The first meeting of the club was at the home of Jim Schuster in April 1988.
The Christmas toys program started in 1989.
A constitution and by-laws were adopted on May 24, 1990.
Our Past-Presidents are:
The first picnic was held on June 23, 1990 at Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville.
The first meeting at Highland Public Library was held on September 27, 1990.
As of December 1990 Orrin Hellickson and Jim Tragesser were listed on the roster. By that time the club had grown to 53 members.
On March 22, 1994 Jim Schuster arranged for the club to start meeting in the Woodshop at Pierce Junior High School in Merrillville.
January 2010 Dick Sader arranged for the club to start meeting in the Social Center at Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville.
January 2015 Chuck Norrman arranged for the club to start meeting at the American Legion Post 54 in Hobart.
May 2020 Kevin Sturgeon arranged for the club to start meeting at the Hobart Moose Lodge.
Thanks to Frank Kylsa and Jim Schuster for providing historical information.
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Last update May 30, 2020