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Leo Club members inducted...

Leos Samantha Hoskins, Amanda Pyzluka and Esther Calderon

Two Centerville High School Leo Club members were formally inducted into the club during the Centerville Lions Club meeting Monday evening, May 12.
Club president Amanda Pyzluka inducted Samantha Hoskins and Esther Calderon.
Club advisor Lion Pam Tidrow presented Leo Amanda Phyzluka with the International Lions Club 100% Leo's Award for Leadership.
New officers take over...

Lion Jack Farmer (left) takes the gavel from President Bob Hobson

Lion Jack Farmer took the gavel from President Bob Hobson for the next Lion year that begins on July 1.  In an informal change of the guard, Lion Jack's daughter is first vice president and Tim McConaha is second vice president.  McConaha served as president in 2006-2007.  Hobson first served as club president in 1997-1998.
Other officers remain unchanged. 
Ty Farmer and Mike Spotts are the two new board members.
Lion Phil Benedict and Mike Spotts are co-chairing the New Membership Committee.


Beverly Nixon of the Centerville Bi-Centennial Committee spoke to the Lions Monday evening.  She asked the Lions if they would like to sell Bi-Centennial Brochures at the Fourth of July Celebration.  The club would split the profits and the Lions said yes.  Lions will also be selling cotton candy that night.
Club treasurer Dennis Stephan reported the Fish Fry grossed over 8-thousand dollars.  Fish Fry chairperson thanked everyone for their help including volunteers from the Hope House and members of the Centerville High School Leo Club.  There was some discussion to begin the Fish Fry during the afternoon on Friday next year rather than 11 am and keep it all day on Saturday. 
Lion Garrett Roberts was presented with a chevron for his 15 years in the club.
Club holds pre-Fish Fry meeting...

Lion Benedict reports on upcoming fish fry

Lion Phil Benedict updated members on Fish Fry coming up this Friday and Saturday, June 6 and 7.  He said five volunteers will be coming from the Hope House to assist the Lions.
The Fish Fry this year will be at the Christian Church  Fellowship Hall, adjacent to the church.  It will be held from 11 am to 8 pm each day.
Lion Howell transferred to Reid for rehab

Lion Jim Howell of Centerville has been transferred from an Indianapolis hospital to Reid Hospital in Richmond to begin a period of rehabilitation.  Howell suffered a stroke April 15 at his home and experienced paralysis of his left side.

He has come a long way since then.  He now has movement in his left arm and leg, is eating better and talks a lot.

Notes from April 28 meeting...
  • May 26 meeting has been canceled due to Memorial Day holiday
  • There will be a June 2 Fish Fry informational meeting
  • Approved $100 to help a student attend a New York meeting
  • Approved $100 for the After Prom event
  • Approved $100 for the Annual Basketball Camp
  • Lion Phil Benedict was presented with an International Lions Membership Award for bringing in two new members.
  • President Hobson thanked those who helped with the Community Award Banquet

Election of officers held...

President Hobson conducts annual election of officers

Lion Jack Farmer was elected president of the Centerville Lions Club for 2014-2015 Monday evening, April 28.  Election of officers for next year was held at the Senior Center in Centerville.  His daughter, Pam Tidrow, was elected first vice president.  Tim McConaha, who served as president in 2006-2007, was elected second vice president.
Others elected to serve for the next year are:
Wendy Kornman, secretary;  Courtney Amos, assistant secretary.
Dennis Stephen, treasurer;  Phil Benedict, assistant treasurer.
President Bob Hobson will serve on the board as past president.
Paul Elstro, tail twister;  Steve Sheckles, assistant tail twister.
Steve Sheckles, lion tamer;  Bob Hobson, assistant lion tamer.
Ty Farmer and  Mike Spotts were elected to two year terms on the board.
Joe Elstro and Bill Felker were re-elected to one year terms on the board.
Phil Benedict and Mike Spotts were named to co-chair the new membership committee.
The officers will be installed at the June 9th meeting.
Lion Howell improving Monday...
The condition of Lion Jim Howell has improved greatly from Sunday.  Jim's son Mark Howell in a report to Superintendant of Schools Phil Stevenson said, "He ate oat meal this morning and lifted his left arm and left leg.  He is talking (alot) and does very well with that.  He will remain intensive care for a while. 
"But he is much improved.  I saw him yesterday and he would talk but then fall asleep.  But he does have a sense of humor (he made comments about Carlos, Lynn and Jim Jones).  They said he has really improved over Sunday when I saw him." 
In Facebook report from Gary Locke, "He (Mark Howell) says Jim is moving his left leg and arm, however still has no sight in his left eye."

