Sunday announcements, March 9

Bloomville Lions to host baked steak dinner March 16

Bloomville Lions Club is to host a baked steak dinner 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 16 at Bloomville Community Center. Other menu items include mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, a roll, a beverage and an item from the homemade dessert bar.

Proceeds are to support eyeglasses and other needs of those in Bloomville and Bloom Township.

American Red Cross salutes everyday heroes during Red Cross Month

March is Red Cross Month, and American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio and American Red Cross Western Lake Erie Blood Services want to recognize the nation’s rveryday heroes who help their neighbors when they are in need.

“Our heroes are our volunteers, our blood donors, people who take our classes or those who make a financial contribution to help us help others here in Northwest Ohio,” said Amanda Aldrich, regional communications specialist. “During Red Cross Month, we thank them and encourage everyone to discover their inner hero by giving time to help people in our community.”

For more than 70 years, all of our country’s presidents, including President Barack Obama, have designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the American Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world.

The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters of all sizes big and small in this country every year. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families in war zones, military hospitals and on military installations around the world; collects and distributes about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other life-saving skills.

Locally, the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio responded to more than 450 local emergencies and helped more than 600 families. They also assisted more than 400 military families and trained more than 9,000 people in lifesaving skills. And, people from this area donated more than 78,000 units of blood.

“Red Cross Month is also a great time for people to become part of the Red Cross. It’s easy,” said Tiffany Gradel, Communications Manager for Blood Services. “They can become a Red Cross volunteer, work on a preparedness plan for their household, give blood, or take a Red Cross class.”

The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar given to the Red Cross is invested in helping people in need.

Vision support group to meet

International Low Vision Support Group is to meet 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Francis Home, 182 St. Francis Avenue in Tiffin. The topic this month is “Echolocation: Seeing with your Tongue” presented by Daniel Kish. Kish teaches the blind to navigate the world using tongue clicks.

The group for visually-impaired senior adults meets for the free sessions the second Tuesday of every month.

To reserve a seat, or for more information, contact Jane Cook at (419) 447-2723.

Joe Flinner honored as financial advisor

Joe Flinner, a private wealth advisor with Ameriprise Financial in Tiffin has been named to the list of “America’s Top 1,200 Advisors: State-by-State” published by Barron’s Magazine, a publication covering business and finance. The annual Barron’s list recognizes outstanding financial advisors who represent the highest levels of ethical standards, professionalism and success.

The rankings are based on data provided by more than 4,000 of the nation’s most productive advisors. Flinner was chosen based on assets under management, revenue produced for the firm, regulatory record and quality of practice.

For more information, please contact Michelle Zimmerman at (567) 220-4062 or visit the Ameriprise office at 6 Main Street.