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January 20, 2015 Meeting Print

Lions PDG Barbara Plaugher, Dick Ramseyer & Arliss Plaugher

At the January20, 2015 Bluffton Lions Club meeting Lions Barbara Plaugher, Dick Ramseyer & Arliss
Plaugher were honor by Lions International President with a Silver membership Growth Award pin…
the award was given in recognition of successfully inviting a new member to join the Bluffton Lions club.

The award presentation was made by Bluffton Lions Club President Stephanie Larcom. Lion Barbara
Plaugher sponsored Colleen Lazar, Lion Dick Ramseyer sponsored Judy Augsburger & Lion Arliss Plaugher
sponsored Jesse Blackburn.


Lion Ron Headings, V. P. for Enrollment Management & Marketing at Bluffton University

The program given by Ron Headings at the Bluffton Lions Club meeting, January 20, 2015 was a power
point presentation titled, “ Vision 2020” the development of a new marketing strategy to compete
successfully in the highly competitive market of recruiting new students to the University. Headings gave
a detailed description of the planning required and steps taken to implement the new strategies. The
new vision is a work in process…like the current TV ads, the redesigned web site and the University’s
refined ways of communicating with prospective students. An excellent presentation.

January 6, 2015 Meeting Print

At the January 6, 2015  Bluffton Lions club meeting Stan Clemens & Mark Weidner personated
a program about taking a cruise ship from Argentina for a 21-day experience of a lifetime. Kay
Weidner & Jo Clemens were also on the trip.


Stan Clemens, the instigator of the travel to Antarctica trip spoke to the Bluffton Lions Club 
at their January 6, 2015 meeting…his topic was Why Travel to Antarctica. His nephew who
manages an Inn at Yellowstone National Park for the warm months of the year, and works
in food service at the South Pole in the winter months. The nephew convinced Stan that
Antarctica was a fascinating place to see. Stan invited Mark Weidner who decided to go because
every day he walked past the Bluffton University art piece that represents the seven continents
of the world and realized that he had only two continents left to visit…South America and
Antarctica…and both could be reached in the same journey. They actual time spend in Antarctica
was five days, with five different stops on various points of the peninsula that connects via the
Drake Passage to South America.


Mark Weidner answering  quiz questions from a paper he past to the audience and also  
explained that once near the Antarctic coast the travelers left the comfort of the cruise ship
to cross rough waters in a zodiac for about 15 passengers. But, they gained close encounters
with penguins, a leopard seal, popcorn ice, icebergs that rose 80 feet above the water level,
very blue water, rock covered with red lichen, and the pristine coastline of the only continent
in the world that is an international scientific preserve.


Clemens & Weidner close encounter with a group of penguins.



Chicken BBQ Blaze of Lights 2014 Print

The Bluffton Lions held their annual Bluffton Lions Blaze of Lights Chicken BBQ fundraiser, Saturday evening,
November28, 2014 at the Bluffton Middle school. The total number of chickens dinners ordered and sold at the
event was 460.

Lions volunteers helping with the event were Willis Sommer, Judy Augsburg, Dick Ramseyer, Ed Yeager,
John Harris, John Rich, Tim Closson, Fred Rodabaugh, Steve Yoder, Ron Lora, Dan Diller, Morris Groman,
Mike Minning, Dennis Morrison, Stephanie Larcom, Colleen Lazar, Gene Long, Dough Luginbill, Joe Sehlhorst,
Andrew Rager & Elaine Harris. Non lions members helping were Marilyn Bishop & Dottie Long.  Lions Arliss &
PDG Barbara Plaugher drove the Bluffton Lions float truck in the Blaze of Lights parade. Candy From the Bluffton
Lions was give out as the Lions float passed the crowd.


 L to R- Lions Morris Gorman, Steve Yoder, Ron Lora, Fred Rodabaugh & Dan Diller are
the first team of servers to start filling the carry out dinner boxes for the drive up lane in front of the Middle



Photo 1138 – People forming in the Bluffton middle school  hallway prior to entering the serving meal serving area.


L to R- Lion Tim Closson, Lion Doug Luginbill, Marilyn Bishop and Lion Fred Rodabaugh
working at the serving line.


L to R- Lion Colleen Lazar, Lion Doug Luginbill, Marilyn Bishop & Dottie Long…Lion
Colleen is stationed to receive meal tickets and the other are preparing dinner boxes.


L to R – Lions Steph Larcom & Gene Long…Lion Gene is transferring BBQ chicken from
the transporting container to the meal serving line.


People enjoying the chicken dinners in the comfort of the Bluffton Middle school cafeteria

Christmas Party 2014 Print

The Bluffton Lions Annual Christmas Party was celebrated, Tuesday evening, December 1, 2014 in
the fellowship hall at Bluffton First Mennonite Church. A delicious meal was catered by Lion John Harris’s
Henry’s Restaurant. The entertainment for the Christmas party was provided by guitarist & humorist Jim
Boedicker who provided a very lovely evening of music from folk to classical. The room was filled with
conversation and much laughter during Boedecker’s performance. A very enjoyable evening for all.


PDG Lion Barbara Plaugher introduces the Lions Christmas Party entertainer, guitarist &
humorist Jim Boedicker to the audience.


Guitarist & humorist Jim Boedicker.


Photos – 1154 & 1152 – Lions members and guests attending the Bluffton Lions annual Christmas Party.

Meeting On November 17, 2014 Print

Pictured left to right: Kylee Staley, Bailey Edwards, Danielle Novak and art instructor Nicole Anderson


The Bluffton Lions Club during its November 17, 2014 meeting recognized three local students who are winners
of the Bluffton Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest…each year, Lions clubs around the world proudly
sponsor a peace contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people
worldwide to express their visions of peace. For more than 25 years, millions of children from nearly 100 countries
have participated in the contest. The theme of the 2014-15 “ Peace Poster Contest is “peace, Love and understanding.”
Students, age 11, 12 or on November 15, are eligible to participate. 
The Bluffton Lions Club sponsored the Bluffton
student with the following winners being announced: 1
st place, Danielle Norvak, 2ndplace, Kylee Staley, 3rd place
Bailey Edwards. The first place winner’s poster was then submitted for district competition.


Lion Jeff Joseph was the speaker at the Bluffton Lions Club meeting, November 18, 2014. 
He is the Site Manager of Tower International here in Bluffton.  He shared information on
locations all over the world where Tower has plants, the types of parts that are stamped at
the Bluffton plant, information on the equipment used, the quality and statistics involved to
grow and maintain the plant.  He talked about the growth of the plant that has evolved, the
employees, and the vehicles using the stamped parts. Very informative presentation.

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