Centerville, Indiana Lions Club

Club Background
Home
Centerville Lions News
2022-2023 News Stories
What We Do
Members List
Officers and Committees
Related Links
Contact Us
Club Background
Who are the Lions?
60th Anniversary Program
Archives
2016-2017 News Stories
2017-2018 News Stories
2018-2019 News Stories
2019-2020 News
2020-2021 News Stories
2021-2022 News Stories
Past Bulletins

History of Our Club

BRIEF HISTORY OF CENTERVILLE LIONS CLUB
by Lion Jim Resh
    
     THE CENTERVILLE LIONS CLUB was chartered on July 20, 1944 and was organized by Mr. Bryan B. Blalock.  The Club was sponsored by the Richmond Lions Club and chartered with 46 members.  First elected officers were John Overturf, President; Rev. John Clark Secretary and Fred Strong, Treasurer.  The Club met the first and third Mondays of each month at 7:30 PM at various churches in town.
   
     During the 1940's, the club celebrated charter night, entertained community servicemen, conducted United Clothing Drives, entertained the high school basketball teams, hosted Boy Scout Troops, held Christmas parties, auctioned off a home deep freeze and radio, purchased vision charts for the schools, distributed over 1,000 book covers for the school and fitted persons for eye glasses.
   
     In the 1950's, the Centerville Club collected for the cancer fund, held ladies' nights, provided eye treatments, sold brooms for the blind, conducted safety campaigns in the schools, sponsored the concession stand at summer baseball, donated $80 toward the purchase of a new curtain in the high school auditorium, erected road signs, held Halloween and Christmas parties, operated a watermelon stand at the County Fair, sought postal delivery for Our Town, promoted playground equipment, sponsored Girl Scouts to camp and held a farmers' night.
 
    During the 1960's, we held a Fair Deal program at the Fair and auctioned off a car and prizes, sponsored paper drives, honored our congressmen, staged Halloween parades and parties, gave food certificates to needy families, held pancake days, promoted the BOZO project at the Fair and held the first Sports and Hobby Show. The Club also sponsored our first District 25-F Cabinet meeting at the new high school.
 
    In the 70's and 80's our Club continued to hold Christmas parties for the community, sold Holiday Fruit at Christmas, purchased an animal at the 4-H Fair, began our annual Fish Fry and Craft Fair, sponsored a Community Awards Banquet and entered floats in the Homecoming and Centennial Parades along with the Rose Festival and gave annual college scholarships to deserving Centerville High School seniors.
 
    During the 1990's the local Club sponsored annually foreign exchange students to Finland, gave two college scholarships to high school seniors, held the annual Community Fish Fry, sponsored the 5-K run and parade for Archway Days, purchased 4-H animals at the Fair and donated trophies for the winners, held a spaghetti dinner for the community, gave the annual Community Awards Banquet, continued the annual Halloween parties and made hospital equipment available for all people.
 
    The Club's membership has remained relatively stable throughout the years, ranging from 40 to 65 members.  We have been honored to have had several Zone Chairpersons, Deputy District Governors and Trustees for the Leader Dogs and Camp Woodsmoke projects from our club.  The Centerville Club continues to serve the people of our community and supplies hospital equipment, including beds, walkers and canes to anyone in need.  We look forward to the future years in Historic Centerville and to fill the needs of the people "We Serve."
   

PAST PRESIDENTS of the CENTERVILLE, INDIANA LIONS CLUB

1944-45.....John L. Overturf

1945-46.....John L. Overturf

1946-47.....P.C. O'Neal

1947-48.....Lester Haley

1948-49.....H.C. Hiatt

1949-50.....Ralph Ahl

1951-52.....Duane Abel

1952-53.....Herschel R.Quick

1953-54.....Paul B. Hamilton

1954-55.....George Flanagan

1955-56.....Calvin Mattson.

1956-57.....Richard Sharp

1957-58.....Charles W. Powell

1958-59.....Richard Miles

1959-60.....Chas.M. Dickerson.

1960-61.....Harry Renschler

1961-62.....Bill Dillon

1962-63.....Charles Killen

1963-64.....Louis C. Ludwig

1964-65.....Louis A. Lumpkin

1965-66.....Wilford Nuss (died before term ended)

                 Allan Spencer

1966-67.....Allan Spencer

1976-68.....Millard Lane

1968-69.....James A. Resh

1969-70.....Robert E. Blue

1970-71.....James Howell

1971-72.....Keith D. Clark

1972-73.....Paul Early

1973-74.....Kermit Henry

1974-75.....Raymond Fessler

1975-76.....Robert O'Neill

1976-77.....Paul Vance

1977-78.....James Cox

1978-79.....Maynard Henwood

1979-80.....Richard Hobbs

1980-81.....Paul Elstro

1981-82.....Wayne Tolen

1982-83.....David Angi

1983-84.....William Stultz

1984-85.....Carl Orsborn

1985-86.....John Prall

1986-87.....Tom Berhalter

1987-88.....Doug Cox

1988-89.....James Johnson

1989-90.....Phil Stevenson

1990-91.....Pete Blansett

1991-92.....Bill Hanson

1992-93.....Mark Howell

1993-94.....Bill Harris

1994-95.....Chuck Magner

1995-96.....Steve Hughes

1996-97.....Brian Smith

1997-98.....Bob Hobson

1998-99.....Jeff Nickell

1999-00.....Steve Orsborn

2000-01.....Jeff Nickell

2001-02.....Phil Benedict

2002-03.....Charles Hobbs

2003-04.....Tom Berhalter

2004-05.....Judson Costlow

2005-06.....Phil Golden

2006-07.....Tim McConaha

2007-08.....William H. Felker

2008-09.....Mark Robbins

2009-10,,,,,Kevin Sparks

2010-11.....Anne Elstro

2011-12.....Tim Hill

2012-13.....Joe Elstro

2013-14.....Bob Hobson

2014-15.....Jack Farmer

2015-16.....Pam Tidrow
2016-17....Tim McConaha
2017-18....Joe Elstro
2018-19....Ty Farmer
2019-20....Bob Hobson
2020-21....Holly Stiggleman

2021-22....Scott Bevington
2022-23....Jeff Jenkins
2023-24....Ty Farmer

Charter Night
Click here to see the original Charter Night program (August 28, 1944)...

 
 
 

 

Copyright 2004-23 Centerville Lions Club