Sunset Center still in need of volunteers

The Brady Lions Club’s regular noon meeting last Thursday at Brady Creek Restaurant was graced by 20 members, four guests, one program speaker, and Cody Melcer, who has been unofficially adopted as the club’s ‘mascot.’ Frank Alfaro was the seond time guest of Lion Keelan Johnson, John Beaty was brought by his uncle Lion Erich Norton, County Commissioner Brent Deeds came with Lion Tom Swearingen, and Dr. Kate Matthews was the guest of Lion Dr. Lonnie Pollard. Lion Zac Gray, who is our zone chairman and a candidate for District Vice Governor next year, reported on the District Cabinet Meeting that was held the previous weekend in Mason. The two most significant items coming from that gathering are an increase in district dues (Surprise, surprise!) and a resolution from Lions Clubs International stating that it is now legitimate for a Lion to also be a member of another service organizations (like four or five of our local members have been doing for several years.) We’re gearing up for our baseball pitching speed booth at the Goat Cookoff. The material for constructing the booth has been purchased, and some of the Lions will soon be hard at work getting ready to see how fast you can pitch. (Pitching horseshoes or flipping goat pills doesn’t count in this booth, only baseballs are allowed.) Lion V.P. John Roberts brought our speaker, Evelyn Pitcox. Mrs. Pitcox is the director of the Sunset Center, which is the City of Brady’s and McCulloch County’s senior citizens center. The Sunset Center has been in operation since 1986, and its primary function is the preparation and serving of noontime meals to any seniors who wish to attend. They also have a ‘meals on wheels’ program for shut-ins. According to Evelyn, 59% of the funding for in-house meals and 67% of the funding for delivered meals comes from a federal grant that is administered by the Area Council on Aging, of the Concho Valley Council of Governments. With the help of 30 to 35 volunteers, they have averaged serving 2,344 meals per month for the last six months. (Yes! They need more volunteers, especially to help deliver the 60 to 70 meals per day to those who cannot come to the center.) The center also carries on other daytime and evening programs for our citizens. This nonsense of drawing a ping-pong ball to determine who gets a free meal at the next Brady Lions Club meeting, has got to stop. This week’s winner was Lion Tail Twister James Long. How can we allow such a thing’ The Tail Twister is supposed to be rude and obnoxious, and we’ve got one of the best in the business. Does he really deserve a free lunch’ I know I deserve it, but I’ve won only once. I’m jealous!

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