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 2013-2014 officers installed...
Centerville Lions Club officers for 2013-2014 were informally installed Monday evening, June 10 at the Centerville-Abington Senior Center in Centerville. The officers take over July 1.

Lions Dennis Stephen, Jack Farmer, Bob Hobson, Pam Tidrow and Wendy Kornman

They are:  Bob Hobson, president;  Jack Farmer, first vice president;  Pam Tidrow, second vice president.  Wendy Kornman and Courtney Amos remain secretary and assistant secretary.  Dennis Stephen and Phil Benedict remain treasurer and assistant treasurer.
Paul Elstro is Tail Twister and Steve Sheckles assistant.  Sheckles will also serve as Lion Tamer assisted by Tim McConaha.
Bill Felker and Joe Elstro will serve two years on the Board of Directors with Tim Hill and Jeff Nickell for one year.
The officers were elected during the April 22 meeting.
Lions hear last minute plans for Fish Fry...

Members enjoy a meal while hearing about Fish Fry plans

Last minute plans for the fish fry this weekend were discussed by members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, June 3.  Set up for the fish fry will be Thursday at noon.  The big tent goes up Thursday at 5 with assistance from clients at the Hope House in Richmond.
The work schedule was passed around to members.  With only 34 members, it seems its going to be difficult to fill every work place.  Members of the Leo Club will also assist.
The 34th annual fund raiser is this Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm at west end of the Centerville Municipal Building.
Neighbors East and West...


Ruth and Sam Neff of Richmond presented a program on their travels to Palestine and Israel to the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, May 13.  With graphics and pictures they gave their perspective of the Holy Lands.  Sam said it also tied in with the Israeli Independence on May 14. 
The Neff's have led groups to the area over the years
New officers elected...

Bob Hobson elected president for 2013-2014

Officers of the Centerville Lions Club for 2013-2014 were elected at the club's meeting Monday evening, April 22.  Bob Hobson moves up from first vice president to serve as president for the upcoming year.  Jack Farmer moved up to first vice president and Pam Tidrow was elected to serve as second vice president.
Wendy Kornman continues as secretary.  Dennis Stephen remains treasurer as does assistant treasurer Phil Benedict.
Board members elected:  Bill Felker and Joe Elstro for two years; Tim Hill and Jeff Nickell for one year.
Paul Elstro remains the tail twister with his assisant Steve Sheckles.  Sheckles also will serve as lion tamer assisted by Tim McConaha.
Kevin Sparks will serves as membership chairperson.
The officers will be installed at the June 10 meeting.  The year will end with the family picnic on June 24.
Three Community Awards presented...
The Centerville Lions Club presented awards to three community leaders during its 26th Community Awards Banquet at the Centerville Senior High School Cafetorium Monday evening, April 8.  They were Lion Garrrett Roberts, school teacher Joetta Harris and Centerville Police Chief Ed Buchholz, Jr.

Club president Joe Elstro presents Garrett Roberts with his award

Garrett Roberts retired from Chrysler in 1999 and has been busy ever since.  He was co-founder of the Centerville Classic Car Club, a board member of the Senior Center, a 50 year member of the Harmony Masonic Lodge #11 in Brookville, Indiana, a long-time member of the Centerville United Methodist Church and a long time Lions Club member. 
A 1960 Brookville High School graduate, he attended Richmond Business School.  He met his wife Janice during his first "real" job at Mercury Records in Richmond.  They married six months later and after living in Richmond for a short time, they purchased the house they currently live in at 412 West School Street in Centerville.

Joetta Harris is presented her award by Lion Dennis Stephen

Joetta Harris came to teach at Centerville in 1977 after a year at Marion.  A Ball State University graduate with honors in both bachelors and Masters work, she applied her knowledge to making a creative classroom.  Along the way she was cheerleading sponsor, assistant speech coach and judge, a judge for the academic teams and class sponsor for numerous classes.  She also created a support group for the Cross Country team called the Harrier Helpers.  It became the basis for the Girls Cross Country teams when the state allowed Girls Cross Country. 
Joetta has been an oustanding teacher as shown by her selection multiple times as an ISTAR teacher and Centerville Teacher of the Year in 1996.
On top of teaching, Joetta created her own business of cake baking and decorating.  She won the State Fair Grand Champion in cake decorating.  And for many years has helped many young people in this area by demonstrations and judging 4-H cake decorating.  For the past four years, she has been one of the State Fair judges in cake decorating.

