The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, July 8th, for its regular weekly meeting. There were 32 members and eight visitors in attendance.
Lion Chuck Bearden was responsible for the program and he introduced Mario Arteaga, Director of the Senior Center, who spoke about the Senior Nutrition Program and the Mason Senior Center.
Mario recognized his assistant, Jerry Wright, who had to stay at the Center to help with the meals. Mario said that the Senior Center was more than a place for the elderly to get a good hot meal, it was a place for fellowship with other seniors, to play games (dominoes, cards, etc.) and to exercise.
The Meals on Wheels program is also run out of the Senior Center. Mario also stated that there were other programs available to help with weatherization of the seniors' homes, assistance with utility bills and energy efficient appliances.
These programs help our elderly stay in their own homes or apartments instead of nursing homes. The programs are subsidized by certain government funds; but, they are never enough to fully fund the operation. Donations and contributions are always accepted year-round.
There was a short Q&A session afterwards. The meeting adjourned about 1:00 p.m.
The club’s next meeting will be held next Tuesday, July 15th, at noon at Nacho's Cafe. The program chairman will be Jerry Bearden.
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.