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2913 October 1 Club Meeting at Brauen's Gourd Farm Print

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.



2013 September 17 Club Meeting Print

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,

Map showing locations of Iberdrola Renewables operations throughout the USA.

Submitter by Lion Dick Ramseyer





2013 September New Member Print

L to R-PDG Lion Barbara Plaugher, Lions Dick Ramseyer & Rich Bucher

On September 17, 2013 during the Bluffton Lions Club meeting new member Lions Rich Bucher, sponsored by Lion Dick Ramseyer was inducted into the club. The induction ceremony was conducted by PDG Lion Barbara Plaugher

2013 September Club 3 Meeting Print

The guest speaker at the Sept. 3, 2013 Bluffton Lions club meeting was Andy Chaffee. Clarkston, Michigan, a 2012 graduate of Bluffton University who gave a power point presentation about competing in his first Ironman triathlon at Lake placid, NY. He shared about the preparation for such a race as well as how much a year of experience can mean for an athlete as well as an one doing something new. At Lake placid his finishing time was 32 hours & 51 minutes. Just the cost for a bike needed for the event can cost between $2,000 and &15,000. The intake of salt, calories and monitoring your weight are critical elements in the training and completing in an event. His most recent challenging was competing in the Little Smoky half Ironman. From that experience he determined the need to change and improve his training techniques. An excellent presentation about physical and emotional demands need to compete in an Ironman event.

Tail twister Lion Greg Averesch trying to smother the ringing sound from Lion Dick Ramseyer cell phone…four times the phone rang during the meeting…Lion Dick could not get the silent mode switch to operate…maybe a few will buy that excuse…the phone is now repaired and tail twister Greg can now concentrate on other lions members who cannot control their toys.  Submitted by Lion Dick Ramseyer

2013 September New Membrs Inducted Print

During the Sept. 3, 2013 , Bluffton Lions club meeting three new members were inducted into the club by PDG Barbara Plaugher. Lion Dick Ramseyer sponsored Omar Khokhar and Lion Greg Denecker sponsored both Kyle Leatherman & Mike Minning.

L to R – PDG, Lion Barbara Plaugher, Lion Dick Ramseyer, New Lion member Omar Khokhbar, new Lion member, Kyle Leatherman, Lion Greg Denecker & new Lion member, Mike Minning.

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