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Board plans for 2009-2010...

Pictured left to right: Lion Joe Elstro, President Kevin Sparks and Past President Mark Robbins

The Centerville Lions Club board met August 10 at the Centerville-Abington Community Schools administration building for its annual organizational meeting to put together plans for the 2009-2010 year.  Lion president Kevin Sparks presided over his first meeting.
Thanks to Lion Bob Blue's phone calls to nine food caterers, the board decided to ask Darlene Robbins to provide meals once a month.  Although she announced at the end of the year she was stepping down, she reconsidered to fix at least one meal a month.  Other caterers will fill in the other meetings with Pork Chop Charley doing the Christmas dinner.  Cost of the meals at the regular meetings will be $10 this year.
Since revenue was down from the Fish Fry in June, the board discussed other ways to enhance the treasury.  Lion Jeff Nickel talked about running concessons at Victory Field, Conseco Fieldhouse and the Verizon Center.  He said, "You can make a lot of money by working just several events."  A sign up sheet will be available at the next meeting for those who have yet to be trained in concessons.
The Fish Fry will be June 12 and 13 in 2010.
It was announced the Pork Chop Dinner at Camp Woodsmoke will be September 27, 2009.  Cost is $8.00 in advance $9.00 at the door.
Lions end year with picnic...

Lion Phil Benedict and wife, Toni, in the foreground

The Centerville Lions Club ended it year with a picnic at the home of Lion Phil Benedict and his wife, Toni.  After enjoying a meal, featuring left over baked beans from the Fish Fry, those attended either talked around the table or retired to the back yard for a game of corn-hole or talk.
New officers elected...

Lion Kevin Sparks

Officers for 2009-2010 were elected by the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, May 11.  They will be installed at the June 8 meeting.  They are president, Kevin Sparks; vice president, Anne Allen; 2nd vice president, Mike Flanagan; secretary, Wendy Kornman; assistant secretary, Courtney Amos; treasurer, Jeff Nickell; assistant treasurer, Tim McConaha; tail twister, Paul Elstro; assistant tail twister, Phil Benedict; Lion tamer, Allan Spencer; assistant Lion tamer, Bob Blue.  Board of Directors, Mark Robbins and Bob Blue, two years; and Bill Felker and Mike Poynter, one year.

Lion Jim Resh shows pictures from the past

Lion Jim Resh presented the program.  He showed slides of the club's activities since the early 1960s.  He stressed the various projects the club sponsored during the years.

Lion President Mark Robbins

Lion President Mark Robbins presided over a board meeting following the regular May 11 Centerville Lions Club meeting.  The board approved a $75 expenditure for Basketball Camp.  The also briefly discussed the upcoming Fish Fry on June 19 and 20.
30th Annual Fish Fry...

Musicians entertaining fish fry patrons

The 30th annual fish fry saw fewer eaters this year.  The date (June 19-20) was moved a week later than usual, following the change last year to July to accomodate the national Model T Party last year.  The committee moved the date due to members being unable to attend the second week of June.  But some members said that could have been a mistake, since the Wayne County Fair opened on Saturday.
The fish fry is the club's major fund raiser.
New officers installed...

DG Goldman with 1st V.P. Anne Allen and 2nd V.P. Mike Flanagan

Officers for 2009-2010 were installed by District Governor Merle Goldman at the Senior Center, Monday, June 8.  Incoming president Kevin Sparks was on vacation and unable to attend.

Lion Jill Moore with president Mark Robbins

President Mark Robbins presented Lion Jill Moore a plaque of thanks for serving as advisor to the Leos Club at Centerville High School.
The Club approved a $100 donation to Archway Days. 
It was also noted that two $350 scholarships were presented to Heather Moore and Josh Messer during the Honors Program at the high school on May 30.
Lion Phil Benedict updated members on the Fish Fry coming up June 19 and 20.
The club also thanked Darlene Robbins and Linda Erk for serving our meals for the past couple of years.  The club will be seeking a replacement for the next year.
Lions updated on Reid Hospital...


Jason Troutwine of the Reid Hospital Foundation updated members of the Centerville Lions Club on Reid Hospital Monday evening, April 27.  The new hospital opened last year.
Troutwine, who addressed Lions last October 27, said problems with information services at the entrances to the main building and emergency department are being addressed.  He said new information desks are being designed and will be staffed with volunteers to direct the public to where they want to go.
He said the hospital has had a 99% capacity at times... due to the flu and economic conditions.
He said the Foundation has contributed 20% of the cost of the 318-million dollar hospital and will launch a new campaign for programs in the near future.
2009 Community Awards presented...

