The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, December 9th, for its regular weekly luncheon meeting. There were 37 members and 3 visitors in attendance. Among the visitors was 1 Mason High School Senior, Lydia Bjork.
Lion Kendall Hemphill was responsible for the program and Eldon Kothmann introduced Mary Hemphill who spoke about the Mason County Historical Museum. It was built in 1887 and served as the School for the town of Mason. This building was well furnished for school purposes an cost $10,000. In 1921 a high school was built on College Street for a cost of $75,000 and in 1951 a new elementary school was completed at a cost of $90,000. The old "grammar school" was then used for the county library, some county offices and the museum was placed on the second floor in a few room. Since then the museum has seen some major improvements. Heating and A/C was installed, an elevator has been installed, more rooms have been remodeled and put to use and many more displays have been added. All of this has been made possible by donation, grants and a lost of hard work by a few very dedicated people who volunteer their services. The Mason County Historical Museum is something all of us can be proud of having in our town.
The club's next meeting will be held Tuesday, December 16th, at noon at the Richard Eckert Civic Center the program chairman will be Brent Hinkley and the program will be the Christmas Party, and Dawn Hahn's Music students.
The Mason Lions 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.