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2004-2005 Lions News Stories

Costlow Conducts His First Meeting...
    The Board of Directors of the Centerville Lions Club held its first meeting of the new year at the offices of Centerville-Abington Community Schools Monday evening, August 9.  Lion President Judson Costlow named committee chairpersons.
     The board decided to phase out mint sales and end the loaning of hospital beds.  They decided to stop selling brooms at the bank and sell them along with coloring books at events such as Archway Days and the Community Halloween Party.
     The board approved a $100 donation to the Leo Club for helping at the Fish Fry in June.  Treasurer Phil Benedict reported net earnings of $5,681 from the Fish Fry.
     The board will discuss next year's Fsh Fry at an upcoming regular meeting.
Club Holds Board Meeting...
     The Centerville Lions Club held a board meeting following the regular meeting Monday evening, October 25. 
Treasurer Phil Benedict & President Jud Costlow
     The board approved the donation of $300 to the Centerville Library for the purchase of books.  They also approved the final $350 contribution toward the District 25F Vision Van, making a total of $1,000 the club has given to that project.
     They also discussed meals, meeting places and Christmas projects as well as the October 30th Halloween Party.
     At the regular dinner meeting, President Judson Costlow initiated a new feature: Lion of the Week.  Each meeting, a Lion will give a capsule view of his iife.  To see the first, go to the Lion of the Week page.
60th Anniversary Observed...
     The Centerville Lions Club celebrated its 60th Anniversary at the Centerville High School Cafetorium Monday evening, September 27..
     District 25F Governor Carl Sharp, Jr. spoke of the many things the Centerville Club has accomplished over the years.    Sharp then inducted a new member, Kevin Sparks.
98 year old charter member Lowell Brooks
Charter members' families were recognized with the lone surviving charter member Lowell Brooks being presented with a special certificate and flowers.  The Richmond Lions Club was recognized as the club's sponsor by Richmond Lion and Past District Governor Jack Buckland.  The Richmond Club will observe its 80th anniversary October 23.
     A group of  women from Eaton, Ohio called "Something Good"  entertained with their music.  A commemorative program was presented to each Lion attending.
     Click here to see speech by DG Carl Sharp, Jr.
     Click here to see photos of Anniversary Dinner.
First Golf Scramble a Success...
Paula & Jeff Nickell & Jeff's brother John
     Our first ever Golf Scramble was held Saturday, September 18.  Seventeen four-member teams played at the Winding Branch Golf Course.  Awards were presented to the 1st and 2nd place winners.  Chair Jeff Nickell said he and Lion Bob Hobson made sure those who played had fun.  Nickell said three teams had to cancel at the last minute.  He described the event as successful and is looking forward to next year.
Masquerade at Halloween Party...
    Over 200 kids from one to fourteen along with many others turned out for the annual Community Halloween Party sponsored by the Centerville Lions Club.  It was held in the new Centerville Elementary School gymnasium.  Prizes were given for the first three winners of several categories.  Winners were selected by members of the Leo Club.  Each participant received a crisp one-dollar bill.
     There were eight games ranging from basketball, golf, ring toss and bean bag tosses to entertain the youngsters.  There was also the popular cake walk.
     The party is held as youngsters ended their beggar night activities around town.
Christmas in Centerville...
     The Centerville Lions Club particpated in the Christmas in Centerville celebration Saturday, December 11.  The club had a booth selling Big Coloring Books and Christmas wreaths.  Members are took part in the evening parade.
The club's float featuring "The Lion"
     The two-day Christmas in Centerville celebration came to a close Saturday evening (Dec. 11), featuring a "lighted" parade.  It featured several units ranging from police and fire units decorated in festive fashion to Rowdy the Rooster and Santa Claus.

     Saturday evening was fun packed with carriage rides, Santa's reindeer, a live Nativity scene, soup supper at the Mansion House, a visit from Santa in the old Salisbury Court House, strolling carolers and musicians and lots of fun and activities.

       Christmas in Centerville began on Friday, December 10, 2004 with a concert at the Mansion House.  The concert featured the vocal music of Susan Stark in a concert of family Christmas favorites and traditional Celtic songs.   As a Quaker singer, songwriter and educator, Susan Stark has entertained audiences across the country with her musical gifts.


