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.

California Lions honored

POMONA – The Pomona Host Lions Club won District Club of the Year at the recent District 4-L4 Convention held in Palm Springs.

The 43-member Pomona club competed against all Division B clubs, which have 26 to 50 members.

Club of the Year was also awarded in two other divisions: Diamond Bar Breakfast Lions Club, which won Division A for clubs with 25 or fewer members, and Seal Beach, which received the prize for Division C, clubs with more than 50 members.

Lions District 4-L4 is comprised of Orange County and parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties.

The Club of the Year Award is based on a wide range of criteria, which measure a club’s success.

Points are awarded for participation in community and Lions International projects, attendance at meetings, conventions and training, membership increases, administrative functions, publication of newspaper articles, the chartering of new Lions and Leo clubs, district and international visitations, the recycling of eyeglasses, club newsletter, club website, Proud Lion program, new member orientations, service to the district and charitable donations.

Pomona Host President Jack Lightfoot accepted the award from District 4-L4 Governor Norm MacKenzie.

He later reflected upon the award, “It’s a tribute to the leaders and general members of our club to be named club of the year by our district. This is a highly competitive award, given to the Pomona Host Lions by one
of the top four Lions districts in North America.

“Countless hours of dedicated service by many members brought about this recognition.”

The club also won two other awards: the district-wide Bimonthly Bulletin Award and the Visitation Award for Division B. The Pomona Host Lions Bulletin, under editor Barbara Smith, has received the award for five consecutive years. The Visitation Award, under first vice president Amanda Gonzalez, marked its second consecutive win.

At the convention, club president Jack Lightfoot was recognized for his work as chairman of the District Budget and Audit Committee. Gil and Barbara Smith were recognized as chairs of the Disaster Preparedness Committee.