The Times photo by Betsy Reason
Noblesville Lions Club President Joe Connerley speaks during the club’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2017.
The Times photo by Betsy Reason Noblesville Lions Club President Joe Connerley speaks during the club’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2017.

Wherever I go in Noblesville, I see Noblesville Lions Club members involved in our community.
They’re grilling pork chops and frying pancakes on the Courthouse Square to raise money for philanthropic projects. They’re marching in the city’s parades through downtown giving out candy and bringing awareness to their club. They’re handing out dictionaries to Noblesville third-graders to make learning fun.
At Noblesville Main Street’s annual soup cookoff, I found Lions cooking grilled-cheese sandwiches. They also give money to Tri Kappa’s Red Stocking Fund, the Boys & Girls Club and Noblesville Schools’ Rainforest project. They award scholarships to Noblesville and Hamilton Heights high school seniors. They support youth sports and cultural activities. And there is so much more.
The Noblesville club was originally organized during World War II, on May 6, 1942, with 32 members. By the time, the club received its charter, on June 7, 1942, there were 44 Lions were signed up.
In 2017, all year long, the club is celebrating 75 years of service to the Noblesville community.
Their members are involved throughout the community, working on projects that include KidSight, a vision-screening program that Lions take into area preschools, providing glasses for needy students.
Noblesville Lions in 2016 started a new Leo Club at Noblesville High School, offering youth the opportunity to serve, as Lions do. Steve Shaw, a Lion of 39 years, defined the second Leo club in Hamilton County as "a commitment to work with the community.”

That’s how the Noblesville Lions are best known. For doing good in our community.
In 2015, the Lions played host to a Veterans Recognition Night at Noblesville Jim Dandy, where veterans were invited to come and share their stories at a special dinner. Just a month earlier, State Rep. Kathy Richardson was welcomed as the first female member of the Noblesville Lions.
Ten years before that, in February 2005, the Noblesville Lions joined the nationwide Operation KidSight, a vision-screening program that provides community eye screenings for ages 6 months to 6 years. Since the Noblesville program started, the Lions have screened more than 6,000 preschool children. If a child is in need of glasses, and the family can’t afford it, Lions provide the funds. Last January, I even was invited to tagged along and watched the Lions in action one morning as they screened kids’ eyes at Pebble Brook Preschool in Noblesville.
I’m always impressed by the Lions and what they do for the community.
Earlier this year, I attended the Lions’ 75th anniversary celebration at Harbour Trees Golf Club in Noblesville.
One of the Lions sitting at my dinner table was Mark Bachar, whose club duty this year was “tailtwister.” One of the best jobs in Lions, he is the “pep master” of his club, instilling enthusiasm and good fellowship.
When he joined Lions in 1999, he said he was one of the youngest members in the club, which now has more than 60 members who volunteer their time for community service.
Noblesville Lions president Joe Connerley said, “We are proud of our Club's 75 years of service to the Noblesville community. All of the Lion club members want to thank everyone who contributes to this important work. You are truly helping Lions make a difference in our community.”

Noblesville Common Council member Mark Boice, a Lion whose father and uncle are members, stepped up and read the City’s proclamation, celebrating the club’s 75th anniversary.  

New this year was an opportunity for kids to meet and have their photos taken with Stanley the Lion, the Club’s new mascot for club activities and community, “Come say ‘Hi’ to Stanley,” said Stephen Craig, the Lion inside the suit at the 75th anniversary celebration.
The Club received a 70-year pin for late Lion Irving Heath, who died Dec. 22, 2016, and who likely held every office in the early years of the club. A scholarship was named in honor of Heath, who served his community and club well.
The club has donated more than $105,000 to community projects in the past 12 years alone.
The Noblesville Lions Club is an affiliate of Lions Multiple District 25 (Indiana) and Lions Clubs International, the world's largest service organization with more than 1.4 million members in more than 46,000 clubs. Lions Clubs International itself celebrated its 100th year of service in 2017. There’s now even a mobile app that allows users to visit Lions service projects anywhere in the world and even participate.
The Noblesville Lions Club supports state projects, that include diabetes prevention, cancer prevention, eyeglass recycling to underserved peoples, blindness prevention, leader dog program and the Lions Tissue and Eye Bank and supports the Lions Club International Foundation, which provides funding for disaster relief and other needs around the world.
The Noblesville Lions home District 25D was awarded a $10,000 LCIF grant to add to the district club's contributions to aid in the recovery efforts from the 2016 tornado in Kokomo.
In 2018, the Noblesville Lions are adding a new fundraiser, a dodgeball tournament, coordinated by Lions Dave Marsh and George Long. “March 10 is not that far off,” Marsh’s group email reads. He’s been busy signing up members to sell tickets, tape off the dodgeball courts and set up concessions, and he’s looking for sponsors.
Come join the Lions, who gather at 6:30 p.m. for a meal and meeting on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Noblesville Jim Dandy.
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