Vote Now and Often !! – Deadline December 9th

With your help, we got Lyon-Martin into the Top 7 Finalists. Now it’s the last round of voting!!

7×7 Magazine and PG&E are awarding $10,000 and a Feature Story to a favorite San Francisco non-profit.  Help Lyon-Martin Health Services win!!!

Please Go to

http://www.7×7.com/arts-culture/san-franciscos-favorite-charities-vote-top-seven

Scroll down the page, CLICK the Button next to #2 Lyon-Martin Health Services.

Scroll further down the page Hit SUBMIT to vote for Lyon-Martin!  

You can vote once per day per IP address

And please spread the word. 

The polls close on December 9th.
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-On December 13, the winner will be announced on 7×7.com. The winning organization will be featured in the March 2012 issue, and the other six finalists will be highlighted.

 

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Nov. 15th Deadline – Vote for Lyon-Martin Now!!!

Our work continues and here’s another way you can help Lyon-Martin.  Please Take Action!!

7×7 Magazine and PG&E are awarding $10,000 and a Feature Story to a favorite San Francisco non-profit.  Help Lyon-Martin Health Services win!!!

Please Go to:

 http://www.7×7.com/san-franciscos-favorite-charities-vote-top-49

About half-way down the page, CLICK the Button next to #20 Lyon-Martin Health Services.

Then about three-quarters of the way down the page Hit SUBMIT to vote for Lyon-Martin!  

You can vote once per day per IP address (computer, smart phone, etc.)  

And please spread the word. 

The polls close on November 15th.
-On November 16, 7×7 will reveal the Top 7 finalists for a second round of voting.
-On December 13, the winner will be announced on 7×7.com. The winning organization will be featured in the March 2012 issue, and the other six finalists will be highlighted.

Read 7×7′s full announcement here.

 

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Oct. 10th Deadline – Vote for Lyon-Martin Now!!!

7×7 and PG&E are awarding $10,000 and a feature story to a favorite San Francisco non-profit.  Help Lyon-Martin Health Services win!!!

Email:  favoritecharity@7×7.com  and Vote for Lyon-Martin Health Services.

-Send your nominations until October 10.
-On October 19, 7×7 will post the Top 49 charities nominated, and the voting frenzy begins.
-On November 16, 7×7 will reveal the Top 7 finalists for a second round of voting.
-On December 13, the winner will be announced on 7×7.com. The winning organization will be featured in the March 2012 issue, and the other six finalists will be highlighted.

Read 7×7′s full announcement here.

And please spread the word.  Voting deadline is Monday, October 10th.

 

 

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Tuesday! Z-Day 2011!

A Night of Undead Performance Benefiting the Living

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THEIR MOST IMPERIAL MAJESTIES, EMPEROR FRANKIE & EMPRESS SAYBELINE, AND THE IMPERIAL COUNCIL OF SAN FRANCISCO, INC., MR. GAY SAN FRANCISCO KIT TAPATA & MISS GAY SAN FRANCISCO PATTY MCGROIN DARE YOU TO JOIN US …

Z-Day 2011

An evening of undead performance benefitting Lyon-Martin Health Services, featuring zombie readings with “Loving Dead” author Amelia Beamer, “Panama Laugh” author Thomas S. Roche, & special guest Violet Blue.

and…
Zombie Makeovers!
Zombie Photo Ops!
Zombie Drag Show!
Zello Shots!
Zaffle Prizes!
Zombie Happy Meals at Sneaky’s BBQ til 10pm!

Tuesday, September 13th at 8pm
at Rebel, 1760 Market Street, SF

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Save Lyon-Martin Launches 30 Days of Health Campaign!

Live better during the month of September and support Lyon-Martin Health Services. Join us in our campaign to improve the well-being of yourself and those around you!

The task is simple: do something good for yourself in September and make a promise to do it all month! Share this promise with your friends and family and ask them to sponsor you for a healthier lifestyle.

What would make you happier and healthier?

  • Volunteer at a local organization
  • Quit or cut back on smoking
  • Bike to work everyday
  • Learn a new hobby

You get the idea – choose an activity that promotes your health and the health of your community and join us in doing it for 30 Days. Our goal is to raise $150,000 by making these healthy choices and we need your help!

Click here www.firstgiving.com/lyonmartin to set up a simple fundraising page and start sharing it with your friends and family today!

We even encourage you to start a team and recruit people to join you in your 30 Days to Health. Setting up a page is easy and spreading the word is even easier!

We hope you join us for 30 days of healthy choices!

