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Richard Stanley, center, presented a program to Connersville Kiwanis Club on Wednesday. Pictured with him after the meeting are Frank Oakman, left, club president, and Dan Pflum, program chairman.
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Connersville Police Detective Dax Gunder talks to the Lions Club

Kiwanis Club

Richard Stanley presented a program about the newest acquisition of made-in-Connersville autos that are a major feature of the Fayette County Historical Museum’s collection. The former school administrator has written books about cars made here and spoke on Wednesday to the Connersville Kiwanis Club.

Stanley detailed how a 1935 Auburn Phaeton Sedan came to the museum. Made in Connersville, the four-door convertible was purchased and shipped to Norway by the U.S. ambassador to that country. It stayed in Europe for about 30 years and then went to Canada. The most recent owners, a couple living in Virginia,  had listed the car for sale for $72,000. They gave it to Historic Connersville Inc. after an engine failure. 

Now, two replacement engines have been located, and one will be installed so that the car can once again be driven.

Stanley noted that the car’s hood ornament also was made in Connersville, by Stant.

He also spoke of the museum’s 1937 Cord, an auto made by the same company as made the Auburn. The Cord had several features that were ahead of its time, including front-wheel drive, hidden headlights and no running board.

Stanley said the museum’s collection also includes a 1913 Empire, a 1922 Lexington and a 1924 McFarlan. Depending on who is counting, nine or 10 different cars were manufactured here, ending in the mid-1930s.

Lions Club

The Connersville Lions Club met Tuesday at The Pizza Place. Lion John Holmes led the singing and Lion Leonard Urban gave the prayer.

Urban reported he had contacted Lions International and was assured the club will be 100 years old in 2023. Lions Hilton Henry and Urban have been appointed cochairman to begin planning a celebration for this event.

Lion President Bob Powell announced that the Connersville Lions Club was selected the best service club in the News-Examiner voting. This announcement was deemed worthy enough to do the “Lions Roar.”

Holmes announced that the Lions Christmas Party will be Dec. 10 at New Heights Christian Church. Those planning to attend should let him know.

Lion Linda Showalter was thanked for painting the Fruit House, which will be placed on the K-mart lot again this year. Sales of grapefruit, oranges, candy and other fruit will begin on Dec. 2.

Lion Larry Myers introduced Detective Dax Gunder of the Connersville Police Department who talked about counterfeit money being passed all over the country. He passed around several bills and asked if anyone could identify the real bill in the group of bills. No one could, even those members who had worked years in the banking business.

He also talked about the scam telephone calls everyone is receiving. He urged everyone to not give out any personal information. He said he likes to keep them on the line as long as he can just stringing them along.

Rotary Club

Deana Sargent spoke Monday to Connersville Rotary Club about Girl Scouting in Fayette County. A leader for 10 years, she has also served as service unit director, providing resources for scout leaders in Fayette County.

When she became a leader, hers was the only troop in the county. Now there are 14 very active troops with a total of 105 girl members.

She said Girl Scouting is about having fun while learning about leadership, life skills and community service.

Her troop will be caroling at Christmas in Metamora, has participated in Adopt-A-Child through the Department of Childrens Services, and was making wreaths that will be taken to area nursing home residents.

The troop sells a lot of Girl Scout cookies, as that is their major way of raising money. At a cookie rally before the sale starts, girls are taught to count change, develop their own sales pitch and set goals based on how much money they want to earn for their troop’s activities.

The money has paid for trips to Disney World, Chicago, St. Louis and to the Girl Scout founder’s home in Savannah, Georgia. A local troop went on a cruise last month.

Girl Scouts also participate in World Thinking Day. In 2018, they researched notable women and the country they came from and then shared a meal made up of food from those countries after a shopping trip to Jungle Jim’s for the ingredients.

Rotary Club will not meet this Monday because of Veterans Day.