The 2014 Jack Gibson Memorial Polar Bear Plunge was held December 31, 2014 at Hamilton Indiana. The Polar Bear Plunge is held every year on December 31st at the public beach on beautiful Hamilton Lake.
On Saturday, June 14, 2014 the Hamilton Lions Club celebrated their 75th Anniversary with a dinner and celebration. There were approximately 80 in attendance, including many past Presidents of our club as well as many Past District Governors, Past Council Chairs, as well as our special guest for the evening, Immediate Past International President Wayne Madden, and his wife, Lion Linda Madden. PID Dave Fiandt, accompanied by his wife, Bev, of the Fort Wayne Central Lions Club served as emcee for the evening's festivities. Also attending were President Ken Rhodes and his wife, Lion Judy, of the Waterloo Lions Club; Waterloo is our Sponsoring Club. We were very fortunate to also have PDG/PCC Robert Booher and current Council Chair Sue Topf, both from District F and PDG's Charlie and Ann Haffner of District G attend. And our District Leaders, DG Kathy Morton and her husband, PDG/PCC Bob Morton, DGE Steve Hanan and his wife Lion Doreen and Leader Dog Kiva, and 1st VDGE Ken Krauter, and his wife, Lion Pati were in attendance, as well as our Cabinet Treasurer, PDG Richard Hill, and his wife , Lion Marianne. Our entertainment was provided by the Pleasant Lake Lions Minstrel chorus-and we were very entertained! Thank you, Pleasant Lake Lions! There were several recognitions and awards given: President Bob Howard presented Hamilton News owner/editor Tracy Otero with a Certificate of Appreciation for her support of our club and then presented Lion Keith Hanson of Fort Wayne Central Lions Club with a Certificate of Appreciation for designing our 75th Anniversary pin. Presidential Certificates of Appreciation were awarded by IPIP Madden to Lion "Downtown" Jane Brown, PP Carl Swift, PP Don Norris, President Bob Howard and IPP Jean Howard. IPIP Madden also presented PP Don Norris with a Melvin Jones Fellowship. Congratulations Lions! IPIP Madden then presented a PowerPoint presentation of his year as the head of Lions Club International Foundation (LCIF). We were able to see how our organization has a positive impact throughout the world, through disaster relief, literacy, and immunizations. We also learned about partnerships with different organizations, including the Carter Foundation, GAVI, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, that help us to serve internationally. IPIP Madden then inducted four new members of our club: Betty Gibson,widow of long time Lion Jack Gibson, sponsored by Lion Ellie Sechler, Caroljean Abraham, sponsored by her husband, Lion Ron Abraham, Sylvia Fonseca, sponsored by Lion Beth Kohli, and we welcomed back Lion Gene Crachy, sponsored by Lion RV Copeland. We are very excited to welcome these 4 new Lions to our club! Thanks to all who worked so tirelessly to make this evening such a huge success!
On June 6, 2013, our club presented W.P. Woods Fellowship awards to Lions Kermit Shank and Bob Hamman. Together these two Lions have a combined total of more than 60 years of service! Congratulations and thank you!
On June 6, 2013, Lion Larry Grantham was a warded the prestigious Melvin Jones Award. Lion Larry was presented his award by DGE Kathy Morton. The Hamilton Lions appreciate Lion Larry and his hard work in service to our club and community.
Hamilton Lions were introduced to Officer Titan. Officer John Geyer and Titan gave demonstrations of the skills acquired during training. Titan sniffed out several different types of illegal narcotics and responded to commands from Officer Geyer.. Chief Deputy - Frank Baldwin acted as the "bad guy", showing how Titan can stop a perpetrator.
Hamilton Lions Sponsor Bus
Please join us on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at the Public Beach in Hamilton for our annual Jack Gibson Memorial Polar Bear Plunge. The Polar Bears will enter the lake at 2:00 pm. The Hamilton Legion will present the flag at 1:50 pm. All proceeds go to the Jack Gibson Memorial Scholarship fund. Sign up is at the Hamilton Real Estate office. Donations are also accepted and appreciated! For further information, call Lion Bob Howard at (260) 488-2357.