Jim speaking before the Awards banquet Monday evening

Lion Howell underwent four and a half hours of surgery Wednesday (April 16) for a blood clot in his brain.  Howell, who suffered a stroke early Tuesday morning (April 15) at his home, is hospitalized at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. 
He was experiencing paralysis to his left side.  Surgeons repaired the bleeding areas and removed the clot. 
Howell participated in the Lions' Club Community Awards banquet Monday evening (April 14) at Centerville Elementary Gymnasium, where he presented one of the awards.
David Nixon of the Centerville Bi-Centennial Committee revealed the Committee had planned on announcing at its Thursday meeting that Howell has been selected as Grand Marshall of the Bi-Centennial Parade this year.  Nixon said in a Facebook posting on Tuesday that "We would love to see him riding down the parade route."
Our prayers are with Jim, his wife Marge and family.
Updated 4/21/14
Lions hear about investing...


Edward Jones Financial Advisor Gena L. Hartman enlightened members of the Centerville Lions Club about investing Monday evening, March 10.  She spoke about the February 2014 Edward Jones Perspective as well as a special tax issue that covered Five Ways to Stay Tax Smart.  Gena also touched on Social Security and employment during retirement and the cost of waiting.
Club welcomes new member...

President Hobson, Lion Mike Spotts and Secretary Wendy Kornman

Club president Bob Hobson conducted the meeting following dinner Monday evening, February 24.  Hobson introduced Mike Spotts, who is transferring his membership from the Richmond Lions Club.
A request from the Bicentennial committee to enter the Parade on July 5th was received and discussed.  It was decided to table it until the President has had time to speak with Jeff Nickell the chairman.  But it was well received and members thought we should enter something.
The Bicentennial committee asked to use some of our chairs for different events like concerts in the Park during the celebration this summer and the Club agreed.
A new headquarters for the Indiana State Lions Club association has been obtained in Indianapollis and a new plaza will be built in the front of it with bricks for each club to sponsor.   The Centerville Club voted to provide one brick in the amount of $100 with Centerville Lions Club, Organized 1944 printed on the brick.
Dennis Stephen reported on the Awards Banquet set for April 14th in the Elementary Cafeteria.  The cost will be $10 each for the dinner.  Members were requested to nominate citizens for the awards.
The Club voted to donate $100 to the Senior Center for their upcoming dinner to honor the employees of the Town.
Phil Benedict stated that he would continue to take reservations for the club for meals, but that if you attend a meeting, you are automatically reserved for the next meeting, unless you notify him by Thursday.
Club holds special meeting...

Past president Joe Elstro (left) is presented a membership growth award by president Hobson

A special meeting of the Centerville Lions Club was held on Monday evening, February 10.  It was call because the January 27 regular meeting was canceled due to the weather.  Two years ago, the board decided to hold only one meeting a month during January and February.  After the January meeting was canceled, Club president Bob Hobson commented on the club Facebook page "Getting out of the habit is a big issue. I may look into having two meetings in February."
Reports were given Monday evening by the secretary and treasurer.
Leo Club advisor Lion Pam Tidrow said the Leo Club is preparing for spring project, but have been unable to meet regularly due to school cancellations and delays.
The Fish Fry committee is beginning preparations and plan to conduct an inventory of supplies.
Lion Joe Elstro was presented an award for growing membership during his presidency.  The award was presented by Club president Hobson.
It was learned that Richmond Lion Mike Spotts will be transferring his membership to the Centerville Club.  He is the District LCIF chairperson.
Christmas melodies on the piano...


