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Lions Club programs show ‘Can do’ spirit

It was an emotional meeting Wednesday for Ennis Noon Lions Club members as guest speaker Mark Dean related moving stories from Texas Lions Camp and three winners from the club’s Peace Poster Contest discussed what world peace means to them.
Dean, a director of the Texas Noon Lions Camp, began by thanking the club for all the contributions it’s made in the past from club dues and monetary donations to chipping in on workdays each spring to prepare the camp for summer.
Dean said the Ennis Noon Lions Club has been “a 100 percent club for 10 consecutive years” –– the organization gives the camp $10 per member above regular club dues.
“It is my duty to acknowledge those who continuously support,” Dean said. “That includes you.”
The “three C’s” of Texas Lions Camp, according to Dean, are camp, campers and cash.
The club’s camp is located on 500 acres outside Kerrville, where counselors teach a “Can Do” philosophy to children with handicaps and diseases. The camp consists of six one-week sessions for all kids, two one-week sessions geared specifically to children with type 1 diabetes and one three-day session for children who can’t be away from their parents overnight.
Dean shared stories about the campers who have had an impact on the staff’s lives. His memories highlighted the significance of children acting out the “Can Do” philosophy.
“I urge you to attend a graduation ceremony,” Dean said. “See what your dues are doing at the camp.”
Before playing a video offering testimonies from camp staff, volunteers and campers, Dean asked club members to continue their generous support, and urged them to consider becoming a Century Club member by donating $10 a month or $100 a year for the camp.
Prior to Dean’s program, Lions Club Past-president Becky Lucas presented the three winners of the Ennis Noon Lions Cub’s Peace Poster Contest. Though the students all call Ennis home, two were born in other countries and had a very different view of the meaning of world peace.
Nouran Qasen, the club’s top selection and district winner, said her poster was of a crying human eye seeing death and destruction in the world. Qasen is from Palestine and performed a short poem during her speech: “Peace, peace, are you here or are you there? Look at my eyes and see my tear.”
Second place winner Ryan Wagliardo, from Ennis, said his poster was of the world uniting and living in harmony.
Emily Currie, the third place winner, said she saw peace as everyone having fun, doing what they wanted and being happy. Currie is originally from London.
This was the third year the Lions Club has hosted the contest. Lucas said all 41 participants did “exceptional work” and it was difficult to pick a clear winner. Classes at the Sixth Grade Center made it part of the curriculum to take part in the contest and the posters will be on display at the Ennis Public Library.
Following the Peace Poster Contest, Les Harris and Julie Pierce presented a $1,000 check to the Lions Club on behalf of Ennis State Bank.
The Ennis Noon Lions Club meets Wednesday at noon at the Ennis Country Club.

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