The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, June 25th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 30 members and three visitors in attendance.
Lion Marty Benson was responsible for the program and he spoke about his job as plant manager of F.T.S. International sand mine.
Marty said that they were busy now and the future looks even busier. Their sand is used for fracking oil wells, and they are selling all they can make. Marty said the sandstone rock is blasted into chunks that are then loaded into their crusher to be broken up in small pieces, then washed to get all the other impurities out. It is then scrubbed to get all other particles off and to help bust up the particles into individual pieces.
The process results in about half of the material being unusuable, which is put back in to the hole that it came out of, and soil put on top then replanted to grass. All the water used is recycled to be used again. Marty said the only water that is lost is due to evaporation and to aborption in the holding ponds. After some questions and answers, the meeting adjourned about 1:00 p.m.
The club’s next meeting will be held next Tuesday, July 2nd, at noon at Willow Creek Cafe. The program will be the monthly business meeting.
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.