The first meeting of the Champion Historical Society for 2013 will take place on Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Please note that our meeting will take place at the Champion Fire Station.
Membership fees for 2013 will be due at this time ($10 for individual memberships; $15 for family memberships). Please encourage friends and neighbors to consider membership. Everyone is welcome.
Jeff Kish will offer a presentation on the geology of northeast Ohio….how this land was formed. This interesting topic will shed light on what settlers faced in terms of the physical challenges and bounties of the entire region.
The Champion Historical Society’s Annual Honor’s Banquet will be held this Friday, Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Champion Presbyterian Church. Members are asked to bring a covered side dish. The Society will provide meat. Please no desserts. Non-members are welcome to attend for $5. Membership forms will also be available. Individual membership is $10; families $15.
Please bring any donations for the Champion Pride Council Food and/or Winter Clothes Drives. Please canned, bagged or boxed goods only-no glass thanks.
Members of the set-up committee should arrive by 5 p.m. Members of the close-down committee should be prepared to stay after for clean-up/tear-down. Anyone available to help either committees are welcome.
This event continues to be one of the highlights of our year.
The Champion Historical Society picnic at Willow Lake will be held on Wednesday, July 25 at 6 p.m. All members of the Champion Historical Society should just ask the attendant at the gate to be directed to pavilion 5 and let them know you are there for the Society picnic. There is no entrance fee for members for this event.
Chicken, cold drinks and table service (plates, silverware and cups) will be provided.
Each member is asked to bring a covered dish, silverware to serve your item as necessary, and a lawn chair.
Eadie Sampson will give a presentation about the history of Willow Lake.
Our next meeting is at the Champion Fire Station on Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. Our speakers will be Rev. Ken Hopkins and Shirley Downs. They will give an interesting presentation on the history of the Champion Christian and what it has meant to the growth community.
If you have not yet paid your 2012 dues you can still do so at the March meeting. Dues are $10 per person or $15 for a family.
The Champion Historical Society is a member of the community action group the Champion Pride Council. The council is now holding their community food drive. The Champion Historical Society would like to make a meaningful donation.
Please bring two non-perishable items to the meeting, per person, if possible. Items that are needed include:
• peanut butter
• healthy cereals (Cheerios, Life)
• boxed dinners
• macaroni and cheese
• spaghetti/canned sauce (no glass)
• canned pastas
• hearty soups
• tuna helper
• canned tuna
• granola bars
Remember these items are meant to help supplement Champion families in need and not just foods for Easter dinner. Please avoid canned vegetables if possible.
Thank you so much for your support!
Our next meeting will be on Jan. 25 at 7p.m. at the Champion Fire Station.
Our speaker will be Larry James from the Trumbull County Metal Detecting Club.
He will have several tables displaying things he has found while detecting with his club and the history behind them.
This will be a great night.
Nomination of officers will take place. Please bring any ideas for nominations to the meeting.
Elections will be held at a future meeting.
Membership fees will be due at meeting; $10 for individuals and $15 for family.
Champion Historical Society holds honor’s banquet
The Champion Historical Society held its annual honor’s
banquet. The much deserved recipient of the Society’s Honored member was Eadie
Sampson. Eadie was a founding member of the Society which was originally
instituted in 1976. She kept meticulous records and helped create a strong
foundation for the future. She has been an integral part in the success of the
newly reformed Society.
Eadie is also involved in many other historical societies
and is truly dedicated to the preservation of local history. Beyond this work,
she is an example of grace and poise to all who encounter her.
Trustee, Bob Farmer, spoke on behalf of the township and
thanked Eadie for her dedication to Champion. Leva Harper, 94, has known Eadie
for decades and spoke of her strong sense of family. Many others at the
gathering offered personal testimonials of the good works for which Eadie is
The most telling testimonial was not made with just words
but by the presence and expressions of love by many of Eadie’s family members.
Surrounded by her four sons, many of whom traveled across the state to honor
her, and many of her siblings and in-laws, the admiration was not only well
deserved but evident.
The Champion Historical Society would like to express thanks
to all those that made the evening such a success. The Society would also like
to extend the warmest regards to Eadie Sampson for continuing to gift the
organization with her wisdom and guidance.
Our upcoming banquet is Thursday Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. at the Champion Presbyterian Church. Please RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 1. Members are free and asked to bring a covered dish; non-members are $5.
Those of you who have volunteered in any capacity THANK YOU! Your help is greatly appreciated. We could not make this event a success without you. If you have not yet
volunteered but have found you can lend a hand, it is not too late; set-up and
clean-up help is appreciated.
REMINDER: The Champion Township Historical Society is part of the Champion Pride Council which is now collecting canned and boxed goods for those in need. Please no glass or outdated items. We are asking each member/guest to bring at least one
boxed/canned good item to the banquet. These items help local families in need.
We had a great response for the clothing drive that helped several local
We are so pleased to be honoring Eadie Sampson who has been such an important part of both the original manifestation of this organization and a great leader/advisor to the
We look forward to a lovely evening with you all.
Our Second Annual Book and Misc. Sale will be this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Woodrow House. Our picnic time has changed. We will now hold our picnic at 12:30 p.m. Members are asked to please bring a covered dish, lawn chairs – as there will be NO chairs provided. Beverages, plates, napkins and silverware, condiments, hot dogs, sloppy joes and buns will be provided.
Also members are asked to bring a new or clean, lightly used item of winter clothing and a canned good for the Champion Pride Council’s upcoming drives. The Champion Historical Society is a member of the Champion Pride Council and supports their drives that help local families.
Members will be able to enjoy the sale while visiting with each other. Feel free to bring your spouse or a friend.
The rain date for the event is Sept. 24.
Thank you for your support.
Here is the school house after scraping by the Champion Historical Society members.
The One Room School House located near the Champion Township offices on St. Rt. 305 has received a face lift. The Champion Historical Society was pleased at the gracious gift of labor and expertise offered by the volunteers at Champion Christian Church. As part of their In As Much Day projects, volunteers spent many hours, over two days, scraping and repainting the building.
Here is the school house after being painted by Champion Historical Society members.
The work will continue on the building in an effort to preserve a piece of the rich history of our area. The school house is a physical representation of days gone by. It is a reminder of those who were schooled there and what their way of life was like. The Champion Historical Society is grateful to all of those who played an integral part in this continuing and worthwhile project.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Woodrow House.
Our speaker will be Bonnie Diehl. She will speak about findagrave.com. Bonnie and her
husband, John are new members.
We will also discuss our Honor’s Banquet and finalize plans for that event.
Champion Historical Society, Secretary