Members of the Centerville Lions Club and their guests were entertained by Sid Newbold Monday evening, December 16.  Sid is organist for St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Richmond.  He played Christmas music on the piano at the Centerville High School Cafetorium.  He was introduced by Lion Bob Meckley, pastor of the church.
It was the final meeting of 2013 for the club.  The next meeting is January 27 at 6:30 pm at the Centerville Senior Center.  The club meets only once a month during January and February.
New County Extension Youth Agent speaks...


Alicia Criswell, the new Wayne County Health and Human Services/4H Leader, spoke before members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, November 25.  She discussed the 4H program and what is being done to increase participation and improve the program.
Following graduation from Ball State University in 2008, she taught Family and Consumer Sciences at Greenfield and Beech Grove High Schools.  She earned her Master's degree in Framily and Consumer Sciences from BSU this year.
Since beginning her position with the Extension office, she has focused on Health and Human Sciences identifying community needs and resources, and beginning programs to meet those needs.
She said her areas of focus for the 4H program are increasing enrollment, identifying and reaching underserved populations, and increasing enrollment and involvement in Wayne Township.  She is also seeking volunteers to serve as 4H leaders.
She also has spent a lot of time partnering with organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club and Girls, Inc.
Alicia grew up on the Henry County/Wayne County line and attended Tri Jr./Sr. High School graduating in 2005.  She was a ten year 4H member.

Delayed Halloween Party pleases participants...

Lion Joe Elstro helps at the golf game

Delayed by one day due to inclement weather, around 125 persons attended the annual Centerville Lions Club Community Halloween Party Friday evening, November first.  Held at the Centerville Elementary gymnasium, children of all ages were judged in costume by members of the Leo Club at Centerville Senior High School.  Each child entered into the contest received a silver dollar.

Club members provided cakes for the Cake Walk

The popular Cake Walk was conducted by chairperson Pam Tidrow. Refreshments were provided by the Lions Club. Participants were entertained with games scattered throughout the gym. Over twelve members of the Lions Club helped with the party as well as several Leo members.
Costume winners were:
Ages 1 - 3: Carson Gibson, Braelynn McSweeney, Braylon Henson, Arianna Stevenson and Bella Estes.
Ages 4 - 6: Elizabeth Neviles, Anna Nevilles, Avery Dickerson
Ages 7 - 10 : Brooklynn Fultz, Evan Silvia, Reagan Wilmot
Ages 11 -14: Andrew Wilmot, Gracie Delay and Lucy Jones.

Bicentennial celebrations coming next year...


Plans for the Centerville Bicentennial were presented to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, October 28.  Bicentennial chairpersons Bev and Dave Nixon said may events are being planned for the event next year.
Centerville will be 200 years old and many special dates will be set aside for the celebration.  The first date will be January first.  It will be a flag raising at the Library and a reception for everyone at the Centerville Christian Church Fellowship Center.
The Bicentennial Committee is looking for volunteers to help with the various events.
A place for the abused discussed...

Lion Pam Tidrow (l) introduced Cathy Bulach

Cathy Bulach, victim advocate from the Genesis, spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, October 14.  She talked about the work of the organization.  She described how they provide a place for abused women and men at their shelter. 
They are also collecting supplies for their shelter.
Notes about the October 14 meeting...
The club voted to donate $100 to Genesis of the YWCA, which was our program tonight.
Lion Bob Blue is checking out the sign out sheets at the storage facility and will have a
listing of items still outstanding.
Secretary Wendy Kornman had a guest, her sister Julie Carman from California and Ty Farmer had a guest.
Heroin is no hero...

A sampling of drugs and paraphanalia used in the drug culture

Two members of the Wayne County Drug Task Force addressed members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, September 23 at the Centerville Senior Center.
They brought along samples of the drugs confiscated during drug investigations in Wayne County.  They said heroin has become the biggest problem, not only in Wayne County, but across the country.  They said they don't focus as much on marijuana these days, as drug laws across the country are changing.
Halloween party to have carnival-like atmosphere...

