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The Lion's Roar
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 • Posted October 2, 2013

The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, September 24th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 38 members and three visitors in attendance.

Lion John Gammill was responsible for the program and introduced Trish Wilson, Camp Development Director who spoke about the Texas Lions Camp in Kerrville, Texas.

The Texas Lions Camp is a summer camping facility dedicated to serving children from the state of Texas with physical disabilities and type 1 diabetes. Programs at Texas Lions Camp offer campers a chance to try new activities and create long-lasting friendships while developing greater self esteem and independence.

Children eligible to participate must be between the ages of seven and sixteen, and have a qualifying physical disability. Children with type 1 diabetes must be between the ages of eight and fifteen, and down syndrome, twelve to sixteen years old.

The camp served 1,480 campers this past summer and over 64,000 since 1953 when the doors were first opened. Texas Lions Camp is a nonprofit organization funded by the Lions Clubs of Texas, and other caring individuals. All children attend the camp at no cost to them or their families. The Texas Lions Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association and is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

The camp operates on a $2.3 million budget. The Mason Lions Club has contributed $43,000 to the Texas Lions Camp in the last 15 years. Mason Lions Club also has seven Century members who pledge $100 or more each year to the camp, and several more were signing up at the end of the meeting.

The Texas Lions Camp is continually upgrading their facilities with over $10 million of improvements in the last 12 years.

For more information, or to request an application, or to make a donation, write, call, email or visit their website at , , PO Box 290247, Kerrville, TX 78029-0247, (830) 896-8500 voice or (830) 896-3666 fax. You won't be disappointed.

The club's next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 1st at noon in the back room of Willow Creek Cafe. The program will be the monthly business meeting.

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.

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