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Ashland Lions Club keeps its focus on vision

Permanent vision loss (amblyopia) may occur in children who are not diagnosed and treated for the condition before age 6. Being screened, getting proper treatment and eyewear will prevent this vision loss. Ashland Lions Club, in partnership with Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation (OLSHF; www.olshf.org), conducts annual vision screening of thousands of Rogue Valley elementary school children.

In 2018 the Ashland Lions Club and OLSHF performed 4,106 vision screenings. Of those screened, 381 were referred for further testing with an eyecare specialist.

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

Lions Clubs and OLSHF collect, process and distribute more than 100,000 pairs of eye glasses per year worldwide. In 2017 the Oregon Lions collected 200,400 eyeglasses. 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 Club 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. What a nice feeling. For eyeglass drop off locations, go to ashlandoregonlions.org/index.php/sight-hearing-assistance.

Christmas tree recycling

Christmas tree recycling is conducted every January in conjunction with the Boy Scouts Troop 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 Lithia Park. Lions volunteers and city employees spread the bark where needed.

All donations received go to Scout Troop 112. Donations go towards 50 percent of summer camp costs for the Scouts working on the tree recycling project. If additional funds remain, each Scout involved in the recycle project will have some funds set aside for their “high adventure” trip. Funds earned each year can be accrued over time to be used on a future trip.

The next Christmas tree pick up is scheduled for Jan. 5. Leave your tree by the curb for easy pickup. Your donation to support the Scouts is greatly appreciated.

About 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, scholarships for Ashland High School graduates, and many other worthy causes.

In addition, the Ashland Lions do many service projects in the community, such as restoring tables & benches in the Lithia Park Madrone Group Picnic area, benches in Lithia Park concert arena, building handicapped ramps, assisting the Boy Scouts with their annual Christmas tree recycling, Ashland parks cleanup and barbecue services for charitable group events.

Join the Lions

For more information about the Ashland Lions Club, call 541-324-1515 or go to www.ashlandoregonlions.org or www.facebook.com/Ashland-Oregon-Lions. An online membership application is available. Please join us at our regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 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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