The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) hosted its annual Hall of Fame Gala at the Tualatin Country Club on October 3rd, 2015 to honor the Lions history and outstanding work in communities all around the state. The OLSHF Hall of Fame was established to honor, memorialize, and encourage outstanding leadership and service on behalf of the Foundation’s mission to screen, treat, save and restore sight and hearing for those in need.
At the event, four Lions were inducted into the Hall of Fame – Gresham Breakfast Lion Carl Berry (posthumously), Odell Lion Art Carroll, Beavercreek Lion Keith Price and Pendleton Lion Bill Taylor – joining sixteen other Lions who have left a significant legacy of serving others. The very first member of the Hall of Fame was Dr. Richard Chenoweth, who was recognized with an OLSHF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Gala in 2009.
Carl had an unparalleled passion for the Mobile Health Screening Program (MHSP) which provides school and community health screenings throughout the state. He tirelessly supported efforts to launch the program in 1994 and to sustain MHSP in its early years. Today’s impact of serving over 160,000 Oregonians can be traced back to the support of Carl.
Art, an active member of the MHSP Committee for 10 years, is the driving force behind school vision screenings in the Hood River area. He provided leadership for the expansion of MHSP school events by coordinating the first-ever school screening event utilizing sight and hearing screening “kits” rather than the MHSP Truck.
During Keith’s 11 years of active participation with OLSHF, he has twice served as a trustee, held the offices of 2nd Vice Chair, 1st Vice Chair, and Chairman (two consecutive years). As 1st Vice Chair and Chairman, Keith played a key role in starting the 20/20 Campaign, which has raised over half a million dollars for OLSHF.
Bill joined the Pendleton Lions Club in 1972 and has been an active member since. He was on the OLSHF Board for 3-4 years, during that time he was vice chairman and was chairman from 1984 to 1985. As Chair, he led the effort to revise OLSHF bylaws to allow Lioness OLSHF voting rights previous to women being allowed into LCI. Bill provided the leadership that led to the creation of the eyeglass recycling program at the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institute. This program was the precursor of what is now the Paraoptometric Assistant program at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility for Women.
Due to the dedicated contributions of these inductees and their Lions Clubs, OLSHF assists thousands of Oregonians with sight and hearing issues who have nowhere else to turn for help. Their legacies live on thanks to the many Lion volunteers in their communities and OLSHF’s partnership with their clubs in Oregon.
For nearly 90 years, Lions Clubs members have fulfilled a promise to Helen Keller to serve as Knights of the Blind by addressing preventable sight and hearing loss to those in need. In Oregon, children, families or adults lacking resources are helped with cataract surgeries, eye exams, new eyeglasses, hearing exams and new hearing aids as well as health screenings.