Valley Lions Club, Grace Cottage team up for diabetes awareness

NEWFANE — The Valley Lions Club has partnered with Grace Cottage Hospital Wellness professionals to serve the community during the National Diabetes Awareness Month by offering a Diabetes Awareness Program on Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. The event will be held at the NewBrook Volunteer Fire & Rescue located on Route 30. There is no charge for the event. The public is invited.

Diabetes contributes to more than 5 million deaths a year, making it the eighth-leading cause of death in the world. And the numbers are rising. The International Lions Club recognizes the epidemic each year on Nov. 14 as “World Diabetes Day.” Fifty percent of people who have diabetes don't know they have it, according to a news release.

According to Shelly Huber of The Valley Lions Club, “Our event is open to the public and will provide a time to learn about the International Lions Club efforts to bring diabetes awareness to the West River Valley communities through the assistance of Elizabeth Harrison C.C.N./Health Coach and Deborah Brown RN/Diabetes Educator. They will present a diabetes and nutrition program with question and answer sessions and literature to bring home to share with your family and friends during the holiday season.”

Lions clubs are groups of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. The International Lions Club celebrates their Centennial year as an organization in 2017. The Valley Lions Club was formed in 1968. The members meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the NewBrook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Community Room.

For more information or to get involved with the Valley Lions Club, please contact Shelly Huber, membership chair, at 802-221-0536 or by email at [email protected]. To learn more about the state and local Lions Club at Vermont Lions Club District 45, visit or the “Valley Lions Club” Facebook page.

Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organization, with more than 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a strong commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit

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