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Centerville Lions Archives

2002-2003 Lions News Stories

Halloween Party a Success...
Over 175 persons attended the Annual Community Halloween Party on Friday, October 31, in the newly renovated Centerville Elementary School Cafeteria.  The party began at 6:30 PM. 
 Members of the Lions Club conducted the costume judging.  Each child received a cash award, with winners receiving ribbons and additional awards.    
The Lions Club members manned several games along with the popular cakewalk.  Over 25 baked items were given away.  Refreshments were served by wives of Lions members.  Each child received a goodie bag when leaving the party.

Basketball Coaches Look Ahead...
Centerville basketball coaches Dick Lawler and Ryan Chiddister presented a look at the upcoming season during the November 10 Lions Club meeting.  Girls coach Lawler and boys coach Chiddister outlined stragegies for their respective teams.
CHS basketball coach Ryan Chiddester
Chiddster said he expects his team to be the "hardest working team in the state."  He added the team's slogan is "We prepare to win."  He said the team's 17-4 recrods of last year will be a challenge this year, but he has four starters returning and will be in a good position to win.  Lawler said the girls team has five returning starters, including Katie Baumer, who will have started all four years.  He predicts a winning season

National Tree stops here...
The 2003 National Capitol Holiday Tree Celebration was held Friday, Nov. 28th at the Wayne County Court House.  Several hundred persons came out on a cold wintery night for entertainment and a public reception.
Lion Jim Resh with Celebration Banner
 The 70 foot spruce from Idaho stayed overnight November 28 at the courthouse and continued to Washington, D. C. the next morning.  80 smaller trees accompaned the National Tree. Wayne County was the only stop in Indiana and Ohio for the tree this year.  The National Tree came thru Centerville before stopping at the Courthouse in Richmond 
Centerville Lion Jim Resh, who works with Wayne County Tourism, was  responsible for the tree stopping in Richmond.

Identity Theft Discussed...
Centerville resident Bev Nixon presented a program on Identity Theft to the November 10 meeting of the Centerville Lions Club.  A victim herself,  she said her nightmare began 2 years ago at the Indianapolis 500 when her billfold was stolen from her purse as they were leaving for home.  She said a 31 year old Louisville, Kentucky woman assumed her identify from a drivers license and then cashed a new set of checks she had placed in her purse.  Although authorities know who assumed her identity and cashed spent around $100,000, she remains free today.  Mrs. Nixon distributed An Attorneys Advice on Identity Theft and encouraged everyone to take measures to prevent this from happening to them.
Vision Van Visits Centerville Club...
Lions Vision Van
 The Centerville Lions Club has pledged an additional $700 towards the purchase of the Lions District 25F Vision Van.  The club board approved $300 at its November 24 meeting.  But since the District needs to know the amount that will pledged next year, the Centerville Club board has approved an additional $700 for 2004.  $350 of that will be paid after the June Fish Fry and the remaining $350 will be paid after that.
It will take around $100,000 to equip the 38-foot unit.  It will be used for vision screening, hearing and diabetes testing in our district.
 Guests at the November 24 meeting included Past District Govenor Tom Slattery, who is running for International Director, DG Ed Reier and PDG Jack Salsbery.  There were 35 in attendance including guests.

Eyeglass Recycling...
Lions Bob Blue, Garrett Roberts, Phil Benedict and Allan Spencer delivered over 350 pairs of eye glasses, along with additional lenses and frames to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center at Upland on November 25.  The Indiana center was opened in 1991.  Last year, it distributed 1,477,555 pairs and has distributed over eight million since opening.  They maintain an inventory of 2.5 million pairs of glasses with an average of 120,000 pairs processed and shipped each month.
Lions International has 7 recycling centers in the U.S.  The Indiana Center does as many as the other 6 centers combined.  In 1994, the Westville Correctional Facility for men was organized to help process the glasses.  In 1995, Rockville Correctional Facility for women set up an eyeglasses processing area.  Another center is in the process of opening at the New Castle Correctional Facility.  At present, over 4,000 pairs are processed each day at these facilities.
Annual Christmas Ladies Night...
Elvis impersonator Rob Carpenter
Elvis Presley impersonator Rob Carpenter from Fountain City entertained those attending the annual Christmas Ladies Night.  Held at the Centerville High School Cafetorium, around 80 persons attended.
45 year Lion Charlie Killen
Lion Charlie Killen was presented a 45 year award for service to the Lions Club.  Lion Killen was also program chairman for the Christmas program.
Leos President Tierney Barnett
Leo Club member Tierney Barnett was installed as club president... along with other officers.  New members of the club were also inducted.

Tail Twister Lion is Back...
One of the two Tail Twister Lions that was missing has been returned.  Assistant Tail Twister Jay Klehforth got it back during the November 24 meeting.  It was returned by D.G. Ed Reier, who didn't say how he got it.  It disappeared during the November 10 meeting.  Lion Klehfoth was fined $7 for loosing it.  He immediateldy assessed fines on members.  It was probably a record fine collection night!