The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, Dec. 8th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 33 members and 4 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were 2 Mason High School Seniors, Rachel Collett and Havanna Schmidt.
Lion Kirby Groves was responsible for the program and introduced Rio Schmidt who spoke about the history of the "Puncher Dome". R. Clinton Schulze Memorial Stadium, referred to as the "Puncher Dome" because of the covered stands and is the football field where the Mason High School Football Team plays it's Home games. Football games, Rodeos, Horse Race Meets and other outdoor activities have been held on this field and the surrounding area. In October 1937 a group of citizens got together to find suitable property for holding such events. In December 1937 100 acres was purchased from J. W. White for $ 7,000. The Mason Fair Association was formed to oversee the activities to be held there. On August 9, 1938 the First Rodeo was held at the New Fairgrounds. Shares were sold to the local residents to help fund the purchase and building of this facility.
After Rio's presentation, many of the Club members told of interesting things that they remembered about the building and activities that took place at the fairgrounds.
Mr. Lee Graham said in 1962, when he came to Mason as the football coach, that the Puncher football team had to walk through the pens used to hold the livestock for the Rodeos to get on the the football field. He also stated that a concrete water trough used to water the Rodeo stock is still there under the score board.
This was a very interesting program and Rio is to be commended for his research on this program because very little information is available.
The Club's next meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. 15th, at noon at Zavala's. The program chairman will be Kendall Hemphill and the program will be the Christmas Party.
The Mason Lions 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.