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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.


2013 Bluffton Christmas Party Print

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.



2013 November Roadside Clean Up Print

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.


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