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
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.
The Bluffton Lions Club held its annual Christmas party, Tuesday evening December 3, 2013 at the 3rd floor room at town Hall. The special Christmas dinner was prepared and served by Lion John Harris & his crew from Henry’s restaurant. Following the meal a wonderful program was provided by Jep Hostetler a magician and humorist. Jep is a graduate of Goshen College and earned a PhD in anatomy at Ohio state and taught there in the College of Medicine for nearly 30 years. Jep spent the last 4 months of 2012 studying the humor of the monks & sisters at a monastery in Minnesota. He has been performing magic for 50 years and is a past president of the International Brotherhood of Magicians
48 Lions & guests enjoying fine food, fellowship & a program that produced lots of laughter.
Humorist Jep Hostetler telling one of his funny stories.
Magician Jep performing one of his amusing tricks.
Magician Jep trying to teaching Lion Ted Cunningham how to work with a rope that Ted cannot control.
Magician Jep displaying a news paper that he shredded and yet opened it as whole paper…no one in the crowd understand how he did the trick.
Magician Jep trying to show Lion John Harris, Lions Morris Groman, Lions Don Hostetler & Joyce Hostetler how easy it is to perform a car trick…they are still trying.
Members of the Bluffton Lions Club pose for a photo prior to picking up trash along County Road 313 between Hancock-Allen County Line Road & State Route 235 on Saturday, November 16, 2013. The Bluffton Lions Club conducts the highway 313 trash pickup two time a year…in the fall & spring. Lion environmental services committee, Chaired by Lion Andy Armstrong of the has the responsibility for organizing the Lions highway trash pickup service project.
L to R – Lions Arliss Plaugher, John Rich, Willis Sommer, Morris Groman, Lowell Hostetler, Doug Luginbill, Andy Armstrong, Ron Lora, Kyle Leatherman & Mark Alliman. Absent from the photo are Lions Tim Clossen, Neal Reichenbach, & Mitch Kingsley.