Awards Chair Jim Howell present Ed Buchholz, Jr. with his award

William Edward Buchholz, Jr. was born in Effingham, Illinois in 1963, graduated from Union County High School in Liberty, Indiana in 1981 and earned an apprentice degree in drafting from Connersville Vocational School.  He entered the US Air Force with special training in Security Police.  He graduated from Lackland Air Force Base and was then stationed at Whiteman AFB in Missouri until 1985.  He recieved many awards and honors while in the Air Force.
In 1982, he married his high school sweetheart, Marilynn.  They moved to Centerville in 1991 and was hired by the Centerville Police Department when a position became available.  He worked his way to sergeant and in 2010 became Police Chief.  The term "protect and serve" is within him every day.  His vision and excitement to have a new police station is almost complete.
Ed attends Centerville Christian Church where he assists wherever he is needed.

Alison Zajdel of Cope Environmental Center speaks to Lions Club...


Nature was discussed at the March 11th meeting of the Centerville Lions Club by Alison Zajdel, Executive Director of Cope Environmental Center near Centerville.  Alison explained the operations of the center and exhibited some of the live animals from the center.  She told how all animals get along with each other and how they depend on one another also.
In the picture to the left Alison demonstrates the ease of handling a snake.  She told of the value of insects and animals.


Lions Phil Stevenson and Kevin Sparks in the picture to the right demonstate with Alison how important animals are to the environment.
The Lions Club donated $100 to the Center.
Joe Elstro, President of the Club, conducted the business meeting following dinner.

The annual fish fry was discussed and will be held the 2nd weekend in June.  Lion Pam Tidrow will serve as chairperson of the fish fry again this year.
Centerville Lions hear of Reid Hospital Volunteer Services...

Krista Thornsberry with Program Chair Bob Hobson

Krista Thornsberry, Director of Reid Volunteer Services spoke to members of the Lions Club Monday evening, February 25th, at the regular dinner meeting.   19 members were present.
Krista began as director in 2007 and Reid has over 400 volunteers.  The Program was started in 1948.  Applications for volunteers are available on line or on paper applications at the hospital.
Lion Joe Elstro conducted the business meeting and Jim Howell reported that all things are ready for the Awards Banquet on April 8th. This Banquet will take place at the high school cafetorium and the community is invited to attend.
President Elstro also read several letters of thanks to the club members from groups and events which the Lions Club supported.
A report of the Leo Club was given by Advisor Pam Tidrow.  She stated that the club is in transition at the present time and that Matt Sparks is acting President of the Club.
The next meeting of the Centerville Lions Club will be Monday, March 11th at the Senior Center.

Lion's mother dies...


The mother of Lion Dennis Stephen has died.  84 year old Alice Marie Stephen of Winchester, died February 8 after a short illness.
Funeral services will be Monday, February 11 at 2 pm at the Church of the Nazarene in Winchester, with burial in Fountain Park Cemetery.  Visitation will be Sunday from 2 to 4 pm at the church and one hour prior to the service on Monday.  Arrangements were handled by the Walker Funeral home in Winchester.

Lions to test vision at Centerville schools...

PDG Jack Buckland instructing Lions on vision testing

Past District Governor Jack Buckland from the Richmond Lions Club certified several Centerville Lions on the Vision machines Monday evening, January 28. 
Buckland demonstrated the different machines and presented information as to what to look for and how to determing who needs glasses. 
Testing will be done in Centerville schools this Friday, February first.  Over 200 are signed up for testing.

