Lions Association for Sight & Hearing (LASH) -- The Lions Association for Sight and Hearing (LASH) of Maryland, Inc. was
created and is funded by the Lions Clubs of District 22-A, with the purpose of promoting sight and hearing conservation.
The predecessor of LASH, District 22-A Sight Foundation, was born on April 3, 1962 when Thomas B. Stone (Woodlawn) as
the first President, and Sidney T. Shores (Annapolis) and Frank G. Buell (Ellicott City) executed the certificate
bringing it into existence. The name and purposes of the original Sight Foundation changed twice during the next 19
years to the Maryland Sight Conservation Association and then to the Sight Association of Maryland Lions Inc. (SAM).
In 1981, the foundation's Constitution and By-Laws were revised and its name was again changed to the Lions Association
for Sight and Hearing (LASH). This last change reflected the need to provide services for the hearing impaired, as well
as the blind.
The purpose of LASH is to provide an administrative body which will conduct, foster and/or support projects and programs
associated with the preservation and restoration of sight and hearing.
Current active LASH projects include: hosting a Fall and Spring Eye Glass Sorting for recycling used eyeglasses and
hearing aids; sponsoring Hometown Day with LensCrafters Stores in December for those who need eye exams and glasses;
helping club-sponsored individuals obtain hearing exams and hearing aids at minimum costs; and providing financial help
for those who need sight and hearing assistance.
LASH is supported financially from Lions clubs' contributions. Each year, Lions and Lioness clubs within District 22-A
are asked to make contributions. LASH also derives monies from fundraisers which it sponsors and from individual
contributions. All Contributions to LASH are tax deductible and financial support is not restricted to Lions Clubs.
Individuals, industry and commerce are most welcomed to provide contributions to further the activities and services
provided by LASH.
Cost of exam is the responsibility of the individual being helped, but is usually covered by Medicare or other insurance
accepted by the service provider or may be waived in part or completely based on financial need. In most cases proper
correction of hearing deficiency requires aids for both ears. Referring clubs are expected to cover all costs beyond the
ability of the client to pay. LASH may be able to assist clubs with limited budgets. If there is no Lions club serving the
area where a needy individual lives, LASH will act as the referring Lions club depending on available funds. LASH’s audiology
services provider is the Speech, Language, and Hearing Center at Towson University.
When aids have been provided, the bill for services will be sent to the LASH Hearing Coordinator who will see that the LASH
Treasurer pays the provider. A bill will be sent to the Club for reimbursement of the cost. The Club works out reimbursement
options with the client and forwards a club check to LASH.
If your club would like more information about this program, please contact 22A Hearing Chair Lion Dale Strait.
WE SERVE! AND SHARE THE FUN!
Maryland School for the Blind
Sign in 7:30 a.m. Instructions for sorting given
Sort 8 a.m. - until done (usually 10 a.m.)
Lion Al Ramsey
c/o LASH Gold Recovery Chair
P.O. Box 821
Bel Air, MD 21014
For truly needy people with insurance, the insurance covers the eye exam and LensCrafters provides eyeglasses at no
charge. A difficult part of the process is the screening of the potential recipients by the local club. LASH recommends
the local clubs rely on its budget first and that school children be given first priority. It must be noted that school
children on medical assistance receive eye exams and eyeglasses from funding from that program.
The Lions Club working with the recipient must call the manager of the LensCrafters store selected and request a VOUCHER.
Store manager will advise if there are any free VOUCHERS available. If no VOUCHERS are available, request he/she order
them and advise you when they are there. When the Club is advised, the Lion handling the request will forward the form to
Each request for eyeglasses/exams to Lens Crafters needs to be made on a LASH request form, whether glasses are provided
through the LensCrafters' Gift of Sight voucher program for free eyeglasses or the L-50 reduced cost program. The request
form is prepared in 3 copies. One copy is sent to LensCrafters, one is sent to the recipient, and one is for the club's
file.(See LASH, Request Form). A voucher for the L-50 Program will be handled by LensCrafters as well as the voucher for
the Gift of Sight Program. LensCrafters stores will have LASH's 501 C-3 number on file. The LensCrafters store will
write this number on the voucher and get the recipient's signature when the glasses are provided to complete the process.
If vouchers for Gift of Sight program are not available, the club can provide reduced cost glasses and exams under the
L-50 program. Eyeglasses cost $50 and are paid for by a check payable to LensCrafters. If the recipient requires both
eyeglasses and an eye exam, two checks are required: $50 payable to the LensCrafters store for the glasses and $25 check
payable to the optometrist office for the eye exam. Deliver checks to the selected LensCrafters manager along with the
LASH request form prior to giving the LASH request form to the recipient. Once the recipient gets his/her copy of the
LASH request form, he/she must call the LensCrafters manager to make appointments for the exam and eyeglasses. When the
glasses are provided, LensCrafters will get the recipient's signature on the voucher, add LASH's 501 C-3 number and the
process is complete.
Regarding the paperwork -- FIVE copies of the Gift of Sight application below are required. One copy goes to the
LensCrafters store and another copy is sent directly to the doctor at the selected LensCrafters. These must be received
prior to the arrival of the recipient and a check is also required with the form. The third copy is sent to PDG Bill
Vogler, Chair of LASH Gift of Sight Program, at 822 Marcie Ct., Bel Air, MD 21014. The fourth copy goes to the recipient
and the fifth copy is for your Club’s files.
THIS PROGRAM WORKS when all the steps are followed. Please make sure the dates at the bottom of the form are completed,
and the recipient calls the selected LensCrafters for an appointment. LASH and PDG Bill will help you in any way. Please
call or email.