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Lions say Thank You!
Special thanks to these businesses and individuals who purchased dinners from our  Fish Fry on Saturday, June 12: 
 Ambassador Health Care - Doug Cook,
Wetzel Honda - Bill Dutton,
Wetzel Chrysler - Randy King,
Camping World - Jim Lakes,
Studebaker Buick - Chad Mitchel.


Thanks to all who purchased Fish or Chicken Dinners at our 2021 Fish Fry on Saturday, June 12! Proceeds help fund our projects benefiting the Centerville community.
Photo thanks to Lion Jim Resh.

Lions Eat Pizza For Final Meeting of the Year...

It was the last meeting of the year Monday evening June 14th for the Centerville Lions Club following its annual fish fry on Saturday.  And pizza from Americana Pizza in Centerville was on the menu... in fact the only item besides soft drinks.

Treasurer Dennis Stephen and Fish Fry co-chair reported a profit of over 13-hundred dollars from the Fish Fry held on Saturday, June 12.  He said the amount should increase with some donations yet to come.  He said the club served around 480 meals during the seven-hour drive-thru this year.  He added that's comparable to previous fish fry events that were eat-in affairs.

The club will hold its Fish Fry on June 11 next year.

Members decided to participate in Archway Days in Centerville on August 27 and 28.  They plan to have a promotional booth offering water to hot event goers.

They discussed having a Community Breakfast the first Saturday of each quarter.  Dates would be October 2, January 8, April 2 and July 2.  The breakfasts would be held at the Centerville Senior Center.  A decision will be made when the club returns to meeting in September.

Outgoing president Holly Stiggleman presented two Diamond Centennial awards to Lions Dennis Stephen and Ty Farmer.  The awards are part of the Centennial Membership Awards program of Lions International.

The president also swore in First Vice President Jeff Jenkins, who was unable to attend Installation of Officers on May 24.

And the club will hold its annual Family Picnic Monday, July 12, at Maplewood Park.

Incoming president Scott Bevington will hold an organizational meeting August 9 to plan for the 2021-2022 Lions year.  The first meeting will be the club's annual Steak Fry on September 13.

25F District Governor Stressed Leadership And Kindness In Official Visit...


25F District Governor Kenneth Faulkner of Indianapolis stressed leadership and kindness as he spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening  May 24.  In his official visit, he urged members to be kind and smile and wear their Lions pins.  He said someone may see it and asked about the Lions.

Faulkner said clubs around the state are now starting to meet on a regular basis.  And said we should lead by example.

The DG was accompanied by his wife and incoming District Governor Jeff Locke of Richmond and his wife.

New Officers Installed...

Officers for 2021 were installed Monday evening, May 24, by 25F District Governor Kenneth Faulkner.


Officers attending the installation were (above)  Bill Felker, public relations, webmaster and bulletin editor;  Paul Estro, assistant tail twister;  Steve Sheckles, Tail Twister and Lion Tamer;  Scott Bevington, President;  Holly Stiggleman, board member and past president;  Jim Resh, public relations;  Ty Farmer, Second Vice President;  and Dennis Stephen, Treasurer.

Those not attending were:  Jeff Jenkins, First Vice President;  Wendy Cook, Secretary;  Cyrstal Jenkins, assistant treasurer; And  Ann Elstro, Joe Elstro and Bob Hobson board of directors.

New officers take over July 1st.
District Governor Presents Chevron Awards...
During an official visit to the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, May 24, 25F District Governor Kenneth Faulkner presented two membership Chevron Awards.


The first award was presented to Lion Phil Stevenson, retired Superintendent of Centerville-Abington Community Schools.  His award was for 35 years of service to the club.


The second award went to long-time member Jim Resh for 60 years of service.

Lions Learn About Cross Road Christian Recovery Center For Women...

Jodi Reed and Wendy Canon

Centerville Lions learned about the Cross Road Christian Recovery Center for Women at its meeting Monday evening, April 26.  Executive Director Wendy Canon said the Center is an outreach of Shepherd's Way Christian Ministries and offers a  Christ and Bible centered program for women struggling with alcohol and drug addiction.

