BY LIONS FOR SCREENER DONATION
Published: November 18, 2014 4:00AM
ORRVILLE -- Orrville,
Wooster noon, Wooster/Madisonburg evening and Shreve Lions clubs
recognized Barry Romich of the Romich Foundation at a recent meeting
for his donation of a vision screening device.
He donated a Welch Allyn
Spot vision screener, which Lions Rita Shisler, Kathi Bond and JoAnn
Garrison saw a demonstration of at the Lions Convention and began
the process of identifying how to obtain one for the area, and Romich
offered to help.
"The Romich Foundation
has benefitted organizations nationwide" said Orrville club
President Deb Mosier. "The Orrville Lions are thrilled to add
our name to the list of organizations that have benefitted from
this Foundation. Romich's heart and career have shown time and again
an authentic desire to improve the life of others."
Romich was presented
with a plaque.
"Much of life is
connecting needs with resources" said Romich. "We're all
in this together. It's a pleasure to be a catalyst for this."
Optometrist and Orrville
Lion Dr. Phil Raber described the Welch screener as "lightweight,
portable and easy to use. If you think about how kids with vision
problems are often linked to problems in school, catching a vision
problem might be a life-changing event for a child."
Lori Faught, vision screening
coordinator for Viola
Startzman Free Clinic, said "Last school year,
387 preschoolers were tested resulting in 51 referrals for further
testing. Local Lions clubs provided 163 hours of testing which will
be greatly reduced by the efficiency of this new machine."
Faught shared a story
of a letter she received from the director of a preschool about
a parent who followed up on the results of a vision screening recommendation
for more testing for their child. The child turned out to be almost
blind in one eye. The parent was grateful for the opportunity to
understand the need for further testing, as early detection can
make a big difference.
Faught schedules the
screenings and contacts the various Lions Clubs to perform the free