Today: Dec 11 , 2018

The Buz Blog: Lions Take Their Eye Care Van to Rural Yavapai County
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The Eye Care Van is the best kept secret in Yavapai County.

On Friday, July 20, 2018, the Lions Clubs of Yavapai County took their Eye Care Van to Ash Fork. Five Lions from the Prescott Noon Lions Club (Paul Chastain, John Schmitt, Doug George, Isaac Acosta and Buz Williams), assisted Dr. Amy Champ by setting up, organizing the patients and collecting the information so the patients can get their glasses and/or referrals, if they need them. Dr. Champ conducted 21 examinations. 

The Eye Care Van is the best kept secret in Yavapai County. The Eye Care Van is a converted Winnebago RV. It has a fully equipped eye doctors examination room. It is used by volunteer eye doctors to give eye exams and write prescriptions for eye glasses. This fully equipped van was purchased from the New Mexico Lions in 2015. While the eye exam room of the van was fine, it needed some mechanical and cosmetic (repainting) work. Also some administrative work was needed to help fund and operate the van. This was accomplished by the hard work of Lions Paul Chastain, John Schmitt and Doug George. 

The van is currently owned and operated by the Prescott Noon Lions, under the banner of Yavapai County. The Lions of Yavapai County is a new organization that consists of members of all or most of the Lions clubs of Yavapai County.  When the Lions of Yavapai County are ready ownership of the van will transferred to them. The mission of this group is to use the Eye Care Van to bring eye care services to all of this county with particular emphasis on those residents who lack the means and/or the access to eye care services. 

While the van can now bring eye care services anywhere in Yavapai County, its primary advantage is serving rural areas such a Ash Fork, Paulden, Bagdad, Yarnell, Camp Verde, Mayer, Cordes Lakes and Black Canyon City. 

As one might imagine, planning one of the eye exam events requires the logistics of a small military unit. The date, location, facility and an available eye doctor must be coordinated. Finding a facility that is able to accommodate the Eye Care Van is not an easy task. Our good doctors volunteer their time and so we must find a date that is most convenient for them. 

The Lions Clubs of Yavapai County have scheduled events, once a month for the rest of the year. The eye exams are scheduled from 9 AM to 4 PM. 

On August 18, 2018 an event is scheduled for Yarnell.

On September 8, 2018 an event is scheduled for Cordes Lakes.

There is a tentative event for Camp Verde in October, but no firm date, or facility is scheduled yet. 

In November, a tentative event for Bagdad is planned, but again no firm date, or facility is confirmed at this time. 

An event for Black Canyon City is scheduled for December 8, 2018. 

For further information or to find out how to plan a future eye exam event, please call Lion Paul Chastain at (928)553-5327 or Lion Doug George at (203)910-3524. 

Buz Williams, Opinion Columnist

Richard F. "Buz" Williams was born into a police family.  His father, both grandfathers, a great uncle and a cousin were all on the Los Angeles Police Department and he also had an uncle on the Hawthorne, California Police Department.  Buz served for 29 years on the Long Beach, California Police Department were he worked Patrol, Juvenile, Vice, Auto Theft and Gangs.  He retired in December of 2002.  Buz has been married to his wife Judi for 44 years.  They have two grown sons who live in Southern California with their families, which include two daughter-in-laws, three grandsons and a granddaughter.  Buz and Judi have lived in Prescott since 2004.  

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