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
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.
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: 1st 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.
Lions Way Dedication 2014
Lions Way Recognition Sign
– L to R Lion John Rich, Lion Ed Yeager, Lion Stephanie Larcom, Lion Dick Ramseyer, Dr. James Harder,
Lion Dima Snyder, Lion Lowell Hostetler & Lion Mitch Kingsley Lion Foundation President Dick Ramseyer
congratulating Lion Club President Stephanie Larcom after she cut the ribbon opening the Lions Way.
– Bluffton Lions Foundation President, Dick Ramseyer, speaking at the Lions Way dedication
& ribbon cutting celebration, October, 21, 2014
– Lion Greg Averesch and Dr. James Harder Bluffton Pathway Board member standing next
to the Lions Way recognition sign which they had just removed the covering to unveil the
sign during the ceremony.
Meeting October 21, 2014
– L to R – PDG Barbara Plaugher, Lion Dick Ramseyer, Lion Judy Augsburger, Lion Colleen Lazar,
Lion Arliss Plaugher & Lion Jesse Blackburn.At the October 21, 2014 Bluffton Lions Club meeting three news
Lions club members were inducted into the Club. The inductor of the new members was PDG Barbara
Plaugher who also sponsored Colleen Lazar. Other new members are Judy Augsburger sponsored by
Lion Dick Ramseyer and Jesse Blackburn sponsored by Lion Arliss Plaugher.
The program for the Bluffton Lions Club , October 21, 2014 meeting was provided by Everett
Collier who gave a power point presentation about his bicycle ride a crossed American. The
trip was organized by the Fuller Center. The group of biker raised money for Habit for
Humanity & made many stops along the way to rehab homes and clean up neighborhoods.
He shared many stores about his experience and how it affected his life.
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