Bring Back Red Beans and Rice

By Van Reech

Mansfield Lions Club held their first regularly scheduled meeting of the year on January 11th at the Clista A. Calhoun Center.  Vice-President Teri Byrd proposed several possible fundraisers for the Club this year. 

Good news is that the popular “Red Beans & Rice” meals may make a return!  Other projects discussed by Club President, Van Reech, was a community project of trash pickup on Hwy. 84 in front of the First Baptist Church from the Middle School to Super 8 Motel.  Captain Phillip Daniels thinks he can get the Sheriff’s Department to help and agrees that it will be good positive publicity for all of us and for our town and parish.

Speakers were the Tag Team of Raymond and Robert Powell.  The elder Mr. Powell spoke on the use of Rations during the Second World War and the use of Tokens by many large companies back in the Depression.  Shown in the picture are a token from the Hicks Richardson Store in Grand Cane, La. and a coupon book of gasoline rations from Mr. J.W. Nunley in Logansport, La. dated July 1, 1945. 

Mr. Powell the younger told us about how the home values are increasing in our area and discussed refinance options and possible benefits.  The club expressed thanks to both guys!

The next scheduled meeting of the Mansfield Lions Club will be at noon on January 25 th.  The meeting will be in the Clista A. Calhoun Center.  A great lunch from the DeSoto Regional Cafeteria will be served.  The Lions always have something interesting to talk about so mark your calendar.