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The Lion's Roar
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 • Posted November 2, 2011

The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, October 25th, for it’s regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 32 members and five visitors in attendance. Among the visitors were two Mason High School Seniors, Andy Duarte and Samantha Jordan.Lion Nolan Donop was responsible for the program and introduced Daughter Betty and her husband Brian Garnett and Daughter Rebecca Meyer who lives on five acres with her husband in the Alaskan wilderness. Nolan introduced his guests and spoke about his visit this September. Nolan gave the following statistics about our newest and largest state: Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7,200,000.00 or .02 cents per acre. Alaska measures 1390 miles East to West and 2210 miles North to South. Alaska is only 55 miles from Russia at it’s nearest point. On the North slope of Alaska, the days and nights are 24 hours long. Alaska has over 3,000,000 lakes. The highest point in Alaska is Mount McKinley (also known as Denali) which is over 20,000 feet high. The record low temperature is MINUS 80 degrees farenheit. The Capitol of Alaska is Juneau with a population of 22,000. The record snowfall was measured near Valdez at 972 inches in one year. Alaska became a state in 1959.Nolan’s Daughter, Rebecca Meyer then presented a slide show of their trip from their home in Alaska down into British Columbia, Yellowstone National Park, and Arch Rock in Utah. The slide show was interesting and informative and the scenery spectacular and many Lions stayed past the normal meeting time to see it.The club’s next meeting will be held next Tuesday, November 1st., at noon at Zavala’s. The program will be the regular monthly business meeting. The Mason Lion’s 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.

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