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Grapeland Noon Lions Club Wishes Everyone a Merry Christmas


… And a Happy New Year!

By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

GRAPELAND – “It’s hard to believe 2017 has come and gone and we’re about to kick-off another year,” Grapeland Noon Lions Club Vice President Tim Howard said as he opened the club’s last gathering of the year on Thursday, Dec.21.

“This time of the year is always a time for me to reflect on family and stuff. I’m sure all of you here do the same. I enjoy Christmas. I enjoy family and I enjoy getting together with friends,” he added.

Following the reading of the previous meeting’s minutes and the approval of the financial report, Howard thanked the club for their donation to provide flu shots to the elementary school.

The next item addressed by Howard concerned the Lions “End-of-Year” celebration scheduled for Jan. 4 at the Grapeland Senior Citizens Center.

Tim Howard

“During the last meeting, it was not decided what meat would be brought for the Jan. 4 holiday meal. Today, we do need to decide,” Howard said.

After a brief discussion, it was decided the club would serve brisket and barbecue with individual members providing the side items. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m.

As the meeting continued, Lion Martha Childress provided the members with an update on the Lions’ part of the recently held Christmas on Main Street.

“We had at least 25 Lions out there. We ran out of the soup and chili before the event was over. We used everything and even though the weather was cold, there was a great turnout,” he said.

In the area of new business, Eddie Childress reported the club was able use a previously built ramp for a person in need of one for accessibility to their home.

Harry Pridgen reported “… the response to the Angel Trees at both banks was overwhelming. Every kid is going to get some gifts. There were 27 names on the list.”

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.