Celebrating Partnerships

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OLSHF Board, Staff & Friends,

As we turn the page on an old month and embark upon the chapter of May 2020, I thank you for being part of the OLSHF story and making it possible to bring vital sight and hearing services to those in need.

Celebrating Partnerships Across Oregon
The impact that OLSHF has on the lives of residents of Central and Eastern Oregon and throughout the Columbia River Gorge is due to our effective partnerships with Lions Clubs, schools, and healthcare professionals. 
From Bend to Baker City, and from Hood River to Huntington, we screen nearly 30,000 students a year for vision health issues, make high quality new eyeglasses for people in need, and connect Oregonians with state of the art vision surgery and treatment that restores the gift of sight and keeping the Lions promise to Helen Keller of addressing preventable blindness and hearing loss.

To get a better look at what these partnerships and programs look like, please take a few minutes to watch our new District G video. We’ve dedicated the video to the memory of OLSHF School Vision Screening Coordinator and Crooked River Ranch Lion Ted Carlin, and the video features “cameos” from District G luminaries such as Art Carroll, George Sahlberg, Tom Bessonette, Judith Poage, Molly Rhea, Betty Jane Bugbee, and Paul Zastrow. OLSHF 2nd Vice Chair provides a wonderful closing message – Thank you, Phyllis!

We’ve already heard very nice feedback on the video – they are a joy to make and we appreciate hearing your feedback on the content. Here’s one of our favorite images, featuring Burns Lion and Past OLSHF Chair George Sahlberg and Past OLSHF Trustee and Bend-Sunrise Lion Tom Bessonette.

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Between them, George and Tom have over 100 years of Lionism!

OLSHF Webinar Series
We’re so pleased with the response we’ve received through the first two weeks of our new Webinar series – Thank you to OLSHF Staff Kerith Vance and Melinda Rhodes for the very informative ROAR! Hearing Assistance webinar this past week. These webinars take place on Thursdays at 11:00 AM and are available to view on our website.

This coming week, OLSHF Programs & Operations Director Kerith Vance will share some of the history of the Foundation’s oldest and longest running program, Patient Care. You’ll learn the backstory of some Patient Care recipients, better understand the process of how the program operates, and you’ll have the information and resources necessary to help someone in need in YOUR community receive restorative vision surgery and treatment – at no cost to your Lions Club. We’ve had nearly 100 participants participate in the first two webinars – and we have room for plenty more! 

You can register easily by clicking here:

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OLSHF Board of Trustees Meeting – May 14th
The next meeting of the OLSHF Board of Trustees is right around the corner, Thursday May 14th from 11 AM to 1 PM. This meeting will take place with 100% remote participation and the general public is welcome to “attend”. Members of the Board will receive a meeting packet this coming week and will have 7 days to review the action items on the agenda, which will be treated as consent items.

The balance of the meeting will feature information on OLSHF programs as well as a Town Hall format where Board members and other interested participants can ask questions and/or provide feedback to OLSHF Board leadership and Staff.

As Always – Thank you
In closing, I’d like to again express our gratitude for the support that you provide to the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation. 

While this era of managing a pandemic and observing social distancing can certainly be trying, the relationships that we enjoy with you, our supporters, is what gives us strength as we journey together into this next phase of “keeping the promise” to those in need.

So, Thank you – and so long for now,


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