The Mason Lions club met Tuesday, October 30th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 31 members present and one visitor in attendance.
The meeting was called to order by “Boss” Lion Pat Reardon at 12:20 p.m.
Lion Ron Freytag was responsible for the program and introduced Pattie Allen who has been the supervisor of The City of Mason’s recycling program since last April. Ron related the difficulty he experienced with recycling when he first moved here from the Dallas area in 03' and how much improvement there has been since then.
Pattie spoke about the importance of recycling and said that recycling accomplishes three very important things. 1. Recycling reduces pollutiuon. 2. Recycling reduces energy cost. 3. Recycling creates employment. Pattie gave us these rather startling statistics on recycling: 220 million tons of garbage are created in the U.S. every year, or approximately 1lb. per person per day; every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and 7,000 gallons of water. Every ton of recycled products saves 3.3 cubic yards in landfill space.
Pattie told us that our landfill here in Mason has about 15 years left at the current rate of use. Pattie said we should all do these 3 things to reduce waste: 1. Don’t buy things you don’t need. 2. Buy products that can be reused whenever possible. 3. Recycle. The City recycle center is open Monday through Friday from the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and takes cardboard, newspaper, magazines & cataloges, schoolpaper, plastic bottles & milk jugs, glass, tin cans, aluminum cans, feed sacks, egg cartons, and even used motor oil. The recycle center does not accept hard plasics.
The club’s next meeting will be held next Tuesday, November 6th at noon at Willow Creek Cafe. The program will be the 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.