The Mason Lions met Tuesday, October 16th at Willow Creek Cafe for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. there were 35 members and three visitors present. Among the visitors were two Mason High School seniors, Elena Ramon and Lori Ann Drazan. Both girls are involved in many activities and Lori Ann is this year's “Puncher Pete.” Elena plans on attending Texas A & M and Lori Ann Texas State after graduation.
Boss Lion Pat Reardon called the meeting to order at 12:25 p.m. & the pledge of allegiance was recited followed by the singing of “God Bless America.” The prayer was given by Lion Dr. Fritz Landers.
Lion Elliott Courtwright was responsible for the program and introduced Patti Grote, our head librarian. Patti said Mason’s library reflects the support of the community both in it’s appearance & the contents inside. Patti said the library got its start in 1936 when the 18 members of the Ladies' Book Club first proposed the idea of a town library. The library’s first location was the Odeon room in 1938. In 1940 the library was moved to the courthouse. Patti said that much of the money raised for the library has come from fund drives. The community raised over $434,000 in two years and the present building was dedicated in 1991.
The library has a beautiful meeting room known as The Stribling Room available for community events and 14 public access computers as well as 838 DVD’s. The library also has a language station & offers computer classes. The library's hours of operation are Monday thru Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Lion Thom Canfield received his 20 year pin and new Lion John Olson was inducted. It was announced that the National Honor Society at Mason High will be having a blood drive Friday the 26th.
The club’s next meeting will be held next Tuesday the 23rd at noon at Willow Creek Cafe. The program chairman will be Nolan Donop.
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.