|Kansas Lions Sight Foundation (KLSF) Report - August 13, 2016
Treasurer’s Report - Electronically transmitted to KLSF Board Members
By-Laws - The new mission statement for the KLSF is “The KLSF is committed to identifying vision problems and
aiding the blind and visually impaired”.
Audio Reader – Audio Reader (AR) service continues to grow and has won them several prestigious awards recently.
Their special request program has grown significantly this year, with an additional 12 regular publications being
recorded for listeners’ personal and professional purposes. The Telephone Reader Program has also grown
significantly; with five months still to go in 2016 they have already surpassed last year’s mark for the number of new
telephone reader subscribers.
Audio-Reader’s annual For Your Ears Only benefit sale is Friday, September 9th from 6-9p.m. and Saturday,
September 10th from 9a.m. to 2p.m. at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Lawrence, KS. All proceeds go directly
towards supporting their mission of providing audio information services to those who need them. They are accepting
donations of LPs, 45s, CDs, DVDs, Turntables, Speakers, Amps, Musical Instruments, CD Players, ipods/MP3 players,
Books on CD, and other Audio Equipment. The contact information for AR is Dan Skinner, Executive Director,
email@example.com; Beth McKenzie, Development Director, firstname.lastname@example.org; Meredith Johanning, Assistant
Development Director, email@example.com; or Lori Kesinger, Outreach Coordinator/Listener Liaison, LRK@ku.edu or
telephone number 785-764-4600.
Mark Doyden Used Eyeglass Collection – Thanks to all who have assisted with this project while PDG Bernard Lee
recovers from knee surgery. On August 4th there were about 120 boxes, approximately 35,000 pair, of sorted glasses
shipped to the Lions collection site in Indiana from the recent eyeglasses collected by the Kansas Lions. Several
verbal inquiries have been received for the finished glasses in storage in Scranton.
Saving Sight - With the KLSF addition of two booth spaces at the 2016 Kansas State Fair Saving Sight will have an
educational/information display across from the mobile screening unit at this year’s fair in the Sunflower North Building.
KanLovKids – One hundred and fifty-two (152) children/students were evaluated through this program this year and
517 individuals (e.g. parents, Lions, teachers, early childhood providers, OTs, PTs, teachers of the blind and visually
impaired, orientation and mobility specialists, administrators, etc.) who sat in on these evaluations. Forty-four (44)
clinics were conducted in the 2015-2016 school year. Eighteen (18) of the clinics were Pediatric Low Vision
Collaboration Clinics (PLVCC) and 26 were Low Vision Clinics (LVE). All those involved for the potential benefit for the
child/student work as a team to maximize the most beneficial outcome for the one being evaluated. The first 2016-
2017 PLVCC is scheduled to take place on August 5th in Oskaloosa, KS. At the August KLSF Board of Directors
meeting Dr. Anne Nielsen and Judy Imber from KSSB will be submitting KSSB’s request for continued funding of the
KanLovKids Program and the Braille Challenge.
Lion Dr. Kendall Krug was presented a Claude DeVorss award at a recent Kansas Teachers of the Blind and Visually
Impaired meeting in Topeka for his outstanding work with the Kansas Lions Statewide Low Vision Program
Mobile Screening Unit (MSU) - The MSU committee would like to express their sincere appreciation to all of the Kansas
Lions for utilizing the screenings provided by the MSU through scheduling it in their communities and to the many
Lions who have volunteered to assist with the screening service at the 2016 Kansas State Fair. KLSF was able to
secure the two booth spaces directly across from it in the Sunflower North Building. With the addition of these two
booths we are able to move the blood pressure and blood sugar screenings away from the neck of the trailer and add
Saving Sight and “Cares” assistant guide dogs.
Kansas Kid Sight – Vision screening by the Kansas Lions continues to reach more children with the addition of vision
screeners, education and information, and networking with those providing services to children.
PID Gene Vogel, Lion Dr. Anne Nielsen, and Lion Sylvia Reinhardt are serving on a statewide committee for the
Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in order to improve vision screening for infants and toddlers in
Kansas. Meetings are being held to develop a statewide training program for the tiny-k service providers about
“Vision Screening Guidelines for Part C”. This training will include information about resources, thus, information
about the Kansas Lions Kid Sight Program, as well as the placement and availability of the Kansas Lions vision
Fund Raising – The KLSF would like to thank everyone who purchased the raffle tickets for a 1930 Model A, a fund
raiser for this foundation. Winner of this unique Lions Model A was Tim Hays from the Arkansas Early Bird Lions Club.
Vision Service to Veterans – There is no additional information at this time.
Lion Sylvia Reinhardt
KLSF VP & 17-A Director