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Tuesday, March 9, 1999

Wilkinson ends Singapore training

Marine Lance Cpl. Clifford R. Wilkinson, son of Bill L. and
Melody Wilkinson of Mentone, recently completed training in
Singapore while assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary
Unit, embarked aboard the shipes of the USS Boxer Amphibious
Ready Group.

Marines from Wilkinson's unit conducted the motivational
training during a one-day stop in Singapore before
continuing their deployment to the Arabian Gulf. The
training consisted of a rock climbing wall, rappel tower and
confidence course, which included an underground tunnel maze
and a mammoth rope course towering more than 10 meters.

Wilkinson's unit is an expeditionary intervention force with
the ability to rapidly organize for combat operations in
virtually any environment. MEUs are composed of more than
2,000 personnel and are divided into an infantry battalion,
an aircraft squadron, a support group and a command element.
With the combination of these teams, Wilkinson's unit
supplies and sustains itself for either quick mission
accomplishment or clearing the way for follow-on forces.
The 1997 graduate of Wink High School of Wink, joined the
Marine Corps in August 1997.

Lions camp helps children with disabilities

The Texas Lions Camp, located near Kerrville, will celebrate
its 50th Anniversary at Camp on Saturday, March 13. Everyone
is invited to attend this special celebration of service to
children with physical disabilities and diabetes. Activities
will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m.

Tours, musical entertainment, antique automobiles, and other
attractions will be part of the day's agenda. Tickets for
Odessa Chuch Wagon Gang Barbecue Lunch, served from 11 a.m.
until 1 p.m., will be $7.50 at the door.

The Texas Lions Camp began a half century ago as a result of
the Lions of texas who decided to help the victims of the
disabling polio epidemic that swept the country.

The camp's charter was approved in April 1949 and the camp
was formerly dediced in 1953. That first summer, the Lions
Camp served 236 children. Today, more than 40,000 children
with physical disabilities and diabetes have experienced the
joys of summer camping.

The camps is a non-profit organization, funded by Lions and
private donations. Children attend the camp at no cost to
themselves or their families.

For more information on either the camp or the 50th
Anniversary celebration, contact the Texas Lions Camp at

Summer program for future MDs

Minority college students and graduates interested in
becoming physicians may apply for the Honors Premedical
Academy, a six-week summer program at Baylor College of
Medicine and Rice University, both in Houston.

Funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the
program offers additional educational experiences designed
to enhance competitiveness among applicants for medical

For program information, call 1-800-798-8244 or E-mail
<a href=""></a>. The application deadline is April 1.

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