Halloween Party chair Pam Tidrow on the left

Community Halloween Party chair Pam Tidrow says the event this year is undergoing a bit of a transformation with new games and will have a more carnival-like atmosphere.
Lion Pam says she is in need of assistance from those who have some woodworking talent.  She said the Leo Club has volunteered to paint some of the new games, but she needs some items cut out... such as witches hats for the new ring toss, a pumpkin for the bean bag toss and a large ghost for Ghostly Golf. 
Steak Fry kicks off new year...


The annual streak fry kicked off another year of meetings and activities for the Centerville Lions Club.  It was held at the Log Cabin behind the Mansion House in Centerville.  President Bob Hobson conducted an informal meeting following the dinner.
He touched on some upcoming events:  Centerville High School Homecoming Parade, work at Maplewood park by the Lions, Dollars for Scholars golf benefit on September 22 at Highland Lake Golf Course, brooms sales, the Leo Club and Community Halloween Party on October 31.
The steak fry dinner was prepared by Lion Paul Elstro's wife Marie.
Elstro's host family picnic...


The Lions Club Annual Picnic was held Monday evening, June 30, at the home of Lions Anne and Joe Elstro.  A dozen persons attending including Lion Paul Elstro's mother.
An over abundance of food was on hand and those attending enjoyed sitting around after the meal engaging in great conversation.
Lions begin two-day Fish Fry...

Some of the fish fry patrons eating during the Friday noon hour.

The 35th Annual Centerville Lions Club Fish Fry began Friday morning and continues through Saturday, June 7.  Proceeds from the fundraiser pay for many projects than benefit the Centerville area.
It's being held this year at the Centerville Christian Church Fellowship Hall on East Main Street.  Hours both days are 11 am to 8 pm.
Members learn about hospice care...

Susan Campbell

Hospice care is about living.  Susan Campbell of Premier Hospice of Carmel spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, April 28. 
She said hospice care is for person with a limited life expectancy.  She said they offer skilled nursing, certified nursing assistants, medical social workers and bereavement care.  Campbell said there are several levels of care.  They offer medications, medical equipment and supplies.  Volunteer services provide encouragement and companship, emotional support to patients and families and of course, running errands.
Hospice is paid for through Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and individual payments.  Campbell said their goal is to care for those experiencing a terminal illness by providing joy, love and tranquility.
More information is available on their web site:
27th Community Awards presented...

Left to right: Janice Buhl, Anna Richie, Lion Wendy Kornman and Sara Coulter

Community Service Awards were presented to three recipients along with the Lion of the Year Monday evening, April 14 by the Centerville Lions Club.  The awards have been presented since 1986 with the exception of 2010 and 2012.  The program was held at the Centerville Elementary Gymnasium.
Awards along with plaques went to Jancie Buhl, publisher of the Western Wayne News;  the late Lloyd Richie of the Centerville Police Department, accepted by his widow Anna Richie;  Lion Wendy Kornman, secretary of the Centerville Lions Club;  and Sara Coulter, First Bank Richmond and community leader.
Several past recipients were in attendance:
1986: Duane Smoker
1988: Lion James Howell
1990: Jim and Gayle Bryant
1992: Lions Bob Blue and Jim Resh
1993: Lion James Howell
1994: Allan Spencer and Marie Elstro
1998: Bob Blue, Melvin Jones Award
1999: Lion Dennis Stephen and David Nixon
2000: Connie Gariess and Lion Bob Blue
2002: Jane Lucas
2003: Lion Paul Elstro
2004: Dan Wandersee
2005: Lion Phil Stevenson
2007: Lion Bob Hobson
2008: Lion Tim Hill and Debbie Searcy
2009: Pat Bowers
2011: Doug Christian, Howard "Pete" Bailey and Lion Tim McConaha
2013: Ed Bucholz
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Community Awards to be held April 14...

From left are Lions Ty Farmer, Paul Elstro and Steve Sheckles.

