Bluffton Lions enjoying a wonderful meal and fellowship at the Bluffton Lions Club meeting, Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Bluffton Town Hall.
The program for the Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Bluffton Lions Club meeting was presentation with slides about constructing & living in a small house. Andy Chappell-Dick and his wife have built and are living in the small house he constructed on property formally owned by Nelson Steiner. Chappell-Dick ,during has presentation gave detailed information about the design, construction material used, construction methods employed & energy efficiency of the their small house. Andy said he has discovered in his research that there are a number of home in Bluffton that fit the small house concept of 1,000 SF or less of living area. Andy, gave a very informative and interesting presentation about the concept of small house development nationwide as well as Bluffton.
The Bluffton Lions Foundation provided the program…“celebrating year 4 of the Charity Corvette Raffle fundraiser & thanking the many sponsors & volunteers who make this successful event possible”, at the November 5, 2013 Bluffton Lions Club meeting. Foundation President Lion Dick Ramseyer opened the program with an overview of the Charity Corvette Raffle concept from its start in 2008 through 2013. As Ramseyer noted, this is year 4 for the Charity Corvette Raffle which has raised thousands of dollar for public charities including Bluffton Lions Foundation. Ramseyer added that 100% of the raffle ticket revenue goes to charity. This is possible because the Corvette Raffle expenses are covered by sponsors. Those sponsors are Tom Ahl family of Dealerships, Don Snyder Excavating LLC, A to Z Portion Control Meats, Inc; Buds Corvette, Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Citizens National Bank, John’s Body Shop & Towing, Springfield Fireworks & Materpiece Signs & Graphics, Inc..
L to R Charity Corvette Raffle sponsors… Lion Don Snyder, Lion Dima Snyder, Lee Ann Kagy, Lue Heldman, John Heldman, John Ritter & Lion Andrew Rager. Absent from photo: Tom Ahl, Bill Huff, Tom Hendricks, Lion Gordon Diller & Adam Boutwell
Following the public recognition and pictures of the sponsors, Foundation VP Lion Dick McGarrity gave a detail report on financial results of this successful program…he shared information about raffle tickets sales, revenue, Lions Clubs participating and number of Public Charities participating.
VP McGarrity recognized members of the transportation team Chaired by Lion Daryl Shields for their outstanding work in transporting the Corvette to promotional events within a 50 mile radius of Bluffton … Driving the transport truck were Lion Daryl Shields, Lion Don Snyder, Lion John Rich, Lion Mark Alliman, Lion Dennis Morrison, Lion Tom Langhals & Lion Arliss Plaugher. Co-Pilots were…Lion Bill Croft, Lion Chuck Amstutz, Lion Dick McGarrity, Lion Dima Snyder, Lion Ed Yeager, Lion Willis Sommer, Lion Ron Michel, Lion Stan Clemens, Lion Sue Shields, Sam Reineke & Brent Stratton. Members of Bluffton Lions Foundation Board of Directors were also recognized thanked for their service to Lionism
1VDG Lion Mar Crawford addressing of the Bluffton Lions club at the November 5, 2013 meeting
Lion Tracy Steele Shares with Bluffton Lions member the importance of the Bluffton Lions Foundation’s Charity Corvette Raffle program to the Findlay-Lima Center for Autism & Dyslexia. The Corvette Raffle is a major source of funding for the Center’s education programs. Steele said as a member of the Parent Teacher Organization she can view firsthand the positive impact the Corvette Raffle has on the mission of the Center.
L to R…1VDG Mar Crawford & Lion Dick Ramseyer. 1VDG Mar Crawford presenting and congratulating Lion Dick Ramseyer for sponsoring over 25 Bluffton Lions members and being awarded the 25-Member Key and 25-Member Medallion (Senior Master Key). The International Association of Lions Clubs honored Ramseyer with this coveted Key.
Joyce Barga, was the speaker at the October 15, 2013 Bluffton Lions Club meeting. She is a registered nurse, who has worn many hats over the years in her nursing career. However most recently, she is a volunteer at “Guiding Light” a homeless shelter for pregnant teens, located at 592 S Main Street, Lima Ohio. Barga shared with the group, “there is a need for this type of organization in the Lima area.” Since its start up this past spring, there have been 8 young women who have lived at the shelter.
The Guiding Light’s vision is dedicated to providing the highest quality educational program with the cornerstone of value learning, self-worth among residents and staff, quality housing to ensure a safe and healthy environment, and transition for teen mothers to a productive and responsible participation in society at large. We look forward to overcoming the epidemic of poverty and long term government assistance
The Bluffton Lions club held its October 1, 2013 evening meeting at Donald & Jodi Brauen’s Gourd farm south of Bluffton.
Bluffton Lions club members enjoying a meal provided by Common Grounds at the Brauen’s gourd farm tour.
more Bluffton Lions enjoying the meal at the Don & Jodi Brauen farm.
center front- Don Brauen explaning how they operated their gourd farm
The Brauen’s have been operating a very successful gourd operation for 10 years…their enterprise includes raising, harvesting, persevering and marketing crafted Gourds. They operate a show room on the farm and attend major gourd shows in Ohio & Indiana each year. Raising Gourds is a year round business.
Don Brauen explains the art of preserving and crafting gourds.
Center – Don Brauen addressing a question while touring the large gourd storage building. All the gourd in the storage bins are preserved & ready to be marketed.
Show room on farm where their crafted gourds are sold to the public.
The program at the Bluffton Lions Club meeting, September 17, 2013 was provided by Dan Litchfield, Business Developer, Iberdrola Renewables LLC (pronounced “ee-burr-dro-la”), lives in Chicago, IL. The title of his power point presentation was ‘Wind Energy of Norhtwest, Ohio”. Renewables, is the world’s largest operator of renewable energy generation facilities. His job is to manage the planning of renewable facilities, mainly wind farms in Ohio. This includes site identification, initiation of wind speed measurements, land leasing, preliminary engineering, local government relations, local community relations, and permitting.
Blue Creek Wind Farm of Northwest, Ohio, located in Tully, Union, and Hoaglin Townships of Van Wert County, and Benton, Blue Creek, and Latty Township of Paulding County. The project covers 80 square miles.
Litchfield, shared detail information about the project, capacity : 304 Megawatts, number of turbines: 152, project status, customers, developer and owner and much more. More information available on their web site, www.iberdrolaren.com.
Map showing locations of Iberdrola Renewables operations throughout the USA.