The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, September 17th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 35 members and one visitor in attendance.
Lion Gene Gammill was responsible for the program and Lucy Rivas of the West Texas Eye Bank who spoke about the services of the Eye Bank.
The West Texas Eye Bank is one of five eye banks in Texas. It was formed in 1972 and covers 95,000 square miles. The Eye Bank serves 38 hospitals in the 41 county area. The Eye Bank uses no state or federal funds, and is financed by donations. Each Lions Club in Texas is requested to make a donation each year and the Mason Lions Club usually donates at least twice the recommended amount. The Eye Bank harvests the cornea from deceased donors and implants them in the eyes of people with damaged corneas. They travel all of these 95,000 square miles doing this work. The Eye Bank is regulated by the F.D.A.
The club’s next meeting will be held next Tuesday, September 24th, at noon at Willow Creek Cafe. The program chairman will be John Gammill and the program will be on the Texas Lions Camp.
The Mason Lion’s Club promotes sight conservation in our community. Anyone who has used eyeglasses to donate may give them to a Lions Club member or put them in collection boxes at the local banks. Also, if anyone needs financial assistance with eyeglasses, please speak to a local Lions Club member.