New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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McQueeney Lions Club activities benefit community
Twenty charter members were present on Feb. 27, 1971, when the McQueeney Lions Club was established.
Community service activities were accomplished as fast as money could be raised. Some of the first activities provided to the community included a sidewalk under the railroad bridge for the safety of school children, a sign in front of the McQueeney Elementary School, school supplies and milk for the children who needed it. Christmas lights and decorations for downtown McQueeney, and street lights for the downtown area.
On Feb. 14,1974, the club initiated weekly bingo games every Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. For 22 years and continuing today, this activity has
Challenged athletes compete in triathlon
When the swim wave for the relay division of the resurrected 1997 Texas Hill Country Triathlon, charges into the water of Canyon Lake on Sept. 6, few on shore will notice two of the teams vying to place in the relay category.
. But the teams, demonstrating a rather new “adaptation" of relay triathlon competition, will be composed of some pretty nontraditional athletes: two amputees — one as a swimmer and another as a cyclist.
The swimmer, Bonnie Brawner, age 34, of Seguin, and cyclist, Mike Marsh, age 35, of San Antonio, will each race on separate teams organized by Warm Springs Wheelchair Sports, which was first organized such “Mixed Ability" teams as part of a new relay category in the 1997 Advantage Texas Triathlon near Boerne on July 13.
The Mixed Ability relay team concept required that all teams in the category field a minimum of one team member with a mobility impairment. But because neither Brawner nor Marsh require special or adapted equipment, their two respective teams will be competing in the Mixed/Open relay (men and women on same team/able-bodied) division against all other able-bodied relays.
“There is a definite time advantages for athletes who use wheelchair roadracing equipment versus your basic runner," says Warm Springs Rehabilitation System Public Relations Director Janelle Fischer, also competing as a runner on one of the relay teams. “At the Advantage Rent-A-Car triathlon, we had enough teams and athletes using adapted equipment (wheelchair roadracers and handcrank cycles) to field an entire relay category, which also awarded three places deep.”
Brawner most recently competed on Mixed Ability relay in Advantage Texas Triathlon in July 1997, her first triathlon. She formerly worked as residence life director at Incarnate Word University.
Brawner was injured a year and a half ago in rollover accident in Florida. A close friend, driver of the vehicle at the time, died upon impact. Brawner received extensive injuries causing amputation of her leg above the knee and now uses prosthesis for walking and a wheelchair for greater distances.
provided the club a consistent source of income to help the blind, serve ithe community and contribute to the Lions Club in Kerrville for disabled children.
About 255 people play Bingo, have food from the snack bar and a lot of fun every week. Many do not realize that the proceeds from their night out are put to such good use.
Today, the club consists of 41 hard-working, dedicated members
who are persistent in their efforts to serve through die “Adopt a School” program, the McQueeney Elementary school enjoys the support
of the local Lions. Every year $5,000 in scholarship money is provided to enable students to pursue their education. Area nursing homes delight in a “Day on the River” annually hosted by the Lions. Seniors who are able to attend are taken to Lake McQueeney Pavilion where they have hamburgers and hot dogs, go fishing and play games. And the club still foots the bill for the street lights in downtown McQueeney. These are just a few of the ways the McQueeney Lions Club has chosen to be of service.
Some 24 years ago, the club
donated $1,500 to die volunteer fire department to purchase its first fire truck, and every year the parking lot at the club is die gathering place for the annual Fireman’s Barbecue. All proceeds go to the volunteer fire department to assist in their efforts to protect the citizens of McQueeney and the surrounding area.
The way the club hall was built is an indication of the commitment and determination of its members. In 1980 members raised enough money to have a met^l building on a concrete slab constructed by a local contractor. The interior of the building and all improvements were completed entirely by die Lions Club members. Labor for the plumbifig, electrical and installation of heating
and air-conditioning was all completed at no cost to the club. The building currently houses the big hall and snack bar area for Bingo and other activities, a meeting room and office. It is also the only local Lions Club Hall that is available for public use. It may be rented and is an excellent facility for wedding receptions, family reunions and other large gatherings. It is also used for county elections.
» It was my pleasure to meet with Art Creager of McQueeney who is serving as secretary to the
McQueeney Lions Club and learn of the club’s history and service. I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the citizens of McQueeney, to say “thank you” to an outstanding group of volunteers who really have made a difference.
If you would like more information regarding the McQueeney Lions Club you may contact Mr. Creager at 557-5450, or call me at 560-3406.
(Anne Conway is the Herald-Zeitung correspondent in McQueeney.)
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The Guadalupe Valley American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #35, recently awarded a general scholarship to Ranessa Dee Reeh, of New Braunfels. Reeh is a graduate of Canyon High School and will be attending Stephen F. Austin State University. Pictured from left are Reeh’s mother Sandra, Reeh, Unit #35 secretary Joan P. Helmke and Reeh’s father Dwight.
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Researchers study estrogen replacement therapy
Estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) is being studied in more than 2,000 women who have survived cancer of the uterus.
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston are among the more than 40 centers participating in the National Cancer Institute study of ERT in endometnal-cancer survivors. This is the first large national study evaluating whether ERT is safe in
women who have had endometrial cancer or if estrogen will make them more likely to develop cancer again.
The most common gynecologic cancer and the fourth most common among women, endometrial cancer kills about 6.000 women each year.
“Because many of the tumors that arise from the uterus are estrogen-dependent. the concern has been that ERT could increase the risk of cancer
recurring, although there is no data to support this view,” said Dr. Alan Kaplan, principal investigator for the study at Baylor and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
ERT is often prescribed for healthy women to compensate for estrogen loss during menopause because estrogen lowers the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.
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