As our 2011-2012 Wounded and Paralyzed Veterans hunting season comes to an end, we want to report the greatest success we have had since the start up of the program.At our “big hunt and meal”, we were most appreciative of the almost three hundred of you who joined us for a super meal and some time to visit with the wounded hunters from Fort Hood and Brooke Army Medical Center. As always, heartfelt thanks go out to the ladies who supplied enough pies, cakes, cookies, and side dishes for two days worth of meals. The Jerry Schwartz family of Brenham and Joe Martinez and Pete Munoz from here in Mason did all the cooking, and we doubt a better crew could be found anywhere.You know, it seems as if Mason is always supporting a worthwhile project, be it a family in need, the golf course project, or the Odeon Theater upgrade. But the way folks in Mason have signed on to this program is more than humbling. When Fritz Landers won the rife raffle, it was the final part of an almost $2700 success. In addition, throughout the year we have listed many businesses and individuals for their contributions. We have been remiss for not recognizing Dr. Pepper for their annual support, and we need to recognize Don and Marge Boyd of Art for their more than generous contribution. Thanks to Nick Dyer and the high school students for their contribution from the sale of Wounded Warrior bracelets. And to all of you who told us, well I don’t need another rifle, but here is twenty, or fifty, or a hundred dollars, you are amazing, too. We will never turn down a contribution, but we are in better shape financially than ever before.As far as the hunt went, we had more hunters than ever before, but we also had more places to hunt than ever before. We even had a few of us who had no hunters on Friday, and we can only hope all of you will support us this way in the future. New ranches this year were Chris Bird and Judy Kothmann, John and Teresa Koock, and Wayne and Nancy Jordan, all of Art, and Jerry Ellis of Carrollton who ranches out on the Sandy Lane area out of Streeter. The harvest numbers were down as far as the hunt went, reflecting the normal season, but the harvest count is by far the least of our concerns. Just your hospitality and support gives these men and women, and some of their children, the chance to do what we do all the time—get away and enjoy Mason and Mason County. To get away from doctors and nurses and hospitals and therapy and rehab—and just enjoy life. And as David Bradshaw always says, “Life is good.”To wrap it up, we know we couldn’t do it without you. The John Haines and Dewey Eckert families started us off with dove hunts, then we were guests of honor at the rodeo. Ronnie Zesch will be hosting another dove hunt next year, and one of our hunters will be going to Argentina in May on a dove hunt, provided by a friend of Mike Seaquists’ hunters. Again we want to thank the Behrens family for the wonderful exotic hunts, Tommy and Joyce Durst for the trophy hunt, and especially all of you who gave us the financial support to keep this going. Thanks always to the VFW and this year to the Volunteer Fire Department for their donations to the dinner. And last to the City of Mason for the use of the Eckert Civic Center. Who would have ever thought we would fill that place to overcrowding when we started at a campfire with three hunters and a couple of support people. Things like this don’t happen without logistics—so thanks for all the logistical support.Our last event will be the Chamber of Commerce dinner. We are hoping to have six or eight of these warriors present who will tell you about themselves, and what this program has meant to them. Hope we’ll see you there for that, and for all you’ve done—God Bless.