A million pennies! Can you envision a million pennies’ I can picture ten one-thousand dollar bills, or even a hundred one-hundred dollar bills, but a million pennies stretches my imagination. Still, that’s what we’re asking you to contribute to our ‘milk jug campaign.’ Remember’ I told you last week about Brady’s Lions, Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs joining together to raise $10,000 for Bluebonnet CASA. That’s the Court Appointed Special Advocates for youth involved in civil court proceedings in the 198th Judicial District. You’ll start seeing the milk jugs in businesses around town real soon, and we hope that you’ll drop in all the pennies you have in your pocket or purse. (We’ll accept larger denominations, too ‘ even one-, five-, ten-, twenty-, or hundred-dollar bills!) OK. Now for some strictly Brady Lions Club news. At our February 27th meeting, Lion Max Gordon brought the program speaker. His guest was Tonya Clifton, who is a physical therapist at Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital. Tonya is involved with the physical therapy and wellness programs, which the hospital has recently moved to the building that used to be Shannon Clinic. That move gives each function more space, and it makes them more easily accessible to the public. Treatment in the physical therapy department requires a doctor’s referral. But participation in the Wellness Center only requires membership. They have a ‘corporate’ rate for business groups of ten or more participants, at a cost of $15 per month per participant. The rate for individuals is $30 per month. The center is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday. When you first sign up to use the Wellness Center, you’ll have a private session with Paula Wright, a certified personal trainer. She’ll help you design the exercise program that’s best for you, and she’ll give you guidance on using the various treadmills, stepping machines, stationary bikes, dumb bells, etc. Guess what’s happening less than four weeks from now! If you guessed the Lions Honor Banquet, you’re right. This year the Brady Lions Club will be honoring the academic achievements of 103 students from Brady High School, 18 students from Rochelle High School and 12 students from Lohn High School. If you figure that there’s about 8,000 residents in McCulloch County, then this top ranked group of young folks accounts for about 1-2/3 percent of our entire community. I think we should all be proud of that! Tickets for the Lions Honor Banquet will be on sale very soon. Admission for the honored students is taken care of by the Brady Lions Club. For everyone else, including our club members, the tickets are $10 through Friday, March 28th, and $12 after that, including tickets purchased at the door. The festivities will begin on Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Heart of Texas Civic Center. Catering is by Mac’s Barbecue of Brady. Lion V.P. John Roberts is this year’s banquet chairman. By the way. We’re having a raffle, too. Tickets are now available from Brady Lions Club members for chances to win a Dell Inspiron 2650C Notebook computer with an Intel 1.6 GHz Mobile Celeron Processor, 14.1 XGA screen and a 20 GB ultra ATA hard drive. The cost is $2.00 per ticket, 3 for $5.00 or 6 for $10.00. The drawing will be held in view of the public at the Lions Honor Banquet, and you do not have to be present to win. Please note that members of the Brady Lions Club who purchase raffle tickets are just as eligible to win the prize as anyone else who buys a ticket.