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Officers for 2016-2017 installed...

Jack Farmer, Pam Tidrow, Anne Elstro, Jim Resh, Paul Elstro, Tim McConaha, Ty Farmer, Steve Sheckles, Wendy Kornman and Joe Elstro
Officers for 2016-2017 were installed Monday evening, June 13 at the Centerville Senior Center by outgoiing president Pam Tidrow. 
Officers taking over on July 1 are:  President, Tim McConaha;  First Vice President, Joe Elstro;  Second Vice President, Ty Farmer;  Secretary, Wendy Kornman;  Treasurer, Dennis Stephen;  Tail Twister, Paul Elstro;  Assistant Tail Twister, Steve Sheckles; Lion Tamer, Steve Sheckles; 
Board of Directors (two years), Jack Farmer, Jim Resh; Board of Directors (one year) Anne Elstro, Bob Hobson, Pam Tidrow Past President.
The club decided to have its final event of the year, the family picnic, at Maplewood Park this year.  It will be a BBQ and begin at 6 pm on June 27.  Members are asked to bring a side dish and a chair to sit in.
May 23 meeting...


Fourteen members attended the May 23 meeting of the Centerville Lions Club held at the Centerville Senior Center.
Fish Fry chair Bob Hobson said plans for the annual Fish Fry for June 17 and 18 are coming right along.  He said the sign advertising the event should be up soon over Main Street.
Dictionaires distributed...
Dictionaries were distributed to 3rd graders at Centerville Elementary School last week. 
Lion Dennis Stephen (right) said he and Lion Paul Elstro presented books to around 130 students.
The books were purchased by the Lions Club.
Lions conduct May 9 meeting...


Centerville Lions met on a rainy Monday evening, May 9.  Twelve members and one guest attended the  dinner meeting at the Centerville Senior Center.

President Pam Tidrow

President Pam Tidrow conducted the meeting. Secretary Wendy Kornman presented the minutes from the April 11 meeting. And treasurer Dennis Stephen gave a short treasurer's report.

It was announced the Lions Club will present two scholarships and two perfect attendance awards at the Centerville High School Awards Program on June 4.

Items discussed during the meeting were about the Dictionary Program, approval of Lions programs and moving of items at the Mansion House to the garage.
An update on the June 17-18 Fish Fry was presented by Lion Stephen.
Steve Hayes of Hayes Arboretum talks before Lions...

Lions Club VP Tim McConaha with Steve Hayes (right)

Members of the Centerville Lions Club learned about Hayes Arboretum Monday evening, April 11th, at its regular dinner meeting in the Senior Center.  Steve Hayes, Director of the Arboretum, was guest speaker.  He stated the Arboretum is celebrating its100th year this year.  The area was purchased by his great great grandfather Stanley Hayes in 1911 and has growninto one of the finest land preserves in the State of Indiana.  The Arboretum includes 16 miles of trails and over 800 native trees and growth inside the area.  The Hayes large home on the grounds was constructed in 1923 and is used for overnight lodging, receptions, weddings and other celebrations.  The Arboretum is open all year and contains 466 acres of natural beauty.

Fish Fry tickets distributed to members...
Bob Hobson, Chairman of this year's Lions Club Fish Fry, handed out newly printed tickets for the event. The 37th Fish Fry will be held June 17 & 18th at the Christian Church Fellowship Hall, on Main Street in downtown. Tickets are $9.00 in advance and $10 at the door.
Lions Club Vice President Tim McConaha conducted the meeting and it was announced that the Lions Club donated $96 to Hope House recently.  The Club also voted to send $250 to Lions International for projects and approved the new dictionary project for the Lions Club 25F district of Indiana. More information will follow.
Election of officers held for next year...
Election of Officers took place for 2016-17 and Tim McConaha was elected President.  Vice President is Joe Elstro and 2nd Vice President is Ty Farmer.  Elected to the Board of Directors are Pam Tidrow and Jim Resh. The entire slate of new officers will be installed at the June 13th meeting.
April 25th will be the Lions Club Community Awards Banquet beginning at 6:00 pm with a social and dinner at 6:30pm in the high school cafetorium.  The Outstanding Community Service Awards will be presented and all citizens are invited to attend.  Reservations may be made by calling Phil Stevenson at 855-3475 before April 20th.  Cost is $10 each.  Committee members are Dennis Stephen and Jim Resh
Lions hear about expansion at Rose Hamilton Elementary...


Centerville-Abington Community Schools Superintendant Phil Stevenson and Centerville Lion spoke the to the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening about the proposed addition to Rose Hamilton Elementary School and the 2014 Feasibility Study on improvements to school buildings throughout the corporation.