January 28 Club notes...
The Club approved several expenditures at its meeting January 28.  They voted to send $100 to the After Prom Committee at Centerville High School and $200 to the Dollars for Scholars program.
Leo Advisor Pam Tidrow reported on activities of the Leo Club at Centerville High School.  They plan another Senior Dance this spring.  The club voted to buy shirts for the Leos at a cost of $250.  There will also be an induction ceremony for the Leos at a future meeting.
Plans are being made for the Community Awards Banquet for April 8 in the Cafetorium of the high school.  Lions Jim Howell and Tim Hill are in charge of the event.
It's dues time again and Lion Treasurer Dennis Stephens gave out statements to each Lion.
The next meeting is February 25.

District Governor pays official visit...


25F District Governor Sue Topt paid an official visit to the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, November 26.  Accompanied by her husband, Lion Jim, she spoke of changing times in Lionism, and how needs remain.  The motto of her term as district governor is "Changing lives through service."
Topt pointed out that the Centerville Club sponsors one of the two Leo Clubs in the district.
The district governor said clubs need to change with new members and their new ideas.
One of her main objectives during her term is membership... another is the encouragement of clubs to promote themselves and their projects through the news and social media.
She highlighted vision screening as an important undertaking of clubs around the state, especially with "Operation Kid Site."  She said over 10,000 children have been referred for additional help.
Topt urged Centerville members to continue their vision and growth for the future.
New member approved...
During a meeting of the board following the regular meeting, Toni Benedict was approved as a new member of the club.  She's the wife of Lion Phil Benedict.

UPDATE: The Leo Club has decided to postpone this activity so as not to compete with the Centerville High School Spanish Club's canned food drive (for humans!). The H.E.L.P. the Animals drive will resume after the holidays, so please remember us then!
The Centerville Leo Club will be accepting donations of pet food or financial contributions to benefit H.E.L.P. the Animals again this year. Please bring your donation to the next Lions Club meeting for Pam Tidrow if you'd like to help. Checks can be made payable to: Centerville High School - Leo Club. Thank you!

Many turn out for Halloween Party...

Party goers participate in the popular cake walk

Donut holes and drinks for everyone!  Over 200 attended the Lions Club Halloween Party Wednesday evening at the Centerville Elementary gymnasium.  Lions Jim Howell, Jim Resh and Pam Tidrow helped with the popular cake walk.  Lions manned the games setup around the gym floor.
It was a cold, wet night, so lots of kids and their parents came inside to get warm and enjoy the party after having gone on their rounds of trick or treating around Centerville.  There were many costumed kids.  Members of the Leo Club presented prized to winners.
Lions helping were:  Tidrow, P.Elstro, J.Elstro, Howell, Resh, McConaha, Hill, Farmer and his son, Stevenson, Benedict, Sparks and Spencer.

New Lions Year begins with Annual Steak Fry...

Hungery Lions President Elstro and Secretary Kornman

The Annual Steak Fry opened the new Centerville Lions Club year Monday evening, September 10.  Held at the Log Cabin behind the Mansion House on East Main Street, about 21 members and guests attended.  The meal was prepared by Marie Elstro, wife of Lion Paul Elstro.

Past President Tim Hill

Lion President Joe Elstro presented Past President Tim Hill with a clock for his work as president last year.

Lion Pam Tidrow with son Mason

Leo Club Advisor Pam Tidrow reported there are eight members in the club this year at the Centerville High School.  She said several projects are being planned, including a book drive for the school, participation in the clubs Halloween Party next month, a bowling evening, a drive to assist the Help Shelter in Richmond, the Senior Dance and a blood drive.
She also brought Mason, her new baby son with her to the meeting.
Lions Club Family Picnic
The Lions Club officially brought the 2012-2013 year to a close with its annual picnic Monday evening, June 24.  It was held again this year at the home of Lions Anne and Joe Elstro, our outgoing president.  Lion Treasurer Dennis Stephen grilled the hamburgers and hot dogs.  The meat and drinks were furnished by the club while members and their guests brought a covered dish as well as desserts.
Those who attended enjoyed the fellowship with each other.

Lions Paul Elstro and Warren Gareiss.

Lions Bob Blue with Anne and Joe Elstro and their two month old son, Conner Holden Elstro.

First day of Fish Fry...


