Bellville Lions health clinic Saturday morning at St. Paul Lutheran Church

By Louise Swartzwalder - Bellville Star

BELLVILLE — Area residents seeking help with all sorts of maladies are invited to get free advice by attending a special clinic Saturday, Feb. 23 in Bellville.

The event, sponsored by the Bellville Lions, will let people get health screenings, plus get help about things ranging from bariatric problems, to addiction, to infant sleeping problems.

Staff from three groups will be there to provide help and answers, said Carolyn Brook, district coordinator for the Bellville Lions.

The health clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

She said this is the first time her group has been able to put on such an event. An effort was made to do that last year, but some people backed out from helping, she said.

This year, people from Knox County and the Akron Children’s Hospital, plus staff from the Bellville Police Department will attend.

Brook said the Lions group is interested in “expanding its humanitarian services,” and wants more people to learn about diabetes and cancer in children.

“We’ve been wanting to do this for quite a while,” she said.

The Bellville Police Department will be there to talk about child safety.

Other things to be discussed are infection prevention, allergies, neuropathy, urgent care needs, cardiac rehabilitation and diabetes education.

Screening will be available for cholesterol. For this, fasting is required. Blood pressure also will be monitored.

Brook said she is still looking for an eye doctor to participate, because she thinks people want to know more about glaucoma and macular degeneration.

People in Knox County agreed to participate because the president of the Lions Club goes to doctors in that area.

Brook said the Knox County people indicated they were “so excited” to participate.

The Lions Club has already done vision screening of 625 kids at the Clear Fork schools, in cooperation with the Butler Lions Club, Brook said.

After that event, the clubs agreed to help anyone who needed to be referred elsewhere to obtain glasses, Brook said.

The Lions Club is in 210 countries, with 1.4 million members, Brook said. The Lions Club is 102 years old. The Bellville Lions Club is 62 years old, said Brook.

The group nationally was able to pledge $8.8 million to the Special Olympics, Brook said.

The health care event and other enterprises are offered free, she said.

The Bellville club raises money with a food trailer which operates at the Bellville Street Fair. It also operates a concession stand for the Clear Fork Youth League.

The founder of the Lions Club, Melvin Young, vowed no money raised would go to administrative costs.

Brook said that standard applies to the Bellville club. If the club sells t-shirts, a surcharge of $2 may be added, and that would go to any costs such as making copies and doing mailings to the public, she said.

The club also trains officers, she said.

Recently, trash cans placed by the Lions Club were repainted by a local Boy Scout.

For that, the Boy Scout, working on his Eagle Scout designation, received a plaque.

The club is going to honor veterans with an honor flight in March. The date for that has not been set, Brook said.

Brook has a history of service to the Lions Club. She was the second woman member in the club, plus the second woman governor for the district, which has 10 counties. That includes 55 clubs.

She has also received an International President award. The Ohio General Assembly presented two printed resolutions, honoring her for her service.

For one award, she received a pin with diamonds.

By Louise Swartzwalder

Bellville Star