At meetings in their clubhouse Quito Lions trade gossip, jest with one another and plan projects. Next to the clubhouse is a concrete reminder of their commitment to service: the Quito los Olivos Lions have operated a community medical center in the space adjacent to its clubhouse since 1997.
Funded by modest patient fees, the Quito los Olivos Medical Center is staffed by a team of 22 medical professionals and operates six days per week. From microsurgery and neurosurgery to ophthamology to maxillofacial surgery, the clinic provides routine and specialized medical care to approximately 20,000 people each year. Since 2002, the clinic has offered extensive services for cleft lip and cleft palate, free of charge to the families in need of those services.
Quito, Ecuador’s capital, sits high in the Andean foothills. Chartered in 1980, the Quito los Olivos Lions Club has 29 members.
Recently, their clinic has seen an increase in the number of low-income expectant mothers seeking care. The private clinics in the area typically charge US$30 to US$50 for prenatal and maternity services, which is beyond the financial means of many residents. Consequently, more women are turning to the Quito los Olivos Medical Center for quality, acessible health care and family services.
To accomodate the increased demand, local Lions clubs built a second floor on the clinic to house a dedicated maternity ward. With the new space allocated and the professional expertise already on hand, all that was missing was the medical equipment.
Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) awarded a US$59,043 Standard grant to the Lions of Ecuador to equip the new maternity clinic. Local Lions used these funds to purchase critical supplies such as an infant radiant warmer, a fetal monitor, newborn cribs, three electric hospital beds, a portable electrocardiograph machine, other diagnostic tools, a pediatric scale and birthing table.
“It is important to face life with a smile,” says patient Laura Inés Rodríguez Zapater. “LCIF and the Quito los Olivos Lions Club have provided us with a reason to
The LCIF grant has substantially increased the amount of services the clinic can offer. The new maternity clinic now provides women of childbearing age with family planning education, health screenings, prenatal care, delivery and post-partum care. The clinic also offers vaccinations, nutritional counseling and therapeutic services for children. The addition of the maternity clinic means the Quito los Olivos Medical Center will now serve an expected 30,000 people each year, which means healthier mothers, healthier families and a healthier community.
LCIF Standard grants provide matching funds from US$10,000 to US$100,000 to Lions clubs or districts that have identified a need within their community and have a plan to address that need. Projects must serve a large number of people and must be beyond the scope of traditional club and/or district fundraising activities. Standard grants generally provide capital funding for equipment and infrastructure needs. To learn about Standard grants, please visit lcif.org.
This article originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of LION Magazine.
Lions join the world community in sending our thoughts and prayers to the people of France, and in the condemnation of violence and terrorism wherever and whenever they exist.
Our hearts go out to the victims of this senseless act and the families who are left to mourn their loved ones.
I chose as my theme this year “Dignity. Harmony. Humanity.” There is no dignity that comes from acts of violence. Harmony is sown only through compassion. Humanity is lifted through service to those in need.
Terrorism undermines all that is decent, and the process of peace we all strive to preserve.
Liberty. Independence. Our Nations Safety.
Long live France! Long live peace and understanding!
Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Les Lions se joignent au monde entier en adressant nos meilleurs voeux et nos prières au peuple français, et en condamnant la violence et le terrorisme où et quand qu’ils surviennent.
Nous sommes de tout cœur avec les victimes de cet acte de violence insensé et les familles qui sont laissées dans le deuil de leurs bien-aimés.
Cette année, j’ai choisi le thème : “Dignité. Harmonie. Humanité.” Aucune dignité ne résulte des actes de violences. L’harmonie est semée uniquement par la voie de la compassion. L’humanité est relevée à un plus haut niveau uniquement par le biais du service aux nécessiteux.
Le terrorisme compromet tout ce qui est respectable, ainsi que le processus de paix que nous nous efforçons tous de maintenir.
Liberté. Indépendance. La sauvegarde de nos Nations.
Vive la France ! Vivent la paix et la compréhension !
Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada
Lions Clubs International staff organized a series of activities last week in honor of World Diabetes Day (November 14, 2015).
LCI is committed to supporting Lions in their diabetes awareness, prevention, and service efforts. Visit the association’s website for diabetes project ideas and planning resources or write firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There are an estimated 387M people worldwide suffering from diabetes and this number is expected to increase to 600M by 2035. Diabetes has reached global epidemic proportions. The good news is diabetes is preventable through education, awareness, and early intervention.