Wishing good health to all,
Save Lyon-Martin

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Save Lyon-Martin general meetings moving to first Wednesday of the month

It was decided at August’s general meeting to move SLM meetings to the first Wednesday of the month, beginning in September (September 7). Meetings will continue to be held at 5:30 at the LGBT Center.

For more information on what was discussed at August’s meeting, please see the minutes here.

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Agenda for general meeting tonight (8/4)!

Save Lyon Martin – Community Planning Group Agenda
LGBT Center lobby, 5:30-7:30
Thursday 8/4/11

5:30 – 5:35 Introductions
5:35 – 6:05 Updates and questions with Dawn Harbatkin, interim ED of LM
6:05 – 7:00 Up-dates from work groups and LM BOD
- Fundraising
- Business
- Board
7:00 – 7:15 30 days of Health: who, what, when, where, how?
7:15 – 7:20 Next steps for this week
7:20 – 7:25 Next steps for next meeting
7:25 – 7:30 Schedule next meeting

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An Open Letter to the Lyon-Martin Health Services Community

July 26, 2011

An Open Letter to the Lyon-Martin Health Services Community

From: Marj Plumb, DrPH, Current Board Chair

This is my update to those of you who have expressed concern and support to Lyon-Martin Health Services. Many, many thanks to you all.

As you may know, Lyon-Martin’s board of directors had planned to immediately close the clinic in January of 2011 as they noted the clinic had accrued over one million dollars of debt (including unpaid payroll taxes). Mostly through the ingenious creativity and hard-work of a self-organized group of community activists and patients, calling themselves “Save Lyon-Martin”, an outpouring of community support led to $350,000 in donations in three months. While these funds have been vital, they are just the beginning steps along a lengthier path to sustainability.

Where we are now

Board Leadership

On March 23, 2011 I became the first new board member after the announcement of the significant debt; at that meeting I was also elected Board Chair. Since that time the staff and Board and I have focused on the complex task of assessing a damaged clinic, and trying to rebuild it. At the same time we continue to serve clients without interruption.

All of the board members who were in office during the accrual of debt have resigned. This is significant. It allows us to rebuild the board with new energy. As a Federally Qualified Health Center we are required to have nine board members, with up to half being clients. In addition to myself, we have four new board members: Pike Long, Cheryl Simas, Melyssa Mendoza, and Kate Sorensen. We are looking for at least 4 additional new board members and we would appreciate your guidance with nominations.

Executive Leadership

We are most fortunate to have the dedicated leadership of Dawn Harbatkin, MD, who has served as Medical Director since 2006. Dawn recently agreed to shoulder the responsibilities of the Interim Executive Director position during our transition. Most importantly, and to the credit of Dawn and all the LHMS healthcare providers, the quality of patient care has never been in question. However, from January to May, as the previous board considered the future of the clinic, staff positions were left vacant and the remaining staff had to double their workloads. All the remaining staff, volunteers, the Director of Operations Elizabeth Sekera, RN, and Dawn deserve our deepest gratitude for their tireless service. Please keep an eye on the LMHS website for job postings throughout the rebuilding process and pass this information along to your friends and colleagues.

Probation Status

Since 1982, LMHS has been a proud founding member of the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium (SFCCC). We are responsible to SFCCC for meeting certain federal requirements for community clinics. The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) also plays a role in overseeing healthcare services provided by clinics such as ours.

In recognition of the essential services offered at Lyon-Martin and our ability to provide a “medical home” for patients who would otherwise not have one, both the SFCCC and SFDPH have, since the crisis was announced, given hundreds of hours of compassionate oversight to our clinic to ensure that we move forward and continue to serve our patients. While we still have to meet many requirements in order to re-establish the clinic in good standing, we are working diligently to meet those requirements with the continued guidance of both the SFCCC and SFDPH.

In addition, the community group, Save Lyon-Martin, is more then just an exceptional fundraising group. Their Business Development Committee has been meeting with Lyon-Martin staff to conduct a thorough review of all clinic administrative and patient care systems to identify and address any deficiencies.

Finances

Although Lyon-Martin has never received so much money from donations so quickly (the first quarter achievement of $350K!!!), we still face a dire need. As you can imagine, the financial cost of rebuilding the clinic is itself a tremendous strain. Added to that is the fact that there are no cash reserves. This is THE challenge as we face the repayment of debt in the next couple of months.

We have completed a Financial Recovery Plan and Cash Flow Analysis that will only be actualized if the level of support generated from the first months of 2011 can be repeated by the end of 2011. We are rebuilding as prudently and cautiously as possible, but you do have to spend money to run a clinic!

