New ambulance due to arrive next week for HDH

In attendance for the presentation of the check from Lions International were (L-R) Katia Collins, Jeff Sceirine, Denise Rose, Herb Vloedman, Jim Syagl, Pete Runnels and Bill Burley. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

In attendance for the presentation of the check from Lions International were (L-R) Katia Collins, Jeff Sceirine, Denise Rose, Herb Vloedman, Jim Syagl, Pete Runnels and Bill Burley. (Photo by RANDY PARKS)

On Monday, Aug. 26, District Governor Bill Burley attended the Burns Lions Club meeting to present a $75,000 check from Lions International to representatives of Harney District Hospital. The funds will be used for the purchase of a new ambulance.

Before the presentation of the check, Burns Lions Club member and EMT Herb Vloedman gave a brief history of the fundraising efforts to purchase the new ambulance:

The hospital currently has three ambulances, each with more than 100,000 miles. This was on my mind when Ann and I were on a Lions Eyeglass Mission in Mexico in November 2010. I mentioned our need for a new ambulance to Sharon Elder, past district governor, District O, MD 36. Sharon then told me about grant possibilities through the Lions Club International Foundation, and encouraged and assisted us with the grant application.

Beginning in January 2011, we announced our need for a new ambulance to the Harney County community, who responded with generous donations, totaling about $85,000 as matching funds for the ambulance and toward purchase of equipment.

Denise Rose, the hospital’s development coordinator, collected information and completed draft-after-draft of the application, which was submitted to the foundation in February 2012.

Jim Stagl of the Crooked River Ranch Lions, and then district governor, the Lakeview and Bend Lions clubs, along with numerous clubs from the valley, gave us their support. In June last year, Ann and I were at the Lions Club International meeting in Busan, South Korea, where I visited the foundation’s booth and received a verbal acknowledgement that we had received the $75,000 grant (the decision had been made the night before at its executive meeting).

After a lot of investigation into the specifications we wanted in our ambulance, the order was placed. The new ambulance is due to arrive next month, and will proudly display the Lions International emblem.

Fundraising continues for the equipment needed inside the ambulance. The “Ambulance Chaser” bike ride, coming up Sept. 14, has raised funds for three years, and monies raised at the Monte Carlo night have also been dedicated to the ambulance and needed equipment.



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