Officers
June 25 - Family picnic

Former member dies...


Billy L. Dillon of Centerville died Wednesday, January 24 at Reid Health in Richmond.  He was 93.

He was a former member of the Centerville Lions Club having served as president in 1961-62.  He was a member of the Centerville Town Council for 16 years with 8 years as its president.  He was a mechanic and had worked for the Wayne County Highway Department, Warfield Oil Company and Richmond Electric.

He is survived by a daughter, Linda Strom of Fairfield, Ohio, three grandsons and eight great grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday, January 27 at 2 pm at the Doan and Mills Funeral Home in Richmond.  Burial followed in Crown Hill Cemetery in Centerville.

Lions celebrate Christmas...


The Centerville Lions Club celebrated Christmas at its annual banquet Monday evening at the Centerville High School Cafetorium.  Pianist Tom Walker provided the music during the dinner and during a sing-a-long.

After the meal, program chair Dennis Stephen conducted a contest where persons at each table made a decoration from materials provided.  The winning table was headed by Lions Wendy Kornman and Bob Hobson.

Songs sung by the group were Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Up on the Housetop, Holly, Jolly Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Jingle Bells with Conner Elstro accompanying pianist Walker on the bells.  Conner, by the way, brought along his farm toys to keep him busy during the dinner.

Lion Jim Howell lead the evening with the invocation.  President Joe Elstro was emcee for the program.

Kyle Turner talks to Lions about Centerville...

Kyle Turner

Centerville Lions learned about some new things coming to Centerville in the next few months.  Kyle Turner talked about Main Street Centerville which is being organized as a non-profit, what's happening at the old elevator site across from Maplewood Park and Dollars for Scholars.

Turner said that Main Street Centerville will help the community in several ways to make it a better place for all.  He said Scott and Tina Johnson will be bringing a Farm to Market store at the old elevator site by March 1st.  He added the grocery will be a welcome addition to Centerville.  Kyle said he and Scott Laster of Frankfort will be building a Five Arch Brewery in the basement of the site. 

And  he pointed out the importance of the Centerville Dollars for Scholars program, that has averaged $30,000 annually for scholarships for Centerville High School seniors. 

Club President Joe Elstro reported to the group that the Community Halloween Party was a success on October 31, but some adjustments may be needed due to other community events the same evening. 

High school basketball coach Steve Seve and football coach Kyle Padgett will present the program for the November 27th meeting.

Lions learn about the Cope Environmental Center...


Kaitlyn Blansett, the Community Outreach Coordinator of the Cope Envrionmental Center, spoke to members of the Centeville Lions Club Monday evening, October 23.  She explained how the center began when Jim and Helen Cope purchased a farm along Shoemaker Road in 1948.  Since they donated the land to the center it has grown to more than 130 acres.  They started a new Living Building Challenge Project in 2008 and hope to have it certified by October of 2018.  They moved into the new facility in December of last year.


Kaitlyn brought with her a native salamander for all to see.  Besides native animals on the property, there are several miles of trails for visitors to enjoy through a woodland prairie and wetlands.  They also provide several events throughout the year.

Kaitlyn is the granddaughter of the late Lion Pete Blansett and daughter of Jeff Blansett.  She is a 2012 Centerville High School graduate.

Son of Lion Roberts passes away...


50 year old Garrett D. Roberts II of Centerville died unexpectedly Thursday, October 12 at his home of a massive heart attack.  He was the son of Lion Garrett and Janice Roberts. 

He formerly worked at Crown Hill Cemetery and the Holiday Inn.  He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Fraternal Order of Eagles.  Survivors include his parents, an uncle, cousins and friends.

A memorial service was held Monday at the Mills Funeral Home.  Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Leo Club is revived at high school...


The Leo Club at Centerville High School has been revived.  Superintendant of Schools Phil Stevenson announced to the Centerville Lions Club that school librarian Holly Stiggleman is the club advisor.  The club has around six members.

They will be assisting Lions at its events throughout the year.  The first event they will participate in is the Community Halloween Party on October 31.  The party runs from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Centerville Elementary gymnasium.  It's free and for kids of all ages of the community.

Lion Stevenson also announced that Communities in Schools is now responsible for providing eyeglasses for needy students.  The club approved an appropriation of $200 to CIS to assist in that endeavor.  The club had previously provided the glasses.

Steak Fry ushers in new Lions year...


Sixteen persons attended the Centerville Lions Club Steak Fry Monday evening, September 11 held in the Log Cabin at the Mansion House in Centerville.  The event ushered in the new Lions year, that runs from July 1st through June of 2018.

Four new members attended the steak fry:  Scott Bevington, Mike McCoy, Crystal Kaulen, Cameron Felker and Jeff Jenkins.

During a short meeting following dinner, the club voted to send 150 dollars to the Centerville Dollars for Scholars program.

Several members stayed to play cards inside the Mansion House.

Board adopts schedule for the new year...


Programs and events for the 2017-2018 Lions year were approved Wednesday evening, August 23,   The board of directors approved dates for the year at a special meeting held at the Mansion House in Centerville.  President Joe Elstro conducted the meeting.

The new year begins September 11th with the club's annual steak fry for members and guests at the Mansion House.  The second meeting of the year will be held September 25 at the Centerville Senior Center with initiation of new members.

The Community Halloween Party is scheduled for Tuesday October 31 from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Centerville Elementary gymnasium.

The Christmas Banquet will be held on December 11 at the Centerville High School Cafetorium.

The Community Awards Banquet will be held on April 23 and the annual Fish Fry will be June 8 and 9.

The board also approved Standing Committee chairpersons.

Attending the board meeting along with president Joe Elstro were vice president Ty Farmer, board member and treasurer Dennis Stephen, board member Jim Resh and members Paul Elstro, Anne Elstro and Bill Felker.

Lions in Archway Days Parade...


Centerville Lions participated in the Archway Days parade on Saturday, August 26.  Riding on a float were (left to right) Lions Jim Resh, Anne Elstro and son Conner, Ty Farmer and Joe Elstro.

They handed out candy.  Great weather... great crowd... great day!





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