(Cushing, Okla.) Russ Thurman, President of the local Lions Club International, called the meeting to order today at 12:17 p.m. The agenda started with song and pledge by Lion Lou Griffin. This was followed by requests for prayers and a prayer with Russ Thurman.

Lions Club then welcomed all the guests that came.

Rodger Floyd received a 20 year pin at the luncheon today.

Lion of the day, Tom Cummings, introduced guest and speaker Marie Burns, Executive Director of Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation. Speaking to the club, Burns told about The Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation which is a non-profit organization committed to helping the community. The club was told about the various ways that the Service Foundation works to help provide funding through their fund raising efforts such as the Cowboy Cadillac ticket raffle (which may change a little this year), White Cane (annual fund raisers), Recycling (print cartridges, cell phone and used Lions pins), Building the Foundation (individual Lion Pledge Program), and Travel Excursions (cruises, rail, and bus tours).

Burns also spoke about providing funds to the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch which started in 1957 and continues today providing group home “or” a foster home setting in the Meadows of Hope Addition (Oklahoma). The Foundations mission is to provide services for Lions projects with a budget this year around $170,000.

You are invited to stop by the new Lions Eye Bank facility, which is located at 3840 N. Lincoln, in Oklahoma City.

Nicole Staggs, with Global Missions Assistant High School Ministry and/or  CRU (Campus Crusade for Christ), spoke to the club next. Staggs joined CRU after being bullied and finding friendships to be difficult. The goal, is also trusting the lord to reach the whole campus while connecting with students to bring them to Christ. CRU would like everyone in the world have someone who follows Christ, and to share Christ with other people as well as build their faith.

Staggs told about a group of 100 American students with CRU who crossed borders bringing about 200 students to the lord.

A short board meeting followed discussing the refurbishing of signs and the placement those signs.

Lion (and Major) Buck Blake was given an honorable mentioned for an article about him that recently ran in The Corridor Magazine.

Today’s winners of the drawings that were held: Buck Blake winner of the 50/50 drawing and of a Lions pin and Frank Holbert (son of Lion Kateri Holbert) who won two Lion pins. The meeting adjourned around 1:00 (p.m.).

Cushing Lions Club meets each Tuesday at noon in the Lion’s Den in downtown Cushing.

For more information about Lions Club International https://www.lcif.org