The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, June 18th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 34 members and eight visitors in attendance.
Lion George Brannies was responsible for the program and introduced Mary Catherine Holley who spoke about The Hope Factory, an organization she and her husband, John, run in conjunction with the First Baptist Church in Cherokee, Texas.
The Hope Factory supports the Ematsayi Clinic in western Kenya, the Valley of Truth Learning Center (a school that was formerly in the slums that is now relocated, with The Hope Factory's help, to a location more desirable for learning).
They also sponsor the Kiwanda Tumani Orphanage, the Windows of Hope Orphanage, and a water project.
Bishop Javan Omani of Kenya also spoke about his role in the project. Bishop Omani pastors a small church on land his mother gave him before she passed away.
Mary Catherine is very excited about this mission, and she and Bishop Omani got us excited. More information can be obtained at www.thehopefactory.us or email at firstname.lastname@example.org ; or, phone (512) 818-1811, or PO Box 10 in Cherokee, TX.
The club’s next meeting will be held next Tuesday, June 25th, at noon at Willow Creek Cafe. The program chairman will be Marty Benson.
The Mason Lion’s Club has an ongoing program to recycle used eyeglasses to people who need them. Used eyeglasses may be given to any Lion or left in collection boxes at any of the local banks. Also please contact any Mason Lion if you know of anyone in our community unable to afford appropriate eye care.