Do you feel that you’ve been cheated’ I mean, do you feel that you’ve not received your money’s worth for this newspaper because The Mane Lion has been missing for three weeks’ If you do feel that way, I really appreciate your support. On the other hand, if you didn’t even notice that the column wasn’t published, I guess I’ll just hang my head and cry. I can’t tell you that my reason for not writing this column for a while rests with how busy I was in the days leading up to April 15th because the Lion Tail Twister will fine me for promoting my business. Oh, well. I believe I’ll try to sneak it in, anyway. In spite of it all, the Brady Lions Club has been meeting each week, and our activities are still progressing. At the April 3rd meeting, Lion U.S. Army Lt. Col. (Ret.) Mike Trollinger brought us up to date on the progress of the war in Iraq. After completing his stint as a military analyst, he then switched gears and resumed his current role as Executive Director for the McCulloch County Industrial Foundation. In that capacity he talked about the anticipated opening of a Toyota assembly plant in San Antonio in 2006. While at first it may not appear that such a development would have any impact on us here in McCulloch County, the reality is that we have a growth potential related to that facility. Because Toyota uses a ‘just-in-time’ inventory system, they are going to need a large number of first tier and second tier suppliers who are located close enough to San Antonio to support their production lines. Our county, with its relatively easy access to the Alamo city, could well benefit from the anticipated business growth. Lion Mike and his associates are working diligently toward that end. One more thing about the April 3rd meeting. Lion Ronnie Gassiot brought a guest and prospective new Lion, Stephen Roberts. He’s the owner of Choice Collision on N. Bridge St. At the April 10th meeting, Lions Lynn and Delma Colville brought Johnny and Diana Bynum as their guests. The Bynums liked what they saw in the Brady Lions Club, filled out their applications, paid their money, and were inducted into our club at the April 17th business meeting. I’m running out of time and column space, so let me hurry along. At this past Thursday’s meeting, Lion Bobbie Williams brought our program speaker, Joy Milsap, President of the Brady Golf Association. Joy discussed the status of the expansion of Brady’s golf course from 9 holes to 18 holes. (No, this has nothing to do with the movie ‘Holes’ that opened in theaters recently.) Some money has been raised, more is needed, private foundation grants are being sought, and site work has already started. Now I’m not a golfer, but I can easily see that an expanded course will be a tremendous asset for our community. Here’s one last topic for this week’s column. It’s almost May, then comes June, and before you know it we’ll be celebrating July Jubilee. The Brady Lions Club will again be raising funds by hanging patriotic banners on local businesses for that holiday and for Labor Day. Many of the banners we’ve been using have faded or become otherwise unsightly. So, we’ve purchased 50 new banners to replace some of the older ones. We look forward to really improving the looks of our community this summer. Please be ready with your contributions to all of the ‘We Serve’ projects of the Brady Lions Club.