The Mane Lion

The Brady Lions Club held its monthly business meeting last Thursday. Twenty-six members ‘roared’ through several items that needed attention. Our Lion Tail Twister Wayne Rawlings chairs the local club’s eyeglass recycling effort. He reported that over 200 pairs of used eyeglasses have been collected and are ready for delivery to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center. That’s where they’ll be tested for their prescriptions, classified, and made ready for donation to people around the world who do not have any other access to eye care. Now, it’s great that we Lions have collected so many glasses, but the real credit goes to you, the citizens who generously donate your used glasses by placing them in the drop boxes at various businesses in Brady. We thank you for helping us live by our international motto, ‘We Serve.’ Almost before you can blink an eye, it will be time for the Brady Lions Honor Banquet on Monday, March 25th. Plans are well under way to gather at this annual event to honor our county’s high school students who have excelled academically. Make your plans now to join us in recognizing these leaders of tomorrow. Not long after the Honors Banquet, it will be mid-June and time to deck the town with patriotic banners for July Jubilee. If you own or manage a local business, watch for our mailing in May, and send in your $25 donation so we can place a banner on your store or office. It tells everyone who lives here and who visits here that you welcome them to Brady and that you’re helping the Brady Lions Club to achieve its community service goals. By the way, the members voted to purchase 50 new banners this year so we can retire some of those that have a less than wonderful appearance. We’ll try our best to help your building look good. No sooner will the Brady Lions Club be taking down the banners after July 4th (to put them up again for Labor Day and Goat Cookoff,) than it will be time for us to travel to the Texas Lions Camp at Kerrville to serve a meal to the campers. This year we’ll be making the trip on Sunday, July 28th. It’s always great fun to pack up the food, table ware, drinks, etc. and have our spouses and families join us to caravan down US 87 to visit some great kids. The Texas Lions Camp provides wonderful experiences for Texas’ youngsters who are physically and/or mentally challenged, and for those with diabetes. What’s more, the week-long experience is absolutely free to the campers and their families. The Lions Clubs of Texas, along with private donations, support 100% of this venture. If you know of a youngster who might qualify for a summer week at our camp, contact one of our local Lions. We’ll get you an application and start the ball rolling. There’s so much excitement going on in the Brady Lions Club that I get carried away telling you about it. Come to one of our meetings and find out for yourself how rewarding it can be to call yourself a Lion.

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