San Juan Island EMS Recipient 60 Glucometers
San Juan Island EMS has once again increased its capability to respond to emergencies here on the island with the help of the San Juan Lions Foundation for Sight and Hearing.
Last week when the Lion's Club Health Screening Unit was on island, the San Juan Lions donated 60 new blood glucose monitors to EMS. This enables all of the 40 EMTs to have a personal blood glucose monitor in their First Responder packs. Chief Jim Cole said, "This allows every EMT to diagnose and treat diabetics before the ambulance or paramedics arrive. This is part of our 5 year strategic goal of allowing more life saving interventions to arrive within 2 minutes of every call for help." They are also raising funds for an additional 32 AED units to be carried by EMTs by 2010. The cost of each unit is approximately $2,500. Due to recent Federal spending cuts in rural health and EMS, grants for this equipment will be unlikely.
EMS personnel and the Board of Commissioners want to thank the San Juan Lions for their expensive and timely donation to saving lives here on San Juan Island.
SJ Lions To Form "Leo Lions" For The Young
(San Juan Lion Club President John Towson, along with Lisa Brown, Leo Club CO Chairperson and past Lion's President, Minnie Knych, are shown with the ten Charter members of the newly formed Lions Leo Club for San Juan Island.)
Future San Juan Leo Lions met at Friday Harbor High School last week before Spring break to discuss becoming the Charter Leo Lions Club Group for San Juan Island.
The mission of Lions Opportunities for Youth is: To provide the young people of the world with opportunities for achievement, learning, contribution and service, individually and collectively, through sponsorship of activities identified as best practices in the field of youth development.
The "San Juan Leo Lions" are a Youth Group, and will be sponsored by San Juan Lions, the island's first service organization on San Juan Island, beginning in 1962. Lions Club is an international of over 1.5 million members, with local membership over 80 men and women.
The Leo Clubs are also an International Club "...to provide the youth of the world (with) an opportunity for development and contribution, individually and collectively, as responsible members of the local, national and international community."
The ten initial Leo Charter Members for San Juan Island will provide a nucleus for teens to contribute their time, talents and service to San Juan Island.
The first Leo Club was formed in 1957 in Glenside, Pennsylvania and that group created the Leo acronym - Leadership, Equality, Opportunity (Equality was later changed to Experience.)
The mission of Lions Opportunities for Youth is: To provide the young people of the world with opportunities for achievement, learning, contribution and service, individually and collectively, through sponsorship of activities identified as best practices in the field of youth development