Canon said, "History of the program began when Paul Rose began a six-month program for men in 2002 and six years late his wife Karen add the program for women."  She added,  "Women needed more time to be healed."

Canon joined the organization in 2013, but is leaving in May of this year.  She introduced Joni Reed who will be replacing her on May 15 as Canon and her husband Tom leave for Minnesota and a new challenge called Smile Again Ministries.

Jodi herself has gone through the program graduating in September of 2018.  She told Lions people sometimes need help to change their lives.  So far over 600 women have gone through the program.

More information about the program is available on their web site:

Several Lions brought supplies used by the center to the meeting.  And they voted to support the program with a $100 gift.

Former Club Member Killed In Plane Crash...

Picture from June 13, 2005

Former member of the Centerville Lions Club has died in a plane crash.  Authorities say Judson Costlow was the lone occupant of a small plane, a yellow Aerotrek A240,  that took off from the Richmond Municipal Airport shortly before 8 o'clock Sunday morning, April 25.  It crashed into a wheat field south of the airport and caught fire.  Members of the Richmond and Boston fire department extinguished the fire.  State Police said the 78 year old Costlow was headed to Arizona to visit family.

Costlow joined the Centerville club on January 1, 2002 and served as president for the 2004-05 year.  During his tenure the first women were admitted to the local club.  He also presided over the club's 60th Anniversary Celebration.

Results of an investigation into the cause of the crash are pending.

Memorial visitation for Judson J. Costlow will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond. Memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2021, at Doan & Mills Funeral Home.  .A private burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery in Frankfort, at a later date.
4/25/21  Updated 4/30/21

Lions Finalize Plans For Fish Fry And Community Awards Banquet...

Lions Ty Farmer, Phil Stevenson and Dennis Stephen

Members of the Centerville Lions Club discussed plans for programs and projects for the remainder of the year at its meeting Monday evening, March 22, at the Centerville Senior Center.

The annual fish fry will be held Saturday, June 12th.  Serving times will be from 11 am to 7 pm at the Christian Fellowship Hall in downtown Centerville.  This year's project will be a drive-thru event featuring either a fish dinner or chicken dinner to take home.  Tickets will be available in advance from any member of the Lions Club. More information will be provided as the time gets closer.

The annual community Awards banquet is being planned for Monday, Sept. 27th.

A moment of silence and prayer was given for long time member Tim McConaha who died recently and a donation of $100 was given to the Leukemia Society in Tim's memory.

New members are always welcome to the Lions Club, which will begin meeting the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month starting in April.  Dinner meetings are held at 6:30 pm at the Senior Center.  Next meeting will be Monday, April 12th.  President Holly Stiggleman conducted the meeting.  For more information concerning the Lions Club, please call 855-2034.

Lion Tim McConaha Dies At Age 69...
Served As President Twice


Lion Timothy (Tim) O. McConaha of Centerville has died at the age of 69.  From a long line of McConaha's, he lived on a farm that has been in his family for over 150 years.  He died Friday, March 12, at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, surrounded by his wife and children.

Born in Richmond, he graduated from Centerville High School in 1970.  He retired in 2004 after 29 years with UPS.  He was a lifetime farmer.

He was active in the Centerville, Indiana Lions Club, having served as its president in 2006-2007 and again in 2016-17.  He was also chair of the Broom Sales fund raiser and had served on numerous project committees.

Survivors included his wife of nearly 47 years, Wanda;  three children and several grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 18, from 4 to 7 pm at the Doan and Mills Funeral Home in Richmond.  Plan to wear a mask at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 9075 N. Meridian Street, Suite 150, Indianapolis, IN 46260 or Richmond, Indiana Pickeball, Inc., P.O. Box 425, Richmond, IN 47375.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at

Lions Club President Updates Membership...

Centerville Lions Club President Holly Stiggleman updated members on future meetings and projects Monday morning, March first.  She thanked everyone who attended the business meeting February 22 and said  she wants to keep all members informed of some upcoming plans.