Stevenson said Rose Hamilton is preparing for a 4.1 million dollar addition and improvement to the parking lot.  The school was built in 1967 and expanded in 1970, but has not been updated since that time.
He also said the school district has lost 29 students since the beginning of this school year and has begun accepting transferred students.
In action taken by the club Monday evening, members voted to give Leo Club perfect attendance awards along with college scholarships during the high school awards ceremony this spring.
Governor's Night will be observed at the next meeting on March 14 at the Senior Center.
Lions support Indiana Beep Baseball...

President Pam Tidrow and board member Mike Spotts

Centerville Lions voted to financially support the Indiana Beep Baseball program at its meeting Monday evening, January 25.  Members earmarked $100 to the program.
Club president Pam Tidrow conducted the meeting with 12 members present.
Community awards committee members Phil Stevenson and Jim Resh updated the club on the April banquet.  They are accepting nominations for the annual awards.
Members were also reminded that annual dues are due.
The next meeting will be the fourth Monday in February on the 22nd.
Centerville Police Chief speaks to Lions Club...

Chief Ed Buchholz (left) is greeted by Lion Bob Hobson

Centerville Police Chief Ed Buchholz spoke before members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday, evening Nov. 23rd.  Chief Buchholz is hoping to begin a Cadet Program for teens to learn more about law enforcement in our town.
Chief Buchholz has been with the police department for 23 years.  He always wanted to be a police officer and served as a MP in the Air Force before coming to Centerville. 
The Centerville Police Dept. has seven members and is now housed in the new facility just east of town, which is large enough for each member to have their own office.  Matt Alexander is assistant chief.
The dinner meeting was held in the Senior Center.  Tim McConaha, First VP of the Lions Club, conducted the business meeting.  Dennis Stephen announced the annual Lions Club Christmas party will be held on Dec. 14th at the high school cafetorium.

Halloween Participants have fun during party...

Members of the Leo Club assisted Lions with the party.

150 persons turned out for the annual Community Halloween Party Saturday evening, October 31 at the Centerville Elementary Gymnasium. 
35 costumed children participated in the costume competition.  Winners were judged and announced in four catagories:
Under 3:  1. Harrison Pardo;  2. Eli White;  3. Jaylen Sprinkles.
4-6 years:  1. Ari Stevenson;  2. Eli Rayles;  3. Mia Lipscomb.
7-10 years:  1. Aubrey Russell;  2. Gibson Rayles;  3. Carissa Shadle.
11-14 years:  1. Lauren Menke;  2. Bailey Miller;  3. Dylan Burke.
Leo Club members who helped Centerville Lions during the party were Madilyn Coomes, Jessi Martin, Maddie Day and Braeden Day.
Attendees enjoyed the popular Cake Walk along with many Halloween games including the Basketball Toss, Ring Toss, Ghosly Golf, Candy Corn Bowling and Pumpkin Bean Bag Toss, .  Refreshments were also served.
The Halloween Party is one of the many projects of the Centerville Lions Club.  It was co-chaired by President Pam Tidrow and Assistant Secretary Courtney Amos.
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Lions hear of future plans for Centerville...


Centerville Town Board president Dan Wandersee addressed members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, October 26.  He looked at future plans for attracting businesses to Centerville.
Wandersee spoke of the annexation to I-70 and the impact that has had on the overall attractiveness to site selectors for larger companies, as well as the impact of new legislation on small towns.

Lions prepare for future meetings...

Lions Barker, Kornman, Sheckles and Sparks (hidden) enjoy chicken dinner with all the trimmings

There was no program for Lions at the first regular meeting of the year, but the food was good.  The program for the next meeting on October 12 will be announced later.
President Pam Tidrow reported on the Fish Fry in June saying the club netted $2,900.  She reminded members the Community Halloween Party is October 31 at the Centerville Elementary Gymnasium. 
Lion Pam said the club will participate in the Centerville Library sponsered Block Party Saturday, October 3.  The club will have a booth handing out information and helping with the drawing of a prize.
The club voted to sponser the Dollars for Scholars Golf Tourney for $150.
Officers for 2015-2016 were installed by Past District Governor Carl Sharp of Liberty Monday evening at the Centerville Senior Center.
Lion Pam Tidrow advances to the presidency, taking over from her father, Lion Jack Farmer.  Former presidents Tim McConha was installed as first vice president and Joe Elstro as second vice president.
Standing committees have been announced...
Standing committees for the Centerville Lions Club have been announced by President Pam Tidrow.
Club members have been appointed to 17 committees:
Steak Fry:  Paul Elstro
Halloween Party: Pam Tidrow, Courtney Amos
Christmas Banquet: Dennis Stephen, Wendy Kornman
Membership:  Kevin Sparks, Jack Farmer
Programs:  Tim McConaha
Leo Club:  Pam Tidrow
Public Relations:  Jim Resh
Webmaster/Bulletin Editor:  Bill Felker
Communiity Events:  Joe and Anne Elstro
Sight and Hearing:  Dennis Stephen, Bob Blue
Broom Sales:  Dennis Stephen, Tim McConaha
Convalescent Aid:  Bob Hobson
Safety Officer:  Bob Hobson
Scholarship:  Anne Elstro, Pam Tidrow, Steve Scheckles
Fish Fry: Jack Farmer, Bob Hobson, Steve Orsborn
Family Picnic:  Joe and Anne Elstro
Community Awards:  Jim Resh, Dennis Stephen, Phil Stevenson
Lions end the year with family picnic...


