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Immunizations. Key word --- Free. Right, local firefighters demonstrates their equipment. Those who braved the rain last Saturday for the corn- munity-wide Healthfest were able to watch local talent, dance, give blood, have a variety of health screenings, get free immunizations, free t-shirts, get an enormous amount of health and wellness information and meet local business people affil- iate d with the health profes- sions. While the weather put a damper on the outside children's activities, everyone inside was kept busy listening to Mariachis, watching student performances, participating in a variety of activities, meeting vendors and Right, Fuentes students show off their jumping Will ol- unteers donate blood. Bottom right, Kyle Lions Club does vision and hearing screenings. exploring health options. This benefit to our area. Put it on year's event filled Bartons Jr your schedule for next year. High's cafeteria, two gyms and (photos by Maxwell and Margot several classrooms and is a true Porterfield) T~foe Kyle Lions Club, which was rmed in 1948, wants to do more for the community and is beginning a membership drive for that purpose. The present membership of fifteen can not do all that is needed. On March 25, the Kyle Lions Club will be having a "Get Acquainted with Lionism" forum at 7 p.m. at Kyle's his- toric City Hall. All who are interested in finding out about the Lions International and what they do in the community are invited to attend. Service-minded persons are especially wanted. Presently, the Kyle Lions Club is furnishing eye exams and eye glasses for needy Kyle children, collecting eye- glasses for the needy adults and chil- dren in the world, donating to the local Gang Response Intervention Program (GRIP) and San Marcos Food Bank, plus helping individual families in the community when the need arises. If you have any questions please feel free to call one of the present offi- cers. Gordon Irwin, President, (512) 847-8123; Esther Hicks, First Vice President, 268-0122; Minerva Falcon, Secretary, 268-5341; Gladys Garrett, Treasurer, 268-2047. Following is a message from Esther Hicks, who will become President of the Kyle Lions Club chapter in June: In 1986, I moved into the Kyle City Limits. I continued to work, shop and look for recreation some place else. There really didn't appear to be much to do in Kyle at that time. In 1996, I heard so many Kyle resi- dents complaining about conditions in the Kyle Community that I decided to become active enough to learn the direction in which this town was grow- ing. I have served two years as a mem- ber of the Kyle Planning and Zoning Commission. I am a witness that Kyle ' s population is growing as fast as any other Central Texas town. Of course, many established resi- dents view the growth as problematic: referring to the downtown traffic con- gestion; crowded schools; the strain on city services; etc. The newcomers com- plain about the lack of a supermarket chain, a dry cleaners, a public swim- ming pool and the like. While 1 am not altogether satisfied with the way things are in the Kyle community, I have found that there are some things to be proud about. In 2001, I was invited to become a mem- ber of the Kyle Lions Club. My appli- cation for membership was accepted and I started to learn what it means to be a member of The Lions Club International. Now, I am proud of my affiliation in the Kyle Lions Club because of the service it provides for the Kyle Community and because of the rich history associated with this particular club. In the 1940s, a group of Kyle busi- nessmen banned themselves together and organized the Kyle Lions Club. Lions Club International chartered the club in 1948. Then, as now, there were ongoing fundraisers and solicitation for donations to be distributed to any- one in need. All donations are returned to our local Kyle community. I am proud that in 2002, the Kyle Lions Club was able to give more than $1,000 to the community. The club sponsored eleven Kyle school children's eye examination and corrective lenses. Financial assistance was also given to the Gang Response Intervention Program (GRIP) and The San Marcos Food Bank, a Kyle accident victim, and assistance to a family without sufficient funds for a burial. I am proud to be a member of such a service organization. I am also proud that someone kept the club together (even when the member- ship dwindled to a mere five). The club's founders would be happy about that, also. On March 25, at 7p.m. in the City Hall, the Kyle Lions Club will host a "Get Acquainted with Lionism" forum for the Kyle community. You will prob- ably be very surprised when you hear what you can do for "Lionism," and what "Lionism" can do for you. The club members have set some ambitious goals for the future. I am proud to be aware of the excitement the new goals have generated. 1 am looking forward to the future as the Kyle Lions Club grows and provides more services to our community. That can happen when you join us. That will be something else to be proud about. Just because 1 can't do everything, I will not refuse to do what I can. Esther L. Hicks, First Vice President Kyle Lions Club