The Buda Public Library exists, and has grown, as the result of community partnerships. One of its most constant partner organizations has been the Buda Lions Club, established here in 1975. The Lions Club is a group of volunteers with stated intent to “make as much money as we possibly can to give back first, to this community, and second, to people all over the world.”
The usually-annual Wiener Dog Races is a nationally known effort of this Buda group, and throughout the year members also operate food concession stands at school sports events. They give much of their money to help people in need get access to vision services, and to send youth with physical disabilities or diabetes to the Texas Lions Camp. It also awards college scholarships.
But, for decades the Buda Lions Club also has continued to be a valued supporter of the Buda Public Library. When a variety of organizations and individuals united to raise money to build a permanent library building in 1990, the Buda Lions were there to pledge. The resulting Anthony Moreau Memorial Library opened in 1993, and continued to serve the Buda community until the newest Buda Public Library was built as part of the new municipal building in 2018.
Committed to supporting public library programs and needs, the Buda Lions Club has continued to donate funds annually through the Friends of the Buda Library. Why the library? Charles Handrick, an active and long-time member and leader of the Buda Lions Club, explained how this is in line with its mission to help provide opportunities to the disadvantaged. “The library is a vehicle for less advantaged people to utilize because a library enhances their ability to make life better for themselves.”
Quality of life is always better when communities pull together. Our community partnership with the Buda Lions Club is a testament to what’s possible when we work together.
By: Joan Givens
Pictured above: Michael Criner, Buda Lions Club, and Marc Hunter, Friends Past President, at the Annual Meeting in January.