Bright Area Business Association Meeting Minutes
October 12, 2012

The following members and friends were in session for a social meeting and dinner from 6-6:30 held at The Lions Club building on Lamplight Drive behind the Bright Fire House on Salt Ford Road, Bright, Indiana. A short meeting and introduction by Bebe were conducted. Each person in attendance introduced themselves and their businesses or association to a business.

Bebe Kinnett, Absolute Web Designs, Dale Lutz, Cornerstone Realty & Lutz Auction; Toni Kuhn, Casey’s Outdoor Solutions, Joni Helton, Mary Kay; Wayne Leslie, High Noon Guns & Archery, LLC; Nate Wallace, High Noon Guns & Archery, LLC; Casey Knigga, Casey’s Outdoor Solutions; Jim Kinnett, The Kinnett Counsulting Group; Chuck and Kate Karaus, T-Systems Electric, LLC & All Safe Security, Inc; Gary Duncan, Gary Duncan Construction, LLC; Phil Kuhn, North Dearborn Library; Greg Cronwall, ACN; Celeste Calvitto, Beacon; Peggy Waltz, Beacon; Jim Mansfield, Mansfield Insurance Agency; Debby Stutz, Merchants Bank; Mike Raftery, Comcast Business; Pat Sullivan, HV Golf Club; and Dan Cross, Dan Cross, CPA,

I. Call to order
Bebe Kinnett called to order the evening Social Meeting of the Bright Area Business Association at 6:30 PM on October 11, 2012 at The Lions Club in Bright, Indiana.

Bebe introduced Art Little, our speaker, as the backbone of the Lions Club. Art enlightened all of us about the Lions Club and their activities.

Art began by welcoming all of the members and friends to the Lions Club meeting place. The Lions Club is a group of men and women who meet two times a month, have a regular meal and fellowship with serving their community and the world as their purpose for being. It is more than a meet and eat club. The Lions Club is the largest service group in the world. Their motto is, “WE SERVE!”

What do Lions do?
• Purchase eyeglasses for children in need in the Sunman-Dearborn School District.
• Loan medical equipment to those in need free of charge.
• Send a check to the North Dearborn Food Pantry each month.
• Sponsor a Cub Scout Pack
• Sponsor Pictures with Santa and the Easter Bunny free of charge
• Give scholarships to graduates of East Central High School
• Have a blood drive
• Many more local community projects.

The Bright Lions Club also sends donations to each of the following state projects: Camp Woodsmoke, a camp for all, but especially for the handicapped; Cancer Control, Diabetes, Eye Bank, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Speech and Hearing, Youth Exchange, Youth Outreach and LCIF (Lions Club International Fund, a disaster assistance fund).

They don’t ask any questions to fix glasses—just send him the bill. At Thanksgiving and Christmas they pack dinners for the needy. For equipment, Art explained that there was not a financial requirement. The only way to get turned down is if “we” don’t have it. Art’s grandsons help deliver and pick up equipment. Dale Lutz has donated many items over the years. The club has delivered medical beds throughout Dearborn County. The equipment has helped many families. Art stated, “The more we loan out, the more we get donated.” Many wheelchairs have been donated and loaned out, too. Tom Deville, Deville Pharmacy, has fixed the broken wheelchairs at no charge over the years. Helen Keller called the Lions Club her Knights!

Art extended an invitation to all in attendance to join. You cannot ask to join–one must be invited to join.

In conclusion, Bebe thanked Art so much for allowing us to meet at The Lions Club’s facility. She stated that a lot of businesses and people are being found thru our website. The directory is now the most popular page on the website. Bebe asked the people for ideas on different programs they are interested in or would benefit their businesses.

Meeting adjourned.

Next meeting will be at 8:00 am, Friday, October 12, 2012 at The Beacon, Bright Indiana.

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Kate Karaus