The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, November 9th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 36 members and 16 visitors in attendance.
Lion Chris Dyer was responsible for the program and introduced Steve Toone who spoke abut the Wounded Warriors Project. Steve and some local landowners and volunteers have been inviting wounded soldiers from the Veterans hospital in San Antonio to come to Mason to go deer hunting, all expenses paid!
Steve and one of his Army buddies, who is legally blind, came up with this idea several years ago.They had four hunters the first year. Since that beginning, it has grown to about four hunts per year with as many as 20 soldiers hunting. These hunters are amputees, visually impaired, burn victims and physically disabled.
The hunts are made possible through a lot of hard work by a few volunteers and donations by a few businesses and some individuals.
Steve said he does not ask for donations locally, but does not ever turn one down. He said all he asks for from the local people are their prayers for these "wounded warriors."
Accounts are set up at The Commercial Bank and the Mason National Bank if anyone would care to donate to this very worthy cause. If you would be interested in volunteering to help in any way or to give a hunt to one of these soldiers, contact Steve Toone at 325-347-6256.
The Lions Club gave donations to the following organizations from the proceeds of the 5K/10K in the total amount of $8,000.00, and $250.00 to Wounded Warriors from the hamburger lunch.
Mason Cancer Society, $500, Tommy Starks
Mason EMS, $1,000, Linda Williams
Mason Volunteer Fire Department, $1,000, Clyde Martin
Mason Ministerial Alliance Food Bank, $1,000, Monica Cotter
R. Clinton Schulze Scholarship Fund, $1,000, Kathy Schulze
Mason Senior Center, $500, Shanna Price
Mason Puncher Club, $500, Tammy Gardner
The Haven, $1,000, Donna Jones
Bluebonnet CASA, $1,000, Lisa Goehmann
City of Mason Utilities Donation Fund, $500, John Palacio
The club's next meeting will be held Tuesday, November 16th, at noon at Zavala's. The program chairman will be Will Frey.
The Mason Lions 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.