Philippi Lions fly the flag at Mountain Hospice

Military veterans who are members of the Philippi Lions Club were on hand recently to fly a new flag that the Lions contributed for display at Mountain Hospice headquarters in Belington.

Taking part were Mountain Hospice Director of Marketing Mike Elza: Okey Gallien, past president of the Philippi Club; Tail Twister Ed Law; Hospice Director of Operations Don Trimble; and Lion Tamer Warren White.

Gallien is a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Law served for eight years with the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. White is a 30-year Marine veteran who served in Vietnam and Desert Storm.

“The Philippi Lions are pleased to render this service to Mountain Hospice,” said Gallien. “Our major emphasis is on sight conservation. Lions world-wide are known for providing glasses, even expensive eye surgery, to those who cannot afford the cost.

“Our Philippi Club has received international recognition for our unique medical equipment loan program, which includes loaning anything from a hospital bed to wheel chairs, shower chairs, canes and walkers,” he said.

Mountain Hospice was named the 2012 Business of the Year by the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce for being “an exemplary community and corporate citizen in the communities in which they serve.”

Mountain Hospice was founded in 1990 and currently services seven counties in North Central West


“Our mission is to provide physiological, psychological, social, and spiritual comfort and care for the terminally ill and their families,” Trimble said.