Good crowds visited the 34th annual Fish Fry in Centerville on Friday.  The annual fund raiser for the club is sponsored by the Centerville Lions Club.  Proceeds are used for various community projects throughout the year.
Saturday is the final day.  Serving is from 11 am to 8 pm.  Advance tickets are $8.00 and are available from Lions Club members and also may be purchased at the Library next door to the Centerville Municipal Building.  Cost of the full dinner is $8.50 at the door.
See more pictures on our FACEBOOK page and the Palladium-Item Party Crashers.
Time for Lions to sign up for the Indiana State Fair...
Lions can help out the state Lions organization by helping at the Indiana State Fair. District Governor Sue Toft says, “Money earned for your work goes to the Indiana Lions Foundation. They are able to fund many grant requests through this work. If you work, you can either receive points toward a W.P. Woods Award, or get $10 for your club administration.”
The sign up sheet may be downloaded by clicking the link below:

Click here to download sign up sheet.

Lion Barker's oldest brother dies...


Robert C. Barker, 89 of Eaton, Ohio passed away Thursday afternoon May 2, 2013 at the Greenbriar Senior Living Campus, where he resided for several years. He was born June 8, 1923 near Coeburn, Virginia. He was the eldest of six sons of Garland and Dicie (Moore) Barker. He was married to Wylnetta Irene (Oler) on April 29, 1944, recently celebrating their 69 years of marriage. The couple lived many years near Eldorado, OH. Robert was a long time member of Wares Chapel United Methodist Church. He was employed by Chrysler Airtemp, Dayton, OH and retired after 37 years of service. In addition he worked at Henny Penny Corporation in Eaton, OH. He was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother in law, Luther and Bessie Oler, three brothers; James, Jack and Harrison Barker and an infant daughter, Joyce Ann. He is survived by his wife, Wylnetta, sons and daughters in law; Robert and Cathy Barker of Lakeland, FL Richard Barker and Matthew Schlansky of Fort Lauderdale, FL, Tim and Cynthia Barker of Palm City, FL and daughter Jan and son in law Pat Hackett of Knoxville, TN, four grandchildren and spouses; Lori (and Bob) Ward, Matt (and Sara) Barker, Amy (and Deven) Robillard and Jesse (and Ali) Sheehan, seven great-grandchildren, two brothers; Tom (and Marilyn) Barker, of Richmond, IN and Charles (and Judy) Barker, of Lakeland, FL and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Services were held Sunday, May 5, at the Girton Schmidt & Boucher Gard Funeral Home in Eaton, OH. A graveside service followed at the Greenmound Cemetery, New Madison, OH.

Memorial donations can be made to the Monroe Township Food Bank, 1060 Foos Road, West Manchester, OH 45382 and or Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420. Online condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family by visiting

Lions Anne and Joe Elstro have a new job...

Lion President Joe Elstro with his new son

Conner Holden Elstro was born to Anne and Joe Elstro Tuesday evening at Reid Hospital.  The little guy came into world at 6:07 p.m. and weighed seven pounds and two ounces and was 18 and a half inches long.
Lion President Joe and past president Anne are doing fines.  Lion Paul Elsto is the grandfather.
June will be a busy month...
June will be a busy month for Lions.  It begins with the Fish Fry Organziational meeting on Monday evening, June 3, at the Senior Center.  The meeting was moved from May 27 which falls on Memorial Day. 
The Fish Fry will be the following Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8.
June 10 will be installation of officers.
And June 24 will be the family picnic.
Leo Club officers elected...

Matt Sparks, Amanda Pyzluka, Desi Pope & Sydney Hoskins

Officers of the Centerville High School Leos Club were installed during the Centerville Lions Club meeting Monday evening, April 22.
They are:  Amanda Pyzluka, president;  Matt Sparks, vice president;  and Sydney Hoskins, secretary.  They were installed by club sponsor Lion Pam Tidrow.  Then club president Pyzluka inducted Desi Pope into the club.
The club was formed in 2001 at the high school.  They have several projects and assist the Lions Club in seveal activities.
Many past award winners attended...

