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Officers installed for next year...

Lions Stiggleman, McConaha, Hobson, Farmer, Kaulen, Cook, Jenkins, Resh & Sheckles

Centerville Lions Club officers for 2018-19 were installed by Past District Governor Carl Sharp of Liberty at the club's June 11th meeting at the Centerville Senior Center in Centerville.

Installed were President Ty Farmer, 1st VP Bob Hobson, 2nd VP Holly Stiggleman, Secretary Wendy Cook, Treasurer Dennis Stephen.  Others:  LCIF Chair Jeff Jenkins, Tamer and Tail Twister Steve Sheckles, Program chair Bob Hobson, Membership chair Crystal Kaulen and Marketing and Communications Bill Felker.  Officers take over July 1st.

Dennis Stephen submitted a report on the Fish Fry held June 8 and 9.  There was some discussion concerning the Fish Fry for next year, but no decisions were made.

The final event for Lions this year is the Family Picnic now scheduled for Monday, July 16 at 6:30 pm in Maplewood Park.

The Lions Club will also participate in the Community Celebrates event at Maplewood Park on July on 28th.  Members will be operating a booth selling cotton candy.

Lion Garrett D. Roberts dies at 77...


Centerville Lion Garrett D. Roberts of Centerville died Tuesday, July 24, at IU Health Saxony Hospital in Fishers.  He was 77.  He was retired from Chrysler Corporation at New Castle after 31 years of service.  Lion Garrett joined the Centerville Lions Club on July 1, 1997.  He also was a member of Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 11, Order of Eastern Star and Gideons International.  He was co-founder of the Centerville Classic Car Club.  He was a member of Centerville United Methodist Church and was a Reid Health volunteer.

Survivors include his wife Janice Chappell Roberts; a brother-in-law, Raymond Roberts of Michigan City; nieces; nephews; cousins and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Garrett D. Roberts II; a sister and two brothers.

Visitation will be Friday, July 27 from 4 to 8 pm at the Mills Funeral Home in Centerville, with a Masonic Service at 7:30 pm.  Funeral Service will be Saturday, July 28, at 11 am at the funeral home, where friends may also call beginning at 10 am.  Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Centerville.

2018 Community Awards presented...

The Centerville Lions Club presented its 2018 Community Service Awards to three recipients Monday evening at the Centerville Senior High School Cafetorium.  They went to teacher Teresa Downs, Centerville-Abington Librarian Beth Treaster and volunteer-sports enthusiast Charles Dennis "Denny" Jones.

Lion Phil Stevenson presents award to Teresa Downs

Richmond native Teresa Downs became a teacher after raising two children.  She first taught third grade at Centerville elementary school.  With her interest in history, she took her hobby into the classroom taking her students on Civil War enactments, parades and other patriotic events.  She said, "I have been fortunate to get to teach and help out in a very historically rich community."

Lion Jim Resh presents award to Beth Treaster

A Hagerstown High School graduate, Treaster's interest in library science started as a library assistant in high school.  She earned a triple major in English, History and Religion at Anderson University and a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 1981.  She moved to Oklahoma in 1987 and graduated from a two year Bible College program.  After working in the Tulsa Public Library system she became head librarian for the largest hospital there, staying for eleven years.  In January of 2008, she returned to Indiana to take care of her aging parents.  She then accepted the position of Director of the Centerville-Center Township Library in 2009.  She has a daughter, Anna, who with her husband Eric Friedman recently moved from California to Fishers, Indiana.  Her 101 year old father resides at Friends Fellowship Community.

The third recipient of the Community Service Award was Denny Jones.  Jones was unable to attend the ceremonies.  A lifelong resident of Centerville, he participated in numerous sports in high school.  Definitely a Bulldog supporter, he coached many different teams such as baseball and softball while his children were in school.  He also coached junior high basketball for CJHS.  Nowadays, he attends sporting events throughout the year.  At 79 years of age, he works several days a week as a computer programmer and keeps the computers running at the Centerville-Abington Community Center, where he serves on the board of directors and helps with the newsletter.

Wayne County 4-H STEM program explained...



The Wayne County 4-H STEM program was explained to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening at the Centerville Senior Center.  STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) was recently adopted by the Wayne County Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service.

Extension Educator Alicia Criswell told Lions one of the exciting programs is the evGrandPrix program.  She said they learned about the program last November and were approved in January with 50% funding.  Criswell said a team of high school 4-H members will build an electric go-cart and participate in racing competition as well as business aspects.  Learn more about the program at: htttp://   The evGrandPrix finals will be May 15-16 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The club voted to contribute $200 towards the program.

