The Breckenridge Lions Club, which is part of District 2-E1, was recently recognized for their continued 100 percent contributions to the Texas Lions Camp at Kerrville. What is most distinguishable is that they have maintained this level of 100 percent giving over a continuous 28-year period, which translates to at least a $10 contribution from each member, for each year for 28 years.
The 100 percent contributions goes directly to the general operating fund that supports the summer programs for children with physical disabilities, which includes Down syndrome, cancer and type 1 diabetes. Over the years, several Breckenridge children have attended the camp and returned for consecutive participation during the years they were eligible, based on age.
Physicians, nurses and dietitians are on hand to help the Type-1 Diabetic children who are attending the camp to handle their physical disability by helping them to become more independent so they can participate in more everyday activities.
Thus, participants leave the camp experience with a sense of independence that helps them feel more normal and prepared to handle the everyday challenges they face in their daily lives.
The Breckenridge Lions Club also has recently contributed their final installment of $5,000, which was replicated each year over the past three years to help build a Medical Clinic at the Texas Lions Camp. The Texas Lions Camp at Kerrville has a medical team on hand to handle any emergency and its' completion adds to the commitment by the Lions to provide a safe and enjoyable camp experience for the youthful campers .
The camp is open to children eight to 15 who have type 1 diabetes and are insulin dependent, at no cost to the child for the one-week experience.
Another of the areas the Lions Club is particularly involved in is the local collection of eye glasses through Dr. Wade Toombs office, which can be redistributed to those children who need glasses and maybe can't afford them.
The local Lions Club also was recognized with a certificate from District 2-E1 as a White Canes Contributor for the District 2-E1 Tissue and Eye Bank, with 100 percent contributions from members.
The Breckenridge Lions Club meets at noon each Friday at L&L Family Restaurant, in the meeting room.
Wes King is the current president of the local Lions Club but any Lion Club member is available to answer any questions from a prospective member and can step forward as their sponsor.
The local club is growing with the induction of five new members in the past two months.
New members are invited to join an organization which was established in 1917 to serve in their community and is now the largest service organization in the world ,with more than 1.4 million members in 182 countries.