County’s service clubs provide community support

June 21, 2013

By KAYLEEN REUSSER

Wells County has a number of service clubs —organizations which focus their efforts on community service.
Here is a brief look at five of them:

Zanesville Lions Club
Since 1960, the Zanesville Lions Club has maintained a 6.5-acre property in the small community that straddles the county line with Allen Coiunty.
The property includes a clubhouse and concession stand at the ballpark, tennis court, fences, pavilion, utility shed, handicap accessible playground and a fitness area.
Each year members of the club organize various events for the community: chicken BBQ and apple dumpling fundraisers, a 5K run, car show and art show, Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Party, senior citizens’ Christmas party and a Christmas lighting contest.
Club members have sponsored a free after-school movie night with light supper for area children and plan to add free video check out and a small loaner library at the clubhouse with Lions  members overseeing activities.
They contribute to the Indiana School for the Blind, Speech and Hearing; Indiana Eye Bank and provide vision and hearing testing for preschool children in Zanesville. The club’s monthly meetings on the second Monday of each month include speakers and a catered meal at 6:30 p.m. at Lions Club, located at 3088 W. Van Horn St. in Zanesville. (There is a nominal fee for the meal.)
Contact: Melba Edwards, 638-4327.

 Ossian Lions
Members conduct a business meeting at the East of Chicago Restaurant in Ossian on the second Monday of each month at 12:30 p.m.
Members provide preschool eye screening for children in the community and may provide eyeglasses with a school nurse referral. Club members sponsor Dr. Ed Schneider of Ossian as he provides vision assistance to people in the Dominican Republic.
The club provides financial support to the summer reading program at the Wells County Public Library and sponsors a baseball team through the Wells County Junior Baseball League.
President: Joyce Simpson-Kammerer. Contact: DeWayne Oakes, 622-7163

 Bluffton Rotary
Members meet weekly at River Terrace Estates on Tuesday at 11:50 a.m. to listen to guest speakers from the community and to network with each other.
Members provide financial assistance to Dollars for Scholars program for high school seniors and to aid the club’s international efforts to eradicate polio around the world.
Contact: Bruce Miller, 824-0939.

Bluffton Optimists
Members meet at Corner Depot on Tuesdays at 6:45 a.m. Meetings include a speaker from the community.
The club is involved with service projects to support local youth including: Career Expo and Youth in Government programs; First We Care; Wells County Chamber Christmas program; Boys and Girls Club; Junior Achievement; Wells County proms; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Family Centered Services; Miss Wells County Pageant; Boy Scouts; Kelly Cancer Foundation; Police Department Summer Boot Camp; Dream Team; Summer reading program at Wells County Public Library; and the Bluffton Parks and recreation Department.
Members also send financial support at the international level to combat childhood cancer.
President: Steve Higgins. Contact: Betty Oakes, 622-7163.

Bluffton Lion’s Club
Club members offer academic scholarships to Bluffton High School seniors. The club maintains the city’s Lions Park baseball diamonds and pavilion.  
Their annual Little Sweetheart Contest at Valentine’s Day provides funds for a chosen needy child in the community.
The club supports a program to provide leader dogs for the blind and cancer-fighting equipment at the IU Medical Center.
Club members financially support these programs with the sales of bratwurst sandwiches at a food booth at the Bluffton Free Street Fair and other fundraisers.
 President: Doyle Reinhard. Contact: Jerry Zeigler, 824.4519

Bluffton Kiwanis
Bluffton Kiwanis meets weekly on Wednesdays at noon at Sassafras on Main Restaurant. Meetings include programs by individuals representing organizations from the community. The club’s primary area of focus is serving children within Wells County. Members raise financial support for projects through fundraisers.
Contact: Tammy Slater, 824-8620. υ

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