Wayne and Marion Counties were the only areas in Indiana to be approved to take part.

The local 4-H STEM program includes numerous other categories for students.

Lions begin 2018 playing games...

Lions Bill Felker and Joe Elstro welcome Dale Delay (center)

When a speaker canceled at the last minute, members of the Centerville Lions Club produced their own program... by playing a game.  Each member told three stories... two of which were to be true and the third false.  Other members had to pick the false story.  It was fun and members were able to get know each other better.

Leos Club adviser Holly Stiggleman reported the club has been busy.  They participated in the Centerville Christmas parade and are involved in several projects including collecting eye glasses.

Treasurer Dennis Stephen said he has been studying annual dues and will have a report for the club soon.  Members who pay on an annual basis should make sure they are up to date.

Club president Joe Elstro introduced prospective member Dale Delay, owner of a Centerville insurance agency.

Coaches speak to Lions...

Supt. Phil Stevenson, coaches Beach and Padgett

Centerville High School basketball and football coaches spoke to the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, November 17 at the Centerville Senior Center.

Basketball coach Steve Beach said he has a good team this and looks forward to the schedule this year.  Beach is from Ferdinand, Indiana.

Football coach Kyle Padgett is from Cloverdale and played football at Valparaiso University.  He says "the future is very bright and he is excited about that."

Christmas Banquet chair Dennis Stephen said persons attending this year are being asked to bring some canned goods for the Food Pantry in Centerville.  Pianist Tom Walker will play again at the December 11 banquet.  It will be held at the Centerville High School Cafetorium beginning at 6 pm.

Halloween Party enjoyed by community...

The annual Community Halloween Party sponsered by the Centerville Lions Club was enjoyed by many in the community Monday evening, October 31.  Although it was a school night, the little gremlins started pouring into the Centerville Elementary gymnasium around 6 o'clock after making their rounds throughout the community.  They were able to play games and win prizes as well as take home some cookies and cakes along with many donuts given away during the popular cake walk.


MC Jim Resh announced the cake walk with new Lion Scott Bevington, dressed as Daddy Warbucks, gave out  goodies to the winners.  The goodies were provided by members of the Lions Club and their families.

Near the end of the evening, prizes were given out for costumes in several age catagories.  Winners were:  Ages 1 throught 3 - Grayson Kearney dressed as Captain America, Justin Schnitzius as Popcorn Boy and Joanna Conner as Troll;  Ages 4 throught 6 - Taylor Tice as Little Red Riding Hood, Lla W ildey as Genie and Charleigh Schnitzius as Cupcake;  Ages 7 through 10 - Peyton White as Camo Army, Mhleigh Hartman as Minnie and Haille Shaffer as Fire Dragon;  11 through 14 - Gavin Stiggleman as Bob Plyley as the painter, Graci Plyley as Grandma and Cameron Stiggleman as Harry Potter; Ages 15 through adult - Chris Evrard as Brawny, Matthew Burch as Pumpkin Head and Emma Callahan and Trinitee Wood as Dead People.

It was esstmated that around 150 persons attended the party.  Members of the Centerville High School Leos Club, an affiliate of the Centerville Lions Club, helped with the games and judged the costume contest.

The event is one of the major projects of the Centerville Lions Club.

Lions present $1,000 to Centerville Police...


The Centerville Lions Club presented the Centerville Police Department $1,000 in observance of the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International Monday evening, October 9.  The presentation was made to Police Commissioner Dan Wandersee and Sgt. Matt Alexander by club treasurer Dennis Stephen.


Program chair Ty Farmer presented a plaque to Sgt. Matt Alexander in memory of K9 officer Kendra who died a couple of weeks ago.  Alexander said it is not out of the picture to replace the dog sometime in the future.


Centerville Police Commissioner Dan Wandersee updated club members on what has been happening at the police department recently.  He said the police force has been increased to six officers which helps with rotation.  They have also purchased a 4wd Ford pickup truck as an additional vehicle for the department. 

Wandersee also invited Lions to visit the new department which is located in the old INDOT building east of Centerville.  He said it provides a new training room, interrogation room and spaces for the officers.

Wandersee said drugs is the biggest challenge they have, although they have not seen the increase as other surrounding communities.

Centerville Lions gains five new members...

