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Lions Prepare for Fish Fry...

Centerville Lions discussed final plans for their annual Fish Fry on Saturday, June 11 at its dinner meeting Monday, May 23 at the Centerville Senior Center. It will be dine-in or carry-out at the Centerville Christian Church Annex this year. Hours will be 11 am to 7 pm.

Fish will be prepared by Dan's Fish Fry Service again this year. Besides fish there will be tenderlions, applesauce, coleslaw, chips, dessert and a drink all for $12.00. Hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs will also be available.

Treasurer Dennis Stephen reported the recent Community Breakfast brought in 213-dollars. The next breakfast is planned for August 6 from 7:30 to 10 am at the Centerville Senior Community Center.

The Scholarship Committee reported there will be two $250 scholarships awarded this year.

President Scott Bevington reported the club has received a thank you letter from the Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center for a recent donation. He also thanked Lions Ty Farmer and Jim Resh for their participation in the Veterans Parade on Sunday, May 22.

Community Breakfast Was a First For Centerville Lions...

It was a cold and windy Saturday morning, but more than 120 persons turned out including carryouts for the Centerville Lions Club first Community Breakfast on May 7. District Governor Jeff Locke of Richmond and PDG Ron Bonham of Indianapolis a couple of Lions officials who came.

Besides fresh pancakes, there were biscuits and gravy and eggs and sausage. After studying financial results, Lions will determine whether to continue with the project.

Centerville Athletic Director Speaks to Lions...

Shane Osting, Athletic Director for Centerville High School, spoke to members of the Lions Club Monday evening, April 11th at the Senior Center following dinner.

The Athletic Department is planning a golf outing with funds going to all sports this spring. Mr. Osting stated that Centerville team sports have changed to new divisions and will now be in 3-A because Centerville's enrollment is up to 520 students. Osting said will be a help in some sports and may not be in others.

Osting is in his second year as Athletic Director.

Sandie Rowe Brings Wernle Home Message to Lions Club...

Members of the Centerville Lions Club welcomed the chairman of the board of Wernle Youth and Family Treatment Center Monday evening, March 28 at a dinner meeting in the Centerville Senior Center. Sandie Rowe spoke of the operations of the Center and treatments they give to troubled youth from all across the country. Many are referred to Wernle by the courts. They can stay until they are 18 years old. The Wernle Coaches4Kids Golf Outing is May 16th at Forest Hills Country Club.

Lions President Scott Bevington announced several local and club donations to the Vest Program for the Town of Centerville. And the club received several bags of eye glasses for delivery to Mexico, a Lions Club project.

Tickets for the Centerville Lions Club Breakfast for the community were handed to each member. The breakfast is May 7th at the Senior Center and serving is 7 pm to 10:30 am. Cost is $7.50 each and the Menu includes: Eggs, Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy, Pancakes and drinks. The public is invited to attend. Tickets are available at the door or from any Lions Club member.

The Community Awards Banquet will be held Monday, May 9th at the high school cafetorium, and will honor citizens who have served the area well . The Community Service Award will be given and past winners are invited to attend along with members of the public. Serving on the committee are Phil Stevenson, Mike McCoy, Dennis Stephen, and Jim Resh.

The Lions Club meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 6:30 pm for dinner at the Senior Center. New members are encouraged and welcomed to visit.

Centerville Lions Holds Planning Meeting For Events...

Members and guests of the Centerville Lions Club met for dinner Monday, March 14th at the Centerville Senior Center and to make plans for several events in 2022. President Scott Bevington laid out several projects which the Club hopes to complete this spring and summer.

Special guests were Suzy and Darrel Maines, who recently moved to the Centerville community.

The Lions Club was awarded a Membership Satisfaction Award from Lions International.

Upcoming projects and events include:

Election of Officers April 25th.
May 7th - Lions Club Breakfast for the Community at the Senior Center. Times are 7am - 10:30 am. Cost is $7.50 each. Please contact Dennis Stephen for tickets at 855-2034.

May 9th - Community Awards Banquet at the high school cafetorium beginning at 6 pm. Nominations for the Community Service Award should be directed to Phil Stevenson, Chairman. Citizens are encouraged to nominate a deserving person or group for the awards. Please call 855-5337 or 935-2481.