2009 winners Joe Elstro, Pat Bowers, Anna Lohmoeller, Sue and Scott Wheeler

Five individuals were awarded Centerville Lions Club Community Awards Monday evening, April 13.  From 1986 through 1997 awards were presented in catagories such as farmer, educator, citizen, service and business.  But, in 1998 the awards were made simply as Community Service Awards.
2009 recipients are Lion Joe Elstro, Pat Bowers, Anna Lohmoeller and Sue Wheeler and her son, Scott.
A Centerville High School and Purdue University graduate, Lion Joe is active in the community including the Lions Club.  Pat Bowers retired this spring as executive director of Easter Seals Wayne and Union Counties.  She initiated several programs including the Disabiliy Awareness classes in the all the counties schools.  Anna Lohmoeller has been active in several community projects including collecting clothing for the needy, the Genesis Program, Hope House, food bank and Recycling for the Green Earth Program.  And Centerville antique dealers Sue Wheeler and her son, Scott, have been active in many community projects including Promote Centerville, Inc.
Lions tell of trip to Middle East...

Lions Jill and Bob Moore with Thunder

Centerville Lions Club members Jill and Bob Moore addressed the club Monday evening about their trip to Bahrain in December.  Their daughter, Kate, is a teacher at the American School there.  She's been a teacher there for the past three years.
The Moore's also brought along Thunder to the meeting.  He's their new Leader Dog in training.
A couple of members of the Leos Club were guests of the club.  They were President Heather Moore (no relation to the Moore's) and Austin Vanbastelaer, who told of the Senior Dance to be held April 18 at the high school cafetorium.
Lions Club Board approves more expenditures...


The Board of Directors of the Centerville Lions Club met following the regular March 23 meeting to approved several expenditures.  They included $50 to the Cope Environmental Center for Earth Day activities.  They also voted another $50 to each of the nine State Lions projects.  That brings to $100 for each of the projects this year.
The board also voted to give $100 each to Shawn Sizemore and Katy Temple for their student exchange trip to Spain.  And they voted to sponsor a CYL team for $100 along with $150 for an outfield advertising sign at the ball park.
Africans helped with eye problems...

Lion John Prall introduced Dr. Steven Stoller

Opthalmologist Dr. Steven Stoller of Richmond told Centerville Lions Monday evening, March 9, about his medical trip to Africa.  He treated many persons and assisted adminstrators of the eye clinic.  Stoller made a powerpoint presentation of his two week trip.  He was introduced by Lion John Prall.
Lions Vice President Kevin Sparks presided at the meeting in the absence of President Mark Robbins.  The club voted to donate $50 to each of the 9 State Lions Projects.
Lion Vic Culy dies...
Roy Victor "Vic" Culy, age 94, of Centerville, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2009, at Reid Hospital following a brief illness. He resided his last two years at Pinehurst.
Visitation for Roy V. Culy will be from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road W., Richmond. Funeral service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Doan & Mills.  Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery with military honors by the Wayne County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Centerville United Methodist Church, 112 S. Morton Ave., Centerville, IN 47330; Centerville Lions Club, c/o Phil Benedict, 401 N. First St., Centerville, IN 47330; Centerville Senior Center, 111 S. Second St., Centerville, IN 47330; or a charity of your choice.
Orchestra entertains Lions Christmas Banquet...
The Centerville Lions Club held its annual Christmas Banquet on Monday evening, December 14 at the Centerville High School Cafetorium.  Over 70 persons attended with president Kevin Sparks presiding.


The New Richmond Community Orchestra performed with Jay Conrad conducting.
Lion Jeff Nickell awarded Lion Phil Benedict with an outstanding Lions Club Award.
Lion Jim Resh presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Richmond Club for sponsoring the Centerville Club in 1944.  Mark Harris, President of the Richmond Club, accepted it. 


Lion Phil Benedict presented a Shadowbox of pins and memorabilia of Lion Charlie Killen, who died in January of 2009, to his son Gary and daughter Pam.

Standing: Jeff Nickell, Ty Smith, DG John Scott & Kevin Sparks

District 25F Governor John Scott of Indianapolis installed new member Ty Smith.  Lion Jeff Nickell stood up for him.  John Prall, who could not attend, is his sponsor.
CHS football coach speaks to Lions...


Centerville High School football coach Matt Holeva told Centerville Lions Monday evening, November 23, that "progress is not only measured in wins and losses" although the Bulldogs are 9 and 2 for the third consecutive year.  They shared the TEC championship with Winchester.  Holeva, a graduate of Wabash College, said "winning the conference is an expectation and not a goal." 
He said when he came to Centerville in 2004 his long term goal was to play three schedules (programs) and now has 60 kids participating.
Holeva gave credit to parents and fans for working on a program to secure new uniforms for the team.
He said the Tri Eastern Conference (TEC) day at Ball State University was a big plus for the players and hopes it will continue.
Halloween Party a hit with Trick or Treaters...

