Camaraderie is defined as "good will and light-hearted rapport among or between friends"
This past Friday, the 30th of April, 2010, members of the Mason Lion’s Club gathered on the west side of our town square to provide the public with the benefit of a hamburger lunch.
History points out the hamburger was conceived by Genghis Khan around 1215 A.D., Genghis was also famous for uniting the tribes of the Central Asian plateau back then which would further prove the uniting of the general public to the Mason Lion’s hamburger almost 800 years later.
I mention Camaraderie in connection with the hamburger because the Lion’s club certainly proved they had the capability to unite in fellowship and hard work toward a common goal. I learned the purpose of this benefit(cook-off0 is to provide scholarships to those that will shape our our future.
Now for the most important part – we, as an organization, very seldom take the notoriety individually for what we do. I, however, had the first opportunity to work with these fantastic individuals and intend to note their individual, and cumulative accomplishments that mad such an impression on so many of our citizens, and myself.
Gene Gammill and Larry Spell were first on scene to provide setup and direction throughout the day. They brought in serving tables from the Church of Christ and Larry provided one of the mesquite-fired pits (our own Mason City water Superintendent , Joe Martinez, provided the 2nd. ) James Kingston arrived with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, he had spent nights before slicing and dicing. Kirby Groves, and Dane Phillips both arrived to lend their expertise and support. John Gammill arrived to start the pits with Jeff Grote, and Ken Cordera close behind. These last three gentlemen deserve special attention as they manned the pits cooking hamburger patties, warming buns, and becoming mesquite smoked as a result for several hours in 80 degree weather. Melvin McCallum was also early on the scene and manned, with professional deftness, the soft drink/water portion. Add now the technical expertise and fellowship of fellow Lions Wilbur Shearer, Hap Hedges, Charlie Grosse, Charles Pluenneke, Mark and Bruce Lehmburg, Lee Graham, Christopher Dyer, and Kendall Hemphill who all participated in the serving line and you now have a team that not only rises to the occasion, but sets the bar for others to follow.
Lastly I cannot forget the wonderful cooperation of the MISD – Pam Kruse and Betty Simmons who stored our products, Charley Richenau who provided ice through his Short Stop venture, Fred, from Dr. Pepper Bottling Company providing the soft drinks and water, and the Mason Volunteer Fire Department who provided the cones that insured we would not be run over during our event.
A special thanks goes to Lion Denwood Butler who went to San Antonio to secure the meat and other essentials.
If I have any regrets about this event it is that our fantastic crew did not get a picture taken of them by your office – we will have to carry the memory of this event, including laughs, red eyes, happy customers, and all those things that go with Camaraderie. It is very hard for me to put into words what I witnessed this past Friday on the square but I will say if each of us could get one shot of that in our lives it would stay with us for a long, long time. These are great guys and I am very proud to be one of them.
John "J.C." Copeland – Lion John