Lion Holly said "We are planning to have our fish fry on Saturday, June 12th.  This will be a drive-thru fish fry.  We will also be having the Community Awards Banquet.  However, that is being pushed back to the fall.  If we still cannot hold an in-person banquet at that time we will explore online options."

She added, "Members do not want to cancel events for the second year in a row.  It's not  good ideal for us to completely stop or events.  We are exploring ways to hold our events safely."

She continued, "We will meet in  person for a dinner meeting on Monday, March 22nd.  We will wear masks, practice social distancing, and the meal will be served.  I hope that you will consider attending."

Questions or concerns may be directed to President Stiggleman at; 765-993-1135 or

Lions Club Cancels Meetings Until February 22...


Members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, November 23, voted to cancel the Christmas Banquet scheduled on December 14th due to Covid-19 restrictions.  They also voted to cancel the January meeting. 

The club will tentatively meet at the end of February for a business meeting only.  President Holly Stiggleman said, "At that time, we will need to discuss the Community Awards banquet and fish fry."  If you have questions please contact President Stiggleman at 765-993-1135.  We will hopefully be able to resume on February 22.

Lion Holly thanked members who brought in canned food.  The food will be donated to the First United Methodist food bank.

CHS Athletic Director Speaks to Lions...


Centerville Lions Club met on Monday, November 23rd at the Centerville Senior Center.  Shane Osting, the new athletic director of Centerville High School, was the guest speaker.  Osting talked about the challenges of holding athletic events during a pandemic.  He also discussed the strong athletic programs at Centerville, including the successful seasons of the fall sports teams.  He introduced the new website for Centerville athletics, which can be found at

Club Hears About Christmas in Centerville...


Shari Markley of Christmas in Centerville told Lions Club members Monday evening, November 9, plans for the event this during during the coronavirus pandemic.    Markley said after months of talking about it, the Main Street committee decided to proceed with Christmas in Centerville.  However, they wanted to make sure that they could do it safely. 
This year, there will be more activities online.  There will be a pet photo contest, a gingerbread house building contest, and an online storytime with Mrs. Claus.  Markley said Main Street is encouraging businesses and residents to decorate.  There will be a business and residential lighting contest. 
The Main Street committee really wants to encourage residents to shop local this holiday season and support our local businesses including Warm Glow Candle Company, 5 Arch Brewing Company, Americana Pizza, Village Forager, Cinnamon Spice Bakery, Gillman's Home Center, Miss Bessie Buhl's Eclectic Garden, Spirit Wear, Inc., and Wheeler's Antiques.  Finalized plans for Christmas in Centerville will eventually be posted on

President Holly Stiggleman urged members to bring several canned goods to the next meeting.  The items will be donated to the Food Pantry at the Centerville United Methodist Church.

Shane Osting, the new athletic director at Centerville High School will be speaker at the November 23 meeting.

Town Board President Speaks Before Lions Club...

Dan Wandersee

Centerville Town Board president Dan Wandersee spoke before members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, October 26.  He spoke at length about about what the town has done and looked forward to the future.

Club president Holly Stiggleman said the club had been invited to participate in the Richmond Veterans Parade on November 7.  But, it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Members attending the meeting filled approximately 150 bags for the clubs Drive-By on Halloween, October 31.  It will be held from 5 to 7 pm at the Centerville Elementary parking lot.

Lion Holly said no decisions have been made about Thanksgiving or Christmas, but said she would like to see the club do some sort of project between now and then.  She proposed maybe a small food drive to a food pantry.

Only six members attended the meeting.

Liberty Lion Carl Sharp, Sr. has died...


Liberty Lions Club member Carl Sharp, Sr. of Liberty died on October 24 as a result of a boating accident in Florida. He was 83.  He had been a member of the Liberty Lions Club for over 50 years.  He was the father of Carl Sharp, Jr., a Lions past district governor (2004-05).

Visitation will be Sunday November 1 from 1 to 5 pm at the Urban Winkler Funeral Home in Liberty, where services will be held Monday at 11 am.  The Lions memorial service will follow the visitation at 5 pm.