The annual Community Awards Banquet, sponsored by the Centerville Lions Club, will be held on Monday, April 14th at the Centerville Elementary Gym.  The event begins at 6:00 pm with a punch table followed at 6:30 pm by dinner.  Reservations may be made by calling Chairman Dennis Stephen at 855-2034.
Community service awards will be presented to outstanding citizens of our community.  The public is invited along with all past winners.
President Hobson announces slate of officers...

President Bob Hobson reads nominations

The Lions Club regular dinner meeting was held at the Senior Center on Monday, March 24th.  President Bob Hobson conducted the business meeting and accepted nomination of officers for next year.  The new officers will be voted in April 28th.
Lion Phil Benedict announced that the Lions Club Fish Fry committee will meet soon to prepare tickets for the June event.
Lions Mike Spotts and Phil Benedict are appointed to the new Membership Drive committee. 
A Thank You was read from Jane Lucas for the Lions Club contribution to the Senior Center.
The Indiana State Lions Club Convention will be held in Columbus, Indiana on April 25-27. Reservations are due by the 21st.
Twenty members and guests attended the Lions Club meeting.
Sister of Lion Jim Resh dies...

Iris H. Clark

A sister of Lion Jim Resh has died.  79 year old Iris H. Clark of Huntington, Indiana died Thursday, February 27 in Eugene, Oregon.  A 1952 graduate of Centerville High School, she went on to get her nursing credentials from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and worked as a surgical nurse in Indianapolis and a RN at Landstuhl Army Medical Center in Landstuh, Germany. 
She spent most of her professional career at a private practice in Huntingon and served on city council from 1980-95.  She was dedicated to historic preservation and was a founding member of Huntington Alert.
Survivors include three children and three siblings.
Funeral services will be Friday, March 7 at 9:30 am at Trinity Uniited Methodist Church in Huntington, with graveside services at 2:30 pm at Lutherania Cemetery in Richmond.
Lion Tidrow participates in District meeting
The Lions of Multiple District 25 met Saturday, January 4th, for the Mid-Winter Conference. Lions from across the state participated in workshops on numerous topics including our state projects, LCIF and many programs on growing membership & keeping up with the times.
Lion Pam Tidrow attended seminars on goal setting for club leaders, growing your club through recruiting families and how to utilize resources from the Global Membership Team to recruit new Lions.
Lion Tidrow said "We were encouraged both in the seminars & keynote address to be more welcoming to those interested in joining our organization. We must be willing to take on new projects and ways of doing things. Too often we get stuck in the mentality of "We tried that 10 years ago and it didn't work" or "We've always done it this way." At Mid-Winter Conference we were encouraged to get rid of these outdated ways of thinking. To paraphrase PDG Barbara Toosley, we as an organization are dying. For LCI to survive, we must recruit new members and the only way to do that is to first ask, and then be supportive of their ideas!"
Lion Pam encourages Lions to attend this conference in the future!
Updates on Inventory and  Eye Glasses...


Lion Bob Blue updated members on eye glasses and health equipment at the clubs regular meeting Monday evening, November 24.
Blue reported 140 eye glasses were collected from collection boxes at area churches during the past two weeks and taken to the Richmond Lions Club.  Richmond member Rollie North heads up that program.  Blue said many of the donated glasses appears almost new.
Blue is nearing completion of the inventory of health related items the club has for loan.  He has prepared letters asking members to help in locating wheel chairs that have been loaned.
President Hobson's father dies...
79 year old Loren D. "Red" Hobson of Milton died Sunday, November 17, at Ambassador Healthcare.  He was the father of Lion Club president Bob Hobson.  Other survivors include his widow Rose Hansen Hobson, four other children, 16 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, a brother and four sisters.
Services will be held at 2 pm Wednesday at the Mills Funeral Home in Centerville, where visitation will begin at 12 noon.  Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.
25F District and Vice District Governor pay Official Visit...