June 11th - Annual Lions Club Fish Fry at the Fellowship Hall downtown. This will be a sit down and carry out event for the public.

July will be the Lions Club family picnic and the last weekend of August the annual Archway Days Festival in the Park.

Sonia Spencer, widow of Lion Allan Spencer dies...

Sonia Spencer, widow of Lion P. Allan Spencer, has died at the age of 83. She passed away Wednesday, February 2 in Little Rock, Arkansas, where one of her sons, Shawn Spencer, resided.

Other survivors include sons Chad Spencer and Brent Spencer; three grandchildren; a brother Chadd Sewell, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling will be from 1 to 4 pm Sunday, February 13 at the Doan and Mills Funeral Home in Richmond. Additional visitation will be Monday, February 14 from 10 to 11 am at the Centerville United Methodist Church where funeral service will follow at 11 am. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery in Centerville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Centerville-Abington Senior Center, 111 South 2nd Street, Centerville, Indiana 47374.

Great Turnout For Christmas in Centerville...

One of the floats in the Christmas parade

Good weather blessed the annual Christmas in Centerville Festival in Centerville on Saturday, December 4.  The nighttime Christmas parade was a favorite of fans as it started at Maplewood Park and proceeded south to Main Street and then east to 4th Street.  Everyone said it was well done and proceeded without a hitch.

Lots of people were seen walking the streets by the historic homes.  Thanks to technology they were able to follow it on their phones.

Christmas in Centerville was not held last year due to Covid-19.

Lions Hear About Model T Ford Museum in Richmond...


Rachel Hughes, Executive Director of the Model T Ford Museum in Richmond, spoke to the members and guests at the Centerville Lions Club dinner meeting on November 22nd at the Centerville Senior Center. 

Rachel told the history of the Model T which Henry Ford invented and described the museum's operations.  The museum was begun in 2007 by Jay Klehfoth and is located now at 309 N. 8th Sreet in Richmond, Indiana. 

The museum contains 42 Model T cars.

Hours are 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Sunday.

Christmas in Centerville...


Shari Markley of Christmas in Centerville spoke before members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, November 8.  She said this year's event should be the largest ever held for the celebration.  She invited the Lions Club to participate and chair one of the events.  The club is exploring chairing the Lighting Contest.  Other choices are Tour of Homes, Caroling in Town, A 5-K Run, Twinkle Tunnel in the park, or a pop up shop at the bank.

President Scott Bevington said the club received a thank you note from Camp Woodsmoke for the club's donation of $250.  And the club  received a check for $178 from the Leo Club to help purchase third-grade dictionaries

It was reported the Halloween Drive-Thru on October 30 was a success with all 250 bags of candy being passed out.  The Christmas Banquet on December 13 was discussed.  The location has yet to be finalized.

There were nine members present at the meeting.

Lions Prepare For Halloween...


Centerville Lions began preparing for Halloween Monday evening, October 25, by filling over 200 Halloween candy bags to be given out at the Centerville Halloween Drive Thru party on Saturday October, 30th.  The Drive Thru begins at 5 pm at the Centerville Elementary parking lot.  DG Locke pitched in to help.

The Club voted Monday evening, October 25, to donate $250 to the District Project Camp Woodsmoke.

Jeff Jenkins, Vice President, conducted the business meeting and Connor Elstro, son of Lions Joe and Anne Elstro, was a guest.  15 members and guests attended.  Two prospective new members attended the meeting,  Richard and Vickie Tincher of Centerville.

Lions Banner Found...

Lion Jim Resh with the banner at a recent Awards Banquet

The Centerville Lions banner has been found.  It was located at the home of our secretary Wendy Cook.  Lion Wendy told Lion Jim Resh, who has been trying to locate the missing banner for several weeks, she thought they were looking for the old, original banner.  Resh said that  banner was ratty and thrown away several years ago.

A new banner was then purchased and will be utilized at the next meeting, October October 25.  That will be District Governor's Night, with Jeff Locke as our guest speaker.

Centerville Lions Hear About Recent Archway Days...