Survivors include two daughters, his son, two brothers, two sisters and eight grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel, a sister.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Ethell Sharp Scholarship Fund through the Union County Foundation.

Lion Bevington Subs For Speaker at Steak Fry...


Medium rare to well done steaks grilled by Lion Joe Elstro were enjoyed by 11 Lions and 5 guests at the group's annual steak fry Monday evening at the Mansion House.  His mother, Marie Elstro, prepared the food for the event.  His dad, Lion Paul Elstro, got the grills to the site among other things.

Lion first vice president Scott Bevington filled in for speaker Kyle Davern, the community liason for the Alzheimer Association who could not attend due to Covid-19 restrictions.  Lion Scott, who is the group's volunteer ambassador for the 6th Congressional District,urged members to participate in the Alzheimer's Walk to raise funds and awareness this Saturday, September 19. Bevington said the walk will be done virtually this year due to the pandemic.  He said persons may sign-up online to take part.  He said there are some 110,000 persons in Indiana with alzheimer's with 330,000 caregivers. 

He said the organization is working on legislation co-sponsored by 6th District Congressman Greg Pence to secure more funds for an educational program to make the medical community more aware of problems associated with the disease.  He said he became involved with the organiziation after his grandmother died with alzheimer's.

Lion president Holly Stiggleman told Lions the Leo club now has twenty members and recently held a Rock-A-Thon and plans to donate some of the funds to the Lions Club for the dictionary program for elementary students.

She also urged members to assist with the fundraisers sponsored by the Liberty Lions Club at Warm Glow Candles on September 26 and 27 and the drags at the fairgrounds in Brookville on October 9 an 10th.  Funds raised will be shared equally between the two clubs.

Centerville Lions Club Fish Fry Has Been Canceled...


Centerville Lions Club president Holly Stiggleman conducted the group's business-organizational meeting on August 17.

Members decided to cancel its annual fish fry. It had been postponed from June to September due to Covid-19. It will be held June 12 next year.  Members agreed it's in the best interest of the public and members of the club rather than take any chance of spreading the virus.

They discussed other ways of possibly making up some of the loss from the cancellation.  The Liberty Lions Club has invited them to assist in its Flat Drags at the fairgrounds in Brookville in October and split the proceeds.  Other measures with the Liberty club were also discussed.

Meanwhile, the club approved the sponsorship of a hole at the at the Dollars for Scholars golf outing on October 3.

Due to a annual $2 increase in International Lions Club dues for the for foreseeable future, the club approved annual dues of $90 from the current $80.  The state organization so far hasn't raised dues.

President Stiggleman reported the Leo Club at Centerville High School continues to pursue new members and is planning a Rock-A-Thon to benefit the Lions Club Third Grade Dictionary Project.

President Stiggleman presented three International Lions Clubs awards for obtaining new members during the Lions Centennial year.  Lion Joe Elstro received the Diamond Award while Lions Wendy Cook and Crystal Jenkins received Gold awards.

And the club finalized its meeting schedule through June of next year including the annual Community Awards Banquet set for April 12.  It had to be canceled this year.


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Upcoming Events...
Our next event:
July 12 - Family Picnic at Maplewood Park
Upcoming Programs:
August 9 - Organizational meeting
September 13 - Steak Fry
September 27 - Dinner meeting

Plans For Ambassador Healthcare Revealed...


Exciting plans for Ambassador Healthcare of Centerville were revealed to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, May 10.  Doug Cook, President and CEO of the facility on U.S. 40 just east of Centerville, said plans include an improved entrance along with landscaping.  Major initiatives include a goal of 20% increase in nursing staff, contributions of $100,000 toward Nursing Scholarships for Wayne County residents and other local charitable initiatives, addition of ministry staff to assist residents and employees with their spiritual needs, and substantial improvement of food and beverage and activities in the facility.

Cook, who has been the managing member of Ambassador since March of 2018, said during the past year patients dropped to 65, but currently are back to 75.  He said his goal is to 100 by the end of the year.  The facility is licensed for 137 beds.  Another goal is to continue great care and good food.  He said there were 175 employees prior to Covid-19, however that number has fallen since it's been a struggle to find employees.

