A picture from the 61st Annual Lions Club Pancake Breakfast.

by Susan DeRemer

Many Thanks

Many thanks to everyone who came to the Santa Monica Lions Club pancake breakfast to eat pancakes, catch-up with friends, watch the Cabeza de Vaca Cultural Dancers and participate in the raffle. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will be used to support many organizations that serve in the Santa Monica Community. We would like to also give special acknowledgement to Casa Escobar, Gilbert’s El Indio, Fromin’s, Carlthrop School, OP Café, Bob’s Market and Pacific Youth Foundation. Each of them helped to make our event successful.

If you are interested in applying for a SM Lions grant, the deadline for grant applications has changed and is now is FEBRARY 1st. For more information, to see qualifications and to download an application, go to the SM Lions website and click Club Projects. You can also contact Susan DeRemer at santamonicalion@gmail.com with any questions.

November is National Diabetes Awareness month. As Lions we are working to increase everyone’s awareness of this deadly disease. In the past 20 years, the number of US adults diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled. More than 30 million people in the US have diabetes with 25% of them not aware they have it. An additional 84 million US adults—over a third—have prediabetes, and 90% of them don’t know they have it.

Diabetes puts you at risk for kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and blindness, so the earlier it is diagnosed the better chance you have of controlling it. Early symptoms can include increased thirst and urination, increased hunger, fatigue, weight loss, blurred vision and slow healing wounds. If you experience any combination of these symptoms, please make an appointment for a diabetes screening.

One of the many programs the Santa Monica Lions support is the Santa Monica YMCA’s diabetes prevention program, Redefine Your Health – Transform Your Life. The year-long program helps those at high risk of developing type-2 diabetes adopt and maintain healthy lifestyles by eating healthier, increasing physical activity and losing a modest amount of weight to reduce their chances of developing the disease. More information can be found at www.ymcasm.org.

To learn more about Lions Clubs International and the Santa Monica Lions, you are welcome to attend a lunch meeting on the 1st or 3rd Thursday of each month. However, with the holidays fast approaching our schedule may be modified. Please contact to Yoriko Fisher at santamonicalion@gmail.com before attending a lunch. Our meetings are held at the Elks Lodge on Pico, between 10th and 11th Streets at 12:15 p.m.

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