Thursday, January 31, 2002
Odd Fellows donates Eye Testing Machines
The Delaware Eye Care and Research Committee of the Grand Lodge of Delaware, International Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) donated nine Titmus T2S Eye Testing Machines to eight Catholic and one private elementary schools in the Wilmington area. The presentation was attended by representatives from the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington Catholic Schools, the Grand Lodge of Delaware, Delaware Lodge No. 1 and Eden Lodge No. 34. Lt. Gov. John Carney and representatives from the Diocese of Wilmington also were invited to attend. The nine schools are: Corpus Christi, St. Helena’s, St. Mary Magdalene, Holy Rosary, St. Peter’s Cathedral, St. Thomas The Apostle, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Ann’s and the Montessori School of North Wilmington. The presentation and light refreshments were held at Star of Bethel Hall, Marsh and Grubb roads in Arden, on Saturday, Jan. 12, at noon. Committee Chairman was Thomas Kates. The Titmus Vision Screener is an easy-to-use, compact instrument that screens for visual acuity (both near and far), depth perception, color perception, lateral/vertical phoria and peripheral vision within 10 minutes. A variety of test slides are available for screening visual acuity, including Sloan Letters, Michigan Preschool, Allen Preschool, Efron Preschool and HOTV symbols. Each screener cost between $1,300 and $1,500 depending on accessories included. As part of its mission “to visit the sick, relive the distressed, bury the dead, and educate the orphan,” the Odd Fellows Eye Care and Research Committee has been providing these vision screeners to elementary schools throughout the State of Delaware for more than ten years. In 2001, nine screeners were presented to other schools in Kent and Sussex counties, including The Sussex County Consortium, a specialized school for autistic students in Lewes.
Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary meeting Feb. 13
Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary will hold their February meeting at the Eastern Star building on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Members will gather at 11:30 p.m. for a luncheon/business session. Pat Olekszyk will preside during the business meeting. Guest speaker will be Sharon Mears, who will present an informative talk on Community Outreach. Plans will be discussed and an update report on the Dinner/Auction, “April In America,” to be held April 27, will be given by co-chairmen, Nancy Brown and Nancy Cook. Reservations are required for the Feb. 13 meeting. Those members not notified by a caller should contact either Bonnie Litchford or Rosalie Thompson. Membership in the Auxiliary is open to anyone in the area desiring to volunteer their time toward serving the patients of Nanticoke Hospital. Interested persons should contact Helen Ruff, membership chairman, 629-3930, or Jean Baldwin, Volunteer Services Coordinator, 629-6611.