Millersburg Lions raise funds at annual golf outing

Millersburg Lions raise funds at annual golf outing
Dave Mast

The post-golf scramble meal provided plenty of time for the Millersburg Lions members to share their gratitude for those who came out to support their effort to raise money for eight area scholarships.


When it comes to supporting local organizations, the Millersburg Lions Club ranks among the most diligent and passionate nonprofit organizations around.

On Saturday, Sept. 9, the Lions were once again busy creating funds to support a worthwhile effort in Holmes County.

The Lions hosted the annual golf outing at Fire Ridge Golf Course, where nearly two dozen teams spent the day chasing around the “little white pill,” both in the name of an enjoyable day on the links, as well as helping to raise funds for the annual Lions scholarship program.

Lions Club president Dale Obringer said the group couldn’t have asked for a better day, and the effort will benefit several area high school seniors preparing to take their education to the next level.

“This golf outing is an important part of our mission to serve the community and to aid the young people who are heading off to college,” Obringer said.

The Lions will hand out four $500 scholarships to both West Holmes and East Holmes high school students preparing for college, and Obringer said supporting the young people of the area who could well come back home later to become leaders in the community is important.

The Lions have been presenting the scholarships for nearly a decade. Obringer said each member takes pleasure in raising funds and providing financial support for the young adults heading to college.

He said the community plays an important role in the process and thanked the many golfers and businesses who showed up to play in and support the tournament.

“We are so grateful to everyone who took the time to come out and play in our tournament,” Obringer said. “We see so many of the same people and same businesses playing and sponsoring this effort each year. It’s nice to see them all come back year after year to show their support, and it seems like everyone really had a great time.”

While the tournament is the event’s purpose, the Lions continue to create opportunities to give back to the community. The group has invested heavily in creating the Holmes County veterans banner project, which sees them hanging photo banners honoring many of the veterans from Holmes County who have served their country in the name of freedom. They erect all of the Christmas lights around Historic Downtown Millersburg during the Christmas season. They present an ice cream social at the Holmes County Home, support countless high school and youth sports programs in the county, support the schools, including after prom events, and, of course, their biggest investment comes in providing eyeglasses to anyone in need.

“Serving our community is important to all of us, and we as Lions make it a priority in so many ways,” Obringer said. “Our goal is to be an integral part of our community in any way possible.”

Obringer said anyone wishing to learn more about or join the Millersburg Lions Club may call or text him at 330-231-5969. He said he can answer questions and send applications to those interested in joining the organization, which he said is incredibly fulfilling.

“We are always looking for more members, like every organization out there,” Obringer said. “But currently, we are starting to age out, so we are looking for some new members to come in and help us remain sustainable.”

The Millersburg Lions meet the first Tuesday of each month at the Millersburg Brewery, and he said the nice thing about the group is that there is no pressure to attend every month because they have found that different members provide different gifts that help each program and every fundraiser run smoothly.

“You come to what you can come to, and sometimes members only have one main function they are involved with,” Obringer said. “Carey Conn makes this golf tournament a priority, and that’s where he focuses his time. We have different members who make different projects a priority, and that’s the nice thing about being a Lions Club member is that we mesh well and spread out the duties, which takes the burden off of one or two people.”

To learn more about the Millersburg Lions Club, visit its Facebook page.

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