Lions Paul Elstro, Tim McConaha & Joe Elstro

The Centerville Lions Club ended its year with a family picnic at Maplewood Park in Centerville Monday evening, June 27.  Around 20 members and their families gathered beneath the shelter houses as temperatures were around 90 under sunny skies.
Many thanks to the Elstros for hosting the picnic and to the others who brought dishes.
37th annual Fish Fry got a late start...

Centerville Utilities crew installing electrical outlet for the fryers

Patrons enjoying their fish dinners

The 37th annual Fish Fry is history.  It's the main fund raising activity for the Centerville Lions Club.
It was held June 17th and 18th this year.  It's usually held on the first Friday and Saturday of June.  But, the Christian Church Fellowship Hall was unavailable to the club this year.
The start of the fish fry was delayed in getting underway this year due to a couple of problems.  Centeville Utilities was late in installing the electrial drop boxes for the fryers.  And the McFarlings truck broke down causing its arrival with refrigerated supplies to be late.  Several patrons patiently waited for their fish dinners.
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Lions present awards at high school...
Four awards were presented by the Centerville Lions Club at the Awards program at Centerville High School on June 4.  Two were scholarships and two were perfect attendance awards.
Natalie Josephson and Maddie Day recieved the scholarships.  Maddie is the retiring president of the Centerville High School Leos Club.
Madilyn Coomes and and Madison Clark were presented perfect attendance awards.
Lion president Pam Tidrow presented the awards on behalf of the Lions Club.

Community Service Awards presented...

The Centerville Lions Club presented it's 30th annual Community Service Awards for the 28th time Monday evening, April 25.  Awards were not given in 2010 and 2012.


The Centerville Playground Committee was presented an Outstanding Citizen Award for 2016.  Led by Michael Scott, the committee has raised over 54-thousand dollars to install new playground equipment in Maplewood Park.  Scott said the final equipment has been installed and mulch is scheduled this week.  Scott, a recent resident of Centervillee is Student Success Coach and Counselor at Indiana University East.  Members of the committee include Julie Scott, Kara Bellew, Carla Ballanger, Katie Alyea, Jessica Maule, Amanda Jones, Denise Lanman, Andrew Dickerson, Bob Nuss and Danny Shaver.

Lion Dennis Stephen presents award to the Turners

The second Outstanding Citizen Award was presented to Kyle and Mynde Turner of Centerville.  They renovated a stately old building at the corner of Morton and National Road into the American House antique shop.  Kyle operates Turner Insurance adjacent to American House.  Mynde previously was on the nursing staff of Doctors Jetmore and Bawa for nearly 20 years.  Both are graduates of Centerville High School.

Lion Jim Resh

The third award was the  Melvin Jones Award... the highest honor presented by Lions International... to James A. Resh, who joined the Centerville Club in 1960.  He served as secretary of the club for 37 years.  He has served the club in many aspects and served as president in 1968-69.  Resh, Logistics Coordinator for the Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau, served in the Navy before joining Nadtional Automatic Tool Company (NATCO) where he worked in Material Control for 20 years.  Jim graduated from Centerville Senior High School in 1958.

Lion Jim presenting award to Lion Blue

The final presentation of the evening was the Milestone Chevron Award for 55 years of being a Lion. It was presented to Lion Bob Blue, who served as treasurer of the club from 1961 to 1968 and again from 1970 to 2002.

Finally... Governor's Night...


25 F District Governor John Brown from Indianapolis spoke before members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, March 28, at its regular dinner meeting in the Senior Center.  15 members and guests were present.
Gov Brown stated that the Lions Clubs were formed in 1917 by Melvin Jones and will celebrate 100 years next year.  District 25-F has 64 clubs and over 1700 Lions club members in central and eastern Indiana. He also told of the LCIF program of Lions International in helping others and the Dictionary Project for third graders in the district.  The Kid's Sight project is also a new program for the Lions.  A new trustee is needed for Camp Woodsmoke too.
Also attending were Lion Wayne Karanovich, Vice District Governor from Richmond, and Sarah Getts, cabinet secretary.  Richard Getts, cabinet Treasurer was also present.
Governor's Night had been originally planned for March 14.
DG presents Milestone Awards...

