As we head into the last week of April, I hope this finds you feeling well and feeling connected to the world around you.
OLSHF Webinar Series We kicked off our new weekly webinar series this past Thursday with Katie and Kelly’s LEAP Webinar and have received wonderful feedback from participants, such as this nice compliment from Teddy June Smith of the Lake Oswego Lions Club: “Thank you. Covered much. Good information. You are all so awesome.” Teddy June
Coming up this week is a ROAR! Hearing Assistance program webinar, hosted by Kerith Vance and Melinda Rhodes.
OLSHF Low Vision Clinic A program of ours that doesn’t get nearly enough attention is the Lions Low Vision Clinic, featuring Dr J.P. Lowery of Pacific University. Dr. Lowery works with Educational Service Districts throughout Oregon to identify students with special needs that might have a better learning experience if their vision health issues were addressed.
Our relationship with Dr. Lowery enables about 125 students per year receive low vision eye examinations and those that need them receive assistive devices and technology to help them better view the world around them. Here’s a heartwarming success story that Dr. Lowery shared with us this week:
This is Adalynne – she just turned 3 years old, and has bilateral Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and will be starting preschool in the fall. “Ady” started braille learning recently but she needs a tool to help engage her in reading. Dr. Lowery evaluated Ady in 2018 with her vision teacher. All children with severe visual impairment or blindness are eligible to receive braille instruction through a Teacher of the Vision Impaired. Dr. Lowery recommended the Taptilo device for teaching braille. However the cost was prohibitive for the family and at this time, funds at the school district are frozen.
That’s when the Foundation stepped in to help. With our Low Vision Clinic grant from the Blind and Visually Impaired Student Fund, the Foundation quickly purchased the device and it will arrive at Ady’s home next week. Ady’s mom, Erica, is thrilled that Ady’s literacy will increase thanks to access to the device and kind support of Lions!
District G Convention We’re heartbroken that there will be no renewed relationships, no networking, no sharing of information at a Lions MD-36G Convention in LaPine this weekend.
For the next week we’ll highlight on Facebook many of our effective partnerships with schools, with sight and hearing providers, and of course with the dedicated Lions in Central and Eastern Oregon and the Columbia River Gorge, that we love so much.
Midweek we’ll release our new District G video that will showcase just a handful of the great examples of how we “keep the promise” from Hood River to Heppner, and from Bend to Baker City.
OLSHF Trustee and Hood River Lion Judith Poage shares her appreciation of the Foundation:
“I am quite proud that Lions have OLSHF. Working with the agricultural workers in our population through our Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation is such a blessing. OLSHF staff has done a marvelous job. So many many people have been assisted. This is a portion of our community who are very proud, take care of their own, and do not ask for help. And the majority don’t even own sunglasses for the type of work that they do. Thank you for being there to help us service this part of our own community. I am so proud of OLSHF!!! Judith
2020 KTP Campaign I’ll leave you with a short message from OLSHF Past Chair and current MD-36 Lions Council Chair Sharon Rollins.
Sharon and Dale are founding members of OLSHF’s Prestigious Recurring Individual Donor Entourage (PRIDE). Sharon shares her feelings about PRIDE and we invite you to please share her video with others:
Here’s what we’re asking all OLSHF Staff and Board members and supporters to do:
Please watch the video – It’s VERY short 🙂 Share the video in emails and on social media When sharing the video, please include this link also: https://olshf.org/pride/ (This is our secure donation portal).