Lion Jim Howell oversees the popular cakewalk (click on picture to enlarge)

After making their rounds trick or treating youngsters and adults alike poured into the Centerville Elementary Gym for Halloween Partying.  Sponsored by the Centerville Lions Club for many years, the party gives the Goblins a place to go to meet their friends, play games and have a lot of fun as well as win prizes.
Costume judging went well with members of the Leos Club selecting the winners.  They received a dollar bill and ribbons.  About 125 attended.
Fifteen Lions helped out running the games, assisted by five members of the Leos Club.
The cake walk was again a popular activity.
Missing this year were donut holes, cider and and treat bags.  Many were disappointed.
Lions Christmas Dinner set for December 14...

New Richmond Community Orchestra

The annual Lions Club Christmas Dinner and the Club's 65th Anniversary Celebration will take place on Monday, Dec. 14th at the High School Cafetorium.  The Social Hour will begin at 6:00 pm.  Dinner, served by Pork Chop Charlie and staff will begin at 6:30 pm.
This will be Pork Chop Charlie's last dinner served to the Lions since he is retiring at the end of this year.  Cost is $13.00 each
Entertainment will include the New Richmond Community Orchestra directed by Jay Conrad and several members are from Wayne County or CHS graduates.  You will not want to miss this outstanding musical event for the Holiday.
The Club will also be celebrating it's 65th Anniversary year.  The Club was organized in 1944 and sponsored by the Richmond Lions Club.  Area Lions Clubs have been invited to attend also.
For reservations, please call Chairman Lion Jim Resh at 935-2481 or email at  December 8 is the deadline to secure reservations.
Lions learn about Civic Theatre...


David Cobine of Richmond Civic Theatre talked to Centerville Lions Monday evening, October 12.  Cobine spoke about improvements made recently to the building such as new seating and painting.  Restrooms are also on the schedule for rehab.
The mission of the theatre is to produce "high quality theatrical productions that will engage, entertain, educate, and inspire the people of Richmond and the surrounding area, participants and audiences alike.”
22 attended the meeting.  It was reported that Lion Mike Poynter remains at Arbor Trace undergoing therapy.  Members also discussed the upcoming Community Halloween Party.
Richmond club observes 85th...

Bev and PID David Fiandt, Jim Resh and Bob Blue

Several Centerville Lions attended the 85th Anniversary Dinner for the Richmond Lions Club Saturday evening, October 3.  56 persons attended the event held at Lingle Hall at Reid Hospital.
Attending from the Centerville club were Tom Barker, Jim Resh and Bob Blue.  Resh extended congratulations from the Centerville club, which was sponsored by the Richmond club in 1944.
Past International Director David Fiandt from Ft. Wayne was the featured speaker.  Also saying a few words was District Governor John Scott.  Don Bates sang for entertainment.
Fish Fry date changed again...
The date for the annual fish fry has been changed to June 4 and 5.  It had originally been scheduled for the second weekend of June.  But members of the committee said they would be on vacation and requested the change. 
Last year the Fish Fry was changed to the third weekend of June for the same reason.  In 2008, it was held in July, due to the Model T Ford 100th anniversary celebration.  The last time the club's largest fund raiser was held on the second weekend of June was 2007.
Earlier this year the committee said it expects to drop the hush puppies, but bring back slaw on the menu this year.  They also approved adding recorded music during the time when live musicians are not performing.
Program canceled...
The scheduled program for the March 22 meeting was canceled.  Indiana State K-9 Officer Shane Stevens had been scheduled as speaker of the evening.  Trooper Stevens said he had to cancel due to his dog having an ear infection.  He said he would be happy to reschedule sometime.
The next meeting on April 12 will feature Carolyn Lefever, Wayne County Historian, who will talk about the up coming Wayne County Bicentennial.

L to r: Kevin Sparks, Jim Howell, Richard Corrington from the Liberty Club, and Max Knight, a guest.

Richard Corrington from the Liberty club told members about the annual Smoke on the Water Festival on May 1st and 2nd.  The Centerville Club is thinking it may have a fund raising booth there, but nothing was decided.
It was decided to award the perfect attendance award for $50 again this year at the high school.  The college scholarships were discussed and the club decided to drop one of the $350 scholarship and give only one this year. 
The Club voted to sponsor a Centerville Youth League (CYL) team for $250 and members were invited to donate to the sponsorship.
Lion Jeff Nickell told of the Big 10 concession stand and the training for the stands will take place on April 3 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the high school cafeteria.
17 members and guests enjoyed ham and beans with cornbread and texas cake.
Sister of Lion Prall dies...
Mary Suzanne Kaba, 64 of Midland, died Monday evening, October 4, 2010 at the MidMichigan Medical Center. She was born December 15, 1945 in Danville, Kentucky, the daughter of the late John Andrew, IV and Dorothy Mae (Miller) Prall. She grew up in Danville and was a graduate of Centre College in 1968. Mary Suzanne had been a social worker and served 2 years as board president of Midland County Child Protective Council and Catholic Family Services. Her memberships included: AAUW (American Association of University Women), the Chippewa Nature Center, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and the Business and Professional Women’s Organization. She was a supporter of the Smithsonian Institute, National Public Radio, founder of the Adopt a Child’s Smile Program, and was awarded Dow Chemical Achievement Award for Prevention of Child Abuse. Mary Suzanne is survived by her brothers: John Andrew (Barbara) Prall, V of Richmond, Indiana, Thomas Robert (Edna) Prall of Danville, Kentucky and Roger Williams (Vicky) Prall of Brandon, Mississippi. Nieces and nephews: J. Andrew (Jennifer) Prall of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Jennifer (Jeff) Whisnant of Charlotte, NC, Travis (Robyn) Prall of Brandon, Mississippi, Ashley (Melanie) Prall of Versailles, Kentucky, and many great nieces and nephews.
~Memorial Service~
Memorial services for Mary Suzanne will take place 5 p.m. Friday, October 8, 2010 from the St. John’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Rob Skirving officiating. Inurnment will be in the church’s memorial gardens.
Mary Suzanne’s family will receive friends at the church on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Adopt a Child’s Smile, the Midland County Child Protection Council or St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Wayne County Bicentennial this year...

