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By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun
WELLINGTON — For those with Wellington Ex-Student Block Party withdrawals, a fun event is being planned to as the summer comes to a close.
The Lions Club is planning a hot dog and homemade ice cream drive-thru fundraiser from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 7 on the south side of the Methodist Church. Ice cream flavors will be published on the Wellington Lions Facebook page that day so pre-orders can be placed, too.
Boss Lion Rex Henard welcomed Lions and guests Lonnie and Linda Duke and Larrie and Lyndy Black to the July 20 meeting at the Methodist Church fellowship hall.
Lion Melanie McLain and Sweetheart Jayla Kilgore led the pledges. Lion Margret Wood offered the invocation before Lion Paul Schaub led in singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Geney Gulley served the evening meal.
Linda Duke, who has been director of Collingsworth County Home Delivered Meals (CCHDM) since May 4, described the program to the Lions and guests.
Having retired after the last school year following 30 years as a teacher and counselor, Duke said she wanted to contribute to the community.
“I knew I still wanted to be productive and contribute to my community,” Duke said. “With my background in Family and Consumer Science along with my passion for helping others, I felt like this position would be perfect for me.”
Currently the home delivered meals program serves 45 clients daily.
“We provide breakfast and double up lunch as funding allows at this time, so our clients get three meals a day Monday through Friday,” Duke said. “Former CCHDM Director Leona Davis left us in really good shape to effectively serve the most clients possible.”
Panhandle Regional Planning Commission provides funds plus CCHDM receives regular donations from churches, organizations and individuals according to Duke.
“Although meals must meet nutritional guidelines, the social and mental aspects of our program are so important, too,” she said. “We want help in finding people that can benefit from our services. Right now, 59 percent of those we serve live alone and many don’t have vehicles.”
Duke expressed her appreciation for the dedicated volunteers that deliver meals, including Lions Nita Day, Fraya Hammons and Nancy Harris. Long-time volunteers, Lions Rudie and Karon Tate recently gave up their delivery route after many years of service.
At this time, CCHDM is located with Panhandle Community Services at 1001 Amarillo St. Plans are in the works for the remodel of the Bura Handley Community Center to include construction of a senior citizen’s center and associated amenities.
In club business, the Lions voted to contribute $175 to the Lions Project for Caninie Companions. Lion Nancy Harris presented the minutes of the July 6 meeting, and Lion Neal Odom gave the treasurer report.
Wellington Lions will make a $100 donation to Lions International in memory of Lion John James’ father, Ivan Dale Zook. Boss Lion Henard read a thank you note from Bryanna Bohannon for the scholarship she received as a winner in the Youth Scholarship Contest.
Lions present included Cynthia Archie, Nita Day, Fraya Hammons, Nancy Harris, Rex and Amy Henard, Shirley Henard, Angie McDanel, Melanie McLain, Neal and Bev Odom, Gene and Noemi Pena, Linda Powell, Paul and Harriett Schaub, Rudie and Karon Tate, Jeff and Janie Thomas, Margret Wood and Sweetheart Jayla Kilgore.