Ladies Night to be Young at Heart...
     The Christmas program for Ladies Night on December 13 will feature Centerville Lion Bob Blue with on of his Travelogues.  He will present a slide presentation on three screens with sound entitled "Young at Heart."  Blue says, "It's a nostalgic look at places we've been and people we've seen that made us feel Young at Heart.
      He said, "We will visit Oldenburg, the "Village of Spires."  In Auburn, we view the true classic cars - Auburn, Cord and Duesenberg.  The National Muzzle Loaders Shoot at Friendship resembles a Hollywood movie set.  Our stop at the Paramount Music Palace is accented by some fantastic sounds from the Mighty Wurlitzer Pipe Organ.  We also visit Shakertown, Kentucky;  historic Centerville, Indiana; and view the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis with art glass windows that are indescribable.
     "We arrive in magnificent Michigan by way of the Mackinac Bridge and travel by boat to a six-square mile chunk of rock anchored in Lake Huron named Mackinac Island.  Bicycling around the island, we visit the historic village, old Ft. Mackinac,the picture postcard bay and, finally, the world-famous "Grand Hotel."  The program ends as we walk along a shoreline of clear blue water and enjoy a panorama of brilliant sunsets."
     Blue's other slide presentations with sound are:  Of Sight and Sound; Land, Water and Sky; Stars and Stripes; and Places and Faces.
     The Christmas Ladies Night will be held at the Centerville High School Cafetorium beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Community Awards Banquet...
     Five Centerville area citizens were presented with Community Awards during the 19th annual banquet Monday evening, February 14.  They were presented to:  Phil Benedict, Lions Club treasurer;  Ernie Mills, local funeral director;  Phil Stevenson, Centerville High School principal;  and Steve Sittloh, Centerville-Abington Community Schools board member.
Inezetta, Ernie, Phil & Steve
     A special award was presented to Inezetta Stiver by Ernie Mills for her community dedication.
     Lions Club president Judson Costlow presented a couple of special awards:  a Lions Club International certificate was presented to Secretary Jim Resh for 45 years of service and  a Lions Club certificate was announced for Allan Spencer for 42 years of service.  Secretary Jim Resh introduced all past winners in attendance and each of the 28  were recognized by the those attending.
     A biography of each service award winners was read and each received an engraved plaque.
     Around 100 persons attended the banquet at the Centerville High School cafetorium.  It was catered by the Palais Royal in Centerville.
    Click here to see pictures from the banquet.
Lion Don Kehoes Dies...
Lion Don Kehoe, with his wife Mary, at the 60th Anniversary Dinner of the Centerville Lions Club
     Don Kehoe died Friday (Dec. 17) from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis... commonly referred to as Lou Geric's disease.  He was diagnosed with ALS this past summer.  He was 79.
    Visitation at the Mills Funeral Home in Centerville was Saturday.  Centerville Lions paid their respects at 4 PM.  Funeral services were Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Centerville Christian Church.
    Lion Kehoe was retired Centerville-Abington Community Schools Superintendent.  He had joined the Centerville Lions on October 1, 1961.
   Click here for Palladium-Item story >>>
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Lion Merritt Sharp Has Died...
     Lion Merritt Sharp died Saturday (January 22) at a Nursing Home near New Castle.  He was 87 and the oldest Lions member, having joined on January 1, 1957.   Members of the club paid their respects during visitation at the Mills Funeral Home Monday. 
     Funeral services were Tuesday morning at the funeral home, with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery in Centerville.
     Lion Sharp is survived by a sister, Virginia Lamb of Econony; a brother-in-law, Willard Lamb of Centerville; and nieces and nephews.  His wife, Velma Lamb Sharp, died in June of 1996.
Club Inducts Leos & Lions...
New Leos standing behind Lion Secretary Jim Resh and his wife
     New members were inducted into the Leos and Lions Clubs Monday evening, December 13 at the Centerville High School Cafetorium.  The Leos, at Centerville High School, are sponsored by the Centerville Lions Club under the leadership of Lion Mark Howell.  New members of the Leos Club are:  Katie Dawes, Stephanie Goss, Megan Oldham, Tia Penn, Tyler Saunders, Sara Stevenson, Andrea Stephen, Matthew Rohe and Ryan Howell.  Matt Rohe and Andrea Stephen were installed as President and Treasurer.  Kaitlyn Vaughn is secretary and Lisa Smith is vice president.  Other members are Jennifer Phenis and Allison Hanneman. 
New Lions Charles Roesch and Tim McConaha
     Past President Charles Hobbs inducted both the Leos and Lions.  Charles Roesch and Tim McConaha were accompanied by their wives and sponsors.  Roesch, who is Band Director at Centerville High School was sponsored by Lion John Prall.  McConaha, retired from UPS, was sponsored by retired High School principal Jim Howell.
    Widows of deceased Lions were recognized. 
    Lion Bob Blue presented a three-screen slide show with music and comment called "Young at Heart."
    The next club meeting is January 10 when Centerville Town Council president Dan Wandersee will address members.
    For more go to the Members List.
Lion Golden Fills in Program...
     Lion Phil Golden filled in when Tourism Director Mary Walker became ill and couldn't present the program for Monday evening, March 28.  Golden, a Lion for the past three years or so, told about the Golden Engineering Company his father began in Michigan in the 1970s.  After moving the firm to Wayne County in 1981, Phil joined the family operation after graduating from Purdue University.
     The firm manufactures small, light-weight x-ray machines.  They are used by both civilian and military clients.  Some users include bomb squads, fire investigators and for archeological personnel.  Golden says they make 20 to 25 devices a week which are sold over the world.  Golden Manufacturing employees 20 persons.
New Members Attend...