Members of the Centerville Lions Club heard about the recent Archway Days din Centerville in August.  Josh Minnix, president of Archway Days, said there was a great turnout despite the rain on Saturday.  He said there were between 85 and 90 vendors, although in years before that number surpassed 100.  Besides income from the vendors, Minnix said there have been a "lot of donations" from others throughout the community.

Minnix is also assistant fire chief of the Abington Volunteer Fire Department and operates Minnix Well Servicing.  He also passed along some homeowner tips.

Steak Fry Launches New Lions Year...


The 2021-2022 Lions year was launched Monday evening, September 13, with the annual Steak Fry.  Some 20 members and guests attended the steak fry held at the Mansion House and Log Cabin in Centerville.

President Scott  Bevington said there was a strong showing of members from the Liberty Lions Club.  Lion Scott reported that Centerville Lions had sent $250 to the Liberty club supporting its effort in aiding those affected by hurricane Ida.

He also reported that Centerville Lions made a good showing for the Archway Days  parade, passing out 200 bottles of water labeled with information encouraging others to join us while celebrating our most veteran members, Jim Resh (61 years of service) and Jim Howell (58 years).

During the coronavirus pandemic the club has decided to forgo the Community Awards until the spring of 2022.  The date for the event will be decided in February.

The club also decided to postpone the planned October 2 breakfast and will shoot for January 8.

And the annual Halloween event will again be a drive-by on October 30.

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.

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.


Outstanding Citizen Awards Were Presented May 9 By The Centerville Lions Club...

Centerville Lions Club presented its annual Outstanding Citizens awards Monday evening May 9 to five members of the community at a Banquet held in the high school cafetorium.

President Scott Bevington hosted the meeting and turned it over to the committee to present the awards. Jim Resh first told of the history of the Awards banquet when the club accepted the award from the local Jaycees organization in 1986. He also acknowledged 17 past winners who were present.

Jim presented the first award to Kim Young, Director of the Centeville/Abington Senior Center and she was surprised. She thought she was the speaker for the night.

Next was winner Mark Culbertson, Scout Master of Troop 16 of Centerville.

Phil Stevenson presented the next award to Mark Howell, former Lions club member and retired Centerville high school Athletic director.

Next Dennis Stephen gave the award to Kevin Smith, Sam Dixon, and Jim Potter and the Centerville Methodist church food pantry. They worked hard during the pandemic and continue to provide food for the hungry.

Last Dennis presented the award to Ty Farmer, hard working Centerville Club vice president. He said his Dad Jack would have been proud.

Finally Jim Resh acknowledged Charter Members by recognizing Linda Lichtenfels Williams whose grandfather Arthur Hines was a charter member in 1944. Also James Howell was recognized because his father was a charter member.

Scott Bevington introduced the Lions District Governor Jeff Locke of Richmond and presented a check for $300 to the Cancer control and Speech and Hearing state projects.

Lions Hear About Hope House...
Centerville Lions learned about the Hope House in Richmond at it dinner meeting Monday evening, April 25. Director Whitney Mays brought with her Tyler Riggle of Brookville who explained how Hope House help him recover from his problems. He explained about his rough upbringing and how he ended up at Hope House.

May said the center help the homeless and are moving from the State Hospital to downtown Richmond in July.
Election of officers were held and they will be installed at the June 20th meeting.

The Fish Fry in June was discussed and it was decided to charge $12 for the meal this year.

Club president Scott Bevington said the Leo Club at the high school will be asked to participate in the Veteran's Parade on May 21st.

In other business, the club voted to donate $300 to the high school athletics program at Centerville. And they approved giving $150 each to state Lions projects Cancer Control and Speech and Hearing. The checks will be presented to District Governor Jeff Lock at the Awards Banquet May 9th.

Officers Nominated For Next Year...

Nominations of Officers for 2022-23 were presented. President - Jeff Jenkins, 1st VP - Ty Farmer, 2nd VP - Richard Tincher, Secretary Wendy Cook, Assn't Secretary Jim Resh, Treasurer Dennis Stephen, Assn't Treasurer Crystal Jenkins. Officers will be elected at the next meeting on Monday, April 25th.

