Lions Annual Hayride
Our 33rd annual Hayride will take place on December 4, 2016 at the Police Point Interpretive Centre from 1 - 4 pm. Further details coming soon!
The Lions Club of Medicine Hat has been an integral part of the community since 1950. Their impact on the City of Medicine Hat and it's surrounding communities is evident in the projects that that can be seen and used by community members. These include Gear Up!, Lions Park, Strathcona Island Park, a ball diamond at the Family Leisure Center, playground facilities, the walking track at the Southridge Health and Wellness Center. Additionally, our Club supports a number of youth sports teams, scholarships for young people and local groups such as the Women's Shelter, the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank and the Medicine Hat and District Health Foundation.
Throughout our history, we have worked together with our community to make Medicine Hat a great place to live, grow, and bring up our families. Our contribution to our community can be measured by the thousands of voluunteer hours of service and the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised in Medicine Hat and donated BACK to Medicine Hat.
Membership is open to men and women throughout the area who are civic-minded, seek to help others and like to have fun while supporting our community. Lions members live the motto: "We Serve" every day.
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Lions Club donations leading to a brighter world
By Gillian Slade on June 4, 2014.
From the left is: Jason Melhoff, chair of the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation; Kim Simpson, secretary Lions Clubs of Medicine Hat; Heather Bach incoming executive director of the Health Foundation; Alan Bergen treasurer for the Lion's Club; and Dan Kammerer retiring executive director for the foundation.--NEWS PHOTO GILLIAN SLADE
A generous donation from the Lions Club has allowed for the purchase of new laser equipment at the Laser Eye Clinic, and this will mean more comfortable treatments and less need for patients to travel to Calgary.
The Pascal Laser — costing $125,500 — will specifically benefit patients with diabetes that has resulted in eye issues such as diabetic macular edema, says Linda Tessmann-Potvin, Alberta Health Services director of the surgical suite and ambulatory care at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.
“About 15 to 20 patients a week are expected to benefit from the Pascal Laser,” said Tessmann-Potvin. “It will reduce the number of times patients have to travel to Calgary.”
For the Lions Club of Medicine Hat it was the perfect fit for an organization challenged decades ago by Helen Keller to support eye care. In 1925 at a convention Keller asked Lions Clubs to become Knights of Blind.
“The number of laser bursts in one or two treatments with this equipment is significantly less than what has been available in Medicine Hat,” said Kim Simpson, secretary for Lions Club of Medicine Hat. “There are some patients who were not prepared for multiple treatments that included one or two laser bursts at a time.”
The only other option patients had was to travel to Calgary and for those who were not able to drive themselves it meant having to arrange for family members to assist them, said Alan Bergen, Lions Club treasurer.
“This piece of equipment will change peoples’ lives,” said Jason Melhoff chair of the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation. “We respect all that the Lions Club does for the community.”
When the foundation understood how Lions Club wanted to see its donation used, it became a case of research to determine the best fit to achieve those goals, said Melhoff.
The Lions Club has been a significant part of the community since 1950 and has over the years contributed more than $330,000 through the Medicine Hat & District Health Foundation.
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