Mark Robbins

     Two prospective members attended the March 14 Lions Club meeting, held at the Centerville-Abington Senior Center.  Mark Robbins, sponsored by Lion Jim Howell and Courtney Amos, a transfer from the Butler Lions Club at Indianapolis, along with Pam Farmer of Centerville,  will be inducted into the Club during the April 11 meeting.

Courtney Amos

     The Club voted to donate $50 to Diabetes as a State Lions Program.

     Lions Tom Berhalter and Phil Benedict reported on the District meeting held on Sunday, March 13.



Lions Learn About Legacy MediKins
Cinda Howell of Legacy Products
     Cinda Howell of Legacy Products, Inc. of Cambridge City brought a couple of MediKin dolls to the Lions Club meeting Monday evening, March 14.  She showed how the 30-inch handmade dolls are used to explain medical procedures to youngsters and seniors alike.  The dolls are used by medical personnel in hospitals and other medical organizations for educational purposes.

      Cinda  is wife of Lion Mark Howell.


Lion Receives State Tourism Award...
     Centerville High School graduate Jim Resh has received a state tourism award.  The Hoosier Hospitality Award was presented in ceremonies Wednesday, May 11, in the Rotunda of the State House in Indianapolis.
Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman with Jim Resh holding his award

     The award is given each year by the Lt. Governor to someone who works in the Tourism industry.  These awards celebrate dedication to and enthusiasm for Tourism in the State of Indiana and for making visitors feel welcome and special.

   Wayne County Convention and Tourism Bureau office supervisor Karla Buckley nominated Resh some time ago for the award and sent in the activities which he has helped with in Wayne County including the Holiday Tree Celebration, the Bicentennial Celebration and his work with the Welcome Center.

    Attending the ceremonies with Resh were:  his wife Sandra, his sister Iris Clark of Huntington, Bureau Director Mary Walker and Karla Buckley.

   Resh has remained active in the Centerville Community and has been secretary of the Centerville Lions Club since 1971 and served as president in 1968-69.

   He is Logistics Coordinator at the Bureau where his wife also volunteers.

First Women Join Centerville Lions Club...
     The Centerville Lions Club has joined hundreds of clubs around the world in admitting women into their ranks.
Pam Farmer (left) and Courtney Amos

     Pam Farmer of Centerville and Courtney Amos of Richmond were inducted into the Club during its Spring Ladies Night Banquet at the Centerville High School Cafetorium.  Lion Farmer, a former Leo Club president at Centerville High School, is a student at Hanover College.  Lion Amos, who works for a Richmond doctor, is a transfer member from the Butler University Lions Club where she was a charter member. 
     They were two of four new members inducted into the Club Monday evening, April 11.  The other two were Mark Robbins and Lee Reed.  Robbins is operations manager of Motion Industries in Richmond, where he's been employed for 23 years.  Reed has been a teacher at Centerville High School for the past six years.
     See Members List >>>

