Love for children leads couple to leave scholarship for children in will

Guest speaker Rick Casterline, l, with Lion president Bryant Ficken.

“A strong work ethic was important to Thelma and Lester Ellwood,” Rick Casterline said to the Cambridge Lions Club. “They grew up in the Depression era. They worked hard and wanted to leave a legacy to the children of Guernsey County.”

Casterline spoke of the Ellwoods, their work ethic and their legacy.

The Lester D. and Thelma I. Ellwood Educational Scholarship was established through the last will and testament of Thelma I. Ellwood in memory of Lester D. and Thelma I. Ellwood. The purpose of the Fund is to assist worthy graduates of Guernsey County high schools obtain a college education.

It is administered by the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

“Applications were due by the end of March,” Casterline said. “They are now being processed by the foundation and will soon be sent to the scholarship committee. Special consideration will be given to students who show the same kind of work ethic that the Ellwoods had.”
US Bank’s Bryant Ficken, l, presents a $500 donation to Jim Caldwell for the Lions Club-sponsored Truck and Tractor Pull.
In other club business, Deputy District Governor Tom Cahoon led the induction ceremony for two new members of the club, Scott Robinson and Sam Besket.

“You will be joining a service club that has over 1.4 million members worldwide. There are clubs in two hundred five countries,” Cahoon said. “I often walk into meetings where I don’t know anyone. I do know that they are all dedicated to the same goal of eliminating preventable blindness and to helping others in need with vision care.

“Lions Clubs International has had this goal since being challenged by Helen Keller at the Lions meeting at Cedar Point back in 1925. She challenged our club members to be ‘Knights for Sight,’” he said.

Treasurer Dan Luskevich said the club had provided 15 pairs of eyeglasses to those in need last month. The club also donated $100 to the Buckeye Trail Middle School.

Luskevich said over $200 was donated to the GOOD program. The GOOD program was started by Ron Derry who became blind about 15 years ago.
Pictured, l to r, are sponsor Bryant Ficken with new member Scott Robinson; new member Sam Besket with sponsor Jerry Wolfrom.
Derry decided to turn his blindness into a blessing by going to schools to show children that you can still have a fulfilling life even if you are blind. GOOD stands for “Go on, or defeated. The choice is yours.”

Terry Losego said the club will have its annual bass fishing tournament at Seneca Lake on May 16.

Jim Caldwell said the club is now accepting sponsorships for the annual truck and tractor pull June 12 at the county fairgrounds.

Funds raised by these events will be used to help the local diabetes support group and to provide eye care and eye glasses for those in need.

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