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.
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.