Cook recently announced that actor Richard Thomas has joined him as a partner.  Thomas, well-known from his leading role as John-Boy in the CBS drama, The Waltons, has known Cook for over 20 years.  Thomas will be a strategic partner helping guide the overall goals and strategies of Ambassador Healthcare and to promote the organization.

Information about Ambassador Healthcare can be found on their web site:

Centerville Lions Elect Officers For Next Year...

Officers for 2021-2022 were elected by members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, April 26, at its regular dinner meeting at the Centerville Senior Center.

Nominees elected were:
President:  Scott Bevington
First vice president:  Jeff Jenkins
Second vice president:  Ty Farmer
Secretary:  Wendy Cook
Assistant Secretary:  Jim Resh
Treasurer:  Dennis Stephen
Assistant treasurer:  Crystal Jenkins
Tail Twister:  Steve Sheckles
Assistant  tail twister:  Paul Elstro
Lion Tamer:  Steve Sheckles
Assistant lion tamer:  Ty Farmer
Board of Directors two years:  Holly Stiggleman and Anne Elstro
Board of Directors one year:  Bob Hobson and Joe Elstro
Membership:  Joe Elstro
Public relations:  Bill Felker and Jim Resh

New officers will be installed on May 24.

Lion Anne Elstro's Father Has Died...


Retired Centerville educator Jerry Lynn "Poppy" Allen has died at the age of 76.  He was the father of Centerville Lion Anne Elstro.  He had recently been diagnosed with cancer and passed away Thursday, April 22, at Reid Health.  He is also survived by his wife, Peggy, another daughter Amy Ashley and several grandchildren.

He retired from Centervlle-Abington Community Schools in 2007 after 28 years.  He became the school system's first Technology Coorindator.  He began his career as a junior high science teacher.  He also served as first assistant principal at Centerville-Abington Elementary and served briefly as interim principal at Rose Hamilton Elementary.  He also was an adjunct professor at IU East for 20 years, where he taught computer education.  After retirement, he worked with a technology consulting firm, AdTec.  He also farmed and served as a Wayne County Sheriff Reserve Deputy.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Centerville.  A Celebration of Life is being planned for this summer.  Arrangements were announced by the Doan and Mills Funeral Home in Richmond.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hodgin Road Christian Church where he was a founding member or to a charity of your choice.

Lions Day At The United Nations...


Centerville Lions were represented at Lions Day at the United Nations on April 10.  Lion Jim Resh participated in a Zoom meeting of Lions Clubs International celebrating 75 years of partnership with the United Nations.  Lion Resh told members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, April 12, the event commemorated our long-standing relationship as a consultative NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) to the UN dating back to 1945 when Lion leaders were asked to help develop the NGO charter for the UN.  He joined Lions, Leos, UN diplomats, dignitaries and other guests in the global conversation about this year's theme, "Connected Through Service."

Lions Clubs International is the largest service organization in the world, with more than 1.4 million members in 48,000 clubs serving 200 countries and geographic areas worldwide.

Connersville Lion Mike Vanover Dies...


Connersville Lion Michael David Vanover died Wednesday, March 24, at his home.  He was 73 and leaves his wife Beth, a daughter and son,  and several brothers and sisters.  He was also a member of Warren Masonic Lodge #15.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 7, from 11 am to 1 pm at the Urban Winkler Funeral Home in Connersville, with services to follow at 1 pm.  Burial will be in Dale Cemetery.

President Holly Stiggleman Issues Special Message...