Past secretary Jim Resh

Many Past Honorees attended the 26th Community Awards Program at Centerville, Indiana Monday evening, April 8.  It was held at the Centerville Senior High School Cafetorium.  Past club secretary Jim Resh acknowledged those award recipients.
Those attending: 
1987 - Carrol McConaha Rhodes
1992 - Lions Bob Blue and Jim Resh
1993 - James Howell and Russ Turner
1994 - Allan Spencer and Marie Elstro
1998 - Beverly Nixon
1999 - Dennis Stephen and David Nixon
2000 - Janice Roberts and Connie Gariess
2002 - Jane Lucas
2003 - Paul Elstro
2004 - Dan Wandersee
2005 - Phil Benedict and Phil Stevenson
2007 - Bob Hobson
2008 - Tim Hill and Jeff Cappa
2009 - Joe Elstro
2011 - Tim McConaha
The Centerville Lions Club picked up the awards when they were dropped by Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1986.  No awards were presented in 2010 or 2012.
Vision testing at Centerville Elementary...

A third graders being tested by Lion Paul Elstro

Centerville Lions sponsored a vision testing program at Centerville schools Friday, February first.  200 students from the 3rd and 8th grades had signed up to be tested.  Results of the tests are to go to student's eye doctor.
Although the start of school was delayed by weather for two hours, Lions tested 8th graders beginning at 10 am returning at 12:45 pm to test 3rd graders.
Richmond Lion and PDG Jack Buckland headed the testing along with school nurse Julie Horn.  Student nurses Renee Rector and Andrea Hitch assisted.    Lion Phil Benedict said, "It was so nice to have us all together to do an event such as this. A big thanks goes out to a nice size group of Centerville Lions who participated."  Members from the Centerville Lions club who participated were Dennis Stevens, Paul Elstro, Bob Hobson, Toni Benedict, Phil Benedict, Jim Howell and Tim McConaha.
Club members were certified and/or re-certified for the vision testing program at the January 28 meeting of the club.

Leo Club participates in state meeting...

The Centerville High School Leo Club took part in the 2013 Mid Winter Conference in Plainfield Saturday, January 5.  Leo Advisor Lion Pam Tidrow and Leo Club President Reile Tincher presented one of the morning seminars.  Lion Tidrow said, “They discussed joint service activities and how they can help to build a relationship between the sponsoring Lions Club and its Leos."
International President Wayne Madden of Indiana was guest speaker for the conference.


The Christmas Song...

Program chair Lion Bob Hobson with singer Brian Rodgers

Singer Brian Rodgers of Richmond entertained the Centerville Lions Club at its annual Christmas Banquet Monday evening at the Centerville High School Cafetorium.  Rodgers, who has been singing since his school days at Connersville, presented a program mostly of old Christmas carols, some dating back to the 1400s.  Very talented, Rodgers also did the Alvin and Chipmonks Christmas song.
Several new members were announced at the gathering:  Pastor Robert Meckley of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Ty Farmer, Todd Hobson and Toni Benedict.  They will be formerly inducted into the club sometime next year.
The evening began with President Joe Elstro presiding.
Honey is a sweet thing...


Ken Banning of Banning's Honey Farm spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, November 12.
Banning says they are a small, family-run farm, and their honey sales are more of a hobby than a business.  As such, their products are sometimes limited in quantity.  All of their products are handmade, so they may have imperfections.  That’s how you know it’s not mass-produced, but carefully mixed, dipped, or poured by Ken, Jill, and their daughter Jennifer.
Their products include 100% pure local honey, beeswax candles, handmade soap, beeswax lip balm and gift baskets.
For more information, visit their web site:

Sharlene George opens her arms to Lions...


Making a difference in people's lives beyond one day is what Sharelene George does.  She's director of Open Arms Ministries in Richmond.  She told members of the Centerville Lions Club about the orgranization Monday evening, October 22.
Sharlene said 90% of the clients they see are the newly poor... struggling to meet expenses.  She said they are able to make it possible for them to have a renewed start toward making ends meet.
Open Arms Ministries is a faith-based coaltion of churches and other social ministries that provides a clearinghouse of needs-based services in the greater Richmond area.  It was established in October, 2009.  Over 13-hundred families were served in 2010 with $17,000 in financial assistance given.
Their offices are located in Building 415 at Richmond State Hospital and are open Monday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon.  They can be reached by phone at (765) 962-9100.
Halloween Party is saved...
Last minute efforts of Lion Phil Benedict and others saved the Community Halloween Party on October 31 from being canceled this year. Centerville Town Council voted to change the hoursof Trick or Treat in Centerville to the same hours as the Halloween Party. But the town was convinced to restore the former hours.