Lion Jim Howell Honored at Meeting...
Lion President Costlow presenting Lion Jim Howell with award
     Retired Centerville High School principal Jim Howell has received an award from the International Association of Lions Clubs. It was for Howell's 42 years as a member of the Centerville Lions Club.  The award was presented by Lion President Judson Costlow at the Club's May 9 meeting.
     The Club approved a $100 sponsorship of Centerville High School honor student William J. Hall, Jr. to the Indiana University Honors Program in Foreign Languages.  A matching amount will go toward the $4,700 cost of the program.  He will spend June and July in Ciudad Real, Spain.  Hall is studying Spanish.
     The Club also approved a $75 ad to go on T-shirts of participants in the Centerville-Abington Basketball Camp this summer.
     Joe Larzen of the Old National Road Association was unable to be with us to present the program.
Club Finalizes Plans for Fish Fry...
Fish Fry co-chair Steve Orsborn
     The Centerville Lions Club finalized plans for its annual Fish Fry June 3 and 4.  Co-chairs Steve Orsborn and Tim Hill went over organizational details with Lions who attended the Club's regular meeting May 23 at the Senior Center.
     Entertainment for the event will be pianist Tom Walker on Friday, June 3, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.  He will be followed by the Something Good Singers from 6 to 7 pm and Jim McKinney's Brass from 7 to 8 p.m.  On Saturday, June 4, Richmond Singing Fireman Brian Benedict will sing from 4:30 to 6 p.m. followed by pianist Lowell Conley.
     The menu for the Fish Fry includes, fish, hamburger, cheeseburger, green beans, french fries and slaw for $6.  Advance tickets are $5.50.  Homemade and Wick's pies will be $1.50 extra.
     The Fish Fry will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day.
Family Picnic...
     A good crowd turned out for the annual family carry-in picnic held Monday evening June 27 at the Rose Hamiltion Elementary cafeteria.  Around 65 Lions, their families and friends braved a thunderstorm to attend.
     Attendees enjoyed playing Bingo following a short program.
Lion Tim Hill pins the Lions pin on his son.
     Outgoing president Judson Costlow inducted Jake Taylor Hill as the Club's newest member.  Lion Jake is the son of Lion Tim Hill, who pinned a Lions pin on him.  Jake is a sophmore at Ball State University.
Costlow presents new president Phil Golden (l) his gavel
     Lion Phil Golden was installed as the Club's president for 2005-06 by outgoing president Costlow.  Golden announced there would be a Vision Van training session on July 30.  He reminded members of the August 8 board meeting and the Club's first regular meeting of the year September 12... which will be the annual Steak Fry at the Salisbury Log Courthouse behind the Mansion House.
     View photos of Family Carry-in.
New Officers Installed...
Lion President Jud Costlow & DG Carl Sharp, Jr.
     District 25F Governor Carl Sharp, Jr. installed the officers for the 2005-2006 year at the Centerville Lions Club meeting Monday evening, June 13. 
     New officers are:  President - Phil Golden; 2st Vice President - Tim McConaha; 2nd Vice President - William Felker; 3rd Vice President - Kevin Sparks; Secretary - Jim Resh; Assistant Secretary - Courtney Amos;  Treasurer - Phil $ Benedict; Assistant Treasurer - Tim Hill; Tail Twister - Tom Berhalter; Assistant Tail Twister - Paul Elstro; Lion Tamer - Allan Spencer; Assistant Lion Tamer - Charles Roesch; two year board of director - Judson Costlow and Jeff Nickell.
     Lion Golden and several other officers were unable to attend the meeting and will be installed later.
Awards Presented at Year End Meeting...
Outgoing Lion President Judson Costlow
     Lion Judson Costlow ended his year as president saying it was successful in that the Club was able to find a meeting place at the Senior Center after the Blair House closed and the admittance of the first women to the Club.
     Costlow presented awards of appreciation to several Lions for their work on project and committees during the year.  They included Joe and Paul Elstro, Jeff Nickell, Phil Benedict, Bob Blue, Bill Felker, Gary Locke, Steve Orsborn, Bob Hobson, Tim Hill, Jim Howell, Jim Resh and Mark Howell.
     Other awards were presented:  Jim Howell, two membership extension award from Lions International;  Paul Elstro, one membership extension award;  and Carl Orsborn, a 25 year Chevron Award for membership.
     Attendance awards were presented to Lions:  Aughe, Benedict, Berhalter, Blue, Costlow, J. Elstro, P. Elstro, Felker, Golden, Gareiss, Hill, Hobbs, Hobson, J. Howell, Killen, Locke, Nickell, Prall, Resh, Roesch, Roberts, Spencer, Sparks and McConaha.
     During a board meeting following the regular meeting, Jake Taylor Hill was approved for membership.  A student at Ball State University and former Leo Club member, he is the son of Lion Tim Hill.
Steak Fry Kicks Off New Year...
Chairman Paul Elstro with guest Chuck Magner
     Twenty six members and guests attended the Centerville Lions Steak Fry Monday evening, September 13 at the old Log Cabin Courthouse behind the Mansion House.  50 attended last year.   It was the kickoff meeting for another year of Lions meetings and activities.
     Golf Scramble chair Jeff Nickell reported there are 20 four-person teams signed up for the September 18 Golf Scramble.
     Click here for more pictures...
New Assistant Lion Tail Twister Named...
     Lion Jack Farmer has reluctantly resigned his post as Assistant Tail Twister.  In a letter read to the club October 11, Farmer said other responsibilities will keep him from attending many meetings.
     Lion President Judson Costlow has announced that our newest Lion, Kevin Sparks, has agreed to take the post. 
Vision Van Screenings Impressive...