This has been the most wonderful year of my life!  Have you heard anyone say that lately?  Probably not!  This year has brought heartache, stress, and sadness for so many people.  People that we care about have been sick.  Many of our friends and neighbors have lost jobs.  A lot of people, including myself, feel isolated because they are not seeing friends and family regularly. It’s so easy to get caught up in the negative right now!
Although it’s not always easy, I try to focus on the great things that have recently happened in my life.   I’ve spent lots of nights with my husband, sitting around a campfire just talking.  I’ve been able to spend lots of time with my boys. We’ve had two health scares in my family this year and thankfully, both have turned out okay.  I’ve grown closer to God through prayer.  I’ve had new opportunities to serve others and I’ve met some fabulous new people while participating in that service.
The Lion's motto is, “We Serve.” As Centerville Lions members what can we do to serve others?  We are being told to stay home as much as possible.  How can you serve others when you are stuck in your house?  One of the most therapeutic exercises I’ve completed in the last year was going through my house and decluttering.  Many local charities will accept gently used clothing, household items, and more.  Check-in on friends and family by calling them on the phone or sending them a card. My students at school sent tons of Christmas cards to people that they care about.   Do you know a healthcare worker?  Send them a card thanking them for all that they do.  We can also make monetary donations to local food banks and charities.  Now is also a great time to support local businesses.    There are still many ways for all of us to serve!

In December, our local membership decided to stop meeting in person.  I still think that was a great decision.  I miss my friends from Lions Club but I want everyone to stay healthy.  We will have a business meeting only on February 22nd.  We need to discuss if and how we can proceed with the Community Awards Banquet, fish fry, and how to navigate the rest of the year.  I appreciate your membership in the Centerville Lions Club and I appreciate your willingness to serve even though it might look a little different this year!  Take care and stay healthy!

Centerville Lions To Meet Once A Month...

Treasurer Dennis Stephen and Steve Sheckles

The Centerville Lions Club has decided to begin meeting again, but only once a month for awhile.  Members met for a business meeting Monday evening, February 22 at the Centerville Senior Center to discuss future meetings and projects.  It was the first meeting since last November 23.  December and January meetings were canceled due to coronavirus.  The next meeting is scheduled for March 22.

The six members attending decided to move the Community Awards program to September instead of having it in April.

The decided to keep the annual Fish Fry fund raiser in June, but it will be a drive-thru only.  The menu will be limited to fish with the usual sides.  The Fish Fry was canceled last June.

Additional details will be announced later.

Former Centerville Lion Tom Barker has died...


Former Centerville Lions Club member Tom Jesse Barker of Richmond died February 17.  He waw 83.  Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Marilyn;  two daughters, several grand and great-grandchildren.

Services will be private with a Celebration of Life later.  Burial will be in Earlham Cemetery.

Lion Tom retired from the Richmond Fire Department after 22 years and later was a realtor with Lingle Real Estate.  He also was active in several organizations including the Centerville and  Richmond Lions Clubs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wayne County Foundation - Barker Famiy Fund or St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at

Former Lion Jay Klehfoth Dies Unexpectedly...


Former Lion Jay Klehfoth of Centerville died unexpectedly at his home on December 16.  He was 75,  A memorial service will be held later.

An Air Force veteran, he was a graduate of Indiana University and also attended Purdue.  He received An MBA from Miami University of Ohio in 1971.  After serving in the corporate world, he and his wife, Barbara, moved to Centerville where was responsible for moving the Model T Ford Club of America to Centerville and eventually to Richmond.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, three children, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a brother.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Model T Ford Club of America, P.O. box 996, Richmond, Indiana or 2nd Chance Animal Rescue of Richmond, Inc., 2905 US Highway 35 N., Richmond.

Condolences may be sent to the family via the guest book at 

Halloween Drive By




A Halloween Drive By was held by the Lions Club this year due to the annual Community Halloween Party sponsored by the club being cancelled this year due to Covid-19.  It was held at the Centerville Elementary school parking lot during the town's 5 to 7 pm Trick or Treat night.  Club president Holly Stiggleman was joined by Lions Joe Elstro and Ty Farmer in distributing around 160 treat bags.  Lion Holly said they were gone by 6:30 pm.

Lions Learn About Model T Museum...

Noah Bevington

Noah Bevington of the Model T Ford Museum in Richmond spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, October 12.  Noah, son of Lion vice president Scott Bevington, said the museum is committed to collecting, preserving and exhibiting artifacts from the Model T Ford era for future generations through displays and events that educate people of all ages on the history, lore and skills needed to maintain the car that put the world on wheels.