Fundraising goal: $350,000 by December 31, 2011

Raising another $350,000 by the end of 2011 is a tall order, and it’s one that we simply must achieve. I’ll never forget a fundraising workshop from a couple of decades ago when the trainer said, “No one wants to give the ‘last’ donation to an organization.” That phrase has haunted me since taking over board leadership three months ago. Can I promise you that we will not close after you give or give again? No, I cannot. So I will ask you what I’ve asked myself: can I live with myself if I don’t try?

I can assure you that never in my 30 years of working in the nonprofit sector have I collaborated with such a committed, smart, hard working and compassionate group of people. If the clinic can be saved, it will be because of them…and you.

We are planning several fundraising campaigns for the fourth quarter of 2011 and will be back in touch with you as our plans develop. You can expect my email, letter, or call and I hope that you dig deep and contribute a “stretch” gift for Lyon-Martin Health Services and the clients we serve. Your donation will keep the clinic open and honor the community members, as well as the staff, who have been doing the impossible since the beginning of the year.

If you would like to make a gift but cannot participate in any of our activities, please visit our website: www.lyon-martin.org.

So why, might you ask, are we doing this?

Lyon-Martin Health Services (LMHS) has a 30-year history of providing culturally competent healthcare in a sensitive and caring environment. As you know, Lyon-Martin began as the only clinic in the world specifically caring for lesbians. The clinic has evolved to now serve a unique blend of 2500 underserved women, lesbians, and transgender patients. It is a nationally recognized model for serving our communities and is a sought after training site for healthcare professionals; and true to our historical beginnings, it is a clinic of last resort for patients who don’t “fit” anywhere else. This isn’t a question of “maybe we don’t need the clinic anymore”;
it’s a question of “how could we let a unique clinic, with such a significant place in our history, that is addressing such a compelling patient population, be lost.”

We ask you to consider Lyon-Martin as the embodiment of core feminist values: creating a just and equitable world. We deliver the highest quality healthcare to the most marginalized within our community.

Please join us as we work to preserve this unique medical home. I will continue to keep you informed with our progress. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Lyon-Martin Health Services. I’m always available at marj [at] marjplumb.com or 510-928-1959.

With many thanks for your past support…and in hopes of our future together,

Marj Plumb
Chair, Board of Directors
Lyon Martin Health Services

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The Hold is Lifted!

Dear Save Lyon-Martin,

A few weeks ago I emailed you all asking that you “put things on hold” until the board, staff leadership, and SLM business committee had a chance to review some financial projections and consider whether we felt we could continue moving forward in rebuilding the clinic.  While we were not unanimous, and for good reasons as we are all still very concerned by the precarious financial state the clinic is in, we are recommitted to keep working to help the clinic stay open, stabilize, and eventually thrive.  We are waiting on one more projection but anticipate that we will have a new fundraising goal for December 2012 of around $150,000.  We will seek individual, major donor, corporate, and foundation support to achieve that goal. So…the hold has been removed! Please continue with your own work to help the clinic stay open. I look forward to working with you to ensure “new systems of transparency and community accountability” to get the clinic out of this crisis and prevent a crisis in the future. While SLM and LMHS remain separate entities, I hope that we can work together in key areas such as fundraising, communications, and business development.

As always, thank you for all your work this past six months. Please contact me if you have any questions at all about the clinic and the work ahead of us.

Happy Pride,

Marj
Chair, Board of Directors
Lyon-Martin Health Services

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Tuesday, June 21: Dine Out for Lyon-Martin at Front Porch

Save-Support-Sustain Lyon-Martin Community Group (SLM) presents Dine Out for Lyon-Martin, a month long event to benefit Lyon-Martin Health Services.

Dine Out for Lyon-Martin runs throughout the month of June. “We’re excited to have the support of these great San Francisco restaurants and taverns” said Pike Long, founding member of SLM. “There’s something for everyone, every week, so come join us.” Participating restaurants have pledged to donate a portion of the night’s proceeds to Lyon-Martin.

Thank you Danyol & Andalu for a great event on Monday!

Our next event is Tuesday, June 21st at Front Porch (65a 29th Street @ Mission in SF):
5:30pm
415-698-7800
www.thefrontporchsf.com

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Upcoming events for Dine Out:

Front Porch is now our final Dine Out event. The event at Pi Bar on the 28th has had to be cancelled due to a death in the family. We send the folks at Pi our deepest sympathies.

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