Both District Governor Reed Fish and Vice DG Bill Uhrig paid an Offical Visit to the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, November 11.  Members of the Centerville High School Leo Club were guests of the club.
Fish congratulated the club for its 63 years of existence.  He made notice of Lions Bob Blue, Jim Resh and Allan Spence for fifty-plus years of service with the club.  Fish congratuated the Leo Club for work they've accomplished.  He mentioned several activities including the Halloween Party, Steak Fry, Archway Days and Fish Fry.  He said one of the things he would like to see is more clubs reaching out to other clubs to do things with them and they with us.


DG Fish presented President Bob Hobson with a Thank You Banner from the Council of the Governor. It was for the club's hard work.
He also handed out certificates for years of service with the club. Those presented with certificates were Lions Joe Elstro and Pam Tidrow. Lions Steve Sheckels and Phil Benedict were presented with 25 year certificates.
Lion Tidrow reports on Halloween Party..


Lion Pam Tidrow, who served as chairperson for the Community Halloween
Party this year, said it was a success. 
She also told of challenges for the coming year along with recommendations for 2014.
Equipment inventory being made...

Lion Blue reporting on equipment inventory

Former club secretary Bob Blue reported on the inventory of equipment in the Mansion House garage.  He said letters will be sent to all who have equipment signed out to determine how many items are on hand.
The business meeting was conducted by Vice President Jack Farmer. 
Leo Club Advisor Lion Pam Tidrow reported the club now has twelve members.  She is also chairperson for the Halloween Party October 31.  She reminded members that set up time is 3:30 with the party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Centerville Elementary gym.
Treasurer Dennis Stephen handed out dues to members. 
District Governor Reed Fish will pay an official visit to the club at its next meeting November 11.  Members of the Leo Club will join Lions for the meeting.
Halloween Party coming up...


The Halloween party was discussed Monday evening, October 14.  Chairperson Lion Pam Tidrow asked  everyone to bring baked goods for the cake walk.  She said will provide the music box this year and the Leos will help. 
She announced that the Leos now have11 members.
Lion Pam and Lion President Bob Hobson lead the discussion.

Book of club bulletins presented to Lions...


A loose leaf book containing Centerville Lions Club bulletins was presented to the club Monday evening, September 23.

Bulletin editor Felker presenting the Bulletin Book to President Hobson

Bulletin editor Lion Bill Felker compiled the book from bulletins dating back to the 2007-2008 Lions Year.
Bulletins from the past two years are also available on Bulletins page here on our web site.
Anyone wanting an extra bulletin may request one through our e-mail.


Zone Chair speaks...
25F Region 5 Chair Mark W. Harris was a guest along with his wife, Zone A chair Judy Harris. 
He urged members to attend the Cabinet meeting on October 13 and the Mid-winter meeting on January 3 and 4.  Leo Club Advisor and Lion Pam Tidrow will be presenting again at the Plainfield conference.
Lions spruce up Maplewood Park...

Lions Joe Elstro and Jack Farmer spreading mulch

Several members of the Centerville Lions Club helped spruce up Maplewood Park Tuesday evening, August 13.  Lion Jack Farmer filled his pickup truck and trailer with mulch and then spread it around bushes at the flag pole and the World War One Monument.
Also working the detail were Lions Ty Farmer and Joe and Paul Elstro.
Board of Directors hold organizational meeting...

President Bob Hobson conducts organizational meeting

The Centerville Lions Club Board of Directors held its annual organizational meeting Tuesday evening at the Senior Center in Centerville.  President Bob Hobson called the meeting to put in place a schedule of programs for 2013-2014.  He also named members to standing committees.  The Board also added a new Scholarship Committee.  The line up can be seen on the Officers and Committes page.
The board also approved dates for meetings for the year.  They begin with the Annual Steak Fry on September 9 at the old Log Cabin behind the Mansion House.  The Community Halloween Party will be on October 31.  Nominations for officers for next year will conducted on March 24 with installation on June 9.
The 2014 Fish Fry will be held on June 6 and 7 and will coincide with the Centerville Bi-Centennial.  The year will end with the Family Picnic on June 23.
The board also approved the sponsorship of a hole for $150 for the Dollars for Scholarship Golf Outing on September 22 at Highland Lake Golf Course in Richmond.




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