     Results of vision screenings done by the District 25F Vision Van have been released.  Tom Flack, State Program Director for Prevent Blindness Indiana, reports 4,554 persons including 2,051children were screened by Lions  from March to November. 
      Flack said the figures are "very impressive and shows the need for service."  He added, "Keep up the good work."
Librarian Discusses Library...
    Librarian Connie Gareiss of the Centerville and Center Township Public Library told members of the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, October 11 that circulation has increased 10,500 to 35,500 since the library opened in the former Masonic Lodge Building in 1999.  She said there are 267 programs serving 3,500 people.
Libarian Connie Gareiss
Gareiss, wife of Lion Warren Gareiss, said the Outreach Program serves 29 homebound persons.  She said an upcoming cookie baking contest will benefit persons in the program.
    Things in the planning stage include a Book Discussion Program... with the first book being "Secret Lives of Bees."  She said her newest endeavor is a Library Council for 4 to 6 year olds.
     Gareiss said the financial situation of the library is most distressing to her... with the budget being cut for the past four years.  She pointed to only $22,000 being earmarked for the purchase of books this year.
Secretary Visits Bismarck Lions Club...
     Lion Secretary Jim Resh, while visiting his daughter in Bismarck, North Dakota last week (October 18), attended a meeting of  the Bismarck Lions Club where he met with Past International Director Bruce Schwartz, who is secretary of the club.      
Past ID Bruce Schwartz & Lion Jim Resh
     Lion Resh says he remembers meeting Schwartz at the International Convention in Indianapolis in 2001.  Schwartz was an International Director from July 2002 to July 2004.
     He talked with Schwartz for some time about their Lions Club activities.  Some of their projects include selling pumpkins and holding a travelogue program for the community.  Resh said their Tail Twister is busy throughout the meeting.  Resh said, "I exchanged Centerville pins with them.  It's fun to visit different clubs and hear of new projects, also.  I hope to visit with them again when we return in the spring."  
Bismarch, ND Lions Club officers Bruce, Mary & Chuck
     The club, one of several in the Bismarck area, has around 55 members including four women.  It's been in existence for 65 years.  It meets at noon on Mondays at the country club.
     Resh and his wife, Sandra, were visiting their daughter, Julie, who recently took a position with the North Dakota Education Association.
Club Welcomes New Member...
     Tim McConaha of Centerville was welcomed as the club's newest member during the October 25 meeting.  Actually, he was at the previous meeting as a guest of Lion Jim Howell, his sponsor. 
     Lion McConaha is retired from United Parcel Service.  He lives with his wife, Wanda, on McConaha Road.
     He will officially be inducted into the club during the Christmas Ladies Night on December 13.
Band Director Speaks to Lions...
     Centerville High School Band Director Charles Roesch brought two videos of the State Fair Band contest with him as he addressed the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, November 8.  Coming here from Hagerstown, Roesch taught music at Rose Hamilton Elementary before becoming band director for two years ago. A native of Florida, he is married to Erin,  the daughter of Centerville music teacher and muscian Pat O'Neal. 
     He said the band will perform 47 times this year.  They are playing for "My Fair Lady" next week in Centerville.  He said he wants to bring home a State Championship Trophy from the State Fair and continue to improve the band.
Basketball Coaches Weigh In on Season...
     Centerville High School basketball coaches are optimistic about their teams this year.  They talked to the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening, November 22.  Girls basketball coach Betsy Moore says the girls don't have a lot of height, but are aggressive.  In her first year as coach, Moore is a fourth grade teacher.  Their season began November 17.
     Boys basketball Ryan Chidester, in his second year as head coach, told the Lions their motto is "Unfinished Business."  That's a reference to last season when the Bulldogs nearly made it to the finals.  The team was ranked number one in a pre-season poll by a state-wide basketball magazine and number 6 by the Associated Press.  The season begins Wednesday November 24.
     Chidester said he is also pleased with the development of the younger players, with the seniors setting a good example.
Lions Auction Firewood...
     Lion Tom Berhalter opened the bidding at $5 last week.  Firewood, donated by Lion Bill Berry, was auctioned during the Centerville Lions Club meeting Monday evening, November 22.  As the bidding progressed, Lion Berhalter wound up with the wood for $37.50.  The proceeds go to the Lions Club, thanks to Lion Berry.
    During a board meeting following the regular meeting, the club voted to donate $25 to Christmas in Centerville to help subsidize horst drawn rides. 
     The board approved $100 for the Dollars for Scholars program.  The program has its goal $25,000 with $8,000 having been pledged so far.
Dates Changed for 2005 Fish Fry...
     The annual Fish Fry will be held the first weeknd of June next year.  The Club changed its major fund raising project from the second weekend due to the National Road Rally and Community Garage Sale which will be held the first weekend.  The change was made during the club's meeting October 11.
       Lion Jeff Nickell said the other two events will bring extra people to town in search of something to eat.  Although parking may be more difficult, he said the benefits outweigh the negatives.  The club hopes to speed up the lines at the Fish Fry by using more efficient methods next year.
       The dates for the Fish Fry will be Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4.