Wayne County Historian Carolyn Lefever

Centerville Lions were urged Monday evening to participate in the Wayne County Bicentennial this year.  Planning Committee Chairperson Carolyn Lefever of Hagerstown, who is Wayne County Historian, told Lions that celebration activities will be at the Wayne County Fair, June 19-26 and at the Wayne County Courthouse, September 25.
Lefever said each of the fifteen (15) townships will be honored during the week.  Each community will make their own plans and support those events.
She said the committee is planning for a float that can used in parades during the year.
There will be a Civil War Re-enactment and Encampment on grounds across from the fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, with a Civil War Ball on Saturday evening.  A Bicentennial Quilt representing all the townships will be on display.  And 10,000 bookmarks promoting the Bicentennial will be given to each elementary school child in the county.
Lefever has also written a Bicentennial book, "The Battles for the Courthouse."  It's the story of the six different courthouses in the county at various times.
WayNet is hosting a web page for the Bicentennial.  Click here to see it.
Persons wishing to donate may do so by sending their check to: Wayne County Bicentennial Fund, c/o Wayne County Foundation, 33 South 7th St., Richmond, Indiana 47374.
Special thanks to Leos Advisor...


Lion President Kevin Sparks presented a special award to Lion Jill Moore for her work as advisor to the Leos Club at Centerville High School. 
Moore said that Leos will hold a party for prospective Leos members at Maplewood Park on June 30.
Officers for 2010-2011 elected...
Officers for the 2010-2011 Lions year were elected during the May 24 regular meeting.
Lion Anne Elstro advanced from 1st vice president to president.
Jill Moore and Tim Hill were elected 1st and 2nd vice presidents.  Outgoing president Kevin Sparks was elected treasurer and Jack Farmer was named assistant tail twister.  The rest of the officers remain unchanged.
John Prall and Kevin Sparks will be two year members of the board of directors, while Mark Robbins and Bill Felker will serve one year.
Officers will be installed during the final meeting of the year on June 14.
Officers for 2010-2011 installed...


Officers of the Centerville Lions Club were installed Monday evening, June 14, by Past District Governor Jack Buckland of the Richmond Lions Club.  Holding a lighted candle, each officer received the obligation from Lion Buckland.

PDG Jack Buckland & Lion President Anne Elstro

Officers installed were:  Anne Elstro, president; Jill Moore, 1st vice president; Tim Hill, 2nd vice president; Wendy Kornman, secretary;  Courtney Amos, assistant secretary; Kevin Sparks, treasurer; Tim McConaha, assistant treasurer.
Others:  Paul Elstro, Tail Twister; Jack Farmer, assistant tail twister; Alan Spencer, Lion Tamer; Bob Blue, assistant Lion Tamer.
Board of Directors:  Kevin Sparks and John Prall, two years;  Mark Robbins and Bill Felker, one year.
All but Amos and Robbins were present.
Fish Fry winds down...

Happy diners enjoying their fish sandwiches under the big ten

The 31st annual Centerville Lions Club Fish Fry winds down Saturday evening.   Good weather helped bring in good crowds this year.   They enjoyed entertainment each evening while eating under the big tent.
Proceeds from the event help pay for the club's projects during the year.
Leos officers installed...

l to r: Reile Tincher, Rachel Grinstead, Megan Price & Lion Jill Moore

Centerville High School Leos Club officers for next year were installed during the Centerville Lions Club meeting Monday evening, May 24.
Lions Club Advisor to the Leos Club Jill Moore told Lions members this past year Leos learned a lot, mainly about responsibility.  She installed Megan Price as president.  Megan in turn installed vice president Rachel Grinstead and Rachel then installed secretary Reile Tincher.  Awards and certificates were presented.
Leos helped Lions with the Community Halloween Party, the Senior Dance and gathered food for needy during the past school year.

State Police K-9 visits club...


