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The Lion's Roar
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 • Posted August 31, 2011

The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, August 23rd, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 39 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Jerry Bearden was responsible for the program, and in his absence, Lion Eldon Kothmann introduced Margaret Hoogstra who spoke about the Texas Forts Trail.After U. S. statehood in 1845, settlers flooded into Texas and the U. S. Army established a line of frontier forts. Settlements pushed further west in the 1850s, and the military built a second line of forts, including Fort Phantom Hill (near present-day Abilene), Fort Mason (in Mason), Fort Belknap (in Graham), Fort McKavett (near Menard), and Fort Chadbourne (in Bronte). After the Civil War, more Army outposts - Fort Concho (San Angelo), Fort Griffin (Albany), and Fort Richardson (Jacksboro) - were established. These eight forts, and one presidio (Presidio San Luis de las Amarillas, near Menard) comprise the backbone of the Texas Forts Trail Region, and offer a glimpse of frontier life through restored historic structures and living history events.Margaret told about each place on the trail and gave some interesting information on all. The program was very interesting and educational.The club's next meeting will be held Tuesday, August 30th, at noon at Zavala's. The program chairman will be George Brannies.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.

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