Carl Sharp, Mike McCoy, Scott Bevington, Cameron Felker, Crystal Kaulen, Jeff Jenkins, Joe Elstro

Five new members were inducted into the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, September 25, at the Senior Center in Centerville.  They are Mike McCoy of Greens Fork, Scott Bevington of Connersville, Cameron Felker of Richmond, Crystal Kaulen of Centerville and Jeff Jenkins of Richmond.  Past District Governor Carl Sharp of the Liberty Lions Club inducted the new Lions.  It is the most Lions inducted at one time in many years.  It brings total membership to 23. 

Lions hold Family Picnic...


A dozen Centerville Lions and their families attended the group's annual family picnic at Maplewood Park in Centerville Monday evening, July 16.  It was a hot, humid day with a downpour of rain occurring as the picnic began.  Little Conner Elstro, son of outgoing president Joe Elstro, kept busy tasting the raindrops from the Maplewood Park stage, where the hamburgers and hotdogs were being prepared on the grill.

The next meeting of the Lions will be a board meeting on August 13 for an organizational meeting.  The first regular get-to-gether will be the annual Steak Fry on September 10 at the Mansion House.

Former member Bob O'Neill has died...


Former member of the Centerville Lions Club Robert C. O'Neill has died at the age of 89.  O'Neill, who had resided in Centerville, died Wednesday, June 27, at Rawlins House Health & Living Community in Pendleton.  He was a 1947 graduate of Centerville High School and had worked at Hoffco/Comet Industries for 24 years and had formerly worked at Wayne Works.

O'Neill served as president of the Centerville Lions Club in 1975-76.

He is survived by two sons, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Audrey F. Schroy O'Neill, who died in 2006.

Services will be held Saturday morning, June 30, at 10 o'clock at the Mills Funeral Home in Centerville where friends may call Friday from 5 to 8 pm.  Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.  Memorial contributins may be made to the Crown Hill Cemetery or the Centerville-Abingnton Senior Center.

Son of former member dies...


Curt Allen Barker, 61, of Safety Harbor, Florida died June 14.  He was the son of former Lion Tom and Marilyn Barker of Richmond. 

He was a 1974 graduate of Richmond High School, Purdue University, and an MBA from the University of Dallas.  He had also taught as an adjunct professor at both Purdue and Baylor.  He  was a businessman and marketing expert in the field of building products.

He is survived by his wife, Angela, two children and two grandchildren;  and two sisters, Robin Hill of Lynn and Shelley Miller of Richmond; and other relatives.  He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lori Lee.

Memorial services will be Saturday, July 14 at 2 pm at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Richmond with a gathering and celebration of Curt's life in Shutte Hall.  Internment will be in Earlham Cemetery.

Friends may remember him with a gift to the Wayne County Founation for the Barker Family Fund, which will created a stream of funding to support art education programs at Richmond Art Museum.

Another Fish Fry, but with tenderloins...


Several things made the Fish Fry unique this year.  The Fish Fry, held Friday evening and all day Saturday, used Dan's Fish Fry Service of Huntington, Indiana to prepare the fish.  Tenderloins were also added.  It was all you can eat.  Several menu items were changed.  And serving hours were reduced on Friday.

It was not immediately determined how the postponed Veterans Parade affected turnout.

Members will get an update on the Fish Fry at its meeting Monday evening, June 11.  Officers for next year will also be installed at the year end meeting.  The club family picnic is scheduled for June 25.

Update on Fish Fry...


Lions received an update on the planning for the Fish Fry on June 8 and 9 at its meeting Monday evening, May 14.  Treasurer Dennis Stephen reported the banner that hangs across Main Street has been updated with the Fish Fry dates costing only $17.  Worker signup sheets were passed around to members.  Members are being asked to bring two desserts to be sold.
A thank you note was read from Shriners Hospital for Children for a gift from the club in memory of Karen Burdette, daughter of Lion Bill Felker who died on April 1.

Officers for next year elected...

Lion Ty Farmer

Ty Farmer was elected the new president of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, April 23.  Election of officers was held at the Centerville Senior Center for the Lion year beginning July 1.  Bob Hobson becomes 1st vice president in charge of programs.  Dennis Stephen was re-elected treasurer.  Wendy Kornman continues as secretary.

Switching places, Steve Sheckles becomes Tail Twister and Paul Elstro his assistant.  Sheckles also continues as Lion Tamer, assisted by Kevin Sparks.  Past president Joe Elstro and Jim Resh were elected to two year terms to the board of directors.  Tim McConaha and Dennis Stephen will serve for another year on the board.

Fish Fry tickets now available for purchase...

Fish Fry tickets were distributed to members of the Lions Club to sell.  The Fish Fry will be held June 8 and 9th this year at the Centerville Christian Church Fellowship Hall at 111 North Morton Avenue.  The price of advance sale tickets this year will be $10... $11 at the door.