State Police Officer Barry Bischoff of the Connersville Post spoke to the club Monday night about his K-9 partner Gaston.  Gaston is a person finding and a drug sniffing dog.
Bischoff hid some drugs and brought in Gaston and almost immediately the dog went to them.
Lion Jill Moore will be installing the Leo Club Officers for the 2010-2011 school year at the next Lions Club meeting, May 24. 
Members are also expected to elect new officers for the 2010-2010 year which begins July 1.
22 members and guests attended the meeting.
Leos elect officers...
The Centerville High School Leos Club has elected officers for next year.  They are Natalia Liu, president; Sierra Bunch, vice president; Austin VanBastelaer, treasurer; and Nicole Orsborn, secretary.  They will be installed at an upcoming Lions Club meeting.
The club, sponsored by the Centerville Lions Club, will meet on May 19th to discuss activities during the summer.
Committee changes Fish Fry date...

2nd V.P. Anne Allen

The Fish Fry Committee has changed the date of the Annual Fish Fry from the second weekend of June to June 19 and 20.  Committee spokesman Phil Benedict attributed the change  due to several members of the committee being unable to be available during the second weekend.
Ticket prices remain the same as last year: $6.60 advance sales and $7.50 at the door.  The public may call 765-967-1296 for advance tickets or see any member of the club.
The complete meal will consist of Fish, hamburger or cheeseburger, hot dogs, baked beans, french fries or hush puppies and drink.  Dessert will be extra..
The Fish Fry will be held again at the Centerville Municipal Building at 204 E. Main Street from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
The April 27 meeting was conducted by 2nd vice president Anne Allen in the absence of Lion president Mark Robbins, who was ill.
Lions approve expenditures...

Darlene Robbins and Linda Erk serve spagetti dinner to Lions

With icy, inclement weather, only twelve members turned out for the February 23 meeting of the Centerville Lions Club.  The club did approve a couple of expenditures.
$495 was allocated to the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department to purchase a new, complete dress uniform in memory of Lion Charlie Killen.  Killen served as fire chief for many years.
The club also voted to donate $250 to the Circle U pantry in Richmond.
In other business, Lion Robert Moore report the Leo Club at Centerville High School will hold a "Senior Prom" for seniors April 18 at the school.  Lion Wendy Kornman read a leetter from Camp Woodsmoke stating that March 14 will be Cleanup Day at the camp.  All members are invited to help at the camp.  Lion Jim Howell, chair for the annual Community Awards Banquet, reported plans are moving along for the April 14 event.  Cost of the meal will be $11.00.  Leos are also being invited.  Howell also said the new golf cart in in and the logo looks great with new signs on it.  The cart will be used at school functions to transport the elderly and disabled.
The Club was advised the Economy Lions Club will celebrate its 50th anniversary on April 28 with a banquet at the West River Friends Meeting.  Cost is $10 each and members of the Centerville Lions Club are invited to attend.
Leader Dog visits Lions Club...

Richmond Lion Mark Harris tells about his Leader Dog Callie

Leader Dog Callie brought her master Lion Mark Harris with him to the Centerville Lions Club meeting Monday evening, February 9.  Harris, a member of the Richmond Lions Club, explained the process of learning each other at the 30-day training school.
The 40 year old Harris and his wife, Judy, have one other dog and a cat at home.  He said they all get along great.  He went into detail of what the training entailed and many of the types of moves Callie does for him.  Most important is having trust in the dog. 
Lion Harris handed out information on how to approach a blind person with a leader dog.   Such as "Do not pet a dog in harness".  "Ask the owner's permission before touching the dog or making eye contact".  "Approach the person on the right side as the Leader Dog is usually on the left."  "Speak to the person, not the dog."
Missing Lions...

Assistant president Kevin Sparks conducts meeting

President Mark Robbins, Secretary Wendy Kornman and Treasurer Jeff Nickels were absent from the February 9 meeting.  Filling in for them were Assistant President Kevin Sparks, Assistant Secretary Courtney Amos and Assistant Treasurer Phil Benedict.  Lion Benedict, who heads for Florida this coming week, said, "Sounds like a lot of filling to me."
There were 24 Lions and guests at the dinner meeting, catered by Darlene Robbins and Linda Erk.
Snowbirds from Centerville Lions...

Several Centerville Lions are spending some time in Florida this winter.  Lions Tom Barker, Carl Orsborn, Bill Felker, Allan Spencer and Phil Benedict are among Snowbirds scattered throughout the Sunshine state.

Frostproof Lions Club president Paul Huntzelman with Centerville Lion Bill Felker

Lion Felker visited the Frostproof Lions Club Tuesday evening (January 13).  They meet at the Orange Box Cafe on U.S. 27.  President Paul Huntzelman said they only have ten members, but are a very active club.  They are planning on selling orange juice at the Florida Flywheelers 22nd Annual  Antique Engine & Tractor "Swap Meet" January 14, 15, 16 and 17.  That is one of several fund raisers at the Flywheelers events.

DG Goldman pays official visit...

