The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, February 21st, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 42 members and three visitors in attendance. Lion Joel Kuykendall was responsible for the program and introduced Tom Hewitt who spoke about Camp Gene Ashby and Operation Orphans.Tom said that State Game Warden, Gene Ashby, recognized that there was an excess of deer in and around Mason and other Hill Country counties. He persuaded ranchers to let orphans hunt on their land and harvest the excess population of does and spike bucks. Land was purchased along the Llano River in Mason County, and Camp Gene Ashby and Operation Orphans began in 1960. Since then, over 17,000 children have had the experience of their life at Camp Gene Ashby.The first hunts were boys only; but, now girls are included, and in the spring, there is a girls fish day and also a fish day for the boys. The boys and girls range in age from 12-18 years old.For more information, or ways that you can help make this experience possible for more children, contact Tom Hewitt at (210) 490-3456 or contact Lyla or Jerry Crouch at (325) 347-6745, or Ted Smith at (325) 347-6659.The club’s next meeting will be held next Tuesday, February 28th, at noon at Zavala’s. The program chairman will be James Kingston, and the program will be Kade Burns and the High School coaching staff.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.