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Bluffton Lions 80th Charter Night Print

These photos were taken at the Bluffton Lions Club 80th Charter celebration, Tuesday evening, February 18, 2014…the celebration was held at First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, Ohio.

Guests sign in and pay for their meal.

Club Picture Display

Emcee for the evening: Barbara Plaugher

Our speaker, Past International Director Murray from Ontario, Canada 

Corrinne and Dick Boehr win the quilt door prize donated by Forever in Stitches


2014 February 4 Club Meeting Print

Lion Dick Boehr presenting Lion Corrinne Boehr with her 10 year Monarch Chevron…Lions Robert Amstutz & ED Yeager were absent & will be given Monarch Chevrons later.

At Bluffton Lions Club meeting held on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Lion Dick Boehr, Chair of the awards & recognition committee recognized Lions Corrinne Boehr, Robert Amstutz & Ed Yeager for 10 years of service in Lions.  The Monarch Chevrons are issued in recognition of long periods of membership in Lions Clubs International. The first Chevron is earned starting with the tenth year of membership and in multiples of five years thereafter.

Bluffton Police Chief, Rick Skilliter

The  Program at the February 4, 2014 Bluffton Lions Club meeting was Bluffton Police chief Rick Skilliter who gave an update on the Bluffton Police department. The department is comprised of eight full-time officers, seven part-time officers and two auxiliary officers. The department provide 24/7 patrol throughout the community, which includes the 288 acre campus of Bluffton University. Officers routinely patrol using cruisers, bicycles, and on foot patrol. All Bluffton police officers must complete, at a minimum, the State of Ohio Basic Peace Officer training program. Additionally, all officers must maintain State of Ohio First Responder certification. The combination of these two certifications allows us to provide quality emergency services response throughout the community, whatever the emergency. All full-time, and the majority of part-time officers, have completed a Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) program, which better prepares them for dealing with emotionally charged incidents. Officers, by virtue of being on duty 24/7, are frequently the first to arrive at the scene of an emergency, and are trained and equipped to initiate a response/care plan. Skilliter extend an invitation to Lions members to stop by the police department for a tour, bring a concern to his attention, or simply see how local tax dollars are utilized in the process of providing public safety.

Bluffton Chief of Police, Rick Skilliter

Police Chief Rick Skilliter sharing information about the structure of the police department including names of the officers, position held, training , experience and years of service.

2014 Chamber of Commerce Recognition of Bluffton Lions 80th Charter Year Print


L to R – Larry Hoffman, President, Bluffton Chamber of Commerce & Mitch Kingsley, President, Bluffton Lions Club


During the Friday morning, February 14, 2014 Bluffton chamber of Commerce meeting, Mitch Kinsley, President of the Bluffton Lions club was given citation by Chamber President Larry Hoffman recognizing the Bluffton Lions club for 80 years of service in the Bluffton Community. Tuesday evening , February 18, 2014 the club will be celebrating its 80th birthday by a special charter anniversary dinner & program.


Attachment: Chamber recognizes Lions 80 years…Copy of citation

2014 January 21 Club Meeting Print


At the January 21, 2014 Bluffton Lions Club meeting Bill and May Ann Suter gave a very interesting power point presentation, titled,” How to get 85 horses coast to coast with no hay and a little bread”. Bill & Mary Ann spoke about the flight across the United State in their small 85 HP two setter Cessna 150 airplane…trip took weeks and they landed every two hours…with a head wind, there speed was a little faster than vehicles travelling below on the road way. This was a trip packed with memories of meeting people at small airports and having a wonderful view the country at a low altitude.

Bill Suter share information about the trip…23 days in total…15 days airborne…61 hours airborne…crossing 18 states…stopping at 31 airports…visiting with relatives and friends along the way.

Map of the United States…the highlighted lines in red and green were their flight paths from the Bluffton, Ohio airport to the West coast, then to the East coast and back to Bluffton airport. The pink pointer tabs on the map are places they stopped during the trip.

2013 Blaze of Lights Print

The Bluffton Lions held their annual Blaze of Lights Chicken BBQ at the Bluffton Middle school on Saturday evening November 30, 2013.

L to R – Lion Rachel Webster , Dottie Long, Lion Tim Clossen, Lion Rod Mc Daniel, Lion Dough Luginbill & Lion Gene Long who were boxing meals for the anticipated crowd. 

The Bluffton Lions float was judged to be the second best float in the parade. Saturday evening, November 30, 2013

The Bluffton Lions float featuring Lion Steve Yoder and his family.

Back view of the Bluffton Lions float in the Bluffton Blaze of Lights parade, 

Lions Arliss & Barbara Plaugher riding in the truck pulling the float. Thanks to the Plaugher’s for their help

providing the trailer, truck and many hours spent creating this beautifully designed Bluffton Lions float.


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