DG Goldman and Lions Club president Mark Robbins

25F District Governor Merle Goldman made an official visit to the Centerville Lions Club on January 26.  He spoke of  the many district meetings  along with some of the projects.
Also speaking was Vice District Governor John Scott who touched on the emergency preparing kit which every family should have.
A member of the Nora Lions Club since 1982, Goldman served as its president in 1996.  He is recipient of the Melvin Jones Award in 1998 and W.P. Woods Award in 2000.  A teacher at the Indiana School for the Deaf from 1950 to 1993, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lynchburg College and Master of Science from the University of Tennessee.  He and his wife, Nancy, have three sons.
Lion Robert Moore, subbing for his wife Lion Jill, reported on the Leo Club.  He said they are again planning a Senior Dance for this spring.
Lions hear about girls basketball...

Tracey Crull, Program chair Kevin Sparks & Jason Searcy

Assistant Centerville High School girls basketball coach Tracey Crull spoke before the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, January 12.  He said the team has done well this year, winning the Wayne County Tourney last weekend at Hagerstown.  He said they are looking foward to the sectional coming up in a couple of weeks.  Also attending was head basketball coach Jason Searcy who said they were thrilled with the tourney win.
Crull also told of a fund raiser with Indianapolis professional teamsk such as the Pacers in which they raised around $1,000 for the team. He suggested members of the Lions Club could also raise money by selling refreshments there.
Club president Mark Robbins conducted a moment of silence in memory of Lion Charlie Killen who passed away last week.
Lion Phil Benedict was named Communications officer.  He will be in charge of notifying members of meetings.  The club also accepted the resignations of Nick Aughe and Roger Keep.  That brings membership to 39.
Community Award chairman Jim Howell announced he would like nominations by January 31.  The Award Banquet is April 13.
Mother of Lion McConaha dies...
92 year old Elinor L. McConaha of Centerville died Wednesday, January 28.  She was the mother of Lion Tim McConaha.  Visitation for Elinor L. McConaha will be from noon-2 pm, Saturday, Jan, 31, 2009, at Mills Funeral Home, 405 E. Main St., Centerville. Funeral service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home with Rev. Laura Altman officiating. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Adult Day Care of Richmond, 2727 E. Main St., Richmond, IN 47374; or Centerville Senior Center, 111 S, Second St., Centerville, IN 47330.
Lion John Sperling dies...


John Frederick Sperling, 85, of Richmond, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, at Friends Fellowship Community.  He was born in Richmond, Ind., on Aug. 20, 1924, to parents the former Wayne County Sheriff Carl and Ruth M. Heitbrink Sperling.  John retired from the Richmond Police Department on Jan. 1, 1968, with 22 years of loyal and distinguished service. He began his duties as a police officer Dec. 1, 1946. He spent 10 years as a radio operator. His radio service was followed by regular patrolman duties. He then served as records clerk and city court bailiff.  John went to work at Richmond State Hospital in Jan. 1969, and retired on Feb. 3, 1984.
John was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a Corporal serving as a clerk in the 3rd Reinforcement Battalion in the European Theatre. He earned a Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and Victory Medal.  John was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Police. He was a 53-year member of the Richmond Lodge F. & A.M. of Indiana 196. He was a long time member of the Order of Eastern Star Loyal Chapter 49, Centerville Lion's Club and Harry Ray American Legion Post 65. He was a 54-year member of the Central United Methodist Church.
John was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Edith Gross Sperling; infant twin sons, Robert and Roger Sperling; and daughter, Anne E. Sperling.  John leaves behind several cousins; extended family and friends.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at Stegall-Berheide-Orr Funeral Home in Richmond.  Burial was in Earlham Cemetery with military rites by the Wayne County Veterans Honor Guard.  Memorial donations may be made to the following: Central United Methodist Church, 1425 E. Main St., Richmond, IN 47374, or the Reid Hospital Foundation where the need is greatest, 1100 Reid Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374.
Lion Charlie Killen has died...


Centerville Lions Club oldest member has died.  Charles L. Killen, who was 83, died Wednesday morning, January 7, at Pinehurst Nursing Home.  Charlie joined the club on April 29, 1958 and served as president in 1962-63.  He was recognized for 50 years membership at the club's April 14, 2008 meeting.  He was recipient of the Community Award in 1988 and again in 1996 with his son Gary. 
Killen was hospitalized in mid-December;  then transferred to Pinehurst for therapy.  His son, Gary, said on January 5 that his father suffered a couple of seizures and a possible stroke.
Survivors include his son, Gary and daughter, Pam (Killen) Lamb-Johnson, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Killen, in 1994.
Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 p.m. at the Centerville Christian Church where he was a member.  Masonic and Scottish Rite services will be conducted at 7 p.m.  Members of the Centerville Lions Club will meet at 6:30 p.m.  Services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the church.  Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Centerville.
He had been active in many communty projects including Archway Days Festival each August, Centerville Music Boosters, Centerville Bicentennial Celebration in 1976, Christmas in Centerville, Promote Centerville, Inc., and was a 50 year member of Hiram Masonic Lodge #417 in Centerville and Indianapolis Scottish Rite. 
He was fire chief for 20 years of his 28 years with the Centerville Volunteer Fire Department and was past president of the Wayne County Fireman's Association. 
He owned and operated Killens Service Center in Centerville since 1957.
New Lion year begins with a new caterer...

