Lions Clubs protecting local communities

Lions Clubs protecting local communitiesLions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world with more than 1.3 million members in 46,000 clubs spanning 206 countries and geographic areas. Lions Clubs are composed of men and women who volunteer their time by dedicating themselves to helping and serving others in need, and ultimately helping to make communities better and safer places to work, live and raise families.

The local Lions Clubs in District 4-C4 which includes approximately 42 Lions Clubs from San Francisco to Palo Alto have now developed a new program to not only “serve” the public, but now to “protect and serve” the public, as well as the members in our own Lions Clubs, as well.

The new program being implemented is named, “Operation Guardian Angel.” Lions District 4-C4 obtained grants for the purchase of four Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) from both the Sequoia Healthcare District and the Peninsula Health Care District. In addition to the grants, Lions District 4C4 is working with both of these agencies to help provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and basic AED training to our Lions volunteers at little to no cost.

During large community events sponsored by various Lions Clubs who work to help raise funding for local charities, schools, homeless programs, etc., what could the Lions Clubs do if a member of the public was to suffer immediate cardiac arrest? Local emergency services do an outstanding job responding to medical emergencies, but minutes and seconds can save lives or even prevent permanent brain damage.

Our new program “Operation Guardian Angel” will now provide the availability in each of the 4 Regions within the Lions District 4-C4, with an AED which will be made mobile and taken to large Lions sponsored community events by a Lions Volunteer trained in the use of CPR and the AED. In the event of a medical emergency, a trained Lions volunteer can, if necessary (and prior to the arrival of emergency services), provide life saving CPR or use the AED to aid the citizen or even a fellow Lions volunteer who might be stricken when volunteering at the event.

District 4-C4 Governor Esther Lee, her District Cabinet officers and every single Lions Club member within San Francisco County, San Mateo County and the city of Palo Alto not only adhere to our Lions organization motto, “We Serve,” but are now taking our service and commitment to our communities a step further to now “Protect and Serve” those who we help and support.”

All of the clubs in Lions District 4-C4 thank both local health care districts for their generosity and sharing our Lions vision to help and protect the citizens in every community we serve in, but also to help protect our Lions volunteers who work so hard serving others in need.

2 fishermen die after boat capsizes in West Branch

By Donna J. Miller, Plain Dealer reporter

WAYLAND, Ohio — A 46-year-old Uniontown man and a University of Akron student died after their boat capsized Sunday evening in the Michael J. Kirwin Reservoir at West Branch State Park in Portage County.

George Raresheid, 46, was found unconscious on a log and died early today at Robinson Memorial Hospital, park manager John Wilder said.

Meshari Alusurhi, 23, a University of Akron student from Saudi Arabia, was missing for hours. His body was found Monday afternoon.

Wilder said the 14-foot boat, owned by Raresheid, capsized about 7 p.m. due to heavy winds and waves. The three men weren’t wearing life jackets and they struggled to swim in the choppy 47-degree water.

One man made it to shore and ran a half-mile to their truck, where he flagged down a passerby who called 9-1-1 and gathered other people to search for the men in the water.

The fisherman was treated for hypothermia at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna and released.

The searchers found Raresheid unconscious on the log. CPR was given and Ravenna paramedics took him to Robinson Memorial, where he was pronounced dead at 12:50 a.m. today.

The search continued for Alusurhi by the Portage County Emergency Management Agency, Water Rescue Team and Sheriff’s Office, the fire departments in Charlestown, Ravenna, Suffield and Deerfield and the Ohio Division of Natural Resources.

His body was found Monday afternoon.