Although participation has been declining in recent years, the function still provides an outlet for the area children to be off the streets at darkness.
Lions have been asked to help set up for the event at the Centerville Elementary Gym at 4:30 p.m. The Party begins at 6:30 p.m. There will be games, prizes for the best costumes, the popular Cake Walk and goodies to eat.
Hours for Trick or Treat in Centerville remain at 5 to 7 p.m.
Lion Pam Tidrow named State Chair of Leo Clubs...

Lion Pam Tidrow

Lion Pam Tidrow has been named Indiana State Chair of the Leo Clubs.  She previously was asked to head Leo Clubs in the District 25F.  There are four of the clubs, one of which is at Centeville Senior High School, where Lion Pam is the Advisor.
Pertaining to the state post, Lion Pam said, "I'll be coordinating the efforts of the District Leo Chairs & disseminating the information received from Lions International regarding the Leo Program."
Pam will also be interviewed for an article about Leo Clubs for the International Lions Club magazine.  She said she believes its because she was a member of the Centeville High School Leos Club, then became a Lion at the Centerville Club and then the Advisor for the club.  She said the interview has yet to be scheduled.
New officers installed...

PDG Sharp congratulating new officers. New president Joe Elstro on extreme right.

New officers of the Centerville Lions Club for 2012-2013 were installed Monday evening, June 11. 
Past District Governor Carl Sharp of the Liberty Lions Club installed Lion Joe Elstro as president along with the other officers of the club:
first vice president, Bob Hobson; second vice president, John (Jack) Farmer; secretary, Wendy Kornman; assistant, Courtney Amos; treasurer, Dennis Stephen; assistant, Phil Benedict.
Tail twister, Paul Elstro; assistant, Pam Tidrow; Lion tamer, Steve Sheckles; assistant, Tim McConaha.
Board of directors: Tim Hill and Jeff Nickell, two years; Ann Elstro and Tim McConaha, one year.
The new officers will serve from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.
New president outlines objectives...

New Lions Club president Joe Elstro

Newly installed president Joe Elstro told Centerville Lions he has two main objectives for the coming year - July 1 through June 30 next year.
He said his first is to upgrade Maplewood Park.  He suggested new benches and picnic tables.  Leo Club Advisor Pam Tidrow said members of the club could help with the improvements.
Lion Elstro said his second priority to to increase membership in the club.  He asked each member to bring in a new member this next year.  There already has been interest shown in three or four individuals who have expressed interest.
Lion Elstro's wife was club president in 2010-2011.  They are the first husband and wife team in the club to have served as president.
Roger Richert talks about the Depot...


Roger "I'll Save You Money" Richert, owner of Richmond Furniture, talked about the Historic Railroad Depot at the Lions Club meeting Monday evening, September 24.
Richert, who bought the train depot at a tax sale, said it had sat empty for 40 years and was decaying.  Designed by the famed architect Daniel Burnman, it has been designated a certified historic site.
He said it may be used as a children's museum or banquet center.
Richert, who purchased the old Miller's Hardward Building in 2004 where his furniture store is located, has also helped in saving several old building in the Depot District.
9-1-1 explained to Lions...


Darin Riney, the deputy director of the 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center for Wayne County, told Centerville Lions Monday evening about the operations of the center.  He said the center dispatches to 27 agencies.
Riney, said Wayne County set a record last year of 50,536 9-1-1 calls.  The center, which answers calls for the Centerville Police Department, had 3,500 calls for the Centerville Police and Fire Departments.
Statewide, there were 1.5 million 9-1-1 calls.  There were 200 million nationwide.
Riney also announced for the first time, that Wayne County can now receive 9-1-1 text messages.


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