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Vision focused

Elementary School Vision Screening: Permanent vision loss, Amblyopia, may occur in children who are not diagnosed and treated. Being screened, getting proper treatment and eyewear will prevent this vision loss. Ashland Lions Club, in partnership with Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF) conducts annual Vision screening of thousands of Rogue Valley elementary school children. OLSHF website: olshf.org/eyeglass-recycling-program.

In 2019 the Ashland Lions Club and OLSHF performed 3,873 vision screenings at 12 Rogue Valley schools. Of those screened 380 were referred for further examination with an eyecare specialist.

Eyeglass Recycling: Glasses collected in the Lions containers are given to Southern Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Center (SOLSHC) in Medford for their clients Ashland lions donate $1,000 annually to SOLSHC, and Ashland Lion Don Johnson is on the board of directors. Funding is derived from businesses, individuals, foundations and grants. Glasses that cannot be used or need repairing are then sent to Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation.

Lions Clubs and Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation collect, process and distribute over 100,000 pairs of eye glasses per year worldwide. On average, the Ashland Lions collect approximately 2,500 pairs annually. In partnership with Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, we clean, calibrate, and sort these glasses to be sent to under-served populations in rural Mexico, Peru, Vietnam, Thailand, Kenya, and beyond.

The Ashland Lions thanks each and every person who donated eyeglasses making this a successful program and providing eyeglasses for thousands of recipients. Think about it — you helped someone in this world to see better. What a nice feeling.

Locate eyeglass drop off locations ashlandoregonlions.org/index.php/sight-hearing-assistance.

Some of Ashland Lions Community Projects in 2019: (1) Work on the homeless shelter where our efforts will improve the lives of 45 people who would otherwise have to sleep outside all winter. (2) Improvements at Ashland Creek Park (Lions adopted park) through cleanup and planting will benefit all park users. (3) Sales of ice cream at the City Band concerts last summer benefits Ashland High and Middle School bands.

Scout Troop 112 Christmas Tree Recycling: Mark your calendar — Christmas tree recycling is conducted every January in conjunction with the Boy Scouts Troup 112. Lions support the scouts by providing manpower and vehicles. The city provides a chipper that converts the trees into landscaping material. The material is used for trail coverage and general landscaping in Ashland city parks. Lions volunteers and city employees spread the bark where needed.

All donations go to Scout Troop 112. Scouts, by participating in this program pay for 50% of their summer camp costs. Also, funds are always put into the “high adventure” fund from the tree recycle, although the amount depends on the donations. The troop’s goal is that each scout has the opportunity to go on one “high adventure” trip during their years with the troop.

The next Christmas tree pick up is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2020. Leave your tree by the curb for easy pickup. Your donation to support the Scouts is greatly appreciated.

About the Ashland Lions

The Ashland Lions Club was founded in 1938 and has been serving Ashland and the Rogue Valley ever since. We raise money to fund our support of the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation in Portland and the Southern Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Center in Medford. Lions also support Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, scholarship for Ashland High School graduates, and many other worthy causes.

Join the Lions & Make a Difference

Call the Ashland Lions Club at 541-324-1515. Lions websiteashlandoregonlions.org or

facebook.com/Ashland-Oregon-Lions provides information on the Club and an online membership application. Please join us at our regular meeting on the seconnd and fourth Tuesday of each month, 6 p.m. at La Casa Del Pueblo, 1209 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, except in July and August when there are no meetings.

The Ashland Lions Club column appears on the fourth Tuesday of February, May, August and November.

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