The May 29 Brady Lions Club meeting began on a sad note as we remembered Lion Olan Locker, who passed away on the previous day. Lion Locker had been a very active Lion for as many years as most of us could remember. For as long as his health would allow, he had faithfully attended meetings, and he had pulled more than his share of the load in virtually every Brady Lions Club project. Our collective sympathies go out to Lion Olan’s wife, former Lioness Kasteen, and to the rest of his family. Lion Keelan Johnson brought our speaker for the day, Chamber of Commerce Exec. V.P. DeLaine Poe. As expected, her main topic was the ‘Heart of Texas Thunder’ drag boat races scheduled for Brady Lake over this past weekend. DeLaine told us that this year’s race would be a co-points event for both the Southern Drag Boat Association and the International Hot Boat Association. Last year’s race drew 93 entries, and this year she expected over 100 entries. One indicator of the economic impact of hosting such an event is the fact that all of the motel space in Brady was fully booked in advance. Next year DeLaine is hoping that we double up on that impact by hosting a motorcycle rally on the weekend following the boat race. She anticipates as many as 6,000 motorcycles for that event. (Maybe we should nominate DeLaine for the title of Number One Promoter of Brady and McCulloch County!) Looking toward more nearly immediate activities, there will be calf roping and other rodeo events at the G. Rollie White Complex during the July Jubilee festivities on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of that month. The Brady Lions Club will be pleasing your palate from the concession stand while you enjoy the cowboys’ contests. Of course, there will also be the wonderful fireworks show at Brady Lake and the July Jubilee parade downtown. The Brady Lions Club will also be helping our community celebrate the holiday by placing our patriotic banners on local businesses during the week of June 22 through June 28. They will remain in place until after the holiday weekend, and they’ll go up again for the Labor Day festivities. The banner project is one of our major fundraising ventures, so please help support our ‘We Serve’ projects when we ask you to let us display a banner on your place of business. Now back to some more good economic news from the Chamber Boss. She announced the anticipated moving of two more businesses to our area. One of them is a bakery that’s being opened by a lady moving from the Houston area, and another is a business that manufactures wheel lug nuts for NASCAR racers. I guess the advantages of five intersecting highways and a soon-to-be-enlarged airport really do matter to businesses with transportation needs. That’s all for now. Thanks for reading The Mane Lion.