The menu has changed this year.  Besides all the fish and pork tenderloin sandwiches you can eat the club will be offering hamburgers and hot dogs.  The fish and tenderloins will be prepared by Dan's Fish Fry Service.  The meal will include baked beans, applesauce, potato chips, dessert and drinks. 

 Serving hours will be 4 to 7:30 pm on Friday, June 8 and 11 am to 7:30 pm on Saturday, June 9.

Tickets are available from any Centerville Lion.

Daughter of Lion Felker dies...


The daughter of Lion Bill Felker died Easter Sunday at Reid Health Hospice.  Karen Diane Burdette was 52.  She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last October.  A 1984 graduate of Centerville High School, she was an orthodontic technician with Dr. Lynn Bode.  She previously had worked with Dr. Gerald Ackerman until his death.

Karen is survived by her husband Johnny Burdette of Centerville, two daughters, Elizabeth Fowler of Muncie, Emily Burdette and a son, Justin Burdette, of Centerville; two granddaughters Brooklynn and Callie of Muncie; and a brother, Mark Felker of Pell City, Alabama and her parents, Bill and Linda Felker of Richmond. 

A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends at the Golay Community Center in Cambridge City on Saturday, April 14, from 12 to 3 pm.

Arrangements are being handled by the Mills Funeral Home in Centerville.

Centerville Fire Department to get additional station...


Centerville Assistant Fire Chief John Pardo spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, March 26.  Pardo said a new building has been purchased near Round Barn Road and U-S 40.  The plan to mve one fire engine and a medical squad to that location.  It's expected that will reduce response time and help recruit new members.

A new engine was ordered before that new buildng was obtained.  Pardo said they try to keep their engines less than 20 years.  That helpps with the ISO rating which affects insurance rates on home and building owners.
Pardo joined the Centerville department when he moved to Centerville. 

The department is all volunteer.  Pardo said like all organizations, volunteerisum is down.  The department serves Center Township and aids other departments when needed.

Lions learn about Sunrise, Inc...


Stephanie McCurdy, executive director of Sunrise, Inc. spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, February 26, at the Senior Center in Centerville.  Sunrise is Therapeutic Riding Center located on Minneman Road, southeast of Richmond.

McCurdy said they have nine horses ranging from a large Percheron to a pony.  The center, which includes both indoor and outdoor arenas, is comprised of 104 acres of farm ground, woods and a creek, including 80 acres of hayfield.  They serve people of all ages with conditions that can benefit from therapeutic riding including physical, mental and emotional needs. 

The center is funded through fees and donations.  They have a budget of $140,000 of which $100,000 is raised each year mostly through donations.  She said they also accept donations of horses which are put through a 6 to 8 week trial period to see if they will work out.

The club voted to donate $200 to the organization.

Former member dies...


Billy L. Dillon of Centerville died Wednesday, January 24 at Reid Health in Richmond.  He was 93.

He was a former member of the Centerville Lions Club having served as president in 1961-62.  He was a member of the Centerville Town Council for 16 years with 8 years as its president.  He was a mechanic and had worked for the Wayne County Highway Department, Warfield Oil Company and Richmond Electric.

He is survived by a daughter, Linda Strom of Fairfield, Ohio, three grandsons and eight great grandchildren.

Services were held Saturday, January 27 at 2 pm at the Doan and Mills Funeral Home in Richmond.  Burial followed in Crown Hill Cemetery in Centerville.

Lions celebrate Christmas...


The Centerville Lions Club celebrated Christmas at its annual banquet Monday evening at the Centerville High School Cafetorium.  Pianist Tom Walker provided the music during the dinner and during a sing-a-long.

After the meal, program chair Dennis Stephen conducted a contest where persons at each table made a decoration from materials provided.  The winning table was headed by Lions Wendy Kornman and Bob Hobson.

Songs sung by the group were Jingle Bell Rock, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, Up on the Housetop, Holly, Jolly Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Jingle Bells with Conner Elstro accompanying pianist Walker on the bells.  Conner, by the way, brought along his farm toys to keep him busy during the dinner.

Lion Jim Howell lead the evening with the invocation.  President Joe Elstro was emcee for the program.

Kyle Turner talks to Lions about Centerville...

Kyle Turner

Centerville Lions learned about some new things coming to Centerville in the next few months.  Kyle Turner talked about Main Street Centerville which is being organized as a non-profit, what's happening at the old elevator site across from Maplewood Park and Dollars for Scholars.

