Light-hearted entertainment and recognition of 133 McCulloch County high school students’ academic achievements was the focus of the evening at Monday’s 44th Annual Lions Club Honor Banquet at the Heart of Texas Civic Center. The traditional evening set aside each spring by the local civic organization publicly recognizes high school students in McCulloch County for maintaining excellent academic marks on a continual basis. “This continues to be just a small way we can tell our youth how important they are to this community,” said Lions Club president Randy Richards. Attended by over 400 members of the community, the dinner also was a time the club recognized several members for dedication and honors over the past year. Two members, Louise Long and Zac Gray, were recognized for their recruitment efforts. Mrs. Long was also honored for her service to the club as secretary for the past five years. Outgoing club president Richards was named the Lion of the Year. A special award was presented to the oldest living member of the local club, Wayne Rawlings, an octogenarian, who flew numerous missions during the European Theatre as a bomber pilot. “For his dedication and service to this community and to Lionism, we are proud to bestow a lifetime membership to the Brady Lions Club upon Lion Rawlings as recognized by Lions Club International,” Richards said in his presentation. “Does this mean I don’t have to pay dues anymore'” he inquired. “No,” Richards replied. The group was treated to a period of rock and roll music by B.R.A.G., a teenaged trio from Lampasas and San Saba. The raffle drawing for the Dell laptop computer ended the event. Col. Warren Groves of Brady was drawn as the lucky winner.