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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.


2013 November 19, 2013 Club Meeting Print

Bluffton Lions enjoying a wonderful meal and fellowship at the Bluffton Lions Club meeting, Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Bluffton Town Hall.


The program for the Tuesday, November 19, 2013 Bluffton Lions Club meeting was presentation with slides about constructing & living in a small house. Andy Chappell-Dick and his wife have built and are living in the small house he constructed on property formally owned by Nelson Steiner. Chappell-Dick ,during has presentation gave detailed information about the design, construction material used, construction methods employed & energy efficiency of the their small house. Andy said he has discovered in his research that there are a number of home in Bluffton that fit the small house concept of 1,000 SF or less of living area. Andy, gave a very informative and interesting presentation about the concept of small house development nationwide as well as Bluffton.

2013 Corvette Celebration Print

The Bluffton Lions Foundation provided the program…“celebrating year 4 of the Charity Corvette Raffle fundraiser & thanking the many sponsors & volunteers who make this successful event possible”, at the November 5, 2013 Bluffton Lions Club meeting. Foundation President Lion Dick Ramseyer opened the program with an overview of the Charity Corvette Raffle concept from its start in 2008 through 2013. As Ramseyer noted, this is year 4 for the Charity Corvette Raffle which has raised thousands of dollar for public charities including Bluffton Lions Foundation. Ramseyer added that 100% of the raffle ticket revenue goes to charity. This is possible because the Corvette Raffle expenses are covered by sponsors. Those sponsors are Tom Ahl family of Dealerships, Don Snyder Excavating LLC, A to Z Portion Control Meats, Inc; Buds Corvette, Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Citizens National Bank, John’s Body Shop & Towing, Springfield Fireworks & Materpiece Signs & Graphics, Inc..

L to R Charity Corvette Raffle sponsors… Lion Don Snyder, Lion Dima Snyder, Lee Ann Kagy, Lue Heldman, John Heldman, John Ritter & Lion Andrew Rager. Absent from photo: Tom Ahl, Bill Huff, Tom Hendricks, Lion Gordon Diller & Adam Boutwell 

Following the public recognition and pictures of the sponsors, Foundation VP Lion Dick McGarrity gave a detail report on financial results of this successful program…he shared information about raffle tickets sales, revenue, Lions Clubs participating and number of Public Charities participating.


VP McGarrity recognized members of the transportation team Chaired by Lion Daryl Shields for their outstanding work in transporting the Corvette to promotional events within a 50 mile radius of Bluffton … Driving the transport truck were Lion Daryl Shields, Lion Don Snyder, Lion John Rich, Lion Mark Alliman, Lion Dennis Morrison, Lion Tom Langhals & Lion Arliss Plaugher. Co-Pilots were…Lion Bill Croft, Lion Chuck Amstutz, Lion Dick McGarrity, Lion Dima Snyder, Lion Ed Yeager, Lion Willis Sommer, Lion Ron Michel, Lion Stan Clemens, Lion Sue Shields, Sam Reineke & Brent Stratton. Members of Bluffton Lions Foundation Board of Directors were also recognized thanked for their service to Lionism

1VDG Lion Mar Crawford addressing of the Bluffton Lions club at the November 5, 2013 meeting

Lion Tracy Steele Shares with Bluffton Lions member the importance of the Bluffton Lions Foundation’s Charity Corvette Raffle program to the Findlay-Lima Center for Autism & Dyslexia. The Corvette Raffle is a major source of funding for the Center’s education programs. Steele said as a member of the Parent Teacher Organization she can view firsthand the positive impact the Corvette Raffle has on the mission of the Center.

L to R…1VDG Mar Crawford & Lion Dick Ramseyer. 1VDG Mar Crawford presenting and congratulating Lion Dick Ramseyer for sponsoring over 25 Bluffton Lions members and being awarded the 25-Member Key and 25-Member Medallion (Senior Master Key). The International Association of Lions Clubs honored Ramseyer with this coveted Key.



2013 Joyce Barga Club Speaker Print

L to R – Joyce Barga & Lion Steph Larcom


Joyce Barga, was the speaker at the October 15, 2013 Bluffton Lions Club meeting. She is a registered nurse, who has worn many hats over the years in her nursing career. However most recently, she is a volunteer at “Guiding Light” a homeless shelter for pregnant teens, located at 592 S Main Street, Lima Ohio. Barga shared with the group, “there is a need for this type of organization in the Lima area.” Since its start up this past spring, there have been 8 young women who have lived at the shelter.


The Guiding Light’s vision is dedicated to providing the highest quality educational program with the cornerstone of value learning, self-worth among residents and staff, quality housing to ensure a safe and healthy environment, and transition for teen mothers to a productive and responsible participation in society at large. We look forward to overcoming the epidemic of poverty and long term government assistance


Submitted by Dick Ramseyer

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