 Golf Scramble to Honor Kehoe...
     The Centerville Lions Club at its January 10 meeting voted to change the name of the annual Golf Scramble to the Don Kehoe Memorial Golf Scramble.  Longtime member Kehoe died in December after suffering since last summer from ALS.  The Club started the Golf Scramble last September as a fund raising tool.

Town Council President Speaks...


     Centerville Town Council president Don Wandersee looked to the future of Centerville as he addressed the Centerville Lions Club Monday evening January 10.  Wandersee said one of the main things he's looking forward to is senior housing.  He said ten units of single level apartments will be built on seven acres of land on the eastside of town.
     Wandersee also said council has looked at the entire infrastructure of the town with an eye toward development along Centerville Road North to I-70.  With water and sewer projects on the drawing board, progress should be seen as early as this year.  And he said he expects several businesses including chain restaurants to locate at the interchange.  Warm Glow Candle is expected to expand.
Centerville-Abington Community Dollars for Scholars... 
     Dollars for Scholars is a fundraising committee formed to raise $25,000 for scholarships to local students desiring to continue their education after high school.  This committee group includes members of the Centerville-Abington community from educators to business owners and even students.  Dollars for Scholars meet once a month at the high school.
     In the ten months since this group formed it has raised $21,000 toward its goal.  As an alumni or friend of our local school community, you can make a difference!  Your generous contribution will help students achieve high levels of education.  Your contribution is tax deductible.  Those who donate $250 or more will receive a certificate to display in their office or home.
     February 1 through June 30, 2005 any donations received will be matched dollar for dollar!  So a contribution of any size is welcomed and important because it provides both financial support and encouragement to our Centerville-Abington students and will give Dollars for Scholars a chance to double your contribution.
     This years scholarships will be awarded at a dinner banquet at the High School on May 20, 2005.
     Please make your checks payable to:  Centerville-Abington Community Dollars for Scholars, 507 Willow Grove Road, Centerville, In  47330
     If you have any questions or wish to have additional information,  please feel free to contact Lion Tom Dickman at 765-935-4026 or email
Club Learns About Economic Development...


