The Mason Lions Club met Tuesday, March 15th for it’s weekly luncheon meeting. There were 34 members and 3 visitors in attendance.
“Boss” Lion Joel Kuykendall announced the District convention will be held April 22nd and 23rd in San Angelo.
Lion Pat Reardon was responsible for the program and introduced Mason I.S.D. Superintendent, Pam Kruse who spoke about the remodeling project at the elementary school which was built in 1952. Pam said that the design development stage was nearly complete and that construction was slated to begin in June. Pam also spoke about the many accomplishments of Mason I.S.D. students so far this year. Four Mason I.S.D. students are currently in the state debate finals. The Mason I.S.D. tennis team just won the state championship. Mason I.S.D. girls cross country team finished 6th in state. The Mason Cowgirls made it to the regionals and finished with a 32 win and 5 loss record. The Mason Puncher football team won district again and made it to the area finals.
Pam said that Mason I.S.D. was featured in a national education magazine recently. Mason I.S.D. was one of 107 rural school districts nationwide that were producing higher than expected and one of only nine that were featured in the article. Three of them were from Texas and all 3 were from hill country. Pam said the focus was on school districts achieving a high educational R.O.I. ( return on investment ) when compared to others.
Pam’s last day as District Superintendent is August 31st. Among Pam’s many achievements during her tenure were The High School being named a blue ribbon school in 2010 and the grammar school getting the same award in 2014. Pam said that today, March 15th is the last day for applicants to file for her position and that the district hopes to have her replacement selected by May 31st. Pam intends to become a real estate appraiser. We wish her success in her new career.
The club’s next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 22nd, at noon at Nacho’s Café. The program chairman will be Glenn Ruthven.
The Mason Lions Club promotes sight conservation in our community. Anyone who has used eyeglasses to donate may give them to a Lions Club member or put them in collection boxes at the local bank. Also, if anyone needs financial assistance with eyeglasses, please speak to a local Lions Club member.
Affiliated with the Mason Lions Club Charitable Foundation, a 501 (c (3) non-profit organization.