To the editor:

We are members of the Downtown Brownwood Lions Club.

Many of you have seen us around town. Many of you have donated to our cause. But do you know what it means to be a Lion? Being a Lion means serving. Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 200 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Lions Club members are people who strive to make a difference in their local community as well as communities worldwide. Their volunteer efforts go beyond the support of vision care, to addressing unmet health and education needs worldwide.

Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to their communities. We ring the bell at Wal-Mart during the Christmas holidays. We work dutifully at the concession stand in the coliseum. Once a year we have a chili supper at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. We encourage you to support these events because you would be supporting much of the local community. The following is a list of just some of the organizations that the Lions have donated to in the past year: The Ark, Citizens for Coggin Park, Explorers, Family Service Center, Fire Relief Cross Plains, Good Samaritan, Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key Program, Loaves and Fishes, Relay for Life, Salvation Army, Toys for Kids, Van for Vets and the Boys and Girls Club, as well as many local individuals who needed eyeglasses.

If you would like to learn more about the Lions Club, please visit our Web site at We would love for you to visit us at our weekly meetings at the Brownwood Country Club on Tuesdays at noon.

Terry Blevins