     Dennis Burns, President of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, told members of the Centerville Lions Club there are two sides to economic development at the club's meeting January 24.  Burns pointed to the positive side pointing to progress made with the Gateway Industrial Park, Cinram, Belden, Reid Hospital, JMC Distribution Center, Ivy Tech, the Uptown Innovation Center and Osborne International.  On the negative side, he mentioned Target and Masonite Door leaving town and the frustration with the Carpenter property.
     Burns said one of the biggest disappointments was the failure to lure a WalMart Distribution Center with 700 jobs to the Gateway Industrial Park.  But he said they will use the experience in future endeavors.
     Burns, who is president of Burns Corporation of Hagerstown, said the county has gained 785 jobs in the past ten years, with 234-million dollars being invested in the last six years.  Burns says he feels good about the future of Wayne County.
Three Officers Attend Zone Meeting...

Lions Jud Costlow, Tom Berhalter & DG Carl Sharp, Jr.

     45 Lions were in attendance of the Zone meeting at Fountain City Monday evening, January 24.  Centerville President Judson Costlow was joined by Secretary Jim Resh and board member Tom Berhalter.  Clubs represented were:  Host Fountain City, Centerville, Hagerstown, Economy, Williamsburg, Connersville, Richmond, and Liberty.
     All Club presidents gave a report of their club and what projects they do during the year.  Lion Jud gave a report on Centerville telling about the "Lion of the Week."
     Meanwhile, in Centerville, 2nd vice president Phil Golden conducted the regular Centerville Club meeting.  He was assisted by Bob Blue who acted as secretary and assistant treasurer Tim Hill.
Making Lions History...
Pam Farmer with her Dad, Lion Jack, looking on
     Two of three new members will be making history for the Centerville Lions Club next month.  They will become the first female members of the club.  Lion Courtney Amos is transferring from the Butler Lions Club in Indianapolis.  Pam Farmer, a former Leo Club member at Centerville High School, is the daughter of Lion Jack Farmer.  The third new member is Mark Robbins from Motion Industries, who is sponsored by Lion Jim Howell.  They will be inducted into the club on April 11.  

     Twenty two persons attended the February 28 meeting at the Blair House.  The program was on the Community Emergency Response team presented by Darin Aughe.  He said C.E.R.T. concentrates on three main areas:  Crime, national disasters and terrorism.

   They work with Fred Griffin of the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency.


State Lions to Take Over Eye Glass Program...
Lion Allan Spencer
     Lion Allen Spencer says he's out of a job.  Spencer told Centerville Lions at the March 28 meeting that the state Lions organization is taking over the Eye Glasses Program.
     Spencer said the Centerville Lions Club averages about four persons per year who receive eye glasses through the Club.  That has cost the Club around $600.  He said the downside to the program is that the program is limited to eye doctors who have agreed to participate in the program.
Channel 8's Randy Ollis Gives Insight on Weather...

