Thank You

Thank You

Greetings OLSHF Board, Staff & Friends,

I wanted to provide an update on what is happening with your Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation as we near the end of our fourth week of social distancing in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Oregon Schools Closed For Balance of School Year
Yesterday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced that Oregon public school will not reopen this school year, meaning OLSHF’s School Vision Screening Program will not screen more students until next fall.

This announcement and other COVID-19 related information can be found here on yesterday’s Oregon Health Authority website:

With vision screenings curtailed, we’ll end the year having screened 180,000 students during the 2019-2020 school year. This is over 300% of the number of students that we used to screen as little as six years ago, so it is still a significant number of students and something to be proud of. We are now scheduling vision screenings for the 2020-2021 school year and the schools that had their screenings scheduled will be given priority for dates this Fall.

Thank You to Corvallis Lion Fred Hirsch
Sadly, long time Corvallis Lion Fred Hirsch passed away in 2019. A quiet man at times, Fred is remembered for being “a real life Yoda, a quizzical man…with the most surprising abilities” Corvallis Lion Skip Volkmann tells us. Fred also had the ability to leave a legacy. This week we received a six-figure bequest from Fred’s estate, a timely gift in lieu of current circumstances.

OLSHF’s policy for bequests is to invest these funds in the Foundation’s long term investment funds at the end of each fiscal year, providing that revenue has exceeded expenses for the year. If not, the Board may designate to use some or all of the bequest to offset a deficit.

For those not aware, the Foundation does provide at no cost an Estate Planning Guide and also offers free estate planning consultation with Gene Christian, one of the premier estate planning professionals in the NW. Please let me know if you are interested in any of these resources.

OLSHF Webinar Program
A key to staying sane and healthy during this era of Stay at Home is keeping connected to others. The Foundation will kick off a series of weekly informational webinars on April 23rd with a 45 minute Lions Eyeglass Assistance Progam (LEAP) webinar featuring Kelly Asbra and Katie Warren of the OLSHF Optical program.

OLSHF webinars will take place on Thursdays at 11:00 and will also be available on our website. The schedule for the live webinars looks like this:

  • April 23rd – LEAP – Kelly Asbra and Katie Warren
  • April 30th – ROAR! Hearing Assistance – Melinda Rhodes and Kerith Vance
  • May 7th – Patient Care and Mission Cataract – Kerith Vance
  • May 14th – OLSHF Town Hall – Doug Thompson & Staff

The webinars are open to anyone to participate – Registration information will be sent to you within a week and will be posted on the OLSHF website and on our Facebook page.

2020 Keep the Promise campaign
We ask that now, more than ever, – if you are able to do so – that you take some time to support our 2020 Keep the Promise Campaign by doing the following:

  • Make a KTP donation OR join or renew your PRIDE participation – To donate, click here
  • Share the KTP videos on your social media platforms when you see or receive them
  • Email the KTP videos to friends, family, and fellow Lions and encourage them to make a gift to OLSHF
  • Let us know if you are willing to help with the 2020 KTP Campaign by taking part in a virtual KTP Telethon later in April

Here is the first in a series of 2020 KTP Videos, this one focuses on our partnerships in Lane County and how we “keep the promise” of addressing blindness and hearing loss for people in need in that part of the state.

2020 KTP Eugene Video

Thank you for helping us Keep the Promise – and thank you for being a part of our special organization. I like to say that by staying distant now, we hasten the day that we can be together again.

Be safe,


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