Jeri Childs of Jeri's Catering

The 2009-2010 Lions year began Monday evening, September 28, with a new caterer.  Jeri Childs of Jeri's Catering Service in Richmond will be serving some of the meals this year.  Child's is sharing the duties with Darlene Robbins and Linda Erk, who have served meals for the past couple of years.
Pork Chop Charley will provide the Christmas Banquet dinner on December 14.  He will be retiring following the dinner.
Former club president dies...


86 year old Arthur R. "Pete" Blansett of Richmond died Saturday (Dec. 5) at Reid Hospital.  He had been a member of the Centerville Lions Club for many years serving as president in 1990-91.
Blansett is survived by a daughter and two sons,  five grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a sister.  His wife, Betty, died in August of 2008.
Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Mills Funeral Home in Centerville, where friends may call Thursday from 5-8 p.m.  Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Centerville with military honors.

Exchange student speaks before Lions Club...

Lion Jim Howell, Katy Temple and Lions Club president Kevin Sparks

Katy Temple, a Spanish student and a senior at CHS, she attended a 7 week student visit with a family in Valencia, Spain.   She also attended a school while there and visited several important places, including Cathedrals and Roman Ruins.  She travels with about 20 other Indiana spanish students.
The Lions Club helped to support her trip.
Hope House explained to Lions...


Pastor David Layman, a member of the board of directors of the Hope House Adiction Recovery Center, spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, October 26.  Layman said Hope House was begun in 2001 and continues to provide innovative recovery and rehabilitation to homeless, needy  or alcoholic dependent persons.
Layman is also pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Richmond.  John Prall was program chairman.
President Kevin Sparks conducted the business meeting.  The annual Halloween party was discussed and set up will begin at 3 pm on Saturday.  The party is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm in the elementary gym.
Jim Resh announced about the Lions Christmas Banquet set for Dec. 14th at 6 pm in the Centerville High School Cafetorium.  The Richmond Community Orchestra will entertain.  Dinner will be served by Pork Chop Charlie and cost is $13.00 each.
Twenty three members attended the meeting.
Member honors another...

Lion Benedict stands beside the shadowbox he built in honor of Lion Killen

Lion Charlie Killen died back in January.  His son Gary gathered his dad's Lions Club pins and other memorabilia and asked Lion Phil Benedict what he could do with them.  Lion Phil constructed a shadowbox and put the items, dating back through Killen's 50 year history with the club, in the box.  Benedict will present the shadowbox to Killen's family during the Christmas Banquet on December 14.
Father of Lion Golden dies...


John Paul Golden, 76, of Centerville, died Wednesday, September 9, at Reid Hospital.  He was the father of Lion Phil Golden.
John was founder and president of Golden Manufacturing.
He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters, eight grandchildren and five sisters.
Services will be Sunday at 4 p.m. Christ Presbyterian Church where friends may call beginning at 2 p.m.  Burial will be in Greens Fork South Cemetery.  Mills Funeral Home in Centerville is in charge of arrangments.
Steak Fry opens new Lions Club year...


The new Lions Club year began with the annual Steak Fry Monday evening, September 14.  It was held again at the old Log Cabin Courthouse behind the Mansion House on East Main Street.  In the absence of President Kevin Sharp, Lion Phil Benedict presided with around 24 Lions and guests attending.
With the treasury at a near all-time low, the club voted to discontinue the Community Awards program next spring and hold it every two years beginning in 2011.  The club also decided to discontinue handing out candy bags at the Halloween Party in October.  The Club also may vote later to present only one $400 scholarship next year.
Secretary Wendy Kornman handed out attendance awards and presented outgoing President Mark Robbins with a clock.
It was announced that the Richmond Lions Club will celebrate it's 85 anniversary with a dinner and program on October 3rd at  Lingle Hall in Reid Hospital at 5:30 p.m.   Reservations are requested and should be in by September 20th.
Young Adult Cancer Survivor Program...

Lions Cancer Control Trustee Paul Shane

Centerville Lions learned of a new Indiana Lions program at its meeting Monday evening, September 28.  Lions District 25F Cancer Control Trustee Paul Shane said the the Indiana Lions Cancer Control Fund has created a $750,000 endowed professorship in cancer survivorship.  It would allow for the hiring of a new Indiana University doctor to serve as the program's leader.
Shane said the program would allow the IU Simon Cancer Center to address the needs of young people - specifically those 18-25 - who, as a whole, are in need of continuing care.  It would also be available for other ages.  He said many survivors have ongoing symptoms that are a result of their treatments and must be addressed in order for a good quality of life to be restored.
$90,000 have been raised so far.
(For more information, contact: Amber Kleopfer Senseny, Senior Associate Director, Major Gifts; Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, Office of Gift Development; 317-278-4510 or 800-643-6975;
Sister of Lion Spencer dies...


