New Victoria Downtown Lions Club to receive charter

Sept. 6, 2013 at 4:06 a.m.

Victoria's newest Lions Club will celebrate its charter night with a ceremony Saturday at the Victoria Country Club.

The Victoria Downtown Lions Club is a group of 24 Victoria residents committed to helping the needs of the community, according to a news release from the club.

The last time a Victoria-based Lions Club still in existence had a charter night was 1950.

"We're thrilled to officially join the ranks of successful Lions Clubs with this charter ceremony," said Trisha Kucera, Victoria Downtown Lions Club president.

During Saturday's ceremony, the club will be presented with its official charter, and members will be formally inducted into the club.

Members of the Victoria Boulevard Lions Club, which sponsored the formation of the new club, will also be in attendance.

Lion's Club Immediate Past International Director Joe Al Picone will be the guest speaker.

The Victoria Downtown Lion's Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month in downtown Victoria.

The club is accepting new members and is open to Victoria residents.

For more information, contact Kucera at

Cuero VFW to award 4 life memberships

Cuero VFW Post 3972 will hold a membership drive dinner Sunday at the post hall on U.S. Highway 183 north.

Post members and members of the Ladies Auxiliary will gather starting at 3 p.m. for live entertainment with a chicken-fried steak to be served about 6 p.m.

Four VFW life memberships will be awarded to new qualifying members who apply during the drive.

Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan - as well as other veterans - are encouraged to consider the VFW.

New members of the auxiliary - spouses, daughters and granddaughters of veterans - are also welcome to join at this time.

The Cuero VFW Post 3972 and the auxiliary were charted in 1966. The first post commander was the late Herbert Frels.

The post is active at community events and awards annual scholarships to graduating seniors, presents cash prizes to Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen essay winners and takes part in many fundraisers for local fire departments and other service organizations.

For more information, call 361-277-3083.

Junior League to sponsor nonprofits

The Junior League of Victoria is accepting applications for Community Assistance Funds grants.

Eligible nonprofit organizations must submit an application postmarked by Oct. 15 for an award of up to $1,000.

Junior League members who are also members of another nonprofit may sponsor an applicant for an award of up to $1,500.

The League's funding focus is the well-being and social growth of children and families.

Applications are available on the Junior League's website or contact Community Vice President Jan Lewis at to request an application.

Completed applications can be mailed to JLV Community Vice President, 202 N. Main St., Victoria, TX 77901.



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