Lions Club President Scott Bevington encouraged members to sign up for the upcoming Lions Club community breakfast to be held on Saturday, May 7th from 7 am to 10:30 am. The public is invited and tickets are available from all Lions club members at $7.50 each or call 935-2481.

The Centerville Lions Community Awards banquet is set for Monday, May 9th at 6 pm in the high school cafetorium. Members of the community are invited to attend and all past winners will be acknowledged. Cost is $10 each and for reservations please call Phil Stevenson at 580-2925.

Veteran Lion Jim Howell Turns 90...

Veteran Lion Jim Howell turned 90 years old recently. Ready to celebrate it with him, the Centerville Lions Club had a cake made to honor this achievement. Unfortunately, Jim hadn't been feeling well and decided to stay home at the last minute.

Club president Scott Bevington said after the regular meeting, he and Lion 2nd vice president Ty Farmer took a couple of pieces of the cake to Lion Jim and his wife, Marge. They also shared a picture of the cake with them as well.

Bevington said, "They were both thrilled with their short visit. Jim was in great spirit, and was appreciative of how wonderful his nearly 72-year partner had been taking care of him and for his friends at the club."

Bevington said they'll look forward to celebrating again the next time when Lion Jim can join the club.

Lion Howell will soon observe his 59th year as a Lion, having joined on April 29, 1963. He served as club president in 1970-71.

Centerville Councilman Jack Bodiker Speaks Before Lions...

Centerville town council member Jack Bodiker spoke before members and guests of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, February 28th at its dinner meeting held in the Centerville Senior Center. Councilman Bodiker explained the new High-Vis First Response Vest to the group and told that the town of Centerville would like to use these in the future. They were presented as excellent protection to all first responders.

Club president Scott Bevington conducted the business meeting with 13 members present. The club voted to donate $100 to the Model T Museum in Richmond and also to give $100 to the Centerville High School band. The club voted to purchase one High-Vis First response Vest also.

The Annual Community Awards banquet was set for Monday, May 9th. The Lions Club community breakfast will be held Saturday, May 7th at the Senior Center. And the annual Lions Club Fish Fry will be scheduled for Saturday, June 11th.

The club hopes to work with other organizations in Centerville to promote the town and combine projects with several groups. New Lions Club members present were Vicki Chasteen and Richard Tincher. Next meeting of the club will be Monday, March 14th at 6:30 pm at the Senior Center and new members are welcome.

Christmas Banquet Features  Induction of New Members and Music by Centerville Band Sax Ensemble

Members gathered for an official group picture

The Centerville Lions Club hosted its annual Christmas Banquet on Monday evening, December 13th at the Centerville High School Cafetorium.  27 persons attended the banquet.  Special guests were District Governor and Mrs. Jeffery Locke of Richmond along with four members of the Richmond Lions Club, who actually sponsored the Centerville club when it was organized in 1944.

During the program President Scott Bevington and DG Locke inducted two new members into the Centerville Club.   Vicki Chasteen and Richard Tincher became official members and were presented their certificates and pins.

The Centerville High School Band Saxophone Ensemble entertained and Lions membership pins were presented to Dennis Stephen and Anne Elstro.

The Centerville Club had an official photograph taken with 15 members present.  The last time an official photo was taken was 1960.  
The Club recently took part in the Christmas in Centerville celebration by helping with the tour of homes and judging the lighting contest.

Christmas Lighting Contest Winners Announced...

Results of the Lighting Contest judged by the Centerville Lions were announced during the Christmas in Centerville celebration.  First place for the Residential Division went to Gary Locke 606 Locust Lane;  2nd place to Amy Strain of 218 E. Main Street, 3rd place to Tom Locke of 2720 Bryant Drive and Greg White of 110 Willow Grove Rd. was 4th..  In the Business Division the Christian Church Fellowship Center won 1st place with the Village Forager on E. Main Street second place.

Amy Strain and the Centerville Christian Church Fellowship Center won a first place awards last year.  See our Facebook page for pictures.

Lions Note Pad...

