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Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation host 'Roaring 20s Gala' (Photo) - 10/13/17

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Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation host 'Roaring 20s Gala'
Annual awards dinner and fund raiser a roaring success

PORTLAND, October 7, 2017 -- The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation ('OLSHF') held its annual autumn awards dinner and fund raising gala this evening at the lovely Tiffany Center in downtown Portland. This year's gala theme was 'The Roaring 20s', and the gala was indeed a roaring success!

Among the gala's awards and award recipients were the following:
The 'Funder of the Year' award was presented to Biamp Systems. Based in Beaverton and known worldwide, Biamp is a tech audio hardware and software resource and provider for the professional AV market. Biamp has supported OLSHF every year since 2012, and last year they provided their largest gift ever to help OLSHF keep up with the ever-increasing number of students that OLSHF screens each year.

The 'Hearing Provider of the Year' award was presented to Klamath Audiology. A family business known for being kindhearted and hard-working, Klamath Audiology has helped Klamath area Lions Clubs serve an under-resourced community for nearly 10 years.


The 'Patient Care Provider of the Year' award was presented to Dr. Michael Straiko. For over five years, Dr. Straiko has partnered with OLSHF's Patient Care Program to provide discounted surgeries to people in need. He has performed numerous surgeries in partnership with OLSHF. Board certified in Opthalmology, Dr. Straiko is a subspecialist in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at Legacy Good Samaritan's Devers Eye Institute.

The 'MHSP School District of the Year' award was presented to the North Clackamas School District. The North Clackamas School District is unique in Oregon because their students have a distinctive learning experience. They are home to the largest professional-technical program in Oregon, high-demand bilingual schools, and Clackamas County's first International Baccalaureate program.

The 'Vision Partner of the Year' award was presented to Verian Wedeking, administrator of the Casey Eye Institute Outreach program. The OLSHF's LEAP Optical Lab and Casey Eye Institute Outreach have teamed up and been able to provide nearly 3,000 eyeglasses t people in need. Verian Wedeking is the one behind making this partnership an absolute success.

It's Oktoberfest Time in Tualatin! - 09/29/17

It's Oktoberfest time! The Tualatin Lions invite everyone to Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 14, 2017 from 5:00 to 8:00PM at the Tualatin Valley Elks Lodge, 8350 SW Warm Springs, Tualatin. The German-themed harvest festival enters its fifth year helping to support the humanitarian works of the Tualatin Lions Club!

The Tualatin Lions Oktoberfest is held one week following Oktoberfest in southern Germany (old Bavaria). Munich Oktoberfest ends on the first full weekend of October during "Re-Unification" Weekend (re-unification of West and East Germany, a cause to be celebrated!). The week separation gives anyone from Bavaria a chance to travel to Tualatin in a timely manner!

Dinner fare will be celebrated Zenner brand German wurst, German (Deutche) style potato fries, sauerkraut, dinner rolls (brotchen) and delicious apfle kuchen (apple cake). Coffee will be donated by the Tualatin Dutch Brothers. The Tualatin Valley Elks will supply soft drinks, beer, (including a German bier), wine and mixed drinks.

The Elk's lodge will be decorated in Oktoberfest harvest style and smiling Tualatin Lions will be there to welcome and serve you. Lion Victor Meindl, famous Lion and famous German accordion player will be on hand to provide authentic German music on his authentic German accordion with his authentic German fingers!

In addition, there will be merchandise raffles of donated items from local merchants as well as the Tualatin Lions 50/50 raffle. Merchandise raffle tickets for $1.00 and 50/50 tickets for $5.00 will be available from happy dirndl hostesses during Oktoberfest. Dinner tickets are still only $10.00 each and $25.00 for a family of four) and are available at the door. For those who wish to plan ahead, 50/50 raffle tickets and dinner tickets are available via email at tualatinlions@gmail.com.

All proceeds from the Tualatin Lions Oktoberfest go directly to humanitarian efforts in the community and beyond, from supplying exams and eyeglasses or hearing aids for underprivileged adults to helping victims of natural disasters all over the world to feeding hungry school kids right in the neighborhood to helping support the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, (www.olshf.org). Proceeds from Elk bar sales support the Casey Eye Institute. The Tualatin Lions will also be deeply involved in a Lions International Week of Service, collecting used eyeglasses. The Lions will happily accept any eyeglasses (prescription, reading, sun glasses, etc.) at Oktoberfest. Give someone somewhere the gift of sight.

Anyone interested in becoming a part of a world-wide humanitarian service organization rooted in the Tualatin/Sherwood/Tigard area, is welcome to email tualatinlions@gmail.com or ask any Lion member at Oktoberfest!

Kommen sie! Essen! Trinken! Machen sie Gemutlichkeit! -- Come! Eat! Drink! Have a good time!

Give The Gift of Sight! - 09/29/17

The week of October 10th through the 16th, 2017 has been declared an International Week of Service for Lions Clubs all over the world. The focus of this International Week of Service is collection of used eyeglasses. The major area of humanitarian service for Lions has been vision assistance since Helen Keller was their key-note speaker at their 1925 International Convention. Miss Keller challenged the Lions to be "The Knights of the Blind" and the Lions of the world have been taking up that challenge ever since.

In Oregon, Lions Clubs collect used eyeglasses all year long, with a special focus during this week. The glasses are transported to Portland, with great assistance from Safeway/Albertson's freight drivers, and warehoused in Portland at the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center or "LERC". The Portland LERC is one of only 18 world-wide. The glasses receive a preliminary sorting from Lions members and other community volunteers, then they're sent to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. There, inmates in a very special educational program sort, clean, calibrate and catalog the glasses. The inmates that graduate from this very difficult program become certified dispensing opticians and are readily employable when released.

The glasses are then termed "Mission Ready" and return to the LERC. From there, the glasses will go on Lion's Vision Missions all over the world. In recent years, the glasses have gone to Mexico, Peru, Viet Nam, a variety of countries in Africa and a select few are even used here in Oregon. In many of the locations where Lions set up vision missions, residents will walk for 2 days for their first exam and eyeglasses. The gift of sight is shared throughout the world. For more detailed information about this process, please see www.olshf.org.

The Tualatin Lions have eyeglass recycling boxes at: The Tualatin Library; The Vision Shop at Legacy Meridian Park Hospital; The Tualatin Senior Center; The Tualatin Police Station Lobby and at the Providence Medical Group -- Sherwood, 16770 SW Edy Rd., Sherwood. The Tualatin Lions will also happily accept your used eyeglasses at their Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 14th at the Tualatin Valley Elks Lodge, 8350 SW Warm Springs, Tualatin, from 5:00 to 8:00pm. Help the Lion Give the Gift of Sight. For more information, please email the Lions at tualatinlions@gmail.com