WISH TV meteorologist Randy Ollis

      WISH-TV meteorologist Randy Ollis, who gets up at 2:20 every morning, spent the better part of Monday evening, April 11, giving background information on how weathercasts are done.  A native of Illinois, he met his wife while working for Channel 2 in Dayton, Ohio.  After working briefly in Oklahoma, they settled in Indianapolis when he was offered a job at Channel 8.  That was midway between their hometowns.
     Ollis, in an intertaining manner, told how serious weather news is...  that it's something everyone is interested in. 
     Ollis begins his broadcast day around 3:15... hitting the air at 5 a.m. on weekdays.  He sleeps in on Saturdays!
FBI Agent Talks to Lions...
Lion President Costlow, Ellen & Scott Ballock
     FBI agent Scott Ballock shared his experiences before the Centerville Lion Club Monday evening, April 25.  Ballock, the son-in-law of Lions President Judson Costlow, has been an agent since 2003, when he graduated from the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia.
    He works out of Indianapolis where he lives with his wife, Ellen and two children.   After graduating from Indiana University with a masters degree in Criminology he worked as a Federal Probation Officer in Chicago and Las Vegas before entering the academy.  He was assigned work in the violent crimes area when he was sent to Indianapolis.  He said he is scheduled for reassignment next year.
New Officers Elected...
     New officers for 2005-2006 were elected at the April 25 meeting of the Centerville Lions Club.  The slate offered by the Nominating Committee was approved unanimously:  President - Phil Golden; 2st Vice President - Tim McConaha; 2nd Vice President - William Felker; 3rd Vice President - Kevin Sparks; Secretary - Jim Resh; Assistant Secretary - Courtney Amos;  Treasurer - Phil $ Benedict; Assistant Treasurer - Tim Hill; Tail Twister - Tom Berhalter; Assistant Tail Twister - Paul Elstro; Lion Tamer - Allan Spencer; Assistant Lion Tamer - Charles Roesch; two year board of director - Judson Costlow and Jeff Nickell.
     The Nominating Committee consisted of Lion President Judson Costlow, Tom Berhalter, Paul Elstro and Phil Golden.
     The new officers will be installed by District Governor Carl Sharp, Jr. at the Club's June 13 meeting at the Senior Center.
Lion Killen Recognized...
Lion Charlie Killen
     Lion Charles Killen has received an award from the International Association of Lions Clubs.  Signed by International Lions President Clement F. Kusiak, it said in part it was given for "achieving a milestone of having been a Lion for 47 years."
Tent Erected for Fish Fry...
Tent spread out on street
     Members of the Centerville Lions Club put their strength together to erect a large tent for their annual Fish Fry that begins Friday, June 3.  It runs through Saturday... 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.
     Members placed tables and chairs beneath the tent so everything will be ready Friday morning.  Another crew will begin working three hours before serving time on Friday morning.
 Scholarship Awards Presented...
     Two Lions Club Scholarship Awards were presented during the Centerville High School Awards Night on June 4.   The $350 Academic Award was presented to Matt Rohe.  And the $350 Vocational Award went to Veronica Charles.  The Awards will be forwarded to the schools they plan to attend.
Last Charter Member Lowell Brooks Dies...
Lowell Brooks at Lions 60th Anniversary Celebration in September, 2004
     98 year old Lowell Brooks died Saturday, June 4, at his Centerville home.  He was the last surviving charter member of the Centerville Lions Club.
     Brooks was a teacher at Centerville High School from 1934 to 1972 where he served as basketball coach for 13 years... winning a sectional championship in 1944
     Survivors include his wife, Gladys, a daughter, two grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be Tuesday morning (June 7) at 10 o'clock at the Centerville Christian Church, with burial in Goshen Cemetery.  Visitation will be Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Mills Funeral Home in Centerville.
Many Enjoy Fish Fry...
Mark Felker (left) reminisces with Chad Spencer
     You never know who you're going to meet at the Lions Club Fish Fry.  Mark Felker ran into Centerville High School classmate and swimming team member Chad Spencer.  They and their families reminisced about old times and caught up on the present.
     Many persons came back for the second day to get a taste of that delicious fish.
     Although it appears to be a very successful fish fry this year, it won't be known until the Club's next meeting on June 13 how much they made this year.  It's the Club's biggest money making endeavor of the year.  Proceeds fund the Club's various projects throughout the year.
 Fish Fry Off to a Good Start...
     The 26th annual Centerville Lions Club Fish Fry got off to a good start Friday morning, June 3.  The weather was promising with the sun shining as the first customers arrived.
Ben Stutsman of Centerville is first in line
     Pies, cookies and cakes were donated to the Lions Club such as the large cake above donated by Bob Malone and his wife of Centerville. 
     The Fish Fry continues through Saturday, with serving from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Entertainment is being provided each evening.
 Fish Fry...

     Lion Treasurer Phil Benedict says the Club should see a profit of around $7,000 from the recent Fish Fry.  The 26th annual Fish Fry was held June 3rd and 4th this year, a week earlier than usual to coincide with the Historic National Road Yard Sale.  That compares with 2002 and more than the $5,700 realized last year.  The Club made $9,300 in 2003.  It's the Club's biggest money making endeavor of the year.  Proceeds fund the Club's various projects throughout the year.

     Members must decide if to continue with the earlier date or return to the second weekend of June for next year.


 Vision Van Training Session Termed a Success...
      A total of 14 area Lions Club Members attended the District 25F Vision Van Training session on July 30 in Centerville. Club members came from Connersville, Fountain City and Economy. There were 5 Centerville Lions Club members who were certified. 
     Centerville now has 6 club members that are certified to conduct the vision training. Lion President Phil Golden said, "Many thanks to Centerville Christian Church and Lion Jim Howell for providing a very fine location for the training!"  The Centerville Lions played host to the session.