Lions Club inducts new member, accepts $1,000 Wal-Mart donation

Here’s some great news from the Brady Lions Club. We’ve received 50 new patriotic banners, so when we put them up on the businesses and agencies in town next week, they’ll all be the same, and they’ll all look good. Thanks to Lions Mike Barbour and Keelan Johnson and their wives, some of the good banners that we already had have now been washed, and they will also look practically new. If you have a business or agency that didn’t have one of our banners displayed for July Jubilee, contact Lion Keelan Johnson at his office, 597-3635. He’ll tell you about the donation that we request for this service, and he’ll see that you’re added to our list for Labor Day. Speaking of Labor Day, as we all know that weekend (less than two weeks from now) is Goat Cook-Off weekend in Brady. When you come out to Richards Park for the festivities on that Saturday, look for the Brady Lions Club booth in the games area, near the 6th Street bridge. We’ll have a game with a radar gun to measure how fast you (and your friends) can pitch a baseball. Someone in each age category is going to wind up with the bragging rights to the ‘2003 fastest pitch in Brady.’ While you’re standing around waiting your turn to throw that baseball, you can purchase a few raffle tickets for the drawing that will be held at about 4 o’clock that afternoon. Each ticket has 7 chances to win. Here are the prizes that we’re offering: Grand Prize ‘ Class II Holland Gas Grill; 2nd Prize ‘ Companion Holland Gas Grill; 3rd prize ‘ Dewalt 18v Drill/Driver Kit with 2 batteries. The 4th Prize ‘ Solar, Commercial Duty, 12v Battery Booster Pac; 5th prize ‘ Tanned Axis Deer Hide; 6th Prize ‘ Duraband, 5 CD Home Stereo System; and the 7th Prize ‘ Ten 50lb Bags of Deer Corn. You don’t have to be present to win, and the raffle tickets sell for $2 each, 3 for $5, or 6 for $10. Last Thursday morning, the officers and directors of the Brady Lions Club had their monthly meeting at 7:00 a.m. Our special guests for that board meeting were our new District Governor Melvin Felch and Past District Governor Paul Palmer. Both gentlemen are from Brownwood, and they must have gotten up with the chickens to be here in Brady by that early hour. Our noon club meeting last Thursday was a monthly business meeting. There were two really exciting items covered that day. First, Lori Underwood of the local Wal-Mart store presented a $1,000 donation to our club from the store and the Wal-Mart Foundation. That will go a long way to helping with our ‘We Serve’ projects. Thank you, Wal-Mart! The other happy occasion was the induction of the Rev. Archie Harlow as our newest member. He was sponsored by Lion Len Westra. Lion Archie is the pastor of the Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, which as he describes it, is the ‘church at the golf course.’ Welcome Lion Harlow. We had several guests at our lunch meeting, and each of them deserves mention. The guests were Lori Underwood of Wal-Mart; Courtney Miller, granddaughter of Lion Don Crooks; Cody Melcer, my son and unofficial club mascot; Jackie Norton, wife of Lion Erich Norton; Rev. Archie Harlow (guest only until he was inducted). Also former and future Lion Rev. Randall Larr, guest of Lions James and Louise Long; Lion Dr. John Sullivan of Mississippi, associate of Lion Dr. Lonnie Pollard; and Brady I.S.D.’s new Assistant Superintendent Steve McCarn, guest of Lion Max Gordon. Wow! Look at all of the column-inches I’ve used up in this article. I guess I’d better quit, or the newspaper’s editor may get out his red pen. We’ll be back next week.

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