The Crawfordsville Lions Club met at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the Crawfordsville Community Room. Seventeen members were present. Guests were Begimai Aibekova, exchange student from Kyrgyzstan and her host parents, Tony McElhinney and Penny Penfield; and Bruna Alves Bucholtz, exchange student from Brazil and her host parent, Jason Collier. Sonya Love-Smith was also present, representing the Crawfordsville Community Club.
President Larry Fletcher called the meeting to order, led the Pledge of Allegiance and gave the invocation.
WACO exchange students, Begimai Aibekova and Bruna Bucholtz gave an interesting program highlighting the culture of their home countries and also answered questions asked by the audience.
After the program, the president called the meeting back to order. The minutes from the March 24, 2014 meeting were approved as read. Lion Finke gave the treasurer's report.
There were three items of correspondence: a note form Craig and Brenda Davey thanking the club members for their prayers and support during Craig's recovery time. There was a thank-you from Camp Courageous for the club's donation, as well as a certificate of recognition from the DOT for the group's faithful attention to road clean-up. This has been a project since 1995.
Old Business: The road cleanup went well. There were seven Leo Club members, as well as their leader, along with seven Lions. It was moved, seconded and approved to pay the Leo Club for their help with this project.
Randy Finke gave an update on local activities, including a Leo Club Fun Day with Danville and Leo clubs, as well as on the recent District Convention held in Washington. He mentioned that state dues would be going up and urged members to read the state magazine online in order to save mailing hard copies.
Crawfordsville Community Club member Sonya Love-Smith gave a report on the successful Easter Egg Hunt, thanking the club for their donation. Its next endeavor is the July 5 Fun Day, which the Lions is co-sponsoring. It will be a fun-filled day from morning until night.
The meeting was adjourned.
Cory and Katie Steele became the proud parents of a son, Clayton Ray, at 5:23 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. He weighed in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 20 1/2 inches long. He was welcomed by his 4-year-old sister Kylee.
Grandparents are Tom and Marge Roth of Mount Pleasant and Doug and Carol Steele of Crawfordsville. Clayton's great-grandparents are Martha Roth of Wayland, Leila Lintz of Crawfordsville, and Harold Steele of Wayland.
Wednesday Study Club met at the home of Ruth Erwin on Wednesday, April 16. All 16 members were present, along with one guest and guest speaker Amy Martin, who presented the program.
Amy presented a program titled "Maintaining Women's Health" with an emphasis on information about diabetes. She works with women with diabetes and also has a daughter who developed the disease at a very young age, so she is very knowledgeable about detection, prevention and treatment of the problem.
During the business meeting, it was noted that the program for May has to be changed since the State Theatre renovation will not be complete and the program for May was to be a tour of the building. The program committee will decide a place and activity for the May meeting and members will be notified.
Hostess Ruth, along with co-hostess Marilyn Rees and guest Mary Benson, served delicious refreshments.