Since the 1980’s, Lions have made concerted efforts to stem the growing tide of diabetes – through awareness building events, screening activities, and donations to LCIF’s grant programs, which support the development of comprehensive healthcare systems. From July 1 to October 31 alone, 459 Lions clubs have reported 815 diabetes awareness and education events benefitting 239,732 people. The numbers for diabetes screenings are equally impressive with 124,872 people served in just 4 months.
For those Lions who are already involved in diabetes prevention efforts, don’t forget to share with LCI and LCIF what you are doing, the impact you are making, and what additional resources you need to increase your impact. You can share your stories through Submit a Photo, MyLCI Service Activity Report, or by emailing email@example.com.
For those Lions who want to learn how to get their club involved, please visit lionsclubs.org and lcif.org for project planning resources and funding opportunities. Or make a donation to LCIF today to support Core 4 Diabetes and SightFirst grants. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more today. We look forward to hearing from you!
Today’s special Veterans Day post is by Bill Bradfield, a Lion and a Vietnam War veteran who was diagnosed with diabetes due to exposure to Agent Orange. Learn how he has been fighting diabetes by living a full, active, adventurous life while raising funds for diabetes research. World Diabetes Day is November 14 – be sure to encourage people in your community to lead healthy lifestyles in the fight against diabetes. Find more Lions diabetes resources on the LCI website.
I am Bill Bradfield, proud member of the Lions in Cadillac Michigan District 11E1 and a Vietnam War veteran. Like thousands of other veterans who served their country in Vietnam, I was exposed to the chemical defoliant Agent Orange, which has been proven responsible for causing many types of cancer and Diabetes Mellitus (type 2). I am both a cancer survivor and a diabetic because of my exposure to it.
When I returned from Vietnam, I needed something to take my mind off the war. I have been an avid snowmobiler since 1968. My first club was the Sno-wish riders based in Lansing, Michigan. The name was derived from our annual fundraising ride, which was for the “Make-A-Wish Foundation.”
I continued to enjoy the sport of snowmobiling with a passion, always donating to good causes such as the American Cancer Society, the Pink Ribbon Riders for breast cancer, the American Heart Association, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Diabetes Research Institute, the American Diabetes Association, the Canadian Diabetes Association and many functions for the leader dog programs and White Cane.
In 2005 I was diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus (type 2). There was no history of diabetes in my family. When the results came back from the Veterans Administration, they confirmed that my diabetes was caused due to my exposure to Agent Orange. I decided to deal with my medical situation as well as possible. Shortly after I was diagnosed, I decided to combine my winter snowmobile adventures with trying to help find a cure for diabetes.
The first thought was to organize a snowmobile ride as a fundraiser to help find a cure while supporting research. The ride began on February 15, 2010, in Michigan. We rode through five states, five provinces, four time zones and 4,000 miles of the most beautiful and sometimes most treacherous landscape of North America. The ride finished 22 days later in Tok, Alaska, and we raised an amazing $102,000!
In 2012 I led a coast to coast motorcycle ride on the snowmobile I rode to Alaska – now converted to a three-wheel trike! The ride went from Cadillac Michigan to the Boston Harbor to San Francisco to the Sturgis Bike rally in the Black Hills of North Dakota, and back to Cadillac — a total of 8,389 miles. We rode through 33 states. The ride was dedicated to all veterans of all wars, and we raised $17,000 for diabetes research.
In February of 2015, we broke our own record and organized a “World Tour” on snowmobiles for diabetes research. There were a total of 62 riders through six countries: the United States, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The total mileage collectively was 54,000 miles! We traveled through 12 time zones and raised $37,000 for diabetes research and awareness.
The 2016 ride will be in 2 phases. Phase 1 will be a ride across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to International Falls Minnesota and back. Phase 2 will be a ride in Yellowstone National Park, Montana, Idaho and the Black Hills of South Dakota. All Lions clubs are invited to participate and donate.
In 2017, for the celebration of the Lions Centennial, we are planning an expedition that will start in the state of Maine and end at the Top of the World highway to Tok, Alaska. We will be encouraging Lions all through North America to participate. We expect to travel over 5,000 miles on snowmobiles raising funds for diabetes research.
There are 29 MILLION PEOPLE in America today diagnosed with diabetes, 9 MILLION in Canada, 387 MILLION worldwide with a projected increase of 205 MILLION by the year 2035. In 2014 the cost related to diabetes just in the U.S. was 612 BILLION DOLLARS! Someone is diagnosed worldwide every 17 seconds and someone dies from this dreaded disease every 7 seconds!
Lion Bill Bradfield
Cadillac, Michigan, President MichCanSka International
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