Funeral services for 70 year old Marilyn Kay Williams of Portland, Indiana were held Wednesday morning, May 12.  She was the sister of Lion P. Allan Spencer of Centerville.  She died after a lengthy battle with cancer Saturday morning at the Jay County Hospital.
She and her husband, Edward N. Williams, who survives, owned and operated Williams Auto Parts, where she served as secretary.  She is also survived by another brother, a son and daughter, her mother-in-law, four grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  Burial was in Green Park Cemetery in Portland.
District and Vice District Governors visit Centerville Club...

District Governor John Scott

25F District Governor John Scott of Indianapolis, accompanied by Vice District Governor Ray Hawkins of Greenfield, paid an official visit to the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, April 26.  Both were accompanied by their Lion wives.

Vice District Governor Ray Hawkins

Scott spoke to the Lions about the State Convention last week.  He urged the club to bring in at least two new members this year to help stave off the trend of declining membership in the district.  The district lost 35 members last year, although it remains the largest district in the state with 1,876 members.  The Centerville Club initiated one new member last year, but lost one, remaining with 37 members.
Nationally, Lions Clubs have seen a 24,000 membership increase.
Former Centerville resident speaks to Lions...

Eddie Miller with Lion Jeff Nickell

Former Centerville resident Eddie Miller spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, March 8, about being and staying healthy.  Miller, who lives in McCordsville and runs a landscaping service, is a 1981 graduate of Centerville High School.
Miller, who once weighed 430 pounds, had bariatric surgery.  He now weighs 180 pounds.  He continues to exercise and lives a good life by counting calories.  He's a spokesperson for St. Francis Hospital and has been on TV and billboards around Indianapolis.
Miller presents talks around the state on hehalf of the hospital.  He was introduced by Lion Jeff Nickell.
The Club voted to sponsor a Centerville Youth League Team if members will support it.  Members will be able to donate at the next meeting.
It was announced the Leo Club will sponsor a Community Dance at the high school on April 24 at 6:30 p.m.  It will be open to the public.
28 members and guests attended the meeting.
Members hear about Internet crime...


Sgt. John Bolling of the Indiana State Police spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, January 25.  Bolling's topic was Internet Crime.  He spoke about the dangers of predators on the Internet and how to keep children safe.
It was "Pizza Night" with the pizza supplied by Americana Pizza in Centerville.
Winter weather conditions held the turnout to about a dozen Lions.
Lions enjoy chili on a cold night...
Caterer Darlene Robbins came prepared with chili on a cold Monday night.  It was also chili in the Senior Center as members of the Centerville Lions Club gathered for its January 11 meeting.  18 members attended presided by President Kevin Sparks.  Next meeting on January 25 will be Pizza Night.

Lion Bob Blue gives the treasurer's report

Bob Blue, who had served many years as treasurer, returned to the post temporarily as he filled in for Jeff Nickell.  Assistant secretary Courtney Amos also filled in for Wendy Kornman.
President Sparks read a letter of thanks from the Richmond Community Orchestra for its participation in the Christmas program in December.  Sparks reported the club has received 2 electric wheelchairs from an anonymous donor.  He also said club has recieved another wheelchair, two more walkers and other equipment recently.
Leo club advisor Jill Moore reported Leo gave a $75 gift card to a needy family at Christmas and collected food for cats.   She also said they are planning another Senior Prom for April 24.  Lions are encouraged to attend the club meeting held every Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock at Centerville High School.
District Governor John Scott is planning an Official Visit on February 22.

Club visits Model T Ford Museum...


Lion Jay Klehfoth, who is in charge of publications and business office of the Model T Ford Motor Club of America, based in Centerville, spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, January 11.  Klehforth, whose wife Barbara is secretary of the organization, told of the history of the Model T.
The 100th anniversary of the Model T was observed with a week-long celebration in Wayne County in July of 2008. 


After the program at the Senior Center, Jay took everyone on a tour of the museum located just off I-70 and Centerville Road.  He explained the different cars and trucks on display and on loan to the museum.
Persons interested in the Model T Ford Club of America may click here for more information.
Lions discuss upcoming projects...

Vice President Elstro listens as Secretary Wendy Kornman reads the mintues of the last meeting

Lions Club vice president Anne Elstro presided at the February 8 meeting.
Lions discussed the Fish Fry scheduled for June 11 and 12.  They expect to drop the hush puppies, but bring back slaw on the menu this year.  They approved adding recorded music when live musicians are not performing.
Some of the unused excess equipment in the storage shed at the Mansion House will be donated to Haiti for relief.  Members will be cleaning out the garage soon.

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