DG Brown with Phil Stevenson

DG Brown with Jim Resh

District Governor John Brown presented two Milestone Chevron Awards.  One to Phil Stevenson for a 30 year member and one to Jim Resh for a 55 year member.   The club presented Governor Brown with a Warm Glow candle and fudge from Cincinnati Spice.
Tim McConaha, Vice President, conducted the meeting in the absence of President Pam Tidrow.  The club voted to donate $200 to the Vision Screening project of the district.
Lion Bob Hobson stated that the Lions Club fish fry set for the lst weekend in June, will have to be moved, due to the factwe cannot reserve the building.  It was decided to move the date to the 2nd or 3rd weekend in June, since the tickets have not been printed.   He will let the members know soon.
Jim Resh announced the Annual Community Awards banquet is Monday, April 25th in the high school cafetorium and three awards will be given this year.  Reservations will be taken at the next meeting.  The committee includes Resh, Phil Stevenson and Dennis Stephen.

New baby in the family...
Lions Club president Pam Tidrow has given birth to a son.  It's the second boy for Pam and her husband Luke.  He was born on Sunday, April 3rd.  They've named him Deacon John Tidrow.  Grandpa Lion Jack Farmer says he weighed 7 pounds and two-ounces and was 19 and  3/4 inches.  He said mother and son are doing fine.
Fish Fry date changed...
Fish Fry Chair Bob Hobson has announced a change in the date of the annual Fish Fry. Hobson has confirmed the date as June 17 and 18 at the Centerville Christian Church Annex Building. He said conflicting events at the building prevented the club from having the fish fry the first weekend of June. Hobson will have details at the April 11 meeting.

No Governor's Night!

What happened to Governor's Night?  Members were disappointed as they had expected to hear from District Governor John Brown at the Lions Club meeting Monday evening, March 14.  Program chair Tim McConaha said it had been planned back in August when the new season began. 

Lion Jim Howell reported that the Hope House needs supplies.  A collection of over one-hundred dollars was taken up for the organization.  And members were asked to bring toilet tissue and/or laundry soap for the group to the next meeting, March 28.

Lion president Pam Tidrow reported the Leo Club at the high school is looking for a project this year.

Committee members Jim Resh, Phil Stevenson and Dennis Stephen

The Awards Committee met following the meeting and discussed the upcoming banquet.  It is set for April  25 at the high school cafetorium. 

An invitation for previous recipients has already been sent.

Christmas Banquet...

The 2015 Christmas Banquet was held Monday evening, December 14th at the Centerville Junior/Senior High School Cafetorium.  Club president Pam Tidrow welcomed those attending.


Pianist Tom Walker entertained during the dinner and then led singing of Christmas carols for the program.


The next meeting of the club is January 25.
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Lions hear from SWCS...

Lion Courtney Amos talking with Lee

Zachary Lee from Wayne County Soil & Water Conservation Service spoke to member of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, November 9. 
Lee talked about local watersheds and ways to minimize our impact on them. He also told members that the Soil & Water Conservation is participating in the matching funds program from the Wayne County Foundation.
He hopes to use those funds to provide discounted rain barrels to the local community. If all goes well, the rain barrels will be provided for sale in the spring.

New Lions year is underway with annual steak fry...

Lion Joe Elstro serves President Tidrow one of the steaks

The annual steak fry launced the Centerville Lions Club's new year Monday evening, September 14 at the Mansion House in Centerville.  Ten members and two guests were in attendance.
President Pam Tidrow conducted an informal meeting following dinner.  She discussed the Vision Screening at Centerville schools on September 21.
Treasurer Dennis Stephen gave an updated reported on the June Fish Fry saying the club cleared around three-thousand dollars.  He also discussed with the club several new fund raising possibilities the club might be interested in.
President announces schedule for 2015-2016...
Centerville Lions Club president Pam Tidrow has announced the schedule of meetings and events for the 2015-2015 Lions year.  The first event is the annual steak fry at the Log Cabin behind the Mansion House on East Main Street in Centerville.  Lion Paul Elstro is in charge of the dinner that begins at 6:30 p.m.
Other major events for the Centerville Lions this year will be the annual Community Halloween Party on Saturday, October 31 at the Centerville Elementary Gymnasium.
The Christmas Banquet will be held on December 14, nomination of officers on March 28 with election of officers the following meeting on April 11.
Community  Awards Banquet is scheduled for April 25, the annual Fish Fry fundraiser is slated for June 3 and 4, Installation of Officers on June 13 and our Family Picnic on June 27.


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