We at the Orcas Island Lions Club would like to thank all the participants of our 2014 Health Screening event held on March 31 and April 1 in front of Island Market. First, and foremost, we would like to thank those 114 islanders who chose to attend.
Our testing highlighted between eight and 10 attendees with potentially serious health problems: two with high pressure in the eyes which could indicate glaucoma (a treatable, but vision robbing disease of the eye), a couple of participants with high blood glucose (that could indicate diabetes) and several with greatly elevated blood pressure readings (which is a strong risk factor/indicator for heart disease). To those participants we hope you follow up with your health care providers to head off some potentially serious health problems, and then, our efforts will have been worth it!
We’d also like to thank Patricia Moran-Hodge, Cara Cohn and other participants who spread the word to others to increase attendance!
Second, we’d like to thank the following Lions (and one Lion’s spouse) who gave their personal time to make this event possible: Mike Jonas, Leif, John Lofland, Mac Trunkey, Diane Whitley, (who helped out both days), Jim Biddick, Bill Buchan, Merry Bush, Margaret Jonas, Paul Losleben, Kay Miller, Kim Rose and Steve Schaefer. We’d like to thank Mike and Pat Parker from Longview Lions who brought the Health Screening Unit to us and helped provide the services to our Orcas Island community, and the Northwest Lions Foundation Site/Life Program for providing the equipment.
Lastly, we’d like to thank Island Market for providing the space (on the street) at the busiest/most visible place on our island. We’d like to thank the Sounder and all the businesses that displayed our posters to advertise our event – we couldn’t get the community participation without you.
For those who participated and those who missed us, please look for us again in the spring of 2015 – we look forward to fulfilling our motto: “We Serve!”
Karen and Toby Hiller
Health Screening Chairs