The Brady Lions Club meeting last Thursday was short on attendance, but there was quality content. Lion Dr. Lonnie Pollard brought his business associate Dr. John Sullivan as a guest. There was a brief discussion of the club’s plans for our booth at the Goat Cookoff. Look for us in the games area, close to the 6th Street bridge. We’ll have a radar gun to test the speed of your baseball pitch, and of course there will be trinkets to give away. We’ll also have the raffle drawing that afternoon for the Holland Grills and the other fantastic prizes. Be sure to get your raffle tickets from any Brady Lion, at the Brady Standard-Herald, the Chamber of Commerce, or my office. They’ll be available at our baseball booth, too. The tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5 or 6 for $10. Our program for the day was brought by Lion V.P. John Roberts. His guest was Barbara Moorman, who has just assumed the reigns of The Haven from Phyllis Barbour, who is opting to help our Lion Boss in his business. (He’s her husband, and he probably needs the help.) Before I tell you some of the facts that Barbara brought to us, I want to make a ‘point of personal privilege.’ Since I have known Mrs. Moorman for most of the years that I’ve lived in Brady, and I’ve worked with her in some of her previous endeavors, I must say that I can’t think of anyone more qualified to be the Director of The Haven. Barbara is a definite asset to our community. The Haven, which is our local shelter for abused families, was started just three years ago. In that time, it has served 366 women and children, with 156 of them being helped in just the last year. Most of the funding comes through the Concho Valley Council of Governments, in a Victims of Crime Act grant. The organization was also favored with a substantial grant from the San Angelo Health Foundation. That money will be used to make some desperately needed repairs to the facility. Barbara had two main points in her presentation. First we must realize that domestic violence is occurring in every community, including right here in McCulloch County. We’re not immune from it. When domestic violence happens, it affects not only the actor and the victim, it affects their entire extended families, and to some degree it affects all of us. Her second priority is that The Haven, like most non-profit agencies, needs volunteers to take care of much of the operation. There are clothes to sort, errands to run, office chores to take care of, and lots of other ways in which we can help. Don’t be shy. Call Barbara and tell her that you can help. I promise that she’ll find a constructive task for you to fill. Thanks for reading The Mane Lion. We’ll be back next week with some more of the Brady Lions Club’s ‘We Serve’ projects.