The Lions Christmas Banquet will be held Monday, December 13th at the Centerville High School Cafetorium.  The Centerville Band Ensemble will entertain and new members will be inducted.  Reservations should be made with Dennis Stephen at 855-2034.

The Lions Club voted to donate $300 to the Centerville High School After Prom party to be held in May at the Richmond Airport Hanger.

A donation of $300 was also given to the Lions Club Indiana State projects, along with a $300 donation to Lions International LCIF project to help others.
Richard Tincher and Vicki Chasteen were guests.

Lions Club to Judge Christmas Lighting Contest...

The Centerville Lions Club is pleased to announce a new Christmas Lighting Contest for all residents in Center Township.  The judging will be completed on Friday, December 3rd from 5:30 to 9:00 pm and participants should have their displays ready. 

Cash prizes will be  given for First, Second and Third place and will be awarded on Saturday, December 4th at Christmas in Centerville.

All persons should call 855-4150 to enter as soon as possible.  Scott Bevington is Lions Club President.

Rainy Weather Didn't Disappoint Halloweeners...


It was rainy and cold for Halloweeners Saturday evening, October 30, but it didn't affect their spirit.  Many showed up for the Centerville Lions Club Drive Thru.  It was held at the old high school parking due to the weather.

Six Leo Club members from Centerville High School joined four Centerville Lions to pass out around 200 bags of candy who came in their family cars.  This is the second year for the Drive Thru due to Covid-19.

District Governor Pays Official Visit...


Lions Club District Governor Jeff Locke of Richmond paid an offical visit to the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening at the Centerville Senior Center. Governor Locke represents District 25-F of southeastern Indiana including Indianapolis. Angela Locke, the governor's wife, is the cabinet secretary and accompanied the governor.

Governor Locke presented a 10 year membership pin to Dennis Stephen and a special gift was presented to Wendy Cook for the excellent work she does as secretary of Centerville Club. The Lions also presented a gift of Scott Shafer pottery to Governor Jeff.

Lions Clubs were organized in 1917. There are over 11,000 Lions Clubs in the U.S.

Lions Hear About After Prom Party...


Centerville High School student Tammy Smith spoke to members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, October 11, concerning the Committee for After the Prom.

Scheduled for May 7 next year, Tammy told Lions they are thinking of having it at the hanger at the Richmond Airport.  The committee is just now beginning the planning and she said they need help in raising funds.

The club took no action yet for anything for the Prom event.

Lions Note Pad...
At the October 11 meeting of the Centerville Lions Club...

Leo Club advisor Lion Holly Stiggleman reported the club has 20 members.  She said they are going to have a Rock-a-Thon Friday, October 15 to raise money for Dictionaries for third grade students.

Members are asked to bring candy for the Halloween Drive-thru at the October 25th meeting.  District Governor Jeff Locke of Richmond will be our speaker that evening.

The club is planning to take a formal picture at the Christmas Banquet this year.

Lion Jim Resh says they are still searching for the Lion Banner.

Lions Note Pad...
Some thing Lions should know...

Meetings will follow a strict time schedule:  6:00-6:30 social time;  6:30 dinner;  7:00 program to last ten minutes with five minutes for questions;  then meeting time.

Halloween will be a drive-thru again this year on Saturday, October 30.  Members are asked to bring candy to the October 25 meeting to pack bags for the drive-thru.

Lion Diane White, who recently joined with us, has moved to Florida to be near her niece.  We wish her the best.

The funeral committee has met to discuss  ways to show our condolences for members and their family members who have passed.  Final discussion and decision is set for the October 11 meeting.

Centerville Lions Were Busy This Summer...

Lions Jim Howell and Jim Resh at Archway Days parade

Lions Jim Resh and Bob Hobson help with admission to Autumn Oaks

By President Scott Bevington

Lion Ty Farmer did a great job getting the Archway Days float put together for us…big thanks to Holly Stiggleman for donating water and running beside the float handing out 200 bottles of water on the route, and for having a couple of CHS's finest Leo's to join us. Really loved being able to honor our 2 most tenured Lions for their service to our club… Lion Resh (61 years) and Lion Howell (58 years).

Lions also made some money for the club by manning the entrances to Autumn Oaks again this year.

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.

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