Turner said that Main Street Centerville will help the community in several ways to make it a better place for all.  He said Scott and Tina Johnson will be bringing a Farm to Market store at the old elevator site by March 1st.  He added the grocery will be a welcome addition to Centerville.  Kyle said he and Scott Laster of Frankfort will be building a Five Arch Brewery in the basement of the site. 

And  he pointed out the importance of the Centerville Dollars for Scholars program, that has averaged $30,000 annually for scholarships for Centerville High School seniors. 

Club President Joe Elstro reported to the group that the Community Halloween Party was a success on October 31, but some adjustments may be needed due to other community events the same evening. 

High school basketball coach Steve Seve and football coach Kyle Padgett will present the program for the November 27th meeting.

Lions learn about the Cope Environmental Center...


Kaitlyn Blansett, the Community Outreach Coordinator of the Cope Envrionmental Center, spoke to members of the Centeville Lions Club Monday evening, October 23.  She explained how the center began when Jim and Helen Cope purchased a farm along Shoemaker Road in 1948.  Since they donated the land to the center it has grown to more than 130 acres.  They started a new Living Building Challenge Project in 2008 and hope to have it certified by October of 2018.  They moved into the new facility in December of last year.


Kaitlyn brought with her a native salamander for all to see.  Besides native animals on the property, there are several miles of trails for visitors to enjoy through a woodland prairie and wetlands.  They also provide several events throughout the year.

Kaitlyn is the granddaughter of the late Lion Pete Blansett and daughter of Jeff Blansett.  She is a 2012 Centerville High School graduate.

Son of Lion Roberts passes away...


50 year old Garrett D. Roberts II of Centerville died unexpectedly Thursday, October 12 at his home of a massive heart attack.  He was the son of Lion Garrett and Janice Roberts. 

He formerly worked at Crown Hill Cemetery and the Holiday Inn.  He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and Fraternal Order of Eagles.  Survivors include his parents, an uncle, cousins and friends.

A memorial service was held Monday at the Mills Funeral Home.  Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Leo Club is revived at high school...


The Leo Club at Centerville High School has been revived.  Superintendant of Schools Phil Stevenson announced to the Centerville Lions Club that school librarian Holly Stiggleman is the club advisor.  The club has around six members.

They will be assisting Lions at its events throughout the year.  The first event they will participate in is the Community Halloween Party on October 31.  The party runs from 5:30 to 7 pm at the Centerville Elementary gymnasium.  It's free and for kids of all ages of the community.

Lion Stevenson also announced that Communities in Schools is now responsible for providing eyeglasses for needy students.  The club approved an appropriation of $200 to CIS to assist in that endeavor.  The club had previously provided the glasses.

Steak Fry ushers in new Lions year...


Sixteen persons attended the Centerville Lions Club Steak Fry Monday evening, September 11 held in the Log Cabin at the Mansion House in Centerville.  The event ushered in the new Lions year, that runs from July 1st through June of 2018.

Four new members attended the steak fry:  Scott Bevington, Mike McCoy, Crystal Kaulen, Cameron Felker and Jeff Jenkins.

During a short meeting following dinner, the club voted to send 150 dollars to the Centerville Dollars for Scholars program.

Several members stayed to play cards inside the Mansion House.

Board adopts schedule for the new year...


Programs and events for the 2017-2018 Lions year were approved Wednesday evening, August 23,   The board of directors approved dates for the year at a special meeting held at the Mansion House in Centerville.  President Joe Elstro conducted the meeting.

The new year begins September 11th with the club's annual steak fry for members and guests at the Mansion House.  The second meeting of the year will be held September 25 at the Centerville Senior Center with initiation of new members.

The Community Halloween Party is scheduled for Tuesday October 31 from 6:30 to 8 pm at the Centerville Elementary gymnasium.

The Christmas Banquet will be held on December 11 at the Centerville High School Cafetorium.

The Community Awards Banquet will be held on April 23 and the annual Fish Fry will be June 8 and 9.

The board also approved Standing Committee chairpersons.

Attending the board meeting along with president Joe Elstro were vice president Ty Farmer, board member and treasurer Dennis Stephen, board member Jim Resh and members Paul Elstro, Anne Elstro and Bill Felker.

Lions in Archway Days Parade...


Centerville Lions participated in the Archway Days parade on Saturday, August 26.  Riding on a float were (left to right) Lions Jim Resh, Anne Elstro and son Conner, Ty Farmer and Joe Elstro.

They handed out candy.  Great weather... great crowd... great day!



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