Bevington said it is the only museum in the world dedicated solely to the Model T.  It is owned and operated by the Model T Ford Club of America.  It is a 501c3 organization supported by donations and merchandise sales, not the Ford Motor Company.

It originally opened in Centerville in 2007, but expanded and relocated to its current location in Richmond's historic Depot District in 2012.  It features 40+ exhibits in 2 buildings.  Most Model T's on display were either donated or on loan.

The musuem features Era-correct rooms as if you had stepped back in time when you go inside the Vintage Ford Agency building.  It includes the Lobby and Showroom, Vintage Garage & Machine Shop and Agriculture Room.  Their library includes a superb collection of Model Ts, Ford Motor Company and Henry Ford publications and resources.

Their docents specialize in personal tours, and the museum has been ranked #1 for Things to Do in Richmond by Trip Advisor since 2017.

MTFCA members and their immediate family members have free admission; while non-members are $5 each, ages 12 and under are free.  Bevington said they are always looking for new volunteers.

Update on Halloween and Christmas...

Lions Club president Holly Stiggleman reminds Lions "we will be putting together 200 treat bags, for the Halloween drive-by, at our next meeting October 26.  Members are encouraged to bring candy or prizes to put into the bags.  We will be passing these out from 5-7 on the 31st.  We will be located in the parking lot of Centerville-Abington Elementary."   She also said earlier, "We will ask community members/kids to stay in their cars during the Drive By.  Lions Club members are asked to wear masks and gloves."

She announced on October 2: "I am planning on booking the Centerville Christian Life Center for our Christmas party on Monday, December 14th.  There is a cost of $50.00 to cover a cleaning fee.  We will not be having outside entertainment this year.  Having our party at the Life Center will allow us to bring a guest and still practice social distancing." 
Updated 10/15/10

Kyle Turner Outlines Hopes For Main Street Centerville...


Kyle Turner, who heads up Main Street Centerville, spoke before members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, September 28.  He outlined some of the hopes and plans for the organization.

He said the Centerville Christian Church among other groups has helped clean Maplewood Park, install new signs and paint trash cans over town.

Turner said they are working for a successful Christmas in Centerville this year.

And they are developing a program for visitors.

He also touched on some of the other happenings that are occurring in Centerville.

Officers Installed - Fish Fry Postponed To September...

PDG Buckland (l) with Treasurer Stephen

Officers for the Centerville Lions Club were installed at a special meeting on May 18 called by President Bob Hobson.  PDG Jack Buckland of the Richmond Lions Club installed Holly Stiggleman as president along with Scott Bevington, vice president; Dennis Stephen, treasurer; and Paul Elstro as Lion Tamer.  Other officers, elected on March 9, will be installed later.  The meeting was the final one as president for Lion Hobson as Lion Holly takes over July 1, the beginning of the new Lions year.

Meetings since March 23 have been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

Since the Fish Fry had to be postponed for June, a business meeting has been scheduled for August 17 at 6:30 pm at the Centerville Senior Center to discuss it. The Fish Fry, tentatively scheduled for September 26, will be discussed to determine how it will be conducted; whether it will be a drive through type of event or something else.

First Programs Announced...
By Vice President Scott Bevington, program chair

The Steak Fry will be September 14th. While we usually don't have a speaker for this event, it makes for good timing to do one in this case.  Before the Covid outbreak was in full gear, we had previously scheduled Kyle Davern of the Alzheimers Association of Greater Indiana to speak. Mr. Davern will join us on the 14th as the Richmond Walk to End Alzheimers will take place that Saturday, September 19.

On September 28, Kyle Turner will join us to update the goings on with Main Street Centerville, Inc. On October 12th, my son, Noah Bevington will be making a presentation on the Richmond Model T Museum. (He is the program coordinator there.) On October 26th, Centerville Town Council President Dan Wandersee will join us to give us a presentation on things going on in town government. On November 9th, Shari Markley will join us to discuss plans for the annual Christmas in Centerville event.



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