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Hospice Program at Lions Meeting

By Arlene Traxler

The Edgefield Lion’s Club had its monthly meeting on Monday, June 11, 2012, in the Edgefield United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.   Lion members enjoyed a wide variety of food prepared by the members.

Lion Vice-President Roger Timpson welcomed members and recognized the guest speaker, Ms. Courtney Hall, ARK Hospice Community Liaison and other representatives from ARK Hospice.

ARK Hospice currently serves patients and families in Abbeville, Aiken, Anderson, Edgefield, Greenville, Greenwood, McCormick, Pickens, Oconee and Spartanburg Counties.  The two medical directors in Edgefield County are:  Drs. Tammy Massey and George Rainsford.

ARK Hospice social workers meet with families assisting their financial and emotional needs and they develop care around what the patient and family need; during 2011 ARK Hospice served over 400 patients.

ARK Hospice care is available to anyone who has a life-threatening or terminal illness and that has a prognosis of six months or less if the illness runs its normal course.  However, patients can remain in hospice longer than six months if necessary.

ARK Hospice is open to anyone desiring to become a volunteer a few hours each month providing companionship and caring support to patients and their families.

Following the presentation, Lion members shared questions with the ARK Hospice representatives.

Afterwards, Lion Secretary Carroll Wates gave a financial report with an update on eye exam and eyeglass approvals.

Lion members discussed upcoming activities, broom inventory and sales.

The meeting was adjourned with the next scheduled meeting on Monday, July 9, 2012, at 6:00 pm in the Edgefield United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 309 Norris Street.   The public is cordially invited to attend and share in the meetings.

Lion Club brooms are available from Lion members throughout the year.